How could I forget?

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I can’t believe I didn’t remember this but last week marked the third year of this website (six overall if you include the old one). Time certainly flies. In the three years here, there have been over 300 posts, nearly 7,000 comments and as many as 1,000 hits per day in a few of those days.

I say this quite a bit but it’s worth repeating: Thank you everybody for visiting this site on an almost everyday basis. If it isn’t for each of you guys, this website doesn’t exist. We all love Chucky’s rants, Genrebuster’s funny quotes and his “Ha Ha Ha’s” and MadCityMac’s love for beer. You guys are awesome. I appreciate the support very much.

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69 Responses to “How could I forget?”

  1. Jimmy D. Says:

    Fro,

    Sorry, but the “thanks” belong to you. THANK YOU for providing us with a place to vent, rant and discuss all the fun stuff of being a Cubs fan.

    Later,
    Jimmy D.

  2. genrebuster Says:

    Yes, what Jimmy D. said. Thank YOU, Fro.

  3. chucky Says:

    I must go along with Jimmy and Genre. Thank YOU Fro. And a personal thank you for allowing me the forum to rant the way I do sometimes. I think my head might have exploded if it wasn’t for this site.

    I glad you enjoyed my rants too. It’s nice to know I’m not just howling at the moon. (Which I do from time to time!)

  4. Robert Says:

    Thank you fro for running this site….or is it thkna yuo for havibng us hear

  5. genrebuster Says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  6. chucky Says:

    I’m feeling a little like Lon Chaney right now. Too bad it’s raining and there is no moon out tonight.

  7. Nemo Says:

    I thank everyone who contributes here.

    Good Sun-Times piece on Sandberg that I missed last week : http://goo.gl/PIMNK

    Key quote from Sandberg:

    Which, later on, I was not surprised about. Because later on, he [Hendry] mentioned I wasn’t even the third or fourth guy in line [for the managerial job]. There was no other job offering other than, ‘We’d like you to come to spring training, hit a couple of fungoes and walk around.’ At that point, I knew it was time to move on.” [Brackets added].

    Hendry didn’t even offer Sandberg to return to the AAA job where he had done so well!

    This is old, but check out the Complete Dictionary of Reasons to Fire Jim Hendry from Bleacher Nation: http://www.bleachernation.com/2011/05/19/the-complete-dictionary-of-reasons-to-fire-jim-hendry/

    A blog post criticizing Hendry for not dealing at the deadline: http://cubbiescrib.com/2011/07/31/jim-hendry-is-a-genius-and-we-are-wrong/

  8. Fro Dog Says:

    Thanks everyone for the good words.

    Chucky,

    Are you going to watch the Bears game on Saturday? I am getting for this “disaster” to unfold. I am talking mainly about the Soldier Field grass that has everyone going nuts and I can agree to an extent. It’s so damn pathetic that the management of the field couldn’t get it ready after having two weeks to do.

    Are the guys who fix and get the field ready properly trained? A lot of teams have “Family Night” type things where they practice at their home field and later sign autographs and whatnot. It was an utter embarrassment.

    Then of course, Lovie said yesterday that the starters will play more than just a series or two Saturday night. I am not so certain on all of that. Most of these players are going to be out of shape and it will show because of the lockout. I’ll be glad to see football on TV, but I think your prediction on how the season will go is close to what it will be. Also about your O.B. and Doug thoughts, listening to them after a loss just gets me more frustrated because if they are screaming all show, I know the Bears lost.

  9. chucky Says:

    Yeah Fro. I’ll check it out. It is only the first preseason game, which will mean the Bears won’t play anybody who will be on the roster by the regular season. I may change the channel if I get bored with the game.

    Lovie Smith is a fucking liar. If the starters play more than a series he should be shot in the goddamned head right htere on the field. They will mostly use scrubs for the preseason. The real trainwreck begins on September 11th.

