Wednesday, March 31, 2004

SI Cover Jinx 

Thanks a lot SI

Nice game 

Seattle 16, Cubs 4


Goodwin, Ramirez, Hollandsworth: 2 hits each
Alou and Ramirez homered
Brian Corey and Mike Wuertz were the only pitchers not to give up a run


A lot:

Sergio Meat-tray: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Gary Glover: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 K
Andy Pratt: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB
Kent Mercker: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB
Joe (85 MPH) Borowski: 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Good job guys.

See the horror for yourself.

Mark Prior out til May, and that doesn't mean May 1. I think we'll be lucky to see him in May.

Mike Remlinger threw off a mound for the first time this year and says he'll be back at the end of April. Right.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Who cares? 

Angels 3, Cubs 0


Pratt, Wellemeyer, Hawkins: 1 scoreless inning each


The Cubs didn't score any runs

Why would you want to read this box score?

Joe Borowski's velocity is down about 4-5 mph to 89 mph. His pact with Satan is coming due.

Mark Guthrie was released by the Pirates.

Ken Griffey is hurt...again.

Monday, March 29, 2004

L, L, W 


Rangers 10, Cubs 7


Walker and Sosa - 3 hits each
Mike Wuertz: 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K
Mercker: Another scoreless inning


Gary Glover: 2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Brian Corey: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Box Score


Padres 7, Cubs 1


Michael Barrett: 2 hits
Andy Pratt: 1 IP, 1 K
Farnsworth: 1 IP, 1 H


Maddux: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Borowski: 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB

Box Score!


Cubs 3, A's 2


Walker and Ramon Martinez: 2 hits each
Paul Bako: 1 hit
Jimmy Anderson, Mercker, Farnsworth, Hawkins: 1 scoreless inning each


Zambrano: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K


Nobody, really.

Box Score!

Mark Prior out til...May?...June?

Tony Womack will probably be the Cardinals starting second baseman and bat leadoff! Idiotic moves like that will help offset the loss of Prior. Now, if we can only get the Astros to do something equally stupid, the Cubs would be okay.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Say goodbye to... 

Jamey Wright (10 2/3 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 9 K)
Trenidad Hubbard (.250, 7-28, 5 RBI)
Casey Kopitske (.250, 3-12, 3 RBI)
Fernando Lunar (.208, 5-24, 1 RBI)
Calvin Murray (.321, 9-28, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Bill Selby (.208, 5-24, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

Nic Jackson could be the replacement for Jose Macias. According to the Daily Herald, he could be used as a pinch runner. Why do you need a pinch runner in April? Get someone you'll let hit or just use the slot for another pitcher.

The Reds fire sale starts early this year.

More on Cruz and Pratt and Cubs Win! 

Let's recap the game first...

Cubs 2, A's 1


Sosa 3-4
Wood: 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6K
Jimmy Anderson: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K (thanks Jimmy, you're fired!)
Hawkins: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB (his stat lines have been less than impressive)


Nothing really

Box Score

Chicago Tribune coverage of the Cruz trade

Sun Times


I can only say that the Cubs did need a left handed power arm that was ready (although this one appears to be wild as well), but I had hoped if Cruz was going to be dealt, the Cubs would get 1) a catcher or good catching prospect or 2) a shortstop or a good shortstop prospect. Our buddy Richard Lewis is none of these and will be behind Brendan Harris on the depth chart. Pratt should be pushing Jimmy Anderson out of the bullpen picture, so now the staff will look like this:

SP: Wood
SP: Maddux
SP: Clement
SP: Zambrano
SP: Mitre
RH: Farnsworth
RH: Wellemeyer
LH: Mercker
LH: Pratt
SU: Hawkins
CL: Borowski

Now, the only question, with the unfortunate (?) injury to Lenny Harr...er...Tony Woma...er...Jose Macias, do the Cubs carry an extra infielder (our hero Scott McClain (right handed), an extra outfielder (Who? Calvin Murray (right handed and former Dusty Giant) or Trenidad Hubbard (right handed)) or an extra pitcher (Jimmy Anderson (Lefty. Kinda Fat. But you knew that already).

