Game 62 Recap: Cubs 6, Bad Father's Day Gifts 5

es, Six.
W - Gregg (1-1)
L - Thornton (4-2)
Things to Take from This Game
1. Eventful day for Getz
Sox second-baseman Getz doubled in a run, made a fine run-saving catch at second, but also had two errors.  The second one was notable because...
2. Big 8th for Cubs came at the start of the Cubs' half of the eighth, letting Hoffpauir get on.  Without that, the inning would have ended with a Bradley strikeout with one man on base.  Instead, Lee had a chance to save the rally, and hit a three-run homer to bring the Cubs within a run at 5-4.  Soto made it back-to-back homers off of Linebrink, tying the game.
3. Z, Bradley, Lee look fine
Z gave up a two-run homer to Alexei Ramirez and the Getz double, but otherwise looked like he was in command of his fastball and pitched well.  Bradley, other than that strikeout, continued to show a good eye and had a couple of sharp singles. Lee of course continued his hot hitting.
4. Most everyone else does not
Marmol kept getting hit on sliders up in the zone, giving up a couple of Runs.  Soriano kept hitting from behind in the count, Theriot kept swinging from his ass, Fukudome and Blanco failed to spontaneously transmogrify into major-league hitters.
5. However...
After the exciting 8th, Reed Johnson led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit single, Blanco bunted him to second, and Soriano got just enough of one to bloop a ball into right-center for the game-winning hit.
All the late-inning heroics follow....

Game Recap
  •  Phew, it's Len and Bob on WGN.
  • LouPa eventually is going to have to do things he doesn't want to do
  • LouPa feels for these guys
  • Looks overcast at Wrigley
  • Len with a nice crack about "Hoping I can out-yell the Hawk today."
  • Wayne Messmer belts it out.  Just once, I want to see him change it up, and do it to a Samba style beat or something....
Inning 1 - Top
  • Game starts will ball one to Podsednik, then a fastball down the middle for a strike. Sinker, Podsednik chops one to Blanco who makes the easy flip to first.
  • Fastball strike to start Alexei Ramirez.  Grounder to Fontenot's right, a nice backhand and throw for the 5-3.
  • Another first-pitch strike to Dye.  0-2 count, Dye chops one back to Z, who sort of goes down on one knee to cradle it in, still bobbles it a bit.  Fires an unnecessary fastball to Lee for the putout.  Easy first inning, 11 pitches.
Inning 1 - Bottom
  • Floyd spikes the first pitch into the left-handed batter's box, to a few cat calls.  Gets the second pitch over for a strike. 
  • Hanging slider, Soriano lines it toward the left field corner, but Podsednik makes a nice running catch.
  • Fastball down the middle, Theriot flies out to Podsednik.
  • 2-1 to Bradley, swings over a slider, 2-2.  Two more balls for the walk.
  • Lee goes down to reach for a fastball, drives it to right field, but Dye's there for the easy catch.
Inning 2 - Top
  •  Slider for strike one to Konerko.  Quickly 0-2 on a bunch of sliders, K's chasing one down and outside.
  • AJ gets some boos as he steps in.  Z working very quickly, I turn my head and it's 1-1.  
  • AJ grounds one up the first base line, foul, but Lee completes the play, firing the ball to Z as he covers.  Z bare-hands it.
  • AJ flies out to right.
  • Anderson singles into left.
  • Rob G says that Pat Hughes says that Z. hasn't given up an XBH in three games.
    • And right as rain, Getz pulls one, dumping it down the right field line for a double, runners at 2 and 3
  • Beckham gets grazed by a pitch, takes first.  Not too bad, with the open base and the pitcher up next.  Just barely caught the sleeve, it looks like.
  • High fastball and Floyd K's swinging.  Long inning, Z now at 34 pitches.
Inning 2 - Bottom
  • 2-0 to Soto.  That sort of rhymes.  Two-oh Soto.
  • Grounder to Alexei, 6-3 to Soto.  That doesn't rhyme.
  • Fontenot with a nice line-drive single into the right-center gap, Dye cuts it off.
  • Fukudome grounds into the Easiest 4-6-3 Ever, except Getz gets a bit of a high-hop at the end, he drops it, shovels it to Alexei Ramirez, who has his eye on the sliding Fontenot, and the ball gets away.  Everyone safe, runners at 1 and 2.
  • Blanco hits a pretty sharp liner back up the middle, but Floyd gets a glove on it, slowing it down for Getz, who goes to the bag, and turns an easy 4-3 double play, inning over.
Inning 3 - Top
  • Quickly a 1-2 count to Podsednik, who stares at strike 3, a fastball on the outside corner.
  •  Ramirez grounds to Blanco.
  • Anotehr quick 0-2 to Dye.  Pops up a 1-2 slider, foul, Soto grabs it.  51 pitchs, 2 hits, 0 BB and 3 K for Z, through 3.
Inning 3 - Bottom
  • Z flails away, and gets a quick 3-pitch strikeout. 
  • Soriano rolls one to the left of Alexei Ramirez, who makes a nice play for the 6-3 putout.
  • Theriot with a sharp grounder to Getz, who again drops it, but recovers for the 4-3.  Just 31 pitches through 3 for Floyd, 1BB, K and hit.

