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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  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • 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?