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Monthly Archive: January 2006

Friday

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January 2006

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Aramis Working Hard

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Best news I’ve heard in awhile. I hope Aramis is well and hustles on infield grounders and provides much needed support for Lee. from our friend Carrie Muskat – – The Cubs third baseman battled a variety of leg injuries, from a sore groin to a sprained ankle to a strained quad. He missed the last month of the season, and has spent the winter following a strength and conditioning program. Cubs athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and Tim Buss, the strength and conditioning coordinator, both visited the Dominican Republic this winter to get a first-hand look at Ramirez’s condition. All […]

Thursday

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January 2006

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Things to look forward to

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I’ve spent most of this offseason glum about the outlook for my Cubs in 2006. I haven’t posted a thing because I was student teaching, and after I finished and was able to catch up on the Cubs I was down in the dumps. I became a Cubs fan when I was very young and I remember, in my youthful naivete, being optimistic about the season to come. As I aged and critical analysis began to overpower the boundless optimism of youth, I have unconsciously reversed my offseason approach. Where once I looked for reasons to believe, now I look […]

Monday

23

January 2006

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How can you justify it?

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Sure, the Cubs signed Wade Miller. Blah blah. You’ve read it on 9,000 sites already, so why am I going to post about something that has already been said. With that in mind, let me turn your attention to my second love, college basketball. This past weekend, all three remaining unbeatens lost. On the same day, I might add. When the polls came out this week, who is now at the top? The UConn Huskies? How is Duke, who has clearly been the best team in the nation all year not still number 1? How can a loss against a […]

Sunday

22

January 2006

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Respect for the game

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Today’s Rotoworld reported that “Barry Bonds plans to tells Giants manager Felipe Alou that he doesn’t want to bat second this year.” Recently we’ve all seen where Soriano has told the Nats that he will not play in the outfield, and of course we all remember the hissy fit that Sosa threw about being batted lower in the Cubs order (after telling everybody that it was really okay.) This is exactly what’s wrong with many of today’s stars. It seems we’ve got a certain number of players with heads the size of basketballs who tell their teams what they will […]

Sunday

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January 2006

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My (Not So) Expert Opinion on the WBC

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As we get ready to put the month of January to a close, we move closer to the first World Baseball Classic. There are mixed reactions and opinions on this new idea invented in the Selig regime. Until recently, I have not really cared to think about it. Now, as we are very near to it’s birth, I’ve decided to weigh in with my thoughts on the idea, as well as opinions on criticisms I’ve heard mentioned. Why I like the idea of the WBC 1. It allows us to cheer for our country – It’s always fun when the […]