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42 Responses to “Open Thread.”

  1. genrebuster Says:

    It took a rain-shortened game to end the losing streak. Bullpen members are relieved, they don’t have to change their sheets today.

  2. Dave Says:

    Asshole major league umpires get away with too much bullshit these days.

    Monday: Questionable strike zone throughout the game. Calling some pitches and neglecting to call the same pitches later. Meant the difference between a strikeout in favor of the Cubs vs an RBI base hit in several occasions.

    Today: Bad call at home. Z clearly tagged him out.

    Also today: In an attempt to make Z look more like the bad guy, the home plate umpire initiates contact with him and makes it look like the other way around.

    Good bullpen performance today, helped by a boneheaded base running move by Freddy Sanchez. Good to see Jake Fox come in off the bench and produce as well.

  3. robert Says:

    Dan Rohn said last night on chicago sports live the cubs should take action and suspend Carlos Zambrano….Why for showing life and not sitting like a bump on a fucking log for showing emotion…unlike that stuttering piece of shit that sits in the dugout that acts like he doesnt care…its about fucking time someone has shown up and taken leadership of this team…ted lilly monday night and big z yesterday and reed johnson telling milton bradley to shut the fuck up and play baseball…hey lou what did it feel like to watch seldom used reed johnson hit a go ahead homer…what did it feel like after watching the cubs take the lead seeing two players who werent on the team hit big rbis to win the game…you know Jake Fox and andres blanco…after that blowup buy big z two players who werent on the team and 1 guy who rides the pine pony came up big….what did it feel like you stupid jackass

  4. MadCityMac Says:

    Huet is the French word for “sieve”.

  5. chucky Says:

    I thought Heut was French for ” I suck”.

  6. Cubs Dugout Gatorade Machine Says:


  7. chucky Says:

    I feel your pain. I can only hope they order some new parts for you soon.

  8. genrebuster Says:


    Also, at least the Blackhawks won a game in their finals.

  9. Dave Says:

    Offense went back to bed. Scales and Fox struck out on shit pitches. should be a 3-2 win with the last two runs scored by walks. No hitting discipline. Pathetic.

  10. Ron Santo's Legs Says:

    No hitting discipline…is anyone else surprised by that?…this has been going on for years…

    this franchise is a joke…i have been watching this crap for 37 years and my oldest daughter asked me why i still follow them. i told her i am too old to change.

    i live here in the St. Charles/Batavia area (not too far from you fro dog!) and i sometimes go to the Kane County Cougars games…believe me when i say i get more out of my time watching that then i do with this team.

  11. Dave Says:

    There appears to be a flu bug going through the Cubs team. Derrek Lee and Bobby Scales had it. Now Theriot seems to have it.

  12. genrebuster Says:

    Dave, that is a particularly nasty strain of flu:

    I understand that it is similar to swine fly, except that it was borne from sheep that became ill in the Chicago slaughterhouses circa 1909.

    Fortunately, it is not fatal…but the afflicted suffer from an array of symptoms including anger, listlessness, anxiety, feelings of self doubt, and general weakness (mind and body). Many sufferers report a decrease in productivity and a general decline in their job-related skill-set(s).

    To date, there is no cure.

  13. robert Says:

    great post genre…dave you forgot to include another point remember the 8th inning hr buy scales single buy fox walk buy fukudome…whoever put it in the head of Sorry asso to bunt should be shot was wathching that game and that pitch he tried to bunt was begging to be hit and hit out of the park

  14. Dave Says:

    Looks like Dempster is back to striking motherfuckers out. Its a good sign. Despite the 6 runs so far today, the hitting with RISP is still pathetic. Headcase Bradley is 3-3, so a temporary kudos to him today. Soriano is hurt by knee problems, but you have to admire is passion for playing; limping around in left field catching those fly balls. Still I would force him to have some days off so he can ice that knee. It might bring his bat back up to snuff too. Still, good to see the Cubs wiping the floor with the best team in baseball on National television.

  15. ksmc2000 Says:

    Good couple of games for the Cubs. I was expecting more like a four game sweep for the Dodgers. Dempster looked more like last years version with the good control.

