Archive for November, 2003

Friday, November 28th, 2003

Not much to report since that Lee trade. I love the offseason but I hate all the waiting each day. I wish there was one move each day. There ought to be a deadline like there is in the regular season. That way all the moves would come all at once.

Well, now that we have first base covered for the year, we still need to get some things on our shopping list. I know everyone says we need to upgrade our bullpen, but I don’t know that you have to pay closer type money to do it. If you look at Houston, one name that comes to mind is Lidge. He was great this year and he makes next to nothing. Lets give our guys like Mitre and Wellmeyer a chance. If for some reason they don’t work out, you can always get bullpen help during the season. Give the kids a chance and spend the money on guys that play everyday. This is what we need to do. There are one of two paths. Path 1 is to trade Sosa to someone like Balt. Who are desperate for a player to market and bring fans to the park. What better thing to market then a happy go lucky right fielder who in chasing Hank Aaron? We give them Sosa and use his money to go after Vlad.

Path 2 would be to stick with Sosa and add one more bat to our lineup. We can either go after a SS or a C. I think we should go after Tejada and not Pudge because Tejada is younger and would probably be cheaper than Pudge because of the playoff stats Pudge just put up. Also, there are a couple decent SS that seem to be on the market so the value of Tejada decreases. When we sign Pudge or Tejada, we stick with the status quo on the other position. Which means we either ride out Gonzo’s contract or Miller’s. Either way, neither is that bad. Both have their positives. Miller handles a pitching staff well and seemed to field his position very well. He couldn’t hit very well, but we got 5 outs away with him so it should be the same deal this year. Gonzo fields great and gets timely hits, but made a horrible error when it mattered most and has a super low batting average.

I think either path we choose will definitely help our lineup tremendously. From there, we add a # 5 starter and sign Grudzielanek for cheap. I think we could convince him that we would win the series and that he needs to be a part of it. He may take a small deal since he is a veteran. As much as I want Castillo, I just don’t think we could afford him. Actually, let me rephrase that. I just don’t think the organization without testicles will spend the money to get him. Who cares if it means buying the world series. We’re entitled to one before we die. Store bought or home grown, it doesn’t matter to me.

On a side note, I am going to be adding a little flavor to this site in the form of a game. Each time I post, I will put a quote from a movie or a tagline from a movie. It’s your job to guess what movie it is from, without scouring the internet just to get it. Sound good? Here is the first one. We’ll start kind of easy. Just post your guess in the comments section.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster. ~ Tagline from what movie?

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

Move # 1 for the Cubbies is a good one in my opinion. The sloth doesn’t like it all that much, but what can you do? I think this is a good move. We needed to shore up the firstbase position and decide what we were going to do. I like Hee Seop Choi, but I didn’t think he was ready for the bigtime this year, and that is what we want. We want to win it this year. Derrick Lee is in a better position to help us do that. I really like that he can run and that he has a great glove. In my opinion, this is a great start for the offseason for this team. I don’t know that we’ll be able to get pudge though now that the Marlins have unloaded a little salary. The one nice thing is that everywhere I read, the Marlins and pudge apparently are not close for their salary figures. We’ll just have to wait and see. Happy Thanksgiving Jim Hendry. I am thankful that we are off to a good thought. What do you guys think?

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003

So there are a few things that I want to talk about. First, why in the world is Darryl Strawberry getting yet another chance in baseball. This guy is a dopehead for life and he is just a loser. Why does he keep getting second, third, fourth, fifth, etc chances to be a part of baseball but Pete Rose can’t seem to get another chance. Also, the spanks hired him as a mentor no less. It’s like the bizarro world we’re living in. I think he should be out of baseball. What do you guys think?

Second, Gagne won the CY young award today. No surprise here. I didn’t expect Prior to win. I think Gagne deserved to win the award. He was simply dominating all year. I think if Prior did not get injured and miss those starts it would have been a much closer race than it was. There is always next year’s cy young award. I feel like the award was given to the right guy.

