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Cubs Notes: Week in Review

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Here’s to hoping that everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  It was a great time down here in the Sooner state, as Thanksgiving dinner is still being had by members of my family.  One can never get enough green bean casserole or stuffing.  In case you started your food coma early this week, here is a review of what happened with the Cubs:

Cubs Kick Off 2018 Season-  For the first time since 1968 every MLB team will play on opening day to start the season.  The Cubs will face the Marlins at 11:30 to lead off all the games for the day.  I, for one, miss the way it was 10 or so years ago when one game was played on Sunday night to start the season…then all other teams played the following day.  I would watch baseball movies all day leading up to the Sunday night game with knowing that the Cubs season would bring the slightest chance of a winner.  Oh how times have changed.

Hyde to the Bench, Venable to First-  When Dave Martinez took over the mangerial duties in D.C., the Cubs began their search for the next bench coach that would serve alongside Joe Maddon.  They did not have to look far as they named Brandon Hyde as Martinez replacement.  This is a good hire for the Cubs.  Hyde does not necessarily bring the experience that others would have brought, but he has developed great relationships with all of our young players.  You can tell the amount of respect that they have for Hyde when they reach first base.  Will Venable comes to the Cubs after finishing his playing career in 2016 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He was named special assistant for the Cubs in September of this year before getting the 1st base gig.

40 Man Roster Sits at 36-  This week the Cubs added 3 to their 40 man roster.  Adbert Alzolay, Oscar De La Cruz, and David Bote were added to the roster which will also protect them in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  Alzolay (Sherm predicts great things from this young man) and De La Cruz will provide some sort of insurance for a depleted minor league system.  The Cubs are in dire need of some arms and these two can give some production in the coming years.  Bote, an infielder, looked good this past season in the minors and did a great job in the Arizona Fall League.  This leaves 4 spots available for the Cubs to make some additions through trade, free agent signings, or waiver claims.  There really needs to be 6 spots on the roster.  I say that because there is no need to offer arbitration to Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm.  Cut ties with these characters because they will no longer provide the Cubs with any sort of value.

 

Its a great time to start your new workout program.  But first finish that turkey, dressing, candied yams, etc.  Christmas will be here before you know it.

  • Doc Raker

    I have to disagree on never getting enough green bean casserole, green beans just don’t do it for me. Green beans can get soggy and if done al dente they taste like plastic. Now my wife’s pork sausage stuffing is something I can’t get enough of.

    So there are 4 spots left on the 40 man roster. I wonder if the Cubs need a 54 year old Optometrist that can rake.

    • They’d be stupid not to be all over that!

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes, pork sausage stuffing should be on every teams’ clubhouse menu.

    • JTBarrett16

      Green bean casserole is good with cream of mushroom, fried onions, and salt

      • Eddie Von White

        That’s what green bean casserole is.

      • Don’t bring facts to the conversation.

      • Doc Raker

        Sounds good minus the green beans

      • JTBarrett16

        I like green beans

      • Buddy

        …and I cannot lie. You other brothers can’t deny.

      • Doc Raker

        Sam I Am

      • JTBarrett16

        I would not like them in a house. I would not like them with a mouse. I would not like them on a train. I would not like them on a plane. I would not like them with a fox. I would not like them in a box. I do not like them or there, I do not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam I am.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I like green beans, just not in a casserole. Putting green beans in a casserole is just ruining good green beans. I also agree with Doc on the stuffing, except that my wife makes the best stuffing ever.

      • JTBarrett16

        Like all normal people I love meat, but I also like my vegetables. Except for beets. Blah!

      • Doc Raker

        Roasted beet salad with goat cheese, yummy.

  • Buddy

    It’s time for another review of comments from the last week, otherwise known as Buddy’s Best…

    1. I just don’t want to be listening to Len when Cobb pitches to Szczur.
    2. If you can’t get a little crazy in high school, then when can you?
    3. And Rick Monday hobbles off into the sunset.
    4. Maybe the NFL should look to the NBA for a clue.
    5. If you own/owned a business would you allow your employees to offend your customers?
    6. Now it’s just a shit show on both sides.
    7. I like the fact that Theo and Jed have been fairly quiet thus far.
    8. What did Atlanta do to deserve such punishment?
    9. So there are 4 spots left on the 40 man roster. I wonder if the Cubs need a 54 year old Optometrist that can rake.
    10. I’m still feeling shame.

    • Eddie Von White

      You’re the best, Buddy.

      • Doc Raker

        Pandering is not attractive.

      • Sherm

        Ling Ling is kinda cute

      • Eddie Von White

        But plays on grammar are – just ask Len.

