New Day, New Goal

If you're a Twitter user and are not currently following us (@thecubreporter), please do so. The goal is to get to 600 followers—we're currently at 584—before Alex Rodriguez hits his 600th home run.

And then rub his nose in it.

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Good use of keyword 'naked'. I was done here, went looking for my daily fill of russian spies, and somehow ended up back at TCR. Thought my computer was broken...

http://www.mediaite.com/online/now-this-naked...

PS Following on Twitter

Thanks. Last time I checked the toteboard, we were up to 589.

I feel like Jerry Lewis at the Labor Day Telethon.

Soto to miss a couple days after fouling ball off his instep.

http://bit.ly/ahRdwv

Means two nights of Mario Mendoza with a chest protector, i.e., Koyie Hill.

590

597

598

600

Outstanding. Thanks for the follows.

Today, I consider myself...the luckiest man...on the face of the earth.

Now you should commission a painting of yourself as a centaur.

Doing a mermaid version of ARod.

The Marlins Chris Coghlan tears meniscus in pie in face incident.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_s...

What the hell is Twitter?

It's a popular brand of fruit-flavored candy in the United States and Canada (often called a licorice candy).

Dude, you're old.

it's a bar in the bahamas that lets 16 year old kids drink.

It's a game with colored circles on a plastic mat that generally leads to intercourse.

The chances of intercourse are doubled if played in the bar by the same name that crunch frequents.

But only if Soriano doesn't bat leadoff.

soriano would be handing out bone cookies and blood juice at my church...no leading people to seats for him.

And the manager of the bar has no effect on these chances...

unless the manager takes your glass away or you run out of money the manager of the bar pretty much has no effect anyway.

we also don't pay him $4m bucks at my bar to take your glass away you piece of shit.

Miles has a big post up on Zambrano's ESPN interview and how he pissed everyone off again:

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4435

Maybe I'm not reading it correctly, but Z seems to be getting ripped, in part, for not talking in Iowa but then it says he was told not to talk at that time. (I read that elsewhere, too, either in the Trib or Sun-Times.)

So then he talks and is now getting ripped for that and for bypassing the media relations department that told him not to talk?

imo, i'm seeing a lot of chicago media acting like NY media...aka, OMFG CAN YOU BELIEVE DIZ GUY, GUY? HE NEEDS TO _________ (insert overblown manly statement of authority)! WHAT A PIECE OF WORK!

NY Post must be seeking new writers.

F that, Z is the new Bradley as far as I'm concerned.

Crazy is the new black.

Tito -- I'm having the same confusion as you. I just watched the interview Z did on ESPN and I didn't see anything in it that would piss people off.

I like Bruce Miles, but I don't know what he's talking about when he says that Zambrano's interview with Muskat was damage control for his interview with ESPN. I'm just not seeing it.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5412192

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

I think the problem is that the team told him not to talk to the media until he apologized to the team, and then without their permission Z went on ESPN.

I think Bruce is upset because Z seemingly used the team's order as an excuse to ignore the Chicago media, many of whom traveled to Iowa to cover Z's rehab, but was perfectly happy to ignore the team's edict when ESPN called.

Seems a lot of pettiness all around to me. But also seems like Z should have just done what the team told him.

They should re-name Wrigley Field "Pettiness Junction".

Then get some hot chicks to skinny dip in CF.

In case there was any doubt, Carlos Zambrano is available.

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/1968905...

this team's clubhouse leadership has been fucking pathetic for too long.

we shouldn't have to trade 1-2 players a season because they "can't hang."

it just doesn't end. it's always something.

I agree, which points the finger at the front office for always pointing the finger at a different player or players every year as the reason we can't win.

They're just making things worse for everyone by ripping Z for apologizing. I'm really sick of how this entire thing has been handled. Z was an idiot, but the Cubs front office and the media have been bigger idiots.

To start with, putting an $18 million dollar starting pitcher in the bullpen after 4 starts was about the dumbest possible thing Hendry and Lou could do this season. Then Hendry completely mis-manages the Z blowup, banishing their highest paid pitcher to Siberia for a month in the middle of the season, when the team keeps claiming their trying to get back in the pennant race. Now they're mad he apologized at the wrong time, to the wrong person. This is just another reason Hendry should be fired.

This daily drama crap has got to go. We're not the dysfunctional White Sox.

Bruce Levine says Colorado, San Diego, and Detroit continue to show interest in Theriot with the Rockies being the most interested.http://es.pn/auw3xN

And in an unsurprising development, according to Witternmyer in Tuesday's S-T, Aramis Ramirez "expects to exercise his $14.6 million player option for next season." http://bit.ly/bmhe0R

Lot of money for what you get.

Well next season, as long as he stays healthy, I would expect ARam to have a monster year as he plays for a new contract. The trick is finding a way to keep him healthy (then hopefully dealing him at the trade deadline).

I love the guy but his injury problems scare the hell out of me to offer him a long term contract.

it's nice he can still field his position and throw well, too.

nice to have him at 3rd rather than expecting him to move to 1st or something.

It's back to 599. Odd.

It goes up and down as people unfollow us. Perhaps they were offended by the lameness of a particular tweet or they're just jerky White Sox or Cardinals fans trying to ruin the best day of TCR's Twitter life.

Bastards.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    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. 5 hours 29 min 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. 5 hours 34 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as 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. 5 hours 39 min 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. 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 8 hours 20 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 8 hours 37 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 8 hours 41 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 9 hours 26 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 14 hours 17 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 30 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 34 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 16 hours 52 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 5 min ago view