Archive for April, 2004

Pick to Click 4/30/04

Friday, April 30th, 2004

Get your pick in for the big competition. Just leave you full name and e-mail and your pick for the day in the comment section. You are allowed to pick the same player as someone else. Valuable Prizes for the winner. Entries so far are as follows:

Joe: Moises Alou

Dave: Aramis Ramirez

Shaun: Corey Patterson

Sloth: Sammy Sosa

D-Trick: Derrek Lee

James Crockett: Kerry Wood

Mike D (94YAC): Todd Walker

Brian Hipp: Moises Alou


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Southpaw Swap

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

The Cubs acquired Jon Connolly from Detroit in exchange for Felix Sanchez.

At first I thought they traded Jesus Sanchez and I was dancing the Marimba. I thought Hendry had polished a turd and traded it for a big fat gold nugget. The fact that they gave up Felix Sanchez made me explore it further. Looks like they traded big fat gold nugget-like objects which could still turn out to be pyrite. They’re both young lefties who were highly regarded in their systems.

Sanchez is 22, Connolly is 20.

Ted Nye ranks Sanchez #369 (#15 on the Cubs’ list). He puts Connolly at 116 overall, 3rd on the Tigers’ list.

TigersCentral has this to say of Connolly:

“Great Control. Led all minors in ERA (in 2003, 1.41)…can’t break glass with his fastball…more like Jamie Moyer than Jamie Walker.”

He K’d 104 in 166 innings in ’03, 50 in 85 1/3 in ’02, both A ball.

After looking at all that I’d say we made a lateral move. Younger, but with lower strikeout numbers, and minor league K numbers are a pretty good indication of whether a guy’s going to have success in the majors. If he improves his K rate this year, I will make a smiley face. If the numbers go down, I will make a sad face.


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Pick to click contest starts tomorrow

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Get your picks in now for the contest that starts with Friday’s game against the evil redbirds. There are prizes for the winner so make sure you get your picks in each day. If will just leave your full name and e-mail address in the comment section along with your pick for that day before gametime and I will make sure it gets entered into the contest. You cannot pick the same player twice and the winner will be the player of the game for that day. Good luck all. Get those pick in and go cubbies. In the event that my comment section fails when you try to get your pick in, just e-mail me.


The first place winner will have his choice of the following: Autograph from Ernie Banks (Not in mint condition, but it’s the sentimental value that counts), Cubs Wrigley field plaque, or a $15 gift certificate to shops. 2nd and 3rd place winners will pick in order from the remaining prizes.


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Pole 1-0 as Cubs Manager

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

The Cubs avoided an embarassing sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks with a 4-3 win.

On the plus side, Alex Gonzalez continued his mystifying ability to hit clutch home runs, Greg Maddux pitched six solid innings, leadoff man Todd Walker got on base three times and scored twice, and Joe Borowski got a Mitch Williams-esque save.

On the minus side, Steve Finley somehow hit three home runs, one of which was served up by LaTroy Hawkins in the 8th, the Cubs managed all of six hits, and Maddux allowed 8 baserunners and 2 homers.

Interim manager Dick Pole served in Baker’s stead while the latter served the suspension he received during the altercation with CB Bucknor. Does anyone know if that’s Pole’s first game as manager?


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Reflections of a tattered soul

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

The last two games the Cubs “played” have resulted in two losses and a run differential of -18. Both the offense and the pitching staff have struggled. Not too many good things happened (besides Hollandsworth upping his slugging percentage to 1.000).

The six game winning streak the Cubs rattled off just prior to–wait a minute, let me rephrase that–just before these last two games lulled me into a place where naked ladies floated by on pillowy clouds and cars never broke down. Suddenly, the naked ladies turned into harpies, the clouds turned dark and stormy, and all the cars were Edsels.

This morning I recognized the melancholia with which I was stricken; it was the feeling a puppy must have when a kindly new owner, pockets bulging with Snausages, takes it home from the pound, only to be stolen from its backyard the next day and sold to Mike Tyson. Hopes risen, hopes dashed. It was the same feeling I had last year after the Marlins series, and in 1998 after Trachsel’s departure in his best start in memory against the Braves in the playoffs. It was the feeling of hopelessness.

The circumstances were different this time, though; this kind of shoulder-sloper shouldn’t hit until the playoffs, right? If this is what being a Red Sox fan is like, I’ll take the Cubs.

Tonight, even if the Cubs lose 6-3, I expect I’ll go back to the feeling of cautious optimism I had entering the season. The Johnson/Webb games have ripped away my giddy euphoria, my hubris, and and replaced it with a grim realism not unlike a hangover. Hangovers go away with time, and so will my irrational fear that my unbridled JOY in watching the Cubs will be punished tenfold.

No stats on these last two games. They were played in Arizona; I’m going to pretend they were poorly scheduled spring training games and stare at this awful picture of Tuffy Rhodes.


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