January 2013

Carlos Marmol Accused of Domestic Violence…

Per a report, Carlos Marmol has been accused of domestic violence, no charges as of yet.  These stories are tricky as I’m sure multi-million dollar athletes are the target of blackmail and extortion all the time, so obviously we Marmolshould wait to hear some details before claiming Carlos Marmol is a woman beater.  Remember last year during the off-season when Starlin Castro was also accused of assault, details were sketchy at the time of that event as well and turned out to be nothing.  Domestic violence is not a joke, and should not be joked about so I really hope this is just a story of someone trying to get rich quick instead of Marmol being despicable.  The report is coming out of the Dominican Republic and names a 24-year-old defendant in the claim.  Here is the full story, in Spanish if you would like to read it over, I can’t, at least not all of it.  There has not been a statement from Marmol or the Cubs about this story but I’m sure that once it starts making the rounds, like it is currently doing, the team will be forced to address it.

With all of that said, players do share responsibility to put themselves in better situations, like Castro last year.  It’s an assumed risk of being a ballplayer, like I said, hopefully there is no weight to this claim and it will be non news once again, as soon as details emerge I’ll pass them along.

Thanks for reading,
– George

2013 Cubs Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

It’s good to finally have some substantial news about the Cubs on the field, as today the Cubs announced their 2013 Spring Training Broadcast schedule.  Overall the Cubs will televise six games this spring, and a majority of the games can be listened to on WGN Radio or at Cubs.com, full details below..

Majority of these games begin at 3:05 PM CST

via BleacherNation.com, Brett supplied the notes, thanks Brett!

Feb. 23: at Angels on WGN Radio
Feb. 24: vs. Giants on Cubs.com
Feb. 25: at Dodgers on Cubs.com
Feb. 26: vs. Rockies on Cubs.com
Feb. 27: vs. Dodgers on Cubs.com
Feb. 28: vs. Athletics on Cubs.com
March 1: vs. Diamondbacks on Cubs.com
March 2: at Giants on WGN Radio
March 3 (ss): vs. Brewers on Cubs.com; and vs. Angels (no broadcast)
March 4: vs. Indians on Cubs.com
March 5: at Rockies on Cubs.com
March 6: at Rangers on Cubs.com
March 7: vs. White Sox on Cubs.com
March 8: at Reds on Cubs.com
March 9: vs. Indians onWGN Radio
March 10: vs. Padres on Cubs.com
March 11: at Diamondbacks on Cubs.com
March 13: vs. Rockies onCubs.com
March 14: at Dodgers on Cubs.com
March 15 (ss): at White Sox on Cubs.com; and vs. World Baseball Classic team (no broadcast info or team yet, sadly)
March 16 (ss): vs. Royals on WGN-TV; and vs. Rangers on WGN Radio (game is in Las Vegas)
March 17 (ss): at Athletics on WGN-TV; and vs. Rangers on WGN Radio (game is in Las Vegas)
March 18: at Padres on Cubs.com
March 19: vs. Rangers on Cubs.com
March 21 (ss): at Mariners on WGN Radio; and vs. Dodgers (game is in Tuscon and is a benefit for benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation)
March 22: at Brewers on WGN-TV and Cubs.com
March 23: vs. Angels on WGN-TV and WGN Radio
March 24: at Indians on WGN Radio
March 25: vs. Giants on CSN and Cubs.com
March 26: vs. Reds on Cubs.com
March 27: at Royals on WGN Radio
March 28: vs. Mariners on CSN and Cubs.com
March 29: at Astros on Cubs.com (game is in Houston)
March 30: at Astros on Cubs.com (game is in Houston)

Thanks for reading,
– George

Per Reports: Cubs Add Scott Hairston

After not getting what he wanted from the Mets (2 years, $8 million) Scott Hairston found a deal he liked on the North Side.  Ken Rosenthal was first to report that the Cubs agreed to a two year deal with Hairston, and Bruce Levine later confirmed that the deal could be for two years and six million dollars.  It’s a tremendous signing if those numbers hold true as Hairston can play any outfield position and is a nightmare for left handed pitchers, which Cubs teams have struggled with in the past.  The Cubs have been in the market for a right handed bat for some time, and this signing quenches that thirst for the Cubs, Hairston will be in the mix with the likes of Schierholtz and possibly Sappelt as situational players, spot starts and coming off the bench so to speak.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Pearl Jam Headed to Wrigley! (UPDATE: Official!)

