Archive for October, 2004

Where is the strike when you need it?

Friday, October 22nd, 2004

In 1994, I had my baseball season ruined by a strike. It canceled a season that I considered a great season. There were teams like the Expos, who never win, that were actually winning. There were good guys like Tony Gwynn going for a .4oo BA. Sure, the Cubs were not doing well, with a 49-64 record under the great Tom Trebelhorn, but what else is new? All around, it was an enjoyable year. Then, the strike goes and ruins it all. It takes what could have been a great postseason from us.

Enter 2004. The year of the Cubs, right? How can we lose with Wood, Prior, Maddux, Zambrano, Clement, and a solid pen? Well, after injuries, poor OBP, violent sneezes, peeing on hands, and “umpire conspiracies” take their toll, the Cubs are left for dead in the division and the Wild Card race. Now, I have been forced to endure what could be the most painful postseason ever.

Take a look at the teams I hate, in the order of hatred.
1) Boston Red Sox
2) St. Louis Cardinals
3) New York Yankees
4) Houston Astros
5) Chicago White Sox
6) New York Mets

The top 4 teams all made it to the championship series and the top 2 have both advanced to the World Series. Can it get any worse for me? So, again I ask, where is the strike when you need it? Why can’t it wipe out this postseason? Why can’t it ruin the season for Boston and St. Louis like it did for the Expos just 10 years ago? Why? WHY? WHY?

I don’t know that I will watch the World Series much this year. I didn’t watch it last year because I was just too heart broken. This year, it’s due to hate. Maybe I can put a few calls in and get a strike worked arranged in the next day or so. If not, I’ll just utter the famous phrase. “Wait till next year.”

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Baseball update

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Fox has gotten itself into a mess; the Yanks-Sox game, which is 4-3 Yankees in the 8th with nobody out, Sox on 1st and 3rd, and Rivera entering the game, is running over the St. Louis-Houston game.

Both playoff series are, for me, like the presidential race; I, and maybe some other voters, am put in the position of voting for the lesser of two evils. Go Sox! Let the only mostly evil team beat the completely evil team!

UPDATE: Sox tie it. 4-4 going into the bottom of the 9th. Last night’s game was an extra-inning thriller; how many innings will this one go? Who will win? Can the Sox stay alive? Can the Yankees put them away? Who are those mysterious women that Fox keeps showing? Are they just attractive women or wives of the players? When will Fox lose the baseball contract? Will anyone realize that McCarver sucks? When will the questions end?

UPDATE: Answers: 14. Sox. Yes. No. Don’t know. Don’t know. Probably not. Only listeners. When that question was asked.

Very exciting baseball games. I feel lucky to have watched them. Now, though the Sox are still barely hanging on, all they need to do is win two games in Yankee Stadium after being down 3-0. Doubtful, but that would be quite a story. In Houston, Jeff “Foxworthy” Kent hit a 3 run dinger to support Backe & Lidge and put them up 3-2. Carlos Beltran is playing like this is HIS postseason.

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More on Caminiti, plus good news for radio listeners

Friday, October 15th, 2004 is reporting that the preliminary results from the autopsy indicate that Ken Caminiti died of a drug overdose. Thanks to Michael Hurta for pointing out that the autopsy is not yet complete, so it’s not yet certain. Caminiti appeared at one point to be willing to try to get better, but it’s too bad that he didn’t make it. While we’re on the topic of recently deceased public figures, I’d like to tip my hat to Christopher Reeve and Rodney Dangerfield. If only it could have been Kevin Costner and Carrot Top instead.

According to Ed Sherman of (no link included because of their unexplained need for readers to log in) Pat Hughes loves working with Santo and doesn’t want the TV job right now, if offered. That’s great news for WGN listeners via radio or webcast. You can go to and read Ed Sherman’s latest column for more. God bless those two. Hearing Pat and Ron doing Cubs games via webcast is one of the good things in my life.

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Stoney yea, trainer nay

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

According to the Sun-Times, Cubs trainer Dave Groeschner and his assistant have been given the boot, or more appropriately, the achilles tendon.

They join diminutive spaz Wendell Kim in the unemployment line. Kim should consider joining Danny Almonte’s old team; he’s little league sized and little league brained.

However, Steve Stone appears to be keeping his job, according to the company that cuts his checks, the Chicago Tribune.

That’s all neutral to good news from my persepective. Though I doubt Groeschner was to blame for all the injuries, Kim was certainly an albatross around the Cubs’ neck, and Stone deserves to keep his job.

And now, Mr. Hendry, on to the business of quietly tampering with Renteria to sign him for next year, trading Sosa, signing Ramirez, and trying to collect more failed veteran middle infielders who can’t hit than Cher has plastic surgeries.

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Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

It’s been awhile since I have had the desire to post something new on the site. I apologize for that, but I think all writers in the Cubs blog army will tell you that when the season is over, it gets extremly difficult to be positive and write. The team was nothing but a disappointment to me, so I would like to take the time to talk about the current state of affairs of the ALCS. To be honest, all four of the remaining playoff teams disgust me, but none more than the Yankees and Red Sox. Now I know a lot of Cub fans would love to see the Red Sox win it all so their curse would finally be broken. Me? No way!!! The Boston Red Sox are and always have been my least favorite team in all of baseball. I can’t stand the team, the players, the media, or the fans. All they do is whine. Have you ever noticed this?

The Media – When the Cubs got Nomar, all the talk in the Boston media was how bad of a person Nomar was. How he was a team cancer and a liar. Nomar goes to the Cubs and immediatly has a smile on his face. I watched some Red Sox games before the trade, and never did I see a smile on Nomar’s face. The fact of the matter is, Nomar was unhappy in Boston this past year and wanted out. He was hurt by the way the organization treated him. So, rather than paint the beloved Sox out to be bad guys, the Media decides to trash Nomar till the bitter end. Show some class guys. Ever think about the fact that it wasn’t all Nomar’s fault?

The Fans – These are the people who annoy me the most. They strut around like the Red Sox are the best team in the world. They feel like the world should be given to them and their organization. When it doesn’t happen, never once is it “We messed up”. Instead, all you hear out of their mouths is “We’re cursed!!!!” Personally, and I know I am in the minority on this one, but I think the curse is a bunch of crap. The fact of the matter is, the Boston Red Sox are nothing more than Choke Artists!!!! Buckner? Choke!!! Dent? Choke!!!! Boone? Choke!!!!

I know what you’re thinking, the Cubs always say their cursed too. Yes, they do. And you know what? They are nothing more than, listen carefully, CHOKE ARTISTS too. Durham? Choke!!! 1969? Choke!!! 2003? Choke!!!! 2004? Choke!!!! I am in no way saying that the Red Sox are bigger choke artists than the Cubs. They both suck when it comes time to get it done. What bothers me about the Sox fans is how irritable they get. I was talking to a Red Sox blogger, who will remain nameless out of courtesy, and I asked him before game 2 started if he considered the game a must win. I was not trying to rub the loss of game 1 in, I simply was trying to gauge his feelings on the importance of the game. What was his response to my question? “Just let me watch the damn game man. If they win, they win. If they lose, they lose, and there is not a damn thing I can do about it.” Sounds a little uncalled for but maybe that’s just me. I wish Red Sox fans were just a little less uptight.

So now the Hated Red Sox are down 2-0. Shilling is most likely out for the year, and the Yankees are still Pedro’s daddy. What a wonderful series this has been so far. I can’t believe I am about to say it, but GO YANKEES!!!

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