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GoSox2K3
05-24-2006, 09:55 AM
More Cubune spin to make the Cubs look good and AJ look like the bad guy in the brawl. Paul Sullivan is unbelievable. Look at this tripe:

Barrett became an instant folk hero for clocking someone many perceive as one of the most arrogant players in baseball, and he deserves nothing but praise from long-suffering Cubs fans for standing up for himself and his team
Pierzynski, the WWE wannabe, appeared more interested in making himself look like a tough guy, which apparently is why he stepped toward Barrett in the first place. There's a good reason he has been controversial in every clubhouse he ever has been in: It's all about A.J., all the time.

He also says AJ's "Why Me?" act has grown tiresome. *****. :angry:

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/cs-060523cubssullivan,1,5006358.story?coll=cs-cubs-headlines

Uncle_Patrick
05-24-2006, 09:57 AM
Hardly unexpected from the Cubs beat writer.

jdm2662
05-24-2006, 09:59 AM
You can't really expect nothing else, especially since Sullivan was told he was too negative towards the Cubs... Not that it wouldn't do any good in this case.

PaulDrake
05-24-2006, 10:04 AM
Man was that awful or what? I can practically see Sullivan's tears streaming down on his keyboard. Where's George Knue when you really need him? To think that some say Hangar overstates the case. Hell, not when writers er I mean hacks write pathetic pap like this. Memo to Sullivan and anyone else who pretends to care about baseball: It doesn't matter if AJ Pierzynski is everything you say he is. It wouldn't have mattered if it was Barry Bonds himself who bowled over sissy Michael Barrett at the plate. What he did was childish and bush league and he deserves a big suspension. Hangar you are right. The sports media in Chicago is beyond pathetic.

Dan Mega
05-24-2006, 10:10 AM
What is really sad about this is that ONLY the Chicago media is defending Barrett. They continually make themselves look like fools when the national media said what Barrett did was stupid. Even most of the guys at ESPN thinks he should get 30 games from it and AJ did nothing.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 10:12 AM
More Cubune spin to make the Cubs look good and AJ look like the bad guy in the brawl. Paul Sullivan is unbelievable. Look at this tripe:




He also says AJ's "Why Me?" act has grown tiresome. *****. :angry:

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/cs-060523cubssullivan,1,5006358.story?coll=cs-cubs-headlines



Remember Folks. Paul Sullivan was called to the Principals office very very recently, and was given a Propoganda-Beatdown by Andy McPhail & Jim Hendry. Paul Sullivan has no choice but to write this kind of stuff, no matter how wrong the piece is.
What a bunch of Garbage

samram
05-24-2006, 10:15 AM
I almost wonder if Sullivan did this tongue-in-cheek- make it so over the top that it looks like it was written for him.

He does go on to say this:

Only four people were arrested at the Cell over the weekend, but it only takes one idiot at Wrigley to create another ugly incident, as evidenced by the ball-throwing bleacherite who nearly hit Jacque Jones in the head during a recent night game.

The Cubs did a masterful job of stonewalling reporters over that incident. No one except manager Dusty Baker was available to discuss it, even though a security official addressed the team the next day in a closed-door meeting.

Cubs security officials were ordered to keep quiet, and to this day no one knows why a fan was able to throw a baseball at a player and not be held accountable for her action. Baker's explanation that the fan was simply drunk and oblivious—unable to distinguish the difference between throwing back an opponent's home run ball and throwing a ball at a Cubs player—was particularly weak.

This has been one of the Cubs' worst months ever on and off the field.

Who knows? The problem for the Trib is that there's any question at all.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 10:15 AM
The Tribune is in FULL-CUBPOGANDA MODE today. What a horse-**** newspaper they are. So this is what State-run Newspapers are like .......

daveeym
05-24-2006, 10:17 AM
I don't think it was that bad. It almost appeared as if it was painful for him to write. He clearly says Barrett was in the wrong and he makes the fans look like fools if anything. He gave a decent little follow up on trixiegate at the end about how the Cubs white washed it, held a team/organizational meeting on the situation and told everyone to zip up about it.

QCIASOXFAN
05-24-2006, 10:18 AM
I guess when your team blows ass and your the beat writer, you have to try to find out a positive somewhere.

SOXPHILE
05-24-2006, 10:18 AM
I was waiting for this one. "Punch was bad, stance was not" ??! "Showed spirit" !!?? BWAAA HAA HAAA HAA HAAA !!! This article is a steaming pile of....(something you'd find in a barnyard). Hey Sullivan, A.J.'s act has grown tiresome ? How about listing all the actions of your hero Cub catcher's transgressions over the past 3 seasons ? In each and every one, he's shown himself not to be firey, but a whiny lil' crybaby, who's actions have hurt his team. (See, Roy Oswalt, 2004) (See crying about the announcers, 2004) (See, crying about the Cardinal announcers, 2005) (See, sassing Dave Roberts, 2006) Spirit ? Is this the same spirit that led him to blow a game for them against the Phillies last August when he was running a guy back to third and inexplicably threw it, thus allowing the baserunner to turn back and race home for the winning run ? Maybe he could use some of that "spirit" to try and throw out a basestealer once in a while. Is this "spirit" what he uses to fire up his team & get them going ? I wonder if it's working. Let me look...hmmm...Cubs are 9 GAMES UNDER .500 ??!! Oh my !

daveeym
05-24-2006, 10:21 AM
I almost wonder if Sullivan did this tongue-in-cheek- make it so over the top that it looks like it was written for him.

He does go on to say this:



Who knows? The problem for the Trib is that there's any question at all. Yeah it appears that he's getting his digs in on the cubs while also towing the "company line" by comparing to the Sox. I would have liked him to point out the difference how the Sox take security serious by arresting and prosecuting out of control fans while the cubs do nothing. I think he wanted to but couldn't bring himself to do it. He may be moving on in the near future.

SOXSINCE'70
05-24-2006, 10:29 AM
The Tribune is in FULL-CUBPOGANDA MODE today.

Hey,Hangar,when the **** aren't they in that mode??:angry:

But hey,the above mentioned bums have only lost
17 OF THEIR LAST 21 GAMES. They'll be back
in the division hunt shortly.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

**** THE sCrUB-Une and their piece of ****
sports writers!!!!

Note to mods: Sorry for the obscenities. This one sided love affair
with the North side losers is frustrating.

