Is Today the Day?

The day that will forever be branded into our memories like a Rick Sutcliffe fastball blown by a helpless Joe Orsulak - followed by a leaping Jim Frey as he rushed onto the field tucking his cap into those classic 1984 away pullover jerseys. Maybe it'll be like 1989, with the tying run less than 90 feet away, the Wild Thing saves the day yet again in dramatic fashion versus an overmatched Mike Fitzgerald. And while the play-in game in 1998 was tense enough, there stands a good chance that if we do clinch tonight it'll be similar to waiting around for Neifi Perez to beat the Giants in game 162 rather than a glorious Cubs victory being the defining moment. And the last 3 games for the Northsiders were certainly an unfortunate bump in what will hopefully be an ever-growing road to the promised land, but the Cubs played 156 games before the Marlins series that put them in the position to sustain a pothole or two. And the Cubs might just back into a Central crown or they may win the next 3 games by a combined score of 35-3, just as long as they're playing on Wednesday. Random ranting after the jump.... - For the most part I think Lou has done a bang-up job as manager this year and I do my best not to get too nit-picky about each and every decision. The job of a manager is a series of scenarios where the majority of decisions are choosing between heads or tails and then being roasted for choosing heads although it was clear to the thousand of armchair managers that tails was going to win out this time. It takes a long history of buffoonery before I get too uptight about the manager but yesterday's decision to start Steve Trachsel has got me riled up. Rich Hill had pitched Saturday and could have easily gone on his normal 4 days rest, instead he's being pushed back until Saturday. For a manager who has managed all season like there's no tomorrow and that one win now means one less win needed later, the decision is essentially mind-boggling. You throw your best available pitcher and worry about Saturday when Saturday arrives. We very well could have clinched by that point making a Tracshel or Marshall start utterly meaningless. - You think the Cubs were bad the last 3 games, how about 5 errors in possibly the most crucial game of the year? On top of that, one of the guys you traded away to help fix your bullpen mess, gets your best hitter out representing the winning run at the time, while your bullpen continues to be a mess. And your manager was suspended for a possible bean-ball Code Red the day before? We might have Cubbery, what would you call the Brewers the last few days? (I guess Brewery) - For those worried about the Cubs "backing into the playoffs", let's not forget the 2005 White Sox and 2006 Cardinals. Just get to the dance and see what happens. The Cubs still hold one of the best records in the majors since June 1st(61-46) with only the Yankees, Rockies and Phils I believe doing any better. Yes, it's pretty much an arbitrary cutoff, but it does indicate some good baseball over a sustained period of time.


Ward sprained thumb, likely unavailable the rest of the regular season.

ESPN showing tonight's Padres/Brewers game.

Tomorrow WGN has Cubs/Reds while Fox carries Brewers/Padres in hopefully meaningless games

totally unrelated but I'm sure Wes will appreciate this one..

If Ward is out, is that an opening for wall-slammin' Sammy Fuld?

Never mind, you're just talking about Ward out through Sunday, not off the playoff roster. It's more an opportunity for Pie and Fuld to pinch hit early and Fontenot later.

re #2:

Is it wrong that I found that so funny?

With Ward out for the weekend, once again there will be enough left for the rookies to get some of the clubhouse spread. Let the kids build up some strength for the playoffs... We like the strat- e- gery, Lou.

1998...When we all loved Neifi.

Lets get it done tonight-

"Aaron Harang, who starts Saturday for Cincinnati, has a career record of 8-2 against the Cubs. Padres starter Greg Maddux, who pitches Friday night in Milwaukee, is 14-6 against the Brewers"

nah, I laughed out loud Chad.

yeah, ward's 1-3ab's will be much appreciated by the cubs non-playing youth...well, fontenot at least...

if you want an even better laugh, read through some of the comments.

Bernie usually sucks but decent take on Yost falling apart the last week although a little too much Tony-love for my tastes.

What do you mean, that video is relevant, Rob G. It has the Cubs are tied with the Astros 4-4. And the Mets lost to the Braves...Was there something else about it aside from the scrolling scores in the video that I should have been paying attention to? Because the scroll is about the only thing I watch now.

I saw that news video this morning, Rob.

Really terrific stuff, that one. Don't worry Mr./Ms. Director, the angry phone call is not far away.

Ward gets injured breathing if he has to be on the field.


Fucking A.

Such a good PH. No one talks about him much as a good JH signing, for $1MM.

I hope Murton (yeah, alright, he's playing pretty well) gets all of the starts over Capt. Do-Nothing Monroe.

The Cubs are SO going to clinch today.

I know this.

Such a good PH. No one talks about him much as a good JH signing, for $1MM.

Yea... forgot him on the "good things Hendry has done" list.

But Murton/Monroe's playing time has little/nothing to do with Ward's injury. Ward plays against RHP, Muton/Monroe play against LHP (for the most part).

Yesterday, Bill Murray

sure was looking a lot like Eli Wallach playing the lovable Sal Galucci in " the Pride of Jesse Hallam."

Trans, no more predictions outta you.

Postdictions only.

There's a joke lurking somewhere in the request that I only give postdictions......

Cecil Cooper will stay on as Astros manager next year....

Didn't Dick Pole give great postdictions?

breakdown of potential tie-break scenarios

"breakdown of potential tie-break scenarios"

Great for migraine triggers.

Just getting ready to post that Rob.

The funny part was that MLB had to do a whole bunch of coin flips Thursday just in case some "unforeseen scenarios" happen.

