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

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

Samardzija Update and Cubs/Cardinals

I won’t brag about every Jeff Samardzija accomplishment on Ivy Envy.  Let’s be clear, my man-crush is on Matt Murton.  But I have never owned any Cubs shirt/jersey with a name on the back and when Jeff Samardzija makes it to the Cubs and is issued a number, I will own one.  I almost feel like I should apologize to Ryne Sandberg for saying that. 

Jeff Samardzija took the hill in Oklahoma City against the Rangers Triple A Affiliate.  Samardzija earned a win, going over 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 6.  He is now 2-1 with a 3.93 ERA with Iowa.  Samardzija was gifted Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal


Traveling across the river to watch the fireworks in Bettendorf threw a monkey wrench into our typical Cubs-viewing routine.  We had to discontinue our television viewing just after Edmonds received his standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd before his first at-bat (ho-hum).  A small, portable radio informed us of Soto’s hardball home run as we played a game of whiffle-ball home run derby.  Finally, as the immoderate grand finale was happening, a man sitting near us with earbuds engaged announced to us that the Cubs had won the game.

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Vote for Matt Murton, NL All-Star

I’m going to look past Mark Derosa’s great performance last night in San Francisco and instead focus on the accomplishments of my favorite Chicago Cub:

Matt Murton


Matt Murton has continued to work through his season-long extra-base dryspell and busted out with 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