    I thought going into the weekends games that Bradley would do well facing a couple of leftys. And Fontenot proved that he can hit lefthanders as well. I agree with you Dave. If Soriano has a sore knee, he should sit a few games and put the hot hitting Reed Johnson in left. Let’s get one more on Sunday night and take the series.

  16. ksmc2000 Says:

    As I am posting this, my daughter Sami is sitting in Miller Park watching the Brewers game vs the Reds. She’s only 13, but I gave her permission to flip-off Dusty and heckle him relentlessly. Knowing how she is, I’m sure she took me up on it.

  17. MadCityMac Says:

    Keith, well done! Hope Sami verbally abused Dustfuck to no end! I was supposed to go Friday night but with 2 grad parties and my girlfriends Dad’s 70th party Sunday, I’m running on fumes so I passed on Friday night. I thought once MY girls graduated from high school that May would start being a sane month once more. Wrong!

  18. robert Says:

    more ramblings from an idiot

    Look, I think we’ve got probably four or five players here in the lineup that you’ll see their batting averages go up 30 or 40 points,” and the voters are supposed to choose who represents them best and Rod Blagoevich got elected twice

    I like the way our bullpen is starting to come around.

    I am sorry louser pinella I am not impressed buy mediocrity like you are

  19. erniesarmy Says:

    Who is the closer for the Cubs?

    Ans: Kevin Gregg

    Resp: He makes a good closer…for the other team!

    I know I can’t prove this, but I called Francouer’s home run. When they lost Anderson on a strike out, then I knew the Cubbies would find a way, and by golly those lovable losers found a way.

    I wonder if Lou will talk to the media after tonights game – Lou’s favorite line: “Hey, whatta want me to do?” BWAH BWAH BWAH – Lou’s the biggest whiner and loser in baseball.

  20. robert Says:

    Hi Lou Randy Wells Speaking would you care If I got locked in a room for 10 minutes with a ball bat and you and kevin gregg…you for pulling me after 80 pitches and that retard for blowing a save much like he blows you

  21. robert Says:

    I saw this on a reply to carrie Muskats blog on so I am going to use it here… When hendry made the trade for aaron Heilmann do you think he actually wanted a jar of mayonaisse instead…I sure as hell hope there is no .218 carrer hitter with the last name of velveeta…ps Michael Weurtz has an era of 2.54 the guy the cubs got for him has been released already…another move hendry made that has paid dividends immediately trade a useful bull pen arm for a minor leaguer who doesnt do anything…think mark derosa juan cruz kyle farnsworth…do you think when jim hendry was little he enjoyed watching lets make a deal and seeing the guests end up with a goat instead of a new car and said hey I want to do that when i get older but instead of doing it once I want to do it everyday of my life

  22. jimmyd Says:

    Well, boys and girls….I’m back. I thought that it had just become too laborious to comment on this hapless organization. Quite frankly, it made my blood boil even more to comment than it did to stay away. So, beginning with the 2008 season, I said that I would no longer post to the FDB site any more. Since that day, I have continued to read posts each and every day, and I still suffer right along with all of you. I salute Fro Dog for being able to just “turn off the switch” on this team. Unfortunately, I’m just not wired that way. I’m 47 years old and have been a lifelong Cubs fan. This pathetic (genre’s favorite word) organization owes me, and every other long time sufferer, a world championship before it’s time to meet our maker.

    I went to Game 2 of the NLDS last year and after the 4th error by our infield I yelled out (to noone in particular)…”God must just fucking hate us!!!”. The woman sitting in front of me turned around and said, “This has nothing to do with God”. I looked her straight in the eyes and said “Shut the fuck up!!!” That earned me a nice round of applause from the people sitting around us. I actually called MadCityMac that night before the game started and I was jacked up about the possibilities of winning Game 2 to tie up the series. By the end of the night, I felt like I’d been kicked square in the nuts and I felt like a beaten man. After they got swept in Game 3, I just wasn’t fun to be around for quite some time. Don’t get me wrong, I get upset, but I don’t sit around and wallow or pout. I’m a fun loving guy, who’s got a great life. I’ve got a wonderful wife, 2 terrific boys, a great house, a super job, I drive a nice car and I can afford to buy whatever I want….but I still don’t have a championship from my favorite baseball team. That pisses me off.

