Category Archives: MLB Stuff

Ryne Sandberg: A Cub No More?

Well, the saga goes on…perhaps. Ryne Sandberg an iconic player and then Iowa Farm system manager, gone?  Say it isn’t so, but at this time it appears that  on Wednesday, the Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry made an announcement that Ryne Sandberg has declined to manage the Cubs very successful Cubs Iowa Triple A Team!

Sandberg just recently missed out the chance to manage Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs team after Mike Quade was chosen over him to manage the Cubs. The final decision was reached by General Manager Jim Hendry and then “backed” by team owner Ricketts.

It is a shame. The fairy tale was writing itself. The beloved first baseman had the hearts and very definitely the love of the hometown fans!  Now the Hall of Famer has packed his bags, and is off to other destinations unknown and taking with him perhaps the momentum; the tale of a city in love with its team and the final realization of the world series itself! 

Cinderella left when the midnight bell sounded so maybe it was just time for Sandberg to find his perfect vehicle to the team that will bring this young celebrated player and coach the position of his dreams.

Chicago’s fan base may even go with you where ever it may be that Ryne Sandberg happens to land, and for this writer, Here’s to looking at you kid! Wishing you the greatest season of your life where ever you may land!And further on that note here’s to hoping the Chicago Cubs 2011 season is something to talk about!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationaltone Mary Caliendo

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Cubs Big Z Took a Big ZZZZZZ!

Well, the Chicago Cubs played the Mets and were hoping to be able to bring out the brooms to make the clean sweep. But the inevitable happened!  Why inevitable you say?  Well it feels like a reoccurring nightmare for many, many Cub Fans!

When the Chicago Cubs needed big play for their ace pitcher, he was asleep at the wheel. Big Z taking a big Z!  And if the Chicago Cubs are to stay alive in this at all, we need to win!  After having two straight victories the Chicago Cubs were riding high and the fans in the stands were responding to a great feeling in the air!  It felt like the team was building momentum and perhaps were going to unleash the longest win streak this year!

Zambrano has not gone past the fifth inning since 7/27/09! Yesterday Zambrano was pulled out after only 3 1/2 innings and he the Mets had mounted 11 hits and 4 runs at that point. Lou Piniella yanked Big Z out! The Mets came to play, and the Cubs did not. To the Mets credit, their batters hit Big Z and made the runs count. To Zambrano, our bats did remain virtually hitless against the Mets yesterday and the flat affect was contagious.

Lou Piniella stated that everyone wants to write off the team already, he stated in the Chicago Tribune that he thought it was funny and the fact that no one gives the team a chance -just to keep it that way, that’s fine with him!  He went on to say that what people write about the team has no bearing on how the team plays!

Well most of us “real” fans never ever say the team is out until it is mathematically out of it ! Period. Perhaps this is just one bump in a short road-but this writer will still bleed blue until the end! We need a long streak of wins, and reduce that “10” games out and that sinking feeling that it isn’t this year! Here’s hoping that Big Z will not only step up to the plate next time, but he will come with blazing pitching and lead our team to the pennant race the Chicago Cubs should be in.  So instead of taking some ZZZZ’s, Big Z will wake up out of his funk and lead us to another big No-No and put us right where we need to be!  Go Cubs Go!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

Milton Bradley Cries Race!

Believe it or not Milton Bradley is trying to use the race card!!! Milton Bradley stated yesterday that the treatment of the fans was not only nasty, it was racial abuse! He says he faces hatred on a daily basis. Then he goes on to claim that when he goes out to restaurants and in general everyone he sees it treating him with racial hatred and that no one wants to see this!!

I’m not sure if or what Milton Bradley must face personally on the outside privately and in the public. And I would be ashamed of Cub fans if they were yelling racial epitaphs; because this is not only extremely rude it is also uncalled for. But I do feel that at this point in the baseball season everyone is expressing major frustration.

While Milton Bradley cannot site an exact incident that occurred with a Cub fan, Bradley states that he prays for only a nine inning game so he can get out of there and off the field!

Bradley must remember a couple of tidbits, Bradley is very expensive- he signed a three year $30 million dollar contract!  And true fans of the game of baseball want to see Bradley as a very productive part of the team. It’s rough here in Chicago, the fans do not and most likely should not accept slumps that many a player have had on this team. The fans love a winner. The fans love a team in first place. And lastly the fan pays a pretty price in heart, soul, and ticket price.

