Open thread.


50 Responses to “Open thread.”

  1. morpheus Says:

    A rare speck of good news.

  2. Fro Dog Says:


    I guess that’s good news. It seems like Chris Conte in just two weeks, took his job.

  3. Jerry Angelo Says:


  4. Joe Says:

    It was obvious Harris lost a step after the hammy injury.
    But if this is about “production” as they say it is, then Jerry would have been fired about three years ago.

  5. genrebuster Says:

    That was a helluva ending to Game 6…wow.

  6. robert Says:

    moe is gone

    next to go should be uncle fester

    after that marlon turd

  7. chucky Says:

    Clown Kenney first. Sorry-ass-ono next. No matter what it takes.

    And if “Uncle Fester” isn’t gone, then what the fuck is the point in getting Epstein?

  8. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    Isn’t Robert referring to Quade as Uncle Fester?

    Regardless, I agree with what you both are saying. Epstein is here and Jed Hoyer from San Diego will be the GM. This is good news. I said two weeks ago that this will be a process to get this franchise going in the right direction for the first time in a century.

    It’s going to take 1-2 years to unload the shitty contracts so in 2012 and 2013, we are going to see mostly minor league talent in starting roles to see what we have down on the farm. The only veterans we will see will be ones that are off the scrap heap and for cheap. I am fine with that though because I know that Epstein and the boys are cleaning house. Once the draft picks and farm players are figured out, then the big trades/free agent signing will occur. This will also take another 1-2 years.

    I am fine with this plan. It is the right way to do it. We smart fans here know that this is the right way and that patience will be needed. And what’s another five years on top of the 103 anyway? Does anybody else think this is the ideal timeline? I thought that this should have been the way to do things after Dusty was mercifully not re-hired to return back in 2006.

  9. Robert Says:

    Matt who else could pass for festers twin

  10. Ron Santo's Legs Says:

    Congratulations to St. Louis for coming back and winning their second World Series in five years. I only wish the friggin’ Scrubs would have taken notes on that franchise years ago and see what it takes to win. And to think that they were down to their last strike twice Thursday night and still, found a way to win.

  11. Nemo Says:

    FUCK YOU, CARLOS MARMOL!!!! Get your pathetic ass back from the Dominican and come listen to the fireworks going off all around me you ballwashing bastard!!!!!!

    Theo-cut this sack of horseshit, NOW!!! Make him a fucking example!!!

  12. genrebuster Says:

    Man oh man…like it or not, you gotta hand it to the Cardinals.

    The end of game 6 was pretty amazing — shades of Yankees/Red Sox. Talk about a team that doesn’t quit…unlike the 2003 Cubs who played gutless baseball after the Bartman play. We can Thank the players and most of all the PATHETIC excuse of a manager Dusty Baker for that. And all who still believe that Bartman is the reason the Cubs lost in 2003 are once again invited to remove their heads from their collective asses.

    And like it or not, Theo won’t be able to turn the Cubs around overnight…but I am very happy he’s been given the opportunity to do so; I like what he said.

    Nemo, I agree on Marmol.

    As most of us here have been suggesting…blow the shit up, clean house.

  13. chucky Says:

    Genre… mention the dumb bastards who blame Bartman for the Cubs choking out in 03, but how about the assbags who STILL blame a fucking goat?

    Those fans absolutely make me fucking gag.

  14. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Don’t be surprised if many of these guys are still here or return for 2012. Dempster and Soriano are reportedly coming back already. Quade still has one year on his contract. Z also has one remaining year. Ramirez wants back now…

    Epstein may want a first-hand view of them in 2012 before he makes any rash decisions. Not like they have anyone else who is going to play. I just want them out after the 2012 offseason. No long-term commitments to these guys please!

  15. jimmyd Says:

    I don’t know. I was totally against the initial signing of Soriano. But now, that he’s shown that he’s an elite hitter, on-base-percentage guy, great fielder, team leader, etc., perhaps it’s time to really pay this guy and give him a long term contract. Maybe something in the 38 year, $12 billion dollar range, with another 16 years in player options. Oops, sorry, I forgot that Hendry is gone.

  16. genrebuster Says:

    I was worried until the last line….

    Screw A-Ram. I wouldn’t bring him back, what has he done when it really mattered?

    And Zambrano should be thrown out with the rest of the garbage. Trade him for a bag of shells.

    As for the “goat fans”….PATHETIC.

  17. chucky Says:

    Genre…I just heard something on the radio that I found interesting. You may too.

