Archive for December, 2005

Dueling Idiots

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

There are days when I get frustrated with the Cubs organization. I get tired of them not making moves when they need to make a move. I get tired of them making a move that didn’t need to be made. Then, I am reminded of the other teams that are in our division and realize that maybe it isn’t so bad after all. Let me give you just one quick example from some of the teams we are competing with.

1. Pittsburgh – Not only do they not have any money to spend, they do not see to know where to spend the little money they have. They haven’t been in serious contention since Sid Bream hobbled around 3rd and slid under the tag to send Atlanta to the World Series back in the early 90’s. There is no reason we can’t pummel them each and every year. So that leaves four teams for us to worry about, right? WRONG!!!!

2. Cincy – This team has had four above average outfielders for two years now and has just NOW figured that maybe they should either make room for them all or move one. Unfortunately they chose to move their most popular player, Sean Casey, to do it. Why not move Kearns or Willy Mo? Or even Griffey who is coming off a resurgence? The world may never know, but what I know is that we do not need to worry about the Reds.

3. Houston – Smart move guys. Let’s let the best pitcher on our team walk away after he posts an ERA in the 1’s. Houston has taken a major step down and they will not be back again this year. Then that brings us to the biggest bunch of fools.

4. Milwaukee – These guys make the redneck in the picture look like he’s intelligent, despite spelling Reckon wrong. Milwaukee traded their closer, Danny Kolb to Atlanta last offseason. Atlanta was looking to non tender him this year, but Milwaukee decides that maybe they made a mistake and trade back for him. Now, what are they going to do?

The Brewers aren’t close to working out a contract with Danny Kolb, who will be non-tendered on Tuesday.
He was set to be non-tendered from the moment he was acquired 10 days ago, but the Brewers hoped to have an agreement in place, allowing them to re-sign him the next day. Instead, it looks like Kolb will go out on the open market. Dec. 18 – 3:18 am et
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Some may say that Kolb will be resigned at a lower price and that this was a smooth move by the Brewers. However, do you think Scott Boras was born yesterday? He knows what Milwaukee is trying to do. I bet any money he shops this guy around and Milwaukee gets burned.

So in all, we only have one team we really need to worry about? That’s the way I see it.

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Another voice calls for reason and sanity

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Today’s Daily Herald featured an article by Barry Rozner entitled “Cubsí big calls may be a year away.” Rozner points out that contract extensions for Jim Hendry and Dusty Baker aren’t sure bets as they once appeared to be; he also opines that Andy MacPhail has a cautious streak and generally doesn’t make a decision until he has to.

Y’all know where I stand. So my question to the VFB readership is this: If you were Andy MacPhail would you offer extensions to Hendry and Baker before, during, or after the season? Or not at all?

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Guess what? More Corey!

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

From the Chicago Tribune: “After Pierre’s introductory news conference Wednesday at Wrigley Field, general manager Jim Hendry disclosed he would offer Patterson arbitration next week and might give him the right-field job in 2006.”

Mastrick’s take: Hold the presses, Jim Hendry is a complete and total idiot and a buffoon! If this happens Hendry’s contract status should be tied directly to Patterson’s performance – if Patterson belly-flops again I hope to see this sorry excuse for a GM out of Chicago before he sets us back another hundred years.

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Some things will stand the test of time

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

“The feeling Iíve had since I got the call is a feeling I suspect will never go away. Iím told it never does. Itís the highest high you can imagine. I wish you all could feel what I feel standing here. This is my last big game. This is my last big at-bat. This is my last time catching the final out. I dreamed of this as a child but I had too much respect for baseball to think this was ever possible. I believe it is because I had so much respect for the game and respect for getting the most out of my ability that I stand here today. I hope others in the future will know this feeling for the same reason: Respect for the game of baseball. When we all played it, it was mandatory. Itís something I hope we will one day see again.

Thank you, and go Cubs.”

I’ve probably watched the speech ten times now but it still moves me. A speech from a guy who never wanted the limelight, talking about the one thing he loved and knew about. In the years ahead as a manager of people I will play this tape for my employees – it’s about as clear a statement as I know of why we should respect what we do and try to do the best we can.

If you want to hear it again you can go here and click on “video of address”

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I like this guy!

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been wrong before. But my every instinct is that the Cubs should lock this guy up for a three year contract at $18 million.

These are Juan’s best years – unless he’s a Davey Lopes and can be like wine and get better as he ages we are going to see Juan at his finest. While Corey Patterson is doing God knows what down in Kennesaw, GA Pierre is conditioning and getting ready for the 2006 season. Did he play winter ball? Well, no but he’s getting a month early start on the season by playing in the WBC.

Every team seems to have an Achille’s heel, the Cubs never seem to have third basemen and leadoff hitters. Well this year we have both. Good luck Juan and I’m thrilled to have you on board!!

PS: Pierre should send this picture to his family, he sure looks good in Cubbie blue!

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