Archive for July, 2004

Putting the ASS in low class

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

Mr. Jay Mariotti and Mr. Ken “Hawk” Harrelson have been feuding; read the story here.

It sounds like Mariotti is acting like a jerk. Harrelson, ever playing the role of homer, has been retaliating on-air about Mariotti’s incessant Sox attacks, and the two met recently. What followed must have been pretty funny to see; Mariotti puffed out his chest and threatened to punch Harrelson, who responded in a manner similar to Rocky after Ivan Drago threatens to break him in Rocky IV.


Cubs win! Cubs win! There was nothing scarier than getting home last night, turning on Sportscenter, and seeing Carlos Zambrano grabbing his arm, face twisted to reflect his agony. If it isn’t just dehydration, we’d better hope Albert Pujols retires and moves to Fiji to sip little drinks with umbrellas in them on a beach with Jimmy Hoffa, Princess Diana, Elvis, and JFK.

If it is dehydration, I implore Carlos to put water into one of these things and wear it during games.

~Update~ In the pregame interview on WGN Radio, Carlos Zambrano was interviewed about yesterday’s cramp and pitch counts. He said that he is big and strong and can go 150 pitches if Dusty needs it. He also said that he knows his body and WON’T HESITATE to pull the plug on himself if he is tired or feels like he is in danger, REGARDLESS of what Dusty wants to do.


No, not that awful movie with Robert DeNiro, Wesley Snipes, and a blurry Brad Pitt. I’m talking about that guy in the right field family seats at Wrigley who called Gload’s homer foul. SportsCenter gave him lots of airtime; he’s going to be the toast of the town around the office on Monday. The Cubs ought to employ him as an unofficial instant replay guy; give him a video screen and call him “The Bleacher Umpire.” Let him make his call and incite the bleacher fans when the umps blow one. He’d be a much less annoying character than Ronnie Woo Woo. That’ll last until the drunks start jumping off the basket and attacking the umpires. On second thought, let’s let the innovative St. Paul Saints or Newark Bears do it first.


It currently stands at 114-103 in favor of Blue Jay Way. Watching these two heavyweights slug it out for the World Series title has been a pleasure. The All-Star voting is done and it’s too early to vote for our next President, so you have no excuse! Vote! With the race this close, your vote(s) can make a difference! Polls close on 7/14.


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Friday Five: Reasons Thursday’s game left me feeling happy

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

#5: No one was injured.

#4: Beltran hit 2 homers, but it wasn’t enough. Just as the Beltran trade is not enough for the ‘Stros to cause the Cubs trouble in the division race.

#3: Sosa won a game in the 10th with a homer. Whether it is justified at this point in his career, Sosa is still seen as the go-to guy for the Cubs when the chips are down. Tonight he was.

#2: Prior went deep into the game.

#1: From “If Wood feels OK on Friday, he’ll make his start with the I-Cubs and then return to the Cubs’ rotation for one start before the All-Star break, probably July 10 or 11 in St. Louis.” Glendon’s been doing fine, but when Wood comes back we’ll get to see what this year’s team is like at (nearly) full strength. I relish the thought of seeing the team at its finest so there is no longer a question in my mind as to what the team could be, if only they were healthy.


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The Streak Comes to an End

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Well, our little win streak against the hated Astros has come to an end. It was a nice run while it lasted, but alas, all good things must come to an end. I didn’t feel great about this game despite having my boy Matt Clement on the mound. Something about having to face a 300 game winner that just doesn’t sit well with you I guess. This was a game we could have won, but ultimately the Astros probably deserved. They had a lot of chances that were not cashed in during the first half of the game. They kept stringing the Cubs along, letting them remain close. Just when you think the game was ours, along comes Beltran to say “No win for you!!!” It’s a shame because today would have been a good day to get a win for a few reasons. First, the Cards lost to the Pirates yet again, which would have brought us closer in the race. Second, with Prior going in the series wrap up, a second straight sweep of the Astros would have all but killed their moral and hopes of winning the division. Sweeps knock the wind out of you, and could have really hurt the Astros. We’ll just have to play tough tomorrow and get on top early for Prior.

One thing that was a little weird in the game today was when the homeplate umpire tossed what everyone in the part thought was Dusty Baker. He then went back to the dugout and took a seat. The Astros were confused, the announcers on ESPN were confused, and I was unsure myself. Turns out that it was the Sarge who was tossed for arguing the strike zone from the bench. That didn’t seem to be the time for that, considering Lee was just called out on a close play at third base, it which he should have been called safe. Can’t blame a guy for trying to get the team fired up though.

I Feel An Apology Coming On Soon

On this site, we are big Corey Patterson haters. In the beginning of the year, all I wanted to see was Corey traded to KC for Beltran. Each day I would whine and complain about the poor hitting and plate discipline by Patterson, and drool over the very statistically attractive centerfielder in KC. However, recently we have been seeing a new, improved Corey Patterson. While I am not completely sold yet, I am grudgingly reporting that I am coming around to the Corey Patterson idea. Lately he has been working the count more than I have ever seen in his short career. In the last two games, I have seen him have two AB’s where he saw over 10 pitches. While Corey still has some glaring faults like his lack of baserunning ability, I have to say that I think he IS in fact progressing. Maybe by the end of the year, I will owe him an apology for the post about things he will never do in his career. We’ll just have to wait, see, and hope.


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