I'm worried.

I'm worried that our best hitter and best pitcher are two of the most injury-prone players in the game

I'm worried that we signed Dempster back before the economy completely tanked, and wound up over-paying.

I'm worried that the Dempster overpay caused us to trade away DeRosa, which, I worry, has greatly weakened our bench.

And, I worry, has greatly weakened our chemistry, whatever the hell that is.

I'm worried that Carlos Marmol will tire of his experiment living
amongst humans, and decide to return to his normal, alien form, go back
to the mothership, and report to the Martians that no, the earthlings
do not offer any worthy baseball competition.  Marmol the Martian will
then leave us as he explores other worlds in search of competition.

I'm worried that Carlos Zambrano is on the Livan Hernandez Career Arc.

I'm worried that you, gentle reader, won't follow me below the fold...

I'm worried that in a secret laboratory in Wyoming, DARPA is cloning Joe Morgan, with the intent of disappearing Len and Bob in May and replacing them with the first of an army of Joe Morgan clones.  The clones will be programmed to plant subliminal anti-American, totalitarian messages in their commentary that eventually will lead to an army of brainwashed baseball fans who overthrow society and institute a New World Order based on moving the runner over and expensive suits.

I'm worried that Fukudome simply isn't a very good hitter.

I'm worried that after his first burst of personality and temper, Milton Bradley will get the type of treatment that Cubs "fans" have given Hundley, Hawkins, Jacque Jones and others, and will handle it about as well as his predecessors did. 

I'm worried that when I then defend Bradley and call out the people giving him a hard time, I'll be run out of TCR on a rail.

I'm worried that not enough people appreciate what it literally means to get run out of town on a rail.  It HURTS, damnit!

I'm worried that I just insulted the historical and sadistical literacy of my readers.

I'm worried that in our effort to free up money to get Bradley and/or Peavy, money we wouldn't have had to free up had we not overpaid on Soriano, Fukudome, and most recently Dempster, we let Wood go when we shouldn't have.  I'm worried that Kevin Gregg is no Kerry Wood.

I'm worried that without Hank White, Cubs fans will struggle to find an appropriate new scrub on whom to fixate.  It's just not nearly as much fun to be a part of the Aaron Miles fan club.

I'm worried that Joey Gathright will encourage other Cubs to try .  Ryan Theriot will try jumping over a Hummer, and when he fails, I no longer will have to worry that Theriot is unlikely to match his BABIP from last year.

I worry that and have so many good reasons to doubt that Aramis Ramirez can repeat his performances of 2007 and 2008. 

I'm worried about pretty much all of our non-Marmol the Martian bullpen pitchers.

I'm worried that since the Cubs have the we will spend the season over-estimating our club's talent and then be stunned when we're easily handled in the playoffs.

I'm worried that the rest of the TCR authors think of me as their own .  

I'm worried that Derrek Lee's 90 point drop in OPS last year wasn't a fluke.

I'm worried that none of the minor-league gurus is very impressed with our farm system once you get passed Vitters.

I'm worried that the one guy who we can least afford to lose is our catcher.

and that I'll never have hair as nice as him.

I'm worried that I'm out of practice at spelling Samardzija.

I'm not at all worried about Ted Lilly or Mike Fontenot.  They'll be fine.

I'm worried that Rod Blagojevich has sent out his goons to get me, in retaliation for on the Cubs' role in his corruption charges.  I already have very oddly shaped knees, and don't need Blago's goons wailing on them.  And it'd hurt.

I'm worried that we're going to spend the next decade regretting the Nolasco for Pierre trade

I'm worried that the Cubs will bring out of retirement to be Lee's backup at first, which will bring about two catacylsmic events.  First, Ron Santo will spontaneously combust the first time Pat Hughes calls a Theriot-Fontenot-Robidoux double-play.  Second, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Lou Dobbs will march on Wrigley demanding we employ only full-blooded Americans, not fake Cajun-Americans.  Lou Dobbs will cast a hex on Wrigley, declaring we shall not win a world series for..... well....  for even longer.

I'm worried about Hendry's latest collection of scrub utility infielders.

I'm worried that I don't yet have plans for getting to a Cubs game this season.

I'm worried about Grey Goo.

And Asteroids.

And vinous, prehensile plants that can strangle you in the night.

I'm worried that all three of those things will, at some point this year, injure Harden, provoke a fight with Bradley, then injure Bradley in the fight.

I'm worried that Prince Fielder will tire of his vegetarian diet, and in a explosive fit of long-repressed gluttounous urges, gnaw off the head of Aaron Miles after he hits a single and stands on first.

And that he then will floss with Sean Marshall.

I worry that the Reds might actually be a pretty good team.

