Open Thread.

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Now that the Blackhawks celebration has cooled off for yours truly, it’s time to get back to business: Writing crappy articles followed by comments by crappy people like ourselves on the crappiest website in the history of the internet.

I plan on having an interesting article (rant) sometime next week along with a few comments on the Bulls free agency search, maybe a dumb wrestling article and something on the Bears.

And speaking about the Bears. Just a little over a month until the Bears start training camp. Who’s excited? Oh that’s right. Nobody. Eh. I am excited for football to start but the results the Bears may bring? Not so much. We’ll see though.

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19 Responses to “Open Thread.”

  1. genrebuster Says:

    Football? How can you even think it?

    Baseball season isn’t even halfway completed…this could be the year!

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    tick tock…tick tock…tick tock……tick tock……

    PATHETIC.

    Hey. is that crappy enough for anybody…how am I doing?

    I promise to post with much greater insight later….(yawn).

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Scott,

    No worries here. I’ll take care of the crappy-ness if you don’t want to.

  3. Bonk Says:

    Two years after my last post, the Cubs suck worse than ever.

  4. genrebuster Says:

    Bonk, your re-appearance has inspired me this lovely morning:

    Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! Go Cubs Go!!! (how’s that Fro?)

    I wonder if Big Z learned anything watching a real ace pitch? (nah.)

    Game Boy continues to have a stellar season…blame it on the Cubs.

    Who’s head will roll first….and when?

    Fire Jim Hendry.

  5. MadCityMac Says:

    Piniella with more of his “What do you want me to do”, or this time “I’ve done everything I can”. Well, if that’s all he can do, I have one simple solution-fire his sorry ass! And Moe, and Crane “Pinhead” Kenney, and the always stellar Larry Rothschild! Tick tock……

  6. genrebuster Says:

    Welcome back, Lil’ Z. Why do I not feel sorry for this guy?

    ***
    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitor’s dugout after surrendering four runs to the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of the first inning Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    It was unclear what upset Zambrano, but his frustration was directed at Lee. The two were face to face before manager Lou Piniella and others intervened.

    Tom Gorzelanny replaced Zambrano in the top of the second.

    Carlos Quentin drove in three of the Sox’s four runs in the first with a home run.

    It’s been an unusual season for Zambrano, who struggled early before being sent to the bullpen. Zambrano was making his fifth start since returning from the bullpen. He was 2-2 in his last four before Friday.
    ***

    If Ricketts doesn’t make some changes soon, I predict even more ugliness before the season is over (or is it already).

    I guess the players are as disgusted as many of us fans.

  7. erniesarmy Says:

    Hey Ricketts look what a great job your GM, team president, and manager have done to your investment; from a CBS Sports website:
    ——————————————-
    “Zambrano, a known head-case, began a temper-tantrum when he got into the dugout. At some point Lou Piniella said something to Zambrano and then so did Lee. At that point, Zambrano started coming at Lee and yelling at him. Lee could be seen telling Zambrano his actions were “B.S.” but he didn’t use initials. After Zambrano threw down a water cooler, Lou Piniella got involved again and Zambrano went to the clubhouse.

    It’s no secret that opposing clubs like to get to Zambrano early because they all know he can be rattled and taken out of his game, leading to big innings and ineffectiveness. He’s got a reputation in opposing clubhouses as a big, immature baby.

    What’s worse for the Cubs, who have already demoted Zambrano to the bullpen once this season, is that they’re stuck with him. He signed a five-year, $91.5 million extension with the Cubs in August of 2007. Zambrano makes $17.875 million this season and next, $18 million in 2012 and there is a vesting player option for 2013, but he must finish first or second in the Cy Young vote in 2011 or in the top four in 2012 for that option to take effect.

    The Cubs can’t afford to release him and nobody will touch him on waivers, so they’re stuck with him.”
    ———————-
    Hey, Ricketts why not sign Hendry for another 5 years, he deserves an extension. Oh, and Lou, and the rest of that crap you call leadership. Why not go another 20 years without a WS championship? You’re in the running for dumbest owner who ever lived, why ruin a good thing.
    —————
    Oops Dept:

    UPDATE: According to a Chicago Tribune tweet, Zambrano was filmed screaming obscenities at local cameramen on his way out of the ballpark. The Cubs are going to love seeing that on TV ad nauseum.
    ————–

    Oh well, Ricketts, at least the food is better at the “Friendly Confines” right?