We know the Cubs only have 3 1/2 lefty hitters (Walker, Hollandsworth, Patterson & Bako), but I think with Prior hurt (for who knows how long), they're going to go with a guy that can eat up some possible innings and that guy is and will be Jimmy Anderson.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Adios Juan! 

I was more psychic than I thought today.

The Cubs Thursday acquired left-handed pitcher Andy Pratt and infielder Richard Lewis from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-hander Juan Cruz and left-hander Steve Smyth.

The 24-year-old Pratt pitched for Triple-A Richmond in 2003, leading the International League in strikeouts with 161. He went 7-10 with a 3.40 ERA in 27 starts, a career-high. His 9.35 strikeouts per nine innings were tops in the league.

Lewis, 23, saw Double-A action for the first time in 2003 and hit .239 with 47 RBIs in 129 games.

The Cubs originally signed Cruz in 1997. He had a record of 8-19 with a 4.43 ERA, 185 strikeouts and 104 walks in 78 games for the Cubs.

Smyth, 25, spent the 2003 season at Triple-A Iowa after seeing his first big-league action in 2002. In 99 games in the minors, Smyth was 36-32 with a 4.11 ERA and 450 strikeouts. The Cubs picked Smyth in the 4th round of the 1999 draft.

What the hell was that?

A nice article on Pratt from last year.

Pratt's stats this spring: 8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 walks (yikes!) and 8 K's. Pratt seems to have control issues. He'll fit right in.

One run defeat 

Angels 8, Cubs 7

I'm really getting bored with Spring Training games. I promise I'll have more to say once the real games start and I can actually watch the Cubs. But for the three of you that rely on Eat at Joe's to bring you your Spring Training recap, here we go!


Grudz went 3-5 (3 singles)
Scott McClain 1-1
Farnsworth got lucky and didn't allow any runs in 2 IP (4 hits and 1 walk, but 5 K's)
Michael Wuertz, Brian Corey and Joe Borowski: 1 scoreless inning each


4 Cubs errors: Corey Patterson (2), Bako and Walker
Sergio, Sergio, Sergio...2 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. You know, Sergio and Juan, it doesn't help our case against Dusty if you guys keep getting torched everytime you go out there.

Box Score!

Ha, Ha Dusty: With two early-season off days, the Cubs could have decided to go with a four-man rotation. Neither Baker nor pitching coach Larry Rothschild thought that was a good idea. Baker said he always has used a five-man rotation.

"Plus, I already have a reputation for overpitching my guys," he said, laughing. "So now you want me to overpitch them some more?" Read more.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Cubs win big 

Cubs 12, Giants 4

That's good:

Sosa, Lee, Gonzalez and the greatest Cub ever, Scott McClain had 2 hits apiece
Zambrano: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER (gave up a 3 run shot to Bonds), 0 BB, 2 K
Jimmy Anderson, Gary Glover and Todd Wellemeyer: 1 scoreless inning each

That's Bad:

Grudz went 0-3 (he's now hitting .167 (4-24))

Box Score!

Mark Prior will now definitely start the season on the DL.

Shawn Estes might be the Rockies opening day starter. (cue laugh track)

Tony Womack was traded to the Cardinals for a middle reliever. (cue a different laugh track)

Tuesday, March 23, 2004


Cubs 1, A's 0


Maddux: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Guess Who? Scott McClain: Homer #6 in his only at-bat
Jamey Wright and Michael Wuertz combined for 3 shutout innings of relief


Uhhh....Bako: 0-2, 2 K

Box Score!

Mark Prior threw 50 pitches, felt fine, but he will miss his first start. Sergio Meat-tray or Juan Cruz will take his place.

Say goodbye to and welcome them to beautiful Des Moines, Iowa...

