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2014-08-06 08:00:59 AM  
You're a cub, go out on a high note.
 
2014-08-06 09:39:11 AM  
Does that Bart guy still go to games? Don't know why, it just popped into my head.
 
2014-08-06 10:03:35 AM  
What begins? Hope for next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.
 
2014-08-06 10:30:39 AM  
Don't forget about the 3 k's subby!
 
2014-08-06 10:34:09 AM  
Book it. Done.
 
2014-08-06 10:35:04 AM  
Not even the craziest thing a Chicago team did last night. Their was another debut Dunn right
 
2014-08-06 10:35:10 AM  

rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for 2017next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.


FTFY
 
2014-08-06 10:37:37 AM  

machoprogrammer: rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for 3017 2017next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.

FTFY



I know Cubs fans...once you get all that sweet revenue from fixing the stadium its game on.


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2014-08-06 10:41:48 AM  
It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.
 
2014-08-06 10:49:44 AM  

Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.


Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.
 
2014-08-06 10:51:41 AM  
Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.
 
2014-08-06 10:51:54 AM  
This is it. The beginning of the end of over 100 years of futility. Sometimes you just have to flush away 5-6 seasons and horde prospects. And why not? Only the Cubs (and formerly the Red Sox) could ride the mystique of the futility without damaging attendance too much. They'll damage the mystique when the make the NLCS about 4 times in the next 8 years, but it'll be worth it for being champs in 2017.
 
2014-08-06 10:57:02 AM  

dywed88: Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.

Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.


Very true. I'm just beyond bitter about the Rockies at this point.
 
2014-08-06 11:02:09 AM  

SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.


You'll start hearing it after they start spending money this offseason and buy an actual starting pitcher or two since they have only one even decent starter right now; the others are 5/swing types they brought up after they traded Spellcheck and Hammel, and then Travis Wood but he's been pretty terrible this year.
 
2014-08-06 11:26:12 AM  

GQueue: SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.

You'll start hearing it after they start spending money this offseason and buy an actual starting pitcher or two since they have only one even decent starter right now; the others are 5/swing types they brought up after they traded Spellcheck and Hammel, and then Travis Wood but he's been pretty terrible this year.


No, no, Ricketts doesn't have that kind of money. He only realized that AFTER he bought the team. It's pretty much prospects or bust. We might be able to buy one or two guys, but... it's prospects or bust.

If the prospects pan out, we're the next Rays. If they don't, we're the next Royals.
 
2014-08-06 11:32:30 AM  

Decillion: This is it. The beginning of the end of over 100 years of futility. Sometimes you just have to flush away 5-6 seasons and horde prospects. And why not? Only the Cubs (and formerly the Red Sox) could ride the mystique of the futility without damaging attendance too much. They'll damage the mystique when the make the NLCS about 4 times in the next 8 years, but it'll be worth it for being champs in 2017.


Browns fan like typing detected
 
2014-08-06 11:34:02 AM  
fark the Cubs and their farking assbag fans. They will win nothing and they will farking like it.

fark them.
 
2014-08-06 11:51:48 AM  
It has been prophesized that next year really is the Cubbies' year.

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/hot
 
2014-08-06 12:05:14 PM  
Just a home run?  That's cute.
mlblogsdanhoard.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-06 12:14:34 PM  
Today: Cubs prospect hits game-winning home run in his major league debut
Tomorrow: Cubs prospect gets traded away for a couple of Louisville Sluggers and a bag of magic beans
 
2014-08-06 12:16:47 PM  
And of course, I turned the game off in disgust at the top of the 12th because I couldn't sit through another marathon nightmare like the other night's record breaker.

FFFFF*****CCCKKK
 
2014-08-06 12:17:27 PM  

OregonVet: Does that Bart guy still go to games? Don't know why, it just popped into my head.


From  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bartman_incident apparently not.

SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.


August is our month.
 
2014-08-06 12:26:08 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.


Not to be a dick (though I am a bit of a dick), pretty much anyone who followed the Cubs closely knew that even the team's management had zero expectations for this season other than player development and continuing to load up the farm system. In that sense, hope for next year began a long time before April...like, 2 years before. Hell, anything over .500 in 2015 is a gift, as everything would have to go perfectly (i.e. none of the callups take more than a few games to acclimate to major league pitching).
 