Inning 4 - Top
  • Konerko rolls out to Blanco on the first pitch.
  •  and AJ bounces one to Fontenot.
  • 3-2 to Anderson.  As Brenley points out, Z looks to have good command of a live fastball today.
  • and that said, Anderson walks.
  • Anderson runs, a called strike, and Soto makes a bit of a high throw, but Theriot gets down the tag for the end-of-inning caught stealing.
Inning 4 - Bottom
  • Bradley dumps a low fastball into left field for a single
  • Lee hits a slow grounder to third, but Beckham turns the 5-4-3.  Surprisingly, just Lee's second of the year.
  • Soto walks.
  • wtf.  They aren't holding Soto on, and Soto runs, just barely beating the tag.  1st stolen base for Soto!
  • full count to Fontenot.
  • Fontenot walks, bases loaded and two outs for Fukudome 
  • Fukudome bounces one back up the middle, but Getz makes a very nice diving catch, and flips to Ramirez to just barely get the force.  Tough way to end the inning.
Inning 5 - Top
  •  Getz quickly rolls out to Blanco
  • Len notes the wind is shifting, blowing in from right, and might be a portent of the coming rain
  • Beckham rolls a single into right.
  • Floyd with a nice bunt up the 1B line, Lee tags him out.  Beckham advances.
  • Podsednik with a soft fly out to center, inning over.
Inning 5 - Bottom
  •  Blanco rolls out to second.
  • Zambrano chases a pitch in the dirt, striking out.  Not happy about it.
  • Soriano pops to second.  Lame inning.
Inning 6 - Top
  • Ramirez flies out to straight-away center. 
  • Dye lines one just to the right of the tommy armor sign in left-center for a double
  • Konerko comes up and you can hear the Sox fans chanting "Paulie".  Cubs fans try to drown it out with boos.
  • 3-1 to Konerko, pops a slider into right, Dye holds at second.
  • AJ intentionally walked to get to Anderson.  1 and 2, two outs.
  • Anderson dumps one into right-center, Bradley with a little bobble, but no play at the plate anyway.  0-1 Sox
  • and Gets rolls out to Blanco, ending the inning.

