Archive for April, 2004

UPDATED: Twelve Men Out

Monday, April 19th, 2004

I’m keeping up with the game (on company time) Via ESPN MLB GameCast. I like this service; it reminds of that scene in “Eight Men Out,” when Mr. Rothstein goes into the betting parlor to find out if Cicotte beans the first batter to indicate that the fix is on. In the parlor they have a big board and, I think, little magnetic guys indicating baserunners. As a man reads the game updates from a ticker tape, another man updates the board by moving the little people around.

On GameCast, you get the same view, except the ticker tape is zeroes and ones and the little men are sets of pixels.

Some things I’ve noticed so far:

–Clement has thrown 71 pitches in 4 innings. By the scoreboard he appears in control, but 37 balls and 71 total pitches against 12 outs contradicts that supposition.

–Moises Alou has 6 homers!

–The middle of the Cubs lineup doesn’t appear to be driving in many runs without the aid of homers, just by the numbers. Corey Patterson has 2 HR, 5 RBI. Sosa has 4 & 8. Alou 6 hr/12 rbi. Aramis 4 hr/13 rbi. Lee 1 hr/4 rbi (!). From 2-6, they have 17 HR and 42 RBI, or about 2.5 RBI/HR.

–The Cubs are 2nd in the league in homers behind St. Louis and 4th in runs, with 70. With that information in hand, it cannot be said that the Cubs OVERALL don’t score without homers. But it doesn’t look like the middle of the lineup is helping much with that.

And Derrek Lee had best start hittin’. They traded away my favorite new player for him.


Now that’s what I call “getting results!” Derrek Lee hits a grand slam!


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Picks to Click for Monday

Monday, April 19th, 2004

Joe – Ramirez

D-Trick – Lee


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Controversy Controversy

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Well it seems that the Mark Prior saga continues day after day. Recently, ESPN published an article stating that Cub fans might need to be bracing for the possibility that Prior may not pitch at all this season. Dusty Baker reacted very angrily to the accusations and was not pleased at all.

Does ESPN not have any other better things to write about than this? I mean my god, the season is going on. Write about what is happening on the field, not off of it unless you have a REAL story to report. People are getting sick of hearing the same crap reported about Prior. I don’t know how many times I have heard that he has thrown some pitches and should be back mid-May. Lodie Fricken dah. The Cubs need to worry about getting the job done on the field without Prior. He’s not the messiah, and to keep talking as if he’s gonna be the savior of this team is absurd. Enough is enough already. Let the man rehab already in peace. When he’s ready to go, he’ll be back to help up win some ball games. Until then, leave it alone already people.

In other controversy news, C & A Chronicle seems to think that the Cubs demonstration of showing fire was not done with class. Well, I’m sorry, but right now we’re not winning. If it takes Dusty and Woody losing their cool to spark some emotion and drive in this team, so be it. Sometimes you just have to do it to get your team into it. It’s not like it’s just in baseball either. Every sport has this. In hockey, you have an enforcer. Someone who’s specific job it is to get in a fight and raise hell to get his team fired up. In basketball, Coaches often take a technical foul or get themselves thrown out of a ballgame purposely to fire their team up and get a win.

So, again, I have no problem with what Woody or Dusty did the other day. It’s about dang time people show an “I’m sick of losing” attitude in this city. The sports teams are a joke, and it’s got to change. If this is what it takes, bring it on and lets see some more of it.

In other news today, the Cubs lost another one to the stupid Reds. Not much to say about a game where the wind blew out 30mph. It’s anyone’s game and the Reds managed to get one more run than us. It’s hard to brag about that kind of win. It was just a matter of who could get the ball in the air the most. That’s not a baseball game and I am not going to treat it as one.

Player of the Game

Sammy Sosa. It’s hard to argue with 2 HR’s in a loss. He did what he needed to do. Alou also played a heck of a game, falling a single short of the cycle.


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Picks to Click for Sunday

Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Dave – Sosa

Joe – Bako if he’s catching Maddux, otherwise, Barrett

Shaun – Alou

Keenan – Maddux

D-Trick – Maddux


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You do whatcha gotta do (Part 2)

Saturday, April 17th, 2004

For the second straight day the Cubs showed some fire in their bellies. Also, for the second straight day, that fire got someone ejected. This time in the form of Kerry Wood. I’m not hear to recount what happened. Leave that to the news reporters. I am hear to critique, compliment, and criticize. I like this fire. I like competitive drive in players and managers. I like guys who don’t like to lose. I have no problem with what Woody did today. Be the Ace of this staff and show some fire. It wasn’t like he got himself kicked out of the ballgame before Dusty was ready for him to come out. He pitched until Dusty said that it was time to be done, and then Wood let the Umpire know what he thought. I give him props for holding his tongue until the right time.

I thought we had this game today, but I guess we owed the Reds one after we got a comeback yesterday. We lose a heartbreaker, but we showed heart. If this team keeps playing with this drive and heart, the pieces will begin to fall into place.

Player of the Game

I think Woody deserves this honor. He had only given up 1 run through 8 innings. At that point, bring in Borowski. I give him credit. He did what he needed to do. I he keeps pitching like this, we’ll be fine.


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