Psandberg 23

Psandberg 23: "The Cubs are my Ballclub"
The Cubs are my Ballclub, I shall not want.
They maketh me to watch games in green fields.
They restoreth my soul:
they leadeth me in the path of happiness for their name's sake
Yeah, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of elimination, I will fear no Dodger:
for Harden art with us;
his fastball and his splitter they comfort me.
They preparest a pennant before me in the presence of mine enemies:
They annointest my jersey with Wood;
my beer cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and victories shall follow me in all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Cubs forever.


Because being a Cubs fan is nothing, if not about keeping a sense of faith and of humor.

And always I turn to The Simpsons, when Homer goes to a Pacific island as an accidental missionary, he turns the natives church into a casino. The natives get angry afterwhile gambling and drinking, and start tearing down the place.

One of the drunken natives asks Homer-

"What kind of God allows ace to be one or eleven!?!?"

I'm really questioning my faith in this team, and if they do not win it all this year I'll be shutting it down with them.

but...he doesn't even believe in jebus.

DLee and Rich Hill for Aubrey Huff.

Who makes that trade? Discuss?

D-Lee has a down year offensively and a poor first 2 games of the playoffs, and now he's not even worth Aubrey Huff on one remaining year of a ridiculous contract? I don't think so. Also, wouldn't trade Rich Hill right now. I'd hold onto him in hopes that he can rebound a bit next year and then see whether he's worth much, if I'm interested in trading him at all.

No, I would not give up nearly that much for Aubrey Huff. Plus, wouldn't the Orioles rather have younger players? I'd think they'd be more interested in the likes of Pie, Fontenot, Marshall, Gaudin, etc.

D-Lee and DeRosa are the only 2 Cubs doing any hitting right now. But he did make a crucial error...

I'm just thinking out loud. But Huff did have a WAY better year than DLee this year. He is also a year and a half younger. And he does have Lefthandedness going for him. You know Lou will love that.

Since Kfuk is here for the next 3 years, and doesn't look to have a RF bat. What about a Pie, Hill/Marshall type trade for Huff. Baltimore/McFail sheds some payroll. Huff slots into RF, while backing up 1B/3b. And some LH thunder is in a lineup that sorely needs it.


I think the biggest problem with that trade is the addition of salary to an payroll that already has a $48 million 4th outfielder. Huff, from what I hear, is also not much of a defender in right. I guess you've got Soriano, Fukudome, Huff as the outfield? That's pretty shaky. The offense would be much improved though, if Huff could even come close to what he did this year. He's been pretty hit or miss from year to year.

With an outfield of Sori, Fuku, and Huff I don't think you'd be improving the offense much as you'd just essentially be replacing Edmonds with Huff. Edmonds ended up with a respectable OBP and, what, 20 HRs?

Hendry needs to realize Fukudome's contract is a sunk cost at this point. The Dodgers realized they couldn't continue to throw A. Jones and Pierre out there everyday regardless of how much money they're being paid. Hendry/Lou need to come to the same conclusion with Fukudome the 1 Month Wonder.

don't count on it...

"Obviously, he's got the ability," general manager Jim Hendry said. "Unfortunately, he's in a real tough snag and I'm of the belief that he will figure it out and get better again. I don't have a doubt that he'll be back next year playing well. He's not an out-of-shape guy, he's a specimen. And he's a proud guy.

"And I think sometimes you have to go back and lean on history a little. We've had a lot of multiyear free agents that come here for the first time and Year 1 doesn't always work out like it was planned, like [ Moises] Alou and Derrek Lee [acquired in a trade after '03], who right off the bat didn't hit well early.

"Alou was the most prominent, though, and then he gave us two outstanding years. I don't have a doubt in my mind this guy is still going to be a good player for us, and to credit him, even in his darkest times here the last month, he's helped win two or three ballgames with his defense, and he's never taken it out to the field with him."

They won't write off Fukudome just yet, nor should they.

They might beg him to accept a move to centerfield, however.

That's actually not bad idea to move him to CF. Pretty much same defense as Pie, with a more useful offense (even in his current funk, w/ the possibility for big improvement once he's more comfortable here).

Let's just trade for Ichiro.

I would say that Pie is better than Fukudome defensively, especially in CF.

D-Lee has ... a poor first 2 games of the playoffs

Huh? Are you serious?

But I agree about not trading Lee+Hill for Huff.

