No Good Will Come of This

Carrie Muskat is  back with her weekly mailbag column, responding to the asinine questions from Cubs fans with a healthy mix of stock answers and utter disdain for her readers.

More importantly though, has opened up comments on articles.

Oh dear....

(Emphasis added)
Kabalzo wrote:

Jake Peavy is a very good pitcher. However, he had a dismal year...

That's right, a 2.85 ERA is now dismal...holy balls.

bmar1784 wrote:
.... If San Diego want center field and infield help
Cedeno and Pie here you go. And I dont think they'll what Jeff's
contract so I dont think we'll have to worry about that.
That $2 to $3M a year that Samardzija will make a year is certainly going to be a problem for a team trying to unload a $52M contract. 
mavericks2 wrote:
I may not be right but i heard that B.J. Upton is a free agent.

cha ching!!

if thats true there is our answer to center field

it's not true, you're a retard. And who the fuck uses cha ching anymore?

fansince45 wrote:
my opinion, Theroit, Fontenet, DeRosa, and Marmol were the heart of the
Cubs team and most steadily reliable. Do we really need all those
high-priced on-again, off-again players?
Nope fansince45, the Cubs need more mediocre players that bleed scrappiness. Screw talent, we need HEART!!!

jesusbig1 wrote:
.... this is what needs to happen: Soriano needs to be moved in the
lineup, him, lee, and fukudome need to get better, and we need to find
someone in centerfield. Marquis has been an alright 5th starter, I
think if he would've not been skipped in the rotation as much, he
could've won as many as 15 games, hell maybe more
. Big Z needs to quit
being a little bitch. when he gets his head up his ass, he just stops
producing, and that is the main problem, He is supposed to be a leader,
and when he cries, i think it makes the other players get down and play
worse. WE can win with the exact same team we had this year, will it be
the exact same team? no, we just need to play better, you know why?
because 9=8
jesus recommends the Cubs just play better. Why the fuck didn't any of the rest of us think of that? Of course, since this is jesus, maybe he can just make them play better.
I'm sure there's plenty of more nuggets in there and I'm guessing any negative comments about Carrie are immediately deleted. Nonetheless, that should make for some good comedy this offseason.


If Jesus can make Marquis win 15 games, then sign me up.

If Jesus can make Marquis win 15 games, then sign me up.

ROFL, considering #21 is Jewish (no Sammy isn't Jewish).

"ROFL, considering #21 is Jewish"

Hey, so was Jesus...

The Cub Reporter slogan:

"TCR: Over-analyzing the Cubs since July, 2001"

needs to be

No good will become of this

it just works on too many levels

not your worst idea....

I guess it would read something like this:

TCR: No good has become of this since since July, 2001.

well lately it's been:

"Over-analyzing the socio-economic situation for 5 days"

Well, at least we now have a public forum to tell Muskrat how much we love her work.

I know that having to answer questions only from people who obviously know less than her limits potential mailbagees, but what the fuck? Anyone who can use the Internet knows Upton's not a free agent; why the fuck would you even print that? will be completely useless when the team finishes its transition to having 100% of seats sold through scalpers.

If you've ever read the comments section in the Trib's sports sections lately, these would not be surprising.

''I don't want to get into payroll speculation until Jim and [assistant GM Randy Bush] and their team have done their work,'' said Cubs chairman Crane Kenney, who nonetheless made it clear he doesn't expect the kind of jumps that increased the payroll from in the $90 millions in 2006 to $130 million by the end of this season.

''I'm not sure we're going to have any major offseason moves that would require significant payroll capacity,'' Kenney added. ''We'll leave that to Jim and Randy and the guys to work through, and we'll see where we are in a couple of weeks. ... We try not to lose sight of the fact that we won 97 games for a reason. We have a core that's pretty damn good.''

I don't have an insider account, so this is Buster Olney via MLBTraderumors (sue me):

"Mark Prior, who had a second, less-invasive surgery on his right shoulder earlier this year, is in the midst of a throwing program and should be ready for the start of the 2009 season, said his agent, John Boggs."

I just needed some more amusement.

I'm Jewish, but know one thing:

"You don't FUCK with The Jesus"

J. Turturo

you pull a piece on me, and I'll rip it out of your hand , stick it up your ass and pull the trigger until I

Re: Jacos:

"you pull a piece on me, and I'll rip it out of your hand , stick it up your ass and pull the trigger until I"

Doesn't seem to me there's really much of a winner in that scenario. Just various levels of losing.