Ol' No. 2
05-24-2006, 10:31 AM
What else did you expect Sullivan to talk about, the fact that they're in danger of getting swept by the Marlins?

rocky biddle
05-24-2006, 10:32 AM
Expect more articles like this in the next few days. I'm surprised we haven't gotten a tribune expose of John Mabry's side of the story. "I was just trying to be the peacemaker and all of a sudden these thugs attacked me. They were just trying to hurt somebody."

Anything to make the Sox appear at fault. Maybe we should just call this kind of thing 'Blue Journalism' from now on.

tebman
05-24-2006, 10:37 AM
Against my better judgement, I clicked on the link and read Sullivan's piece. It was a something-for-everyone essay, in which he did a complete lap around all the points of view. To paraphrase:

Barrett is to be praised for showing some spirit -- after all he's been through with a bad team, of course he's going to snap.
And A.J. had it coming! Why, everybody knows that the only reason A.J.'s in the big leagues is because he made himself into a wrestling star; his .330+ batting average or his record-setting errorless inning streak are irrelevant to Barrett's level of annoyance.
But Sullivan's not saying hitting A.J. was the right thing to do -- oh, no! Good thing the Sox have arranged extra security when the Sox go to Wrigley Field, because the Cubs didn't handle the baseball-from-the-bleachers incident very well.
But in summary, good Tribune readers, Barrett is undeserving of the opprobrium that he's received. This man's case moves me deeply! Your honor, my client was provoked by an undeserving team that dared to track up the new carpet in the World Series suite! The horror, the horror!Give me an everlovin' break. Then they feature this piece (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-0605240232may24,1,2471977.story?coll=chi-sportsnew-hed), which reprints a poll showing that A.J. is the player that other players would most like to see get "beaned." Nice touch.

Just win, baby.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 10:40 AM
Yeah it appears that he's getting his digs in on the cubs while also towing the "company line" by comparing to the Sox. I would have liked him to point out the difference how the Sox take security serious by arresting and prosecuting out of control fans while the cubs do nothing. I think he wanted to but couldn't bring himself to do it. He may be moving on in the near future.

McPhail :angry: and Hendry :angry: are furious and livid right now, you can imagine.

McPhail: What the **** do you think your doing?
Sullivan: I submitted the story you wrote
McPhail: You know ****** damn ******* well what the **** im talking about!!!!
Sullivan: (sheepish scared look)
McPhail: You submitted my Barrett-is-Great story, but then you put in the Trixie ****** gate INFO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hendry: (lunges across table towards Sullivan) You Son of a *****
(Papers scatter, chairs tip over, glasses break-Staffers Restrain Hendry)
McPhail: I'll show you a cheap shot (Throws HAYMAKER-Slugs Sullivan, KO'ing him to the boardroom floor-Sullivan is dazed
Hendry: (hits Sullivan with souvenir Cub WildCard Champs helmet in face)
McPhail: remember who signs your paycheck .......
Hendry: You ungrateful son of a *****
McPhail: Take it easy Jim, we took care of this
Hendry: This guy couldve ruined us!!!!

viagracat
05-24-2006, 10:41 AM
I guess now that Sullivan has attended the Cubune Charm School, his work will become WSI "road food" like Moronotti's already is...:cool:

SoxFan78
05-24-2006, 10:46 AM
But at least Barrett stood up for himself, his team and a moribund franchise that needs a few more players with a bit of fight in them.

Barrett stood up for himself??? *****! He was blocking the plate and got knocked over. HE THREW THE PUNCH!!! AJ did nothing wrong that play, and got clocked for it, but Barrett is "standing up for himself"??

Some of these sports writers in Chicago need a reality check really fast!

Chip Z'nuff
05-24-2006, 10:47 AM
Didn't this happen 4 days ago? Way to keep us informed of breaking news sullivan

Irishsox1
05-24-2006, 10:47 AM
I don't know what I found more disturbing about the article, Sullivan writing that Barrett should get a standing ovation for throwing a cheap shot, the Cubs/Tribune Corp covering up a drunk underage girl throwing a baseball at Jones or that the Cubs/Tribune Corp is still writing about Barrett when the Cubs just lost two in a row to the Marilins, a team that was 3 and 14 at home!

I want to thank George Kune for coming on this board and pointing out that on the whole we're (WSI) on the same level as a bunch of Kennedy conspircy nuts, but I find this article to be oozing with a lack of journalistic integrity. For christs sakes....applaud Barrett!! That reminds me, I'm going to write an article that Sox fans should applaud Soloman Torres for beaming Sosa in the head. "Whether he was write or wrong, Torres became an instant folk-hero for clocking someone many percive as one of the most arrogant players in baseball, and Torres deserves nothing but praise from long suffering Sox fans."

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 10:49 AM
McPhail: (reaches in pocket, slips brass knuckles on hands)
I think its payback time
Suit1: Andrew, what are you doing man, take it easy, were putting all the propoganda out we can
McPhail: Get the SunTimes on the line ........... you tell those hillbilly sons of ******* they better get with the Program too .............
(looks at stunned suits) What the **** are you guys looking at??!!!!!!
Get me dirt on AJ ......YESTERDAY! I want DMV records, I want stuff from his college, get me the **** NOW (Slaps college-student intern in face)
You want some of this too? Get to ****** work, I want that Mabry Humanitarian Piece pushed to Tomorrow ....YOU GOT IT?
Hendry: (slaps SOX hat off of another staffer) You wear this again, Im gonna make you eat the **** for lunch. Try me!

Chip Z'nuff
05-24-2006, 10:49 AM
Someone should let sullivan know about the plan to build a new comiskey park as well.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 11:07 AM
I don't know what I found more disturbing about the article, Sullivan writing that Barrett should get a standing ovation for throwing a cheap shot, the Cubs/Tribune Corp covering up a drunk underage girl throwing a baseball at Jones or that the Cubs/Tribune Corp is still writing about Barrett when the Cubs just lost two in a row to the Marilins, a team that was 3 and 14 at home!

I want to thank George Kune for coming on this board and pointing out that on the whole we're (WSI) on the same level as a bunch of Kennedy conspircy nuts, but I find this article to be oozing with a lack of journalistic integrity. For christs sakes....applaud Barrett!! That reminds me, I'm going to write an article that Sox fans should applaud Soloman Torres for beaming Sosa in the head. "Whether he was write or wrong, Torres became an instant folk-hero for clocking someone many percive as one of the most arrogant players in baseball, and Torres deserves nothing but praise from long suffering Sox fans."