Inning 6 - Bottom
  • I just want to point out to Sister Trans that the only person shown talking on a cell phone at wrigley today, so far, is a Sox fan.
  • Theriot singles to right on an 0-2 count. 
  • Bradley takes a big swing at the first pitch, a fastball down the middle, and misses.
  • Another fastball down the middle, Bradley fouls it off, 1-2 count.  Floyd keeps missing inside, full count.
  • Theriot runs, and Bradley hits a sharp single to center.  1 and 3, no outs.
  •  Lee hits a weak roller to Getz.  They try for the 4-6-3, can't get Lee at first.  Theriot scores, one out, Lee at first, and 1-1 game
  • As Brenley points out the huge hole on the right side of the infield, Soto pulls a grounder to shortstop, for the easy 6-4-3 double play.
Inning 7 - Top
  •  Beckham with the leadoff walk, Floyd stays in to try to bunt him over.  Good grief, he's only thrown 76 pitches, so probably a no brainer.
  • Floyd bunts him over.
  • Heilman warming up.
  • Podsednik pops one toward the Cubs' bullpen, where Heilman stares at the popup, almost blocking off Soriano's path.  Soriano stumbles over the bullpen and makes a fine back-handed catch up against the wall.
  • Slider down the middle, and Alexei Ramirez lines a home-run to straight-away left, a few rows into the bleacher.  Lots of cheers heard at Wrigley.  1-3 Sox
  • Dye lines out to Bradley
  • The coach to some hockey team sings the stretch.  Whoever he is, he's horrid.  But what did you expect, he's a hockey coach.  He goes "root, root root for the" and shuts up, only to then go on with "if they don't win it's a shame."  Pretty sad.
Inning 7 - Bottom
  • Marmol now up.  Fontenot rolls out to Beckham.
  •  Fukudome bounces back to Floyd.
  • I'm going to do this part of the recap before it happens:  Blanco makes an out, and the inning ends.
  • Yep.
Inning 8 - Top
  • Marmol in.  1-2 count to Konerko, he hangs a slider, Konerko goes to right for the single.
  • Marmol misses his location with a fastball by about three feet, and Soto stretches from outside of AJ back towards AJ, with the ball just getting away from him.  Konerko takes second, and it's ruled a passed ball.
  • AJ rolls to second, for what would have been a GIDP.  Instead it's a 4-3, runner advancing to third. AJ looks into his dugout as he runs down the line, Len wonders if it isn't to indicate to someone that he had made the right play and advanced the runner?  Who knows.
  • Linebrink warming up.
  • Anderson pops to Lee, just foul of first base.
  • Getz pulls yet another looping hit down the right-field line, this time for a double.  1-4 Sox.
  • 0-2 to Beckham, he inside-outs a slider thrown over the plate, and lines a single to right.  Bradley tries for the play at the plate, but Getz is safe.  Marmol getting hit pretty solidly on the breaking stuff.  1-5 Sox.
  • Sean Marshall in to face Josh Fields.  Thome had been on deck.  Was he announced as the hitter, or not?  Not yet sure, he may still be available for pinch-hitting.  Ok, he was announced, then taken down.
  • Marshall walks Fields.  Len and Bob fail to make any sort of department store-related pun.
  • Podsednik grounds out to Blanco.
Inning 8 - Bottom
  •  A Micah Hoffpauir sighting, as he hits for Marshall.  Linebrink in. Just 90 pitches for Floyd, 3 BB and 2 K.
  • Hoffpauir down 0-2.
  • Hoffpauir accepts some charity from Getz, as a ball clangs off his body.  Eventful day for Getz at second.
  • I look up, and it's an 0-2 count to Soriano.
  • Linebrink makes a mistake, a fastball in to Soriano, and he lines it to left for a single.   Hoffpauir to second.
  • Theriot swings from his ass at a fastball, missing it. 0-1 count.  And again, fouled off, 1-2.  Battles back to 3-2 count.
  • Another big swing, and Theriot pops up to Getz.  1 out.
  • 2-0 count to Bradley.  Only Cub who seems to be working from ahead in the count these days.  On to a full count.  K's swinging over a down and inside change-up.
  • Mercifully, Lee bails us out of another failed rally, and hits an opposite field home run into the basket directly about the 368 sign in right field.  Fastball over the plate.  4-5 Sox.
  • And now Soto hits a home run on the next pitch, to straight-away left, several rows up.  Wrigley finally sounds like Wrigley.  5-5 tie.
  • Matt Thornton in, Jake Fox in to hit for Fontenot.  Flies out to center.

