Archive for April, 2005

It’s wrong, but it feels soooooo right

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

As a Cub fan and former northsider before moving to NC, I have always hated the White Sox. They are the enemy and deserve to be hated. It’s just so easy to do. However, I have some confessions to make. Believe it or not, I actually watch White Sox games on TV and, cover your ears, I cheer for them to win. I enjoy going to the Cell and catching a game despite the white trash that is always in attendance. Worst of all, I am a loyal reader of a Sox fan site that is run by a good friend of mine. The site is still in the infant stages but is a fun read. Do me a favor and head over to Life at 35th and Shields and show my buddy Eric some love, even if he is a Sox fan.

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Random Questions pertaining to the Padres Series

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

So we managed to limp out of the series with San Diego with 1 win in 3 tries. Excellent, we’re well on our way to that magical 3rd place finish we call crave so badly. I have confidence we’ll pick it up this weekend. So, instead of lamenting about a lost opportunity at home, I’d rather pose a few questions I have in regards to the series.

Question 1 – Is it unhealthy to have a crush on Mark Prior in a baseball sort of way if you’re a man?

This sounds like a weird question, but I can’t help but wonder. I can’t describe my feelings any better. I just love watching this guy pitch. He has so much composure on the mound that sometimes I forget how young he really is. I love how he handles himself on the mound and always fights. He handles his own with the bat as well. Every time he pitches, the game is a must watch for me. The strange thing is, he’s not even my favorite member of the staff. He ranks third in that department behind Greg Maddux, my all time favorite pitcher, and Kerry Wood. They mentioned on the broadcast today that San Diego had originally drafted Prior after his junior year at USC, but he decided to return for his senior year. Imagine if San Diego had Prior and Peavy. Their staff would be sick.

Question 2 – When did Michael Barrett trade in his right arm for a cannon?

Last year Barrett had a Runner Thrown Out % at 20%. Already this year, he’s 6-10, for an astounding 60%. His throws have been accurate and his release has been extremely sharp. Not only has he gunned down runners, but he’s done it with a ton of extra time to make the tag. I’ve noticed at least 2 of the 6 runners caught that have slid into a tag that was already down and waiting for them. A lot of people harped on him about his defense last year, but I think he has worked extremely hard and is right behind Aramis for most improved defensively.

Question 3 – Is it just me or does Khalil Green look a lot like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times?

All I think of when I watch him and his stupid blonde hair is that idiot ordering pizza in class and having it eaten right in front of him by the teacher. What do you guys think?

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Write Your Own Wrap!

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Be the Cubs beat writer! There’s going to be about a dozen or so games like this, so we here at The View From The Bleachers would like to provide you with a simple template for creating your own blurb of the day’s game.

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Ryan DempsterGreg MadduxMark PriorKerry WoodCarlos Zambrano held the PadresGiantsPirates to fourfivesix hits and struck out seveneightnine through fivesixseven innings, but the Cubs bats were silencedstymiedquiet in a loss of a 1-02-02-1 game this afternoon.

Jeromy BurnitzCorey PattersonTodd Hollandsworth misplayed a ball in the outfield for an error, which led to San Diego’sSan Francisco’sPittsburgh’s only run in a victory over the Cubs. BurnitzPattersonHollandsworth also went 0-4, striking out three times and stranding sixseveneight baserunners.

“It’s a tough loss. DempsterMadduxPriorWoodZambrano was throwing well out there, but we couldn’t put anything together on offense. JeromyCoreyTodd had a rough day, which can happen.” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “But it’s only AprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember– there’s 162 games in this season, and this is just one of them.”

“We didn’t get the job done,” BurnitzPattersonHollandsworth said. “But we’ll go out tomorrow, put this game behind us, and try to put up another W.”

Cubs second baseman Todd Walkerthird baseman Aramis Ramirezcatcher Michael Barrett was in the dugout for today’s game, out with a sprained left kneesore groinfractured right index finger and is expected to recover in approximately two weeksfive weekseight weeks

“It’s tough sitting on the bench when the rest of the team is out there struggling,” WalkerRamirezBarrett said. “You want to do your part to win.”

Andy Rutledge is a reporter for View From The Bleachers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs, mostly due to it’s utterly depressing content.

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All Hail The King

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

As I watched my favorite pitcher on the staff throw exactly half of his pitches out of the strikezone, I was frustrated at the lack of consistency, but felt OK with the lead in hand. I usually hate bashing a guy after one bad outing so I won’t do that for Wood. He’ll settle down and get in the groove. I don’t expect much from the starters the first time out. Once it comes around again, I expect adjustments to have been made.

Someone I do expect big things from is Hawkins. I was excited when we signed him and I am excited that we still have him. I just don’t want him as my closer. However, seeing that he’s the option right now, I have officially anointed him as the King of the Closers. Maybe he just needs a few more people to believe in him. Maybe he’ll see his picture on my site and feel special when he sees his beautiful crown. Maybe that good feeling will be the push he needs to succeed in the 9th inning and lead us to the world series. Maybe this site will go national and be picked up by ESPN. Or maybe we’ll just grin and Barrett until average Joe comes back and takes over. Until then, ALL HAIL KING LATROY!!!!!

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Puzzle for the Day

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

So you’re board at work and looking for something to do? Well, here is a logic puzzle for you. Post your answer in the comment section. Have fun and don’t cheat by looking for the answer on the internet, because I’m sure it’s there.

When this year’s Muddville High Marauders took the field on opening day, it was a special occasion for the fathers of six of the starters: not only were their sons playing for the 2002 team, but 25 years earlier, they had opened the season as high school players on the only Muddville squad to win a state championship. As it turned out, the six sons collectively were playing the same positions as the fathers: pitcher (P) and catcher (C) and the four infield spots, first base (1B), second base (2B), shortstop (SS), and third base (3B). From the lineup card entries that follow, you should be able to determine the full name of each father and son (the dads’ first names are Bill, Hank, Joe, Mickey, Ron, and Stan and the boys’ are Alex, Brian, David, Jason, Peter, and Tony) and the position each played on Muddville Marauder opening day then and now.

1. The six Muddville Marauder father-son pairs are Ron and his son, the Benches, Alex and his dad, the father who started at SS and his son, the dad who played 3B and his son, and this year’s 3B and his father.
2. Schmidt, who isn’t Stan, and his son played different infield positions on the opening days.
3. Stan, who isn’t Yount, isn’t Brian’s dad.
4. The son of the 1977 squad’s P plays 2B on this year’s team.
5. Ron and Carlton were co-captains of the state title team.
6. One father-son pair started at C on the two teams; a second pair also played the same position on the squads; the father and son of each of the other four pairs played different positions.
7. Neither Mickey Mays nor his son played SS for the Marauders.
8. Brian isn’t one of this year’s infielders.
9. Carlton and his son both played the same opening day position; they didn’t play C or SS.
10. David, who isn’t the Bench boy, put a picture of his dad as the 1977 Muddville starting P inside his baseball cap for luck.
11. The Palmer teen isn’t this year’s starting P.
12. Joe, who isn’t Bench, and his son played the same position on opening days then and now.
13. Hank isn’t the 2002 SS’s father.
14. Peter, who isn’t Schmidt, isn’t the son of the state championship team’s 2B.
15. Jason isn’t Bill’s son.

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