Found June 16, 2012 on
Since the Ricketts took over as owners of the Cubs, not much has gone easily or without pissing a whole bunch of people off.
Their keeping of Jim Hendry and a dead roster to flail away under the guise of contending for two years pissed off a large chunk of the fanbase. Now the organizational overhaul that has required a gutting of high priced talent from the roster is pissing people off that are shocked "the kids" are pretty bad at baseball.
Of course, the ongoing attempts to procure funds from a virtually bankrupt state and/or city government has been met with derision by people who don't have a billionaire for a father, and then they managed to piss off one of the only guys in the government willing to try to make the whole deal happen by having their dad very publically funding an attempt to overthrow his friend and former boss in the White House.
About the only thing that had managed to go smoothly was the deal to build a state-of-the-art training facility in Mes...
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I wasn't intending to write a post about the Dodgers' interest in Ryan Dempster, but it goes hand-in-hand with the Dodgers' reported interest in Matt Garza.
Nathan Eovaldi has filled in admirably in the absence of Ted Lilly. There's no timetable for his return.
Everyone behind Clayton Kershaw is no better than a middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher...
Brett Jackson went 3-4 with a triple and a SB. It was Jackson's 9th triple of the year and while has walk rate is down and his average is as well his slugging has stayed pretty consistent with his minor league career average. Vitters was 1-3 with a BB and continues to improve his walk rate.
Matt Cerda went 3-4 with a HR. Cerda has always had a very good OBP and...
CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster knows the trade talk is out there. But he's doing a pretty good job of focusing on pitching. Dempster tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Friday at Wrigley Field. The 35-year-old right-hander is in the last year of his contract, and he is aware the Cubs may want to move him to help in...
The Chicago Cubs have thus far signed 15 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, Calif., who was drafted with the 56th overall pick (compensation round). But they haven’t landed their #1, Albert Almora, the #6 overall pick who appears destined to play hardball with the team.
Castro and Campana desperately try to get their belts unstuck from one another. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
After the Sox erupted for 10 runs against the Marlins on Wednesday, folks hoped that the Sox offense was finally coming together. Not so much. The Sox were held scoreless, and amassed only 5 hits against Ryan Dempster and the Cubs on their way to a 3-0 loss....
Two franchises steeped in tradition, with the two oldest ballparks in the majors, and some recent history as well, met at Chicago's Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his 2nd start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, ran into some early control problems that led to a pair of Chicago runs in the bottom of the first.Matsuzaka gave up 1 hit, walked...
The New York Yankees have been riding high as of late, winners of their last seven games entering Saturday. It would seem that things in the rotation were coming together behind #1 starter CC Sabathia. Even though Andy Pettitte has exceeded expectations since returning from the land of retirement at the age of 40, the Yanks want one [...]
Ryan Dempster pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings, and the Chicago Cubs hung on to beat team president Theo Epstein's former club, topping the struggling Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Friday.
The Red Sox loaded the bases against Carlos Marmol in the ninth, but he got out of it when Dustin Pedroia forced the runner at third to end the game. That gave Marmol three saves in...
The Tigers rolled right along with Interleague Play this week after escaping Cincinnati with a critical series win. After an off day on Monday, the Tigers were on the road once again to play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The lowly Cubs came into the series with the league’s worst record at 20-40. It [...]
The Sox took on the Cubs and their former GM Theo Epstein yesterday. It was the second outing for Daisuke Matsuzaka and he was hoping for his first win of 2012. Dice would have to wait for another day.
Dice-K struggled out of the gate and showed some of those bad habits that tend to drive fans crazy. In the 1st inning, Dice-K walked three batters and had the bases loaded...
Success was swift and plentiful for Theo Epstein after becoming the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history in late 2002. At the age of 28, Epstein was thrust into the front lines of Red Sox management and found himself right at home. Barely a full year after becoming the team's GM, Epstein was sliding a World Series ring onto his finger -- the Sox's first...
Here's a running list of pitchers notes around the Major Leagues:
– Right handed pitcher Matt Garza is aware that he could be dealt before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but he's not worried about that according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. “I just want to keep playing. It doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon,” Garza said. “I love the city. My kids...
CHICAGO -- Ryan Kalish, called up from the minor leagues earlier in the day, singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and scored on a squeeze bunt to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Sunday night at Wrigley Field. With the victory, the Red Sox took two of three from the Cubs and returned to .500 (33-33). The Cubs dropped to 22-44. Kalish started in center...
"If it's somthin' weird an' it don't look good..."
Letting Aramis Ramirez walk for the 2012 season was the easy part. The new Cubs braintrust loves supplemental round draft choices. Picking up the one year, $16 million option on ARam, with the expectation that he would decline and lead to a supplemental 1st rounder (which turned into pick #43, college...
Time: 2:20 PM ET
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI
RED SOX (31-32)
Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 7.20)
Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.31)