Open CUBS thread…1-2-3…go!

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…let’s not pollute Fro’s thread on Mr. Tillman any further…have at it, my frendts!

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18 Responses to “Open CUBS thread…1-2-3…go!”

  1. genrebuster Says:

    ernie, pie, chucky, the rest of you…I appreciate you keeping it going around here!

  2. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Hmmm…speculation (read: speculation) suggests Cubs are front-runner for Aroldis Chapman.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/allstar08/story/_/id/17137434/chicago-cubs-closing-aroldis-chapman

    Main points from the article:

    CHICAGO – A deal sending New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for Class-A shortstop Gleyber Torres is close to completion, according to multiple sources familiar with the trade.

    Torres, 19, would be the centerpiece going back to the Yankees as he’s the Cubs top ranked prospect and 15th in baseball, according to ESPN.com’s prospect expert Keith Law

    It’s not clear when the deal for Chapman – if it’s completed – will be announced. He’s set to become a free agent after this season.

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    … Jeff Passan said there’s more pieces involved. I’m cool with it as long as Chapman is more than a one-year rental. And no other key prospects are involved.

    Chapman-Rondon-Montgomery-Wood-Strop-Cahill-Nathan-Edwards…that’s a big improvement over what the ‘pen looked like in June (Warren/Grimm/Richard/Patton/Peralta/Concepcion)

  3. erniesarmy Says:

    Cubs get Chapman for four players I know little about. I also understand Cubs didn’t sign Chapman beyond this year, which I thought was essential before Theo would agree to the deal. I like the fact we finally got a legit closer, but did the F.O. give up too much? Is it wise to make a deal for a 2 month rental? If he goes after this season, then they’re right back where they started. Obviously, if they win it all then those questions are moot. But, can they win it all even with Chapman?

    For me, they still lack the kind of playoff pressure experience as a team that they are going to need to overcome past failures. Can they develop a “tough game” mentality before October? As I remarked in another comment I made a few weeks ago; can this bunch make it over the hill of “108 years of W.S. futility, and 71 years of Pennant futility” that will be flooding their heads in a game 6 with the score 3-2, and they only need 3 more outs? I don’t care if they had Mariano Rivera in his prime in the bullpen, until that mental issue is resolved, I will remain skeptical!

    For me, the jury is still out. But, Genre and I are glad they didn’t trade Schwarber.

  4. genrebuster Says:

    I wouldn’t 2nd guess Theo on much…but yes, I think/hope that Schwarber is a keeper.

    Chapman can be dominating…worth the risk, as it’s been 108 fucking years.

    I’m no expert – I just don’t have the time to research the prospects – but from what I’ve read the Cubs’ farm system is absolutely loaded. There’s simply not room for all of them to play for the Cubs…hopefully you get value for value.

    Theo and crew have managed to rebuild the farm system, after Hendry raped and pillaged it; most impressive given the relatively short time involved.

    If Chapman pitches well, and the Cubs continue to hit, there is much to look forward to.

    In the meantime, I like the way Rondon has been developing, and I like what is being stated in this article, by him and Maddon: http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-cubs/hector-rondon-understands-why-cubs-would-make-big-trade-yankees

  5. genrebuster Says:

    “Warren returns to the Yankees after four unsuccessful months with the Cubs, where he was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in 29 games and was optioned Sunday to Triple-A Iowa.

    The trade reunites Warren with Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild.”

    So, he’s back with Lawrence, who I hear did wonders for Mark Prior… http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-cubs-aroldis-chapman-20160725-story.html

  6. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Offense made another comeback to tie it in the 9th. Rizzo showing poise in the clutch.

    Bullpen…I guess we just have to hope Montgomery is adjusting to a new team. Horrible so far but only two outings.

  7. chucky Says:

    Have I told anyone here just how fucking much I hate the fucking White Sox? If I have to listen to that insane, pathetic fucking asshole Hawk Harrelson screaming one more time I’m going to shoot my goddamned television. I can’t wait for this fucking series to over. It’s fucking meaningless. The only “bragging rights” I give a goddamn about is winning the fucking World Series. The goddamned Sox can stick that stupid “Crosstown Cup” up their asses for all I care!

    AND PRINT IT!!!!!!!