    I understand your feelings about the Doug and OB show after the Bears lose. But for me, it’s far more entertaining to listen to than when the Bears win. Doug is especially painful to listen to. In a way, it kind of sucks. I want want Bears to win, but the then the post game sucks. For me, it’s a toss up as to what is more fun. Watching the Bears win, or listen to Buffone blow an artery. One thing I will refuse to do is listen to any game on the radio. Jeff Joniak is by far the worst announcer…..ever, in any sport. He makes Santo sound like a fucking genius.

  10. MadCityMac Says:

    Fro, I’ll echo everybody else, thank YOU for getting this site up and running when Bobby D left us high and dry. It’s always fun to check in, even if I don’t have anything to post that day, and it’s always fun to post my thoughts on all things Cubs, Blackhawks, occasionally other teams of note, and of course, my favorite fermented malt beverage!

  11. Robert Says:

    Dusty said quade should get at least three years before he is fired

  12. genrebuster Says:

    Fuck the toothpick chomping idiot.

    Also, I must give credit to Captain Kirk for the HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA’s….I believe he was the one swho started that trend.

  13. genrebuster Says:

    “swho”….nice. I’m tired.

  14. Mitch Cumstain Says:

    DAMN YOU GENRE! IT’S SHOW, NOT SWHO!!!!!!!! GET IT RIGHT!

  15. chucky Says:

    Another worthless statue goes up at Wrigley shithole tonight. Oh boy, I can’t wait.

    Fuck you Tom Ricketts!

  16. Robert Says:

    Where have i heard this before? Quade said he is going to play veterans down the stretch for the integrity of the game…if he starts wearing wristbands and saying dude i am gonna scream

  17. Nemo Says:

    Well, there you go, “integrity” is more important than letting your young players develop. I know it would be foolish to evaluate talent when you can bring “integrity” to the game. Hey Quade, how many World Championships have the Cubs won in “integrity”?

  18. chucky Says:

    Quade wouldn’t know what “integrity” is if came up and kicked in the goddamned nuts. Neither would Ricketts.

  19. MadCityMac Says:

    Goddamnit, I was a kicker in high school, and I really, REALLY, want to kick Ricketts, Hendry, Kenney, and Quade right square in the ‘nads! There may still be a 60 yd’er in there yet again!

  20. MadCityMac Says:

    ….and of course not to let anybody down, the previous rant was sponsored by Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Tyranena Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Barrel aged Ale (From Wisconsin) , and Barley Island Brewing’s Barfly IPA, from my oldest daughter’s adopted state of Indiana.

  21. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Does anybody else hate the idea of a statue for athletes/coaches? I’m sorry but I would hope that someone would gun my ass down at the podium if I ever accepted one of those idols of myself.

    Everybody has been getting their own statue lately, even in college sports.

    These things cost…hundreds of thousands, millions? What a waste. Give that money to people who need it not build some bullshit statue that pigeons can shit on.

    Or even an ace pitcher. That would do.

  22. Pie in the Sky Says:

    As far as Quade… do they have any young players to even play down the stretch? Campana and Colvin are about it. They just called Brett Jackson up to AAA so I’m not sure they’d even call him up…

  23. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    This is all you need to know about our team and the others out there. While other teams (Boston, New York, etc.) work hard everyday to find ways to make their teams better to try to win the World Series, this franchise works hard everyday to figure out who’s statue should be up next.

    I think we are on our way to winning the World Series of statues.

    Now that’s business!

  24. Pie in the Sky Says:

    But make sure to build the statues when the person is dead. That’s great for PR, baby!

  25. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Nemo:

    The three I’s.

    Integrity (check)
    Intensity (check)
    Intelligence (….. Dusty said it comes in three years)

    It’s true! It’s damn true!

  26. genrebuster Says:

    The franchise stinks. Nothing lovable at all. And the dumbest fan base to boot, that puts up with utter shit for so many years. And a new owner who is an idiot fanboy at best, at least that what it seems so far. I wonder how many sheeple truly BELIEVE that the Cubs have a chance to win it all this year? After all, they just had a 7 game winning streak…and won again tonite. This could be the year!!!!

