Cubs should take advantage of that Cash for Clunkers program.

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Think I got the answer here.
That Cash for Clunkers program?
You think they'd take this used Aaron Miles?
Lookin' at it now, I'm not even sure why I got it.
What about an '07 Soriano with a busted clutch?
I know it's leased through 2014 but hell brother, I'll take anything for it.
This '09 Bradley - this thing came like that.
The signals don't even work.
Oh, and you see that heap over there, that Gregg?
I had a nice old Woody, but I gave it away when I saw the Gregg.
How much you give me for it?

Just trying to have a little fun down here in my own lowered expectations.

Tim Souers is the illustrator and author of Cubby Blue and appreciates the opportunity to guest blog here at The Cub Reporter.



You know the Japanese make some good models, how 'bout kicking those tires?

theriot, fuld, dlee, aram, fukudome, fox, fontenot, hill, and dempster so Hendry's providing Lou with almost a $30M bench...what a concept.

I have come to loathe America's pastime. I'm ready for Mexico's pastime.

And by that I mean sharing inappropriate links in Parachat, of course.

Hey, everybody copes differently. I've chosen Amsterdam's pastime.

so did Soto

Really? Hadn't heard anything about him and a bunch of ugly, syphillis-infested hookers. Huh.

Busted clutch! Classic!

thought our luck had just changed... stl with bases loaded, nobody out agaisnt Carillo in the 1st. Didn't score. too bad our offense is up to their usual stink, singles by theriot and fuld neutralized by dlee dp and aram popout. same old, same old.

I think the Carolina Cubs has a nice ring to it... maybe relocation to a warmer climate could be better for the engine life?

Bottom of the 8th...a cubbie occurance in dodger blue? dempster walks leadoff hitter (martin) and exits grabow walks his first hitter (abreau) Loretta FC 6-4, Theriot deep in the hole and the throw has Fontenot come off 2B...reverse cubness Hudson pops up to Theriot who drops it in the sun, then throws it past the catcher...whoa..blown lead? Len see's umps sending the runners back and thinks it's infield fly...Bob says it can't be since the runners were at 1st and 3rd. So they finally realize the Third base ump rescues the inning...he called time out before the popup pitch. A doo-over! Grabow gets a DP out of Hudson 5-4-3. We will see Marmol in his first closing appearance as annointed closer. Oh oh.

I'll take the Marmol save, but he still wasn't throwing strikes.

Really? According to the boxscore, 12 of the 16 pitches Marmol threw were strikes, and he threw first-pitch strikes to all 3 hitters.

Had they not been swinging, he would have walked two of the batters.

don't talk back to the numbers. it's rude.

Hey, let's take what we can get. He did make Manny look silly to end it. If we can just cut the NL Central lead to 7 after tonight ... I will umm, dust off my W flag

I'm admittedly still trying to figure out some way we can make the playoffs. The wild card teams are all significantly more flawed than the Cards, but there are sure a lot of them and I think we're done playing all of them.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say going 1-2 in these 3 games series is not going to be good enough for a miraculous September comeback.

with new ownership, Bruce Levine speculates on PSL's, refurbishing Wrigley and a Jumbotron in the future

I used to be a Wrigley purist, but lately I'm seeing a lot of that stuff doesn't really matter. Still, I think I'd be against the jumbotron simply because when I go to Wrigley, I don't need a jumbotron.

The point of PSL's is t raise money for a new stadium. Were the Ricketts to make changes to the park that affect the feel of watching a game there (jumbotron?), they'd be killing their golden goose. There are surely people dumb enough to do it, but if I were a season ticket owner and they tried to sell me PSL's to raise money for refurbishing the bathrooms, I'd tell them to kiss my ass.

I think you could build a new ball park and as long as the Cubs put a legit ball team on the field, people will show up and pack the place. Anyways, this article is all speculation and is just the kind of journalism that annoys the piss out of me: ...refurbishing Wrigley Field. According to sources... Yes, according to sources. The most spectacular addition to the park could be a JumboTron... It also could be a giant dildo-shaped statue right behind the pitcher's mound, too... you're just making stuff up now. Anyways, I don't want to get into it over Bruce Levine and who likes him and who doesn't, I don't really have an opinion either way, I just hate articles written like this.

Also, every time I listen to my brother-in-law (A Tigers fan) reminisce about old Tiger Stadium I always think to myself "what a shithole". I guess the point of this story is that I don't want to be like him.

It also could be a giant dildo-shaped statue right behind the pitcher's mound, too... Actually, I'd pay good money to see that. Otherwise, what is a personal seat license? If you pay for season tickets, don't you get to keep the same seats you had last year if you want?

you pay a PSL for the right to buy season tickets basically....but you don't pay it every year, usually a one time thing for as long as you keep the season tickets. Good news is I'll move up from 70,000 on the waiting list if they do...

For as bad as Trib was until the last 3 years, the Cubs were never their bread and butter money making machine, so they never had to extract every last dollar from consumers. If the Ricketts want to keep up the payroll, they're going to be doing a lot of this sort of money grabbing.