Francis Beltran (15.00 ERA, 6 IP, 15 H, 10 ER)
Jason Dubois (AFL MVP, .304 (7-23), 1 HR, 3 RBI)
Nic Jackson (.227 (5-22), 1 HR, 1 RBI)
David Kelton (.208 (5-24), 1 HR, 1 RBI)

Let's welcome them to the Cubs minor league camp:

Juan Pena (3.17 ERA, 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER)
Felix Martinez (.136 (3-22))

Monday, March 22, 2004


Cubs 7, Padres 6


Derrek Lee: 3-3
Scott McClain: his 5th home run
Paul Bako: A Stolen Base (granted, it was a dropped pitch by the catcher on an attempted hit & run, but a stolen base nonetheless)
Mercker & Farnsworth: one scoreless inning each


Juan Cruz: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K - Dusty Baker on Cruz: "I can't say it was a step forward. But it was not a step backward." Er, OK.
Hawkins: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 K (this seems to be a reoccuring theme)

Box Score

Moises Alou fouled a ball off his knee and left the game in the 5th inning.

Mark Prior threw 40 pitches on Saturday. Everything seems OK, but it's still not certain he'll make that start against Cincy.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Lose, Win, Lose 


White Sox 9, Cubs 3

The Good:

Sergio Mitre: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Hollandsworth and Felix Martinez went 2-2
That's about it

The Bad:

After Mitre, the bullpen did its best impression of a gascan: Beltran: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
Jamey Wright: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER
Hawkins: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER
Todd Walker went 0-3. Does he have any hits this spring?

Box score fun


Cubs 10, Brew Crew 0 (split squad)

The Good:

Lots, including Kerry Wood: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K and went 2-4 with a homer
Sammy homered, Corey went 2-4, Gonzalez went 2-3 and yes, Todd Walker had 3 hits (now he's hitting .225)
Gary Glover and Michael Wuertz closed it out with 3 innings of shutout relief

The Bad:

Some dudes that won't play much didn't get any hits

This box score is a wonderful thing

A's 9, Cubs 8 (split squad)

The Good:

Scott McClain is probably the hottest Cubs hitter this spring: 2-3, 2B, HR and 3 RBI
Ramon Martinez went 2-2
Todd Wellemeyer: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K

The Bad:

was the pitching...Matt Clement: 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (rather Uncouth)
Jimmy Anderson, Iowa...Iowa, meet Jimmy Anderson (actually I don't think this will happen because I believe Dusty will keep him around over Mitre. I wouldn't, but I'm not Dusty)...3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

This box score is not so wonderful

Friday, March 19, 2004

Lots of hits and lots of runs 

Cubs 12, Angels 7

That's good:

Alex Gonzalez, Derrick Lee and Corey Patterson all homered
Sammy had a couple of hits
Kent Mercker made his spring debut: 1 IP, 2 K
Zambrano did a little better: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

That's bad:

Gary Glover and Todd Wellemeyer gave up 2 runs apiece in one inning each of work

Let's read the box score.

Prior threw 35 pitches yesterday and was pronounced 50/50 to make his first start April 8th in Cincy. Read it here.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Cubs shouldn't have played! 

Rangers 6, Cubs 1

This wasn't one of the better efforts.

Pretty good:

E-ramis and Hollandsworth had 2 hits apiece
Mike Wuertz, Brian Corey and Borowski combined for 4 innings of shutout relief

Pretty Bad:
Greg Maddux: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - "I left some pitches up," Maddux said. "I didn't make good enough pitches with two strikes. I think I pitched well until I got to two strikes."

Examine the box score!

Good news for Paul Bako fans: Dusty Baker might not pair Greg Maddux with catcher Michael Barrett too many times. Texas ran that combination ragged Wednesday during Maddux's four-inning stint in the Cubs' 6-1 loss at Surprise Stadium.

Four Rangers stole second base, three of them in the third inning, and all of them wound up scoring runs. Read the rest here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Cubs don't play! 

The Cubs took the day off yesterday and decided to not play any games.

So I guess that means I'll have to find something else to talk about...

Mark Prior threw some pitches off an actual mound, and everyone says it went OK. He'll throw again on Thursday.

Let's talk ex-Cubs!

Shawn Estes has 10 IP this spring, and has given up one earned run. The apocalypse is tomorrow.

