Archive for December, 2005

Len Kasper Interview

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing the Cubs play by play man, Len Kasper. He has taken a lot of heat in his first year from the fans for not being good. I have to say that I disagree with them. I have enjoyed Len and Bob from the beginning. They keep me entertained during the game, which is their primary role as TV guys. Sometimes I think that people miss that. They are not there to be your eyes, they are there to make the TV time fun. For me, they have done that.

The interview went smooth, except for the first 3 minutes or so when the tape recorder was not functioning properly. Here are the topics we discussed in the interview:

  • Len’s Background

  • Working with Bob
  • Getting used to Chicago
  • The Cubs Offseason
  • Miguel Tejada Rumors
  • Word Association

The interview is in MP3 format and is about 20 min long. Click the listen button and see what you think. And please let me know your feedback. I have an interview with Pat Hughes scheduled in January. Merry Christmas everyone.

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New Poll and Announcement

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

With a lot of people freaking out about the offseason, I decided it was time to lighten things up a bit. With that being said, I give you a new poll that isguarantee to make you think a little. I know who I would pick, but I’ll wait for your votes before I share mine. Feel free to talk about it in the comments section though.


Christmas Eve, you will have access to an interview with Len Kasper that is taking place today. It should be a good time had by all so enjoy that.

If you really want to keep thinking offseason, then check out Mariotti’s column today. It highlights my thoughts to a T.

Don’t forget to Bet on Football this weekend

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Let’s compare and contrast two teams

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

During the first part of the offseason they had no manager or GM. Now here’s their starting lineup: Furcal, Lofton, Jeff Kent, JD Drew, Garciaparra, Bill Mueller, Jose Cruz Jr. Dionner Navarro. The starting pitchers are Derek Lowe, Brad Penny, Odalis Perez, Tomko, and ??. Relievers are Gagne, Brazoban, Duaner Sanchez and a bunch of unknowns. The bench looks thin. Cesar Izturis will be ready in July or so and I suspect Nomar will move to the outfield.

Now here’s how our fair-haired boy has done with his hundred million dollars: Pierre, Walker, D Lee, Ramirez, Jacque Jones, Matt Murton, Barrett, Cedeno/Perez. The starting pitchers are Wood (?,) Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Rusch. Relievers are Dempster, Eyre, Howry, etc. The bench looks thin.

You get my point. In 1980 Ronald Reagan won an election by saying: “Are you really better off than you were four years ago?” Until we hold the Cubs management accountable for *results* we should content ourselves with being loveable losers and having fun times at the best ballpark in baseball.

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Prior for Tejada?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Rotoworld reports that the Cubs and Orioles have discussed a swap that would send Mark Prior to Baltimore for Miguel Tejada. They claim that the Cubs also want Erik Bedard thrown in and that the O’s would like Felix Pie added to the equation. There is also talk about a three-way trade that includes Manny Ramirez going to the O’s and Prior and Tejada.

I wonder if talks to lock Prior up past 2006 aren’t going too well…

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And now Paul Sullivan chimes in

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Paul Sullivan’s December 21st article in the Chicago Tribune was so well-written.

‘Nuff said Paul, you took the words right out of my mouth!

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