Sad quotes. Sad score. Sad record. Sad Cubs.

Well, the good news is 2012 is almost over for the Chicago Cubs.


Probably I was one of about 47 people who watched last night's 2-8 Cub-drubbing by Arizona.
I mean, I watched but it was unwatchable.
I googled "Cubs tv ratings" and the newest article (the Sherman Report) is from August 31st.
It says White Sox games rule tv in Chicago (yada yada whatever dude), but worse is that the guy compared the 2008 numbers with this year's.
It's a drop of 62%.
In your basic world of tv, that "Cubs" show would get cancelled.
Now, I'm still totally for the Theo Plan, and the minors are seriously, truly, amazingly looking up (see Boise!).
But damn, if I'm Tom Ricketts I'm pretty worried about the family business.
Because it is bee ay dee.
The Jed Hoyer quotes about having money to spend on some free agents (pitching) for next year, that can't be a lie because the product at Wrigley Field has to improve.
A handful of 2-year Paul Maholm-types, a handful of Shawn Camps...
This 2012 season HAS to be the Cubs hitting rock bottom (isn't a hundred losses enough?), and next year the fans HAVE to see some kind of improvement.

Or who's gonna watch?

This is also sad: if everything aligns in my schedule, I'll be at Wrigley on Tues nite against the Astros.
That would be only game number three for me this year.
And I'm kind of a big fan.

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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 5 hours 55 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 8 hours 28 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 9 hours 35 sec ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 9 hours 2 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 10 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 13 hours 18 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 14 hours 14 min ago view