    So, here we are in 2009. We’ve got the most incompetent bunch of rag arms in the bullpen that I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think it could ever get worse than when we had LaToya, but this group is fucking horrible. Marmol can’t get the fucking ball over the plate. Heilman sucks ass. Gregg gets absolutely pounded every time he’s in the game. I mean the opposition totally hits the shit out of everything that he lobs up there.

    On Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I sat down on the couch and I turned the game on just in time to see Neil Cotts getting rocked (by 3 straight left handed hitters, no less). My bride had snuggled up next to me and after the 2nd batter hit a rope off of him, I just belted out…”Somebody please shoot this mother fucker. He is not a major league pitcher, he sucks cock and needs to be put out of his misery”. Needless to say, my wife wasn’t real impressed with my poetry and I argued with her saying that after nearly 50 years of futility with this fucking group of ass clowns, that I just can’t take it anymore. Her response, of course, was, “well, then don’t watch them if it gets you that worked up”, to which I responded…well, needless to say, I didn’t get laid that night. The only thing good to come out of that night was that Cotts got escorted out of town a couple of days later. Hopefully, he’ll never be brought back to the majors.

    This whole thing needs to be shaken up. I realize that we are dessimated with injuries, but Lou just doesn’t have any fire. When Marmol came in tonight (I knew that I had to add “tonight” or you wouldn’t have known which game I was talking about) and gave up a walk on 4 straight pitches, Lou didn’t do a goddamn thing. At some point, you need to send a message to the rest of your team that you’re not going to tolerate this shit any more. After the first batter he faced, Lou should have gone out to the mound and pulled his sorry ass to make an example out of him. I don’t give a fuck how “nasty” Marmol’s shit can be. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that walks will kill you (sorry DustRag, walks DO NOT clog the bases…walks turn in to runs). But, yet, Lou just looks like he’s going to continue to let that bullpen sputter and suck.

    And, leave it to our fucking group of losers to strike someone out and let them get to 1st base because of a wild pitch (Wells should be allowed to ass rape Gregg for his ineptitude…once again). I loved listening to the announcers say tonight that Gregg only has 2 blown saves. My ass, fuck the “guidelines” for blown saves. What about the game against the Astros where Gregg came in to the 9th with a 4 run lead (Wells was in line for the ‘W’) and he gave up 4 mother fucking runs without registering an out? That doesn’t go as a blown save, but in my book he totally sucks major man pole.

    I’m going to start posting routinely again as I have decided to end my silence. I have tickets for the game against the Twins on Sunday, June 14th and I fully intend to be barking out my displeasure at these fucking underperformers. I have seats that are premium seats, about 10 rows from the field. I’m gonna be loud.

    Lastly, Jim Hendry is a total fuck up and his moves make absolutely no sense. As most of you have been saying…let’s get this team sold so that the new owner can give him his walking papers.

    That felt good. I’m glad to be back and I’m looking forward to renewing some old acquaintances.

    Jimmy D.

  23. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    It must really suck to be Randy Wells right now. Every time he gets his turn, the bullpen shits it away. Lou said a couple weeks back that this is going to turn around. I am still waiting to see that.

    I am patiently waiting for the sheeple to return to this blog and still say we are idiots because we all said this team was going to suck this year. I think we all were scratching our heads after every move Hendry made this off season.

    Hey Fro Dog, I know you aren’t on this site much anymore but can we get a new thread up please?

  24. genrebuster Says:

    Jimmy D!

    Man, it is great to hear from you again…and THANK YOU for that stellar–and EPIC–post! For me, it is the highlight of this baseball season to date. You fucking nailed it…no surprise there!

    So, how the hell does Lawrence Rothschild keep his job? Doesn’t anybody in the front office realize that there is a direct correlation between the pitching coach–and the pitcher’s performance? Apparently not….or, perhaps they just don’t give a shit.

    Lou Piniella becomes more of a disappointment everyday. Old age is catching up to him.