    And now for some stats (since Yeti has disappeared):

    *The Cubs have surrendered 90 first-inning runs this season, the most in the big leagues.

    *Castro’s miscue was the Cubs’ 95th error on the season, most in the National League.

    Mac: never tried a bourbon-aged ale. Will have to try one as I am a fan of bourbon…

  27. Jimmy D. Says:

    Marmol was a “super-stud” again. Granted, yesterday he struck out the side in the 9th for the save and took care of business like a good closer is supposed to. Today, not so much. First batter, walk; one on, none out. Second batter, single; two on, none out. Third batter, walk; bases loaded, none out. Fourth batter, infield single…run scores; bases loaded, none out. Then, he finishes it off….but, Christ, what’s with the fucking walks??? This fucker’s gonna be the undoing of any possible future contending team.

  28. genrebuster Says:

    Well, at least Marmol doesn’t have to stress out about screwing up a future contending team. As long as he is pitching for the Cubs, that will not happen…not until the idiot fanboy owner wakes up and cleans house.

    PATHETIC.

  29. chucky Says:

    C’mon you guys! You worry too much. Marmol is a very serviceable closer. He’ll be just fine for the Cubs for next 37 years. Don’t have a kneejerk reaction just because he gave up a run. He still saved the game.

  30. Pie in the Sky Says:

    The Cubs signed Trevor Gretzky to a $375,000 contract today. He was a seventh-round pick.

    They signed Tayler Scott to a $279,950 contract on Wednesday. He was a fifth-round pick.

    ….

  31. Robert Says:

    A request for the ricketts family…..watch and learn this weekend from a franchise that is consistent year in and year out

  32. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    Pie…Did Hendry give them a few years in those deals with no-trade clauses included?

  33. Pie in the Sky Says:

    I’m not sure. Probably with Gretzky.

    I just like how Gretzky gets $100,000 more just solely because his dad is the great hockey legend. The dude only hit one home run and had a .393 batting average in about 30 games in HIGH SCHOOL as a senior. That’s not that great honestly. Look at Javier Baez’s numbers and some people thought we picked him too high.

    Makes me think we drafted this kid based solely on name than actual potential (explains why our farm system sucks).

  34. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Whoa. Speaking of bad contracts, Hendry might get out of one of his stupid deals (doubt it)…

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/6857967/carlos-zambrano-ejected-tells-chicago-cubs-retiring

  35. Jimmy D. Says:

    I’m not positive, but I think that there’s a special clause in Zambrano’s contract that states that: if he gives up 5 long balls, gets ejected from the game AND clears out his locker while threatening to retire….that he immediately earns a $62B bonus. Maybe he’s not as crazy as we all think. Nah, he’s totally fucking nutso.

  36. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Can someone explain why he was even in the game though? I mean, he’d given up 8 earned runs and 5 long balls. Seriously, WHEN THE FUCK DOES HE COME OUT? HELLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO QUADE?

  37. fallscountanywhere Says:

    I’m a little late to the party but congrats, Fro!!!

  38. genrebuster Says:

    man, you CANNOT make this shit up!!

    PLEASE…shitcan Lil’ Z now. He is a total headcase, will NEVER be an ace, will NEVER be a winner. Thanks again Hendry, you goddamned asshole for giving him that ridiculous contract. Ricketts: Have you seen enough yet to grow a pair and clean house?…. this team will NEVER win until big changes are made.

    If I’m the owner, Zambrano is GONE….period. Give my regards to Milton Bradley.

    PATHETIC.

  39. Ron Santo's Legs Says:

    Fellow fans,

    After hearing what happened Friday night, I have come to the conclusion that Zambrano is making the right choice if he is indeed, hanging it up. I would too if the franchise that drafted me has continued to be a miserable failure for my 11 years as a player and 103 straight years overall. So you can’t blame him for that.