    The Cubs may well pick up A-Rams option. If he turns it down, which is thought to be likely, the Cubs get another draft pick because of his status as a free agent. One thing Epstein and his crew are really looking forward to is the draft next June. Ramirez wants a 3 or 4 year deal, and will probably have to go elsewhere to get it. Epstein wants as many draft picks as he can get. If it works out like that, then I think they should pick up the option. I understand your point about Ramirez, but this sounds like good business to me. And we both know the Cubs have lacked that over the years.

    Another bit of hopeful news is that the guy on the radio, Ben Finfer is his name I think, said he thinks it’s about a 99.9% chance that Dr. Evil Mike Quade will be gone. I hope to god he’s right. I cannot, and I WILL NOT sit through another year of Quades stupid, retarded, bullshit nicknames. Honestly, I never want to see that goddamned idiot ever again. I’ve had more than enough.

  18. jimmyd Says:

    La Russa retired. Perhaps they’ll make Mark McGwire the new manager. I respect what La Russa has accomplished on the diamond, but that other fucking hack shouldn’t be allowed near a ballpark. He certainly shouldn’t be allowed to wear a World Series Champion ring. What a fucking travesty that is.

  19. jimmyd Says:

    OMG!!! Just saw this comment about La Russa…it’s priceless!!!

    I’d congratulate Tony, but “I’m not here to talk about the past.”

  20. chucky Says:

    jimmy…..What would really be priceless is if that bastard McGwire had said it!

  21. genrebuster Says:

    chucky, they picked up A-RAm’s option but he’ll opt out…I understand the biz part of it, ok by me. The Cubs will be better off without him, mark my words.

    …as for Quade…I think it’s obvious to anybody that knows baseball that he isn’t the right man for the job. Next.


  22. Clifton Says:

    Forte reporting that organization isnt loyal will take them out of free agent signings and make them vunerable to draft picks holding out….someone needs to think about the future as well…jerry will have us in basement in the near future….he is worst than jerry krause

  23. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    Here it is folks the next 3 games, 5 losses by thanxgiving and it`s time for Jerry to go. and his great drafting eyes roll.

  24. chucky Says:

    Breaking News!!!!!

    Dr. Evil is NOT coming back!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Theo. You just earned this weeks paycheck.

    And forget about Sandberg too. Theo said Quades replacement will have managerial experience at the major league level. I didn’t want Sandberg anyway. Too much of a feel-good move for my taste.

  25. genrebuster Says:

    EXCELLENT news.

    Theo was reported as stating that the next Cubs manager “must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.”….fine with me.

  26. Joe Says:

    Cubs fire Quade

    This is just the type of decision the Cubs need. Take all the sentiment out of it. Hire killers. Have the assassin mentality–win, or you’re gone. Is this respect, Steinbrenner was right. And he was running out of fingers for rings.
    That’s how the Red Sox finally won the WS. They were three games down to the Yankees, didn’t get emotional, just played sound baseball, and forgot about any “curse” that said they couldn’t win.
    Unemotional baseball kills curses.
    Emotional baseball keeps you “loveable losers” who like to sing “Go, Cubs, Go” with the six-year-olds. (Get rid of that fucking song…)

  27. chucky Says:

    You guys should hear some of the callers on Boers and Bernstein today. God-DAMN some of these Cub fans are dumb motherfuckers. Somebody calls in asking about the chances of Brenly getting the job. Bernstein answers the question, then two callers later somebody else calls in and asks the same goddamn question! Terry Boers said it best: Listening is a skill, and some of you don’t have it.

    No wonder why they have the Twilight Zone theme music going today. I’m just glad that I won’t have to listen to that idiot Quades stupid nicknames. I’m sure Starlin Castro agrees with me.

  28. chucky Says:

    Joe….what pissed me off about that retarded song was the fact that 40,000 drunken morons sang that shit when the Cubs won their 60th game. It didn’t matter to any of these numbnuts that that win came in September!

    God I hate these fuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Matt Stairs Superfan Says:

    That’s good news to me too. Another reason why I think having Sandberg manage the team is a bad idea is because we all loved him as a player and if he ended up being a shitty manager too, then most of us would probably want to forget everything he did as a player. I would sign on with Brenly as a manager. I am not sure he would though as he seems to happy as an analyst.

    If we all think our situation is ugly, someone should look at Frank McCourt and the Dodger organization. Can you please this guy trying to sell the team when they still owe about 10 former players money? I saw on that Manny Ramirez is still owed about $20 million. And the name I found to be shocking was that Marquis Grissom who hasn’t played since 2005, is still owed around $3 million. Talk about a shopping spree!

  30. chucky Says:

    Hey Matt….Did you hear one of the names being thrown out as a potential buyer of the Dodgers?

    Mark Cuban.

