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Well, I am still trying to figure out the best way to display pictures since we made the “swith” to WordPress. Anyway, the gallery of pictures are from Coors Field last Thursday night. The Brewers and Rockies in the first game back after the All Star break.
I was able to attend the game because I was in Colorado for work. I went to the game with my Aunt and Uncle(who got the tickets for us), my friend Dave and his wife and one of my co-workers. The seats were great and the view was simply amazing. The fans and workers at the game were wonderful.
As for the game, the Brewers infield defense is definitely their Achilles heal. The Rockies won the game 12-3 and took advantage of errors and several miscues by the Brewers defense. I am not trying to insult the Brewers or their fans….it’s just my opinion.
As for my Cubbies, well, I don’t know what to say. The team is just not playing winning baseball. I think it’s time to trade as many veteran players as we can and stock up on talented prospects. With the money that’s coming off the books over the next two season and with a solid core of prospects I think the Cubs will be primed to make some good moves and start winning ballgames again.
Anyway, it’s good to be back home from my trip out west. Coors Field was awesome! Getting to see family and friends was great. But being at home with your family is priceless!!!!

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The Cubs took two of three from the Astros, but it wasn’t easy.  In the two wins, both starting pitchers were left in too long, in my amateur opinion, and the Astros almost came back and won each game.  I’m hoping Quade recognizes this and makes the appropriate adjustments.  In the game we loss during the series, it was a horrible display of baseball by the Cubs.  Lack of hustle, poor hitting and terrible defense.  That’s all I’ve got to say about that!

I am still not happy with Marlon Byrd batting third.  He’s off to a good start this season, but should be batting somewhere else in the lineup in my opinion.  I think the number three hitter in your lineup should be your best run producer.  I believe Aramis Ramirez is best suited batting third. He’s a proven run producer in his career.  Meanwhile, Byrd is batting .353, but only has four RBIs!  With runners in scoring position this year he’s hitting .214.  We need to make a slight change in the lineup so we can score more runs!
Kosuke Fukudome’s hamstring is bothering him and it’s allowing Tyler Colvin to play every day.  This is good news and I expect Colvin’s bat to wake up!  
Darwin Barney has been excellent this spring and seems like a good double play partner with Starlin Castro.  Everyone expected Castro to be playing well, but I don’t think very many people even knew who DB was before the season started.  I’ve said it before, but he reminds me of Ryan Theriot when he first came up with the Cubs.  That’s a good thing!
Former Cub, Sam Fuld, is turning into a human highlight reel for the Rays in Tampa.  He’s playing great defense, stealing bases and hitting the cover off the ball.  I’m glad he’s getting a chance to play and that he’s playing so well.  Even though he’s no longer with the Cubs, I will keep rooting for you!
The abrupt retirement of steroid user and cheater, Manny Ramirez, seems like a fitting end to his career.  I believe he had great talent, but I wonder how much of his talent was due to his steroid use.  
The Cubs are gearing up for a weekend series against the Rockies in Denver.  I hope we can win another series and that Matt Garza has a good game tomorrow night.  I hope he sticks with his fastball more than he did last outing against the Brewers.

Mark Cuban and the Cubs

Mark Cuban Singing.jpgI have an obsession with the idea of Mark Cuban becoming the owner of the Chicago Cubs.  I just feel that he will take this team to the promise land known as the World Series.  I believe with him as owner that the Cubs will win multiple World Series Championships.  But first, he must overcome various obstacles that are in his path.  He’s managed to get past the first obstacle which was the first round of bidding for the Cubs.  He is now one of five potential owners remaining and has a good chance in my opinion.  One knock on him from Bud Selig(BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) has been his lack of ties to Chicago.  I have some ideas to shoot down that notion.  I think it is obvious that Cuban needs to recruit some people that are Chicagoans in order to convince Selig and MLB owners to allow him to buy the Cubs.  Here is a few people that could team up with Cuban and be minority owners of the Cubs.  John Canning is one that makes a lot of sense to me if Cuban could convince him.  Canning was in the running initially to buy the Cubs but didn’t make it pass the first round of bidding.  He is a friend of Bud Selig and currently owners around 11% of the Brewers.  Another option would be an odd alliance.  Team up with Michael Jordan.  MJ won 6 championships as a Bull and loves competition.  Teaming him up with Cuban and bringing a World Series championship to Wrigley would be awesome.  Just imagine….Jordan winning another championship for the city of Chicago, but this time as an owner of the Cubs!  That would be a dream come true for me.  Other potential partners I would suggest for Cuban include Bill Murray, Vince Vaughn, Eddie Vedder and Billy Williams.  Maybe even some combination of these guys.  How could MLB and Selig turn down a group like that? 
Time will tell. 