Inning 9 - Top
  • Gregg in. Miles in for Fontenot at third, Fox out of game. Alexei Ramirez hits one back up the middle, Gregg has his back turned to the plate and goes for the back-hand grab, no go.  Ball sneaks into center for the single.
  •  Dye chops to Theriot, who starts a very ugly 6-4-3 attempt.  Theriot has the ball stick in his glove a bit, then does an awkard shovel, screwing up Blanco's rythem, who double-pumps, and throws one past Lee.  Dye holds at first.  Dewayne Wise runs for Dye.
  • Konerko is 7-9 with a HR off of Gregg.  Gregg gets him to fly to Bradley
  • Wise runs, AJ bounces one right up the line to Lee, who steps on first.
Inning 9 - Bottom
  •  Reed Johnson to face Thornton instead of Fukudome.  Wise stays in for Dye, in right.
  • Johnson singles sharply up the middle.
  • Blanco, who had given up on batting righty, will face Thornton right handed to attempt the bunt.  It works, a fine bunt up the first base line.  Johnson on second with one out.
  • Aaron oftheridiculouslookingbeardforhisbodyandbattingstance Miles hits a slow roller to the 6-5 hole.  Beckham had the easier play, but lets Ramirez get it so that Beckham can cover third and keep Johnson holding at second.  Ramirez gets to it, gets Miles at first.
  • Guess what?  1-2 count to Soriano.  Now 2-2
  • Soriano fists a floater over Getz and into shallow left-center for a single.  Johnson scores uncontested, 6-5 Cubs.
Parachat Recap
  • and computers
  • sick kids
Inning 1
  •  the new G.I. Joe movie.
  • Michelle Yeoh
  • Touch-ups.
  • Ewan McGregor's skin.
  • The rationale for new movies.
  • Tattoos become the new parachat litmus-test, and The Joe will never get hired as a Wal-mart Greeter.
Inning 2
  • 555
  •  According to babelfish, Carlos told The Joe his penis is respectable?!?
  • How does Milton Bradley relax?I
  • Blame Rob.
  • Our latest scurrilous rumor designed to gin up some traffic and help me pay for my computer:  Joe Morgan has Downs Syndrome.  (credit to The Joe).
  • Ibanez hurts his groin.
  • New position for Jake Fox:  Outfield.  All of it.
  • Downloading Mongols.
  • Anyone watch a game from a rooftop?
  • More on Von Joshua being one of the Troy O'Leary All Stars

Inning 3
  •  "Journalism"
  • Rebranding "Christians" as "Fun-ions."  Or "Jesus Light."
  • Cults and Rerun.
  • The Cult Reporter: No Good Will Come of This.
  • Chatting with Jehovah's Witnesses.
Inning 4
  • Cheerleaders and Felix Pie.
  •  Phone plans, paper bills and movies.  ~yawn~
  • Soto's stolen base
  • Chasing Pedro.
Inning 5
  • Where's Manny? 
  • Weather on the moon.
Inning 6
  • Right play to IBB AJ?
    • yes.
  • Rallying.
  • Not thinking of Jim Hendry on the toilet.
Inning 7
  • Getting beat by a 13 year old.
  • Ditkaesque Stretches. 
  • Marla Collins' daughter, omellettes and eggs.
  • What would happen if the Cubs switched to competitive Curling?
Inning 8
  •  This seasno's misery. 
  • Possible lineup changes.
  • The worst possible, plausible defensive arrangement for the Cubs.
  • Griping about Theriot's approach.
  • Going bananas.
  • The silliness of giving up two HRs and not having any of them count as Earned Runs.
  • Baseless Mark Cuban rumors.
Inning 9
  •  The ugly 6-4-3 effort by the Cubs.
  • Trying not to get our hopes up.
  • Rally Salamander, or Rallymander.
  • Victory!

