Archive for December, 2003

Thursday, December 11th, 2003

Ok, I need some help from the Cub’s Blog Army. I have some stupid text that looks like a web address at the top of my page. Can someone look at my source code and tell me what I need to do to get rid of it?

Also, I have new commenting tools but it says “Shout Out” now, which is totally gay. I can’t seem to figure out where it is getting that, so if you could let me know, that would rock.


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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

I added a poll question that I will be changing on sunday nights. Please vote. Also, leave me ideas for questions in my comment section!!!


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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

I wake up this morning and just happen to check the news on yahoo. I always check in the morning, mostly just to see some late scores from the night before. Anyways, I saw the headline that said the Cubs are close to a deal for Rodriguez. Well because of all the hoopla about A-Rod being traded and the Cub’s need for a SS. I just assumed it was more BS rumors about how the Cubs are going to get A-Rod. I all but crapped my pants (which would have been bad because I just got clean in the shower) when I read that the Cubs are close to a deal with not A-Rod, but PUDGE!!!! Holy Crap!!! I had pretty much given up on that idea when we got Lee and the Braves didn’t offer Lopez arbitration. I just assumed they were going to get Pudge to replace Javy. Anyways, I got to thinking about what our lineup would look like if we got Pudge. This is what I would pencil in if I were Dusty

1. Grudzielanek – 2B

2. Patterson – CF

3. Sosa – RF

4. Pudge – C

5. Lee – 1b

6. Alou – LF

7. A-Ram – 3b

8. A. Gonzalez – SS

9. Pitcher Slot

That’s not bad at all. I would be afraid of the Cubs with that lineup and the pitching staff they have. My god, for the first time ever, we may actually be predicted to win the World Series. It’s days like this when I am glad to be a Cub’s fan. There are reports that say this deal could happen within a week and some that say a month. I think if Pudge isn’t going anywhere right away, let him sit a while and let his price tag drop a little. If they would be in danger of losing out, sign him and fill the rest of our spots with kids. World Series in 2004!!!!

Tagline: A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can’t resist the danger. (Name that Movie)


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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

Holy Crap ~ See Link

More on this later today


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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003

No News to report today, but I do have a request. I am looking for some help with some basic blog template design questions. I always notice that there are some blogs that are designed really well and I would like to improve mine. If anyone is willing to give me a hand, it would be greatly appreciated. If you are willing to lend me a hand either e-mail me or leave me a comment in the comment section.

Also, keep trying to get that tagline from my last post. Hint ~ it is a movie that came out after 2000.

Update – If you think your day is bad, read this


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Monday, December 8th, 2003

More and more I read about how the Cubs are going after Nomar, or A-Rod or Maddux. People, when are you going to wake up? I know it’s Christmas time and everyone has a list of things they want for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean they will come true. The fact is, we have a SS who has a great glove and a lot of heart, but can’t hit. Which means we need a new SS. The problem is there really aren’t a whole lot of people calling up Jim Hendry and inquiring about Gonzo. In fact, there is no one calling about him. So, lay off the SS rumors please.

There are rumors that have more fact in them, like Catcher. We may be pursuing Jason Kendall. I am all in favor of this trade as long as we don’t have to give up too much to get him. There are two good FA catchers this year, so Kendall is not in too big of demand. I think we could probably steal him from the pirates like we did with Simon, Ramirez, and Lofton. Hendry seems to be good at picking on the poor teams, which I think is great. Anyways, I am not gonna ramble when nothing with this has happened. Let me know what you think about it in the Comment Section.

Finally, welcome back to Grudz and Goodwin. We’re all glad to have you back.

Tagline: Some memories are best forgotten (Name that Movie)


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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

So here I am back from a horrible defeat for the Fighting Illini in Greensboro, NC last night. It was a late night but I am back to make my comments on the Cub’s news. Yesterday we signed Hawkins. I like this move but I am sticking to my idea that we should not add anymore stupid bullpen guys. I’m sorry but a guy who will give us 60 innings is not as valuable as a hitter or a starting pitcher. Hendry, use the rest of your money on a catcher, OF, and 2b PLEASE!!!!

Anyways, I think that through all of this offseason we as Cub’s fans have lost perspective a little bit. This team was very good last year. It is not the normal type of offseason we are used to having. We are used to having to gut the team and try to add enough over the hill losers to trick the fans into believing we will do well. This year everyone has a World Series in their sights. Don’t get me wrong, that is definitely a good thing but it is important to remember that we do not have to gut this team, which means the Sloth’s complaint that Lee was the big move is not right. We have a team that doesn’t really NEED a bunch of huge moves. Just some smart GM work to evaluate talent and bring in guys that can get the job done like Grudz and Karros did last year. We’re close.

As I was in the shower yesterday, I got to thinking about our team. It’s pretty sad that I can’t even enjoy a good, hot shower without thinking Cub’s baseball. I think I might need counseling. Anyways, I was thinking about what I will call inflation for this year. Our team was good last year but because they are one year older, the inflation factor sets in. Players may not do as well as last year, players may have had career years, injuries, etc. Those thoughts started to get me very depressed because I started to think of our two main offensive weapons last year (Sosa and Alou) and realize they fall into the year older factor, especially Alou. However, then I started to think about the “Get better with maturity” factor. The factor that shows that young players will continue to develop and get better. It brightened my mood when I thought of the players we have to fit in this category. We have Wood, Prior, Zambrano, Clement, Patterson, Ramirez, and Farnsworth (if he finally shows some closing brilliance). That began to get me happy again. My point in all of this rambling is that it is important to look at this team and compare it to the team of last year that got us so close.

Sosa and Alou will deflate a little but our kids will pick up the slack because they too are a year older and wiser having been so close last year. Also, we have added a few pieces. Lee is better at 1b, so right there, we’re better. Hawkins, helps the pen and they guys we lost or don’t resign are not big losses. If we can add a nice 2B or Pudge or Lopez maybe at Catcher, we will be pretty good in my opinion. I don’t know that we even need a 5th starter. Give Wellmeyer or Cruz another chance if it means we bring in talent that plays everyday.

Have faith Cub’s fans!!! We have a GM that seems to have a clue and seems committed to making smart moves and pulling triggers on deals when necessary. Have faith that he will get this team ready to go for next year.

On a side note, there are a few links that I will be adding to my site as soon as this semester is through next week. So for people like fork, your link is coming.

Tagline: Life Is In Their Hands — Death Is On Their Minds! (Name that movie)


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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

Good god there has actually been some activity lately. The Yankees went player crazy yesterday signing Boone, Sheffield and Gordon. Also, the fish were able to bring Castillo back. The one good thing about this is that it means there is little hope of them resigning pudge for next year. As far as second base goes for the Cubs this year, I don’t think we’ll get vidro or walker or any high priced guy. We will have Grudzielanek or maybe someone like Adam Kennedy if they feel he is an upgrade. I’m cool with this though because it means we could go after pudge or Tejada.

I have been thinking about the fact that everyone wants to bring back maddux as our 5th starter but I have to say I have rethought it and I don’t like the move. He will simply command too much money. We need to go after a guy like Ryan Dempster or someone like that and hope. The worst that could happen is they turn into shawn estes and we almost made the world series with him last year. Take a chance on someone cheap and see what they can do. We have enough solid starting pitching that we can get through it if they suck. Besides you can always swing a midseason deal.

I am leaning more towards that mindset lately. I think it is important to not mortgage the team in order to create this dream team. More often than not, it doesn’t work.

I’m sorry this post is so random and jumps from topic to topic but I am in a hurrry.

Tagline: Don’t trust a soul (Name that movie)


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