I know this is the 3rd time in less than a week, that the MEDIA has called for Cub fans to BOO/CHEER. Like SHEEP they will do so

SOXPHILE
05-24-2006, 11:13 AM
McPhail: (reaches in pocket, slips brass knuckles on hands)
I think its payback time
Suit1: Andrew, what are you doing man, take it easy, were putting all the propoganda out we can
McPhail: Get the SunTimes on the line ........... you tell those hillbilly sons of ******* they better get with the Program too .............
(looks at stunned suits) What the **** are you guys looking at??!!!!!!
Get me dirt on AJ ......YESTERDAY! I want DMV records, I want stuff from his college, get me the **** NOW (Slaps college-student intern in face)
You want some of this too? Get to ****** work, I want that Mabry Humanitarian Piece pushed to Tomorrow ....YOU GOT IT?
Hendry: (slaps SOX hat off of another staffer) You wear this again, Im gonna make you eat the **** for lunch. Try me!

HA HA HA HA HA !! Only thing wrong with this scenario is McPhail would be doing ALOT less punching, and ALOT more sissy slapping. Sullivan would defend himself by throwing his pen back at him. McPhail would become enraged at this and start stammering angrily. Then he would pick up his bottle of Perrier and in a blind rage..SQUIRT IT AT SULLIVAN ! Oh the horror ! Threats about Sullivans job would follow, then, in a tizzy, he would run out of the room, tears streaming down his face, yelling "Don't you ever write any naughty things about my Cubbies ever again !" Then, he would retire to his yacht and comfort himself with his yum yums,-caviar, champaign and Baked Alaska.

MadetoOrta
05-24-2006, 11:13 AM
Again, my position is we cut and paste Hangar's analyses and email blast local and national media re the cubune bias until someone or some media outfit has the balls to confront the cubune. Short of that, we're a minor annoyance.

By the way, anyone notice that AJ's teams seem to ALWAYS be in the thick of pennant races? From the game winning jack against the LAD, Game 2 of the ALCS and the smash off Oswalt in Game 3, AJ played as big a role as anyone in bringing the WS title to Chicago. Maybe that's why he annoys cub fans. Finally, there's value to having a player on your team like AJ - he takes the media spotlight off of others [Garland] who are struggling.

Uncle_Patrick
05-24-2006, 11:19 AM
(Slaps college-student intern in face)
You want some of this too? Get to ****** work, I want that Mabry Humanitarian Piece pushed to Tomorrow ....YOU GOT IT?
Hendry: (slaps SOX hat off of another staffer) You wear this again, Im gonna make you eat the **** for lunch. Try me!

Priceless....:cool:

1951Campbell
05-24-2006, 11:20 AM
I almost wonder if Sullivan did this tongue-in-cheek- make it so over the top that it looks like it was written for him.

Who knows? The problem for the Trib is that there's any question at all.

I kind of think he's doing some sort of Solomonic splitting of the baby. He spews a bunch of pure drivel about AJ, but I can't imagine that bringing up Trixiegate yet again is what MacPhail and Hendry had in mind. Stirring up Trixiegate doesn't seem "sufficiently biased" for a "house organ," does it now?

Mickster
05-24-2006, 11:24 AM
http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:elC3IG15KkSJTM:http://www.pwasoh.com/media/war_protest_signs/image014.thumb.jpg

PaulDrake
05-24-2006, 11:26 AM
I kind of think he's doing some sort of Solomonic splitting of the baby. He spews a bunch of pure drivel about AJ, but I can't imagine that bringing up Trixiegate yet again is what MacPhail and Hendry had in mind. Stirring up Trixiegate doesn't seem "sufficiently biased" for a "house organ," does it now? So maybe he's doing their bidding and attempting to salvage some of his journalistic integrity at the same time? I'd hate to have to work under those circumstances. Than again, perhaps he's just a hack and this is his idea of being objective. In any case, any writer who attempts in any way to justify Barrett's little boy hissy fit loses credibility with me.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 11:27 AM
.................... but I can't imagine that bringing up Trixiegate yet again is what MacPhail and Hendry had in mind. Stirring up Trixiegate doesn't seem "sufficiently biased" for a "house organ," does it now?


Thats why McPhail sucker-punched him this morning in the Trib offices.
Hendry was awesome, breaking the souvenir "Cub WildCard Champions" helmet over Sullivans passed-out head ............

MarySwiss
05-24-2006, 11:29 AM
Well, that was some bunch of crap.

And on a slight hijack, being back in Chicago these two weeks, I had the displeasure of once or twice inadvertently switching to the Score when Murphy was on. I had forgotten just how supremely bad he is! :o:

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 11:38 AM
Suit#2: Andy, we've got another problem
McPhail: What? Now ****** what?!!!!
Suit#1: The Girl
McPhail: What about the stupid little *****?
Suit#1: Were getting word that some newspaper out of Florida might know her identity, and theyre sending people here to expose her and us.
Hendry: I told you we shouldve taken care of that little ***** when
we had the chance !!!!! Son of a ***** !!!!!!!!!!! Were gonna get Exposed Andy! I told you!
McPhail: *****!
Suit2: You want us to go ahead with the plan?
McPhail: Lets do this. You (points to Suit1) Get the info and change her birth certificate and drivers license. Make sure it says shes 25 !!!!
McPhail: You (points to suit2) Get to her parents place and you guys wait til she gets out of class, and GET HER OUT OF HERE
Suit2: For how long?
McPhail: I dont give a flying ****, just get her the **** out of town!!
the heats to high right now !!!
Hendry: I think I know who here leaked this ...........
McPhail: Jim, let me take care of this, I dont need you pulling a Barrett on me here and getting involved. I need you far away from all of this you got it!!!
Where is that MABRY PIECE? Does anybody work around this ******place!!!!!!!?????
Hendry: (Slaps Suit2) You do this right this time (lunges at Sullivan again-but breaks table-but is restrained by staffers)

buehrle4cy05
05-24-2006, 11:51 AM
Bull****. There is no such thing as a positive story for the Cubs. They have one of the worst records in baseball and have lost two straight to Florida. What is there that's good to report? This Barrett thing is straight bull****. Unbelievabe.:angry:

SOXPHILE
05-24-2006, 11:59 AM
Well, that was some bunch of crap.

