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September 2017



GirlieView (09/28/2017)

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GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’ers: Those with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of the 2017 Season = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims.


  • It is the middle of September and my Cubs are still playing meaningful baseball games. Remember all those years in which there was no meaningful baseball games after Memorial Day.
  • Your track record attending Ws has improved. Go Brad.
  • It’s a little too late to fix the bullpen, there still isn’t a lineup that works consistently getting put out there, and there’s still question about who should be starting the games on the mound anyway.
  • While i agree with Jeff, that the team has the talent, I believe that they will be unable to overcome Joe’s ipad’s poor managing and the despicable lack of coaching and learning.
  • Or we could post our phone numbers on this blog like Brad does and the whole world would be our playground.
  • Another HR allowed by Lackey. One step closer to the Cub record books!
  • Baez races to the ball, grabs it and fires a strike to second base to nail Piscotti and erase his double. After getting tagged out Piscotti looks back at Baez as if to say, “Who the heck makes that play” while Baez kneeling on the grass smiling and laughing just looks down to the ground in an ‘awe shucks’ kinda of moment.
  • Joe should have been a little quicker getting his happy ass out there, instead of just sauntering out while the umpire gets happy with the thumb.
  • Can the Contreras appeal drag out and bite us in the ass?
  • just read the suspension was reduced to 1 game – served today. No ass biting.
  • there is not much in the world better than a meaningful, emotional September series versus the Cardinals.
  • For the record, I don’t think Davis has ever indicated he was “too tired” or couldn’t go – that’s a Maddon thing, but if you are worried about using the guy three games in a row? Why use him in a blowout?
  • Dork is happy because we’re in first place, but this year leaves me with a confidence problem.
  • Winning Ugly
  • On sundays at miller park they let the kids run the bases after the game, but for some reason that did not include me
  • If the post-season started tomorrow and I were managing this team? Kyle Hendricks gets the ball in game one. I can virtually guarantee you that he will not under the managerial styling of Joe “iPad” Maddon.
  • Then I had to go to a bridge lesson. Oh well . . . .
  • Did you cover cantilevers?
  • flying buttresses?
  • my partner, who shall remain nameless (D***a), did not count her losers accurately and we went set. Afterwards, we had wine in front of a fire, so all is well that ends well.
  • They look like they should have looked all season.
  • I’d love to see the Cubs just go on a tear, win through the first game of the series at STL and lock it down…just take destiny into their own hands. Pittsburgh sure isn’t doing anything to help the Cubs out, and the Cardinals don’t seem to realize that their time has run out and they should accept their position in the pecking order.
  • Giants picked up Pierce Johnson. Personally sad to see him go.
  • He was a stud
  • Funny, I always pictured a hoop.
  • Do we now add Tampa to a list of Lester no-fly zones?
  • I don’t trust Lester at all right now. He needs to be the 4th starter in the playoffs.
  • Can your dog throw to first base?
  • This is setting up for Cardinal Elimination day AND a Cubs division clinch in St Louis, how enjoyable will that be!
  • Genius Joe: Jon, can we talk in my office.
    Lester: Sure
    Genius Joe: What happened on the throws to first and then to third?
    Lester: It’s scary, the pitchers rubber doesn’t face that way, I don’t know what to do with my feet.
    Genius Joe: How about stepping towards the base your throwing to.
    Lester: You mean move my feet. I might fall down, the mound isn’t level.
    Genius Joe: You are not moving your feet, you have to step towards the base you are throwing to.
    Lester: I tried that once and threw the ball into right field and fell down. Maybe I should go on Dancing with the Stars so I can practice moving my feet.
    Genius Joe: We don’t have time for that, how about dancing with Mrs Ricketts, I hear her and her friend Donna love to dance.
    Lester: That would be fun, Donna can really bust a move.
    Genius Joe: Maybe Donna can teach you to throw?
    Lester: She throws better than her husband, I can tell you that.
    Genius Joe: Donna’s husband can throw to first base so pipe down and figure it out.
  • Lester seems to be a bi-polar pitcher. It is apparent by the second inning which Lester is throwing on a given day. When he is good, he is very very good, when he is bad he is 50 cent. Pull him if he gives up 2 runs in 3 innings. Good John, Jon, or Jhon is worth searching for.
  • Jhon Jhay is our best pitcher of that name. Maybe he should get a start.
  • The 9th inning of tonight’s game took 5 years off my lifespan.
  • Hopefully Lizzie wasn’t watching as I learned yesterday that she was on the 16th green of life already.
  • When Bryant hit the homer in the tenth, all 238 Brewer fans left, including the pompous cretin behind me who told his friend that Kris Bryant is an “ass-hat.” Hey look, a lot of guys are ass-hats. Some Cubs are ass-hats. Pedro Strop is a crooked ass-hat. Hell, I’m an ass-hat. But I really don’t think KB is. He works hard and practices hard and plays hurt and performs. Doesn’t run his mouth. So, when he jacked that rope out of there, I may or may not have had some parting words.
  • Ryan Braun. Now there’s an ass-hat. Booed loudly in every at bat. At home.
  • A great uppercut to the Brewers’ chin last night. Get ’em on the ropes and finish them off.
  • So, John Lackey was starting tonight. And I think the question on everyone’s mind was, is he more irascible, like Ernest Borgnine as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale from McHale’s Navy, or curmudgeonly, like Vic Tayback as Mel from the T.V. show Alice? Personally, I just kinda think he’s a dick.
  • Just when you think the magic number is 4, in sneak the cardinals like a bad smell.
  • You had me at curmudgeonly.
  • You had me at Adam Peters, General.
  • I didn’t even know he was in the service. Color me embarrassed. {{Salutes General Peters}}
  • The turning point in the game in my mind, was Jhon Jhay’s incredible, never-ending, beautiful everlasting gobstopper of an at bat in the top of the fifth.
  • Lackey is such a tool. Brewer announcers said before the game when they showed him in the dugout “There’s Lackey getting his anger on.” Everybody knows he’s a tool.
  • Well, give it to Wade Davis. When he blows up, he really blows up – he leaves little room for question.
  • Antonio Alfonseca or Carlos Marmol are STILL not the closers on this team. It’s gonna be OK.
  • Maybe someday I can buy a ‘just let me watch the goddamned game’ package
  • I see a declining Lester that struggles to throw strikes or to a base.
  • I topped the Lizzies a few years ago, and all I “won” was that Doc gave CAPS my phone number.
  • I guess we’re all winners this year since Brad posted his number again.
  • I never started holding my breath because the Cubs have not played up to their potential all year so I haven’t needed to stop and remember to breathe.
  • Who’s telling Lackey he doesn’t make the cut?
  • Sherm
  • So Cub fans, while you are watching your team in the post-season, remember one thing…going back to back is very difficult to do. Enjoy the fact that you now have, and rightfully so, elevated expectations. Enjoy the fact that you have a team on the north side that is built to compete year in and year out for the majority of the current decade. Enjoy the fact that the term “next year” holds so much more than it used too. Most of all, enjoy the fact that you are not a Cardinals fan, scraping the bottom of the baseball trough for bird food.
  • even when Lackey pitches.
  • My singing voice is disallowed in all countries signatory to the Geneva Conventions
  • My question for tonight. Can the Cubs come back from the early hole Lackey will put them in?


