Patience young Jedi...

Ratso Rizzo (in Midnight Cowboy, 1969)Anthony Rizzo's career starts Tuesday night 7pm CST at Wrigley Field vs the NY Mets righty Dillon Gee. Rizzo was pulled after two at bats in today's Iowa Cubs 2-1 win vs. Round Rock, including a strikeout and a flyout to CF. He ends his Iowa  career, barring a future demotion (God Forbid!), with the line: .342/23 HR/62 RBI.

The good news is I was able to sell the monday game vs the Mets but never put the tuesday game on Stubhub. Nothing more fun than to see a prodigal prospect in his first game.

Here are the confirmations:

Carrie Muskat, on twitter:

Rizzo is coming. He'll join Cubs on Tuesday

ESPN (Doug Padilla):

The Chicago Cubs will call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo, and the slugging first baseman is expected to make his 2012 debut Tuesday against the New York Mets, according to a source. Rizzo was pulled from the Iowa Cubs game in the fourth inning on Monday and left the ballpark to make his way to Chicago. He won't be activated until Tuesday.

and here is the last Cub Rizzo-less lineup for hopefully quite some time (also per a Muskat tweet):

Johnson RF, Barney 2b, Castro ss, Soriano lf, Baker 1b, Soto c, Mather cf, Valbuena 3b, T. Wood p. No Rizzo yet

...and I don't know how Sveum will ever win another game vs lefty starters without his precious Jeff Baker at 1B. Oh, wait, they don't win with this lineup. The Cubs record this season vs LHP is 3-16.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Pat it and frost it and light it with  RIZZO candles...


Ex #Cubs Marlon Byrd gets 50-game suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing substance

bump it up here...

drug was Tamoxifen, used in breast cancer treatment

Why is that un-shocking? I guess it sort of depends on when this test was administered, but he sure has achieved a whole new level of suck this year...

in hbo piece, marlon byrd famously refused to dump @victorconte as his trainer. this wont be good for business

I get the Conte connection, but what I don't get is how it is un-shocking that he only got caught when he started to REALLY suck...

It's not shocking that he is taking drugs to stop the spread of sucking.

It is shocking that he would take something that has potentially life threatening side effects.

it's probably more shocking how many "regular people" use estrogen blockers like it's nothing when they're trying to bulk.

i'm not sure what's more dangerous...the roids people take or the dozen other supplements they take to get that extra small edge out of it while cycling up/down.

at least this guy has a minimum wage of 400K on the line and a vet's pay for $1m+ if he can remain reed-johnson-level decent...not like it makes it better...just makes more sense.

plenty of shitty players caught using PED's as well as the HOF'ers.

lot of smoke around the Marlon Byrd fire the last few years was the gist of my comment

What a problem our manger has after tonight against lefties. Who do you sit out of Baker, Mather and Johnson? The first two have especially helped with our record against lefties. You don't suppose he would continue with those 3 and sit Rizzo? It wouldn't surprise me.

Byrd and Conte


Tamoxifen puts a whole new twist on using those pink bats for mother's day

drug was Tamoxifen, used in breast cancer treatment

Luteinizing hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. Normally, the peptide hormone regulates the level of testosterone in males and the ovulation-signaling estrogen in females. In men, excess LH or synthetic forms of LH, such as tamoxifen, boosts levels of testosterone and so produces the increased muscle mass.

Tamoxifen isn't used as a masking agent. Luteinizing Hormone is a female hormone which in women is a signal to initiate ovulation. In men...maybe that's the problem. Byrd is pregnant.

“I made an inexcusable mistake. Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons. I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do. I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a club win later this season.”

yeah...okay, sure, right, whatever.

hi, i'm a multi-millionaire...i got something that popped up and rather than going to see a doctor...or the team doctor...i'm going to self-medicate some years-old chemo meds.

make sense.

Let's play the Guess which steroid game:

Glendon Rusch had cravings for ice cream and pickles

Does the statement imply that a doctor was not invovled? He was "provided with a medication." Doctors usually do that kind of thing.

"doctors" will also hand out medical marijuana cards to anyone claiming to have chronic back pain...even if it takes a little coaching to get the patient to say the magic words that can make that card possible.

and yeah, he claimed it was new meds rather than old meds...which makes it about as suspect as all those people who get "mentally ill" permits to bring their ratdogs on airplanes.

also, i think the mental health exemptions for ADD/anxiety/etc that lets MLB players take "legal speed" is about twice that of the normal population.

yeah, i don't got anything but speculation, but i feel comfortable implying he's being a fucktard based on how roiders use estrogen blockers...and how i doubt he needs chemo.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.