I wish Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley would stick to telling White Sox general manager Ken Williams how to do his job.
In Thursday's Sun-Times, Cowley, a former longtime White Sox beat writer, advised Cubs fans to not get their hopes up in regards to the North Siders signing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. He suggested that any Cubs fan who dares dream of Pujols donning a Cubs uniform in 2012 should "pick up the nearest stapler and punch it into your chest to help snap you back to reality."
And don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out the door.
When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.
While a portion of the Chicago media used Wednesday's spring training dugout spat between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez as a chance to recall every incident in recent history in which a Cubs player lost his cool, I choose to view the incident as a healthy expression of passion from a couple of players who are pissed off about the team's performance.
.259 BA, 34 HR, 156 RBI with Cubs
(Editor's Note: Ninth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)
When the Cubs signed Japanese star Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year,$48 million contract before the 2008 season, the outfielder was often described in the media as a cross between Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. In nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, Fukudome hit .305, won a batting title in 2002, and was named the Japanese Central League MVP in 2006 after hitting .351 with 31 homers and 104 RBI.
It's a shame, that his lasting image in the minds of many Cubs fans will be an awkward-looking helicopter swing and a miss.
My grandfather turned 90 earlier this year.
Pops is no saint, but I have always been struck by his ability to make friends. It's a testament to his talent for relating to others that a week does not go by when somebody in our neighborhood asks me how he's doing or tells me a story about a good time they had with him.
But the fact that he has been a Cubs fan since at least the 1930s has to be penance for something. The man has been subjected to more bad baseball in his lifetime than anybody else I know and has not even enjoyed the experience of watching his favorite team play in the World Series since 1938. He was serving in the Pacific while the Cubs participated in the 1945 Fall Classic.
"Wait 'til next year!" my late grandmother would mutter whenever she'd hear a Cubs fan speak those words. "It's always wait 'til next year with those Cubs!"
For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.
The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.
Third Baseman/Second Baseman/Shortstop, 1907-16
.304 BA, 48 HR, 561 RBI with Cubs
(Editor's Note: First in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)
According to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan, a fake press release was inserted with the game day media notes in the Miller Park press box Friday describing a fictional book authored by Jim Hendry.
Carlos Silva, in his first rehab start since going on the disabled list Aug. 1 with an abnormal heart rate, allowed two hits in 2 2/3 shutout innings Friday to help the host Peoria Chiefs claim a 3-1 Midwest League victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Joe Girardi and his first-place New York Yankees will be in town to play the White Sox and the Cubs will be visiting the first-place Cincinnati Reds on Friday. But, if you'd prefer to make a short road trip, the Class A Peoria Chiefs will be hosting the Cedar Rapids Kernels. And Carlos Silva will be their starting pitcher.
I was glad that our publisher, Steve Rhodes, brought to my attention some of the recent work of Daily Herald sports columnist Barry Rozner regarding the sad state of the Cubs.
While Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome adjusts to his part-time status and awaits an imminent trade, a Cubs export (after brief stops in Oakland and Colorado), Matt Murton, is thriving in "The Land of the Rising Sun."
As a kid, whenever I had a bad day, my father would remind me that "the sun will come up tomorrow."
There's a soft place in our hearts for Ned Colletti, a former sportswriter and native Chicagoan who grew up a Cubs fan, and in the span of a little over two decades worked his way up from the bottom of the Cubs front office to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Marty Gangler recaps the week in Cub Nation and previews the week to come.
There was nothing funny about Carlos Zambrano's embarrassing dugout tirade Friday.