  31. Robert Says:

    This orginization is doing things quickly and efficiently….is this the cubs or the steeler orginazation i am watching ….( jimmy and mad city i realize you may think its the packers)

  32. Nemo Says:

    Guys, I don’t think I like this. Maybe Sandberg is not ready to be the manager, but for fuck’s sake, the CARDINALS are going to at least interview him!!! They know a thing or two about hiring good managers and winning.

    I don’t know how seriously the Cardinals are going to consider him, but I CANNOT have Sandberg on my tv and in my newspaper the next 3 years (or many more) managing the GODDAMN Cardinals!!! Pay Sandberg a bigger salary than any manager in baseball (except the Cubs) just to coach 3rd base-but the Cubs cannot let him go THERE !!!!!!

    I was completely prepared to end my boycott and start going to some games next year-but not if Sandberg is in my face every fucking day reminding me of the historic ineptitude of the Cubs.

  33. genrebuster Says:

    Joe, great post…I couldn’t agree more.

    Had the Cubs followed your advice in 2003, Steve Bartman wouldn’t have had to go through what he has…and we might not be waiting for the 1st Cubs WS title in 104 years…yep, count ’em.


  34. genrebuster Says:

    Nemo…I’m fine with bringing in Sandberg as a coach…but I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t.

  35. chucky Says:

    Nemo….I respectfully disagree. I heard something on the radio that made a lot of sense to me. I will try do this myself. I am only going to concern myself with what the Cubs do. I don’t care who the Cardinals hire. As far as I’m concerned, they can hire god to manage them. I don’t care. Worrying about St. Louis is doing doesn’t get the Cubs closer to the World Series title.

    The only reason to hire Sandberg is sentiment. What has that gotten us? An idiot GM who bid against himself with free agents,and shafted the team with contracts too bloated to unload, a shithole stadium that smells like piss and filled daily with 40,000 drunken assbags who only care about who is singing the seventh inning stretch, Dr. Evil managing like a retard, and is more concerned about what nicknames to give players than winning, and most importantly, a 103 year title drought. I don’t give a goddamn what any other team does next year. This is just what I plan on doing. I’m not saying you should. I think it’ll save me a lot of stress. And if you’ve read some of my rants, you know that will be a good thing.

  36. genrebuster Says:


  37. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:


  38. robert Says:

    For all of the people down on theo for not interviewing ryno…remember this is the same guy who in 2004 traded the most popular red sox of the last 20 years nomar garciaparra….what did they do that year

  39. Pie in the Sky Says:

    I’m honestly not that high on Epstein but we’ll see. He’s not inheriting a goldmine from Dan Duquette. He’ll also have about 20% less of a payroll. This will be a much harder task then winning at Boston. I hope he surprises me.

    There’s just something with Cubs ownership and Sandberg. Epstein interviewed him last year for the Red Sox AAA gig and now he won’t even give him an interview? Strange. The Phillies rave about him and the Cardinals at least gave him an interview.

    The early reports are that the top candidates are Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux. Any opinion on those guys?

  40. jimmyd Says:

    I think Dale Sveum is a tool and we need to stay as far away from him as possible.

  41. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    Virginia Mccaskey has been engaged in talks to sell the Bears.

  42. Fro Dog Says:


    Where is your source for that comment you just made? I enjoy most of the posters here but I think your comments lately have been a little “off”. Whatever you are smoking, I don’t want it.

  43. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    I`ll post it and my Dad said someone approched her about selling them team.

    Take it for what you will

  44. chucky Says:

    Well, I for one hope to hell that is accurate. It’s long overdue for that old bitch to put out to pasture……..forever!

  45. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    We shall see, of course there would be ppl who would want the team, they could be the number 1 money maker with a new stadium and or more marketing. I`d love it, hopefully a classy owner like Ryan could be, maybe it is Patrick Ryan.

  46. ambrose Says:

    I wonder what bullshit excuse Angelo will come up with for this particular debacle.

  47. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    Well if the team gets sold we won`t have to deal with Angelo anymore, I`m expecting upgrades in gm and head coach, Why do I get this feeling the Eagles are going to put it on them?

  48. chucky Says:

    Kevin…..Because the Eagles have a better team, a better coaching staff, and better ownership than the Bears.

  49. Kevin Hill (@kjh71can) Says:

    Ya it could get scary tommorow night, watching Conte who btw was slated for a 7th round pick or college free agent, Bears picked him 3rd , its this kind of drafting that has hindered the Bears reaching and getting a lot of busts not to say Conte is just saying a real reach.

  50. chucky Says:

    Kevin…..If you want to see scary watch the Bears get mauled by Green Bay on Christmas night. THAT will be one ugly ass kicking.


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