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Jake Arrieta?

February 13, 2021

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30889515/chicago-cubs-jake-arrieta-reach-agreement-one-year-deal

I’m ok with this, if it happens. Not a bad move, IMOP. Thoughts?

Are the Cubs selling out?

January 24, 2021

https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2021/01/24/yes-ive-seen-the-bryant-hendricks-cubs-blue-jays-trade-rumor-sigh/

If they trade Bryant AND Hendricks, I’ll have to think thrice about Jed Hoyer, and the Cubs ownership. Are they trying to compete with the Bears?

Trading Hendricks makes no sense…he’s not a velocity pitcher, his ‘age’ should not be a factor. And they’ve traded Darvish already. What’s next?

Darvish and Caratini have been traded …who’s next?

December 29, 2020

I’ve been mostly distracted since the gig economy was disrupted 9 months ago. To be honest, it was hard (for me) to take this past season seriously.

Darvish was great this year in a 60-game season. Caratini was more than solid, and there are rumors that Contreras may be traded (?).

Salary dump? Tanking 2021 to build the farm and bounce back in 2022?

My frendts…what do you think?

Bye bye Theo.

November 17, 2020

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30336168/chicago-cubs-championship-architect-theo-epstein-steps-down

https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/11/17/breaking-theo-epstein-stepping-down-as-president-of-the-chicago-cubs-jed-hoyer-takes-over/

Having experienced the 2016 Cubs World Series Championship under Theo’s watch, I’ll always be grateful for his part in making it happen.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up….thoughts?

The ‘Toothpick Chomping Idiot’ strikes again…!

October 18, 2020

My frendts: consider this post a shout out to the individual who ‘inspired’ many of us to band together here at firejerryangelo.com and the many others who frequented the original Fire Dusty Baker site, firedustybaker.com

Fro Dog kept the site alive – by creating THIS site in August 2008 after “bobbyd” had mysteriously disappeared from the internet. I’ve often wondered what happened to bobbyd, and whether or not he was alive to enjoy the 2016 season when the Cubs finally won another World Series.

Here’s Fro’s 1st post from this site:
https://firejerryangelo.org/2008/08/01/hello-world/#comments

To be fair, you could say that the Astros overachieved…but it’s not the first time a Dusty led team has, only to fall short. This time, his team ‘teased’ the fans by losing the first 3 in a best of 7, only to win games 4-6 and even the series. But unlike the Red Sox, they couldn’t pull off the almost unthinkable…so here we are.

I don’t know Dusty Baker personally – by many accounts he’s a great guy’ – but some of the crap he spewed in 2003 when the Cubs were in control and yet self-imploded was too much for me. His mis-managment of the Cubs in the 2003 NLCS was EPIC.

After falling behind behind 2 games to none, the Cubs came back to win 3 in a row and were a mere 5 outs away in Game 6 at Wrigley Field from going to the World Series for the first time since 2008. The Marlins then scored 8 runs in the 8th inning, to defeat the Cubs 8-3. None of it was Bartman’s fault, I’ll forever give most of the credit to Dusty Baker (and some to Moises ‘piss hands’ Alou)…

https://www.reddit.com/r/Cubs/comments/84lmo7/did_moises_alou_piss_on_his_hands_or_was_that_an/

Yet there was a still a game 7…and we know how that went…BRUTAL:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_National_League_Championship_Series

Astros fans, no worries: Dusty promises that the Astros “will be back”…and he still has a way with words! bwahahahaha bwahahahahahaha hahahahahaha hahaha

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2084707416963/dusty-baker-astros-will-be-back-in-this-position-next-year-after-alcs-loss

And here’s another… https://theathletic.com/1837888/2020/05/26/stark-no-toothpicks-no-spitting-dusty-baker-on-the-strange-twist-in-his-last-hurrah/

If ‘toothpick chomping idiot’ seems overly harsh or malicious, please understand that it was merely a nod to those of you who’ve been checking in for more than a few years. Perhaps “Dustfuck’ would have been too harsh, and ‘Dustbin’ too blase (?).

We’ll see if the Braves can avoid a choke and win Game 7 (can’t pull for the Dodgers, due to Steve FUCKING Garvey). But given their postseason performance history, it will tough to bet on them should they prevail.

Thanks again to the 2016 Cubs (shout out to Joe Maddon and Theo Espstein) for winning the World Series.


Comments welcomed.

Why am I NOT surprised?

October 2, 2020

The Marlins (Fucklins?) did it again!

Much as I wanted to, I never really believed the Cubs had a chance this year. They shot out of the gate but couldn’t sustain the energy for 60 games (less than 1/2 a normal season). They limped into the playoffs (again) and the hitting was almost non-existent (when it really matters).

I expect a very different roster next year. So does the guy who wrote this article: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/why-cubs-early-playoff-exit-is-end-of-the-road-for-core-group-that-won-2016-world-series/

Any thoughts? I promise not to be offended if nobody wants to weigh in…it was difficult for me to be excited about, much less pay attention during this ‘mini-season’.

Wait till next year.

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

And now, a Cubs no-hitter.

September 13, 2020

Alec Mills pitched a no-hitter today. And, Baez stole home. And, the Bears came from behind to beat the Lions. Glorious!
https://www.espn.com/mlb/recap?gameId=401226377

2nd one at Miller Park…Zambrano pitched one in 2008 against the Astros.

https://www.mlb.com/cubs/news/cubs-have-two-no-hitters-at-miller-park

That’s all, my frendts…I’m going for a walk in the woods. Carry on!

Another ex-Cub is gone.

September 6, 2020

Lou Brock has left the building.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29826575/hall-famer-lou-brock-cardinals-base-stealing-icon-dies-81

Worst trade in MLB history? You be the judge.

Countdown to Opening Day: 24 Days – The trade of Lou Brock

Kimbrel strikes – err, I mean WALKS – again!

August 30, 2020

https://www.mlb.com/news/craig-kimbrel-struggles-in-cubs-game-2-loss-to-redsKimbrel

Your comments welcomed…IF anybody even cares.

Cubs are playing like it really matters…but will it?

August 12, 2020

So, the Cubs are 12-3, and off to their best start since 1970.

They look great. It seems like David Ross is really connecting with the players, and taking care of business.

Normally I’d be checking the ball scores regularly, but I’m finding it hard to engage…and expecting the season to “end” before it’s completed.

Thoughts, anybody?