We feel obligated to post about this, why?  I’ll tell you.  Our two obsessions are Pearl Jam and the Cubs.  The name of our blog is from the following lyric from the Pearl Jam song “Bu$hLeaguer”….  “Born on Third, thinks he got a triple.”  So the news this afternoon that was floating around Twitter that Pearl Jam will be coming to Wrigley is blowing our minds.  As we inch closer to Spring Training, and camps opening, this is the cherry on top.  Not to mention I’m feeling better so the blogging is about to kick back into full gear so be prepared!!  Any way, there are no confirmed details yet, but the picture that the official Pearl Jam Twitter site posted 20 minutes ago says it all..  We will keep you posted.

PEARL JAM

Here is the caption:  “Looking good! #StayTuned

[UPDATE]  It is official, Pearl Jam will be playing Wrigley Field this summer!  July 19, 2013 to be exact and tickets go on sale to the general public on February 9, 2013 at 10 AM, I can’t wait for this!  This is directly from the Cubs facebook page…

“It’s official! An evening with Pearl Jam, July 19, 2013, presented by Live Nation and Wrigley Field. Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.”

Thanks for reading,
– George

Per Report: Cubs Bringing Back Dontrelle Willis…For Real

Per a Jon Heyman report the Cubs have signed Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal.  Yes, THAT Dontrelle Willis, per Heyman, Willis will be participating in Minor League camp, but if he is throwing the ball well he will get a shot in the Major League camp.  Another no lose situation here for the Cubs, Willis, who is only 31 might have some innings left in that arm, the only issue is finding the plate physically and mentally.  Needless to say it’s another intriguing story heading into 2013.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Spring is in the Air? Spring Training Tickets Go on Sale Tomorrow!

Spring 2013

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay between posts, spinal fusion really taking up all of my time.  Enough about me, just wanted to post to let you know that Cubs Spring Training tickets go on sale tomorrow on Cubs.com.  I know it doesn’t feel like it in Chicago today with the temperature but Cubs baseball is rapidly approaching, and it all starts with the party that is Spring Training in Mesa.  Tickets go on sale at 10AM CST, here is a direct link right to the page to purchase tickets.

Here is the home schedule for the Cubs this year in Mesa…

Sun, February 24 – San Francisco Giants – 1:05 p.m.

Tue, February 26 – Colorado Rockies – 1:05 p.m.

Wed, February 27 – Los Angeles Dodgers – 1:05 p.m.

Thu, February 28 – Oakland Athletics – 1:05 p.m.

Fri, March 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks – 1:05 p.m.

Sun, March 3 – Milwaukee Brewers (ss) – 1:05 p.m.

Mon, March 4 – Cleveland Indians – 1:05 p.m.

Thu, March 7 – Chicago White Sox – 1:05 p.m.

Sat, March 9 – Cleveland Indians – 1:05 p.m.

Sun, March 10 – San Diego Padres – 1:05 p.m.

Wed, March 13 – Colorado Rockies – 1:05 p.m.

Sat, March 16 – Kansas City Royals (ss) – 1:05 p.m.

Tue, March 19 – Texas Rangers – 1:05 p.m.

Sat, March 23 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1:05 p.m.

Mon, March 25 – San Francisco Giants – 1:05 p.m.

Tue, March 26 – Cincinnati Reds – 7:05 p.m.

Thu, March 28 – Seattle Mariners – 12:05 p.m.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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