Cub Ticket Lawsuit Fever—Catch It!

So maybe you and a group of acquaintances divvy up some Cubs season tickets. Now that the boys are going to the playoffs and playing an as-yet-undetermined number of games at Wrigley, what do you do? What else—you sue!

The Tribune offers this story about litigious Cub fans, including Laurence Wright, a Northbrook businessman who is sick of getting ground under the heel of The Man...even when The Man is an 84-year-old with heart and hip problems.


Mets 7, Iowa 6...


+1 TCR

+1 TCR

What is this... BCB?

God, no.

there's the rundown...

if Phils, Mets, Brewers are tied, then Phils play Mets on Monday for the East and loser goes to Milwaukee on Tuesday to decide the wild card.

I don't think it matters much for the Cubs, I mean the Rockies did alright playing a tiebreaker last year.

More importantly is that the races are still open on Sunday as all 3 teams have their aces scheduled (Hamels, Sabathia and Johan).

slight discrep. Either NY or Philly would Host Milwaukee on Tuesday.

via Rotoworld

Mark DeRosa was spotted "wearing a boot and limping around the clubhouse" on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a strained left calf.

Manager Lou Piniella said DeRosa will be out for the rest of the regular season and we're thinking he might not be available for the entire National League Division Series.

I think the boot is pretty common these days and speeds up healing (paging Cubster), so don't completely freak out.


The initial word was a minor calf strain, indicating muscle injury to the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) which attach to the achilles tendon. We've been through this before with Soriano and ARam but there are more minor versions of this meaning missing just a few days or a week.

The boot is also called a cam-walker brace. The brace has a rounded bottom (or rocker bottom) which rolls instead of putting the foot flat (which normal shoes do) in an attempt to lessen the strain on the achilles tendon (therefore lessening the strain on the calf muscles). This brace is removable and is very commonly used for a wide range of injuries including calf strains, ankle sprains and hairline fractures in the foot and ankle.

I wouldn't think using such a brace excludes him from being ready by next wednesday. I'm sure he's getting alot of therapy from the trainers as a minor strain might be the lingo one step above a cramp and one step below a grade 1 injury (although by definition if it's a minor strain it is a grade 1 injury). Unless we hear that they are going to use an MRI to look at it further, I'll assume they think he still day-to-day-to-day...until it's finally today.

It will be more clear how things are going wrt DeRosa by monday.

You can get your own on eBay for $61.99 (and see if DeRo will autograph it, then...well, use your imagination)

named game 1 starter for Dodgers if we play them

likely Billingsley and then Kuroda

Lou wants to get Z some more innings before the playoffs, might pitch in relief for a few innings this weekend.

I just checked run differentials for the first time in, well, a while. It's pretty amazing. Cubs at +186, Brewers at +59. The only other NL team above 100 is Philly at +109. Boston is down 2 games to the Rays but has a 60pt higher differential (165-105).

I don't really have a point, I just thought I'd share that.

Also, it'd really suck to lose DeRosa.

Without Dero, facing a lefty:

Johnson CF
Edmonds RF (yup0


That is probably pretty accurate, though I would guess Edmonds plays CF and Johnson plays RF.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see Fontenot get some PT against a LHP if DeRosa can't go, though I would rather see Cedeno.

if DeRosa can't go, it'll be Fukudome in right...Edmonds has done even less than him vs. lefties and is a worse defender.

Cedeno's been worse vs. lefties than righties, hope he doesn't play an inning. I'd rather see Fontenot at 2b. 


Wow. I'm with you Rob. I take it back. I knew Edmonds wasn't playing well against lefties but Fuku's numbers are

a. respectable against lefites .276 .371 .354
b. better than against righties .252 .355 .382

What are Hoffpauer's splits? I'm guessing he can't, but if he can hit all lefties like Rincon, I like him better than Fukudome!

not that you'd want to put 8 Ozzie Smith's out there, but I think defense is a little more important in the playoffs if it's not a ridiculous offensive advantage.

All his struggles, Fukudome's still managed a .371 OBP vs lefties and no real significant split. Hell, even if DeRosa is healthy, I'd rather see him out there in RF and DeRosa at 2b.

vs righties and if DeRosa is healthy, I'd like to see DeRosa in RF and Fontenot at 2b.

and I want to see Ronny Cedeno eaten by a rancor. 


Here is a crazy thought...Cubs could easily go Dempster, Harden, Lilly in any combination and use Zambrano in middle relief to possibly bridge the gap for Marmol and Wood.

With Z's previous problem with his shoulder he might be experiencing weakness and can't bounce back as fast. He looked great coming off the DL but since then not so much.

I would like to see Zambrano in the rotation but maybe going 2-3 innings in relief at full speed is better help to his team than trying to go 6-7 at 80% or whatever.