2014-08-06 12:28:55 PM  

SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.


The Cubs had as good a shot as anyone a couple of times in the 2000s. Fans of contenders do tend to talk that way. Not seeing the problem.
 
2014-08-06 12:30:13 PM  

dywed88: Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.

Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.


Said by a guy who lives in a fake country.
 
2014-08-06 12:37:38 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.

Not to be a dick (though I am a bit of a dick), pretty much anyone who followed the Cubs closely knew that even the team's management had zero expectations for this season other than player development and continuing to load up the farm system. In that sense, hope for next year began a long time before April...like, 2 years before. Hell, anything over .500 in 2015 is a gift, as everything would have to go perfectly (i.e. none of the callups take more than a few games to acclimate to major league pitching).


We're at least coming away better than Houston, who deliberately tanked for draft picks and then A) found something wrong with their #1 pick's elbow (Brady Aiken) this year, and B) failed to sign him. That goes along with the appendectomy for their #1 pick from 2013 (Mark Appel) and their 2012 #1 pick (Carlos Correa) breaking his leg. Keep in mind, those three guys are basically the entire reason they tanked in the first place: to get them into their system.

At least the Cubs prospects are actually hitting the majors, as Cubs.
 
2014-08-06 12:37:50 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: dywed88: Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.

Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.

Said by a guy who lives in a fake country.


Don't you have 2.3 people to shoot by 4:00?
 
2014-08-06 12:51:58 PM  
And in no time Dusty Baker will ruin his career by having him throw 130 pitches a game.

Oh wait.  I got stuck in 2003.

/still a little sore about Prior and Wood
//loves his Cubbies a lot more when there are no expectations
 
2014-08-06 01:02:43 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.

Not to be a dick (though I am a bit of a dick), pretty much anyone who followed the Cubs closely knew that even the team's management had zero expectations for this season other than player development and continuing to load up the farm system. In that sense, hope for next year began a long time before April...like, 2 years before. Hell, anything over .500 in 2015 is a gift, as everything would have to go perfectly (i.e. none of the callups take more than a few games to acclimate to major league pitching).


If you're going to be cynical and smug, you may as well be a sox fan. At least let the Cubs play themselves out of contention before you turn on them.
 
2014-08-06 01:07:40 PM  

SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.


Honestly, I knew after the 2008 season that the window on the Cubs playoff hopes was slamming shut. They got a ton of lucky breaks that year with good health and player performances and had an insane record in 1-run games. The nail in the coffin for 2009 and beyond was signing known asshat Milton Bradley instead of past all star Bobby Abreu. I basically gave up on the Cubs from then until 2013. I find it hilarious all the Cubs fans who were "giving up on the team" after they traded Shark and Hammels earlier this season - where were they in '09 or '10 when the team truly sucked, was unlikable, and was headed nowhere?

Now with the Cubs beginning to call up the prospects they've been stockpiling since Theo and Jed came to town, the turn around is coming soon. By the end of the season future stud Kris Bryant should be here and next year you will be seeing Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and more come up as well. By 2016, the kids should have had enough time to adjust to the league and will be competing for the NL Central and playoff spots on a regular basis.

/subby
//could still use more pitching, but they can buy that
///kinda glad the Yankees got Mas Tanaka now since he's a prime TJ candidate
 
2014-08-06 01:30:07 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: rumpelstiltskin: What begins? Hope for next year? That began in mid-April, as soon as we realized this year would be another disaster.

Not to be a dick (though I am a bit of a dick), pretty much anyone who followed the Cubs closely knew that even the team's management had zero expectations for this season other than player development and continuing to load up the farm system. In that sense, hope for next year began a long time before April...like, 2 years before. Hell, anything over .500 in 2015 is a gift, as everything would have to go perfectly (i.e. none of the callups take more than a few games to acclimate to major league pitching).

If you're going to be cynical and smug, you may as well be a sox fan. At least let the Cubs play themselves out of contention before you turn on them.