I worry that the Rays and Red Sox are clearly the two best teams in baseball as the season starts.

I worry that does a better Soriano than Soriano does.

I'm worried that I've over-played this column, and that you, dear reader, will pan it in the comments.



And I'm so worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow.

Don't worry...you're not Alfred E. Newman Don't worry...it'll give you warts Don't worry...you could need one of those singing fish to make you "be happy" and if you drink Grey Goose...it'll help you not worry about Grey Goo http://greygoose.com/

I'm worried that this blog starts making unsubstantiated claims with tiresome anecdotes and subsequently starts turning out like some other blog

there's humor in them there paragraphs. *spits* most people don't make it that far, though. they get distracted by other things. *cue mysterious music*



To dignify the double-post with a reply, I'll point out what observant readers already know:  I only post silly puff-pieces late at night on weekends...  TCR is safe from the terrible threat of transforming into the most prominent Cubs blog on the internet...


For now...... 

Scott Eyre, "cub guy" http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-23-r... (Trans is worried because he's still broke)

iyesterday's boxscore has me worried...two more strikeouts Fukudome, CF 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .154

(Trans is worried because he's still broke) ----- Trans is broke, too?

"I'm not at all worried about Ted Lilly or Mike Fontenot. They'll be fine." I just think Trans deserves Kudos for this one. That is all.

Great. Let the TCR curse begin anew. Did we not learn our lesson from Corey Koskie?

Following up on Fukudome, I wonder if the WBC is really hurting his chances at rebounding this year. He's missing valuable time in spring training especially the batting practice.

They take BP in the WBC, too. I assume they're working out every day, also.

I'm worried about how worried you look in that photo, Trans.

FWIW, that's not a picture of me, but a random discovery through a google image search.

I call bullshit. I recognize your brand of mascara. I'm worried that you're in denial.

Ryan Theriot will try jumping over a Hummer Just leave the window open, and he will land safely in the baby seat.

so...so...so awesome.

I'm worried about Fukudome at what they're paying him for, not what they're expecting from him. I'm not worried with a Fuku/Johnson platoon in center. If that's the cubs worst player in the lineup, that's a sweet lineup. In reality I think the cubs would be okay with a combined .260/15/50 from their CF this season. Now if MB goes down, and Fuku sees more than 300-400 ABs, oh god they're in trouble.

With a strict platoon though, Fukudome will for sure see more than 300-400 ABs, since there are far more RH than LH pitchers.

True, didn't think too much into it, just took ABs for a full season at a position and divided them in half. I'm still okay with Fuku even at 450 ABs, but I don't want to see him 500+, that'll be trouble.

Talk about setting the bar limbo low, the Cubs could have just kept Felix Pie if that was acceptable. This is what the combined 162 game average CF put up last year in the National League --> .268 .337 .435 21HR 78RBI 92R You had to do that just to be MEDIOCRE! ORDINARY! HOHUM! BLAH! EMINENTLY FORGETTABLE! OUT-OF-IT! BORDERLINE! ONE-BAD-DAY-AWAY-FROM-OBLIVION!

But it's an average for a reason, meaning some are better and some are worse. I think the argument is that the Cubs have a pretty solid lineup in other positions (compare the average catcher to Soto for instance) and so they can afford to be below average in center. The bar should be low for what might essentially be our 8th best hitter in the lineup.

Exactly Wisc "If that's the cubs worst player in the lineup, that's a sweet lineup." That coming from the 8th best hitter (9th best hitter when Z is on the hill) is A OK. The numbers you threw out there were the average, which the I'm guessing the Cubs would be okay with getting average production from their worst hitter (meaning everyone else is better than average, and times significantly better than average) and they'll be thrilled with the lineup production. This years average CF stats may be higher because it doesn't look like Korey will be getting 300+ ABs again this season.

I absolutely agree that Fukudome/Johnson can resemble a league-average CFer, and given that we're above-average at LF, RF, 3B, C, and likely 1B, 2B, and maybe SS, it's a nice "weakness" to have. 


My only question is, do we know that Fukudome is league-average as a defensive CF?  Because if he struggles to hit for league-average, and is below league-average defensively, and is an unmovable contract...  That...  that is Not So Good...


Still worried,


I wish ya'll would give K-Fu more of a chance. After all, playing for Japan he had to relearn the language and the culture, while playing/living in the confusion of a Spanish, er...English-speaking country. Once he again faces major league pitching (like the 'Stros) he'll be just sushi-sake!

So... no Curt Schilling to the to the Cubs. Supposedly. Is he a hall of famer? I say no... but it is close.

I agree.

A Schilling/Jeff Kent HOF class. The year of the ass.