And on a slight hijack, being back in Chicago these two weeks, I had the displeasure of once or twice inadvertently switching to the Score when Murphy was on. I had forgotten just how supremely bad he is! :o:

Are you o.k. ? Have you're ears and brain recovered ? What remedies did you use ?

russ99
05-24-2006, 12:04 PM
Again, my position is we cut and paste Hangar's analyses and email blast local and national media re the cubune bias until someone or some media outfit has the balls to confront the cubune. Short of that, we're a minor annoyance.

By the way, anyone notice that AJ's teams seem to ALWAYS be in the thick of pennant races? From the game winning jack against the LAD, Game 2 of the ALCS and the smash off Oswalt in Game 3, AJ played as big a role as anyone in bringing the WS title to Chicago. Maybe that's why he annoys cub fans. Finally, there's value to having a player on your team like AJ - he takes the media spotlight off of others [Garland] who are struggling.

Hmm, this got me to thinking. Why can't we create our own press releases to counteract all the "Anti-Sox"/"Fill the Urinal seats with suckers" dreck that the Cubune spews forth. As I recall, some soccer supporter's groups in England have done something like this...

rocky biddle
05-24-2006, 12:11 PM
Suit#2: Andy, we've got another problem
McPhail: What? Now ****** what?!!!!
Suit#1: The Girl
McPhail: What about the stupid little *****?
Suit#1: Were getting word that some newspaper out of Florida might know her identity, and theyre sending people here to expose her and us.
Hendry: I told you we shouldve taken care of that little ***** when
we had the chance !!!!! Son of a ***** !!!!!!!!!!! Were gonna get Exposed Andy! I told you!
McPhail: *****!
Suit2: You want us to go ahead with the plan?
McPhail: Lets do this. You (points to Suit1) Get the info and change her birth certificate and drivers license. Make sure it says shes 25 !!!!
McPhail: You (points to suit2) Get to her parents place and hang up some White Sox stuff. Make sure every story from now on says she's a Sox fan.
Hendry: I think I know who here leaked this ...........
McPhail: Jim, let me take care of this, I dont need you pulling a Barrett on me here and getting involved. I need you far away from all of this you got it!!!
Where is that MABRY PIECE? Does anybody work around this ******place!!!!!!!?????
Hendry: (Slaps Suit2) You do this right this time (lunges at Sullivan again-but breaks table-but is restrained by staffers)

Fixed it for ya.

samram
05-24-2006, 12:12 PM
I kind of think he's doing some sort of Solomonic splitting of the baby. He spews a bunch of pure drivel about AJ, but I can't imagine that bringing up Trixiegate yet again is what MacPhail and Hendry had in mind. Stirring up Trixiegate doesn't seem "sufficiently biased" for a "house organ," does it now?

I agree, that's why I quoted some of the other stuff in that article- the pieces in the first post of the thread were misleading regarding the tone of the article. It's almost as if Sullivan's saying "Here's what you want me to say" and then pulls a switcheroo and tells the Trib (and the readers) that they have no grounds to really say anything bad about AJ because their own house is not close to being in order.

Again, the problem is that there's a question as to his state of mind at all.

BainesHOF
05-24-2006, 12:16 PM
Paul Sullivan has lost my respect. The Tribune lost it a long time ago. Why anyone would buy the Tribune anymore is beyond me. There are plenty of other options, namely the Daily Herald, Sun-Times and Southtown.

MarySwiss
05-24-2006, 12:19 PM
Are you o.k. ? Have you're ears and brain recovered ? What remedies did you use ?

Yep, I'm fine. I instinctively hit the FM button as soon as I realized what I was listening to! :D:

Scottiehaswheels
05-24-2006, 12:20 PM
bet the guy over at www.cubune.com (http://www.cubune.com) is having fun with this.... I know the guy that does it isn't you Hangar.... whom could it be though?

GoSox2K3
05-24-2006, 12:26 PM
bet the guy over at www.cubune.com (http://www.cubune.com) is having fun with this.... I know the guy that does it isn't you Hangar.... whom could it be though?

Hey, I didn't know this site existed. Some of the folks here were talking about starting up a website based on our "predict the Cubune headlines" thread. Is this it?

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 12:27 PM
bet the guy over at www.cubune.com (http://www.cubune.com) is having fun with this.... I know the guy that does it isn't you Hangar.... whom could it be though?


LET THE TRUTH RING FREE .....................

Scottiehaswheels
05-24-2006, 12:29 PM
LET THE TRUTH RING FREE .....................:D: Thought you might like that....

itsnotrequired
05-24-2006, 12:30 PM
LET THE TRUTH RING FREE .....................

*cue image of a shirtless Hangar18 waving a White Sox flag while triumphantly standing atop a pile of flaming Tribune newspapers*

Ol' No. 2
05-24-2006, 12:32 PM
bet the guy over at www.cubune.com (http://www.cubune.com) is having fun with this.... I know the guy that does it isn't you Hangar.... whom could it be though?Henry, when did you change your name to Jeff McMahon?

Edit: That site just got added to my bookmarks. :thumbsup:

DrCrawdad
05-24-2006, 12:54 PM
I didn't see this mentioned yet, if it was posted already, pardon the repetition although it needs to be said over and over.

Just before the game on Saturday Barrett was on THE SCORE, where he said that maybe the Cubs needed to, "Go out there and STIR SOMETHING UP AND FIGHT SOMEBODY." Has anyone, Sullivan, Kiley, Miles, anyone reported this in a Chicago newspaper? I guess it's irrelevant that the one who threw the first (sucker) punch said that immediately before the game.

Hangar18
05-24-2006, 01:01 PM
I didn't see this mentioned yet, if it was posted already, pardon the repetition although it needs to be said over and over.

Just before the game on Saturday Barrett was on THE SCORE, where he said that maybe the Cubs needed to, "Go out there and STIR SOMETHING UP AND FIGHT SOMEBODY." Has anyone, Sullivan, Kiley, Miles, anyone reported this in a Chicago newspaper? I guess it's irrelevant that the one who threw the first (sucker) punch said that immediately before the game.

