As I learned from reading Steve Rushin’s “The 34-Ton Bat,” before Colonel Jacob Ruppert purchased the Yankees and eventually the contract of Babe Ruth, he twice turned down opportunities to buy the Cubs.
In the piece, which focuses on replacement-level players holding down jobs for contenders, Jaffe identifies Fukudome as an expensive, though viable, center field option for the Braves, who could use an improvement over Nate McLouth.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins explaining why he failed to direct teammate Brian Schneider where to slide as Schneider attempted to score the tying run on Placido Polanco’s two-out, ninth-inning single Saturday at Wrigley Field. Schneider was safe at home when Geovany Soto dropped Tyler Colvin’s throw from left field, and the Phillies proceeded to score three more runs en route to a 4-1 win over the Cubs.
Losing pitcher Carlos Marmol walked five Phillies in two-thirds of an inning, making him the first Cub pitcher to walk five men in less than an inning since 1920.
In a world without the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs would be only four games, rather than ten, below .500, and they would be 5 1/2 games, rather than 9 1/2, behind the division leaders.
Would that it were so. (Though I bet it would still turn my stomach to see Parallel Universe Lou Piniella starting Kosuke Fukudome and Koyie Hill over Tyler Colvin and Geovany Soto.)
Shown: Current NL standings minus the Pittsburgh Pirates and all wins and losses in games involving them.
From my mini game review of Tuesday night’s Cubs win posted at The Cub Reporter. Funny how the very things that frustrate you about watching a certain player can become sources of immeasurable joy as soon as said player is wearing somebody else’s uniform.
Carlos Zambrano’s dugout tantrum at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday afternoon was sickening for most Cub fans to watch, and it was prominent in the baseball headlines yesterday and today. Still, it’s not like the Chicago Cubs don’t have a history with this sort of thing.