I was just telling someone last night that Jeff Kent, Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux is going to be the most interesting HOF class ever. Also, fuck Mike Mussina.

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't Schilling going to be up in 2013 since he didn't play a game last year? At least the HOF website has him under that year. http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers/ Also, those guys all might get in, but it is highly unlikely that they will be a class. I can't see Schilling being a first ballot HOF, nor Kent. Especially if guys like Maddux and Thomas are on the same ballot. Remember, Sandberg only got 49% his first year, so I can't see Kent getting 75+. And a pitcher like Fergie Jenkins only had 52% his first year. I think guys like Kent, Larkin, Schilling, etc. are guys who are looking at being on the ballot a few years and maybe busting through in a down year without any large names.

I'm worried that another blog is stealing TCR content without attribution: http://www.mysportsscoop.com/v/?p=2092

Thanks for the find, Garsky.


I think I now have an almost insurmountable lead in the TCR Author Whose Content Most Frequently is Stolen By Other Blogs contest.

 I should get a medal.


I stand corrected, they also ripped off Phil.

and ripped off pretty much everything else they could find from the internets.

 ~sigh~  and here I thought I was special.

That link is asking for a password. Are you a member?

Weird...I clicked on that link earlier this morning and it took me right to the completely ripped off article. After seeing your comment I tried again and like you say it wants a password.

Samesies! I left them a comment earlier this morning in regard to the violation of their own stated CC license, but I have a hard-time believing they responded that quickly by requiring a membership. So what gives?

maybe they were just in the process of creating their site...

because if you go to the main domain (http://www.mysportsscoop.com) and then click Chicago Cubs, it has all the RSS feeds organized by blog now and the link takes you directly to the site. Seems ours is now gone as well...

Thanks for finding it though...we'll keep an eye on them.

Yikes!! Two TCRs???? No good will come of this!

Lou will pick a closer this week. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball... He's waiting until after his fantasy baseball draft to name Gaudin as closer - that's a 21st-round heist by my man Lou!

I realize Marmol will probably be closing, but I really think Gregg should. He has that "boring inning" quality of a good closer. Plus Marmol is so useful in the setup/occasional fireman role.

That's not to say I think Gregg is a better pitcher, I actually think Marmol is.

I paid good money to have the ESPN Insider tell me the Trib says Lou will pick a closer this week. The clock is ticking ESPN.

muskat says more cuts to the spring roster to come tomorrow... any ideas on how many/who?

Well, having Lilly back in camp will be a good thing... I imagine they are going to look to thin out the pitchers a little with his return...

agreed. there are a lot of pitchers. http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/32... muskat also says brad snyder will play tues after being sidelined with a sore calf for the past week, so perhaps this round of cuts will not be particularly deep (i would imagine snyder would be sent to fitch in the next round or two) http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/32...

Snyder is out of options, he'll have to clear waivers before being optioned to minor league camp. If the Cubs are smart, they'll play up the injury and get him on the DL with a few weeks rehab. By the time that is up, teams 40-man rosters will likely be filled up and/or the Cubs may need him on the major league roster.

BTW Trans... what is with the weird blockquote formatting?

Just me tryingto vary the presentation.  I thought about doing all bullet points, or doing all block quoted, or doing it just line by line, and they all got visually....  tiresome...  So I gave this layout a shot. 

Next time you can try posting in ASCII art. I think crunch has some good content for you.

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Yahoo fantasy baseball columnist touts the merits of Fontenot as a mixed-league option this year. Also includes another masculine photo of him and Z. http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/blog/roto_arc...

Great Picture.  Weird, but great.


I also think Fontenot is a great pick. I took him myelf with my second redraft pick in my keeper league (pick 212 overall) and was pretty thrilled about it.

Caption this picture.

Z started doing that last year and he does more to screw with the guy, too..mostly related to ragging on his height. the team literally treats him like a permanent "little brother" and he takes hell from a lot of that lockerroom. pretty sure it's all balanced out by that "respect" stuff, though. *shrug*

Update: Felix Pie is stinking up ST. Somehow that makes me feel better. Not in a schadenfreudic sense, though.

Does anyone here think Felix Pie would have a chance of making the 2009 Cubs active roster with the (.184 .220 .263 .483) he's put up in ST so far? Not with Lou managing.

Is that praise or a criticism of Lou? Pie is worthless to the Cubs this year. I'm glad he's gone.

Neither. It's just a fact. Something that people who wish we'd hung on to him need to consider.

No. That's not a fact.

just remember this: you can't spell "schadenfreudic" without CHAD. I don't know what that means. (what i just said not the definition of the word schadenfreudic)

Interesting. That might explain a lot.

