Author: Desipio

The time Lou Piniella sat in on a GameCast

Remember in 2007 when Lou Pinella lost his shit and kicked dirt all over a third base umpire?  He got suspended and the Cubs went on their first decent winning streak of the season. We did a running diary of game two of his suspension on June 4, 2007 against the Brewers in Milwaukee.  And Lou dropped by.  The footnotes are new. Here it is in all its glory. Pitching matchup: Cubs: Jason Marquis 5-2, 2.93 ERA Brewers: Dave Bush 3-5, 5.64 ERA Yeah, we’re going to do this again. I’m ready to beat this into the ground. But...

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Remember “Who owns the Cubs?”

In our twentieth year (no shit) we’re taking looks back at great moments in Desipio history.  In our first installment we relived the Cubs winning the World Series.1 But today we revisit an absolute classic.  We’re going back to February 9, 2011 when Bleed Cubbie Blue’s Banmaster General Al Yellon got an interview with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. Al got to ask a lot of questions.  Unfortunately most of them were the same one. Here’s the original post (the archives have some funky characters in them–much like the message board), so here’s the cleaned up text from 2011 with...

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Two decades of morans

And they said it wouldn’t last. Actually, nobody said that because nobody knew it was around.  On July 24, 1997 a little website popped up in an obscure corner of a still obscure thing called the Internet.  The site wasn’t yet called Desipio, it was still called by its original, and really clever name: Balls! I couldn’t get the URL because somebody already owned it and tried to sell it to me for a sum that was laughable and out of reach for me at the time.  Though to be fair, anything over $40 back then was more than...

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Parades over prospects

There are many great traditions that Cubs fans have.  Flying the W flag after wins.  Throwing opponents’ home runs back onto the field.  Checking out each other’s dongs at the troughs.1 And overvaluing prospects they’ve never seen play. Granted, the last one has been reinforced by the steady stream of really good young players who have arrived on the North Side over the past few seasons.  So, it hurt when the Cubs traded shortstop Gleyber Torres to the Yankees last year for three months of Aroldis Chapman.  But it hurt a lot less when Aroldis was a crucial part...

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What the hell is wrong with the Cubs?

The Cubs…wait…the World Champion Chicago Cubs…are a whopping 32-33.  They have perfected mediocrity a year after posting one of the best seasons in MLB history.  They’ve managed to do it without a serious injury.  Why it’s happened is a series of unanswerable questions. So let’s answer them! Why didn’t the Cubs re-sign Dexter Fowler? Well, Dexter signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cardinals, and so far that contract has been a terrible move, as Dex is hitting only .235/.327/.441 in 60 games.  He’s 31, has never been a top notch defender and there’s no way the Cubs...

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