Smug? Sure. Cynical? No way, not in this case. I absolutely love what the Cubs are doing. It's the first time they've tried to build a ball club the RIGHT way, and in sustainable fashion, in decades. But the fact is that nobody in that organization has (or had) much hope for this season. Half the team is just roster filler to field a team while these other dudes develop. Schierholtz? Valbuena? They're just placeholders.
 
2014-08-06 01:33:22 PM  

Decillion: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: dywed88: Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.

Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.

Said by a guy who lives in a fake country.

Don't you have 2.3 people to shoot by 4:00?


Imagine being magically whisked away to...Toronto. Hi...we're in...Toronto.
i.ytimg.com
 
2014-08-06 01:57:09 PM  

NeoCortex42: Just a home run?  That's cute.
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Whatever. 3 other players did the same thing. Old news is old.
 
2014-08-06 01:57:29 PM  

Decillion: This is it. The beginning of the end of over 100 years of futility. Sometimes you just have to flush away 5-6 seasons and horde prospects. And why not? Only the Cubs (and formerly the Red Sox) could ride the mystique of the futility without damaging attendance too much. They'll damage the mystique when the make the NLCS about 4 times in the next 8 years, but it'll be worth it for being champs in 2017.


I think more damage was done than they anticipated. Attendance is down, and I know of quite as few lifers who have walked away.
 
2014-08-06 02:03:45 PM  
Promising future in prospects like Baez, Bryant and cuckoo bird Soler. The problem is that none of them pitch. Enjoy pissing into the wind for another hundred years morans.
 
2014-08-06 02:07:44 PM  
what begin Subby? the count down until the cubs trade the guy for next to nothing?
 
2014-08-06 02:16:04 PM  

Raktastic: NeoCortex42: Just a home run?  That's cute.
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Whatever. 3 other players did the same thing. Old news is old.


Actually, only one other has done it on the first pitch.
 
2014-08-06 02:37:43 PM  

germ78: SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.

Honestly, I knew after the 2008 season that the window on the Cubs playoff hopes was slamming shut. They got a ton of lucky breaks that year with good health and player performances and had an insane record in 1-run games. The nail in the coffin for 2009 and beyond was signing known asshat Milton Bradley instead of past all star Bobby Abreu. I basically gave up on the Cubs from then until 2013. I find it hilarious all the Cubs fans who were "giving up on the team" after they traded Shark and Hammels earlier this season - where were they in '09 or '10 when the team truly sucked, was unlikable, and was headed nowhere?

Now with the Cubs beginning to call up the prospects they've been stockpiling since Theo and Jed came to town, the turn around is coming soon. By the end of the season future stud Kris Bryant should be here and next year you will be seeing Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and more come up as well. By 2016, the kids should have had enough time to adjust to the league and will be competing for the NL Central and playoff spots on a regular basis.

/subby
//could still use more pitching, but they can buy that
///kinda glad the Yankees got Mas Tanaka now since he's a prime TJ candidate


Yeah because prospects never ever don't pan out like they should...
 
2014-08-06 02:56:25 PM  

NeoCortex42: Raktastic: NeoCortex42: Just a home run?  That's cute.
[mlblogsdanhoard.files.wordpress.com image 516x413]

Whatever. 3 other players did the same thing. Old news is old.

Actually, only one other has done it on the first pitch.


And what ever happened to Kevin Kouzmanoff?
 
2014-08-06 03:34:33 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: dywed88: Communist_Manifesto: It would have been much more impressive if the Cubs were playing a real baseball team.

Sure it would have been more impressive, but it isn't like the Cubs are a real baseball team.

Said by a guy who lives in a fake country.


Hey, our ball team is still in a playoff position for another day or two. And has a decent chance at a playoff spot. They are just streaky as all hell.
 
2014-08-06 03:43:32 PM  
An as-yet unplanned expansion team from a city that doesn't exist yet owned by a person who hasn't yet been born will win the World Series before the Cubs do. Book it. Done.
 
2014-08-06 03:48:03 PM  

germ78: SlagginOff: Will this start another epidemic of Cubs fans saying that they will win the World Series in the next 2-3 years, a la 2007-2008? Because that was goddamn annoying and they are much more tolerable when the Cubs are hopeless.

