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December 2011



Morning News: Tyler Colvin's In the Picture, DeJesus is a Lucky Man, and Reinsdorf isn't cheap

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So last night our office went bowling in a charity tournament for needy families. It was 8 pin no tap. If you’re not familiar with that format it basically means that if on your first roll you knock down 8 or more it counts as a strike. If you’ve never played that format, you’ve got to try it. Scores were so much higher. It was a lot of fun. I finished with a 153, 180, and 213. Definitely a much more fun way to play.


Tyler Colvin is not out the picture with the DeJesus signing – When I had read the news that the Cubs signed “the savior”, I immediately wondered what this meant for the Colvin starting spot. I had penciled him in at RF out of spring training and figured this would scratch that thought out. Apparently I’m jumping the gun. Jed Hoyer on the issue: “He’s certainly not out of the picture,” Hoyer said. ‘He’s got to come to camp and look to bounce back from [last season]. We signed DeJesus to round out the lineup and do everything we can to put a competitive lineup on the field. But to say [Colvin’s] out of our plans would be wrong.”

I hope that fuels Colvin to come back strong and be the player I still think he can develop into. I’m definitely rooting for him, but my confidence is waning.

Jerry Reinsdorf is fine with spending money – He’s been known for his reluctancy to go into the luxery tax range when it comes to the NBA, but he mentioned the other day that he would give strong consideration to incurring the luxury tax if the player acquisition gave the team a reasonable chance to win a championship. That’s an encouraging piece of news to see. The Bulls are so close at this point. A top notch two guard puts this team in the finals. I don’t get into NBA seriously until the playoffs, but I follow each game in terms of the winner / loser and I’m excited NBA basketball is just around the corner.

David DeJesus’ wife is easy on the eyes. Oh, and she tweets. – If you’d like to follow Kim DeJesus on Twitter, that can be done @kimdejesus12. She’s pretty excited about coming to Chicago. She tweets “I was born a cubs fan, and now im married to one!!!!!! 🙂 COULDNT BE MORE EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOO CUBBIES!!!!!!!!!!” You can see her picture here, if looking at pretty women is your kind of thing.


This is the largest known insect on the planet. When I saw the picture I thought to myself “sweet mother…that scares the crap out of me.”


This is where you the reader get to see the music I enjoy on a daily basis. Today’s selection is by Alabama 3, is is a song you’ll recognize as the theme for the now extinct HBO drama, The Sopranos. I have never seen the show, but I so dig on this song.

  • Buddy

    I’d file Hoyer’s comments under the familar heading of “what else is he going to say?” I know I sound like a broken record, but most of what players, managers, coaches, and GM’s tell the media is meaningless. Hoyer gave the yearbook answer, which is what most people do. What’s the truth? My guess is that Theo and the boys don’t have any interest in Tyler Colvin as a Cub. He just doesn’t get on base. So even though Hoyer said some version of “we haven’t given up on Colvin,” he was likely thinking “we’re 100 percent moving on from Colvin.”

  • Norm

    I’m with Buddy. Jed’s not going to come out and say “We don’t think Tyler is a capable offensive player”.
    I think he’ll be the 4th OF, pinch hitter…Let’s hope he gets hot like at the beginning of 2010 and some team believes its for real.

    Joe, if you’re into mob shows, check out the Soprano’s. I do think season 1 was the best though, so all downhill from there, IMO.

  • Katie

    That grasshopper is going to haunt my dreams. Where did they find that thing??

  • Noah

    Honestly, I also wouldn’t be shocked to see Colvin at least start the year in Iowa. There is a lot he could still use time in the minors to work on. He did skip AAA prior to his initial 2010 call up.

  • Chuck

    RE Colvin: Maybe this means that Soriano is going to ride a lot of pine against RHP? Maybe? I hope so.
    RE Bulls: I think the Bulls are waiting to see who the amnesty casulties are. Then they might be able to swoop in and get a goodish player at a discount. I would not look too hard into trades. The Bulls have the luxury of having the deepest squad in the league where Rose is the only irreplaceable player on the team. I think Brandon Roy would look good in a Bulls uni. If his knees are bothering him, they have the depth to rest him. If not, look out.
    RE DeJesus: One of the many reasons to be a professional athlete.
    RE Bug: Yet another reason why I prefer to live in an area where there is a hard freeze every year. Winter is nature’s great fumigator.