I always believed to have two video screens (one on each corner of the roof would be ideal for Wrigley and keep the purists happy. That way we can get more info, and cubs can sell more commericials for money.

Wittenmeyer sez: Fox played today because Soriano has a sore knee. About time someone gets more info on this. --- Fox started in place of outfielder Alfonso Soriano, given his second consecutive day off because of a sore knee.

note this about Reed Johnson at the end of the above sun-times link: Cubs OF Reed Johnson, on the DL with a broken foot, probably won't return until Sept. 1, Piniella said. ---- Think his injury was July we're talking more than a month from a fracture of an undisclosed bone in his foot. I kind of thought it was worse than they initially thought.

Smoltz 5IP no BB 9K's for the win...

Cubs would have needed more than Smoltz, anyways.

So there was an unassisted triple play... Eric Bruntlett Video will probably get axed soon, be quick.

According to Waddle and Silvy show on ESPN 1000, Z has been playing rec softball while's hes been on DL.

I'd probably walk him when he comes up to bat anyways.

Is it possible to walk him?

Good point. Still, this is incredibly irresponsible if it's true.

sun-times "commentary" by M Potash --- in a nutshell: We have no idea what the Ricketts' management style is.

Isn't it about time to fire another hitting coach?

Hendry is working the phones trying to find another marginal second baseman as we speak.

How Zell botched the Cubs deal... I thought it was mildly interesting.

What is this irrational hatred for almost everybody that constantly bubbles up through the Chicago media? We're in the middle of the biggest recession since the depression and the Cubs just sold for the highest price of any MLB franchise in history. Yes, Sam really botched that deal.

because he put the team up before the recession really hit and had he not attempted his various money plays including extorting the Illinois govt, he could had the same deal he just signed for $1 billion or more instead of $845M.

The article also answered my question about why the Trib retained 5%

There's also the time value of the money he's lost.

He did get greedy. But he also okayed Fukudome and Z's contracts when he could have just sat on the team and not do anything.

I think it was Zell who hoped the Cubs would fetch a billion $$. Forbes valued the Cubs at $700 million. And if that figure didn't include Wrigley Field or Comcast then they got it just about right. Here's what the Trib itself reported on April 3, 2007 when the Trib began to be sold to Zell (the deal was wrapped up in December with the Cubs retained). The Cubs could fetch "anywhere from $500 million to $600 million" from a buyer even without Wrigley, said Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College professor who specializes in baseball economics. The Comcast stake is believed to be worth at least $50 million. Wrigley would be expected to add as much as $90 million to the asking price. Addem up and you get a value somewhere between $640 and $740 million. $845 million with a retained 5% interest looks pretty damn good in comparison.

There was no recession 2 years ago.

Earth to Ryno, the recession started December 2007, the same month Zell successfully took the Trib private and became its Chairman and CEO.

I have no interest in arguing macroeconomics on TCR, so I'll just concede the point. Still, this is the first I've heard that the recession started in 2007. Whatever, man.

You can argue when the recession started, give or take a couple months depending on what indicators you think are most important. What can't be argued is that he historic crash and the large layoffs started a year later than Navigator's date.

Recessions are popularly defined as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.

I'm with Ryno on this. I knew my job was in danger in the beginning of Q3 last year, so if you want to be fair this thing started about a year ago. Most people a year or so prior to that were pointing to a downturn in the economy. It was more of stagflation than it was a true recession or stagnation.

I don't know if there was an impact player available, but wouldn't the delay in the handoff account for Jim to sit on his hands? Lou was incredibly quiet at the deadline as well. It's such bad timing - in the player's heads, the manager statuesque, and the GM expected players off the DL to be the Peavy, Sabathia or Harden like last year. Zell must hate's akin to waiting another year for that antique car to go up in value, but driving it in traffic caused a dent in the fender to ruin the paint job. It just shows that businessmen (first) shouldn't be owners. BASEBALL first...CUBS first, dammit, YOU BUSTED UP THE CAR! The fear here is they might start all over, the Padres model...sigh...I may not live that long.

Statuesque? Do you mean definition 1 or 2 ( 1. Like a statue 2. (of a woman) elegantly tall, graceful and attractive.

140 million dollars.

he could have just sat on the team and not do anything. -------- or he could have decided on those contracts by playing Hendry in a death match of rock, paper, scissors.

Johan looks headed for some sort of surgery... no specifics yet...

I think crunch is pounding home the point that everyone is choosing to ignore. $140 million should buy you everything you need and more to compete in major league baseball. Sam Zell didn't hold this organization back, he actually unleashed its power to finally get talent. But on the flip side increasing payroll to increase the value of the franchise was a business decision. Only when the business people knew they would not be on the hook for these contracts did they authorize the Cubs to spend. A shrewd GM might have spent wiser, but when you have been constrained for so long in gettting the best you can see why decisions were made.

from a tools standpoint...of what i, and others, want out of an owner... the dude gave this team a top-5 payroll...a near insane 50-60m+ advantage over the division...and stayed the hell out of the way of the baseball men and let them do their job. what more could you want as a fan? ...besides more of the same.