Honestly, I knew after the 2008 season that the window on the Cubs playoff hopes was slamming shut. They got a ton of lucky breaks that year with good health and player performances and had an insane record in 1-run games. The nail in the coffin for 2009 and beyond was signing known asshat Milton Bradley instead of past all star Bobby Abreu. I basically gave up on the Cubs from then until 2013. I find it hilarious all the Cubs fans who were "giving up on the team" after they traded Shark and Hammels earlier this season - where were they in '09 or '10 when the team truly sucked, was unlikable, and was headed nowhere?

Now with the Cubs beginning to call up the prospects they've been stockpiling since Theo and Jed came to town, the turn around is coming soon. By the end of the season future stud Kris Bryant should be here and next year you will be seeing Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and more come up as well. By 2016, the kids should have had enough time to adjust to the league and will be competing for the NL Central and playoff spots on a regular basis.

/subby
//could still use more pitching, but they can buy that
///kinda glad the Yankees got Mas Tanaka now since he's a prime TJ candidate


Or a couple of them are busts and you are back at square one.
 
2014-08-06 04:05:25 PM  

Cagey B: An as-yet unplanned expansion team from a city that doesn't exist yet owned by a person who hasn't yet been born will win the World Series before the Cubs do. Book it. Done.


I would laugh except that the last time the Cubs won the World Series, Arizona wasn't a state yet and Phoenix had a population of roundabout 11,000 people.
 
2014-08-06 05:38:56 PM  

RoyHobbs22: Promising future in prospects like Baez, Bryant and cuckoo bird Soler. The problem is that none of them pitch. Enjoy pissing into the wind for another hundred years morans.


Because there's no other way to acquire pitching.  They've cleared room to sign some arms.
 
2014-08-06 06:07:09 PM  
Nothing actually counts against the rockies

// sad in Denver
// and broncos are going to blow it again...
 
2014-08-06 07:38:03 PM  

RonwellQuincyDobbs: RoyHobbs22: Promising future in prospects like Baez, Bryant and cuckoo bird Soler. The problem is that none of them pitch. Enjoy pissing into the wind for another hundred years morans.

Because there's no other way to acquire pitching.  They've cleared room to sign some arms.


Older arms past their prime that will suck up far too much payroll. I am familiar with this business plan as a Yankee fan.
 
2014-08-06 07:47:27 PM  

RoyHobbs22: RonwellQuincyDobbs: RoyHobbs22: Promising future in prospects like Baez, Bryant and cuckoo bird Soler. The problem is that none of them pitch. Enjoy pissing into the wind for another hundred years morans.

Because there's no other way to acquire pitching.  They've cleared room to sign some arms.

Older arms past their prime that will suck up far too much payroll. I am familiar with this business plan as a Yankee fan.


Can't do worse than Edwin Jackson!
 
2014-08-06 08:20:56 PM  

machoprogrammer: Yeah because prospects never ever don't pan out like they should...


dywed88: Or a couple of them are busts and you are back at square one.


This is a possibility. The difference this time for the Cubs is that they have 5 highly touted prospects in the pipeline instead of one. So instead of the one guy failing miserably like usual, there's a good chance that perhaps 3 of them pan out and play up to expectations.

And I am not worried about the pitching, since pitching prospects have a higher risk of injury. They can buy or trade for one using the prospects in their minor league system.
 
2014-08-07 02:28:15 AM  

Gosling: Cagey B: An as-yet unplanned expansion team from a city that doesn't exist yet owned by a person who hasn't yet been born will win the World Series before the Cubs do. Book it. Done.

I would laugh except that the last time the Cubs won the World Series, Arizona wasn't a state yet and Phoenix had a population of roundabout 11,000 people.


That really puts it in perspective. It isn't good if this was the flag flying the last time you won. Also, that the last time the Cubs won the World Series was before any of the three other major professional leagues in the US existed.

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2014-08-07 01:45:36 PM  
What's going to begin is the Cubs' attempts to trade this guy....as soon as they get some likely
player, he somehow gets traded - assuming he doesn't stay and become a baseball basket case
(this means you, Milton Bradley - BTW, say hello to the Parker Brothers) - and he goes on to a
Hall of Fame career with his new team.  (And the Cubs stay in last place.)
 
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