Cubs' record in games recapped since my return from exile advances to 1-1.



What an exciting comeback, which is amazing to say about this team. Maybe this gets some pressure off them and they start hitting better now. Great win.

2. Big 8th for Cubs came at the start of the Cubs' half of the eighth, letting Hoffpauir get on. Without that, the inning would have ended with a Bradley strikeout with two men on base.

I think it would have ended with Bradley striking out with one man on...

/accuracy police.

No, Bradley struck out with Hoffpauir and Soriano on base, then Lee hit a three-run homer.

Hoffpauir wouldn't have been on-base though w/o the error.

Ahhh.  You are smart.  I'll correct it.

Kosuke looks like he's just about done.

After a bad start this month, he's 0 for 20 the last week.

Next time he's in the batter's box they can bring out the big black curtains and have him put down.

Nice comeback! Way to make them pay for the errors. All but 1 of the Cub's runs today are unearned!

Watching on Yahoo! I kind of freaked out when I saw:

HR: A Ramirez

It took several minutes before I realized who it really was.

Good times. I miss parachat already.

which is why I'd like to see RJ het more starts against Rh or Lh pitching.

Tyler Colvin just hit a 12th-inning walkoff homer for Tennessee, his second of the game.

I'm hoping that he can somehow maintain, say, a .800+ OPS with his current K rate. Considering his "status", I wonder, if he stays hot for say, a month or so, if they'll bump him to AAA.


After struggling quite a bit, Dan McDaniel rallied and had a solid start tonight, 6 ip, 5h, 1 r, 1 bb, 3 K's. A very nice sight.

Josh Vitters went 2/5, RBI, K. Here's hoping he turns his June (entering today, 55 AB's, .200/.258/.273) around.

Mitch Atkins picked up his 5th win. 7ip, 6, h, 2 r, 1 bb, 3 K's. He hasn't been as bad as that ugly ERA (6.90), although he certainly hasn't been good. Basically, he's what he was last year, IMO.

Vitters = BABIP bad luck.

I actually wasn't pointing it out as a negative or a positive, just pointing it out for pointing it out's sake.

That said, if you are going to use BABIP as an argument for his June, then one should also point out the BABIP with May, particularly, iirc, due to his LD rates.

Overall, not worried either way, there's always a bit of balancing and no one really expected him to maintain his ridiculous power. I still expect him to get called up to Daytona at some point in the near future. Not sure how the rest will shake out, but I'm hard pressed to see Vitters stay at Peoria for the whole year and I somehow doubt that they'd be brash enough to jump him to Tennessee. Just watch me be dead wrong.

Vitters' second hit was a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.

Three walk-offs yesterday for the Cubs' extended family.

wow...hate i missed this one. go scrubs.

a 12th-inning walkoff homer for Tennessee, his second of the game.
wow...two walkoff HR's in one game. Now THAT is a neat trick.

I wish I had seen this one, too. Luckily I subscribe to MLB Tv so I'll watch the last part of the game.

When Len Kasper first started announcing for this team I did not like him one bit. But I really like him as an announcer now. And Bob is great, IMHO.

I don't know how long they can keep sending Kosuke out there. I really wanted that guy to succeed but it just ain't happening. Strangely enough, I've been wanting to see Milton Bradley succeed, too. Not to get all psychiatric on you guys but it just seems like he is hurting inside big time for some reason and I always root for people like that.

You must be unfamiliar with his background story.  Hurting inside, indeed.  The link is a much circulated article on his background.  I always have had a soft spot rooting for hard-luck childhood cases..



Thanks for that, Trans. My instinct was obviously right. How can someone not root for a guy like this? I want to go to Wrigley just to give the dude the Dawson swami.