There is no "I" in "schadenfreude."

Muskat says Lilly will throw April 3rd in New York, Harden on the 4th, which would set them up to pitch Games 3 and 4 of the season, including an extra day of rest for Harden. Or they skip him and go with Marshall, but I think Lou wants Harden, Z and Dempster against the Brewers in that series, considering they only have one regular lefty in the lineup.

comments are great, everyone wanting them to release Jacque...

Was down in FL this past weekend and caught a Reds-Astros game near Orlando. Daryle successfully avoided the Slim-Fast yet another winter, and should have a Wide Load sign painted on the back of his uniform. He is still an accomplished pinch hitter, but can't play anywhere in the field.

M. Holliday hit in the head by a breaking ball from Dempster, stays in the game...

M. Holliday hit in the head by a breaking ball from Dempster, stays in the game... --- C. Koskie in to pinch run? (ooh, that's cruel)

no, Adam Greenberg.

moonlight greenberg!

I'd love to interview him...  Maybe in a few years, see how he's doing....

I saw him play in Little Rock last year for the Travelers.

from what i heard he went to medical school and got married. his wife loves blue hats.

7 run 6th...and it's not over (just a pitching change) 12-1, two out doubles by Reed Johnson, then rbi single by Scales and rbi double by bako ...but the 6th inning has been a hit parade bako, taguchi, theriot, fontenot, fox (a regular conga line)

We need a "Worried" post every day during the regular season. 17-2

It'd be fantastic if my greatest skill and personality trait could help Cubs win games.  I'll just need help with the ulcer medications and psychotherapy.

matt murton hit the weight room this winter. he looks an easy 10-15+lbs. bigger...cut.

Wow! No kidding. Check him out. http://tinyurl.com/c9udgm

absolutely awesome...to the max.

~Stunned Silence~

I knew it would be Carrot top before I clicked. Awesome.

I figured people would know it wasn't going to be Murton...but I knew you'd have to click anyway:) His nipples are gross.

I, too, knew it was going to be Carrot Top, but didn't click on it. Until the nipple comment. I'm not sure what that says about me. "HEY! What about my NIPples?"

bako 4-4, and a hr in the 9th for the 20th run. hmmm. Mordecai Koyie Hill might need to convert to pitching.

Troy Glaus, shoulder surgery rehab not going backwards --- “We didn’t go backward,” he insisted. “We’re trying to set it up to go forward, but we didn’t go backward.” “I look at it like picking a scab,” Glaus said. “If you keep picking it, it will eventually get better. It’s just going to take a lot longer. (ooh, gross) http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stori...

“If you keep picking it, it will eventually get better." Sounds like excellent medical advice.

Fukudome is not in the starting lineup for Japan tonight

But won't that hurt his feelings?

I looked at his WBC stats today-- 4 for 20, all singles. 7 BB = .407 OBA (I'll take that), .200 SLG (yuck), .607 OPS (hoping for better than this).

Here's other WBC stat lines: Pedroia 125/125/250 375 D Wright 281/333/313 646 Granderson 235/316/235 551 Magglio 185/290/222 513 Mora 269/321/385 706 Soto 231/444/308 752 El Caballo 143/250/143 393 I'm not putting a lot of stock in those numbers. If he's still hitting poorly into May, then I'm going to start a Trans worryfest.

We scored 20 runs last time we had a Trans Worry Fest. I'm all for it, dude.

left-handed starter for Korea, just getting him prepared for the MLB season.

korea vs. japan being played in america with an ad sign behind the batter for the spanish-language yellow pages. now that's a world game...

I got bored and couldn't help playing with photoshop... http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/9361/frameco...


Excellent work.

It's like those old "My Buddy" ads! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX9RSyotle8

For what its worth---current updates on ex-Cubs----Cedeno .286---Veal 9ip, 11bb----Pie .184----G. Olsen ERA 12.96---Wertz ERA 9.72---Hill inj

"current updates on ex-Cubs----Cedeno .286---Veal 9ip, 11bb----Pie .184----G. Olsen ERA 12.96---Wertz ERA 9.72---Hill inj" I call bullshit it's not possible for all those blue ch...franchise pla...future all st... hall of fa... Aw fuck it, they were worthless to the 2009 Cubs anyhow.

Cedeno hitting 286 is newsworthy.

Ronny's value to the team v. Heilman's value isn't newsworthy. With the pen being down from last season, adding Heilman was a needed one. Ronny wouldn't see more than 15 starts. Oh and it's his spring training average, I wouldn't be too upset.

damn good baseball...should consider playing the finals in a park where you can hit a home run.

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  • crunch 9 hours 15 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...



  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 4 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).