Maybe Kenney can invite another priest to say some more holy platitudes on the field - and presto! A bigger payroll for '09!

Hey, so was Jesus...
Was that brisket on Jesus' plate at the last supper Passover seder?

ESPN 1000:

"Three things are recession proof: alcohol, tobacco and cubs tickets"

It's not hard to see how those things might form a symbiotic cycle.

you pull a piece on me, and I'll rip it out of your hand, stick it up your ass and pull the trigger until I

is that game called: Russian Roulette for assholes?

(not a cardinal reference I presume)

See-Big Lebowski

Great film.

I actually agree with Big Jesus there. Soriano doesn't need to get better, necessarily, maybe get healthy, and Zambrano does need to act like a grownup. I didn't understand the rest of it.

I would like to see Soriano hit good pitching some times.

Soriano went into that series batting .267 against the three starters. Ramirez .153.

Don't have the stats, but I recall Sori having some big hits against Lord Sabathia.

I don't get it.

early april baseball in new york...sounds as fun as early april baseball in chicago...especially after a month+ in arizona.

Is the World Baseball cluster fuck next year?

2009, then every 4 years (first was in 06).

supposedly they're gonna tweak spring training or the series or something to solve the timing conflict...i forget...

btw, i love the classic...i wish it was every 3 years insted of 4. i think it can become something nice with enough time as long as the "babying" rules don't get out of control. they already have rules for pitcher use pitch counts according to what round they're in (which i don't mind).

So the WBC puts off the regular season for two more weeks? That's the only big problem for me.

Yep it is. I do admit I enjoyed last time around, as it was as close enough to real baseball as there could in March. The good news for us is that many of the Venzulans stars are likely to boycott due to a lack of organization of team adminastrators. Off the top of my head at 11 PM CT here a list of Cubs players who could be on the teams:


No one (I think Team USA can find 2 or 3 better 1B's than Dlee)

Domnican Republic

Castillo (i dont know what his nationality is, but if he is from the Domnican Republic He would likely be their starting C given the lack of depth they have at the postion)

Dempster (he is likely enough to resign to consider him a Cub)
Harden (though its is very likely the Cubs would ask him to not to particiapate)


Cody Hams
Ryan Serle
(2 lower level minor league guys, I'm sure AZ Phil would know what their status in for the event, I think one these guys had season-ending arm surgey though last year.)

Dwayne Kemp
( samp camp as Hams and Serle)

Fukudome (I doubt he wants to play, but might do it out of political pressure by NPB to repeat. Honestly it might be a case where it helps him as he would face a higher level of pitching than being in Mesa in the later rounds of the tourney)


That good young SS we signed last year (I cant think of the name)


Derosa (he did play for Italy last time around)



Puerto Rico:


That Italian thing made me curious about DeRosa's nationality, so I went to Wikipedia. He was born in New Jersy, by the way, but more importantly, it eventually lead me to looking at pictures of his wife. She is really hot. So thanks Crunch, for reminding me how hot his wife is. The end.

how unbelievably rude not to post a link...

I'm sorry. I'm just still upset that I never got my 'TCR Main' and 'New Comments' links.

By the by, who won the mlb fantasy challenge? Never saw results. All I know is that I fared poorly.

give it time...

I lost in the finals to someone....I think he goes by "Henry". Whoever won the wild card...

Ooh, that's butt. But, hey, just like in real baseball!

When did Mike Piazza marry Michael Jackson?

Sorry if that is hard to read...the stains from my tears may have blurred some of the letters.

David Price will probably notch a save in the World Series. In the meantime, Josh Vitters is probably headed to Peoria in April.

Personally, I could've dealt with five more losses in 2006.

Not to worry -- Harvey, Pawelek and Colvin will save the day....possibly at in AA ball.

Vitters exactly four years younger; Wilken not implicated in drafting of Harvey, Pawelek.

Geo Soto is on the cover of this weeks Baseball America...he was their #1 rookie for 2008 (over Longoria) he's got two awards (Sporting News ROY too)

familiar with installing websites and configuring clean URL's? Apache, .htaccess, rewrite rules, etc...

I gots questions.

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 8 hours 6 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 10 hours 5 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 10 hours 6 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 10 hours 7 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 11 hours 43 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 12 hours 49 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 8 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view