This comes as no surprise. Black man in baseball has issues from his past AND because he chose baseball, which is getting whiter all the time? I hope Bradley hits .310/.390/.520 from here on out. [ With Fox alternating between LF and 3B)

The way Fox sees it, the Cubs look at him like he's short, fat and fighting against a little athleticism. The way I see it, Fox might be the second coming of Kevin Youkilis.

followed by...

"Until the Cubs get sick of Mike Fontenot and Miles clogging up two lineup spots, Fox will have to wait for another batch of interleague play."


well if he thinks he's Youklis, probably thinks he could play 3b.

Well given its Cliff Lee pitching tomorrow, I hope we do see Fox playing 3B tomorrow. Fontenot cant hit LHP and with Harden going going tomorrow you know if he is on there wont be that many balls hit into play. It seems like the perfect opprunity to give him a chance there.

Clearly this Miami Herald writer is not a regular on TCR. *eye roll*

Really odd comparison, as Fox is much more of a free swinger. I guess if he thinks that Fox's discipline can significantly get better at this age, perhaps, but I tend to doubt that would happen. I've been trying to ponder a Fox comparison for awhile, going with different names, but the one I'm going with, for now, as a positive scenario, is Josh Willingham. Former catcher as well.

Leyland just benched Magglio for a few games.

Magglio's line on the year is .273/.347/.343.

This morning, I was briefly pondering, during a coffee break, whether or not I would switch Bradley for Magglio. I believe Bradley will get it going a bit, but I'm also hard pressed to see Magglio's power just disappear that dramatically ...

This is from Stark's Rumblings on, sheds some light on why they might be benching him - $:

He has fewer extra-base hits than Joe Thurston. He has a lower slugging percentage than Anderson Hernandez. He has fewer home runs than Brendan Harris. And no, we're not talking about David Ortiz. We're talking about another fallen bopper who has somehow stayed off America's radar screen, Magglio Ordonez (.273 AVG./.343 SLG/2 HR/11 XBH).

"He might be Big Papi's biggest fan," said one scout, "because Big Papi has taken all the attention away from him. I'm not sure what happened, but this guy has aged a lot quicker than the norm. I don't see him getting better. I see him getting worse. I don't see the ball jumping off his bat at all. He's up there now, and he's just content to look for the breaking ball and hit soft line drives the other way. It's almost like he's playing hit-and-run every at-bat."

If this keeps up much longer, it will become more than just a baseball issue for the Tigers. Another 215 plate appearances, and Ordonez will lock in an $18 million option for next year, a payout the Tigers can't possibly find too attractive at the moment.

Despite what Ricketts family claimed yesterday, reports tonight are the Tribune has opened sales talks with a rival bidder.

it was mentioned in the previous thread as well, looks like they've gone back to Utay


An exclusivity period between Tribune and the Ricketts group has
ended and the media company is now talking to a group that includes
private equity investors Marc Utay and Leo Hindery, three sources
familiar with the situation said.

"We know that they went back to the Utay group," said one of the
sources, who asked not to be identified because the sales process has
not closed.

it does say that Ricketts deal is still considered close and probably Trib trying to get Ricketts to finish up the deal.


Whomever ends up buying the team I hope it gets done soon. I'm sure that's the reason the team is so bad. Oh wait.

Sounds like grandstanding on the part of the Tribune. Just trying to give the Ricketts a little kick in the butt. Of course I'm no business expert, so don't take my word for it.

Happy Birthday Carlos Rubi!

Joel Piniero was taken off the field in the 6th with an injury (knee or ankle?)...didn't see it he had to have teammates help him and he couldn't put weight on one leg

Can fukodome be traded to the japanese league for some sake?


plus Personal Seat licenses coming your way..

