And Now for Something Completely Different...

We had fun, we had laughs, we had Mark Prior's shoulder, Dusty Baker's lineup card, Mike Quade's awful nicknames and now we shall have goodbye's.

With a heavy heart and far more hours of contemplation than I expected, I'll be stepping down from my reign of terror here at The Cub Reporter. I imagine many of you know the history of the site, but here's a quick recap. The very talented Christian Ruzich began this beauty a long time ago in 2001 back when blogs and the Internet were still a dirty word. He did an incredible job of finding talented writers and eventually had a nice group of team specific blogs at all-baseball.com. Somewhere around 2003 I stumbled across the site, I think from some mention in a Baseball Prospectus article. I sort of hung around the edges of the comments for the next year and started doing my own writing at a site called Most Valuable Network (or MVN for short). Around that time (say late 2004-early 2005), many of the all-baseball.com writers broke off into their own group and started Baseball Toaster and at that time the owner of MVN made an offer to Christian. There were only a few Cubs blogs at that time, and in my personal opinion, The Cub Reporter was the very best, the site I would just hope to be able to write for one day. But because of that purchase, I was sort of thrust upon Christian and as he was slowly backing out of his duties, he found some writers amongst the talented commentators to take over the bulk of the writing and myself, Arizona Phil, John Hill and Transmission began writing for the site. And oh, what a fun few years we had.

We had recaps, previews, satirical write-ups, April Fool's jokes, minor league coverage, stupid Internet arguments, parachat and just hours and hours of endless entertainment.

Somewhere  in that time period, Christian backed away completely and I seemed to be the only fool willing to pick up the flag and lead the troops. We picked up some talented free agents along the way like Dr. Joseph Hecht aka Cubster, Don Nelson aka Cubnut, Mike Wellman, CubbyBlue's amazing artwork and most recently WISCGRAD. We migrated to our own site here so we could drop f-bombs freely and lived through the , the , the , the and even .

And now it's 2015, the team is a legit playoff contender and shall be one for years to come. And it's still fun, but it's also a bit monotonous and obviously my writing output has slowed to a trickle. I was hoping once the winning began that my writing flame would be re-ignited, but it just hasn't happened. And if this team can't get me to write, nothing will. On top of that, my personal life has had many of the ups and downs that the Cubs franchise has endured. My twins were born 5 days before they just turned 10 this last weekend and I still can't get them to sit through a half inning of baseball). My Dad suffered an aortic dissection around (don't worry my Dad is somehow still kicking and letting me know on each and every phone call how dumb the Cubs are). The AngelFan Wife and I bought a house, bought a business, lost a business, lost a house and went through some major health scares and very unfortunately are very much still in the midst of the lean, rebuilding years and any hopes of us being a contender again will require my focus on matters more important than goofing on the Cubs and settling Internet arguments.

So I shall miss all of you (most of you) and I will certainly miss this site. Unfortunately none of the other writers have the time either nor the desire to take over the day-to-day duties so I'm afraid that this might be it for The Cub Reporter. If I can find someone else to take over the daily duties, maybe it will survive, but I can't say for sure. If you know of anyone or have some interest yourself, please contact me through the contact form by clicking the envelope icon on the upper right and I'll happily answer any of your questions. My understanding is that the rest of the writers will continue to write as long as there is a place to write. Arizona Phil said he'd like to at the very least keep writing through the amateur draft and the rest of extended spring training through the end of June, so we'll stay open through then at least. Cubnut will continue to run the twitter account as well. I do have my own twitter account that I'll publish in the near future, although it will be far more than my thoughts on the Cubs, so follow at your own risk. I will be taking down the game chat for now as I won't be around to reset it every night.

So thank you for the laughs, for keeping me honest in the comments, for some dear friendships formed over the years, and for being a part of this rather eclectic and unique point in time and space where we all could commiserate and occasionaly celebrate over this one oddly shared interest that is Chicago Cubs baseball.

 

Comments

Wow! Thank you Rob for everything you have put into the site, it's much appreciated by me and my sure the rest. I have never met you in person but we are Facebook friends (21stCentury) and hope the best for you and your family. Take care and I wish great success in all your future endeavors.