Just wasn't thinking--the Cubs have had such a bad two games that it's been hard for me to think of anyone on the team as playing well, which isn't fair. Lee and DeRo have been good with the bats, though that has meant very little as far as runs go, and Zambrano pitched very well. Marshall was also at least acceptable the other night. The errors were all hard to forgive, including Theriot's barehand play that wasn't ruled an error. Lee hasn't really had an amazing first two games, but calling it poor even with the error is unreasonable. That error really hurt, though...

I never would've imagined that Edmonds, Lee, DeRo, ARam, and Theriot would have errors after the first two games.

For what it's worth, I have a brother in Tampa who says that -- based on comments in the media -- Piniella and Huff did not get along.

Who makes that trade? Discuss?

A retard?

you want to replace a 33 year hitter with a great glove for a 32 year old hitter with a poor glove that had 3 average season until breaking out again last year? Yeah, the Cubs definitely could use a left-handed power bat for the middle of the order, but Aubrey Huff is just rolling dice and hope you get 7's again. It's a lateral move at best.

Think big.

Sign Furcal and Teixeira (29, switch-hitter, just as good defensively as Lee) and try and trade Lee's contract (good luck, especially with a NTC).

Pitching-wise, I think your options are:

Resign Dempster or  consider moving Wood back to the rotation (and resign him of course) or go after Derek Lowe.

CC's another option, but the 6-8 years he's likely to get sounds like all kinds of stupid to me. He just doesn't seem like a guy that will hold up considering his workload and fatness.

And then do some stuff with the bullpen...

The ownership and payroll situations are why I suggest Huff. 1 year at 8 million to fill a huge offensive hole.

Saying lets sign Tex,Furcal,Sabathia,Wood and Dempster is akin to me saying. Lets go ahead and raise the stock market. Make the dollar stronger. Develop alternative energy. And lets go ahead and do world peace as well. Why not?

Come on. That's just silly.

I really, really don't recommend signing Sabathia. The Cub need somehow to develop or trade for some good, young pitchers (plural, because A pitcher always seems to get hurt, so if you've got a few maybe one or two will manage to pitch most of the season).

what hole does Aubrey Huff fill? Do you want him to play 1b or RF? He had a good year, but that's one in his last 4. I just don't get why you want to trade someone who's just as likely to hit as well as Huff and play better defense for a left-handed stick.

But yeah, I was just throwing out a "if Mark Cuban owns the team" suggestion. I realize it's not realistic. I do think they could sign Furcal probably and if they did dump Lee's contract, could probably be in on Teixeira. 


Rich Hill? Didn't the Cubs used to have a pitcher named Rich Hill?


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You probably weren't even selected for an opportunity to watch a 2008 National League Championship Series game at Wrigley Field on TV.

Funniest thing I have read at this site, a much needed laugh.

I'm still going tomorrow night, but I'm not happy about it. What miserable SOBs MLB people are, making us wait two days for the inevitable.

You probably haven't read Heinie Massman's biography.

Heinie Massman taught me this prayer.

So much for that benediction that Kenney asked for...

You have my deepest sympathies, CA Phil - but hey, at least you'll probably have nice weather at the Ravine. A few brews, a few laughs - what could be better?

Well said. It's not over yet. Fight the good fight. Keep the faith. Go Cubs.

the darkest is before the dawn

life sucks, then you die

everything was normal...


Multiple team sources confirmed Thursday that Harden received an anti-inflammatory shot for the discomfort that sidelined him for 12 days between his Aug. 29 and Sept. 11 starts.

It's not rare for pitchers to get anti-inflammatory injections, and insiders suggest it can be considered maintenance as much as injury relief for a pitcher with a history of problems but no structural damage.

Hopefully he took some of Roger Clemens "Anti-inflamatory shots"

the Red Sox were down 3 games 2 outs bottom of the ninth and losing.

Unfortunately, we are not the Red Sox...

manny, that makes no sense.

We're not the 2001 Yankees (won 3 straight after facing elimination)
We're not the 2003 Florida Marlins (won 3 straight after facing elimination)

We're the 08 Chicago Cubs.

My point, is I don't think we have the talent nor the fortitude to battle back like that, the way the Red Sox did.

The Cubs are the best team in the National League. Plenty of talent.


Some may look to the Simpsons. I looked first to Job.

For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear:
because thou shalt forget thy misery,
and remember it as waters that pass away

Job, book 11, verses 13-16.

Then I went to Churchill:

Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict

Finally I went to Joey Amalfitano's advice to Bobby Bonds when he joined the Cubs at the end of his career: "Bobby, we both know what the score is here. If you have any bullets left in the gun, you better fire them."

