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08:08 AM ET 01.16 | Once considered the all-American Cub, Ryan Theriot suddenly has morphed into public enemy No. 1 on the North Side. At least that was the impression fans and players left Saturday at the Hilton Chicago whenever the name of the ex-Cubs infielder was brought up at the Cubs Convention. Theriot made some caustic remarks about the Cubs organization to a St. Louis radio station after being traded from the Dodgers to the Cardinals in November, leading to his newfound status as a villain. He said he was "finally on the right side" of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and that the Cubs never stressed winning a World Series when he came up in the organization.

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January 16, 2011  08:12 AM ET

So now Steve Bartman can come out of the Witness Protection Program?

January 16, 2011  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So now Steve Bartman can come out of the Witness Protection Program?

Theriot is Bartman. He went into the witness protection program long ago and learned to hit a curveball.

January 16, 2011  08:20 AM ET

the Cubs never stressed winning a World Series when he came up in the organization.

I suppose the Cubs can be as angry as they want about this statement, but when you look at their record for the last 100 years, isn't it true?

January 16, 2011  09:04 AM ET

I don't disagree with what he said.

If your a Cubs fan you have to know that your franchise has been amongst the worst in MLB the last 90+ years based on the decisions it has made.

Now, if your franchise was going for the beer selling record, well then, you would be # 1.

January 16, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I don't disagree with what he said.If your a Cubs fan you have to know that your franchise has been amongst the worst in MLB the last 90+ years based on the decisions it has made.Now, if your franchise was going for the beer selling record, well then, you would be # 1.

The fans are trying to drown their sorrows.

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January 16, 2011  09:23 AM ET

Why are they upset? It's blatantly obvious that he is now on the right side of the rivalry.

January 16, 2011  09:40 AM ET

So Theriot is "Public Enemy #1" for saying out loud what over 100 years of history have already proven. Welcome to the right side of the rivalry, Ryan.

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January 16, 2011  09:49 AM ET

I would think Hendry would be public enemy #1 for the forseeable future.

January 16, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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Shouldn't he have a pork chop and go to Kansas City?Nah, never mind. That's not funny...

Nah... that's what Bruce Chen just did. ; P

January 16, 2011  10:25 AM ET

The-Riot is just that...a riot. He's irrelevant. The Cardinals can enjoy his little league arm and limited range.

January 16, 2011  11:15 AM ET
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The-Riot is just that...a riot. He's irrelevant. The Cardinals can enjoy his little league arm and limited range.

You gotta be happy for the guy, at least he finally has a chance to win something.

January 16, 2011  11:21 AM ET

What does "public enemy #1 for Cubs fans" get you? The certainty that a World Series win will never be rubbed in your face?

January 16, 2011  12:08 PM ET
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Shouldn't he have a pork chop and go to Kansas City?Nah, never mind. That's not funny...

that's cause your **** is stuck to the plastic on my couch...

January 16, 2011  02:18 PM ET

public enemy #1 ???

really ???

January 16, 2011  03:07 PM ET

Who really cares what Theriot says; he sucked and was very overrated. He was average in the field, he was a horrible baserunner, and he couldn't get a walk if his life depended on it. The Cards fan will hate this guy, especially after he hits a homerun and thinks he's Babe Ruth or when he gets thrown out once a game on the base paths. He's a joke and the Cubs are a better team without him.

January 16, 2011  06:11 PM ET
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Any player should know that winning a World Series is the goal. Why should the Cubs have to tell Theriot that's why they, or any player on any team for that matter, plays?

If the Cubs didn't mention winning the World Series, it would be kind of like going to church and the preacher not mentioning God. But, somehow I believe Theroit. The Cubs record speaks for itself.

 
January 16, 2011  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Who really cares what Theriot says; he sucked and was very overrated. He was average in the field, he was a horrible baserunner, and he couldn't get a walk if his life depended on it. The Cards fan will hate this guy, especially after he hits a homerun and thinks he's Babe Ruth or when he gets thrown out once a game on the base paths. He's a joke and the Cubs are a better team without him.

True. If he's getting innings for the Cardinals, that's the best news the Cubs can get. It shows how many issues the Cardinals have with their sub-par lineup. Pujols can only cover up so much.

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