1. Slapping Scott Boras: What I Would Do in the Strasburg Situation

    He is a super phenom with a 102 mph fastball. His ceiling is higher than almost any pitcher in history, so they say. Some think that he could be the Washington Nationals opening day starter in 2010...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about almost 5 years ago 339 reads 7 comments

  2. Chicago Cubs: Tale of Two Seasons

    It has been a frustrating first ninety eight games on the north side of the "Windy City." They were pre-season favorites to win the National League Central Division and make a run at their first World Series appearance since 1945...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 139 reads 2 comments

  3. Chicago Cubs: Top 10 Keys to the Second Half

    The Cubs have been very disappointing in the first half of the season. They start today 41-41, when in reality, they should be six or seven games above .500. Luckily, they are not too far away from that...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 147 reads 4 comments

  4. Chicago Cubs' Milton Bradley: Is It As Bad As It Looks?

    I have been paying a lot of attention to Milton Bradley in the box scores lately. His average has creeped up to .245, not a great number by any means, but better than the .208 he was at on June 9...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 257 reads 9 comments

  5. Chicago Cubs: Who Is To Blame For Their Struggles?

    I have been reading a lot of articles over the past few weeks that have been throwing Jim Hendry under the bus. In turn, over the same time period, I have put a lot of thought in to who is really to blame for the Chicago Cubs struggles...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 290 reads 3 comments

  6. Chicago Cubs Rotation: Each Year Brings a Different Ace

    This is what personally annoys me more than anything about the Cubs. Since they started their run as National League Central champs in 2007, there has been no consistency in the starting rotation...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 156 reads 0 comments

  7. BREAKING NEWS! Widespread Steroid Use Among Major League Umpires

    It is hard to believe, but Jose Canseco didn't tell us the entire story. On Friday, May 29, 2009, breaking news came that 99.9 percent of Major League umpires have failed tests for numerous types of steroids and HGH...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 454 reads 12 comments

  8. NL Prediction: When the Ivy Turns Green, the Chicago Cubs Will Get Mean

    Here we are, May 4, 2009. The Chicago Cubs are only 24 games into a season in which many picked them to run away with the National League Central. At 13-11, they find themselves three-and-a-half games behind the dreadful Red Birds of St...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about 5 years ago 202 reads 3 comments

  9. Cubby Fire: Why I Love Milton Bradley Getting Tossed

    High risk, high reward, I said that when the Cubs signed Milton Bradley. I am also not the guy that looks at a small sample size and is so sure that it will continue for a full season...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 163 reads 3 comments

  10. Around the Bases: The 10 Best Baseball Movies of All Time

    I must admit that my decision to write an article about the ten best baseball movies of all time was sparked from reading Mark T's article of the same premise...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 5,282 reads 11 comments

  11. Slave for Saves: Moving Carlos Marmol to Closer Would Cost the Chicago Cubs

    The debate is hot early on when it comes to the Cubs closer. Kevin Gregg has started the year with a loss, one blown save in two tries, and a 9.00 ERA in four innings...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 131 reads 5 comments

  12. Round 1: Chicago Cub Mike Fontenot vs. Cleveland Indian Mark DeRosa

    A hot debate in Chicago over the winter was the decision to trade Mark DeRosa to the Cleveland Indians for prospects, some of whom have been labeled not worthy of such a swap. At the time, many thought Aaron Miles would be the everyday second baseman...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 347 reads 2 comments

  13. Letting the Goat Off the Truck: Chicago Cubs Try in 2009

    There are many goats. One of my favorite is an old goat comes from middle school memories. This goat was brutally beaten by an old drunken man and constantly tied to a truck, by a three-foot rope...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 155 reads 0 comments

  14. 100: Can the Chicago Cubs Do It?

    I know what you are thinking. This is just another Cubs article about going a full century without winning a World Series ring. You are wrong. See, there is a different feat that I am interested in, for reasons I don't really know...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 141 reads 1 comments

  15. Lee-iterating Why the Chicago Cubs Should Have Traded Derrek Lee

    Before I get into this article, I want to admit a few things. I didn't necessarily disagree with the Mark DeRosa trade, nor the Milton Bradley signing. That being said, I think there was a better move for the Chicago Cubs to make this past winter...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 521 reads 9 comments

  16. Chicago Cubs: Nothing Short of a World Series Will Satisfy

    I remember it like it was yesterday. The first time I made a visit to Wrigley Field, at the age of 11 or so, the Cubs were not a winning ballclub. Yet, though a lousy team, the stands were packed...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 191 reads 3 comments

  17. Major League Baseball: Sad Times To Be a Fan

    Throughout my life, I have been a baseball fan. Like many others, I dreamt of one day playing at Wrigley and Fenway. While I have always been a Chicago Cubs fan, I grew up idolizing guys like Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson, and Cal Ripken Jr...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 111 reads 1 comments

  18. Cubs Contention: Defending Kevin Gregg Against Kerry Wood

    There has been a lot of confusion at why the Cubs traded Jose Ceda for Kevin Gregg. To add to that, the Cubs let last year's closer, Kerry Wood, walk to Cleveland even though he wanted to stay...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 579 reads 17 comments

  19. You Never Know: The 2009 Major League Baseball Season

    They say it is one of (if not) the hardest things to do in all of professional sports; hit a round ball with a round bat and hit it squarely...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 199 reads 0 comments

  20. One Through Eight: Predicting the Chicago Cubs Lineup and Statistics

    It is mid January, only a month before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training 2009. The Chicago Cubs have won two straight National League Central Division Titles, but have only played six playoff games combined...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 605 reads 21 comments

  21. Milton Bradley Presents Risk: The Chicago Cubs Edition

    Risk is a game of world domination, or in this case baseball domination. Your objective is to conquer the world (series). To win, you must attack and defend, 81 times a piece. The game includes six continents (divisions) made up of 30 teams...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 583 reads 15 comments

  22. A Chicago Story: The 2008 Cubs and Bears Both Let Fans Down in the End

    We saw it in October, then again at the end of December. You know what I am talking about. Games our two favorite teams should win. We feel in our heart, this could be the time. Then, they made us look like idiots once again...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 118 reads 8 comments

  23. Are You Ready To Play Poker? Evaluation, Discipline, and Money Management

    So many people are playing poker these days. The craze started in 2003, and since then, I myself have played with many different types of people. Players from all over the world. I have played with the rich and not so much...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 375 reads 5 comments

  24. Lost Love: Chicago Bears Should Fire Lovie Smith

    It is a distant memory...the Chicago Bears playing against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. The Bears haven't made the playoffs since that 13-3 season. Their neighbors, the Colts, still haven't missed the playoffs...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 1,155 reads 19 comments

  25. Ryan Theriot Getting No Love in Chicago

    Why "The Riot" Is Best Cubs Can Get I have been reading a lot about the Cubs this off-season. To my surprise, there are a lot of people who want a different shortstop in Chicago. I myself am a fan of "The Riot" for many reasons...

    Ricky Butts Written by Ricky Butts about over 5 years ago 382 reads 10 comments