I have been comparing us to Job for a long time now. I mentioned it at another board i go to. Someone ask when we would be blessed and happy and I responded

I will quote Eddie Vedder, "Someday"

Job Bluthe?

That's GOB. George Oscar Bluth.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

2003 NLCS

We're not out of it by any means. Saturday and Sunday's games are being played at night when the ball doesn't carry (especially when it's a bit rainy like it's forecast to be)and that can only help Lilly and Harden keep it in the park.

Win those two and bring it home for game 5.

Consider me stunned.

By far the most positive comment from the "Negivator" ever

I have no clue WHAT you're talking about usual.
90% of your comments seem to relate to parachat and I don't do chat or even post much here. What are you talking about?

At any rate, with Harden and Lilly on the hill and Fukudome back on the bench, we've got a real chance to even this up in LA. It's not like it hasn't been done already.

Since acquiring Manny Ramirez the Dodgers lost two in a row to:

St. Louis
San Francisco

three in a row to:


and four in a row to:



no, usually your posts here are very negative. The above one was very positive. That is all i was saying.

Does the night time in LA effect ground balls and pitchers pitching wild?

I was thinking about those 2004 Red Sox and their impossible comeback, and I wondered if the 3-0 deficit actually helped propel them to the World Series. Hear me out.

The 2004 Red Sox, like the 2008 Cubs, were under an intense amount of pressure stemming from an incredibly long World Series drought, an overzealous fanbase, and a rabid local media. Of course they played tight. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy, or some kind of vicious circle. The drought/fan expectations caused extreme pressure, the pressure caused tightness, the tightness led to losses, and the losses perpetuated the drought.

Then, down 3 games to none, they suddenly had nothing left to lose. They were already written off. No one had ever come back from that kind of deficit to win. It may have been a conscious decision, or it may have just been an unnoticeable change of attitude, but I imagine when they basically already knew they had lost the series, they just said, "Fuck it, let's just play like we know how to play."

When everyone's already written you off, maybe that pressure suddenly disappears. Down 0-2, the Cubs no longer have the lofty expectations of the best hope of a championship in 100 years. Everyone already thinks they're going to lose. It's a lost cause, so fuck it. Instead of adding pressure in a win-or-go-home situation, maybe that pressure somehow goes away (or at least until a Game 5).

It's kind of like how some players can make an impossible web gem look easy, but have trouble with the routine plays. They're not expected to make that diving catch, so there's no pressure and their natural athletic ability just takes over, but with a routine grounder coming at them they have time to think about how bad they'll look if it goes through their legs. I think that's pretty similar to the situation the Cubs find themselves in now. Everyone expected them to win those first two games, but now no one in their right mind expects them to win the next 3.

Anyway, maybe that's just me looking back at an incredibly lucky turnaround by the Red Sox and trying to explain it somehow. But I really feel like that weight may be lifted from these players' shoulders to a certain extent. The fans feel like they've already lost, the media has written them off, and the Dodgers are probably feeling pretty cocky right now, so the Cubs really have nothing left to lose.

You make great points. I was just saying this morning how Lou should take everybody out tonight for some drinks and fun. Go do crazy stuff. This team needs to relax.

If they like, they are all invited to my house and I will provide keg beer.

Hell, if they came over to my place I would let them have free run of the wine cellar and liquor cabinet.

I shave my beard off once a year. For the past nine years I have been doing it when the Cubs are mathematically eliminated from any chance of winning the World Series. I shaved it this morning. Consider that my Fuck You to karma.

Do it for yourselves guys.

To continue the literary theme, St. Crispin's Day is October 25th, which would be Game 3 of the World Series. It is the day the Battle of Agincourt was fought on (as well as, coincidentally, the day of the Battle of the Leyte Gulf and the Charge of Light Brigade). On the thought that it might as well be tomorrow (it being October and all), here's Shakespeare's great locker room speech from Henry V (Act IV, scene iii):

. . . he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Worth noting this locker room speech is mostly bullshit. The battle is being fought for the profit of a few at the cost of people who will not benefit. Nothing in Shakespeare is so simple "Let's go win a baseball game!" Everything is more conflicted.

All of Baseball is entirely BS. Indulge me.

Sorry. I've just never liked the way that scene is usually quoted.

RAGE! Rage against the dying of the light!

With my last breath I will spit at thee...Go Cubs!

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  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???