      • Buddy

        Plays on Grammar…great name for a band.

      • Seymour Butts

        Many more old men are making plays on Grammer than you think at the nursing home.

      • Doc Raker

        Grandma maybe

      • Matlock and Chill?

      • Eddie Von White

        Grammer is not so innocent.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Did everyone die, or was the last 24 hours so boring no one had anything to post?

    • Seymour Butts

      Dying is actually on my bucket list, but I’m saving it for last.

    • JTBarrett16

      Clearly you didn’t die since you posted. I was catching up on email from Florida, and editing photos from my Florida trip

    • Eddie Von White

      Silence is golden.

      • cap’n realist

        CAPS’ silence is platinum

      • JTBarrett16

        My Simpsons liners were getting old, plus I had nothing to say. I’ve been editing photos all week, analyzing this weekend’s Ohio State game, and how they can make the playoff.

      • Eddie Von White

        I have been analyzing them and am expecting them to lose.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I want them to lose, and lose BIG.

      • JTBarrett16

        Haters gonna hate. I will be so mad if Alabama is in over us if we win. I’m tired of this SEC bias.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I ain’t a hater, I am rooting for Wisconsin.

      • How do you know?

  • Doc Raker

    MLB Network has been broadcasting the Ken Burns baseball documentary which is very interesting until it becomes a documentary on NY Baseball. You can watch that documentary for several hours and not learn a single thing about baseball outside of New York. They had an interesting segment on Bob Feller that ended up on the editors floor because he played east of the Hudson river.

  • Anyone up for some condiment fingers?

  • Doc Raker

    I made a baseball comment regarding the east coast centric Ken Burns baseball documentary. Anyone?

    • thumb: tabasco
      pointer: yellow mustard
      middle: cholula
      ring: the watery ass ranch you get from cheap pizza places
      pinky: sriracha

      • JTBarrett16

        You sure like your hot sauce.

        Ketchup
        Barbecue sauce
        Blue cheese dressing
        Ranch dressing
        Salsa

      • Seymour Butts

        Ketchup
        Relish
        Mayonnaise
        Mustard, grey poop-on
        baby wipes

    • Seymour Butts

      OK
      I have that series on DVD and pull it out every couple of years. It’s nicer to watch without commercials. It is a great series for the first few episodes. But, as you have noticed it focuses heavily on what was baseball’s first dynasty in the middle episodes. I agree too heavily. I also think the later episodes pack too much time together and pay the 50’s to the present less than their due.
      Burn’s civil war series is a great look back as well, check it out over the winter. Not much baseball at present.

      • JTBarrett16

        His one on jazz is pretty good too. Baseball Jazz and the civil war are his holy trinity of documentaries.

      • Doc Raker

        He is doing one on Vietnam now.

      • JTBarrett16

        Nice. Hasn’t he done some joint productions with his brother Ric too? He should update his baseball documentary since the Cubs have won the World Series

      • Eddie Von White

        The Holy Tetrad?

      • Doc Raker

        He missed a lot of interesting stuff. He could do an entire inning on Bill Veck alone. If anyone is looking for an interesting baseball read I would recommend “Veck as in Wreck”. A great biography of a one of a kind baseball man, the man responsible for the Ivy at Wrigley that was planted against owner Wrigley’s wishes. I remember seeing him sit in the bleachers after he retired, Veck was a true fan of the game.

  • Doc Raker

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4DImrEdSg
    The brunette with the glasses on (in some scenes) is my daughter Mish. She is studying broadcast journalism at U of Arizona in Tucson. This video was all shot at U of A. It was just released.

    • JTBarrett16

      That was a nice video

    • Eddie Von White

      Congrats to Mish! She looks just like you.

      • Doc Raker

        Don’t be mean to Mish, she is much prettier than me.

      • Eddie Von White

        I was trying to be nice to you.

      • Doc Raker

        I know, I was joking. It is my standard line.

    • This was GREAT! Thanks for sharing with us and best of luck to your lovely daughter.

  • JTBarrett16
  • Buddy

    If you don’t mind, I’ll wait until we have a couple more articles posted before I do the next Buddy’s Best.

    • Pickins are slim in the off-season.

  • Dorito Fingers:
    Thumb: Spicy Nacho
    Pointer: Cool Ranch
    Middle: Spicy Sweet Chili
    Ring: Nacho Cheese
    Pinky: Tapatillo

    • Doc Raker

      I am a spicy hot cheeto guy for all my fingers

      • Eddie Von White

        I am a kettle potato chip guy – any flavor.

      • JTBarrett16

        Even BBQ?

      • Eddie Von White

        Um … see above.