Catching Up

The Chicago Cubs completed a 4 game sweep of the Brewers at Milwaukee.  It was great.  I was really excited after that series for 2 huge reasons.  The first one is of course the sweep of the brew-crew.  The Cubs proved they could win on the road.  That’s been a knock on this team this season.  I think that will give the team some confidence going into the brutalJeff Samardzija.jpg September schedule.  The second reason for my excitement is the emergence of Jeff SamardzijaThe rookie pitcher and former standout wide receiver for Notre Dame has electric stuff.  His fastball is amazing.  It’s pure heat with movement.  He’s the real deal and he’s gonna be huge for the Cubs bullpen down the stretch.  He’s no stranger to playing in front of large crowds or pressure situations.  He was an All-American receiver for the Fightin’ Irish.  With Samardzija, Marmol and Wood in the pen the Cubs will be tough to beat late in the game for the remainder of the season. 

 

The blister problem that forced Wood to the DL may be a blessing in disguise.  He should be rested for the stretch run.  Zambrano, Harden and Dempster match up well against any other playoff contender.  Throw in Ted Lilly and the Cubs pitching staff is more than capable of holding their own.  The lineup is scoring again with Alfonso Soriano returning too.  Now all we need is for Fukudome to start hitting again. 

Any way we look at it, the Cubs look primed to make the playoffs and possibly have home field advantage until the World Series.   

Cubs vs. Brewers and C.C. Sabathia

Sabathia Brewers.jpgThis 4 game series between the Cubs and Brewers is going to be huge.  Tonights game has already turned into a great game.  As of right now, Russell Branyan just tied the game at 4 with a home run.  What has impressed me the most is C.C. Sabathia.  I wanted the Cubs to get him and here’s why.   Coming into tonight’s game he had thrown 3 straight complete games for wins.  In the top of the 7th inning tonight, he was hitting in the high 90s even though he had already thrown over 120 pitches.  This guy is amazing.  I hate to admit it, but the Brewers made a great move acquiring him.  Hopefully, the Cubs can come back tonight and get a win against the Brewers bullpen.  It’s going to be an interesting week and let’s hope the Cubs prevail!

Rich Harden Is Not Enough!

 
Rich Harden Cubs.jpgThe Cubs are not off to a good start since the All Star break.  Carlos Marmol has pitched a lot of innings in the first half of the season and needs some rest.  Kerry Wood has a blister on his finger and hasn’t been able to pitch for a while now and who knows when he will be able to return.  Bob Howry hasn’t look near as sharp this season compared to last year.  Overall, the bullpen could use a quality veteran pitcher.  I have read where the Cubs are interested in Colorado Rockies pitcher Brian Fuentes.  I think that would be an excellent move.  Jim Hendry has made some solid moves over that last few years.  Acquiring Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez were huge and have laid the foundation for this current team.  I like the fact that he went out and traded for Harden after the Brewers got Sabathia.  But I am concerned about the team’s bullpen.  The Brewers are hot right now and keep finding ways to win.  The Cardinals will be getting Adam Wainwright back soon and possibly Chris Carpenter.  That’s two start of the rotation pitchers!  The Cubs need to add a little more depth to this team in my opinion.  Just enough to put them over the top.  I  am talking about role players.  Guys that round out your team.  We already have the big names in the right spots, but we desperately need to add those ever so important role players.  Acquiring Brian Fuetes or someone like him would fill that need.  Hopefully!  I don’t think it would take too much to get him, but you never know.  I think the offense will get out of its funk soon.  With Soriano coming back it will change the lineup and hopefully help the entire team.  I look for Hendry to make one or two more moves before the trading deadline. 

Rich Harden VS. C.C. Sabathia

C.C. Sabathia.jpg
Rich Harden.jpgOkay, it’s obvious that I wanted the Cubs to go after C.C. Sabathia.  I thought he would make a great 1-2 combination with Carlos Zambrano at the top of the rotation.  Unfortunately, the Brewers were able to acquire Sabathia.  The Cubs, however, were able to trade for Rich Harden.  I still don’t know what to think about the acquisition.  Harden, 26, is a guy who oozes potential, but has never won more than 11 games in one season.  Sabathia, 27, on the other hand, is a Cy Young caliber pitcher that has won at least 11 games every season since 2001.  Harden is a righty and C.C. is a lefty.  Harden is 6’1″ while Sabathia stands in at 6’7″.  When I compare the two pitchers it should be obvious that Sabathia is better.  The stats back it up!  However, there is some good to come from this trade.  Harden is posting solid numbers so far this season.  His ERA is currently at 2.34 while Sabathia comes in at 3.79.  Harden, when healthy, is a tough pitcher.  The million dollar question will be if he can stay healthy the remainder of this season and help the Cubs win the Central Division of the National League.  I have talked to several friends about this trade.  Most of them agree that if Harden is able to stay healthy then it is a good trade.  However, if he doesn’t we could be looking at one of the few bad trades Jim Hendry has made in recent years.  I appreciate Hendry going after another starting pitcher.  I believe we need it badly.  I only wish he could have traded for Sabathia.