    Zambutthole went one inning and the Cubs had a hefty 3 hits, and Lou cried, “Hey, what am I supposed to do?”

    All’s well in Cubville, right Genre?

  8. genrebuster Says:

    Wow…it is very discouraging.

  9. genrebuster Says:

    Ricketts is going to have to make a move soon…
    ******************************
    Cubs suspend Zambrano indefinitely

    The Chicago Cubs have suspended pitcher Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his tantrum and dugout altercation with teammate Derrek Lee after the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

    The Associated Press

    Related
    CHICAGO —

    The Chicago Cubs have suspended pitcher Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his tantrum and dugout altercation with teammate Derrek Lee after the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday.

    General manager Jim Hendry says Zambrano’s behavior was “not acceptable” and sounded like he has lost patience with the volatile pitcher.

    Asked if there was any doubt in his mind that Zambrano would pitch again for the Cubs this year, Hendry said he “certainly wouldn’t rule it out” and added that baseball’s rules don’t usually allow long suspensions.

    Manager Lou Piniella, who sent Zambrano home, calls his behavior embarrassing. Lee declined comment about the incident.

  10. erniesarmy Says:

    “His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.” Hendry said he spoke briefly with Zambrano, who was sent home during the game by manager Jim Piniella, but didn’t indicate whether the pitcher apologized for his actions. We had a very short conversation, there wasn’t a lot of time for apologies,” Hendry said.
    —————————————-
    What needs to be done to suspend Hendry, i wonder?

    Hendry said, “It has become a bit of a tired act.”

    Talk about irony!!!!!!!!!

  11. chucky Says:

    Just a guess, but I think Zambrano’s career in a Cub uniform just came to a screeching end.

    About fucking time!!!!!!

  12. robert Says:

    Where have we heard this shit b4 july of 2006 I am not going to fire dusty baker he will be evaluated at the end of the season

    this year he has said the same shit this year

    cane both there asses

  13. genrebuster Says:

    This may actually be a blessing in disguise, unless you’re a Zambrano lover who still BELIEVES that he is an “ace” (BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA)

    I think they have to start shopping Zambrano around now…and that’s what Dave Winfield said, too.

    I don’t see how LITTLE Z can remain a Cub much longer. If there are no immediate takers, I’d sit his ass on the bench or send him to the minors.

    I’d like to send him flowers, Thanking him for finally showing his true colors. Maybe his pal Ozzie had something to do with it…in that case Thank You Ozzie for facilitating the outburst.

    LITTLE Z is another CLASSIC example of Jim Hendry’s PISS POOR performance as GM. This is not much different from the Milton Bradley situation: yet another wacked-out, overpaid, super rich, underachieving, selfish, over-rated asshole who doesn’t live in reality and puts himself before his team…DISGUSTING.

    The whole situation is TRULY PATHETIC. I honestly believe that Ricketts is going to have to make some moves very soon unless this team goes on a long winning streak (like the White Sox).

    Maybe Hendry should talk to Seattle 1st; they took Game Boy perhaps they can use LITTLE Z! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…
    tick tock…

  14. Ron Santo's Legs Says:

    Folks. I have returned. I have to tried to stay away from these pathetic bunch of assholes but after yesterday’s game, I have decided to give my opinion on Little Z. In my 37 years of watching baseball, I never thought it could get this worse. Unfortunately, it has. For whatever reason, I keep thinking this is a surprise because just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they do.

    Here is something I remember saying last year during an argument with one of the jackass outsiders we encountered last year…

    https://firedustybaker2.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/open-thread-8/#comment-2123

    Was that hard to predict? Absolutely not but it was nice to know I was spot on with something for a change. There needs to be change and it needs to happen soon. The “Wrigley Faithful” is starting to wear out. More empty seats every damn game. That’s the shit I want to see. I want Wrigley to be half empty and eventually completely empty like Florida is with their shit box of a stadium. Kenney, Hendry and Piniella all must go. Now.

