Archive for June, 2006

Time for a Realignment

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

I was talking to Chris Yarbrough yesterday before the game and he mentioned that he felt the Cubs had a 1% chance of winning the game against J. Santana. I told him that I gave them a 0% chance and that it was time for us to realign with a new team. We both joked about it a little, but then joking turned to seriousness. I mentioned that I would never give up the Cubs because the second I did, they would win it all and I would feel sheepish. Instead, what I need is a backup team. An AL team that I can turn to in times of frustration and get some relief. So, with that being said, we have both decided to choose a new team to follow for the remainder of the season. My team is the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. With that being said, I know there are a ton of questions flying through your mind so here is the FAQ for the new idea.

How could you abandon the Cubs? You’re a fair weather fan.

I’m not abandoning the team. I will still have the Cubs as my first love. I’ve just grown very jaded toward their management, style of play, and constant ignorant fans that continue to pack the park despite a crappy product on the field. I’m simply drinking a fresh batch of kool aid from another team. That’s all. As far as me being a fair weather fan, isn’t that when you turn to a team that is actually winning?

Why the Devil Rays? Going from losing to more losing?

I know it doesn’t seem logical, but there are a few reasons that I chose the Rays.
1) I couldn’t bring myself to choose and NL team and cheer against the Cubs
2) I couldn’t stay up to watch the AL west
3) I can’t cheer for the White Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, or Royals
That left me with 6 teams to choose from so I chose Tampa due to the Durham Bulls being 45 min from the house and the great core of young players on their team. Plus, can you really go wrong with a manager that wears nerd glasses? I think not.

So, my hope is that I can follow some of the Bulls games and hopefully secure a press pass to interview some future rays like Delmon Young and B.J. Upton.

Will you blog about the Rays?

Yes, in fact, I set up a separate blog called Rays of Light just yesterday. I would love for you all to come with me on this journey for the rest of the season. The Devil Rays, while not a power house team are an exciting team to watch. They have some young players like Carl Crawford, Gomes, and Baldelli that are exciting to watch.

On a side note, if you don’t use a blog reader to keep up with blogs, you’re missing out. Go to Bloglines and set it up. It’s super easy and will save you a TON of clicking at sites that are not updated frequently.

Will you stop posting about the Cubs?

Nope, not at all. Since I have a great staff of writers here on the site, It allows me to focus on my son this summer and posting when I have something to say. I’ll still have plenty to criticize and comment on as this season wears down. With a Dusty Baker firing close at hand, it’s only just begun for me and my writing on this site.

So that’s it. Cubs, and now the Rays. Two seasons of losing but a whole lot of fun. Give the Rays a chance and head over to the new site. If nothing else, just give it a look and comment on the layout / color scheme, which i’m very happy with.

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Prior or Marmol on Friday?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I noticed earlier today that Mark Prior was listed on the Cubs’ website as the starter for Friday night’s game against the Twins and Santana. Tonight I went to the site and noticed that Carlos Marmol has replaced Prior. Perhaps it was an accident, but my guess is that the Cubs intended to skip Marmol’s spot in the rotation and pitch Prior on five day’s rest. Now they want to give Prior an extra day – was this an error or is there something we should be reading between the lines? It will be interesting to see who the Cubs start on Saturday…

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Ozzie Campanis?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

As most of you know, a little tete-a-tete has been brewing on the South Side. As we Northsiders are left to consider the incompetence of a manager who quietly chews toothpicks as his team’s season dwindles away, our South Side brethren are now being ‘faced’ by their erstwhile savior. While many of us respect the job that Guillen has done bringing the Sox to baseball excellence, we must also recognize the fact that Ozzie is rapidly becoming an embarrassment to the city of Chicago as well as the White Sox.

I remember watching as a young man when Ted Koppel interviewed Al Campanis. Koppel even called a break so that he could tell Campanis what he just did and give him a chance to salvage his career. Unfortunately, like Ozzie the beliefs were part of his core personality, to deny them would in effect be a denial of who he was as a man. He could not run away from them any more than Dusty Baker could run away from his beliefs that black men and Latinos are more predisposed to warm weather.

I hope that Reinsdorf and Williams will at the very least call Ozzie out on this one. Bring him in behind closed doors and pin his ears back. Then call a press conference where the team can denounce the kinds of behavior that are turning the Cell into a two-ring circus. As for Ozzie, we knew that was your son you kissed Oz. In my family men never kissed on the lips but we realize there are cultural differences. Perhaps you can learn to understand America’s sensitivities too.

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Rest In Peace

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

In other news, I am looking for someone to take over a team in a 14 team fantasy football keeper league in year 2. It’s not a good team, but since it’s keeper, it would be temporary. If you’re interested, the league is on Yahoo. Please contact me for details.

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I Too Received the E-mails

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
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In response to Teddy Greenstein’s article and Kurt Evan’s article on Goat Riders, I would like to post that i too received the e-mail asking me to “feel free to BOO Dusty”

Here are the e-mails and my responses:

My name is Jackea Chan and I am an Assistant Associate Audience Producer for ESPN2s sports talk show Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith.First, I want to thank you guys for allowing me to post here when we had Andre Dawson on the show. It was quite the success. The reason I am contacting you again is that we have just been notified that on Monday, July 24th, Current Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker is scheduled to appear LIVE in studio!

We would like to extend to you and your website FREE tickets to attend the show. We realize that this would be a great opportunity for some of your forum members to get together and meet up for an exciting sports show. You guys can definitely feel free to BOO Dusty if you so please. The tickets are open to your all interested members, family members, friends, and co-workers.Our studio is located in the heart of New York City, across the street from Madison Square Garden. Again the show date is Monday, July 24th at 11:15am with a 9:30am check-in.If you or any of your members are interested in attending the show, please call me at 646-708-7150 or email Jackea.X.Chan.-nd@espn.com. Please provide your first and last name, telephone number with area code and spell your email address. Someone from Audience Services will contact you if your reservation has been accepted.

In addition, please feel free to post this information on your website for all Dusty Baker and Cub fans located in the New York or tri-state area.Thank you.
Jackea Chan
Quite Frankly With Stephen A. Smith
Assistant Associate Audience Producer
646-708-7150
Jackea.X.Chan.-nd@espn.com

My Response:

Your feel free to Boo comment seems a little mean spirited and childish. Are you having Dusty on just to set him up to be bood?

Her Response:

Joe-

First and foremost thank you for any help that you can provide us with. The booing comment was an attempt at a joke which obviously didn’t fly. I do apologize if you were offended by it in anyway. Baker is certainly scheduled to be there on Monday though.

Having done research to tailor the audience to the guest though, I have seen many Cub fans who want him to be fired. They don’t think he has a clue this season. I am certainly NOT a Cubs fan, but you cannot deny that this seems to be the growing sentiment. If they want to boo him, they certainly can.

In terms of having Dusty setup to be boo’d or jeered, that is totally up to the audience on a given day. We want as many Cub fans in the audience as possible. If they want to boo, it is up to them. If they want to cheer him, it is up to them. Thank you.

Jackea Chan
Quite Frankly With Stephen A. Smith
Assistant Associate Audience Producer
646-708-7150
Jackea.X.Chan.-nd@espn.com

The Stephen A. Smith show has denied that this e-mail has taken place, but I received it as have every member of my writing staff along with numerous other Cub blogs. They ought to be ashamed and Miss Chan should show some integrity and own up to what she said.

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