  8. erniesarmy Says:

    I see Chucky hit another one out onto Waveland again. Chucky, don’t you ever get tired of being right all the time?
    Do Sox fans really like Harrelson? I mean seriously? Harry Carey was an Einstein compared to him.

    I agree with Pie, only two outings, the guys got to have more opportunities before we call Theo a dunce.

    But, like I’ve said, Cubs lose another game because they cannot get the clutch hit, or the clutch out. That has to change.

  9. dvxprime Says:

    Hawk Harrelson is STILL in the booth for the White Sox? Damn…

    I remember Boers and Bernstein actually geting him on their show to bust his balls/call him out on some BS he made during one of the Sox’ games’.

  10. chucky Says:

    Ha!! Thanks Ernie! It’s always appreciated my frendt! DVX….Boers and Bernstein have called out Harrelson on more than one occasion. They had an absolute field when Hawk lost his mind on a call by umpire Mark Wegner. And there was an interview with Boers and Brian Hanley. Boers called him out on the carpet and, thick as a fucking brick, defended his saying certain people were completely incapable of understanding baseball.

    But there’s more to my disdain of the Sox besides that nutcase Harrelson. It’s the ownership, the management, and their goddamned idiot fans that make me absolutely hate that franchise with a passion. Those fans could actually make me cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals. Seriously. Harrelson contributes to that too. It says a lot about that team and their fanbase to make me do that. The Sox could play the Cardinals, and I’ll pull for the Cards. And I can’t stand them. It’s been said Cardinal fans are the absolute worst in all of sports. Not true. Sox fans are 10 times worse.

  11. erniesarmy Says:

    Now the Cubs cannot get an offense going, and Bryant can’t handle the change up? And Theo is betting the farm on this team to go all the way? Good luck, my friend. You’ve got a lot to learn about Cub history.

    Chucky, you are correct. Hawk Harrelson is a disgrace to the game of baseball, period!

  12. E=mc2 Says:

    Dear Mr. Ernie,

    Your comment regarding Mr. Carey made me chuckle. I applaud you for that, sir.

    You’ve also piqued my curiosity. I’ve examined the data and conclude that Mr. Hawk is indeed a dullard. Poor fellow.

    I’ve been evaluating Chicago Cubs data since 1908, and have concluded the following: moving forward it will be very difficult for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball team to win a World Series; clearly, there are no guarantees.

    The data also shows that the Boston Red Sox went 86 years – from 1918 to 2004 – between World Series victories. And, I see that Mr. Epstein is given much credit for his role in the 2004 World Series championship, as well as the 2007 World Series championship.

    You may be unfamiliar with my work, but rest assured that I am a scientist, first and foremost. I deal with facts, not magic. Mr. Epstein seems to be a fairly bright fellow. Perhaps his examination of the data will lead to decisions that enable long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans to someday experience the joy of a World Series victory.

    Hope springs eternal, I have heard it said.

    Fondly, Albert

  13. erniesarmy Says:

    Okay, Genre, you can come out now. I see your Michael Jordan Nike’s behind the curtain. You can’t fool me! Ha! Ha!

  14. genrebuster Says:

    ernie…for the record, I loved MJ as a player and consider him the all-time greatest NBA player…but I’ve never owned or worn Air Jordan shoes! HA HA HA

  15. erniesarmy Says:

    Hey, Genre, I saw this on Facebook:

    “No hitting against 2 garbage pitchers. Maddon’s excessive tinkering with the line-up and positions is messing with the chemistry and rhythm of the team. In certain situations fine, but it’s everyday now and getting ridiculous. Heyward needs a week off, get rid of Montero, send down LaStella, bring back Almora and for heaven’s sake stop putting catchers in left field! Contreras is a catcher and needs more time behind the plate! Not everyone needs to be a utility guy.”

    This was in response to yesterday’s lack luster performance. I think the writer has some good points – especially Maddon’s infuriating tinkering with positioning players – what do you and the other guys think?

    I am starting to look at Maddon and see visions of Leo Durocher, somebody make it stop!

  16. Pie in the Sky Says:

    “Not everyone needs to be a utility guy” exactly what I was saying one month ago. Spend less time trying to play every position and spend more time perfecting that one position, batting practice, etc.

  17. genrebuster Says:

    I do agree with you guys on “not everyone has to be a utility guy”.

  18. genrebuster Says:

    Montgomery…so far, I’m not sold.

    But, happy with 3 wins in a row.

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