The Cubs organization, we are glad to say, finally will pay the big money for the big guns but when the gun won’t shoot the fans cry foul! While we cannot and will not excuse nasty fans that spew racial fodder, the Cubs organization will remove a fan whom is accused of spewing hatred in the stands. Thank you. At this point there has not been anyone removed for that reason that has been generally reported.

I think it is great the Milton Bradley hit the homer the other night, and this will help dispel the heat. Professional sports players know that the fan has high expectations of the player. The fan wants a win anyway we can get it. But for Milton Bradley and all the players current,previous, and those yet to play within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field  fans will not boo you when you produce. The more you produce the better you’ll be and the fans will love you!  Keep a chin up Bradley, it’s nothing personal!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

Steroids For Sosa?!

Just “say it ain’t so”!  Oh no here we go again!  Die-hard Cub fans everywhere are holding their breath!  Those true fans, those fans who bleed their blue every summer, may find only disappointment again! This time it’s not that at this point in the season, the team is only at .500 ball, but it is one of their own getting caught in a possible web. A web of lies spun by the challenge to be better than the next guy. A one-upmanship; none other than steroids! 

For the longest time the duel between the hit makers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGire gave us happiness, we were all high with excitment watching the pair! The on-field show, to the statistics it was great. It was fun and it really “upped the ante” in baseball. Little kids wanted to be Slammin’ Sammy,or Mark cGwire all the way!

Now a report came out stating that Sammy Sosa was one of one hundred or more MLB players that tested positive for an illegal substance in 2003. Is it a surprise? NO!  Was it just the Flinstone Vitamins; Uh NO!  IN Sammy’s words ” I take the little vitamins, the Flinstones vitamins for the kids”. But then in 2002, Sammy stated that he would be the first in line to take a test if it was given. He goes on to say that he works very hard- and that you don’t have to do something bad for yourself to feel strong.

For the believers, we wanted Sammy to be free and clear of the steroids debate, and fans thought just maybe he was, because he was in front of a house panel investigating steroids when his attorney read the statement- to be clear I have never taken any performance enhancing drugs. I never injected myself, or had anyone inject me with anything.  Well that might be true, but are all performance-enhancing drugs just injected?

Sosa just came out recently and asked to be put into the Hall of Fame; perhaps this spurred the release of his name on that confedential report! As we all know the MLB turned a blind-eye on the users of the steroids back in 2003, and perhaps even encouraged their useage; wink wink! So the speculation will rage on, and those other names on that list should be leaked as well-because if you take down one and deny the hall-one for all and all for one; going to the ship includes going down with the ship too! Let’s hope that we don’t hear Mark McGwire is on that coveted list too! He, who is retired and has not of yet made the hall.

The ball players are people, and people get stuck  in places  that they should not be. If Sammy was just following the status quo, well what are we to do? If he was a leader in this area, well he needed to come clean. Too bad for Sammy baseball was berry,berry good for him-he was berry, berry, good for baseball but we don’t want him if he is a cheater. But cheating by today’s standards are different from the ones used in 2003. Too bad Sammy hadn’t quit baseball sooner. He could be and been sitting alongside Big Mac who just plead the fifth in a hearing in 2005 But,Sammy never could shut-up! Just pleading the fifth might have been better! And now to the NY Times, playing a game of whispers or tip offs  is not great reporting! (they broke the story)Now Sammy has much to worry about, ask Mr. Clemmons who lied before Congress.

The fact is, everyone surrounding this has something on the line; money. Shameful but true and for this fan, a true fan of baseball, I’m hoping that the crap floating on the top of the pond is gone now! Can’t we all just play ball!

Speaking of Halls; we could be talking about former Cub player Mel Hall who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 12 year girl that he coached playing elite basketball! He could be facing life in prison! Wow, now that’s a real loser!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Opening Day,the Cubs and Big Z!

Tonight is the night that our TV’s turn to sports. The opening day for baseball’s National League is tonight. In prime time the hard-core Cubs fan will sit and face the TV and watch the Big Z reel back the arm and give it to the Houston Astros to start off the season! Carlos Zambrano will cast his magic at the mound while new players surface this evening.  The line -up is as follows: Alfanso Soriano LF, Fukudome CF,D-Lee at first, right field Milton Bradley,3rd base Ramirez,2nd base Mike Fontenot,the illustruos catcher Geovany Soto, SS Ryan Theriot, and Z @ the mound. That sounds great right? 