    Yes, spring is in the air and it’s business as usual for this PATHETIC organization, run by a bunch of stinking bums.

    Sell the team, blow this shit up and start over…somebody, anybody…do something.


    tick fucking tock…

  25. genrebuster Says:

    BTW, I predict Randy Wells will be traded and go on to win the Cy Young at least once in his career.


  26. ksmc2000 Says:

    Matt Stairs,

    You are so right about Wells. On a well run organization he would have about five wins by now. But due to Piniella and Hendry’s fucked up bullpen choices, he’s still looking for his first ML win.

    I’ll get a new thread up for you today. Lot’s of things to piss and moan about.

    Jimmy D,

    Welcome back to the board, and great post. Glad to hear that all is well and looking forward to your input.

  27. ksmc2000 Says:


    How’s everything going with your music? I have a good friend at work that is about our age, and has been playing guitar for several years. He was not fortunate enough to live out his dream of playing on a professional level, but he’s damn good in his own right. He gets together a couple of nights a week and collaborates with a few of the area musicians. He keeps trying to get me to go out and play the drums with them, but I haven’t picked up a pair of sticks in 25 years and don’t want to embarrass myself.

    Since we’re on the subject of music, I picked up a couple of tickets for my girlfriend Kris’s birthday to Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed Tour on June 8th in Milwaukee. I talked to a few people that saw the show in early May, and they are still kick’n ass at 60 years old. Everybodys back except Christine McVie. I’ve been doing a little research and discovered that Eric Clapton was lead guitar with them in the early years. Peter Green joined after Clapton left, and was reguarded as one of the best guitarist’s of his time. It’s too bad that things fell apart on him so quickly. With his talent, he could have gone down as one of the best of all time.

  28. Irish Yeti Says:

    “I am patiently waiting for the sheeple to return to this blog and still say we are idiots because we all said this team was going to suck this year. I think we all were scratching our heads after every move Hendry made this off season.”

    What did you want?

  29. TDubbs Says:

    jimmyd. . . .

    You are so right dude. And rational. Thank you for posting that. I totally can believe your story about telling a lady to shut the fuck up. Totally. You make this site what it is. I love it.

  30. Ron Santo's Legs Says:

    irish yeti/tdubbs, we were wondering how the season for you two were going so far? going to any games this season? hard to tell when there are 40,000 of people just like you at the game…sippin on your beer, hangin out with your other frat boy freinds…enjoying your favorite team lose but its ok, you had fun at the game right?

    we just like to tell you enjoy the slightly above .500 season and make sure to be back next year when this team is 20 games below .500…

    you heard it from me first…

  31. genrebuster Says:

    Irish Yeti. “What did we want”?

    Well, I want the Cubs to be sold to an owner who will run the team better than the current idiot ass clowns have been. An owner who demands accountability from his/her employees. In other words, if you stink at your job, you lose your job.

    TDubbs. Dude, why do you waste your time here posting your totally awesome comments…when you could be doing beer bongs at the local frat house?

  32. Irish Yeti Says:

    Well the season is going pretty good for me. My girlfriend’s face isn’t battered. I still haven’t had that first heart attack. All in all, I must say that things are going pretty good. Life is good. The Cubs are meh. It could be worse. I could be denied secks. I could be in jail. Or I could run a tobacco shop. Either way, I’m much better off than you may think.

    I’m not sure what this frat boy thing you are talking about is, but honestly, it makes me uncomfortable. I mean, mom always told me to be cautious of people I meet on the internet because there are sometimes creepy men out there who want to touch my wiener. The fact that you mention boys makes me think you might be one of those guys. I’m really worried which of Ron Santo’s Legs you actually are. Please don’t touch me there.

    Listen to some Stones

  33. genrebuster Says:

    Yeti. Why the Stones…?

    My listening time is limited, most recently, I’ve revisited “Exile On Main Street” and “Let It Bleed”…I’m open to other suggestions.

  34. TDubbs Says:


  35. Thrillho Says:


    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away.

  36. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    I believe our friend Chucky mentioned it a while back: We are losing the war on drugs. The sheeple that come here are proof of this issue.

