Cubs 2008 Comebacks

I can't say I'm feeling too confident about tonight's game, but for the few hours between now and game time, I'm just going to keep playing these clips over and over and hoping the Cubs have another comeback left in them this season.

The first one isn't a comeback, but Rich Harden ()

Cubs overcome an ()

Daryle Ward to give Cubs lead in the 9th ( & )

Ramirez ( & )

Soto ( & )

Go Cubs Go!

 

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oh yes, I remember back when the Cubs used to be good...

!!!!!Spoiler alert!!!!! Cubs are going to win today.

I know we're not really thinking this far ahead yet, but what are the chances the Cubs resign Harden? I assume he'd otherwise hit the FA market after this year, right?

Team option on Harden for '09, no? I think after that, it will depend largely on Harden's health, whether Dempster is back and effective, and what roles Hill and Marshall have. Also depends on whether the Cubs sign anyone to a multi-year contract this offseason--I'm thinking Derek Lowe would be a good target, and I'd stay far away from both Sheets and Sabathia (for the money he's gonna get).

I'd love to have Harden and Dempster again. Also to be fair I don't give a crap about the Cubs' corporate spending, I would take CC as a free agent in a heartbeat. In fact just sign CC and Manny and call it a world series victory (and a $200 million dollar summer).

Are you counting on Soriano or Manny moving to right field? Or does Hendry somehow manage to trade Soriano or move him back to 2B? Just imagine a Soriano, KFuk, Manny outfield. Now that is a defensive nightmare. If it were a matter just of the corporation digging a littler deeper, then wonderful. Sign CC, Lowe, Sheets, and Furcal. But considering that there is likely to be a limit on how much they spend, regardless of who they sign, I think CC is too big a risk on a big contract, and the same for Sheets and Burnett.

It would be a little rough but I could deal with Soriano in RF. He has a good arm and if it meant having Manny's bat I would do that. But aside from Fuk/Pie/Edmonds/Johnson in center you are damn right there would be some UGLY defense at times. But I'll concede that the Cubs could never afford Manny and CC, SOOOOO: As far as CC I would die to have that guy, even with the risk that the Brewers just ruined his arm. At any cost. He seems like a horse and is definitely a gamer. Who wouldn't want to add him to their rotation? I think he would be more valuable than any other Free Agent this year 2009 or next 2010 for the Cubs.

My concerns about Sabathia's health aren't solely due to the fact that he's thrown more pitches this year than anyone else. He's also a 6'7" power pitcher with most of his weight in his gut. That's asking for back problems, and if he loses some miles per hour will he still be worth the money? I could easily be wrong--he could stay healthy for years. But I'm concerned nonetheless. I believe saying Soriano would be "rough" in right field is a bit of an understatement. I mean, he's rough in left field. But, yes, a lineup with Lee, Rammy, Soriano, Manny, and Soto would be ridiculous. Lefties would especially quake in their boots.

I'd resign both Redster and Harden. They'd be effective bullpen arms even if the rotation experiments fail.

I think it'd be hard to move Dempster back to the bullpen any time in 09 after the 08 he's had. Harden would only be moved to the bullpen because of arm issues, like Wood. I can't imagine the Cubs turning down Harden's option for 09 unless he's really hurt.

Tonight's a crapshoot. If the Cubs find themselves and get off the mat tonight I say they win the series. If they can't crawl out of the hole and regain some inkling of what they know they can be it could be a boring 2-0 or 3-1 loss. (I think that Harden and Lilly can win in LA. But weirdly enough the specter of October Night Games in Wrigley still give me the creeps -- though I think if the Cubs can get it back to Wrigley they will win with a nice performance by Z and the deflated Dodgers if it plays out that way. But regarding Wrigley Nights in October, it just doesn't work for me, does anyone else feel that? I wish the Cubs played more day games in the playoffs . . . something is just not right about it. And I'm not talking traditionalism or curses, just the vibe and intensity of the crowd and the cold. It's claustrophobic)

Last Cubs post-season game I attended in person: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/C... I'm going tonight...

I was at that Game, CA PHIL!! Bought the ticket from an on-duty Cop!

My brother won a lottery of regular season bleacher bums. Sat in LF (which is where I'll be tonight -- albeit 2000 miles west) but a good omen nevertheless.

I'm partly optomistic 1000 percent. It ain't the offseason yet. Cubs don't need to come back in tonight's game yet, it's 0-0. Harden's last 10 starts, 5-0, 1.99 ERA. Go win a game. Please go win a game, you chokin', ef-in' dogs.