    I will say that I am in the minority as far as a fan of him. He sucked in the playoffs in 2003 but in the back-to-back playoff appearances, and sweeps for that matter, he did just fine. I have never seen anything like what he is or apparently doing. But people, he is frustrated to play for this franchise. Maybe this will wake up that dumbass Ricketts. Or not. For myself, a fan of nearly 40 years, I am frustrated.

  40. Jimmy D. Says:

    Hey All,

    I found this while reading a thread elsewhere; well put. Enjoy.

    You know, at this point, you can’t just say it is just Zambrano being a nut job. How many times does even one player publicly quit on their team. With the Cubs, this is the third consecutive year they’ve had someone do it. 2009 – Milton Bradley. 2010 – Pinella. 2011 – Zambrano. And all under Hendry. (Four times in eight seasons if you want to include Sosa in 2004, and throw in Silva’s spring training meltdown and that’s five.) At some point, you have to look at the captain of the ship. Hendry may be a nice guy that everyone likes, but he has overseen AND ENABLED the most dysfunctional organization since he has taken over. Is it any surprise this team lacked the intestinal fortitude to overcome a simple fan interference incident in 2003 and blow a 1-game lead with a 3-run lead in the NLCS? Something has longed smelled in Denmark. Time to fire Prince Hendry or we’ll just continue to have these crazy and too common occurrences. How this guy keeps his job year after year is beyond me.

    Later,
    Jimmy D.

  41. Jimmy D. Says:

    This one’s beautiful as well:

    On the Zamsanity scale of 1-10 this was only a 3. CC Sabbathia also gave up 5 homers (for the 1st time) in last night’s game. The difference: CC will be back and throw a great game next start. Big Z will have to go for evaluation/…

  42. Robert Says:

    Jimmy dont know how old you are but the punter on lombardis teams don chandler passed on

  43. Jimmy D. Says:

    Robert, I didn’t hear that. By the way, I’m 49; turning 50 in March.

  44. chucky Says:

    So, Zambrano has a another meltdown. So, honestly, tell me who didn’t fucking see this coming?

    Show of hands!

    Nobody? Oh, you didn’t see it Moe? You don’t count anyway. No takers?

    Thought so.

    Fucking lose this goddamn idiot!!!!

  45. MadCityMac Says:

    Robert, Don Chandler was one of my first sports idols, along with Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke; Jan Stenerud as well. Those 2 kickers were a couple reasons why I wanted to be a kicker. Had at least a couple beers last night celebrating his life.

  46. genrebuster Says:

    Zambrano SHOULD retire…you are correct, RSL.

    Jimmy D., you NAILED it:

    “At some point, you have to look at the captain of the ship. Hendry may be a nice guy that everyone likes, but he has overseen AND ENABLED the most dysfunctional organization since he has taken over. Is it any surprise this team lacked the intestinal fortitude to overcome a simple fan interference incident in 2003 and blow a 1-game lead with a 3-run lead in the NLCS? Something has longed smelled in Denmark. Time to fire Prince Hendry or we’ll just continue to have these crazy and too common occurrences. How this guy keeps his job year after year is beyond me.

  47. genrebuster Says:

    Jimmy D…I guess you found that statement I mentioned in my previous post…but, we’ve expressed that sentiment here before…

    I don’t see how you can let Zambrano back in the clubhouse without further disrupting THE TEAM…

    Oh wait!!! This IS the CUBS: ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY.

    tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock… BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!

    PATHETIC.

  48. Jimmy D. Says:

    These fucking ass-hats have become the Cincinnati Bengals of MLB. How embarrassing it is to be Jim Hendry. Douchecopter!!!

  49. Pie in the Sky Says:

    So…30-day suspension? He could still return? I guess they want to make sure that they have him if they’re in the pennant race.

  50. Robert Says:

    Jim hendry said zambranos actions last night were intolerable…..so how does he explain his actions as gm

  51. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    He explains his actions as GM by rewarding Zambrano with a 5 year extension with a full no-trade clause.