Hee Seop Choi is hitting .217 in 23 AB. He's got 5 hits: 2 doubles and 3 homers. I don't know how many times he's walked.

Lenny Harris is 5-9. (Cue laugh track)

Dave Veres: 3 IP and one hit.

Waterbat Damian Miller has only batted 7 times and isn't playing much after probably hurting himself hitting a weak foul ball over the first base dugout.

Eric Karros tearing it up: .350 in 20 AB. No homers though. Lots of grounders to the left side.

Mark Guthrie has given up 8 runs in 3 2/3 IP for a robust 19.62 ERA. 1962, I think was the year he was born, so is that like shooting your age in golf?

Wow. That was fun. More Cubs news later or as it warrants...

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Wood is good 

Cubs 3, Royals 2

The good:

Kerry Wood threw 4 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. He threw 126 pitches. (Just kidding)
Farnsworth and Borowski had one scoreless, hitless inning apiece
Nic Jackson hit a homer

The bad:

Nothing was really "bad". Well, Grudz went 0-3. How's that?

Box scores are informative.

Also, the following were banished from Cubs camp:

Sent to AAA:

Brendan Harris: (he had knee surgery and never played)
Jon Leicaster: (5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER)
Felix Sanchez: (3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER)

Sent to AA:

Angel Guzman: (shoulder surgery, won't pitch til May)
Renyel Pinto: (4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER and one grand slam to a pitcher)
Ronny Cedeno: (didn't pitch, I guess)

Sent to A:

Carlos Vasquez: (O IP, 1 ER)

Sent to minor league camp:

Scott Chiasson: (didn't pitch)
John Foster: (5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER)

Still on the roster:

Paul Bako

Monday, March 15, 2004

Cubs lose! Cubs win! Cubs lose! Cubs lose! 

Let's recap the exciting weekend of spring action!

Mariners 10, Cubs 5

Hmm...how about Greg Maddux and 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB and 8 K's!


Felix Sanchez will enjoy Iowa. 2/3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Jamey Wright (2 1/3 IP) and John Foster (1 IP) gave up 2 runs apiece

I like to read box scores.


Cubs 4, White Sox 3

Not bad:

Sammy homered
Hawkins gave up 3 hits but struck out 2 in 2 innings
Borowski closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

Not good:

Zambrano struggled: 5 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks and absolutely no strikeouts. That's not good.

This box score contains valuable information that will help you throughout your day.


Giants 11, Cubs 3

That's good!

Scott McClain hit his third homer of the spring
Francis Beltran gave up nothing in one inning
Alou got a couple of hits

That's Bad!

Clement rocked again: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Renyel Pinto did a wonderful job: 1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K and one grand slam to a pitcher

Box Scores are fun!

Rockies 7, Cubs 2


Jimmy Anderson, Bullpen...Bullpen, meet Jimmy Anderson: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Paul Bako got a triple. Unknown if anyone separated their shoulder on the play.


I don't know...Gary Glover gave up some runs

Check the damage here.

Also, Phil Rogers makes up some stuff about Ken Griffey and the White Sox. I'm sure Griffey would really enjoy playing for the Sox.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Wavin' Wendell! 

You know, for about 2/3 of the season last year, I actually went through each boxscore and kept track of how many runners the Cubs had thrown out at the plate, because I thought it seemed to be a ridiculously high amount. Unfortunately, this is not readily available information, but the folks over at Baseball Prospectus put together a nifty article showing that yes, Wendell Kim needs to be sedated.

Check out these numbers:

Outs at
Rk Team 2nd 3rd Home OS
1 Pirates 16 9 12 37
2 Cubs 4 11 20 36
3 Indians 9 14 12 35
T4 Devil Rays 10 8 16 34
T4 Reds 14 6 14 34
T4 Yankees 8 9 17 34


T25 Mets 4 8 12 24
T25 Rangers 6 5 13 24
27 Blue Jays 6 3 13 23
28 Cardinals 6 5 10 21
29 Padres 8 3 7 19
30 Angels 7 3 7 17

I can't say this any better, so I'll just quote it:

The Cubs had a whopping five runners thrown out at the plate with none out last year. For comparison, almost half the teams in MLB (14 of 30) had none, and 10 others had just one. In one game in Baltimore, Kim sent two separate runners to be thrown out by a mile with none out--the fleet-footed Alex Gonzalez and the speedy Eric Karros, no less. We've heard of taking calculated risks, but that's like playing Russian roulette. With all six chambers loaded.