Good luck, and godspeed Rob! This is certainly the end of an era.

I wish you well. You did a fantastic job with this site.

Aw man, this is heartbreaking. But thanks for the years of work, and congrats on making a choice that's best for you.

I sure will miss this site, Rob. During the 2008 flash in the pan, being on this site during the Cubs playoff surge kept me sane while working up in Nome, Alaska, having drunken people knock on my door in the middle of the night. I believe we set a record # of entries on parachat that day.... It has been a LOT of fun. I wish all the best to you.

Thanks so much for everyone's time and effort.

I'm also sorry to hear this news. Even with the reduced output of main articles, The Cub Reporter has remained my first stop when I sign on to the internet. The quality of the comments, the features on the site and the articles that were posted were certainly of a high enough quality and consistently entertaining that it made up for the reduced main content. I hope it can continue on in some capacity. I wish the best of good fortune for you, AngelFan Wife and your kids. Via con Dios.

So sad to hear this news. Thank you Rob for all the time and work you've devoted to this site. Best of luck in the future. As a Midwest transplant stuck in Texas, this is about the closest thing to hanging out at your neighborhood bar and talking Cubs baseball (although this site has a much higher baseball IQ than the average tavern goer). Although I have seldom posted, I've been quietly reading this site pretty much daily since 2005. Informative, insightful, entertaining, funny and at times aggravating; this is an amazing site. Thank you.

Ditto to what everyone has said so far (and will continue to say). This site, even during the lean times, has always been a daily go-to for me. Best of luck. I don't know where I'm going to find info on swing planes, high-paid managers and whatnot...perhaps Crunch will send out a mailer.

Well crap. I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do, and it's not like I'm paying for this. But I've enjoyed the site for a very long time. And it will be a shame to see it go. Thanks for all the entertainment for all the years!

I have enjoyed this site and the many contributions you made to it Rob. I am grateful that you made it available to us all. I will be sorry to see it go. For what it's worth, I think that many of the posters here have expressed clear-eyed views concerning the Cubs and baseball (as well as other topics), and I'm thankful for that. It's been a go-to site for me, even if I have not posted here frequently. Rob, you've had a good deal to do with the quality (and tone) of the articles and the comments, and have a lot to do with why this website has been valuable to me. Thank you.

Thanks for all the kind words, much like Sonicwind75 said, me being a Chicago transplant in Los Angeles made me miss the daily Cubs talk with friends and co-workers and this was very much the virtual way of doing it. If only we served beer...

In good news, it seems we may have a reader/commentator that would be willing to shepard the site at least through the offseason and probably beyond. So hopefully things won't change much...

Hopefully I can get it all squared away by tomorrow and go take my bullpen cart ride off into the sunset.

It's Silent Towel, isn't it? ; )

Rob, you've done such a tremendous job keeping this boat afloat. Thank you for all of your hard work during the last 10 years on this free, wonderful little corner of the Internet.

you were (are) a fair and insightful owner. thanks for providing us a place to kick our observations around.

I haven't commented in many moons but I just wanted to stop by and say thanks. Reading TCR helped me become a more knowledgeable fan thanks to the insight of many, and a happier fan thanks to the laughs provided by many more. Well, sometimes happier - it's not like the Cubs held up their end most of the time, but commiserating was always great fun. Anyway, Rob G., thanks so much and all the best to you and yours, and go Cubs.

All I can really add is that this is not actually a "replaceable" site. For me the writing has been on the wall for awhile, and it's been clear that you (Rob) have been keeping up the site out of a sense of loyalty or dedication, or whatever it is that motivated you. I've always appreciated the thankless work you've been putting into this. I think I've expressed it often in the comments because I'm a web/tech guy and I know what a pain in the arse it is to keep up a site, even a CMS-based site (or, maybe especially, since you have to muck around in code you didn't write). You did an amazing job and the commenters here, as I've said quite a few times in the past, are the most knowledgeable baseball fans in the world. The few times I've had spirited debates have all been done with the understanding that you guys pretty much know more than I do about the game, and although I still needed to speak up once in awhile, it was all in fun. Baseball is just a game, and so is commenting on it. Best of luck Rob, and thanks for all you've done.

