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January 2012



No Time To Waste For New Year’s Resolutions

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Every sports website on planet Earth has a New Year’s Resolution column, so why not VFTB? Here’s my annual list of promises that I have no intention of keeping.

This year I will…

  • Go to Wrigley Field more often (on my list every year)
  • Be patient with talented but frustrating players like Starlin Castro and Carlos Marmol
  • Ignore knucklehead fans who call radio shows and say the Cubs are losing because they don’t play “small ball”
  • Work out more and eat/drink less (dare to dream)
  • Turn down the volume on the TV when Len and Bob are broadcasting
  • Take the time to fully appreciate the positive contributions of Marlon Byrd and Darwin Barney (OK, this one is complete bullsh*t.  I could barely keep a straight face while typing.)
  • Truly enjoy every single loss by the Cincinnati Reds
  • Not get frustrated by awful All Star Game selections and the entire “now it counts” structure
  • Draft a better Diamond Mind Baseball team (again, on my list every year)
  • Read for enjoyment more often
  • Eat/drink more and work out less (I’ve changed my mind!)
  • Not injure myself when fans or broadcasters use wins to evaluate pitcher performances
  • Pay closer attention to Cubs prospects (even the crappy ones who are completely overvalued)
  • Use the words moxie, grit, hustle, chemistry, and clutch every single day, even when I’m not talking about sports (“Good morning, Mr. Smith. I really hustled to finish that report you wanted. With a little grit and moxie, I think my clutch recommendations will improve our office chemistry!”)
  • chris in illinois

    Well Buddy:

    Wrigley June 8th is a go….
    Reduction of drinking is futile…
    Good luck in DMB…
    George Martin’s Game of Thrones is pretty awesome….first sword and sorcery type thing I’ve read in 15 years…….

  • Doc Raker

    Anything by Thomas Sowell is a very good read.
    * Let the ball travel deep into my hitting zone for maximum power.

  • Buddy

    Just curious, what’s your all time favorite book?

  • Jedi

    A coup for the Cubs, trading Zambrano and getting Volstad. Yes, please.

  • Buddy

    I would call a Zambrano trade “addition by subtraction.”

  • (Buddy for the assist…waiting for it…)

  • Buddy says…

    “The Marlins and Cubs have agreed to a trade that will send Carlos Zambrano to Miami for Chris Volstad, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. The trade is still pending physicals and approval from the commissioner’s office according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Cubs will pay between $15MM and $16MM of Zambrano’s $18MM salary.”

  • Jedi

    Cubs are paying $15mil of Zambrano’s salary; meaning the Cubs basically pay Zambrano’s salary and get Volstad in return (Volstad’s arbitration price in 2012 should be around $2.6 according to various reports). I like the deal because there’s a really good chance Zambrano goes crazy at some point during the year, and Volstad is controlled through 2014 (he’s only 24).

  • Jedi

    I do wonder though – for those of you who don’t like any argument that accounts for intangibles, isn’t this a bad deal? Because only if you include the intangibles of the traded players can the Cubs possibly be winning this transaction. The Marlins are trading 3 years of a back-end rotation starter and getting 1 year of a front-end rotation starter without giving up a dime. From a statistical standpoint the Cubs are getting shredded in this deal.

  • Buddy

    If I was building a team from scratch, I wouldn’t want either of them in my rotation. However, I think Volstad’s upside as a Cub is higher than Zambrano’s upside as a Cub. I’m guessing here, but it seems pretty clear that Zambrano doesn’t want to be there anymore , and I’m pretty sure most of the organization want him gone. Plus, his stuff isn’t anywhere near what it used to be. This feels like a “get whatever you can and move on” deal, which I can certainly understand. Volstad has been a disappointment so far, but he’s a former #1 pick, he’s only 25, and he’s pretty cheap. Good gamble for the Cubs.

  • (still waiting…Seymour…Seymour…)

    I applaud the crap out of this deal. Sori will still put up some offense and is worth hanging onto, but Z has to be gone in order for things to improve. Let Dale Svowell manage, not babysit. Say what you want about Theo, but he has largely stuck to his guns regarding age. Aside from the Johnson signing I guess, but that certainly added girth to our roster.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Based on what happened last year, I think Zambrano quit on Quade, not the team. That’s not the way it was portrayed in the media, but his latest “blowup” was very different from his past misbehavior. Regardless, he had no future with the Cubs beyond this season, so good for Epstein and Hoyer for getting something in return for him.


    Bozo was a sunk cost. The fact that we are able to save 400 grand is gravy. Low-risk move.

  • Buddy

    The Johnson signing doesn’t bother me. He’s fairly cheap, it’s a one-year deal, he’s a decent bat vs. LHP, he’s not bad on the bases, and he can play all three OF spots pretty well. For a reserve player, you could do worse.

  • I can’t wait for him to quit on Ozzie. He might be tougher to quit than D-Lee, Q, Michael Barrett’s face, and the Gatorade cooler were.

  • (that was for Seymour, Buddy…where the hell is he)


    I wonder why we couldn’t get Loria to pay for him. I find it interesting that both of Chicago’s #1’s are now playing for Ozzie. I don’t know how Bozo can quit on Ozzie. He’s Ozzie’s 4th son

  • Buddy

    Ozzie vs. Zambrano would be fun to watch. However, I don’t know who I would root for. Maybe the ref?

  • gymjok

    Volstad-just don’t start him vs the phillies.
    I bet on the phils whenever he pitches.
    They just kill him.
    Johnson-I didn’t see him much last year but he looked like he changed something at the plate from years past.Possibly he moved closer to the plate.Whatever it was he looked like a much better hitter.

  • randy

    If Johnson were to ever move closer to the plate he’d be standing on it. The guy already gets plunked a huge amount for the number of at bats he takes.

  • Doc Raker

    Seymour is dining with his Ron Santo bobble head jswanson.
    * If Zambrano got some quality starts in April I think the Cubs would not of had to eat so much of his contract. I am glad Zozo is gone none the less.

  • Doc Raker

    Buddy- Economics Facts and Fallacies, Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception and the Dogmas, Black Rednecks and White Liberals all by Thomas Sowell.
    The Affirmative Action Fraud by Clint Bolick. While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer. Three Nights in August.

  • Doc Raker

    Theo said LaHair is the Cubs starting first baseman, I like that, LaHair is one of those hitters that lets the ball travel deep into the hitting zone and uses the whole field.

  • Buddy

    I missed Theo’s 1B announcement. Where can I find that?

  • Lizzie

    @Buddy … here you go

  • Seymour Butts

    Geez having a life away from the computer in the evening must be some sort of sin. I’ll ask Tebow about it at dinner, he will be free after Sunday.

  • I pray you take him to the nice Subway.

  • Seymour Butts

    Oh, and my favorite book…”Under the Bleachers”, by myself of course.