Boers & Bernstein have AUDIO of Barrett boasting this, and said they were forwarding this to the Commissioners Office. Bob Watson & Bud Selig are YES men, so they will say they
A: werent aware of a tape or
B: say that AJ mustve said something and that its not all Barretts fault
C: Say that AJ and the SOX had no business tagging up at 3rd knowing the ball wasnt hit that far

SBSoxFan
05-24-2006, 01:03 PM
What is really sad about this is that ONLY the Chicago media is defending Barrett. They continually make themselves look like fools when the national media said what Barrett did was stupid. Even most of the guys at ESPN thinks he should get 30 games from it and AJ did nothing.
check this out:

(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)
Punching Pierzynski wasn't right, but I can understand why Barrett felt the need. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)

:rolleyes:

palehozenychicty
05-24-2006, 01:20 PM
check this out:

(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)
Punching Pierzynski wasn't right, but I can understand why Barrett felt the need. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)

:rolleyes:

:rolling:

dude look like a lost character from "the dick van dyke show".

as for the article, please. if a.j. was on the cubs, he'd be socrates.

MarySwiss
05-24-2006, 01:24 PM
:rolling:

dude look like a lost character from "the dick van dyke show".

as for the article, please. if a.j. was on the cubs, he'd be socrates.

Good one! Someone should tell some of these guys that their credibility might be a little greater if they didn't print their pictures. :tongue:

tebman
05-24-2006, 01:28 PM
:rolling:

as for the article, please. if a.j. was on the cubs, he'd be socrates.

http://www.spaceandmotion.com/Images/books/book-picture-socrates.jpg

"One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him."
- Socrates

Dan H
05-24-2006, 01:34 PM
This was nothing but an insult to our intelligence. Trying to say that AJ was doing something threatening to Barrett is absolute nonsense. Barrett practically tackled him so he could punch him. This article was the worst thing I have seen in the Tribune sports section, and that is saying a lot.

Barrett and the Cubs claim they want this to go away. The best way to put this to rest would have been an apology from Barrett. Instead we get half-apologies and half trying to justify what he did. If they really want this to go away, they'd stop acting like the mopes in Washington and take responsibility for what they did.

The Cubs and the Tribune have sunk to new lows. Their team still tries to depend on a starter who can only go five innings, and their paper thinks it is a propaganda sheet. I have one question left: How can anyone be a Cubs fan? One more: How can anyone want to be a Cubs fan?

maurice
05-24-2006, 01:45 PM
Cubune Propaganda Manual:
- Trixie assaulting Jones = Cubs spirit
- Barrett assaulting AJ = more Cubs spirit

Following this "logic" to its ultimate conclusion, the guy who shot another Cubs fan in front of Wrigley last year is the greatest Cub fan of all time.
:rolleyes:

dickallen15
05-24-2006, 01:54 PM
What really amazes me and shows just how irresponsible the press is in this town, is the way the press praises a person punching another person, using the punchees "reputation", and how it would make several people happy as grounds for a punch. If this happened on the street, Barrett would have gone to jail. Obviously, Cubs brass thinks Sullivan is a jerk, so by his definition, Sullivan himself would have no problem with McFail or Hendry punching his jaw next time they sneak up behind him. Marriotti , who also has a reputation for being a jerk, obviously would endorse Hawk busting his face. That would make a lot of people happy, so it must be alright. I also think Hawk is "God-fearing" so after reading Marriotti, I would guess that means he can do no wrong. The bottom line is if Barrett did this on the street, he would be a criminal. He should be treated as such. Sullivan obviously got the message last week, and likes his job, so instead of sticking up for himself and the truth, he becomes yet another Tribune/Cubs sellout.

maurice
05-24-2006, 01:56 PM
The hackery level of these statements is quite impressive, even by Cubune standards. AJ "appeared more interested in making himself look like a tough guy, which apparently is why he stepped toward Barrett in the first place." Y'know, for a fellow who writes for a living, you'd think that Sullivan would know what the word "apparently" means.

First, AJ never "stepped toward Barrett." That's a lie. AJ tried to step around him, but Barrett jumped in front of AJ, grabbed him with his left arm, swore at him, and then hit him with a limp right hook. Contrary to Dusty's "opinion," the videotape speaks for itself.

Second, the "apparent" reason that AJ walked in that direction was not to "look like a tough guy," but rather to pick up his batting helmet, which was behind Barrett. Again, this is confirmed by the undisputable video evidence in this case.


http://www.dickinson.edu/news/features/2003/baseball/tmf3.jpg (http://www.dickinson.edu/news/features/2003/baseball/mf3.jpg)
"Good boy, Sully. Continue to do my bidding."

spawn
05-24-2006, 02:03 PM
And to think I actually commended Barrett for admitting he made a mistake. Boy do I feel stupid. So Barrett starts crap with Roy Oswalt and Dave Roberts and doesn't get called on it. AJ starts crap with...NO ONE since he's been a member of the White Sox, and he's considered the instigator? In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson...This town needs an enema!

Uncle_Patrick
05-24-2006, 02:08 PM
And to think I actually commended Barrett for admitting he made a mistake. Boy do I feel stupid. So Barrett starts crap with Roy Oswalt and Dave Roberts and doesn't get called on it. AJ starts crap with...NO ONE since he's been a member of the White Sox, and he's considered the instigator? In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson...This town needs an enema!

Yeah, seriously. Sunday, I was thinking, "Ok, Barrett seems remorseful. He realizes he was wrong. I can cut this guy some slack". Oops, nope, looks like I was wrong.

ChiSoxGirl
05-24-2006, 02:25 PM
check this out:

(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)
Punching Pierzynski wasn't right, but I can understand why Barrett felt the need. (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/ethan_trex/05/23/left.field/index.html)

:rolleyes:

From the linked story:

...The replays don't show Pierzynski doing anything to provoke Carlos Zambrano after homering off him on Sunday, although Zambrano surely spent several hours writing a livid 10,000-word e-mail home to Venezuela justifying his side of the story.

So does Zambrano's typing of this 10,000-word e-mail to Venezuela mean he will have arm tightness again? :rolleyes:

SBSoxFan
05-24-2006, 03:41 PM
"Come on ... you guys all want to hit him in the face with a shovel, too."
So how many of you are going to email this chump at SI and explain to him the difference between wanting to knock those cute little glasses off his opie-like face and actually doing it?

I would, but I'm tired of shouting at the sky over this.

Viva Medias B's
05-24-2006, 04:59 PM
Henry's MacPhail/Hendry conversations make the Sopranos seem tame.

TommyJohn
05-24-2006, 06:42 PM
The thing that has bothered me the most about the coverage of this
incident is what has come out of the Sun-Times. Couch and the other
both made comments about the mood of the crowd. One said why did
AJ try to incite a South Side crowd, Couch expressing surprise that
nothing happened with the crowd, perhaps because it was now becoming
Wrigleyfied. Of course, we have read in the media that all Sox fans are
mindless thugs and animals who would relish any excuse to rush the field
and beat down somebody. How could AJ incite the masses like that?