How about hiring competent people who can run the thing?

I agree, that should be all the payroll they need to win. But when every single one of your off-season moves play like trash, you'll have to make some deadline deals. On the larger point, I agree, the money that is spent needs to be spent more wisely. Even though you're a big-market team with deep pockets doesn't mean you hand contracts out wrecklessly.

hendry fumbled like mad this offseason. i still dont mind the milton contract, though. trading away wuertz because he was an expendable righty...signing miles to a 2 year deal (even if for small money)...making derosa expendable (even though he got a good return in prospects, this isn't a rebuilding time, imo)...gregg as a closer option for the team the players didn't help...injuries, soto and soriano suck, 2nd base suck, milton forgetting where he put those doubles/homers in his swing for a chunk of the year, the entire f'n pen...

If you all are going to insist on bitching about how the team is playing, the thing you should really be bitching about is that there won't be much money to fix it during FA for 2010, because of all the high $ and no trade contracts. I disagree about the $140 million payroll thing. If any dipshit GM can turn that into a playoff team every year, explain the NY teams.

money is a tool whether it's used well or not. money lets you take gambles, big ones, and suck it up (or trade someone and suck up part of it) if it's not working. money won't win you anything by default... DET last year, the mets the past few years, and the cubs this year are some fail, though.

I really feel the issue isn't the amount of the payroll. The Cubs have needed a 'real, experienced' baseball man to have watched over Hendry since he became GM and not Crane "International Man of Mystery" Kenney who what he knows about baseball would fit on the end of a pencil eraser with room to erase. Someone who would have said, "Whoa, whoa, Jim-boy. That's a lot of guaranteed years for Soriano, don't you think?" WSCR has been reporting all day that Ricketts is in touch with Sandy Alderson who reportedly would become President and then hire one of Theo Epstein's GM staff to become GM who would then, no doubt, want to hire his own manager. LouPa tells the Sun-Times on Saturday that he wants to manage next year and is coming back for 2010, and then on Sunday says, 'Well, that's what I want to do, but of course, new ownership may have their own ideas'. That all but says Lou doesn't want to manage next year, but wants a buy-out for his 4th year. Who can blame him for not wanting to supervise this traveling circus side-show next year (Z doesn't want to exercise, drink fluids, or rest when he's on the DL; Soriano won't use a lighter bat because....well, because he doesn't want to; and Bradley is the LH hitter that Hendry gives him who never has been able to hit RH pitching as well as Ibanez). I hope to God they do hire a real 'baseball man' as President. I don't know if Alderson is that man or not but I hope they hire someone with a real plan that (1) drafts players who can hit, run, and field and pitchers who aren't 45 innings away from TJ surgery; (2) hires a player development staff that really can teach and develop these players to play baseball like...oh, the Braves, Phillies, Red Sox, or Cardinals; and (3) a manager in the mold of Bobby Cox/Mike Scosia who isn't afraid to remind a player making $400,000 to $20M that he's the frickin' manager and the player works for him, not the other way around. It's a really tall order because I am of the belief that you're going to have to tear this organization down to the concrete floor and rebuild it from the ground up. And nothing is sacred or sacrosanct including keeping Wrigley Field, keeping any player regardless of contract, and/or doing anything the way it's always been done. This is a 'loser' franchise that needs a complete makeover in virtually every facet of baseball operations. I'm disillusioned and lack any confidence that those people currently in charge of any baseball operations functions with the Cubs will ever contribute to achieving a World Championship.

I still don't understand all this pining for Ibanez when Mark Teixeira would have been an even better fit, since apparently defensive position has no bearing on anything anymore.

Nice post Alt-Man. Dallas Green was the last GM who really knew WTF he was doing. And he wanted too much power. I completely admire Theo Epstein - and he has made good with his "MBA/JD Guy" image. After this season, I really want to see an improvement in the GM for our team which SHOULD be a perennial contender - like the Red Sox. FUCK the Cardinals! OK - they have Pujols - but it seems like every year they are at least "in the hunt". Tonight I listened to Kap on his sports show for a few minutes. He was more "dark" about the team's future than I have heard him in a very long time. Usually VERY upbeat, he surprisingly wnt on and on about the bad contracts, how Soriano, due to the debt servicing for the Rickets and his horrible contract - will not be going anywhere - as the owners will NOT want to eat $90MM. He thinks Bradley is another matter and believes he'll be gone and was a crap signing in the first place (surprised?). This is stuff we all know - but DLEE with his NTC will be around - Kap believes Lilly will be offered an extension (and he whined that we have no heir apparent in the minors - with his skills), Harden is gone, and our minors are not in good shape. Again - pretty dismal from "Mr. Happy Cub Broadcast Guy" Crane Kenny can go fuck himself. I was mad when the season started that he raised ticked prices in a Depression, and as Altman states, condoned the Idiot Savant Hendry with his "management" of the payroll.

if you you're mad about them raising prices this season, wait till you have to pay a PSL

I think the Cubs should just move their asses down here to Texas and play in Jerry Jones' new playhouse.

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