So bring it on 2009, I think that this will be the year of the Cubs!  We have bled blue for so long, and we are ready for Big Z and his team of greats to take it to the ship and culminate in the ticker-tape parade when we take that series and win finally the right to brag!

C’mon Cubs prove me right!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

A-Rod/Roid-Free

A-Rod gave a press conference today at Spring training. He said he made a stupid mistake and he wants to get on with things. He admitted that for a time in 2003 he took banned substances with his cousin.  He took what he called as Bolla and he did not even think he did it right. He got only an energy boost from this.  A-Rod states that he has had a tough year this year. He had a divorce and the the tabloid papers had been exceptionally rough on him. He had been linked to singer Madonna for some time. Once he was labled a liar and now he’s just very remorseful.

A-Rod states that he wants to just get on with things, and that he knows that he has got earn back trust in the way fans feel about him, and earn the trust of all of his teammates. H claims that he hopes after  some time has gone by his team mates and fans will see that he has a lot of baseball left to play in him.

Well I hope that he is right. But one thing is for sure, A-Rod cheapened baseball by yet one more notch for all of us hardcore fans. Once again baseball is labeled with having cheaters for players and managers for co-dpendants and owners for turning the other cheek. As the reins get tighter, and more and more come out of the woodwork, who knows ?If we have to accept what A-Rod says as the final word,I guess we will all accept most anything. Let’s face it, everyone has a liking for A-Rod period. He’s so likable, we feel bad for him!  T he sport press  loves him too.  Lets hope that the next month or so will go well and Baseball will have an unstained opening day. And hopefully all of us true baseball fans will be able to enjoy a great season of “real” baseball.

 

Forget those balloon arm muscles, inflated egos, and unbelievable home run stats. Let’s play ball without the messy garbage!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Chicago Cubs, The Fat Lady Sings

 I sit and ponder the wonderous “North-side” boys of summer and their fabulous winning season and record. The sounds of the ball connecting with the bat and flying into the stands for yet another long ball home run, tears of blue stream down my face!

The team could not do it, they didn’t pull through; we did not win a world series and whats more we(Cubs Fans) did not make it out of playoffs round one! Ugh!  The wise always say: If it seems to good to be true, it is! Yeah well it was.

It sure felt good to have the feeling for awhile there that we had the winner right here, in our midst. Dreaming of the headlines stating that the Cubs were just too hard to beat! That these guys would not give up and that they were relentless.The streets would be jam-packed and full with fans. The hometown boys riding in a ticker-tape parade, like the other Chicago teams of near past, The Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and last but not least the dynasty winning Chicago Bulls. Gosh, how exciting that could have all been. Well we can bleed blue forever and still go on. I will.

The revamped Bears and now the revamped Chicago Black Hawks Hockey will pack the house and bring home the Superbowl and Stanley Cup respectively, right?

We can always hope. Good Luck fans of baseball and other, I’ll still watch next year until the fat lady sings!

Just my thoughts, Just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Big Z and his No-No !!

Hey all you baseball fans out there, Carlos Zambrano pitched his first No-No!  Yes, Yes ! A great milestone for a pitcher that has been known to have a somewhat short fuse. We have witnessed big Z in the dugout on countless occasions, throwing things around, swearing, and slamming things down.  Tisk, Tisk Big Z that’s not nice!  I know that you can’t tell that I am the worlds’ greatest Cubs fan around! I am so happy they are doing well this year. And now with Zambrano and his no-no, the best around in the league. Here’s to hoping that Big Z will be ever so humble as now he knows so many look up to him now. And kids are now idolizing him. I was once sitting by a dugout on my sons travel team and we were in Ohmaha and I could not believe that the kids on the oposing side were swearing, and throwing things around, similar to what they saw on TV. It has become an accepted practice. As long as the kid does not throw something out onto the field or throws his helmet in disgust on the field, the umps can’t kick them out of the game!  We Will see. Here’s to hoping we will never ever see Big Z through another punch at a teammate again, and try to set an example for the young leaguers who are watching him.  

Signed, The greatest Cubs fan ever!

Mary Caliendo

Hello World!

Go ahead make my day! Blog with me I dare you! I’m inviting you to blog with me about everything and anything current or past. It can be political or not. It can be sane or insane, edgy or not, new or old, happy (I hope) or sad. You go! Let it roll, but always remember, a conversational tone!

Just my thoughts,Just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone

Mary Caliendo