Go West, Young Man!

Matt Murton

It’s taken me a few days to come to terms with the fact that Matt Murton is no longer a member of the Chicago Cubs.  Although I knew it was going to happen, I didn’t expect it to happen this early in July.  It’s hard to put your feelings into words when things like this happen.  Even though my favorite Cub is no more, I can say that there are some positives that come out of this trade.

First of all, I think Matt Murton would be of value to teams.  I think he would Continue reading

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Bonne Chance, Murton & Gallagher! Get bent, E-Pat!

In a move designed to keep all bugeaters in Nebraska and California, the Cubs have shipped Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and Josh Donaldson off to Oakland for Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin.

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Either someone at MLB.com is a Photoshop champ, or Gallagher’s “bring me a bowl of Life Cereal” grin was no one-time fluke occurrence.  But Life is not the only thing Gallagher likes to ingest, apparently.  The Sun-Timeswebsite reports that “Derrek Lee spotted a bug in his locker Saturday in St. Louis, [and] Gallagher ate it for an undisclosed sum of cash — to the disgust and delight of Lee and teammate Reed Johnson.”  However, despite Gallagher’s billygoat-esque stance toward eating, I wish he was still a Cub.  I don’t feel that his numbers this year reflected his potential as a pitcher (3-4 4.45 era); some of his starts did feature anemic offense from the Cubs.

I’ll leave the Matt Murton farewell post up to Corey, but Daft Funk of Thunder Matt’s Saloon had this Lebowski pastiche for Murton’s departure: Continue reading

Reality Sinks In

The Cubs have successfully sucked the life out of me after this weekend.  The only thing keeping me from a complete meltdown after being swept by the White Sox is that the Cubs swept them the weekend before.  The White Sox hit the cover off the ball and our pitching staff Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the defensive play of the Cubs yesterday.  Most articles I read focus on Dempster’s poor performance, but let’s not forget the fielding mistakes that cost the Cubs runs.  When the score was still 0-0, Patterson caught a fly ball and very slowly and nonchalantly tossed it back in while one of the Sox took second base.  That runner would eventually score the first run.  Plays like that don’t show up in the error column, but they cost the team.  I realize that Patterson Continue reading

Notes 6/27/08

Yes, I was at Wrigley for the awful game on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles.  This game was painful for me to sit through.  I am willing to take responsibility for this ugly game.  I took Continue reading

Everything Must Come to an End

I don’t doubt Lou that much, but last night’s 9th inning seemed like it could have played out a little different.  Some of the pinch-hitting decisions Continue reading