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.


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...

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.

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





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.

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 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:

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.


Recent comments

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  • 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.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).