There's a reason the Cubs are the Cubs. Failing to re-sign Greg Maddux, who took less money to play for the Bravos (one of the many, many cool things about Mad Dog), then-Cubs GM Larry Himes argued the Little Bears were better off without the 26-year-old reigning Cy Young Award winner. And how lamentable is... Continue Reading →
The playoffs are all but a done deal. Advancing past the first round will require: 1. JJ returning to form. 2. A clean bill of health for Tommy. I'm confident JJ finds his groove again, and it starts tonight against the Little Bears. All we can do is cross our fingers when it comes to... Continue Reading →
Very disappointing night at the Ted. It should've been all about the greatest team in Atlanta sports history and the city's most beloved announcer but tributes to both seemed little more than afterthoughts. Between innings it was the usual noise, with the overly enthusiastic Down's Syndrome guy cheering on the saw and the other usual... Continue Reading →
Bobby Valentine raised an interesting point on the telecast tonight (I hated typing that): Why aren't the Cubs shopping Marlon Byrd? The Sprayberry High grad, adept at all three OF positions, would be a better fit for the Bravos than Ludwick or Willingham. Byrd, 33, missed some time this season after being hit in the... Continue Reading →
I can't believe I'm rooting for Carlos Zambrano.
In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Sammy Sosa commented on the fact that the Cubs have not retired his No. 21 jersey. "That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for that organization," Sosa said. "That right there shows me that they don’t care about me, and they don’t want to have... Continue Reading →
The Cubs badly need a left-handed power bat at first base, and Dunn is a fan of Wrigley Field and Cubs GM Jim Hendry, based on comments he made to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. ESPN's Buster Olney guesses that a four-year offer from the Cubs would seal the deal. Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano in the same outfield?... Continue Reading →
Sweet Lou's parting gift? Perhaps the two worst innings of baseball I've ever witnessed. I kept expecting to see Chopper Campbell or Rod Gilbreath on the field.
I've always had a soft spot for the Sox, in spite of their owner, Jerry "94 Strike" Reinsdorf. On the plus side: A.) They're not the Cubs; B.) Had a helluva good time watching a game at old Commiskey; C.) I enjoy Ozzie Guillen; D.) One of their players, Dick Allen, appeared on my favorite... Continue Reading →
Jim Belushi, as a Cubs fan, in an early 90s "comedy" named after a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song. I believe this was the reason Charles Grodin quit show business. So you'll know, the Cubs-bashing is just getting started.
I was obnoxious yesterday, I admit, but Cubs fans must be silenced and the wave, stopped. It's my backyard, not theirs. Notice how Jay Hey shuts up the ass clown chanting "over-rated" (thanks again to Water S. Murphy). Anyone bearing Wrigley South signs should be kicked out on their sizable posterior.
I just got back from Turner Field, interviewing early arrivals for the local organ. One piece of advice: wear shorts. It feels like mid-June out there. And don't worry about missing the National Anthem unless you're a Travis Tritt fan. Finally, it's your duty as Braves fans to drown out Cubs fans whenever they start... Continue Reading →
Thom is to Marty as Chip is to Skip. And that has nothing to do with genealogy.
Good teams are strong up in the middle, deep in the 'pen and balanced offensively. That's three strikes against the Cubs, which have players best suited as reserves at short, second and CF. Catcher Geovanny Soto appeared to be a budding star but hit just .218 last season. Their closer averaged nearly a walk per... Continue Reading →
Random observations about the year that was and thoughts on 2010: Play of the year: Former Brave DeWayne Wise preserves Mark Buehrle's perfect game. Best experience at The Ted: The ceremony retiring Mad Dog's No. 31 in front of a packed house (minus The Hammer, which was a disappointment). Loved it when Maddux exhorted the... Continue Reading →
Bobby doesn't usually make news in his columns for Chop Talk, but this excerpt caught my eye: Even though he was injured and was unable to play during the Arizona Fall League, Jason Heyward is the top player in our Minor League system, and he'll be given every chance to compete for a job at... Continue Reading →
A good chant to drown out those obnoxious Cubs fans. Hey Braves management, why not help us out with some music (the chop, something, anything ...) next time the opposing team's fans get too vocal. And don't even think about playing "Sweet Caroline" this weekend, 'cause if you do, someone's going to get hurt. Probably... Continue Reading →
Best. Tirade. Ever.
American Voices Tribune Media Files For Bankruptcy "I guess their strategy of benching Ronny Cedeno so he could write all the news didn't pan out."