Hello? Do any of these knuckleheads recall all the garbage that has been
thrown on the field at Wrigley? I recall twice in a three game stretch the
fans trashed the outfield with garbage after Dusty got into it with umps.
And the racial taunts the black players hear, and the ball that came at
Jacque Jones. Oh, yeah. Don't start a fight in front of White Sox fans.
Those uncivilized barbarians are capable of anything.

Oh,well. Serves me right for bothering to read their junk.

ode to veeck
05-24-2006, 06:43 PM
After Sillivan's crap on AJ today, I'm ready to use his book for kindling in the fireplace. What the heck has AJ done since he arrived on the southside 1.5 years ago? --- nothing other than to be a day to day hard nosed baseball player. Barrett went after AJ even from the initial contact. I don't see where all the hatred of AJ comes from, as he's done nothing to deserve it since being on the Sox. What a bunch of crap!

I guess this is what McPhail and Tribco are demanding of Sullie and he's giving it to them!

Sullie's integrity just dropped to somewhere between Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco (too small to be measured without a nanometer)

Layla
05-24-2006, 08:10 PM
I truly have to belive that a whole lot of this AJ bashing from the Cubune has to do with the fact that not one member of the Cubs has half the baseball instinct of AJ.

Dropped third strike? Yes idiot, you run to first base. Take the chance.
Catcher blocking the plate? Knock him over and get the run.

It's sad, seriously, that it has come to this. As time goes on I am more postive than ever that our World Series trophy bugs the hell out of them. That the White Sox have 25 players, without egos, to hold each other up. That has to bother the hell out of them. They can talk all they want, but the fact is there is no cohesive in that clubhouse.

DickAllen72
05-24-2006, 10:03 PM
I truly have to belive that a whole lot of this AJ bashing from the Cubune has to do with the fact that not one member of the Cubs has half the baseball instinct of AJ.

Dropped third strike? Yes idiot, you run to first base. Take the chance.
Catcher blocking the plate? Knock him over and get the run.

It's sad, seriously, that it has come to this. As time goes on I am more postive than ever that our World Series trophy bugs the hell out of them. That the White Sox have 25 players, without egos, to hold each other up. That has to bother the hell out of them. They can talk all they want, but the fact is there is no cohesive in that clubhouse.

How about it!

Isn't it funny, that A.J. is "controversial" for running to first on a dropped third strike, being called safe at first after being tagged with an empty mitt, for running over a catcher blocking the plate, and for taking a sucker punch to the jaw and not even retaliating. In every one of these incidents, the only person involved who did the proper thing was A.J.

Also, some people bring up A.J. stepping on Aaron Boone. It is debateable whether or not A.J. could have avoided that. But earlier this year, Cleveland retaliated against A.J. First, he was drilled intentionally. A.J. didn't whine, he just took his base. A few plays later, A.J. was running to third base and Aaron Boone took him out--knocked him off his feet. Boone was called for interference. Once again, A.J. took it all in stride. No whining, no complaining, no sucker punches. All A.J. does is win.

PaleHoseGeorge
05-24-2006, 10:14 PM
I think Paul Sullivan needs to wear a bag on his head for the rest of the season to write this...

But at least Barrett stood up for himself, his team and a moribund franchise that needs a few more players with a bit of fight in them.

... on the very day the Flubs get swept by the Florida Marlins.

Priceless... that guy is a complete dope.

:roflmao:

Mohoney
05-24-2006, 10:51 PM
The "caution, falling poo" graphic can't even begin to describe this peanut-laden nugget of gopher crap.

How can someone with, evidently, no knowledge of baseball be a baseball beat writer?

Perhaps the more substantial question is: How can anyone with half a functioning brain spin this into a "Barrett is sticking up for the little guy", self-propogating fluff piece, and expect ANYONE, even die-hard Cub fans, to fall for it?

This amounts to nothing more than prostitution-in-print.

WSox8404
05-24-2006, 11:10 PM
Does someone have an email link to Sullivan by the way?

rocky biddle
05-25-2006, 07:05 AM
Another hilarious shot at AJ from Sullivan.

No truth to the rumor the water cooler claimed it was only going for its helmet.

Steaming pile of elephant turds (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-0605250221may25,1,7400962.story?coll=chi-sportsnew-hed)

Hitmen77
05-25-2006, 08:25 AM
Does someone have an email link to Sullivan by the way?

psullivan@tribune.com


Unbelievable that he's still taking pot shots at AJ five days later.

Uncle_Patrick
05-25-2006, 08:30 AM
Unbelievable that he's still taking pot shots at AJ five days later.

He probably doesn't want to be bitch-slapped by MacPhail or Hendry. I'm sure that Hangar can re-create their conversations. :D:

DrCrawdad
05-25-2006, 08:34 AM
I think Paul Sullivan needs to wear a bag on his head for the rest of the season to write this...



... on the very day the Flubs get swept by the Florida Marlins.

Priceless... that guy is a complete dope.

:roflmao:

Glad to see that "meeting" with McFail, Hendry, McGrath & Sullivan had no effect whatsoever on Sullivan's writing.

DrCrawdad
05-25-2006, 08:46 AM
He probably doesn't want to be bitch-slapped by MacPhail or Hendry. I'm sure that Hangar can re-create their conversations. :D:
http://www.theheckler.com/public/spec/upload/sullivan-pic-05-05-09.402.jpg
Mr. McPhail, does putting down the White Sox count as
being positive about the Cubs?

http://crawlyscubs.mlblogs.com/crawlys_cub_kingdom/images/cubs_convention_06_002.jpg
Paul, I think that
you've done some
great work lately.
Far be it from me though
to try and influence
your content. Excuse
me I have to head back
to Mt. Olympus.

dickallen15
05-25-2006, 08:48 AM
Barrett's had problems with Oswalt, Roberts, now AJ. Popped off about fighting before this series even began. Maybe its time some of these dopes stopped thinking about AJ's supposed reputation, and started examining the reputation of the guy who sucker-punched him.

Ol' No. 2
05-25-2006, 08:57 AM
Unbelievable that he's still taking pot shots at AJ five days later.The alternative is to report that there are only four worse teams in all of baseball...and one of those teams just swept them.