Rob, without being redundant - ditto to all the above comments. I sincerely hope someone can takeover the site so the usual gang of commenters still come here. I've learned more about baseball....and the Cubs....in the 9-10 years I've been on TCR from all of you. PLEASE, PLEASE, someone step up. Best of everything to you and yours, Rob!

Thanks Rob and Phil and all the other writers and commenters. As a guy without much to say I always loved coming here to see what others were saying. Good luck to all.

I can't believe how sad I am. This site has been my connection point since I became a STH in 2004. Have so enjoyed all of the folks sticking around (other than a few real morans). AZ Phil (from my home-town), Cubster, Wisc, Mike "Welly", Tim - Rumors, comparisons, arguments, speculation, general obsession... An odd sort of "family" really. Thanks much Rob G for holding this together and allowing us to take part, contribute, or just listen. Things change, and so it goes. You have been a beast with this fantastic blog as the leader, and I wish you heartfelt success in your career and with your family life. Go Cubs!

I assume this is all part of Theo's plan....far too complex for mere mortals to understand. Thanks Rob -- it has really made being a Cub fan even more fun!

Thanks a million, Rob.

It's because I was showing murmurings of returning to active duty, wasn't it?  ~grin~

 

But in all seriousness, this is sad news. I have such fond memories of discovering the site, getting involved in it, getting recruited to contribute more substantively to it, getting paid (very modest amounts) for it, and it has pained me to see my own life expand and contract in ways that did not leave the room for TCR that TCR deserved.

 

Thank you, Christian and Rob. It was a pleasure to read you and to collaborate with you, and to goof around and have fun with you. Thank you, AZ Phill, and Dr. Hecht, and Don and Mike and everyone.  And to all my dear friends from Parachat.

I will do my best to hang around as much of the summer as I can (thought tonight is not an option, as I am visiting a friend out of the country.)  May I suggest that, if we do not find someone to take over regular day-to-day responsibilities, that we schedule a Great Big Finall Goodbye Extravaganza event?  We all pile into a chat, watch the game (and I recap it all?) and wish everyone the best?

Hopefully, it doesn't come to that.  Best wishes with all the ups and downs of your life, Rob.  You've been fantastic and you deserve the best.

I've actually been on this site since 2003 as well and (no I'm not silent towel or the chad etc and I was never banned!) but despite getting my ass handed to me by Rob occasionally and surely giving him a few headaches - I'm VERY grateful for all he's done. For all YOU'VE done rob. It's absolutely my first stop on the Internet. I moved away from Chicago in 91 and for a long time it was the Trib website that kept me connected. But that ceased to be relevant and really it's been this site with no small thanks to Rob. I personally appreciate how you Rob managed to be yourself, have opinions, give a shit and be real yet somehow maintained an air of authority, reserve and equanimity when the cards were down. Shit horrible unintended pun. The Cards are never down. I hope it stays up as a site but the Rob G era was a solid irreplaceable thing and I'm gonna miss it. Thanks again Rob. - Jim

At least Castro gave you a farewell ground ball to SS with the tying runs on base...heavy sigh.

This is like losing a dear friend. Thanks for your work.

Thank you Rob for all you've done with the site. This is the only Cubs blog I've been able to find with not only great insight into the Cubs and their minor league organization, but also with a group of commenters who clearly understand the game and are able to talk about it at an intelligent level. Many hopes as to someone being able to carry the baton.

Thanks for all the time and work you've put into the site, Rob. You've done a great job, and I would sincerely miss this little internet place if TCR were to come to an end.

Best of luck Rob G. Thanks for keeping TCR afloat over the years and giving us the chance to talk Cubs. I hope the site doesn't go away. If it does, you know this will be the year they win it all. :) I am sure I will be your #1 missed poster on hear. HaHa!! In Dusty We Trusty!!

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  • crunch 6 hours 51 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 9 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.

     

  • Jackstraw 11 hours 36 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*

     

  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.

     

  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.

     

  • Ryno 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    True!

     

  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/just1deeva/status/1245654487026397184?s=21

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!

     

  • BobbyD 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.