Check out the article and if you haven't subscribed to the premium portion of BP, what the hell are you waiting for? Do it! Tell them I sent you so maybe they'll send me a free t-shirt or something.

That's not good 

Rockies 13, Cubs 3:

Shawn Estes: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Juan Cruz: 1 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Thanks for playing Juan! You get one shot with Dusty, so you are hereby banished to Iowa.

Box Score Action!

Speaking of Dusty, he flips out again in another interview:

"How come people don't just leave me alone?" Baker said. "Why are they talking [trash] all the time?"

I think the things people talk trash about are: 1) You consistently overworked the starters and pushed them well past any previous pitch count numbers or innings worked. 2) Your overreliance on veterans and your general distrust of young hitters that don't immediately perform (when I say immediate, I mean the first game they are given an opportunity)

"People have been trying to bring me down for whatever reason," Baker said. "They say what I can't do. Very rarely do I hear what I have done. But, actually, that makes me stronger. That's OK. That's how it is."

"Nobody said anything about Mariano Rivera being hurt [after] pitching the eighth and ninth [innings], but that's what Joe had to do," Baker said. "Did you ever hear anything about that? Nothing. That's OK. What are you going to say when I kick somebody's [butt]?"

Dusty, I'll say it again. THE YANKEES ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN ANY OTHER TEAM YOU HAVE MANAGED. JOE TORRE IS A BETTER MANAGER THAN YOU ARE. Stop comparing yourself to Joe Torre and the Yankees until you have 4 rings.

"People are always trying to find something I didn't do," Baker said. "Look around at some staffs, and their pitchers stay hurt. But I don't hear [anything] about it. Am I right?

"Look around—the same kind of teams have guys stay hurt all the time. You don't ever hear anything about it. Why doesn't somebody list their guys who, for whatever reason, have been on the DL or were hurt?"

No, you're not right.

"When you're young, man, that's when you work," he said. "My dad worked two jobs for 36 years. As you get older, you can't do that. But when you're young, you have the stamina and the energy to do that. That's when you do it."

Was your father a Major League pitcher?

"You're damned if you do, damned if you don't," he said. "But you can't take away the fact that I won."

Yep, you've won, but at what cost?

Addressing the theory that Prior and Wood were "fatigued" for Games 6 and 7, Baker said "everyone on the field" was tired at that point of the season.

Didn't seem to effect the Marlins.

"What would [critics] have said about David Cone, Nolan Ryan and those guys?" he said. "I come from an era when 200 innings was sort of average. What would they have said about Ferguson Jenkins or Bob Gibson or Warren Spahn?

"The reason our guys are throwing 120-125 pitches … you look at how many complete games we get out of those 125 pitches. How many complete games did our team or my Giants teams have? I have pitchers who throw a lot of pitches. I have pitchers who strike out people."

Critics would say it's was a different era and was before the implementation of bullpen specialists and dedicated one inning closers. Oh, and the worst problem Nolan Ryan had until he blew his elbow out at age 46 in Seattle was a few blisters. He didn't have Tommy John surgery when he was 22. And what the hell does David Cone have to do with anything? Was Farnsworth exposing himself in the bullpen to a group of women?

Baker pointed out that Dave Veres and Mike Remlinger were nursing injured arms in the playoffs and Mark Guthrie and Antonio Alfonseca had been ineffective most of the season.

"Who are you going to bring in every day?" he asked. "[Kyle] Farnsworth and [Joe] Borowski every day? That's all that was left."

I feel better that there were 2 injured guys and 2 guys that Dusty knew were horrible in the bullpen. Nice strategy. Actually, Veres sucked and he was injured. Isn't that what the minor leagues are for?

