Sorry about the lack of writing, been busy with the paying gig. A little bit of food for thought though... - The Cubs are currently on a five-game win streak, already surpassing last year's high-water mark of four. In 2005, they twice reached the five-game mark getting up to as high as seven during a streak that started at the end of May and ended in early June. - The game notes fron Len and Bob's blog is chocked full of optimism about our streak. - Ryne Sandberg got ejected Monday night for arguing balls and strikes. I'd pay to see that video. - Jon Heyman of with a ridiculous piece about Zambrano possibly reaching the trading block this year. It does paint a ominous picture about Z resigning before he reaches free agency though. Thank you Tribune, thank you Jim Hendry. - Cubs are 5-4 in games with the wind blowing in at Wrigley, 0-2 with the wind blowing out and 2-3 when there's a cross-wind. Bet you would have never guessed that.


It's hard to imagine Ryno being ejected. Not sure I ever saw him argue let alone be tossed.

Rob G.:
Jon Heyman of with a ridiculous piece about Zambrano possibly reaching the trading block this year. It does paint a ominous picture about Z resigning before he reaches free agency though. Thank you Tribune, thank you Jim Hendry.

Why would the Cub's try to trade for Z? They already have him. Stoooo-piiiid!

just need to point out how absurd that article was (emphasis added)...

If a trade involving Zambrano -- known to friends as simply "Z'' -- does happen, it may not have anything to do with Zambrano and Piniella butting heads in mid April. Yet, it was no surprise that two of the more competitive, temperamental people in the game would have a rough moment or two.

The first one came early. After a tough 6-5 defeat to the Reds on April 13, Piniella snapped over a question regarding what wasn't working. "What the hell do you think isn't working? You see the damn game," Piniella said. "This guy's your ace. You have a 5-0 lead with the eighth and ninth hitters coming up. You feel pretty good about that, and all of a sudden it turns into a six-run inning. What do I do? I pitch him when it's his turn again. What else can I do?''

Not much was said about Zambrano's reaction at the time. But you can hardly blame Zambrano, who'd been used to Dusty Baker's soft selling, if he was thrown for a loop by those remarks. In any case, one person close to them insisted of Zambrano and Piniella: "They're fine.''

Actually, Zambrano has responded well to Piniella's outburst. He's found his game lately; he's 3-2 and hasn't lost one since Piniella's tirade.

so I have no sources saying there's any riff, I actually have a source saying everything is fine but I'm going to write a big speculation piece about how Z and Piniella are butting heads and Z wants to go. Yeah journalism....

you mean you can't believe everything you read in the newspapers?? (as scarcasitic as you can make it sound)

ROB: You have wind blowing out, in and cross-wind. Do you have a "no-wind-at-all" stat?


SIGNINGS/TRADES - if the Cubs are lucky enough to be in the race around the break, do any of you feel, with the "lame duck" ownership, that Hendry will make ANY moves at all?

What did he do?? Call the ump a penis with a little hat on? LOL!

...about how Z and Piniella are butting heads
Just tell Z and Lou both to wear helmets, we don't want either injured. What, a figure of speech? Doesn't Heyman claim to have it on video?

ROB: You have wind blowing out, in and cross-wind. Do you have a “no-wind-at-all” stat?

Are you being serious?

Stats in the post add up to 7-9, our home record. Shall I make up some games?

"Are you being serious?"

C'mon, Rob.

Not having read Al's interview yet, I am wondering if he asked anything asking Michael if he feels he can set the record for passed-balls in a season?

...wondering if he asked Michael...

Um, no. Al doesn't roll like that.

Barrett is a terrific person, I'll agree. Truly unique in a self-serving professional sports world.

As a defensive backstop - geesh!

He said Soriano did a good job in center....


I heard Steve Stone speculate on WSCR that despite statements to the contrary, that the Cubs have NO room to take on significant salary at the deadline without moving some.

Bear in mind this was part of one of Steve's frequent (frequent!) rants about how the team should have not signed DeRosa and Soriano and instead used the money for Zambrano, Barrett and mid-season moves.

He said Soriano did a good job in center….

What do you want him to say? That he sucked? Of course he is going to say Soriano did a good job.

I heard Steve Stone speculate on WSCR that despite statements to the contrary

How would Stone know?

aren't Stone and McDonough best buddies?

since Trib doesn't seem willing to sign Z, I doubt they'll take any multi-year contracts. Maybe an expiring contract though....

well... maybe I am the only one, but I take whatever Stone has to say about the Cubs with a grain of salt.

he is just a bit bitter about his experience with the Cubs and is obviously biased against Cubs management.

padres @ braves tonight:

Justin Germano vs Anthony Lerew

really sucked if you ended up with the Tuesday ticket instead of Wednesday...

tomorrow's matchup is Maddux vs. Smoltz

yeah, I don't buy anything beyond the actual game between the lines from Stone, but it's possible he has some info.

Appropo of nothing, I just noticed that somebody yanked my handle in the previous thread and mocked MikeC. Not that I'm wary of conflict, but I'd like to take credit for it if that's my goal. And I'd like not to receive blame for any unnecessary trash talking.

My point: any chance of MVN registering users any time in our near future? Or do I need to get a more creative name or just post more often to stake a claim?

Thanks, as always, for a great place to de-lurk once in a while.

Ryno must have said "gosh" or "heck"

That's like Ned Flanders getting arrested for public indecency.

I'm not sure how that happened, it was a different email address that happened to have Stevens in it, maybe it was just a case of similar names crossing paths. Not sure he was trying to rip-off your name but I'm not positive.

i blame yosh.

lol, I wonder how desperate the Yanks are? Rivera for Dempster straight up?

ESPN talking about "What's wrong with Mariano Rivera" again... as if this is the first year ESPN has watched baseball.

Nate Silver's top 50 players in MLB... The only Cub listed is Z, at 28... D. Lee is an honorable mention... are you kidding me?
Nate Silver's Top 50 player in MLB...
Only Cub is Z at 28. D.Lee is honorable mention...
Are you kidding me?
POO HOLES is #1...


i blame yosh.

i blame barrett.

anyone have a lineup for tonight?

Anybody see that article on about the top 50 players in baseball? Lee and Ramirez weren't on it. Z was 28, or something.

Soriano 7
Theriot 4
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
Floyd 9
Barrett 2
Jones 8
Izzy 6
Lilly 1

Duffy 8
Jack Wilson 6
Sanchez 4
Bay 7
Nady 9
LaRoche 3
Paulino 2
Jose Bautista 5
Snell 1

Soriano 7
Theriot 4
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
Floyd 9
Barrett 2
Jones 8
Izzy 6
Lilly 1

Meh, Izturis again. What's wrong with DeRosa?

Um, my comments are not appearing on the site. Weird.

Steve Stone is very annoying. I liked him when he worked with Harry. Since then? Not so much. Go away, "Stoney."

Two lefties the next 2 days so Derosa will certainly play.

But yeah, beyond the glove, maybe Lou feels Izturis is ready to break out of his career slump. Afterall he is three for his last 12.


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  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • ROSS #100!

    cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.

    crunch 6 hours 45 sec ago view
  • Just noticed that Baez's current walk-up song is "Informer" by Snow. Dear God. That's world class bad.

    misterwhipple 6 hours 3 min ago view

    crunch 6 hours 10 min ago view
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    johann 7 hours 2 min ago view