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January 2012



Arbitration Signings and A Garth Brooks Donation

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Cubs News: The Cubs have avoided arbitration with 6 of their 7 arbitration eligible players. Lizzie will be happy to know that Geo will be back, signing for 4.3 million dollars. Everyone else will be sad to know that Blake DeWitt signed for $1.1 million and Jeff Baker for $1.375 million. Randy Wells was also signed, along with Chris Volstad and Ian Stewart. Soto’s contract was the most valuable of the 6, even though his numbers dropped significantly during 2011.

Matt Garza is the only player that has not come to a deal with the Cubs. Garza has submitted a $10.225 million salary and the Cubs submitted $7.95 million. Don’t panic yet; they have until February 1st to come to terms. Theo is probably sitting behind his new desk at Wrigley, crunching numbers as we speak. I have confidence that this front office can get what they want. Theo never went to an arbitration hearing while he was with Boston, and the Cubs have been taken to a hearing once since 2003. It does help that Garza is the best pitcher on our roster at the moment. Theo wouldn’t let him go over something as silly as arbitration, when pitching is our biggest need, right? Right. We’ll have a deal here in the next couple weeks, maybe even the next few days.

Other Arbitration News: My favorite AL team, the Tampa Bay Rays, have come to agreements with some of their players, with the most notable one being David Price. Price and Tampa agreed to a mere $4.35 million deal. Price said, “I actually didn’t know anything that was going on. I just kind of stayed out of it,” Price said. “I have all the faith in the world in my agent. … He took care of me and got me what I felt I deserved.” He may have felt he got what he deserved, but maybe he really deserves more of what Garza is asking. Let’s get him up here to Chicago.

Other News: In 2005, Garth Brooks donated $500,000 to a hospital in Oklahoma, with the understanding that one of the hospital buildings would be named after his late mother. Apparently, none of the hospital’s buildings carry Garth’s mother’s name, leaving Mr. Brooks to ask for his money back. Maybe they should just make a sign.

Katie’s Song of the Day:

For some reason, these old 80’s bands make me miss baseball season.

More Than a Feeling


    Why are Dimwitt and Dusty’s white son still on this team?

  • MJ

    “More Than A Feeling” is most certainly not a 80’s song. Released in 1976.
    Sib was an awesome drummer for Boston.

  • Eddie Von White

    My favorite song of all time.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Baker is super versatile: he can suck at any position..
    DeWitt has those nude pics of Joyce DeWitt everyone’s been clamoring to see. Just me? Oh….

  • gymjok

    With music being such a popular subject on VFTB-
    I see a Go segment from Lizzie about music in the future.


    When is the go segment on bucket lists?

  • Lizzie

    @gymjok you must be psychic. Feb 11 and Mar 3 are already scheduled to be devoted to music!
    @B-CAPS February 18 for the Bucket Lists

  • gymjok

    Elementary my dear Lizzie.

  • gymjok

    If used properly Baker has value as the right side half of a platoon. I’m guessing Sveum knows this and even if it’s not a strict platoon, I’m sure he’ll get Baker plenty of at bats vs LHP at 1B and 3B.

  • flyslinger2

    Arbitration-notice the percentage of signing? And if #7 signs Theo will be batting 1.000. Now there’s a stat to quote. It’s about management. All those other stats are great for those that feed off of them-but give me a guy who can take a bunch of dysfunctional misfits, turn them into a cohesive group and watch the results come in.
    My “Best Rock of All Time” Playlist is:
    Layla-Clapton original recording. Amazing guitar work.
    Hot blooded-Foreigner. Won’t elaborate 🙂
    Magic Man-Heart Another song I listened to in high school that I won’t elaborate on.
    Hotel California-Eagles. Great song.
    Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen. Let me see you write a song for the radio that has 7 (seven-I spelled that out so there is no chance of misunderstanding that stat (!)) chord changes, tight harmonies and complex lyrics all wrapped into one.
    I may have mentioned this before-I lead the prayer time of an adult bible study and every Sunday of Opening Day I would always start by saying that God is the closest to earth on that day more so then any other day. I think opening day of baseball season should be as much of a religious experience as opening day of hunting season in West Virgina (which I attend annually). I think we should write our congresspersons and senators and demand our rights.

  • Dear congressperson,

    I demand you make MLB’s opening day a more religious experience. I assume this is how civics works.

    Kind regards,


  • Seymour Butts

    A proclamation proposal for congress:
    “Given that the one true religion in the world is Baseball, and given that opening day is a true rebirth each year. From this day forward, opening day shall be a federal holiday. All branches of government shall do no business, serve no public interest, nor light any doorway on opening day in the major leagues. Much as they do the rest of the year.”

  • cap’n obvious

    if David Price, with 520K’s in 575 career innings pitched is worth $4.35 million, an older and crappier Matt Garza should snap up that $7.95 mil and be happy as hell about it. The fact that so many now refer to him as the Cubs best pitcher (which I admit may be true)has me convinced that this year’s version of the Cubs will have us longing for the greatness of last year’s debacle of a ballclub.

    Opening day should most certainly not be considered a Federal holiday, although I’d be most in congress take the day off.

  • Eddie Von White

    Actually, the Bible opens in the middle of a baseball game. Genesis 1:1 says: “In the “big inning,” God created the heavens and the earth.

  • Buddy

    I respectfully disagree Cap. The Cubs will do better than last year’s win total of 71.

  • gymjok

    Eddie- LOL
    Buddy- I agree(if Garza stays)

  • cap’n obvious

    Good for you guys. I remember when I could remain optimistic in the off-seasons when the Cubs simply changed managers and made crappy acquisitions. I really hope Ian Stewart and Volstad can become good players, and they might. I already know that David Dejesus, Paul Maholm, Scott Maine, and the existing Dewitt/Baker mess are turdsville.

    Remember the following: Rudy Jaramillo will continue to steal paychecks for another year, no one will be able to figure out how or why Chris Bosio (who?) became the Cub pitching coach, and Jamie Quirk will be managing this team come mid-to-late August. Bookmark this page. Dale Sveum. A freaking .500 manager in the minors, where a manager can actually make a difference in the win/loss column.

    I don’t care if Branch Rickey, Ed Barrow, and John Schuerholtz were all hired as Cubs GM, Dale friggin’ Sveum is not the answer as manager. I know 10 of you will post how wrong I was if it doesn’t go down this way, but 35 or so years of baseball knowledge and Cub fandom has not only jaded me, but it’s also made me a baseball realist…this version of the Cubs will be sickening. I’m talking mid-80’s Cleveland Indians sickening. Trust me, it gives me no pleasure to say it…this team, without significant upside trades and/or free agent signings, will be horrifying. Doing better than 20 games under .500 should have been a lock, but I’d bet they are worse.

  • gymjok

    Cap- Optimism is a very small part of why I say more wins than 2011.
    1) I think the starting pitching will be leaps and bounds better this year. Since pitching carries the most weight in determining wins- that is the main reason I say more wins.(again if Garza stays)
    B) I disagree about DeJesus. I think he’ll do a good job getting on base in the lead-off spot.

  • When they announced Svowell, my first statement was ‘this guy IS Quade, without the experience.’ As far as I know, he won’t be doing the player/coach thing, so who fsking cares. Fill out your card, appear concerned, meet the press, collect paycheck.