The Cubs showed a $31 million profit in 2007, according to major league sources. Projecting more revenue sources for the future is a key for any ownership group to be able to recognize. League sources have told me that Personal Seat Licensing (PSLs) for season ticket holders are a projected revenue source that creditors and banks are looking at in trying to judge whether or not to give out a loan to prospective buyers, in this case, the Ricketts family. For example, a one-time call for 20,000 season-ticket holders paying $2,500 each per license could realize up to $50 million. That would bring in a huge amount of cash that could be projected against the debt by any new owner. So far, the banks aren't so sure of the fan base buying into the idea because of the country's economic downturn.

If the banks think that won't work because of the economic downturn, they are beyond retarded. There's what, like 50,000 people on the season ticket waiting list? The whole PSL thing sucks hard, but they're out of their minds if they don't think they could come up with 20,000 people willing to pay it.

I'm sure it's been mentioned, but Casey McGehee...

tried to sneak him through waivers and get him off the 40-man last fall and then ended up having nothing but room on the 40-man.

880 OPS right now, 15 G at 2b, 9 at 3B...stupid right-handed hitters.

1009 OPS since May 19th 379/457/552 with 7 2b, 1 HR....

When did Casey McGehee ever look like a potential offensive contributor?

I like prospects as much as just about anyone, but McGehee's slugging percentage constantly hovered around .400 and his OBP was typically under .350 in the minors, all while not stealing bases and playing mostly third base. His mediocrity with the bat was the reason the organization tried to teach him to catch, wasn't it? I'm guessing he's on a hot streak (though I acknowledge that players CAN get better--I just don't think the sample size is big enough yet to consider proof that McGehee has improved that much). I'm be interested to hear an expert's take on him, though--something more in-depth than the PR stuff you get out of the front office about prospects.

I will stake my reputation as an asshole and say that Casey McGehee will not end his major league career as a .379 hitter.

nothing more than to show Hendry's incredible knack for turning everything into shit over the offseason...

I didn't think it was much of a big deal at the time either, although I could have probably thought of 5-10 other guys that could have gotten kicked off the 40-man before McGehee. Start with immediately putting Brad Snyder through waivers as AZ Phil suggested.

Although fwiw, I believe McGehee has been sitting recently due to a sore knee and ankle.

he left Tuesday's game in the 7th with the injury and didn't play Wednesday, otherwise he's been playing most everyday and having a fantastic June.

Btw, it hasn't crossed my mind in awhile, but did we ever find out what was going on with Jordan Latham? I remember the odd circumstances at the start of the season, and then he sorta slipped my mind. He was a promising pen arm with that, um, off the top, slider? I thought he was about on level with say, a Blake Parker, who really took off this year. Part of me wanted to see Latham tried as a starter.

Submitted by toonsterwu on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 2:01am.
Btw, it hasn't crossed my mind in awhile, but did we ever find out what was going on with Jordan Latham? I remember the odd circumstances at the start of the season, and then he sorta slipped my mind. He was a promising pen arm with that, um, off the top, slider? I thought he was about on level with say, a Blake Parker, who really took off this year. Part of me wanted to see Latham tried as a starter.



It all started with this.

That was during the post-2007 off-season and he did pitch at Daytona last year.

I don't know exactly happened during Spring Training 2009, although he probably was under some type of Cubbie super-secret double-probation as the result of the 12/07 incident.

I don't know what his exact status is at present. Somebody here at TCR said he got released, but I'm not sure that's what happened. He might have gotten released, or he could be on both the Daytona 35-man Reserve List and Temporary Inactive List, or he could be on the Restricted List. I guess we'll find out eventually.

Hilarious watching the Comcast replay of the game with Hawk and Stone as the announcers. Hawk's calls of the Lee and Soto HRs were barely above a whisper and he basically blamed the loss on the home plate ump not calling Soriano out on strikes in the 8th.

Even if I were a Sox fan, I wouldn't be able to listen to Hawk. He's brutal.

That was one of the least professional things I have ever heard in sports announcing. He sounded like an 8-year old kid who was whining that people were picking on him. The boderline pitch (and it was borderline, as either side would have been upset with the call) on 1-2 was the whole inning, per Hawk. The Sox error and Cub HRs had nothing to do with it.

