Save the Wrigley Name from Those Corporate Jackals, Sort Of

When NASCAR's Robby Gordon runs at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, the hood of his car will bear the Web address, The site is a collection point for signatures from Cub fans who want to send a "message to the (Cubs')
owners: Don’t sell the name. It’s wrong. It’s selfish. And we won’t
stand for it."

By "we," the site's operator presumably means tradition-loving Cubs fans...and everyone at Deerfield,Illinois-based Jim Beam Brands Co., who created the site as part of an ad campaign.

If the Cubs were just now getting around to installing lights, I imagine Chicagoans United for Baseball in the Sunshine would be underwritten by Coppertone.

Grassroots movements just ain't what they used to be.




If jeff Gordon gets his way, they'll re-name it Wrigley Stadium.

Whatever, I remember in a chat one time you telling everyone how you're a die-hard Jeff Gordon fan. 'Rainblow warrior II' you wanted us to call you. YEAH YOU!

If Jim Beam feels so strongly about the issue, why don't they buy the naming rights and then keep the name Wrigley Field?

Well that's just a great point. If they did that I would switch to Jim Beam for all my brown-liquor needs.

Unrelated (except in some morbid way), and possibly 3/44, but some guy is creating a Wrigley replica cemetery for Cubs fans.

Bizarre, and 28 years too late for Steve Goodman.

Unless he was shopping for cemetery plots four years before he died, the Wrigley Cemetery is 24 years too late for Steve Goodman.

Yeah, math is hard.

meh, let them call it Depends Undergarment Field for all i care.

zell's "job" is to do all those little ugly things to stuff he snaps up so he can pass on the product to its new owner without the new guy sharing the burden. it's part of why so many people hate the guy. as of now i got no complaints about the guy. he's been pretty damn hands-off while trying to take care of the trib's larger holdings.

i understand why some people wanna keep it...the neighborhood's name and tradition...the "feel"...etc.

i'm just one of those people that dont care about that kinda stuff, though.

When NASCAR's Robby Gordon runs at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, the hood of his car will bear the Web address, The site is a collection point for signatures from Cub fans who want to send a "message to the (Cubs') owners: Don’t sell the name. It’s wrong. It’s selfish. And we won’t stand for it."

Irony being that NASCAR is the embodiment of selling every surface you have in some sort of capitalist circus. I'm a big fan of capitalism and all that, I'm just saying...

And... effing Brewers. Up 4-2 on Cincy.

wow...that was so in my face yet totally lost on me til you mentioned it.


watching the CIN/MIL game...nothing special going on, etc...

but wow...this

the fans are there and they are in full-team support. they are making an UNREAL amount of noise...the kind where the announcers have to scream into the mic over a crowd when a big play is unfolding.

its damn exciting stuff. congrats lose the damn game.

now lose the damn game

Ask & ye shall receive. Reds 6 Mil 5 final. W00t!


now gimmie the damn lotto #s.

4 8 15 16 23 42

/Hurley's bad juju

I wonder how many people have actually tried to use those numbers in the real lotto.


murton 1-5 (2 rbi bases loaded single to RF, 0bb 1k)
gallgher 7ip 2h 3bb 7k (2 earned runs, 96 pitches, done for the night)

Murton also got the # 6 Web gem for a catch up against the wall.

I hate this trade already.


Man, I just wish we had a starter that could give us 7 inning of 2 run baseball.

hey do we think harden will have a better line
tomorrow then gallagher since gallagher changed
teams does he get a new photo now ? for his
sake i hope so.

gallagher set the bar pretty f'n high for 1st appearances.

Harden's line won't matter. He'll have me at the W.

"since gallagher changed teams does he get a new photo now ?"

Nope! I checked out the A's-Angels on Gameday and there was the same goofy photo of Sean staring out at me -- well, the same except that an Oakland cap had been Photoshopped onto his Cubs portrait. Made him look even goofier.

Regardless, congrats to him (Gallagher) on a good debut outing for the A's. And, for the record, the A's have gained ground on LAA -- they're only 4.0 games behind the Angels after their 9-2 victory tonight. White Flag trade, indeed!

I see that the TCR Depth Chart has been updated to:

1) list Rich Harden as our #1 starter (could we at least make Z a co #1?)
2) welcome Chad Gaudin to our bullpen
3) replace Michael Wuertz w/ Kevin Hart
4) showcase Eric Patterson as our starting LF (woot! go Eric)

I wanted to give Z the extra motivation by naming Harden the #1.

Missed LF somehow and Reed Johnson's come back.... 

Gallagher's first win with the A's coming at the expense of Angels' starter (and Ex-Cub prospect) Jon Garland. July 29th will be the 10 year anniversary of the Karchner-for-Garland trade (thank you Ed Lynch!)

Stevie Eyre pitches 1IP for Peoria yesterday: 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K.

and we thought it was rough to introduce new fans to a nearly 100 year losing team...

They didn't show any replays of it, but you could kinda tell it was bad by the way everybody reacted.

I think Len said something to effect of "I hope that hit an empty seat from the noise it made" Um, apparently not.

Dionisio Muyco (3-1, 2 saves, 1.93 ERA) our latest catcher--->pitcher project, is rocketing through the system. Promoted from Boise to Peoria after appearing in 4 games, he closed the game July 10 pitching a perfect ninth to pick up his second save.

Harden's first inning line: 13 pitches, 8 strikes, 5 balls. 12 fastballs, 1 changeup.

Heater ranged from 88 to 97 according to Gameday.

I see Yosh still has a sense of history, Harden wearing number 40.

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  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.