  • Norm

    Rumor of Blake DeWitt for Ian Stewart. Yes, please.

  • Doc Raker

    I hope Chuck is right about Soriano platooning.
    * I never knew you could dumb down the game of bowling. I don’t get it, you have more fun because your score is higher even though you knock down the same amount of pins. It is just a scoring adjustment so folks who never get a strike feel good about themselves? I am asking. “We need to make strikes accessible to everyone, not just the 1% who can really achieve them.” Said Barry at his latest town hall propaganda meeting. Damn those 1 percenters and their strikes. Let’s go occupy a bowling alley.
    * Is that a species of insect or just 1 very big grasshopper?

  • Doc Raker

    That picture of Kim DeJesus, it’s really Lizzie, Wizzie, Katie or Norm isn’t it?

  • flyslinger2

    colvin: media twists everything so send them off in the wrong direction so you can execute…
    bulls: the NBA was ok when MJ was playing…now it’s something that should be used when water boarding fails to get the desired results
    bug: i think i have enough left in my budget for the space of the surface of my smoker for my Christmas plans that he could fit

  • Good looking gal…hope DeJesus keeps her away from Palmero.

  • @Norm – Why in the world would you want Ian Stewart? What are you seeing that I’m missing?

  • Seymour Butts

    Actually the Weta (the grasshopper like insect above)cracks the top 10, but is far from the largest insect around. Several species of beetles top the list.
    Speaking of top 10, it appears to be good to be a ballplayer.
    I couldn’t agree with Raker more (well, about bowling) Joe’s above experienced is straight out of the special olympics. I onetime had a softball tournament in January in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Supposed to be several feet of snow on a little league field. No snow, so many many home runs. Every adult should play baseball on a little league field. you will feel good about yourself.

  • Norm

    Joe, it’s more that I don’t want DeWitt. And Stewart has more potential than DeWitt. I don’t think DeWitt can put up a season even close to what Stewart did in 2009 and 2010.

    I don’t believe too much in hitting coaches making a big difference, but isn’t this exactly why Rudy was hired and supposedly the best in the biz…to bring out the potential in a guy like Stewart?

    • I just don’t see the potential you’re referring to. I wouldn’t make the deal.

  • Noah

    We also have something like a bunch of DeWitts in our system right now: guys who don’t hit enough for 3B but can’t field well enough for 2B. If it’s DeWitt for Stewart straight up, I make that trade in a heart beat.

  • DeWitt, who was out-raked by two mullet-head cajuns and Darwin Barney, for a guy who is the same age with some raking potential makes a lot of sense to me. We need some sort of power with Rami out of the picture.

  • lizzie

    @Doc, it’s not me. My … ummm … hair isn’t quite that long.

  • Doc Raker

    Seymour, you agree with me more than you will admit and it makes you smarter.

  • I agree with 80% of what you say Raker…so everything I guess.

  • Doc Raker

    jswasnon-That makes you 80% smarter than Seymour.

  • chris in illinois

    Agree with Norm on Stewart, the Cubs took a flyer on a failed prospect entering his age 27 season a few years ago and Mark Bellhorn turned out ok. But more to his point, DeWitt will not be a part of the next good Cub team so why not get what you can for him??
    Doc, you do know the one attribute that the 1% has most in common?? Rich parents. Best thing ever said about W, “The guy was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” Or as John Adams (noted socialist ;)) said, “When economic power became concentrated in a few hands, then political power flowed to those possessors and away from the citizens, ultimately resulting in an oligarchy or tyranny.”

  • Josh

    Oooo-la la.

    She is a looker.


    1. I hope Colvin gets a shot to make it to the show. Good thing I didn’t buy a Colvin jersey
    2. I will never forgive Reinsdorf for destroying the Jordan era Bulls, and running out Phil. This is why I will always root for the Lakers over the Bulls. The NBA was garbage until Jordan left, but it has gotten a lot better the last 3-5 years, and last year was by far the best season since Jordan.
    3. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Just like that QB at Texas A&M, his fiancee, OH.MY.GOD.