Still no significant free-agent signings since the Miceli signing so that’s about all for tonight. Let me know what you all think. Also, if you have any cool websites that you think I should link to, please let me know.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003

Just a quick survey for everyone. Please leave a comment for your response to this question. “What website or TV resource do you go to for the best MLB or sports rumors in general?” If it is a website, please put the address so I can make a link to it on my site.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2003

Free Agent Signing # 1 – Throughout this offseason I am going to try to grade the offseason moves made by teams. I am going to grade them by intelligence to the ballclub.

Dan Miceli – Houston Astros

This is a good move for the Astros. A team that had a dominating bullpen last year traded one of their more deadly members last week in an effort to reduce payroll. So, what do they do? They go out and get Miceli to keep payroll down but make sure their pen is still solid. They couldn’t afford to lose 2 solid guys from their pen. Miceli played for 4 teams last year, the last of which was Houston and he didn’t do a bad job at all. He’s 33yrs old and is making under a million dollars. He was 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA. While this is just a little splash, it could pay off big for the Astros in the long run this next year.

Grade – B (While not a big move, it’s important for the Astros to try to keep their strength in tact as much as possible while still keeping payroll down. Signing Miceli for cheap accomplished that task.)

In other news, The Milwaukee Brewers front office has been told by the organization to cut the team payroll to $30 million. Because of this, Richie Sexon and Geoff Jenkins may be on the way out. This could mean Sexon could be wearing Cubbie Blue next year. What do you think about that? Let me know!!!

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Monday, November 10th, 2003

Let the Games Begin

So today officially starts the offseason circus. The offseason that could do 1 of 2 things for loyal cub fans. It can either get us so juiced that we wet our pants about a potential world series title or it can be business as usual for an organization which is quickly approaching 100 years without a title. Everything that I have been reading seems to suggest two things. 1)The offseason signings will not come fast and furious because no one has any money to spend. This is fine with me because it could mean that players salaries are finally going to start coming down a little. 2)The Cub’s acquisitions will be minor, fill in the holes type moves. This makes me mad and I hope to God that people are wrong about this. No matter what, I trust Jim Hendry. I trust that he has been put in this position because he knows what he is doing. If he had not gone out and did what he did to get us to the post season I would be worried, but because of this last year I have faith. No matter what, look at a few things. He was able to pawn Todd Hundley and get two starters out of the Dodgers for him. Granted they may only be starters for us one year, it was sure nice having them instead of Hundley. Also, he made a spectacular trade to get Ramirez and Lofton. We needed those guys and he may have shored up our Achilles heel for a little while. Lastly, he brought in a respectable manager. Now I agree that Dusty seems to use his pitchers too much, but he brings a winning attitude to this team. That is something we haven’t had in quite awhile. Even when we made the playoffs in 98, we didn’t actually expect to win. This year, we expected to beat the Braves and Marlins.

All in all, what I am trying to get to is that I trust the Cubs this offseason. While we may not get Vlad or Pudge or Tejada, I trust we will make good smart moves to get this team back next year.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2003

Not too long I read Rick Reilly’s article about a kid named Ben Comen who is a cross country runner for a High School in SC. Because I do not have access to SI online articles, I can’t paste a link. It is the Oct 20th issue in the very back. It is well worth reading. Anyways, here is a link to the Anderson Independent which wrote a good article on him too. Check it out and post comments.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

So I got a comment on my site about the availability of Todd Helton. I have to admit that the idea of having a guy like Helton in the line up would be almost as good as sex. It won’t happen though because he makes too much money. It definitely is something to look into though depending on what they want. Give em Choi, give em Sammy, give em what ever they want if it means we have a guy who hits .350 in our line up. The one question though is how much of Helton’s numbers are Coors Field inflated. It sure is nice to dream though.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2003

I want to take this time to recommend a website/game. Check out SMALLBALL. I really recommend this game. It is kind of like the Sims but baseball. You sign up and get your own team and then train them. If you are skeptical, read the tutorial and see what it’s like. If you do check it out, post your comments on my site along with your team ID so we could possibly play a game. My team id is 424247. Go CHECK IT OUT!!!!

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