The CF camera is not in a direct line with the rubber and the plate -- it is at an angle (so as not to be in the hitter's line of sight), which distorts the appearance of pitch location.

I am normally OK with Hawk -- despite his flaws, he clearly loves the game of baseball, and is into every game, no matter the score. But that was awful.

This morning, Mike and Mike played Santo's reaction to Soto's homer and Soriano's single. Great stuff.

Defrauding of NHL Players goes to fund porno-parties for Joe Morgan.


And Roger Clemens.


Yes,  Really.


Assuming that the NYPost wouldn't get a story wrong.



this isn't fresh news but Chet Coppock was on the wgn radio sports central with David Kaplan last night talking about his involvement along with quite a few others in sports talk, including Mike North were swindled in an $11M ponzi scheme which was an online sports talk venture called

apparently Tom Schaer knew the organizer had a prior criminal record but didn't alert North and others about there is some really bad blood out there right now.,CS...

FWIW, the skies are very threatening here right now.

Milton Bradley healthy, etc.

Pouring now.

Radar looks a lot worse than it did Tuesday night. Just all red over Northern IL.

My parents live in Easter Iowa on the Illinois border. They had 60 MPH winds this morning at about 9:30 that knocked down power to a lot of the city. That's the cell that is now over Chicago. So it sounds pretty intense, but my parents also said it is sunny and clear now.

Rob - when I come to the page via Firefox not logged in I get this:

"user warning: Incorrect key file for table '/var/lib/mysql/tmp/#sql_1524_0.MYI'; try to repair it query: SELECT n.nid, c.cid, c.subject, c.comment, c.timestamp, c.uid,, c.format, username, n.title FROM node n INNER JOIN comments c ON c.nid = n.nid INNER JOIN users u ON c.uid = u.uid WHERE n.status = 1 AND c.status = 0 ORDER BY c.timestamp DESC LIMIT 0, 15 in /home/thecubre/public_html/includes/ on line 174."

Also,'s hour by hour is showing a 3 hour sun window from 2 - 5 as it stands right now. They have to get this in, right, because they can't do a day-night tomorrow (City rules) or Sunday (ESPN rules)?


I also had to listen to way to many ,dadgummit,getup,but the best one was when i think ramirez couldnt get the ball out of his glove. (He just couldnt find the ears on it).

Farmer or the Hawk what a choice sox fans have.

Farmer is just as wretched.

While waiting for the game to start today, I watched the 8th and 9th innings of yesterday's game with Hawk and Stone. I laughed as their tone grew smug during the top half of the 8th. I really enjoyed listening to Hawk whining about the "4 unearned runs" that were all a result of the home plate umpire not calling strikes acurately. Ha, ha. Man it was fun.

there's a window this afternoon to try and get the game in...

Well Given that its interleague, I am sure they will try to get in because if they cant they will have to play a traditional back to back doubleheader (thanks to the agreement they have with the city) tomorrow or Sunday. Looking at the Indians schedule it looks like we have no common off-days to make it up with a double header.

BTW, i dont know if its 3/44 but Jake Fox is playing 3B and batting fifth.

"According to babelfish, Carlos told The Joe his penis is respectable?!?"

I forgot to clarify this important information. According to babelfish, Carlos told me in Mexican that me penis was small. My response was that, no, it is respectable. Carlos was thinking of that time we were nude together, but in my defense, I had had a popsicle in my pocket prior to our encounter.

Oh, that makes SO much more sense....

I'm glad I could clarify.

Still kind of dark here, but it's not raining. At one point, the storm was threatening enough that they asked us to move away from perimeter windows (we're on the 17th floor of our building).

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    Arizona Phil 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 6 hours 27 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 6 hours 41 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 8 hours 31 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 11 hours 30 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 43 min ago view