Brew Hangover – Pirates 3 Cubs 0 = Troll Call!!!

August 1, 2008

The Cubs returned to the real Wrigley from Wrigley North for the first game of a nine game homestand to face the Pittsburgh Pirates today. A little hagover from the Brewers Series? Perhaps. Cubs lose 3-0.

Rather than highlight a game with out any highlights, we are instead going to highlight comments from the ESPN conversation board from the game. As usual, after a loss the idiots come back out and shit all over the Cubs fans….I wont include names, but I’ll tell you about where they were on the comment board so you can see them for yourself…

But before we get to the gems…I think it is appropriate to mention 100 Year Itch friend The Wisdom Cube for this snarky remark

Yeah, there’s this horn (kinda like a Snickers Feast Conch) that’s blown when the Cubs are down by a few runs and it’s late in the game. . . that’s known as the Troll Call. . .

So Here are the Results of the Troll Call…


Speaking of ignorant fans… all the cubs fans are still here. Guess what? You lost and looked horrible. Shut out! Come of a series win, and get shut out! At home too. I thought you guys had cameras in center field to steal signs and prevent this stuff? Guess your cameramen are as stupid as you! Too bad.

Same Dude # 1347

We had our problems with the bullpen, but still got runs across. We didn’t load the bases and have multiple innings with multiple runners on. We executed, but got beat by a good team. But comparing the Pirates and Cubs, they’re about equal so can’t say much more than they made you look horrible.




How are the Cubs supposed to win the world series if they get shut out by the pirates?


Yankees fans are annoying, but with all those titles, they have a right to be. It’s like the really hot girl with a bit of an attitude…you still put up with her because she’s hot.

Cubs fans….well, you’re like the fat chick with an attitude…and no one gets it.

Man…this should be a daily column…but I guess that would involve me actually giving a rat’s ass what the trolls say. Anyways…enough with the comedy relief…looking forward to Out of the Box observations…

I’m looking at my hand and I see four aces coming up…so there may not be too much comedy on the boards anyways….Lilly v. Maholm tomorrow…Preview in the morning.


Pirates @ Cubs Game One Preview

August 1, 2008

After acquiring hurler Jeff Karstens from the Yankees on Saturday, the Pirates will get to see what he is made of when he makes his National League debut Friday against the first place Cubs.

Pirates: Karstens could flip-flop with Paul Maholm and pitch on Saturday, but while management makes that determination, let’s slot him in for Friday. Karstens came to Pittsburgh as part of the six-player trade that sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees on Saturday. This will be the right-hander’s first Major League appearance this season. In 2006-07, Karstens combined to make 15 appearances (nine starts) with New York, going 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA. He was 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 Triple-A starts this year.

Cubs: Marquis did not get a decision in his last start against the Marlins. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings, but did gut it out. Florida had opened a 5-0 lead after three innings and Marquis was able to stay in the game to save the Cubs bullpen. He made some mistakes — walking the leadoff man in the first and second innings isn’t a good idea — but was aided by a late inning rally from his teammates. He’s 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts this year against the Pirates.

Well after coming off one of the best sweeps all year the Cubs should be riding high with a ton of confidence going into this three game set against the Buccos. On paper this series would suggest the Cubs dominate the Pirates, their recent trades have left them with a much depleted offense losing Xavier Nady and slugger Jason Bay along with a few others. With tha being said, this is just coming from a twenty plus year Cub fan, it always seems the Cubs have more problems with the “not so good” teams then the ones with real talent. Like always its anybody’s game.

Jason Marquis vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for PIT
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
 Nate McLouth          9     6   1  1  0  0   0   2   0  .167  .444  .333  .777   0   0   0   1   0
 Freddy Sanchez        9     9   4  2  0  0   1   0   0  .444  .444  .667 1.111   0   0   0   0   0
 Jose Bautista         5     4   1  0  0  0   0   1   1  .250  .400  .250  .650   0   0   0   0   1
 Ryan Doumit           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   3  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jason Michaels        3     2   2  0  0  0   1   1   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Luis Rivas            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Raul Chavez           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Doug Mientkiewicz     2     1   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .500  .000  .500   0   0   0   0   0

Has not faced: Chris Gomez, Steven Pearce, and Jack Wilson & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, T.J. Beam, Sean Burnett, Jason Davis, Zach Duke, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Yoslan Herrera, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

Jeff Karstens vs. Batters, for 2007, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
  No data, perhaps the minimum PA's are too high?

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Mark DeRosa, Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome, Reed Johnson, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Ryan Theriot, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Zambrano

I had to go back to 2007 cause  Jeff Karstens has not pitched in the majors this year,but as you can see there are very little stats to go off of what the Cubs have done against him. He has not faced most of the Cub hitters so it should be a interesting debut for the man.

A Rant On “Class”…Or Lack Thereof

August 1, 2008

So I’ve seen some grumblings from alleged Brewer fans regarding the supposed “classless” Cub fans. I won’t go on about how Cub fans are better in this way or that. It’s wasted time to me. The point is- teams have some complete idiotic buffoons that embarrass other fans of the same team. No team is immune.

You all have seen it at the ballpark or in a bar. There’s that guy that makes you want to slink down further in your seat and pull your hat over your eyes as he stands there spitting beer while shouting obscenities at some other team’s fans…probably with small children trembling in fright next to them.

Let’s face it- there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a fan. But when we get to talking about “classless”, why not look to the teams too?

Is it class when your team has been beaten in every way and down 9-1 in the ninth to throw at the opponent’s hitter who just happened to tag you for two home runs? Is it class to shatter your bat at the plate, not run out the fly ball, and proceed to yell “horse sh*t” at the umpire somewhere close to two dozen times? Is it class, after having been ejected, to sit in the dugout pouting and delay the game?

David Bush hit two batters and gave up three home runs. That’s his fault. Eric Gagne, having previously shown the Brewers he’s no longer a closer, was dubiously inserted in the ninth. He throws increasingly inside on the first three pitches and then behind Jim Edmonds. Classless. It was the equivalent to a hockey coach sending in his cement head to take out another player.

Prince Fielder wants to argue balls and strikes…in the bottom of the ninth inning…down by 10 runs. Admitedly, Doug Eddings had an inconsistent strike zone and his definition of a swing is the near equivalent to my definition of standing still. However, when your team has already embarrassed themselves to the tune of 11-1 (at that point), that one outside pitch isn’t all that much to cry about in the scheme of things.

To top it off, you have the illogical Ned Yost at the helm. To send Gagne in as a headhunter was a clear sign he had lost control and his team proceeded to come unglued. There were other instances in the series when he likely cost his team an edge or the game itself (See: Ben Sheets being hung out to dry).

You can always move away from the classless fan. But what do you do when it’s your team that’s classless?

Yost is classless and the Brewers fans deserve better.