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Monthly Archive: July 2006

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Midterms ñ NL MVP

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Joe, Dave, Chris, Mark & Tommy ñ Albert Pujols Back in March, five devoted die-hard Cub fans unanimously chose the same player, a Cardinal. Now thatís what I call respect. Even missing 3 weeks or so due to injury, youíd think the others would catch up. Well, temporaarily, perhaps but if Pujols stays healthy from here on out, watch out because Big Al will most likely eclipse the competition. Heís the best in our generation. And that includes A-Rod, Jeter, Bonds and whoever else you want to throw in there. Pujols resume thus far Avg .316 HR 29 RBI 76 […]

Wednesday

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July 2006

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Midterms ñ NL Cy Young

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The VFTB staff pre-season selections were: JoeÖÖÖÖÖÖÖ…Mark Mulder 6-5, 6.09 Dave & MarkÖ..ÖCarlos Zambrano 8-3, 3.24 ChrisÖÖÖÖ.ÖÖÖRoy Oswalt 6-6, 3.15 TommyÖÖÖÖ…ÖBen Sheets 1-3, 6.64 For every intelligent (make that lucky) pick like Liriano, I have a clunker and here is where the humility kicks in. Sheets may have a tremendous second half but so far he is one of the main reasons (along with the shoddy defense) the Brewers havenít taken control of the weakest division in this league. At least I am not alone. Joe and Chris are shaking their heads no doubt for their Mulder and Oswalt picks […]

Wednesday

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July 2006

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Make Your Case – Juan Pierre

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With the trade deadline just weeks away, I’d like to start a new series called Make Your Case. It is a brief case for and against trading the player that day. Look at it as a conversation starter for you the reader to voice your opinion on that player in the comment section of the post. Today, we begin the series with a player who was rejoiced over this off season but has failed to produce the kind of leadoff statistics and fire we thought we would get. With that being said, here are some arguments for and against trading […]

Tuesday

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July 2006

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Mid-Term Grades

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Here are my mid-term grades for the Cubs: Catchers Michael Barret: A-, the minus is for his defense (still can’t throw runners out) Henry Blanco: C, picked up his offense when Barrett was out, still plays good defense. Infielders Derrek Lee: Incomplete, just needs to work on getting his strength and timing back for next year. Todd Walker: B-, still a .290 hitter but his power has disappeared, defense has been good enough at both 1st & 2nd. Ronny Cedeno: D+, doesn’t hit or field well, other than that he’s great. Aramis Ramirez: D-, his numbers may recover in the […]

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July 2006

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Rebuilding New Orleans (off topic)

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Some of you may know that I spent time growing up in New Orleans as well as Clarendon Hills, IL. I was rather concerned that Katrina had destroyed the house my family lived in; my father sent me this recent photograph showing that it had survived the onslaught. Gone are most of the trees that formed a shaded canopy over South Carrollton Avenue; the house is no longer chocolate brown with white trim and the landscaping in front has been paved over. But I’m glad to say that this piece of 19th century Edwardian/New Orleans Funk architecture has survived! Hopefully […]