Weekend funnies: At least there's a Cardinal or Brewer loss every game...


What's a Cub Fan to do?


It's the St. Louis Cardinals vs the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2011 National League Championship Series.
Seems like this painful display has been going on for weeks, and what's worse is the games have been pretty good.
Why do we hate St. Louis so much?
Because they're always good.
At baseball.
Milwaukee?
Well, they'll probably lose Prince, but they look kinda loaded for years to come.

At least each time they play in this series, one of 'em loses.
And they've been doing a good job of alternating those losses.
But suddenly it's getting to the end, and I've recently come to the revolting realization that the NEXT THING is about to happen.
Like, if the Brewers lose on Sunday, that means the freaking Cardinals get to go play in the World Series.
Or if the Cards lose the next two games, then it'll be the Brewers...

In the often helpful words of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, "Dogs licked my heart."

Well, at least we have Theo Epstein, right?
And if you're in Chicago, there's always Jake's Pub over at Clark and Oakdale.
Just waiting with it's awesome beer selection and fabulous pool table.
I might just have to go see how straight his sticks are. 

Comments

theo's worth 10 prince fielders.

we got theo...the best hitting coach in the world...and maybe a new manager.

all that's keeping the club from being #1 is a minor detail of 1st, RF, 3rd, and a SP or two...minor details. maybe a new pitching coach rather than all of that mess...or a new president in charge of promotional napkins.

cubs baseball...another off-season...another name brand suit. lou still needs a job for 4-6 months or until he gets bored with making awesomeness happen.

1- sign theo for 5 years
2- backload contract
3- trade to ARZ after 4 years for goldschmidt
4- pay goldschmidt $160m for 8 years
5- replace GM with the actress that played B.Beane's daughter in the Moneyball movie
6- win 5th world series in a row

lol I see Crunch hasn't changed anyway

no doubt.

i dont mind the theo move...i'm just ready to get to the real offseason need, players. i'm staying out of the compensation thing until i know who's actually being given up...if anyone. meh.

also, wow...the shine wore off rudy really quickly...almost easy to forget he was supposed to be one the coach/saviors. hell, you barely hear his name mentioned.

Not to mention guys have to go back to AAA to get their swings fixed after spending a month in the Bigs.

lulz...

nolan ryan on cell phone texting someone...gw bush (the younger bush president) looking over his shoulder reading it.

laura bush actually watching the game.

Milwaukee?

I actually used to like Milwaukee. Most of my dislike comes from the belief that Braun (despite what he's done for my fantasy team) is an enormous douchebag. I've got no problem with anyone else. I'm rooting for them over the Cards, easily...then the AL against them in the WS, or course.

the Sept. 98 CHC/MIL games were electric...2 home games in particular were high scoring and the fans were way into it.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/C...

sept 12 - 5 runs in the bottom 9th to win 12-15

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/C...

sept 13 - 1 run in the bottom 10th to win 10-11

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIL/M...

sept 23 - 3 runs in the bottom 9th to lose @MIL 7-8

cubs won on the 22, too, but it wasn't anything special.

4 games vs. MIL in Sept. 98...3 of them awesome.

You ought to be banned for bringing up the Brant Brown game...

OH NOOO!

the road to awesomeness is paved with the cries of elderly men.

Bronze medal game rained out, USA will share with Canada

Blue Jays C Travis D'Arnaud tore ligaments in his thumb during the tournament.

f'n socialist baseball tourney... *shakes fist at obama*

Josh Byrnes is coming with Theo if and when the deal gets done.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Byrnes

wikipedia and all, but fun stuff about owner signing Eric Byrnes against Josh's wishes.

That's fine, Theo needs at least one or two guys who know the system he's going to implement. I wonder how many old school types there are in the Cubs front office.

TEX is on the field celebrating with...soda.

it's not even a promotion tie-in because they took the labels off the soda.

that's so damn misguided wholesome...corrosive sugar water #1.

actually, it just looks really weird.

jim leyland crying...again.

i'd hate to see him watch Lifetime movies...it'd be a huge mess.

If I recall correctly from last years run, they avoid alcohol in order to include Josh Hamilton in team celebrations.

Wilson doesn't partake as well being straigtedge and all

Don't they have any diabetics on the team? Corrosive sugar water is almost as bad for society as alcohol. Bunch of party poppers on that Texas team, it's going to make it hard to root for them. Ron Washington ruined the traditional ALCS coke binge party for everyone too.

Blah, how many days till spring training?

Ron Washington ruined the traditional ALCS coke binge party for everyone too.

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I think that's why they took the labels off the pop bottles, so Washington wouldn't be seen doing Coke in public.

keep forgetting about that (and cj)...it ended up cute anyway with the family members and kids joining in toward the end.

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  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 51 min 24 sec ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 59 min 3 sec ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 3 hours 11 min ago view