Cubs vs. White Sox: Bring Out the Brooms!

I didn't grow up in Chicago. I grew up in Indianapolis. Every baseball fan I knew in Indy was either a Reds fan or a Cubs fan. I grew up watching Harry Caray, Mark Grace, Ryno, The Hawk, Shawon-o-Meter, etc. on WGN after school. I've been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember being a baseball fan.

That said, I don't have this whole "Oh, I'm from Chicago. I'm a Cubs fan, but I also root for the White Sox becasue they're from Chicago too" thing that a lot (okay, too many) of you native Chicagoans have. No, I effin hate the While Sox. I hate everything about them. Their ugly dirtbag fans. Their jag-bag manager. Their players. Their ugly black and white uniforms. Their crappy new-age ballpark. Their announcers. And, most of all, this constant misconception that simply because Cubs fan know how to have a good time, that we don't pay attention when we're at the games and don't know anything about baseball or our team.

So this being the case...I'm loving life right now. The Cubs, after ripping the dirty black hearts out of the dirtbag Sox fan's chests on Friday with ARam's walk-off HR (click here watch it again, just for fun), beat the ChiSox 11-7 yesterday afternoon. Put that one on the board, idiots. Yes! As you no doubt know by now, the Cubs rang up a Niner in a 4th inning that featured not 1, but 2, HRs by ex-Cardinal Jim Edmonds as well as a solo shot by Lil Mikey Fontenot and a 3 run job by Sox-killer Aramis Ramirez. The 9 run inning was the most scored by a Cubs team in a single inning since June 10, 2004 against Jim Edmonds' Cardinals.

The Cubs go for the sweep tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. A sweep, and plenty of ice cold Old Style's, might just be enough to dull the pain of being forced to listen to Joe Morgan flub his way through another telecast. While we ready our brooms, let's get to some other happenings related to our team:
  • As expected, the Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano and his a-o-kay shoulder on the 15 day DL yesterday in what's really more of a precautionary/roster move decision. The move is retroactive to June 19th and Z will likely come off the DL on July 4th just in time for me to watch him punish the Cardinals live at the new Busch Stadium.
  • Bruce Miles is trying to get Z in trouble. In his article for the Daily Herald on Z going on the DL, Miles runs the following for no apparent reason:

    Although Zambrano's shoulder might be OK, he might want to work on some foot-in-mouth disease. Asked about missing next weekend's scheduled start against the White Sox, he talked about playing at U.S. Cellular Field.

    "I don't like to pitch in American League ballparks," he said. "I feel bored. The games are too long. I like the National League. You're competing and you do something for yourself. No one has to come in for me and do the DH part.

    "I like to compete and play against the White Sox. It's good. Every time I go to U.S. Cellular, or Comiskey, or whatever is the name of the ballpark, people start screaming at you and saying all kinds of things, calling you all kind of things.

    "They say something like 'homosexual.' Sometimes I'm in the outfield and they say bad words. 'You're a homosexual.' I say, 'I'm going to show him if I'm a homosexual on the mound.' That's kind of like a good feeling between the Cubs and the Sox."

    When asked about his reaction to Zambrano's comments, Hendry said he did not wish to be quoted. A Cubs spokesman said Zambrano was not trying to be offensive to any group and that he was attempting to relay what has been said to him in the past by some fans.

  • Eric Patterson was added to the take Z's place. Patterson was thrown into the starting lineup, where he started in LF, hit 2nd, went 3-5, scored twice and stole a bag. Patterson will spend the weekend with the big club and, word is, will be sent back to the cornfields on Monday to make room for a recall of Sean Marshall, who is expected to make a start in place of Z on Tuesday in Baltimore. I gotta say-I don't like this. This constant screwing around with Patterson can't be good for the kid. He seems to be doing okay with it, and is doing infinitely better with the changes than Felix Pie is or would do, but wouldn't it be better to give him more than 2 days up? Patterson was just sent down to Iowa a couple days ago. Typically, minor leaguers must spend 10 days in the minors after such a transaction, but due to the Z injury Patterson was eligible to be recalled almost immediately. But without another injury, Patterson will have to spend the 10 days down once he gets sent down to bring up Marshall. Why not just use Monday's off day to skip Z's turn in the rotation and let Patterson stay up? I know we'd be short on pitchers, but we'd be fine. Further, Patterson is playing much better than Murton. Can we trade Murton already? We're simply a better and more versitile team with Patterson than Murton. Murton is dead weight, and a dead man walking.
  • Yesterday marked the Cubs 13th straight win at Wrigley. Folks, we're 31-and freaking 8 at home this year. 31-8. That's a .795 winning percentage. The last time the Cubs won 13 straight homers was 2001. Today they'll try and make it 14 straight. The last time the Cubs did that? 1936. Simply amazing.
  • With 2 HRs yesterday, in 25 games masquerading as member of the Cubs, ex-Cardinal Jim Edmonds is now 23-74, hitting .311, with 4 HRs, 11 extra baggers, and 16 Ribs. Yes, I'm still having issues with him. But yes, I do like him hitting how he's hitting right now.
  • Daryl Ward could be back with the Cubs by next week. Ward was set to join Iowa for a quick rehab stint beginning yesterday. If he's feeling OK, DWard could be back on the pine by Tuesday or Wednesday. That's bad news for Micah Hoffpauir.
  • Rich Hill is jacked up. Hill failed to even make it out of the 1st inning in his start last night for Iowa. Hill gave up 3 hits, SIX! runs, and FOUR! walks in the 1st before getting yanked and, probably, flogged until bloody by a Larry Rothschild henchman. The club is considering shutting him down for a while. Said Jim Hendry:

"He has not improved since he's been down there," Hendry said. "His command has not been better. We'll get our heads together and decide what to do. If he needs a break or some mechanical issues to work on, sometimes you can work them out in the game and compete, and sometimes you can't."

  • Per Al at Bleed Cubbie Blue, the Cubs are working out rehabbing ex-Sox Freddy Garcia (see blurb at bottom of post) in Mesa, AZ. I'm not sure what the market is like for Garcia and suspect someone will give him a shot at their MLB rotation, but I agree with Al in that if the Cubs can sign him to a minor league deal, why not?
  • Finally...I'm starting to get worried with the amount of national media coverage the Cubs are getting. Too many national media-types are starting to drool all over themselves with this club. This has been, indeed, a special Cubs season so far. But it's only June. The number of articles attempting to fork over the long sought after World Series trophy to the Northside are worrisome. I'd much prefer this team to sneak up on everyone in October and make a run, a la the 2002 Angles or 2003 Marlins or something. But with the best record in baseball, this is pretty much impossible. As a Cubs fan, I'm just expecting the worse here and wish everyone would just ignore this team. Oh well. That said-here's a couple articles that were up on ESPN recently. Gene Wojciechowski (thank you copy/paste) brings us this really unfortnately titled "Wait till this year: 10 reasons Cubs could go all the way." And in an article that's actually good and worth reading, some dude named Wayne Drehs has a really great rundown of the Cubs season and of ARam's walk off game from Friday.

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