I don't know just thinking crazy.

as I mentioned before, the solution is go with Marmol for 2 innings. I hope our starters can make it through six and you couldn't do it on b2b days, but it should be utilized a few times.

i think you go

Cotts/Marshall/Samardzija before the 7th

Marmol and Wood to finish (winning or losing)

save Marquis for extra innings or whomever didn't pitch earlier in the game. 

i"ve been thinking about this.

What we need is our starters to go 7 innings. Plain and simple. If these guys are as good as advertised, then they should be able to do that.

A 6 inning outing is just not good enough to me.

more worried about a Harden or Z 5-inning special than going seven. I see no reason why Marmol can't go 2 innings or Kerry for that matter. I'd have to look at the schedule again, but I don' think they ever play more than 2 games in a row.

Obviously there's a lot of factors involved in that, but I just hope Lou's not binded to the one pitcher, one inning bullpen usage theory. 

2 innings is a good idea, but I cant help thinking that we will need Marmol and Wood in each game.

I really dont want to see Howry out there in the 9th, or at all for that matter.

And I'll admit that MikeC's idea about using Z in middle relief has crossed my mind more than once in the last month.

the harden/z 5 inning special is what i'm talking about. If we can expect 2 start (or more) like that per series, I don't like our chances.

We need strong starting pitching that goes 7 innings to win.

I like AZ Phil's idea of putting Dempster into the pen after game one. With the two off days, the game two starter would be pitching game five on the usual four days rest. (Okay, four days is not that usual for Harden.)

Even if Dempster is only available in the pen for games four and five, he improves it tremendously. I'm not sure of the NLCS schedule, but he could probably still make two starts in that series.

Lou said he wanted Dempster to start Game 5, home start and all if it gets there. he might be available for a couple innings in Game 3 and well everyone is available if the Cubs are facing elimination.

Dempster, Harden, Marmol, and Wood in game 5.

I like the sound of that, if necessary.

hardy (mysterious hand injury) is in the lineup for MIL tonight as of right now...

hurt himself celebrating after Braun's HR last night...

"We'll give [Kosuke] Fukudome a little work at second," Piniella said. "He was an infielder."

The Japanese media around Piniella looked at each other.

"No, no -- I'm just joking," he said.

and it looks like my hopes of Howry not making the roster are pretty slim...
"I've been resting Bob as much as I can, trying to get him as strong as we possibly can," Piniella said. "Hopefully, it works. I like Bob. He's a no-excuse guy, and goes out there and pitches and does the best he can. I have all the respect in the world for him. He's had some struggles, but nobody is immune from that.

"I like his experience, too. Notice I've been pitching [Jeff] Samardzija as much as I can in late-inning situations to get a real good feel for that. He's holding his own. It's not the easiest thing in the world for a young guy pitching in these type of situations."

NLDS roster shaping up to be:
C - Soto, Blanco
INF - Lee, Ward, Hoffpauir, DeRosa, Fontenot, Cedeno, Ramirez, Theriot
OF - Edmonds, Soriano, Johnson, Fukudome

SP - Z, Harden, Lilly, Dempster
RP - Wood, Marmol, Samardzija, Cotts, Marshall, Marquis, Howry

In Lou's defense ERA is a pretty new metric and really may not be an accurate measure of his worth as a relief pitcher. The only way to really know how effective he'll be is to send him out there in the playoffs with the game on the line and see.

Some jokes hurt more than others.

that fuku thing is funny as hell.

just in, the starters have been announced for the playoffs


feel free to talk amongst yourselves

btw in that order as well

Game 1 - Dempster
Game 2 - Z
Game 3 - Harden
Game 4 - Lilly

I like Z pitching Game 2...if we win game 1.
If we lose game 1, the pressure could be enough to make his head explode.

I would have prefered to flip Z and Harden...but I guess having Z pitch at home where he could have a little more support and less stress, could be a good thing.


Game 1 last year. One of the most pressure packed games he has ever pitch and he was great.

Could have gone the distance if not for our moron manager who decided to save him for a game that i'm still waiting for.

Chad. It's 2008.

Z has been awful in 8 of his last 9 starts...and has given up 13ER in the last 6.1 innings (including 2 Grand Slams). Last year he went into the playoffs with a hot September. This year he is going into the playoffs with 2 of his worst starts in his career.

Do I think Z is capable of dominating. Yes. Absolutely, and boy do I hope he does. But fact is, I don't know what were going to get from Z, and I think I could count on him more with a 1-0 lead then down 1-0 in a must win game.

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  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 1 min 11 sec ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 24 min 51 sec ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 37 min 6 sec ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 6 hours 41 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 7 hours 49 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 10 hours 48 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 11 hours 1 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness... can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • Thank you for your answer.


    Tito 11 hours 12 min ago view
  • bless your heart.

    crunch 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • I don't recall you answering my question about quantifying how it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this season, apart from one guy scoring on a sac fly. Can you direct me to your answer? Thanks.


    Tito 11 hours 17 min ago view