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