In the end, Baker said, he really doesn't pay any attention to his critics.

"People are always looking for the negative," he said. "I'm really tired of people always picking at what I don't do. There are a whole bunch of [managers] who haven't done what I have done. I think there are more of those than [managers] who have done better [than me], so I don't pay any attention."

Yeah, it's obvious he doesn't pay attention to the critics. : )

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Old School Dusty! 

From today's Tribune:

General manager Jim Hendry laughed at a statistical-analysis book that used on-base percentage to suggest Moises Alou should be the leadoff hitter.

"Those things are written by guys who never have been in a dugout," Hendry said.

Baker agreed that stats like on-base percentage can be overdone.

"Computers make it easier to come up with these numbers and make it possible to overanalyze," he said. "Before you had to do it by pencil, and then the calculator, and now the computer spits it out. Everybody can't hit like that. Are you going to tell Vladimir Guerrero to take more walks?"

Baker asked rhetorically who have been the world champions most often the last eight years.

"Have you ever heard the Yankees talk about on-base percentage and walks?" he said. "Walks help, but you don't walk across the plate. You have to [run] across the plate. Getting a guy's pitch count up? Yeah, I agree with that … but it depends on the hitter.

"Everybody can't hit with two strikes. Everybody can't walk. You're taking away some of the aggressiveness from a kid when you tell him to go up there and work for a walk."

Hey Baseball Prospectus, I'll save you the trouble:

Yankees AL Rank in OBP & Walks:

2003: 2nd, 1st *
2002: 1st, 1st
2001: 6th, 7th *
2000: 5th, 4th *
1999: 2nd, 3rd *
1998: 1st, 1st *
1997: 1st, 1st
1996: 3rd, 8th *
* = World Series appearance

Cubs NL Rank in OBP & Walks:

2003: 13th, 14th
2002: 12th, 6th
2001: 6th, 5th
2000: 10th, 6th
1999: 14th, 12th
1998: 7th, 6th
1997: 12th, 13th
1996: 13th, 9th

Now, Dusty's Giants teams were near the top (or in some cases #1) in these categories. Of course, having Barry Bonds might help.

Also, you may want to check out these articles for the Yankees non-commitment to OBP:

Right here...

And here...

How about here...

Here too...

I could go on and on, but as you see, Dusty has no idea what he's talking about. "Everybody can't walk". This could be the slogan of the 2004 Cubs. Put it on some t-shirts right below "In Dusty We Trusty".

Alou's name was mentioned because he has the highest career OBP of anyone on the team. How many times will the name "Hee Seop Choi" come up in Baseball Prospectus' response to his inane comments?

Good god, that's Paul Bako's music!!!!! 

Cubs 8, A's 3

Every once in a while a cosmic event occurs that makes you feel glad to be alive to witness it. Here is that event:

P Bako c 2 2 2 1

That's right, the official "Eat at Joe's" mascot, Punchless Paul Bako, actually got 2 hits in a regulation Major League Spring Training game. This wasn't batting practice, folks. An actual quality Major League Pitcher, and former Cy Young winner (my god) gave up at least one of the two hits to our buddy Bako. This isn't quite on the embarassment level of when Latroy Hawkins walked Garth Brooks the other day, but it's pretty damn close. Unfortunately, I was unable to find and photographic evidence of the hits, so we'll just have to hope this boxscore is accurate. The other numbers in both of these games are meaningless compared to this, but for my four or five readers out there, I'll list them anyway:

Not as good as Bako:

Kelton 1-2, HR
Lee 1-2, HR
a couple of 2nd basemen that won't make the team, Mendoza and Theriot, had 2 hits apiece
Wellemeyer 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K

A little worse than Bako usually is:

Wood 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Also, it seems Dusty let Kerry throw 63 pitches yesterday. Dusty, why don't we wait until the regular season until we overwork the starters, OK?

Print and frame your Paul Bako keepsake here!

Oh yeah, there was another game. This was not pretty. Arizona 13, Cubs 7:

Nowhere near Bako:

Montanez 2-2
Dubois 1-2, HR
Leicaster 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB

The "bad" in this game is really easy. It's the 4 guys that gave up 11 runs in 3 innings. None of them are making the team, so I'm not going to list them.

