Sunday Funnies: Tom and Theo meet for coffee.


This is actually kinda fun, isn't it?
Sure there's anxiety, but it's not like Cub Fans aren't used to that.
Or waiting.
Pretty soon Tom Ricketts will name a new General Manager, and who knows...
When Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry said, "Theo (Epstien) is not going to be the GM forever," a billion Cub Fan tongues started wagging furiously.
It sure is intriguing.
But there are a handful of guys out there who would automatically upgrade the system just because they're skilled in the ways of modern stats.
Whatever ends up happening, as long as the Cubs don't do what the Sox did with their manager search, should be a reason for hope.

Happy Sunday and I hope you got a laugh.



Great stuff Tim.

I really truly feel more hope for the future now than I have in, uh, well a really really long time.
And thanks.

One of your best pieces. Nice job!

My hope is if Theo comes to the Northside that we don't have to take on more bad contracts (Lackey/Dice-K). Maybe John Henry likes bison dogs?

That could be a new t-shirt, Ricketts dressed as Darth Vader saying, "Come to the Northside".

loved this, Tim. The Tribune could use some animation to go with their columns these days.

Paul Sullivan interviews someone who was an eyewitness to Theo on the way to your interview. Apparently Theo enjoyed a banana to go with his coffee.

Some guy thinks he sees Theo in a Starbucks.
Then what?
He calls Paul Sullivan to tell him the story?
I actually did see Reed Johnson at OHare shortly before he signed.
Next time I'm callin' Paul.

That reads like a really slow Onion article.

Tigers-Rangers postponed due to 60% threat of rain. Rescheduled to 3pm cst Monday.

darn Tommy Skillethead.

Angels fire farm director too...

that's like 4-5 guys in the front office since they decided to blow it up.

they should just cut the crap and make mike sciocia GM...he's the most powerful manager in the game even if he's not getting larussa money. hell, he practically is GM...the most gentle and nice "my way or stfu" guy in the game.

Yeah, that Angels farm system has really been slacking. I mean they only had what, two ROY candidates this year?

the whole blow-up was weird, imo...then again it's hard to do your job when mike sciocia thinks he's a scout, assistant GM, team president, and owner. hell, sciocia probably tells the cleaning crew how to sweep stairs in the nosebleeds.

the weird thing to me is more than a few of these guys accepted re-organization roles rather than looking for a job somewhere else. evidently they're happy where they're at, but either the organization wants to go another way or they can't effectively do their jobs in the roles they used to have.

...or arnie is an impatient weirdo...dunno.

first Delmon Young, then this...Paper Tigers?

Magglio O. off ALCS roster with broken ankle (no real details though).!/DKnobler/status/123133...
confirmed by Heyman

per rotoworld:

Ordonez had surgery on the ankle late last year, and he hasn't been able to totally shake the soreness since.

This one is pretty funny, Tim!

I like the extra emphasis on distortion of each of these guys, and their contrast.

Reminds me a bit of Matt Groening's "Life in Hell"stylistically, which is what it feels like to be a Cub's fan sometimes.

STL faaaaaaaaaaail....holy crap what a 5th...quick as hell, too.

...and it just won't end... 5-8 stl/mil...6 run 5th, still no outs after a 2r HR.

via rotowurld via the miami herald via the department of "Well, no shi..." and the president of Duh...

"The Marlins are interested in acquiring Carlos Zambrano if the Cubs pick up a large chunk of his salary next season."

Them and 26 other teams probably... or we could just hire Sandberg and have him straighten Zambrano out.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Zambrano and Ozzie go at it for the first time, though.

in case anyone missed me...from a few days ago in the suntimes...article about cj wilson. in case you don't know much about cj wilson, yes, he's serious.


When the time comes, the gun enthusiast and part-time car racer said he’ll evaluate the Cubs according to several criteria.

‘‘Gun laws, day games, weather, competitiveness, freedom to be myself,’’ he said with a straight face.

That’s, what, at least three strikes against the Cubs?

‘‘I’m just saying, that’s how I decide,’’’ Wilson said. ‘‘That’s the way my brain works.’’

That's awesome... if I played for the White Sox I'd damn sure get a carry permit.

*Edit* I guess I wouldn't.

Wow. Guns are very important to this guy. Compensate much?


Comcast new england is also re-reporting the Sullivan article but says at the bottom that according to "sources" the Cubs have gotten permission to talk to Epstein (although the Redsox haven't said that publicly).

My sources say Paul Sullivan is considering offers to take a job with TMZ. They have offered him the Brad Pitt gig. TMZ wanted someone with some baseball experience now that Pitt is a GM. Sully was last seen getting a banana and a grande mocha latte at a starbucks in LA to prepare for a dummy interview with Angeline.

If the Pitts are indeed hiring a dummy, Sullivan has probably got the job locked down.

"Are you Theo Epstien?"
"No, I get that a lot"..."Who is Theo Espstein?"

If I was mistaken for a famous person frequently (maybe even once), I may fire up the old Google and take a look.

"No, I get that a lot"..."Who is Theo Espstein?"

He's just showing that GM savy that gets you Dice K and Carl Crawford.

/jedi mind trick

to prepare for a dummy interview with Angeline.
visions of Sully sitting on Angeline's lap?

Delmon Young is back in the ACLS, takes Magglio's roster spot and is back in today's lineup.

I think we should start a pool - guess the day that Vitters's OBP (.364) in the AFL passes his batting average (.381).

I'll take two weeks from Saturday

Please remind me, how does one get their OBP lower than their batting average?

Sac flies/bunts.



in Vitters case:

8/21 = .381
8+0+0/21+0+0+1= .364

Just sac flies - sacrifices bunts don't go against your OBP. Getting on via error or fielder's choice or wild pitch doesn't help it.

Personally I think wild pitches and errors should count.

olney tweet:

Rival executive on Theo Epstein: "If he met with the Cubs, what it means is that if he gets the offer he wants, he's gone [to Chicago]."
reminds me of a variation of F. Caliendo imitating John Madden: "It takes playing really good football to be a really good football player"

The team who scores the most runs usually wins.

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  • j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er

    zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8

    heyward 0-4 :(

    crunch 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says

    crunch 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 4 hours 12 sec ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • 1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
    2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
    3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.

    Charlie 6 hours 26 min ago view
  • Who's asking?

    jacos 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • #TeamEntropy

    CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.

    Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.

    Rob G. 6 hours 37 min ago view
  • I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.

    johann 7 hours 24 min ago view
  • any opponent preference for NLDS?

    Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.

    Rob G. 7 hours 45 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 12 hours 49 min ago view
  • Can't teach height and thinness

    jacos 14 hours 44 min ago view
  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 1 day 15 min ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should something like it.

    crunch 1 day 22 min ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 1 day 38 min ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.


    Rob G. 1 day 40 min ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view