Hardnen has a $7M team option, but can demand a trade if he wants. Even if Cubs don't pick up his option, he's still under 6 years of service time so Cubs would retain his rights.

95 mph+ and throwing strikes, I like our chances. Too often he's been in the low 90's lately and missing the zone badly.

light drizzle at 1:45 PM PST....

ROB G: Any way you can make mobile posts from the game?

I'm sure there is, but not sure what I could tell you that you won't see on TBS.

But I don't really have Twitter or anything like that set-up now anyway....

I don't know why, but CC reminds me a little of Bartolo Colon at this stage in his career - overweight, tons of mileage on his arm, I think I'll pass.

I think Big ERA Z is the better comp for Colon. But in the history of baseball the only long term pitching FA contract I can recall that worked out for the team was Maddux. Maybe I am missing one (Cone?), but pretty much if you give a six year deal to a pitcher, you're going to get burned on at least one, and likely three of those years.

How about the 6/75 deal that the Redsox gave Pedro in '98. They got one of the best six consective season runs by a SP in the history of baseball, including two seasons of sub 2 ERA's in a DH league in the midst of steroid era.

Mark it down: Cubs 4, Dodgers 1

Cubs 72, Dodgers -1

real life just called, think I'm going to miss recapping tonight's game. :( I promise I'll recap tomorrow's, instead.

I think the game recaps need to be retired for 2008. Everytime its been done in the playoffs the result is a Cubs lose. Infact, I think the infield F'd so bad in the second was because they were all thinking, "Gee I wonder whats going on in Parachat, I cant wait for Tran's recap tonight".

That's a heck of a promise.

Show a little faith, There's magic in the night.

word on espn news is that fontenot at 2nd derosa in right

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  • Cubster 1 hour 30 min ago (view)

    I agree.  Laura is the real deal. I think she was the major influence that showed Tom R. and Crane Kenney how to show a "human side" and deal realistically and in a non-threatening way, with the local Chicago politicians. Kenney was clearly clueless in his initial attempts regarding the neighborhood, the Rooftop owners, and the Wrigley Field rebuild. 

     

  • Hagsag 2 hours 26 min ago (view)

    I am a Laura Ricketts fan. To hell with the rest of them.

     

  • Cubster 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Tom's older brother is an ass, even with an embarrassing apology.

     

  • crunch 10 hours 44 min ago (view)

    some higher-end high school kids not expected to go very early in the draft are taking themselves out of the draft...including some top-100 ranked talent.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

    Last night, my son was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd. His story is not unique. Countless others have also experienced this use of excessive police force while trying to have their voices heard.

    Dale Murphy @DaleMurphy3

     

  • BobbyD 21 hours 46 min ago (view)

    But he has vicious dogs ready to kill the nig***. Oh wait, thugs. He's a real man. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    "this idea isn't a proposal at all and may actually be a measure that is forced into action by the league if the two sides can't sort out the financial details for a longer season."

    MLBPA: Over our dead bodies. Followed by Trump sending in the military to force ballplayers and fans to perform like puppets on strings with fans to yell (and cough and sneezing) at the umpires. Ah, baseball before Jackie Robinson. The Trump Republican Party: Bring back the Cheating/Pandemic  1919 White only - White Sox. Say it ain't so, Joe.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Trump waiving a bible in front of the church is a total disgrace.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    ...but now there's this...

    "According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball views a season of around 50 games as a "last resort" option should there be no agreement with the MLBPA.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
    Major League Baseball intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries, sources told ESPN. The league believes the late March agreement allows it to set the schedule, and that this would fulfill players’ pro rata desire.

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Minor League Baseball makes the cover of SI!  Two years ago, I would have been elated.  Today, it's depressing (like the article.)

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    Crunch, thanks. I can be a jerk at times, but you bailed me out. Btw I'm the whitest white boy (who grew up next to Wrigley and also worked at my dad's warehouse next to Cabrini Green). I'm truly ashamed of this president. I don't believe anyone sane wants more of him. Go Cubs!! I miss Bobby Dernier's first home run against the Padres. 

     

  • Cubster 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    MLBTR has an update on the latest owner's revision proposal. 

     

  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    'we have a donald trump problem, but he may be a highly advanced and dangerous symptom rather than the actual disease.'

    Surely true, dear Crunch. Trump has emboldened the ugly fact that America's cruel underbelly is still racism and police brutality that forwards that original sin. 

    America NEEDS its HEROES.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    if he does die by "suicide", I would blame Bill Barr and look into a real conspiracy.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    welcome to an unwelcome June 1st.