ROB G: I have an advanced Editing student this semester (Avid/Final Cut) who is taking my sound editing class. HE really wants to apprentice up to work for a company editing trailers, if you can believe this.

He has Cub everything on when he comes into lab.

Should I tell him that LA embraces hard-working Chicagoans? Or, to just forget it and get a real job?

MANNY: "The funny part was that MLB had to do a whole bunch of coin flips Thursday just in case some “unforeseen scenarios” happen."

It is pretty comical now, MANNY! Geez! I can't wait to see where all this stuff is on Monday!

Let's HOPE that the Cubs are out of ALL the tie-breaker stuff. PLEASE!

The Cubs will clinch tonight... mainly because i'm sitting on the edge of my chair in the office ready to high-tail my way 4 blocks to GABP. Anyone who wants to join me in dumping beer on each other to celebrate can find me in the rightfield corner sundeck in a ratty blue Cubs had and sweatshirt...

Let’s HOPE that the Cubs are out of ALL the tie-breaker stuff. PLEASE!

You didn't wish that on a monkey's paw, did you?

Because you have to be reeeeal specific with a monkey's paw.

Should I tell him that LA embraces hard-working Chicagoans? Or, to just forget it and get a real job?

Oh lord, I hope you tell all of your students to take a shot at the job they want. (okay, well all the good ones)

Yeah plenty of work for the hard-working and non-stupid people in this town. Plenty of work for the stupid and lazy people actually too.

Thanks. Really great to hear that.

In fact, I tell them about the LA nepotism, and that many people who have industry jobs there may not be as qualified or smart enough to do them (I have heard this too many times from my ex-patriot Chi-town folks).

I do encourage them to give it a shot and let them know that if they carry teir work ethic to the West, they'll find a gig (as you say - the good ones).

I have a former student just started at New Line, last week doing archiving, for example.

teir work ethic=their work ethic

Hey, what can I say? ... Chicks dig the long ball. That's why I jack 'em out. Yesterday, if that was another stadium... I'd have another one.

this has nothing at all to do with baseball....but


(Perfectly safe for work)

Rob we all watch Entourage, we know Cameron quit Aquaman after the first one. That's one of the big reasons why Vinny Chase quit too.

re #34:

Did he offer you free chips and pie?

God, we're geeks.

This ought to be fun. Rotoworld posts a '08 AL Roster projection. Among them, the roster for the Baltimore Orioles, obviously.

I did a doubletake after I read that they suggest that Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno, and Carlos Marmol would look good on it after we trade them to the O's for Tejada and Hayden Penn.

he's coming back for Aquaman 3, hated what Michael Bay did with Aquaman 2, trying to restore the franchise.

I get the seasons in advance remember.

too bad Miggy is a poor excuse for a SS anymore otherwise I'd love that deal.


tejada's SS days should be numbered. he's too tall, too slow, and his range has shunk severely.

i bet he'll make a nice 3rd baseman for one of the LA teams...hell, he'd make a nice 3rd for yanks/bos depending on the arod/lowell situations, but BAL making a trade of that scale with NYY/BOS? hmm...

game thread up

I think it's weird that he's seen such a dramatic dropoff in his range. It's not like he's old now. Baseball Cube has him at 31. Not nearly as old as I thought.

I guess he is little bigger than he used to be.

Maybe Tejada can be the team's Cliff Floyd replacement for 2008!?

I gave up on the Cubs in early June like I never had in my adult life. It was at the point that I honestly stopped checking the scoreboard, I just didn't care...honestly, I felt relieved that I wouldn't have to waste another summer watching day, by day, by day, hanging on each of 250 pitches a game. I thought to myself "It's just not worth it, it's just a game that I have no control over"

It took thi September to remind me again why this is oh so worth it. There is nothing like this that brings a city and community together...even when they live 3,000 miles away away from each other. We get to share these moments forever. We will never forget '84, '89, '98, '03 and now '07.

Sure, we want even more wonderful memories and the ultimate goal is yet to be had. But, we won't forget this, we won't forget this summer.

Thanks to all of you for providing a place to share the fun despite living in Los Angeles where few share our joy. Thanks for reminding me what being a Cubs fan, through good times, and bad times means.

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  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 9 min 56 sec 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 18 min 44 sec 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 19 min 21 sec ago view
  • ROSS #100!

    cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.

    crunch 36 min 46 sec ago view
  • Just noticed that Baez's current walk-up song is "Informer" by Snow. Dear God. That's world class bad.

    misterwhipple 39 min 2 sec ago view

    crunch 46 min 35 sec ago view
  • Hey Lester is left handed!

    johann 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Probably a good idea to give Rizz a couple of days off (slumps happen to the best -- Harper just broke a 4-for-33 with a HR yesterday). Never been a big fan of an all-RH lineup. The pitcher has the same look and same target for every hitter. At least, as a mediocre HS pitcher, facing a mixture of LH/RH hitters messed me up. A lack of talent and weak-ass stuff may have also been contributing factors.

    billybucks 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Would you say Brooks doesn't have any upside going forward? Seems like he could be one of those hybrid starter reliever types maddon seems to like having in his bullpen. But I haven't seen a ton of him, and he got hit around pretty good last year in mlb

    Koyies Bansaw 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil!

    Charlie 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • Well executed!

    I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.

    JoePepitone 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.

    Cubster 4 hours 10 min ago view
  • I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.

    Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.

    South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.

    The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.

    CTSteve 5 hours 9 min ago view