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Bob Warja’s Thoughts From a Wacky Cubs Week

1Cubs catcher Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana at the WBC

Let me start by saying that in my world, this is not that big a deal. Yes, the drug is illegal, but to me, it is relatively harmless, especially when compared with harder drugs.

Still, I found Geo’s explanation that this was “an isolated incident” to be borderline ridiculous. Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs “Rush Street” Offense Harkens Back to 1978

1Bleed Cubbie Blue has a reference to an unknown person who dubbed the 1978 Cubs as having a “Rush Street Offense”—i.e., “lots of singles, no action”.

That year, the Cubs remained in contention into September despite an offense that produced only 72 home runs.

Dave Kingman led the way with 28, but no one else ended in double digits (Bobby Murcer hit only 9 after having hit 27 the year prior). Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs Tie Season Series With Win Vs. White Sox

APTOPIX White Sox Cubs BaseballAlfonso Soriano has been horrible as of late, bad enough for there to be rumblings of him being benched for a couple games.

His batting average over the past five games has been a measly .095, and he hasn’t gotten a hit in his last 15 at bats.

However, today, he went 2-5 with one gigantic RBI.

The Cubs started the day locked in an outstanding pitching duel between ace Carlos Zambrano going up against White Sox stud Gavin Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »

A Cubs Fan’s Props to Ozzie Guillen

1Cubs and White Sox fans have a unique love-hate relationship. Basically, we love to hate each other.

Oh sure, I know there are the so-called “Chicago fans”, and while I’ve never really understood not having an allegiance to one team or the other, I do know a good baseball manager when I see one.

That manager would be one Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios.

I have tried awfully hard to never let the die-hard Cubs fan in me cloud my ability to be objective.

Sox fans who have been spoiled by the success of the 2005 team may ask, “what has Ozzie done for me lately?”

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Come to Think of It…Note to Milton Bradley, Each Inning has Three Outs

17I guess expecting Milton Bradley to show up and stay focused for nine innings is asking too much for $10 million a year. At least it was Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The oft-injured disappointment should have stayed in bed, because he had the kind of day that one would just as soon forget. No wait, he has had an entire season like that, come to think of it.

The Cubs offense was once again out to lunch during the first five innings of their 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. But even a three-spot in the sixth inning wasn’t enough to overcome Bradley’s three gaffes. Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Think of It…Welcome to McHendry’s

16I was hungry for some good baseball, so I decided to drive up to my local fast food restaurant. I noticed the name change right away, so I was full of questions as I drove up to the speaker clown.

“Hello, how are you today?”

Do you really want to know, because if you do… Read the rest of this entry »

Cubs Put Together All The Pieces Against The Astros

Cubs Astros BaseballIt was a big night for the Cubs’ Mike Fontenot, who was celebrating his 29th birthday in style.

Fontenot went 4-5 with two runs, one RBI and a home run.  Not a bad night for the birthday boy.

But Fontenot’s night was just a footnote on a night when the Cubs were finally able to break out of the funk that they have been in all season and pull out a 7-1 win over the down-trodden Astros.

The Cubs were finally able to capitalize on a strong pitching performance, giving Ted Lilly plenty of room to sit back and pitch without pressure, and he responded well to the run support.

Lilly allowed just three hits, two walks and no runs over six and 2/3 innings.  Lilly’s strong performance was yet another quality start for one of the most consistent pitchers in the Cubs starting lineup. Read the rest of this entry »

A Look at the Horrible Luck of Randy Wells

Dodgers Cubs BaseballRandy Wells has pitched 44.1 career innings, posting an outstanding career ERA of just 1.64.

He has started 6 games this season, with an ERA of just 1.86.   He has never allowed more than three runs in any appearance of his career.

However, Wells has yet to find his first win, thanks to an unlucky combination of poor offense and poor bullpen pitching in the games he has started.

In fact, Wells’ record stands at 0-2, a record that you might expect for a pitcher who is just getting into the starting rotation.  However, the rest of his stats tell a completely different story.

Wells didn’t allow a run until his 14th inning on the year.  That’s almost two shut-outs to start a career. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Signs Your Baseball Team is Bad

13In the spirit of David Letterman, I present to you the Top 10 signs that your favorite baseball team might not be winning the World Series any time soon. As a Cubs fan, I am all too familiar with the warning signs, unfortunately, so I know what I’m talking about.

WARNING: This list is NOT politically correct, so if you can’t take a joke, then do yourself a favor and don’t read this. But if you can laugh at life, then please enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Think of It…When Strikeouts Mattered

12Believe it or not, there was a time in baseball when a hitter was embarrassed to strike out—but not anymore.

In fact, the free-swinging ways of today’s major league hitter would make a guy like Ted Williams roll over in his grave.

Along with performance-enhancing drugs, this lack of concern about striking out is one of the reasons for the upsurge in power over the past 15 years. If you’re not concerned about striking out, you can take a home run swing without thinking about the count or game situation.

Call me old school, but I liked the game better when hitters would shorten up with two strikes, or try to go the other way.

With the advent of drug testing, we are starting to see a bit more of the small-ball mentality. Still, how often do you notice a hitter swinging with a 3-0 count? That used to be reserved for the superstars. Read the rest of this entry »