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Buddy’s Best – Bombogenesis

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Seriously, bombogenesis? This is a real weather term? I would have bet money that it was the name of a crappy Genesis tribute band. And if that was the case, Len Kasper would be able to tell you when and where they’re playing this year. At any rate, you didn’t comment on bombogenesis this week, but you had plenty to say about other topics. Here are a few highlights, in no particular order:

  1. We should sign R.A. Dickey or make a splash with Colon.
  2. Had a paper route at 9 and have worked every day of my life since.
  3. My favorite Angel Guzman story was watching him walk down Waveland Avenue after a game with fans swarming all around him like flies and he just kept right on walking, ignoring the whole bunch of them.
  4. Who’s going to call people idiots in your stead?
  5. When I go to Starbucks I hold my nose until I can get out the door.
  6. When I get coffee or tea at Starbucks I always say my name is Bob.
  7. Like most people, Arrieta likes making money.
  8. Anyone who pays him for more than 4 years will be way overpaying.
  9. Here’s the thing about Jake that intrigues me. Consider HOF’er Dennis Eckersley. When he went to the A’s, after 12 years of decent starting pitching, they turned him into a closer. Why? Because he was practically unhittable in his first three or four innings every start. So is Jake.
  10. I have a wicked 45mph curve ball that has a 4 foot drop, mainly due to gravity, but it is a tough pitch to hit.

 

Question of the week: What is your favorite Cubs team of all team? It’s an easy choice for me—the 1984 Cubs. That was the first time in my entire life that the Cubs made the postseason. What say you?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    For me it is a tie between the ’84 and 2016 Cubs. The ’84 team for the reason above, and they were the best Cubs team from before I was 21. The 2016 Team because they were the first to win it all.

  • JTBarrett16

    The 2003 and 2016 teams. 2003 because I feel that that team is what started a culture shift in Wrigleyville. It was also the first year I truly understood the game of baseball and what being a Cubs fan was all about. I was 15 in 2003, and had only been watching since 1998, with no family to teach the game to me. 2016 for the same reason Jerry said.

    • I like how we’re starting out the week with more weird family comments.

      • JTBarrett16

        Poorly worded on my part. No in my family cares for sports and no one else taught the games to me. What I learned I learned from watching and playing.

  • Buddy

    Sorry for the typo in the question of the week. It should have read “all time” not “all team.”

  • Eddie Von White

    That’s a tough question. My all time favorite Cubs team is every team that gave us cause for excitement and hope for the WS. When I was a kid it was the teams with Williams, Santo, Banks etc. It is the ’84 and ’03 Cubs and ’08 Cubs. Same for ’16. I don’t have one favorite. They’re all my all time favorite.

    • Buddy

      The 1989 Cubs also have a soft spot in my heart.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        That team was the first Cubs team to win a night playoff game.

      • Doc Raker

        Gracey and Will Clark put on a show that playoff series.

  • 2016.

  • Doc Raker

    Harry Carey, Spet 24 1984, “The Cubs are the Champions! The Cubs are the Champions!” of the NL East. That was the greatest call until Pat Hughes said, “There’s a roller to Bryant over to Rizzo and the Cubs are World Series Champions. The Cubs come pouring out of the dugout, jumping up and down like hilarious children. The longest draught in American sports is over.”

    • “There’s a slow roller over to Bryant, roll over to Binny’s Beverage Depot for the area’s greatest selection of beer, wine, and spirits, throws to Rizzo, it’s in time and the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series, you’ll never lose with Gold Coast Bank!”

      • Doc Raker

        “It never felt better to Fly the W congratulations from State Farm”
        That’s a true quote

      • “It never felt better to Fly the W congratulations from State Farm, idiots”

      • Doc Raker

        I am moving to the Village of Bedford Park with its friendly business environment and abundant water supply.

  • mickey

    the 1906 cubs with Tinkers to Evers to Chance. Hap Steinfeldt at 3rd base.

  • Seymour Butts

    In a prior time my handle, pseudonym, whatever was “69 fan”.
    I know, you are shocked.
    These were the guys I worshiped as a kid in my “formative” years. Perhaps my greatest life experience has been meeting many of these players from that team and developing friendships with some of them.

    • Doc Raker

      I think you still worship them

  • Adam Peters

    1984 was the year I fell in love with the Cubs.

    The Daily Double at the top, followed by the Sarge, the Bull, Keith Moreland, the Penguin, Jody Davis-Catcher Without a Fear, and the weakest hitting shortstop in the history of the game Larry Bowa.

    I remember watching the Rhyno Game on WGN, and watching them clinch on a Rick Sutcliffe fastball that was about 9″ outside.

    I snuck in my dad’s transistor radio to school to listen to Game 1 of the NLCS.

    Good times.

    But 2016 has their own place in history, and it’s a good one!

    • Buddy

      My favorite part about ’84 was Sutcliffe’s season. The guy just didn’t lose.

      • Doc Raker

        Until game 5 in San Diego. Killer.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Stop bringing up bad memories.

  • JTBarrett16

    Cubs Convention is this weekend, and Bozo has been invited. Looks like they’re welcoming him back after all his antics.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      You really need to learn to forgive people.

      • JTBarrett16

        I was surprised because they’re welcoming him back but they’re still shunning Sosa

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Sosa has never apologized for his mistakes, and also has proceeded to make one arrogant remark after another. The Big Z has always apologized for his mistakes, and has always been gracious whenever Gatoraide coolers are not around.