  15. erniesarmy Says:

    I don’t’ know if Stone would make a good GM, or that Sandberg would make a good manager. Neither one has experience in that capacity at the Major League level, but one thing is for sure they can’t be any worse than the morons they have in the front office and on the field now.

    Those truly responsible for this mess are Hendry and Kenney (I think that’s his name; the president). Then you have to go down to the field and hold the man responsible for maintaining order on the field and in the locker room – Lou Piniella.

    I was a huge Lou Piniella fan when they hired him, but after 2008, all I have heard from him are his lame excuses (“Whadda want me to do?” “I’ve tried everything possible.” wahh wahh wahh). The truly great managers take the blame for the teams play (cf. Jim Leyland, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Terry Francona) and vow to do a better job. The sign of a poor leader is trying to find someone else to blame other than himself. Piniella’s job is to protect his players, and to take the blame even when it isn’t his fault. You never NEVER start whining about doing the best you can, etc. etc. You just say, “The team is playing poorly, and since I am the one in charge, you can put all the blame on me.” Then you go into the locker room and blast the players who are underperforming, and bench them if necessary. All Piniella does is trot out the same underperforming players day after day, instead of playing the kids. The kids won’t be much better, but they can’t be any worse.

    I am sick of the excuses and sick of management trying to pass the buck onto the players. It is time for the new ownership to show the fans that, indeed, a new sheriff is in town!
    Start by firing Hendry and Kenney!
    Get some baseball people in there who know what they’re doing; evaluate, then make changes on the field.
    This ship is rudderless, and a rudderless ship causes anxiety, anger, and resentment from those who are on the front lines, in this case the players.

    I don’t like Zambrano, I never have, but I don’t blame him for this mess, or for blowing up. This is on that front office for signing all these over priced bums to huge long term contracts, and it’s on the manager for letting this get so out of control.

    And one more thing: STOP BLAMING THE FANS!
    Yes,the fans in Chicago want a winner, and sometimes that desire makes them a little too impatient, but it isn’t the fans that sign the players, and it isn’t the fans who hire the managers, and it isn’t the fans who run, catch, and throw the ball.

    So, stop trying to find someone else to blame and start taking responsibility for an organization that is the most notorious example of poor leadership in professional sports for over 100 years!

  16. robert Says:

    Does this sound familliar in 2006 Dusty said you all criticize me but let me do my job I know what I am doing

    2010 Lou PInella I am not an idiot

    Does anyone find it funny the rangers after jarimillo left are still scoring runs in bunches

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  18. genrebuster Says:

    Ernie, Excellent post for sure, you covered most if not all points.

    That said, in this case I’m OK so far with what Lou has said (the online video) on the Zambrano matter, at least so far.

    And, I DO blame Zambrano for “blowing up”. Look, according to my calculations that spoiled, belligerent, headcase makes more money in a month than somebody making 75k does in 20 years 9!!!)…do the math.

    Screw him, he’s a bum…his stats over the last 2 years speak for themselves. Just another bloated cancer which is the last thing the “pitiful Cubs” need — that’s a direct quote from ESPN RAdio yesterday evening as I was driving home from work.

    Yes…I will rejoice the day Crane Kenney & Hendry are fired because in the end, it starts at the top and those two should be held accountable. Again, how the hell does Hendry keep his job?

    Zambrano has shown his true colors one time too many for me. I’m sick and tired of people defending him, stating that he’s an “emotional, intense guy” (whatever) and “that’s how he competes at a high level”.

    UTTER BULLSHIT. If I owned the Cubs, Zambrano would be sitting on the bench until I could unload him. And believe me, he can be unloaded: if they could DUMP that POS Game Boy, then they can do the same with LITTLE Z.

    I’m done with this pile of crap called “The Cubs” until a real change is made. No more posts from me until something happens…I bet AYFKM is real happy about that….HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    I’ll check in from time to time and will be back when Ricketts makes a real move. Or when the team goes on an 11 game winning streak (like the White Sox)…whichever comes 1st!

    Ciao!

  19. ksmc2000 Says:

    I hear ya genre. The latest Zambrano tirade is the last fucking straw for me. I have decided to return to my musical interests and, what the fuck……I might even start jamming with the guys on Saturday nights again.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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