Monday, July 28, 2008

No Jim = Cubs Win!

You don't get many better titles than that. In the top of the 9th, Lou had a chance to bring in Jim to pinch hit with a runner at first.

But much to the JOY of the CJE, Lou made the move for Mike "Clutch" Fontenot. Instead of Jim striking out, Mike drew a walk, which led to Derek Lee's RBI single.

Tomorrow's night match up is pretty special. Carlos Zambrano and Ben Sheets take the ball for their respected clubs.

The Cubs could really send a message against with a second-straight victory, which would put the Cubs up 3 games heading to the final two games of the series.

Until tomorrow, GO CUBS!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Stay Classy Jim!

So, the Cubs rallied to split a four-game series with the Florida Marlins (No thanks to Jim Edmonds).

If you look to the right, you see Jim grandstanding as he climbs the wall on a home run off the bat of Mike Jacobs. He really didn't have a chance on the ball, but he still climbed the Ivy. Anybody have enough of this guy?

At the plate, Jim wasn't much better. He went 0-for-5, while he left 6 men on base, as his average dropped to .236.

The Cubs start a huge (I mean huge) series with the Brewers. Monday will see Ted Lilly and C.C. Sabathia face off. Which should mean that Jim is most likely on the bench in favor of Reed Johnson.

Jim did make one play on Saturday that was positive. He was able to make a diving grab to end the game and keep the save for Jeff Samardzija.

If Jim wasn't so slow, he would have made it standing up. I couldn't find that photo so, I leave you this photo of the Cubs' outfielders getting together after a win.

It's time to go get the Brewers.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jim Heads to the Alter

The slowest sports day of the year has brought us some good news. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in this story, Jim Edmonds is now married.
Here is the story:

CLAYTON — James Patrick Edmonds and Allison Jayne Raski, both of Creve Coeur, were couple No. 11 of the 25 who got married Wednesday at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton.

Edmonds, now a Chicago Cub, was better known to Cardinals fans for whom he patrolled center field at Busch Stadium for eight years as Jim Edmonds or "Jimmy Ballgame.''

Edmonds, 38, and Raski, 28, tied the knot in the chambers of Judge Michael T. Jamison, who wished the newlyweds good luck after performing the brief ceremony.

Both were casually dressed. Edmonds wore a T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. Raski, one observer noted, sported a nice-sized diamond ring.

The couple have a young son, Landon. Raski graduated from high school in Zeigler, a town of about 1,700 in Southern Illinois.

Edmonds played with the Cardinals from 2000 through the 2007 season, and had some key contributions in the 2006 World Series win over the Detroit Tigers. He was traded to the San Diego Padres on Dec. 15, 2007. He was released by the Padres on May 9 and signed by the Cubs on May 15.

After the mid-afternoon wedding, the couple headed for Edmonds' restaurant on Locust Street, F15teen, said Jamison's bailiff, Frank Kelly.

At F15teen later Wednesday afternoon, a hostess was surprised and excited to hear the news of the wedding and the manager said he was unaware of any ongoing celebration.

So Jim is now married. We can only hope that it improves his at bats with the Cubs. After hitting .302 in June, "Lassie" has regressed back to old levels this month with a .206 average. That is just not going to cut it down the stretch. Hopefully, the Cubs are looking for more options in center.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The tide is turning

Tonight I'm going to look at each at bat from Jim Edmonds, who people forget is playing pretty terrible the last four games or so.

Situation: 2nd Inning, 1 on, No Outs:

Jim strikes out on three pitches (looking)

Check out more as the game goes on.

At Bat No. 2

4th Inning, No on, No outs:

Result: Falls behind 1-2 and hits a lazy fly ball to Junior.

That makes Jim 0-for his last 13. Time to move on.

At Bat No. 3

Situation: 6th Inning, No on, 1 out:

Result: Jimmy Ballgame (oh please) strikes out (Swinging) 0-for-14 and still going....

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sorry for the interuption

As you noticed the Loather and I have been away. One of us is out the nation, and I was working at Summer Camp with no internet, cell phone, TV and of course no Jim Edmonds. I will have a longer post tomorrow to update our favorite Cub to hate (or at least rag a little). Until then.....

Go Cubs!