Hangar18
05-25-2006, 09:18 AM
psullivan@tribune.com


Unbelievable that he's still taking pot shots at AJ five days later.


Im not surprised. Like I tried to say last week for a few days, there was the Potential for a Humongous Scandal over on the north-side with the Trixie throwing the ball at Jones, only to have it passed off as "she thought it was a homerun, and was just throwing the ball back like she always saw on tv".
Anyone outside Chicago knew that was a JOKE, and anyone using that as their defense would be LAUGHED AT, then promptly ARRESTED. That didnt happen, because there was something more Sinister at play here, part of it being an IMAGE the Cubs were very very very very concerned about. Unfortuneately, this stupid Barrett thug incident occurred, and has Deflected the then mounting Criticism of that organization and the very obvious Bias towards the south side baseball team.

Keep Taking SHOTS AT AJ, and hopefully everyone forgets about TRIXIE and hope nobody brings up Jae Kuk Ryu, a guy who should rightfully be getting BOOED if AJ gets booed. Yeah, he has a reputation as a killer of animals

WSox8404
05-25-2006, 10:09 AM
Here is my email to good ole Sully.


Hey Paul isn't it about time to stop taking pot shots at the Sox and A.J. already? Seems like you are the only one who has the opinion that he was intentionally going at Barrett. Even the national media said that it doesn't appear that he was. And we are even talking about ESPN, which over time has shown they hate the Sox as much as your Chicago Cubune. Barrett is a little whiney bitch and you know it. The only reason why you are writing this garbage is because McFail and Hendry called your ass to their office and ripped you a new one for being too negative on all things Cubs. Ever since then, the small amount of credibility you had has gone straight out the window.
You are just like all the other Cub fans. Mindless followers who will do anything the organization wants. Buy scalped tickets from the organization itself? Done. Go along with having the rooftops blocked out by tarps on the bleacher fences? Okay. Pay an insane amount of money to put your name on a dirty brick that came from that dump of a stadium you call Wrigley? Sounds good to me. Hey by the way, where did all of the extra money go from the extra seats put in? Didn't go into payroll. Hmmm. Maybe that would be an intersting story to write about.
What I am basically saying is that you are the Cubs beat writer. Write about them and leave the best team in baseball alone. Hey one more question. How does it feel to get swept by the worst team in Major League Baseball, you know that team who has a total payroll that is less than what Ignoramis Ramirez and Jockstrap Jones make? Sucks doesn't it? Oh well. Things on the South Side couldn't be better. Too bad you aren't their beat writer. At least you wouldn't be threatened by your superiors to fluff them up. We don't need any of that over here.

Hitmen77
05-25-2006, 10:48 AM
Here is my email to good ole Sully.


Hey Paul isn't it about time to stop taking pot shots at the Sox and A.J. already? Seems like you are the only one who has the opinion that he was intentionally going at Barrett. Even the national media said that it doesn't appear that he was. And we are even talking about ESPN, which over time has shown they hate the Sox as much as your Chicago Cubune. Barrett is a little whiney bitch and you know it. The only reason why you are writing this garbage is because McFail and Hendry called your ass to their office and ripped you a new one for being too negative on all things Cubs. Ever since then, the small amount of credibility you had has gone straight out the window.
You are just like all the other Cub fans. Mindless followers who will do anything the organization wants. Buy scalped tickets from the organization itself? Done. Go along with having the rooftops blocked out by tarps on the bleacher fences? Okay. Pay an insane amount of money to put your name on a dirty brick that came from that dump of a stadium you call Wrigley? Sounds good to me. Hey by the way, where did all of the extra money go from the extra seats put in? Didn't go into payroll. Hmmm. Maybe that would be an intersting story to write about.
What I am basically saying is that you are the Cubs beat writer. Write about them and leave the best team in baseball alone. Hey one more question. How does it feel to get swept by the worst team in Major League Baseball, you know that team who has a total payroll that is less than what Ignoramis Ramirez and Jockstrap Jones make? Sucks doesn't it? Oh well. Things on the South Side couldn't be better. Too bad you aren't their beat writer. At least you wouldn't be threatened by your superiors to fluff them up. We don't need any of that over here.

Good e-mail.

Believe it or not, he was the Tribune's Sox beat writer a few years ago. He was constantly trashing the team. Bringing up attendance, calling Sox Park the worst stadium in the league, etc. He was brutal.

maurice
05-25-2006, 11:55 AM
In addition to the undisputed videotape evidence proving that Sullivan is full of ****, AJ had no motive to try to bump into Barrett. AJ had no personal animosity against him. They always were friendly with one another in the past. Plus, even if he hated Barrett, AJ had just hit Barrett full force and knocked him on his candy ass in the context of the game. There's no rational or irrational reason for AJ to try to hit him a second time, much much softer than the first time.

The only person with a motive to start a physical altercation was Barrett, and that is exactly what he did. His motive was two-fold and evidenced by his statements: (1) to fire up his team (that worked great), and (2) because he was POed that he just got clobbered when he didn't have the ball. He did it right after he told a radio station that it was a good way to fire up the team. He did it right after he told AJ "I didn't have the ball, bitch." He did it right before he told Dusty "I didn't have the ball."

What color is the sky in your world, Sully? Nevermind, we already know the answer: whatever color Andy MacPhail tells you it is.

tebman
05-25-2006, 12:22 PM
In addition to the undisputed videotape evidence proving that Sullivan is full of ****, AJ had no motive to try to bump into Barrett. AJ had no personal animosity against him. They always were friendly with one another in the past. Plus, even if he hated Barrett, AJ had just hit Barrett full force and knocked him on his candy ass in the context of the game. There's no rational or irrational reason for AJ to try to hit him a second time, much much softer than the first time.

The only person with a motive to start a physical altercation was Barrett, and that is exactly what he did. His motive was two-fold and evidenced by his statements: (1) to fire up his team (that worked great), and (2) because he was POed that he just got clobbered when he didn't have the ball. He did it right after he told a radio station that it was a good way to fire up the team. He did it right after he told AJ "I didn't have the ball, bitch." He did it right before he told Dusty "I didn't have the ball."

What color is the sky in your world, Sully? Nevermind, we already know the answer: whatever color Andy MacPhail tells you it is.
Oh, don't be so hard on Sullivan...it's been a tough couple of weeks. :rolleyes:

The Tribune's house team is embarrassingly bad and getting worse. He and his boss get called into an executive's office -- not just any executive, mind you, but the one who runs the organization that provides the grist for Sullivan's breadwinning mill. He has to deal with the slings and arrows of malcontents like us, accusing him of a sort of monomania concerning the behavior of that merry band of ballplayers.