    “Well the season is going pretty good for me. My girlfriend’s face isn’t battered. I still haven’t had that first heart attack. All in all, I must say that things are going pretty good. Life is good. The Cubs are meh. It could be worse. I could be denied secks. I could be in jail. Or I could run a tobacco shop. Either way, I’m much better off than you may think.”

    Hey Irish Yeti, maybe you can inform us why your girlfriend’s face isn’t battered. Maybe because you don’t have one? Maybe you found out she had a dick and you went insane?

    “Or I could run a tobacco shop.”

    …Can someone here tell me what that means? Am I missing something?

  37. Thrillho Says:

    > “Am I missing something?”

    I think so.

    Or, so I gather.

    Where’s Fro at?

  38. genrebuster Says:

    TDubbs. Your post did not exceed my expectations, please try harder. Also, didn’t your parents teach you that YELLING is impolite? tsk tsk

    As a healthy diversion, here is some spur of the moment suggested listening for all…a variety of music and I’ve avoided “commercially successful blockbusters”… perhaps it will broaden some horizons, enjoy (no order of preference):

    1. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
    Composed by Jean Sibelius
    Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Jascha Heifetz
    Conducted by Walter Hendl

    2. Spirit- 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

    3. Tim Buckley (Jeff’s dad) – Blue Afternoon

    4. Michael Bloomfield-Between The Hard Place And The Ground

    5. Jim Hall-Live! (circa 1975, w/ Don Thompson & Terry Clarke)

    6. Lucinda Williams – Essence

    7. Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind

    8. Hendrix- the Willie Dixon tune “Hoochie Coochie Man” (from the album(s) ” Loose Ends” or “The Jimi Hendrix Album”, imports)

    9. Bill Frisell – Have A Little Faith

    10. Los Lobos – This Time

    MattStairs….”Maybe you found out she had a dick and you went insane?” very funny! “The Crying Game” flashback…

    Yeti. I think the “x” key is usually located between “Z” and “C”.

  39. Irish Yeti Says:

    Mine’s between the “c” and “w”

  40. chucky Says:

    Thrillho Says:

    June 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

    I’ll ask: What in the goddamned hell are you talking about?

    Yeah Matt, we’re losing that really bad!

  41. genrebuster Says:

    chucky, here you go (from Wikipedia…)…ThrillWhore really knows his r&r.

    Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Gimme Shelter” was created from the combined efforts of both the singer and the guitarist. Richards had been working on the song’s signature opening in London while Jagger was working on the film Performance. The song takes the form of a churning mid-tempo rocker. It begins with a rhythm guitar intro by Richards, followed by Jagger’s lead vocal. On the recording of the album, Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, “Well, it’s a very rough, very violent era. The Vietnam War. Violence on the screens, pillage and burning. And Vietnam was not war as we knew it in the conventional sense…” On the song itself, he concluded, “That’s a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It’s apocalypse; the whole record’s like that.”

    The lyrics of the song speak of seeking shelter from a coming storm, painting a picture of devastation and social apocalypse while also talking of the power of love:

    “Oh, a storm is threat’ning, My very life today; If I don’t get some shelter, Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away”
    “War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away; War, children, it’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away”

    A much higher-pitched second vocal track is sung by guest vocalist Merry Clayton. Of her inclusion, Jagger said in the 2003 book According to… The Rolling Stones: “The use of the female voice was the producer’s idea. It would be one of those moments along the lines of ‘I hear a girl on this track – get one on the phone.’ ” Clayton gives her solo performance, and one of the song’s most famous pieces, after a solo performed by Richards, repeatedly singing “Rape, murder; It’s just a shot away, It’s just a shot away,” and finally screaming the final stanza. She and Jagger finish the song with the line, “Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away.” To date it remains one of the most prominent contributions to a Rolling Stones track by a female vocalist.


  42. genrebuster Says:

    ksmc, didn’t mean to ignore you…the music is the fun part and the business can be challenging, particularly in this economy which has affected so many. Not currently touring…supplementing regional performances with private students and music production projects…things are a bit slow now, too bad I’m not qualified to apply for the GM or pitching coach positions, I think the Cubs might benefit from a new approach.


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