      • Buddy

        Is Angel Guzman invited?

      • Eddie Von White

        I sure hope so. I need some new Angel stories.

      • Doc Raker

        Will Pete LaCock be there?

      • JTBarrett16

        I think you’re quite capable of looking that up

      • Pete LaWhom?

      • Maybe they’ll play a rousing round of Hollywood Squares! Good times!

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Or they could play a game of Chicago Cubs Squares, with Pete LaCock playing his father as the MC. Jay Johnstone or Ryan Dempster would have to be the center square.

    • Doc Raker

      Sherm invited him back when he ran into him at the airport.

  • JTBarrett16
    • Eddie Von White

      You just did.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    So when do pitchers and catchers report? I need something to keep me going.

    • JTBarrett16

      There’s an app called Days Until on the iPhone. Idk about pitchers and catchers, but opening day is 77 days away. And yes, Swan, that’s a Thursday

    • Doc Raker

      Usually right around Valentines Day is when pitchers and catchers report. More importantly Seymour and his camper buddies report the last week of this month. Go join Seymour for some real fun in Cub Fantasyland. You can report his real stats to us.

      • Seymour Butts

        I would never lie… But I am a very stable genius.

      • Doc Raker

        You are not a liar…But….

      • Report via 10 minute long video of him taking grounders.

      • Doc Raker

        And then we take grounders………….And then we take batting practice…………And then Sutcliff bangs Randy’s camp coordinator……And then Sutcliff’s wife shows up……..And then the camp coordinator looks really pissed…………

      • Seymour Butts

        …allegedly

      • This one time
        At Randy camp
        …………..

      • Doc Raker

        I can verify everything except the actual act, it was very entertaining. And then Sutcliff says, “I didn’t know she was coming”………………I just sat back drinking my beer enjoying the show.

      • JTBarrett16

        No and then!

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Is that when the Bombogenesis began?

  • Doc Raker

    I think we need a reporter at Randy’s camp so we can at least get some Cub news. “Seymour hits a slow roller to short. Seymour is finishing his swing and starting to move out of the box. The ball might get to the dirt of the dirt of the infield. Jimmy the accountant is charging the ball from deep short. Jimmy still charging, Seymour still running, about 20 feet up the now. Jimmy starts to stumble, regains his footing, still charging. Seymour 45 feet down the line now. What are they serving for lunch today Randy? BBQ Chicken nice. Seymour 55 feet down the line now, Jimmy still charging. Jimmy gets to the ball, stands up and rifles it over to Steve the Neurosurgeon, well lobs it over to Steve. It bounces in the ground in front of Steve. Steve runs his head and the ball bounces behind him. Seymour now 70 feet down the baseline. No one is backing up Steve. Steve turns around to chase after the ball. He jogs over to get it picks it up and turns around to throw to first base. No one is there. Seymour is now 80 feet down the line. Steve starts to run to first. It look like it will be a collision of cruise ships, neither one has any breaks, they have all their momentum but can’t stop. Seymour finally gets to the bag, Steve gets to the bag, the crash into each other, both cruise ships go down. The ball is still in Steve’s glove, Seymour looks to the ump. The ump is laughing. The ump call shim out! Seymour complains, ‘I beat him to the bag’. The ump shakes his head and says to Dwayne the second baseman, ‘anything that ugly can’t be a hit.’

    • No reporter can give us better than this!!!!!

    • Seymour Butts

      1 week from now it begins again. You really need to get back.

      • Doc Raker

        Good times. Sue then chugs a few beers in the trainers room chatting Randy up about providing shin guards for all the infielders. I hit a triple off Steve Trout that landed 30 feet behind first base because Lee Arthur Smith was in right field and never saw the pop up and then never hustled to it after his teammates started yelling, “Lee Arthur”. It is a triple in the books. Good times.

      • Seymour Butts

        True dat…do come back.

      • Doc Raker

        Working on it

  • Doc Raker

    The Pirates traded away McCutchen and Cole, looks like they are rebuilding, again.

    • JTBarrett16

      They’re always rebuilding

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Speaking of rebuilding, did Big Toe Joe trade away all of his writers?

      • Seymour Butts

        Did you not read TWO amazing recaps just inches above this note? Considering how hard it is to come by American baseball this time of year, it’s a veritable cornucopia of action.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I agree they were amazing recaps, almost makes you want to be there, but they were not under story headlines, thus they are only comments, not stories by “Joe’s hired staff.” I put it in quotes because my understanding is that if they were paid peanuts it would be a pay increase.

      • You are correct. I lobbied for a two-pack of Top Ramen (best cooked nude, rinse before boiling) but it was over budget.

      • Joe and his family showed the rest of their family how serious they were this time and moved in with a poor adopted family.

      • Sherm

        I’m saving my material for the baseball season.

        Joe tried to trade me, but there were no takers.

      • Eddie Von White

        He could have DFA’d you then when no one picked you up we’d re-sign you. We’d never let you go.

      • Sherm

        Thanks, Eddie!

        I’d have never taken an assignment to the minors. I considered writing in Japan for a season or two to pad my stats, but then remembered that I don’t write Japanese.

        Until then, I’ll just try to be the Bob Scanlan of the staff. Rarely effective, but ready to go at a moment’s notice.

  • Cubs bringing back Dunce. It’s funny because that’s not his name.

    • Seymour Butts

      Hopefully he can find a poor family near the ballpark to adopt him.

    • Doc Raker

      I think the Cubs are serious this time about bring back Dunce.