He calls out Pierzynski for provocation. "J'accuse!" we all cry in unison as we point to the virtually unanimous opinion of everone in and out of baseball that Barrett is the perpetrator. Who threw the punch? That should end the discussion, but for Sullivan it does not, and no one other than Barrett seems to appreciate Sullivan's principled stand that Barrett must, must have had a reason.

The last line should probably be in teal, but sadly it appears that Sullivan may believe it himself. And the beat goes on.

PaleHoseGeorge
05-25-2006, 12:28 PM
Excuse me, but am I the only one who saw Barrett GRAB Pierzynski around the waist?

And am I the only one who saw Barrett get in Pierzynski's face and shout, "I didn't have the ball, bitch!" obviously not mindful that all his later excuses about "feeling threatened" don't jibe with what he already ADMITS he told Pierzynski?

And now Paul Sullivan says A.J. had it coming?
:kukoo:

I finally agree with MacPhail. The Tribune is the Cubs' House Organ.

dickallen15
05-25-2006, 01:59 PM
I heard Sully is taking a "vacation" very soon.

miker
05-25-2006, 02:01 PM
I heard Sully is taking a "vacation" very soon.
Tribune Corporation Re-education Camp.

Uncle_Patrick
05-25-2006, 02:29 PM
Excuse me, but am I the only one who saw Barnett GRAB Pierzynski around the waist?

And am I the only one who saw Barnett get in Pierzynski's face and shout, "I didn't have the ball, bitch!" obviously not mindful that all his later excuses about "feeling threatened" don't jibe with what he already ADMITS he told Pierzynski?

And now Paul Sullivan says A.J. had it coming?
:kukoo:

I finally agree with MacPhail. The Tribune is the Cubs' House Organ.

:moron

"George, let me explain something to you and your fellow Sox fans for my media compatriot, Paul Sullivan. What you saw was AJ grab Barrett's arm and wrap it around his waist. You see, AJ is an instigator. Can't you see how Barrett felt threatened? He didn't say, "I didn't have the ball, bitch!" He said, "Please don't invade my personal space, AJ." But AJ, the instigator that he is, wasn't listening, so Barrett had to defend himself the best he could. Plus, AJ was taking a step towards Barrett and the Cubs dugout. He was probably going to push down the whole team! That what thugs like the White Sox and their fans do. Michael Barrett was just defending his teammates, some of whom are very sensitive. Then, AJ was flapping his arms around, trying to find the Ligue's and their like to get them to run on the field and assault the Cubs. Luckily, most of the so-called Sox fans hopped on the bandwagon last fall, so they don't know how real Sox fans are supposed to act at that hell-hole...err, I mean, the Cell.

Plus, let's not forget that the next day, AJ tried to upset Carlos Zambrano by clapping after he hit a home run and insulting his religious beliefs. I mean, what kind of player claps after hitting a home run? That's bush league stuff. Typical AJ, he's bush league and an instigator. Plus, what you don't know is that when AJ was rounding second, he said to Zambrano, 'My God is better than yours, so I'm going to point at the sky after I cross home plate'. Can you blame the normally mild-mannered Carlos for being upset? His faith was attacked! And, I'm very surprised that AJ pointed to the sky only because I would have figured that he probably worshipped Satan and so he should have pointed to the ground.

I have no idea how you Sox fans can't see that AJ Pierzynski is at fault for all of this. By the way, did I mention that AJ is not liked in San Francisco or Minnesota? One time he kneed the Giants' trainer in the crotch. Plus, I heard that he kicks puppies and pushes crippled kids out of their wheelchairs."

maurice
05-25-2006, 02:38 PM
LMAO. Sully manages to elevate his tool status in today's Cubbie Q&A. (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/askthewriter/cs-060525askpaulsullivan,1,2353828.story?coll=cs-home-headlines) The very same day that he takes yet another unwarranted shot at AJ, he says that everybody should stop criticizing Barrett:

Q: How is it possible for Michael Barrett to justify his cheap shot? Is it against the rules of Cubs players to take responsibility for doing something stupid? I'm stunned that he continues to suggest that what he did was warranted and justifiable....

A: ...Michael [] already said he's sorry kids had to watch it. Enough already.

He also accuses a stereotypically positive Cub fan of being a Sox fan in disguise, ostensibly because his question included an argument advanced by numerous Cub fans over the past several years (the well-known Fish / Astros comeback comparison).

Next, he suggests that AJ and other players shouldn't always point to heaven to honor dead relatives:
Q: A.J. Pierzynski pointed to the sky after hitting a homer....Do you know why or have an opinion on why there is so much sky-pointing in this era?

A: ...[J]ust once I'd like to see a player point to the ground. Let's face it, not all of their relatives wound up in heaven.

He speculates that the Cubs didn't release Trixie's name after she assaulted Jones, because "they didn't want her to be Bartmanized by fans and the media." It's not clear why he thinks that Cub fans or the Cubtastic media would want her killed, since they apparently agree with her actions. He also fails to explain why the Trib runs the words "Dybas" and "Ligue" on a regular basis, but never ever repeats the name of any of the criminals in or about the stadium that they own.

Finally, to show he's "fair and balanced," and not just Andy MacPhail's bitch, he takes a gratuitous shot at Cub fans:
Q: Maybe this losing this year is a good thing. We get rid of the bandwagon, whiney Cubs fans and the true fans will be here when the dust settles. What do you think?

A: I'm confused. Are you saying the bandwagon whiney Cubs fans aren't true Cubs fans?

Uncle_Patrick
05-25-2006, 02:46 PM
This one is a doozy:


I think that the Cubs will turn it around. We are only talking about a month and a half of the season. Obviously, you have forgotten about the 2003 Marlins and the 2005 Houston Astros. There is still time. Why fire sale all of the players that have propelled the Cubs to actually beating the St. Louis Cardinals on a regular basis. There is plenty of time left. O ye of little faith. What do you expect the Cubs to do, go undefeated? --Mark Wheaton, Hudson, Fla.

Sometimes Sox fans write in to Ask Paul and pretend to be Cubs fans just to make them look bad. This appears to be one of those times. Has my hiatus started yet?



Yeah, Paul, expect that the same sentiment has been said by callers to sports radio shows and posted on Cubs message boards for weeks.