  • No more playoff push. It’s playoff prep.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2017 In-Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!


  • Congratulations to Sherm and (tied) Doc Raker and Doug S., our Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time around! Thank you all for everything you contribute here!

Top 10 of the 2017 Season

(one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. cap’n realist
4. Eddie von White
5. Doug S.
6. Michael Stevens
7. jswanson
8. Adam Peters
9. Seymour
10. Jerry in Wisconsin

Chit Chat

I’m writing this on Wednesday night while I’m watching the game, mildly curious whether I’ll be able to stay awake for the whole game in order to be able to say how it ended, when I realize this game is already in the sixth inning!  I will make it. But the Cubs are currently losing. I’ll update this as we move along:

  • End of the 6th, Cubs down 1-0.
  • Oh! Addison Russell three run home run in the top of the 7th! Cubs lead 3-1.
  • Heyward doubles in Baez for another run. Cubs lead 4-1.
  • LaStella drives in Heyward. Cubs lead 5-1.
  • Strop has an easy 7th!
  • Not quite as easy for Rondon in the 8th. Or Duensing. Or Edwards. But they got through it. Cubs still lead 5-1.
  • And it’s in the books. The Cubs are the NL Central champions! Extra sweet to do it in St. Louis!

Now, tell me your Playoff Game #1 lineup, including your choice of pitchers. I will keep track of all of the guesses and maybe even give a prize. It will either be Brad’s phone number or if you already have that, I’ll let you substitute.


  1. Bryzzo1744
  2. Brad Lyerla
  3. Adam Peters
  4. Doug S.
  5. cap'n realist
  6. Bryzzo1744
    • Doc Raker
      • Bryzzo1744
      • Michael S.
  7. Doc Raker
  8. Sherm
  9. Jerry in Wisconsin
    • Kyle
      • Jerry in Wisconsin
  10. Adam Peters
    • Eddie Von White
      • Dork
      • Adam Peters
      • Dork
      • Doc Raker
    • cap'n realist
  11. Bryzzo1744
    • Brad Lyerla
    • Doc Raker
  12. Dork
    • Doc Raker
    • cap'n realist
  13. Doc Raker
  14. Eddie Von White
  15. Doc Raker
    • cap'n realist
      • Doc Raker
  16. Jerry in Wisconsin