  52. Robert Says:

    Old mchendry ran a team eieio…and on that team he had a couple nut jobs with a z and a bradley here and a z and a bradley there eieio…with a no trade clause here and a no trade clause there old mchendry ran a team

  53. genrebuster Says:

    30 days? You have got to be kidding me…put him on ice until he can be traded…period.

    FIRE JIM HENDRY. FIRE CRANE KENNEY.

    BOYCOTT Wrigley and force Ricketts to take action.

    You may say I’m a dreamer…but I’m not the only one!

  54. genrebuster Says:

    Just saw this on Cubs.com:

    Neuroscience [Moderator] 10 hours ago
    Hendry instead should apologize to Chicago fans for dismantling a contending team, hiring an incompetent manager and signing mediocre players to ridiculous contracts…the man is a disaster. His public apology to the Braves should have been private; he only did it to draw more attention to Zambrano…Hendry and Quade orchestrated this by putting him on waivers, pitching him the next night knowing he would be upset, and then leaving him in a meaningless game during a lost season way too long. Too bad Z didn’t throw at Quade and Hendry.

    After 65 years of cheering on the Cubs I will not watch another game, buy any product that has sponsored them or attend another game at Wrigley until we have a new manger and GM…and it would be nice to have an owner who isn’t “fanboy”. What a mess!

  55. Robert Says:

    I bet carrie shat herself reading that

  56. Jimmy D. Says:

    3 fucking errors…through 5 innings. Jesus, what ever happened to fundamental baseball (for professionals)???

  57. Robert Says:

    Well jimmy you know they will all be blamed on starlin and darwin quazi wont call out the vets

  58. Jimmy D. Says:

    AND, they won in spite of all the ineptitude!!!

  59. Yeti Says:

    I bet Carrie doesn’t read the comments on the stories. Who goes to cubs.com these days? That baffles me. The only reason I will go is in case I want to buy tickets (which, the last time would have been April 2010). There are other sources for Cubs news out there.

  60. Yeti Says:

    When I say “other sites”, I mean Bleed Cubbie Blue

  61. Kevin Gregg's stats on Sunday Says:

    Baltimore leading 8-1 going into the 9th…

    4 hits, 2 walks, 4 earned runs, ZERO outs.

    How’s that for serviceable?

  62. robert Says:

    thought you may find this interesting

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/778036-pro-wrestling-the-50-most-controversial-figures-in-wrestling-history?utm_campaign=outbrain&utm_source=outbrain.com&utm_medium=referral

  63. chucky Says:

    Is Kevin Gregg getting tips from Carlos Marmol? Why would any team want either one of these useless sacks of shit?

  64. genrebuster Says:

    This could be the year!

    baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    I hope Zambrano is finished. None of his bullshit surprises me. BORING….and……………PATHETIC.

  65. genrebuster Says:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/7073783-452/cubs-are-culpable-too-in-carlos-zambrano-fiasco.html

  66. chucky Says:

    Nice article Genre. Thank you that link.

  67. genrebuster Says:

    I think they/we are at a crossroads…there is an opportunity to make some serious and needed changes….or very soon a lot of the passengers are going to jump off the train (myself included)…

    It’s amazing how much mediocrity is rewarded, when there are so many intelligent and excellent people who would love to do a better job. I’m not just talking baseball.

  68. erniesarmy Says:

    I agree, nice article, but so what? It’s all noting but words. Why doesn’t this guy get an interview with Ricketts and ask him point blank what he intends to do to change the culture of Cubdom? Why is he sticking with Hendry and Kenney when all baseball sense screams for them being given their pink slips?

    Writing an article in a newspaper means little if Ricketts isn’t getting mobbed by outraged fans and reporters anywhere and everywhere his sorry mug appears.

    I’ve been a Cub fan for as long as the writer of this article, and Tom Ricketts is by far the most sorry excuse for an owner I have ever seen, not just in baseball, but in any sport. And that includes Donald Sterling and Frank McCourt.

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