Check out the damage, here!

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Royals 6, Cubs 5 

The numbers:

Not bad:

Hollandsworth 1-2, HR (2)
A. Ramirez 1-2, HR (1)
C. Murray 1-2, HR (1)
J Wright 1 IP, 2 K

Not good:

Clement 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
J Pena 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER

The box score is here!

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Monday, March 08, 2004

Cubs 8, Brewers 4 

Here we go...

The Good:

Scott McClain 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Sammy 1-2, HR, 2 RBI
Zambrano 3 IP, 3 H, 7 K!
Gary Glover 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

The Bad:

Bako 0-3 (but I'm sure they were really hit hard)
Foster 1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 ER

Check out all the numbers here.

Cubs tie!!! Cubs tie!!! 

Two games yesterday for the Cubs, and two ties.

Cubs 4, Royals 4

The Good:

Hollandsworth 2-2, HR, 3 RBI
David Kelton made some nice defensive plays at first
Maddux 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
J. Anderson 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K
F Sanchez 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

The Bad:

Beltran 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K

Cubs 6, Giants 6

The Good:

Patterson 1-3, HR (2)
Leicaster 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Pinto 2 IP, 1 K

The Bad:

Vazquez 0 IP, 3 BB, 1 ER
B Corey 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 HR

Also, Mike Remlinger said his shoulder hurt all of last year. Thanks for saying something, Mike.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Cubs 5, Giants 3 

The Cubs improve to 2-1 in the spring.


Goodwin: 2-2, RBI, SB
Gonzalez: 1-2, 2 RBI
Cruz: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 K
Juan Pena (L): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Hawkins: 1 IP, 1 K


Michael Wuertz (R): 2 IP, 3 ER

Check out the box score here!

Mike Remlinger will begin the season on the DL. Barring a bad spring, I would say "Crafty Veteran" Jimmy Anderson has the inside track on his spot in the bullpen. Yee-ha.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Cubs 4, Giants 1 

A little bit better performance in the spring's second game. Kerry Wood went 2 innings, gave up 1 run, 3 hits, 3 walks and struck out 1.

Offensive heroes:

Nic Jackson 1-1, SB
Alou 2-2
Barrett 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI

Pitching heroes:

Gary Glover (R) 2 IP, 1 H
John Foster (L) 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Farnsworth 1 IP, 2 K

Other notes:

Walker 0-3
Patterson & Sosa 0-2

Check out the box score here.

Friday, March 05, 2004

1st Spring Game 

The rest of the Cubs blog army I'm sure have covered this game in detail, but if "Eat at Joe's" is your one stop shop for up to the minute Cubs news, here you go! (And if it is your one stop shop, perhaps you need to click some of those links on the right where they do this kind of thing a little better.)

Giants 9 Cubs 3. Corey Patterson hit a homer in his first at-bat (off a lefty, no less). Paul Bako got a single. Tom Goodwin got a double and drove in 2 runs off someone named Mike Montgomery. Francis Beltran got rocked in one inning of work. I didn't see the game, but I am thankful I saved myself the agony of Rick Sutcliffe.

And that ladies and gentlemen, was your Cubs update!

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Pete Rose gets elected to the Hall of Fame!!! 

No, not that hall of fame.

Pete Rose will be inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's hall of fame later this month, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Rose, baseball's career hits leader with 4,256, participated in three Wrestlemania events from 1998-2000 for WWE. He's ineligible to enter baseball's Hall of Fame because he's banned from the game for life.

"He has a deep, abiding respect for what we do," WWE chairman Vince McMahon told the newspaper.

Rose will be paid for his appearance at the March 13 induction, and at Wrestlemania the next night at Madison Square Garden.

He'll be presented by Kane, his 300-pound nemesis in the Wrestlemania shows.

Well, that didn't take long to leak out. Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Marvin Benard, Benito Santiago, Randy Velarde and Bill Romanowski (no!) all received steroids from BALCO. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were not named among the athletes listed.

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