It Is Still Baseball Season

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m a Cub fan. (everyone)¬†Hi Joe.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

By now you are all familiar with the history. 107 years without a World Series championship. The black cat. The billy goat. (Which is an awesome Chicago tavern if you are ever in town)

Bartman. Poor kid. It wasn’t his fault. Get over it Cubs fans. The error on the double play ball by Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates on that chilly October night. And Mark Prior’s weak mental makeup. [Read more…]

Jon Lester to Cubs with a Twist

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staffer & Chicago Guru

Prior to the big decision relative to baseball’s hot stove season; which team will “win” the Jon Lester sweepstakes, I have a reason other than making the Cubs an instant contender in a very winnable division for them to be interested in this year’s free agent diamond.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Teams have varying, often unique reasons for throwing truckloads of cash at that player that will move them from average to elite, or to help carry on a dynasty, a word I use loosely. A key bat in the middle of the lineup, a solid closer or a top of the line starter all are worthy reasons for expenditure of the filthiest kind in the world of Major League Baseball. [Read more…]

From a Chicago Cub Fan: Dear Theo…

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Dear Theo, I bought into the plan when you arrived. I understood what you were trying to accomplish. Get rid of onerous contracts, i.e. Soriano, Ramirez along with others from the Jim Hendry era. You offloaded the contracts and began trading for prospects. You have turned my farm system into the envy of 31 other teams.

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Here is what I’ve seen this year so far. My team was bad, inexplicably bad to begin the season. I longed fondly for my son’s little league championship team. They knew fundamentals. They backed up each other and hit cutoff men. They choked up on the bat with two strikes to control the at bat better when it was the pitchers count. Fast forward to a month ago, the first of June roughly. My team began to resemble an actual professional baseball team. [Read more…]