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Fake Cubs mascot Billy Cub punches a dude in a bar (Video)

Billy-Cub-bar-fightYou know that unofficial Chicago Cubs mascot that Major League Baseball sent a cease and desist letter to last season? Apparently it didn’t work. The friendly(?) bear known as “Billy Cub” is alive, well and punching dudes in bars for trying to screw with him.

Billy was interacting with fans in a bar outside Wrigley Field over the weekend when some jokester came up behind him and snatched his head off. We don’t know why the thief thought this would be a good idea, but Billy reacted by socking him in the face. He then got into an altercation with another person before exiting the building.

We’re not sure if this was Billy Cub creator John Paul Weier or one of his disciples, but the exchange probably isn’t going to make the Cubs happy. One of the Billy Cub characters has already been accused of using racially-insensitive language and getting into arguments with fans over tips. Bar fights, whether started by Billy Cub or not, are not going to help his case.

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Cubs lose first challenge in MLB history (Video)

First-MLB-challengeCan you think of a more fitting way for Major League Baseball to debut its new instant replay system than for the Chicago Cubs to lose a challenge? Neither can we.

The first regular season instant replay challenge in MLB history took place in the fifth inning of Chicago’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija bunted into a double play with runners on first and second, and Chicago manager Rick Renteria believed Samardzija had beaten the throw to first.

Renteria called timeout and told crew chief John Hirschbeck that he wanted the play to be reviewed. Hirschbeck then called the replay command center in New York and the play stood as called. The entire process lasted about a minute and a half.

Do the Cubs know how to lose or do the Cubs know how to lose?

Cubs fire team psychologist, who had bizarre relationship with players

Theo-Epstein-Cubs-CurfewIf any of the Chicago Cubs are having problems that they want to discuss with a professional next season, they will have to sit down and chat with a new doctor. Marc Strickland, the team’s psychologist, was fired over the weekend. Strickland has reportedly been on the psychologist hot seat for a while, but ownership had been insistent upon keeping him around.

According to the Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made the decision to fire Strickland. Why? Because he had an extremely bizarre relationship with the players.

Not only was Strickland available for consultation with players, the specialist in sports psychology had his own locker at home and on the road, dressed in team workout gear and played catch and shagged balls before games during batting practice.

Early in his first year in the majors, Strickland even stood in the dugout tunnel at Wrigley Field after victories, bumping fists with players as though he was part of the team.

The team psychologist is a person players should feel comfortable talking to, but he certainly shouldn’t be shagging fly balls and chumming it up with the team. It’s hard to maintain a professional relationship when you’re just another one of the guys, which is what Strickland seemed to be.

Sullivan added that outfielder Nate Schierholtz was asked what Strickland’s “purpose” was with the team, and he responded, “I’m not really sure.” That should tell you all you need to know.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Cubs reportedly prepared to ‘blow away the field’ to sign Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka is a player who has been widely discussed over the past several months as the next big superstar to join Major League Baseball from Japan. Early reports after the season ended indicated that the New York Yankees were the team to beat when it comes to bidding on Tanaka. The Chicago Cubs have since taken on that role.

On Thursday morning, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Cubs were “pushing hard” for Tanaka to beat out other interested teams that include the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. ESPN’s Jayson Stark took it a step further later on Thursday.

Tanaka was dominant last season in Japan, posting a 24-0 record and a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. The posting fee for his services was initially expected to be in the $75 million range (50% more than the Boston Red Sox paid for Daisuke Matsuzaka and Texas Rangers paid for Yu Darvish), but a recent deal reached between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball has capped that number at $20 million.

The common belief is that Tanaka will sign a contract that is somewhere around the $120 to $140 million range, meaning he could cost a team around $150 or $160 million when you factor in the posting fee. The team that shells the money out can only hope his effectiveness is comparable to Darvish, not Matsuzaka

H/T Hardball Talk

CSN shows naked Cubs mascot with penis on live TV (Video)

In an absolutely fantastic moment in live TV history, CSN Washington made one of the greatest, albeit inappropriate, blunders that we have ever seen.

On Monday, the Chicago Cubs unveiled their new mascot — Clark the Cub — which aims to appeal to young kids. The mascot looked cute to me and like something that would appeal to youngsters, but the internet got a hold of it and turned it into a big joke, apparently forgetting that the mascot is for, you know, young children.

Anyway, Deadspin sunk their claws into the mascot and said it looked like a “perverted furry.” They then turned it into a meme and encouraged readers to Photoshop dirty images of the mascot, leading to the handy piece of artwork with Clark’s twig and gigs sticking out.

Then, in some amazing twist of incredible fate, Deadspin’s inappropriate photoshop of Clark the Cub ended up on CSN’s broadcast when they did a segment to decide which was the worse mascot: Clark or the New Orleans Pelican. The reaction from host Nicole Darin was priceless.

“Also worth noting … he doesn’t wear any pants! Uhh I think that’s a gag photo,” Darin quickly pointed out.

Darin and her co-host smoothly transitioned into a discussion about whether Yogi Bear wears pants, unlike Clark, whose junk was ever-present in the photo.

Oh man, that was just fantastic on every single level.

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Chicago Cubs fighting to put a stop to unauthorized ‘Billy Cub’ mascot

Billy-CubIf you asked Chicago Cubs fans who the team’s official mascot is, some of them would tell you it is “Billy Cub.” Since 2007, John Paul Weier has been climbing into his bear suit and interacting with fans outside Wrigley Field on game day. Now, the Cubs want him to go away.

Weier NBC 5 Chicago on Thursday that he recently received a 120-page cease and desist letter from Major League Baseball claiming he has been infringing on trademarks. The letter ordered him to stop engaging in “unabated Mascot Activities” and claimed that one of the Billys (Weier has recruited others to wear the costume) has been racially abusive toward fans.

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Ian Stewart goes on whiny rant about being stuck in minors with Chicago Cubs

Ian-Stewart-CubsWhatever chance Ian Stewart had of being recalled to the majors by the Chicago Cubs prior to Monday night has probably slipped away. The once-promising young infielder was sent from the Colorado Rockies to Chicago last year, and he hit just .201 in 55 games with the Cubs. Stewart now appears to be stuck in the minors.

The 28-year-old is hitting .165 with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa this year. On Tuesday night, he took to Twitter to vent about how the Cubs have no interest in calling him up and how manager Dale Sveum doesn’t like him. It all started when a follower asked him when he would be called back up to the majors.

Stewart then began getting bashed by some other followers, who were quick to point out that he is making $2 million this season to play in the minors. He acknowledged that he is making a lot of money but began complaining about how the Cubs and Sveum have it out for him.

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