Baseball gave the Best Fans in Baseball™ a swift kick in the gnads when they had the Cubs open the defense of their World Series title in Busch Stadium back in April. The Cardinals responded by bringing out the giant horses to crap all over the field, and they rolled out Red Schoendienst and Lou Brock’s fake hair and fake leg, and whatever they could exhume of Stan Musial to remind everyone that they win thee kinds of things all the time. If, by all the time you mean four times in the last 50 years, then, sure. ...Read More
It’s a funny thing about the 2003 season, because it ended so horribly, and was followed up by the even worse experience of 2004 we don’t just not look back fondly on the season, we hardly look back on it at all. But until games five, six and seven of the NLCS it was a great year. The Cubs roared out of nowhere to relevance. Dusty Baker brought a swagger that they’d never had before. The pitchers were young and talented. The offense all clicked together in July when Jim Hendry stole E-ramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton from Pissburgh....Read More
Desipio is so old that when it started there wasn’t any social media. It’s not like Twitter made me more of a smartass, it just allowed me to inflict it on more people. Such is the price of fame that it occasionally comes back to bite people. Like when the Cubs banned me from Twitter four years ago. I’d say “fuck them if they can’t take a joke” but it turns out they can’t, and I was the one who got fucked. Here’s the tale in all its glory as retold last May. — Twitter is announcing some big...Read More
This has been a weird Cubs season. Not the least of reasons is that it started with them raising a World Series champions flag and carrying a big gold trophy around the field. But the team that roared through the regular season unchallenged last year couldn’t get anything going in the first half. At the All-Star Break they somehow found themselves two games under .500 and 5.5 games behind the uninspiring Brewers. Maybe it’s because of that ugly first half where they only played well in fits and starts, that we haven’t appreciated the second half as we should....Read More
It seems perfectly sensible now that Theo Epstein left the Red Sox to take on the task of rebuilding the Cubs, but at the time it was a complete shock. First, that Theo would want to come, and second, that the Ricketts didn’t screw it all up. Here’s the Oral History that first ran on October 11, 2011. The footnotes are new. After what seemed like an ill-fated two month courtship, the Chicago Cubs have actually hired Theo Epstein away from the Boston Red Sox to become President and General Manager. Epstein is one of the highest regarded GMs...Read More
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