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October 2009



Monday Morning Cup O'Joe

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  • Rudy Jamarillo on the radar screen (Source) – “Jaramillo, 59, spent 15 seasons as the Rangers’ hitting coach and earned a reputation as one of the best in the game. He left the Rangers this week because he wanted a multiyear contract.” I’m not a big believer in the hitting coach, but after the slump we saw last year, it can’t hurt, can it?
  • So Taguchi shown the door (Source) – I wondered why he was on the roster all year last year anyway, but this one simply becomes a move to make room on the 40 man roster heading into the off-season. Taguchi is 39, and my guess is that he’ll retire.
  • Jason Marquis leaving Colorado? (Source) – Tracy Ringolsby mentions that former Cub, Jason Marquis has it in his plan to sign with the NY Mets this off-season. My question is if you had the chance to sign him back, would you take him on the Cubs? I think I would. Every team he’s ever been on has been in the post-season. Think about that for a second. That’s insane.
  • Opening Day Lineup Quiz – I took this quiz and had a blast. I scored something like 123, which wasn’t bad, considering I generally don’t remember much about the current season, let alone the past seasons. Take the quiz and post your score.
  • BuckeyeCub

    If Jaramillo is available, get him. He is the best hitting coach in the game. I think he would be very important. I don’t think it’s a coincidence Hasbro had the best OBP in 2008 or DeRosa became a much better hitter after his one year in Texas

    Taguchi, yawn. He was a bit part, probably here to help Fukudome just like Takatsu was in 2008

    I wouldn’t sign Marquis. He isn’t very good. So what if every team he’s been on has been in October? That doesn’t automatically make him good, now does it? If that was the case, wouldn’t that mean Niefi is good because he was on the Tigers WS team in 2006. Niefi helping a team win. LMAO! Playing Niefi hurts a team as much as Sarah Palin did to John McCain’s chances at winning the election.

    I think Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz had much more to do with the Bravos in October than Marquis, and I think Carpenter, Suppan, Pujols, Rolen, Edmonds had more to do with the Redbirds in than him, and I think Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Zambrano, Lilly, Dempster, Marmol, and Woody had more to do with us getting in than he did. Not to mention, Marquis has pitched for 2 of the best pitching coaches in the game in Dave Duncan and Leo Mazzone. But what really speaks volumes to me is that in 2006, despite all the health issues the Cardinals had with their pitching, he was left off the post-season roster. Side note, I read about our old pal Murton on that link about Marquis and almost Murton instead of Marquis

    I got a 125 on the quiz. But it is almost 3AM, a lot of players I didn’t remember I can’t believe I forgot them. I am such an idiot. I’m going to have to take it again another day

  • I would not sign Marquis. Maybe Colorado is well suited for him with his sinker. Maybe the humador helps his sink. He is a horse that doesn’t miss starts but he is a 4 or 5 starter and thinks he is an ace. I think he is from NY, just a guess from his accent, so let him go to the Mets to add to their dysfunction.

  • BuckeyeCub

    Marquis is from NY.

  • Have you ever heard him talk? He sounds like he is from Brooklyn.

  • BuckeyeCub

    According to his wikipedia page he is from NYC, and he grew up a Yankees fan

  • Maybe the Yankees will sign him to be their 7th starter, just in case 3 of their regulars go down. They can have him wash everyone cars while he waits for a start. Not bad work for $7M per.

  • Lizzie

    I can’t think of a Cub I’ve ever liked less than Jason Marquis.

  • BuckeyeCub

    I can’t think of a Cub I’ve ever liked less than Jason Marquis.

    I can: Dusty’s Toys, Neifi and Macias

  • Doc Raker

    I can’t think of a Cub I’ve ever liked less than Jason Marquis.

    Hasbro, Korey Patterson and Joe Pepitone

  • BuckeyeCub

    Who is Joe Pepitone?

  • cubbiedude

    Who is Terrell Pryor?

  • BuckeyeCub

    He is the starting quarterback for the football team at THE Ohio State University. That’s THE Ohio State University

  • Joe

    I hate OSU for no other reason than that stupid THE ohio state univ. garbage.

  • BuckeyeCub

    But that’s the official name of the school.

  • cubbiedude

    I spent a few days in Columbus, Ohio, once, and I had a wonderful time. But then, I spent a few days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, once, and that was OK, too.

  • Who is Joe Pepitone?

    Joe Pepitone played in the 70’s for the Yanks and the Cubs. One of his claims to fame is he was the first baseball player to bring a hair dryer into the clubhouse. He now has a fanny larger that the double green door next to the 368 sign in left center. The bullseye we drew on the fanny of his baseball pants was sweet revenge and very large.

    He is one of the ex players at Cubs camp. He is unlikeable, he runs his mouth with bad Italian jokes, drinks to much and get’s into fights with 60 year old men half his size. He’s a jagoff to say the least.

  • JoePepitone

    Doc —

    Please don’t hold my screen name against me. It is a tribute to the birth of my rabid Cub fandom as a kid, not to the ballplayer himself. I first started following the Cubs on a daily basis during summer vacation in 1971 (after sporadically watching the year before). I was 11 years old and Pepitone had a torrid June — batted .371/.412/.657 with 7 HR and 22 RBI (and an OPS of 1.069) and was playing a flashy 1st base. He hit a three-run HR in the bottom of the eighth of the first Cubs game I ever attended to beat Hank Aaron’s Braves 3-2 (June 14, 1971). I thought he was soooooo cool.

    He soon proved to be both a flake and a dickhead, as I soon discovered less than a year later — ‘retiring’ only 8 games into the season, then ‘unretiring’ a few weeks later and overall playing like he didn’t give a crap. Out of baseball less than a year after that.

    My screen name celebrates my youth, my early blind belief in and enthusiasm for both a player (Pepitone) and a team (the Cubs) that seemed truly awesome. I knew nothing of heartbreak or failure. Back then, I was ignorant of the fallibility of professional athletes, nor was I aware of the long term organizational ineptitude of the Cubs and I certainly did not know how far into the future their futility would stretch. Back then, I only believed and the future seemed bright and promising.

    BTW, I soon wised up and my favorite player became Billy Williams. Now there was a ballplayer worth cheering for.

  • BuckeyeCub

    Joe I was like you as a kid, I got into baseball because of the home run chase in 1998, and I became a Cubs fan because they made the playoffs that year, and after they got off to a hot start in 1999, I felt the same way. Sosa was my favorite player for a while, but then during the 2003 season Wood, Prior, and Zambrano became my favorite players

  • Doc Raker

    Nice story Joe. I won’t hold it against you. Pepitone still has that long pretty hair although he can take it off any time he wants. He could hit back in the day. Being Italian, I am not fond of big mouth Italians who threaten to break your legs every time they open their mouths. I know he is kidding but it isn’t funny after the first 50 times.

    More power to you screen name JoePepitone.

  • Seymour Butts

    I asked Joe at camp a couple of years ago,”Hey, Joe, can you sign for me?’ he said sure and then I handed him my cup.
    Jody and Czonk were laughing their heads off watching, and Joe pretended to be offended and then did actually sign it. I think it says “You are a Fucking Asshole, Joe Pepitone” It’s in my trophy case.

  • Funny Seymour, clever. That’s funnier than watching Pepitone hit on toothless crack whores and get shut down.