Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Cubs’

MARK CUBAN RECEIVES UNEXPECTED ENDORSEMENT FOR CHICAGO CUBS OWNERSHIP

July 31, 2008

DAVID STERN

The Dallas Morning News has an interesting tidbit on their NBA blog. Bloomberg News asked NBA commissioner David Stern what he would tell Major League Baseball owners about the prospect of controversial Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchasing the Chicago Cubs. (Cuban is one of three announced finalists for acquiring the baseball team.)

Stern and Cuban have a long-running feud. In fact, Stern has fined Cuban more than $1 million over the years. Surprisingly, Stern gave Cuban a glowing recommendation. According to Bloomberg News, Stern said about Cuban,

 

“They should welcome him.”

 

 

MARK CUBAN

BASEBALL JUST CAN’T SHAKE ANTI-SEMITE DOG BARBECUER

July 25, 2008

FRED MALEK: HATES JEWS AND COOKS PUPPIES, BUT HEY, HE’S NOT MARK CUBAN

According to Rick Telander and the Sun Times, ownership of the Chicago Cubs is down to three finalists. NBA owner Mark Cuban apparently made the highest initial bid at $1.3 billion.

For those who might think that Cuban is too controversial to be approved by MLB, consider the alternative. Today’s Chicago Tribune points out that one of the three proposed ownership groups is headed by Fred Malek. If Malek’s name sounds vaguely familiar he’s the former perspective owner of the Washington Nationals who BARBECUED A PUPPY. Malek also took part in one of the most disgraceful examples of anti-semitism in American political history.

While serving in the Nixon administration, Malek agreed to help Chuck Colson and H.R. Haldeman feret out a “Jewish cabal” at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Malek turned over a list of Democrats and Jews who were then targeted  by Nixon and his henchmen.

However, Malek is most famous as the subject of a Deadspin.com feature that was written during his attempt to buy the Washington Nationals. The article described how Malek and a group of friends once cooked a dog on a spit:

 

 

 

After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had “caught a dog and were barbecuing it.” Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern. One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.

CUBS MAY CALL UP FORMER FOOTBALL STAR

July 25, 2008

JEFF SAMARDZIJA

The Chicago Cubs are expected to recall pitcher Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Friday. He would replace Kerry Wood who was placed on the DL by Chicago Thursday.

Samardzija is a former All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame. He was an NFL prospect before signing with the Cubs.

After a slow start in class A, Samardzija is 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in six games at triple A Iowa. He has 40 strikeouts in 37 innings.

KERRY WOOD TO DL YET AGAIN

July 21, 2008

KERRY WOOD

I’m not sure if this is the all-time record but the Chicago Tribune is reporting that pitcher Kerry Wood will be placed on the disabled list for the 12th time today. Wood has a blister.

Carlos Marmol will close for the Cubs until Wood returns.

“GENIUS” MONEYBALL GM HOISTS WHITE FLAG IN OAKLAND

July 9, 2008

 BILLY BEANE

The best laid plans of Oakland Atletics general manager Billy Beane have gone awry this season. Beane spent the entire offseason dumping quality, cheap young players like All Star pitcher Dan Haren who went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and 27-year-old outfielder Nick Swisher who got traded to the Chicago White Sox.

The plan was for Oakland to “retool” their minor league system. The A’s used the quanity over quality philosophy in acquiring young talent.

Unbelievably, despite going through a “rebuilding” year the A’s have managed to stay very much in contention in the American League. Oakland is 8 games over .500 and just ONE GAME out of the American League wildcard spot.

RICH HARDEN IS NOW A CUB

Yesterday that all went out the window when Beane traded pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs. In exchange the A’s got pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Erc Patterson and ninor league catcher Josh Donaldson. That’s hardly fair value for one of the American League’s top starting pitchers. Harden has arguably been the best pitcher in the AL this season. He was 5-1 with  a 2.34 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Harden is also leading all of Major Legue Baseball by averaging 10.75 strikeouts per nine innings.

Murton (26) and Patterson (26) are actually older than Harden (26) and Gaudin (25). Donaldson is hitting .215 in A ball. None of these players are quality prospects. The 22-year-old Gallagher is the key to the deal. He was ranked the Cubs # 5 prospect by Baseball America this offseason. In parts of two seasons with the Cubs Gallagher has a losing career record and a 5.28 ERA.

I have no idea why Billy Beane continues to get a free pass from both the local and national media. He should be excoriated for this latest ridiculous trade. It must be the power of Moneyball.

 

KERRY WOOD IS #1

June 29, 2008

CHICAGO CUBS PITCHER KERRY WOOD ON SATURDAY’S FOX BROADCAST AGAINST THE WHITE SOX

DAILY AMY: COLUMNIST COMPARES CHICAGO CUBS TO AMY WINEHOUSE

June 5, 2008

THE CHICAGO CUBS HAVE HAD PLENTY OF REASONS TO CELEBRATE IN 2008

Jay Mariotti is an idiot. The Chicago Sun Times sports columnist actually compared the Chicago Cubs baseball team to trainwreck singer Amy Winehouse yesterday.

Frankly, the Cubs are having a better year.

THE CUBS AREN’T LAYING DOWN FOR ANYONE THIS YEAR

So far, at 38-22, the Chicago Cubs have the best record in baseball. That’s the first time the Cubs have been this good this late since 1908. Coincidentally, that’s the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Maybe this really is “Next Year” for the Cubs.

 

Obviously, the Cubs haven’t won anything yet and there’s good reason for both fans and the media to remain skeptical. Nevertheless, Mariotti is a bit of an ass comparing the Cubs to Amy Winehouse. Here’s what he wrote:

“To predict a Cubs championship under any circumstance is like investing in the future of Amy Winehouse, who sings very well but could wander into a gutter in her underwear at any moment.”

 

Winehouse didn’t wander into any gutters yesterday but she did manage to pull out a bottle of Malibu Rum-on her way out of court. Winehouse spent a dry morning supporting her incarcerated huband at his drug trial. She started boozing as soon as she hit the street leaving the courtroom.

 

NOT THE MOST SURPRISING STORY WE’VE EVER POSTED

June 1, 2008

MARK PRIOR

The Chicago Cubs may no longer be cursed but their former ace pitcher, Mark Prior, certainly is.

It was announced today that Prior will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder. This marks the second season in a row that the injury ravaged pitcher has not thrown a single pitch in a single game (major or minor league.)

Prior was once the premiere young pitcher in baseball. Following a Hall-of-Fame caliber college career at USC, he was the Cubs first round draft pick in 2001. Prior was probably the most Major League ready pitching prospect of the 2000′s. After just nine minor league starts he was called up to the Cubs where he found instant success at the age of 22.

In 2003 (and still just 23-years-old) Prior went 18-6 for Chicago with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 211 innings. More importantly, he and fellow young fireballer, Kerry Wood, led the Cubs most serious playoff run in nearly a century.

Since then Prior has been beseiged with injuries. The Cubs finally gave up on him this offseason. It was thought Prior’s signing with his homestate San Diego Padres could start a career rebirth. That career may now be over.

One more note on the Cubs, they entered June with the best record in baseball. That’s the first time that’s happened since 1908! 

CURSE OF THE CUBS CONTINUES

 

NICE FORM

April 21, 2008

 

SI swimsuit/Victoria’s Secret model, Marisa Miller threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game this weekend.

 

“TROUGH DIVING” AT WRIGLEY FIELD

April 20, 2008

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And to think baseball announcer, Marty Brennaman, inferred Cubs fans were drunk and classless!


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