Archive for November, 2004

Nervous

Monday, November 29th, 2004

As the Cub fans around the world sit nervously and await news of any kind that indicates the 2005 team will be headed in the right direction, I figured I would point you to a few snips of some newspaper articles. There really is no point in restating what other people already have. I do find it funny that there have been little to no free agent signings to this point, yet the rumor mills are hopping. Sammy Sosa, Carlos Beltran, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, Todd Helton. The list goes on and on. I wish all the rumors would stop and some action would start.

Sox May Pursue Nomar

The White Sox were interested in Nomar Garciaparra a year ago. Some believe they are making another push, but they have gone underground since failing to sign Omar Vizquel. Their interest in Vizquel would not have been so great if they were drafting 16th in the 2005 draft rather than 15th. You can’t lose one of the top 15 picks, so the Sox would have had to sacrifice a second-round pick, not a first, to sign Vizquel. San Francisco is losing its first-rounder to sign Vizquel, as it forfeited a first-rounder to sign Michael Tucker a year ago. You get the idea GM Brian Sabean doesn’t think first-round picks are worth the money and aggravation.

Rangers are going for my guys.

The Rangers’ pursuit of offense is picking up momentum. Club officials met with infielder Todd Walker over the Thanksgiving weekend and are planning to meet with outfielder Jermaine Dye later this week. The two are at the top of the Rangers’ list of free-agent hitters. Both are likely to get two-year deals at a price that would fall within the Rangers’ budget and allow them to continue their pursuit of pitcher Jon Lieber.

Sosa to Marlins

the Cubs are exploring the possibility of trading Sammy to the Marlins. In return, the Cubs would get Luis Castillo and Juan Encarnacion.

That’s all I have for now. Enjoy the lack of news. My advice would be to take a break for a week or so. Have someone wake you when something real happens, and focus on NCAA Basketball for now. Feel free to cheer for my two favorite teams. Illinois and Maryland

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Good offseason signs

Monday, November 29th, 2004

From AP posted on ESPN.COM 11/9:

FUKUOKA, Japan — Moises Alou drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning to lead his major league teammates to a 7-2 win Tuesday over the Japanese All-Stars in Game 4 of an eight-game exhibition series.
The major league stars improved to 4-0, and have now won eight straight games against their Japanese counterparts dating back to the 2002 series.
Alou led the Chicago Cubs this season with a career-high 39 homers and 106 RBI, but the team declined an $11.5 million mutual option on the 38-year-old outfielder and will pay him a $2.5 million buyout.
Alou said he’s still got a couple of productive seasons left.
“I still love to play. I feel like I can play every day and hit over 30 homers and 100 RBI, so I’d like to sign a two or three-year deal with someone,” said Alou, whose father, Felipe, is manager of the San Francisco Giants. “I wanted to return to Chicago, but there’s a bunch of other places I’d like to go. I want to finish my career on a high.”
The good sign: Not even Moises thinks he’ll be a Cub next year.

From SignOnSanDiego.com 11/14:
Sammy Sosa has petitioned the Major League Baseball Players Association to void the guaranteed 2006 season in his contract with the Chicago Cubs if he is traded, according to reports in the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News.
The good sign: Sammy’s doing his part.

From the Shreveport Times 11/6:
Todd Walker was quoted as saying…
“We had a great time (in Chicago),” Walker said. “We just had one bad week and it happened to cost us a chance to get in the playoffs.
(Not retaining Grudzielanek) was a positive for me, but it really doesn’t matter if we can’t get our deal done. There is interest on both sides.”
The good sign: Walker is at least still considering the Cubs and Grud’s non-renewal means Walker’s taking it seriously.

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I love this game

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

With it being the offseason and Cubs news is slim to none, I thought I would take the time to talk about my other favorite team. The Illinois Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball team. This years team is one of the school’s deepest ever and has legit national championship hopes. Entering the season ranked 5 in the AP poll, the Illini scheduled some weak games for the first 3. It came as no surprise then when all three games were registered in the win column. However, this weekend, the test was a team that at one time last year was ranked # 2 in the nation, a team that was 27-2, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

I have to admit, I had my aprehensions about this game. I was afraid that Illinois would come out flat because of the less than challenging beginning to the season. I also worried that they would be looking ahead to the next game against the # 1 team in the nation. Instead, my boys did nothing but come out and shot the lights out on Gonzaga. At one point, they led by as many as 38 points. The looked better than Gonzaga in every aspect of the game. Dee Brown and Deron Williams, who could be the best backcourt in the nation combined for 37 points. I can’t wait till Wednesday when we take on the # 1 Wake Forest team at home. Maybe then it will be our chance to show the nation.

Last Game: Illinois 89 – Gonzaga 72
Next Game: Wednesday vs. Wake Forest
Season Record: 4-0

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Bookstore

Friday, November 26th, 2004

Awile back I went to the baseball section of the bookstore. I of couse went nuts and wrote down the names of like 20 books I wanted to read. I was wondering if anyone could reccomend some good baseball books for me to add to my list. If so, leave the title and author in the comment section.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2004
From the staff here at The View From The Bleachers

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