Archive for August, 2006

Parting Shots

Monday, August 21st, 2006

The Neifi era is over and the Cubs Blog Army canít resist getting in their last digs on a player who admittedly was no David Ortiz but on many occasions busted his tail with positive results.

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Proud to say one of the more gracious send-offs came from Mastrick, our own lovable curmudgeon, ìI wish Neifi the best of luck, nothing against him, he’s an adequate utility player and he always seemed to have a positive attitude as a Cub.î I think Iím tearing up.

Famine (Jason) from Goat Riders tried to be conciliatory as well, ìIf used properly, Neifi could actually help a contender like Detroit and so everyone should be happy.î But he couldnít help himself with this crack, ìHe could have been traded for a box of Frankenberry cereal and I’d be just as happy.î Some folks just canít resist temptation.

Chuck at Ivy Chat also seems to want to be somewhat mollifying when he writes ìIronically, Neifi is actually a valuable player if used properly.î But alas he canít seem to help himself, either, by adding ìIt sure seems that the injury to Placido Polanco has improved the Cubs for 2007 by getting the Cubs to unload an overused and underqualified player.î Chuck titled his post ìDonít Let The Door Hit You In The Butt On The Way Out.î Nice.

ìI find it somewhat remarkable that Hendry was able to convince another team that Perez had enough value to trade for,î so says our friend at Not too assuaging, if you ask me.

Baseball Toasterís Derek, one of the better writers in the CBA, chimes in lock-step with this little nuggett. ìthe disturbingly overvalued Neifi! was sent to, of all places, Detroit, for A-ball catcher, Chris Robinson. That Perez was dealt at all is surprising enough, but that he brought back someone who could conceivably see time in the Majors within the next five years, and perhaps even be of some use, is nothing short of miraculous.î ìDisturbingly?î I am disturbed by the decline of moral values and political unrest in the world. Neifiís contract doesnít even register in the top 100 with me.

But no one has been more vicious than Rob from The Cub Reporter. He undoubtedly had to change his trousers when he heard the news. In his ìChristmas in Julyî post he gushes ìAs for Neifi, donít let the door hit you on the way out. Good riddance! I really donít want to spend another moment on his worthlessness. Good luck Tigers, youíll need it.î

Oh I donít know, Rob. Seems to me the Cubs need a guy who hits over .300 with runners in scoring position (The Cubs are only hitting .255 in these situations). Add in Neifiís night-time average of .320 (Cubs .263) and his average in June-July was also over .300 so where do you get off excoriating Neifi Perez?

Well, who will the next whipping boy be? Corey is history, Hawkins is gone, Macias is but a memory. Ah, yes. Mabry. My guess is John Mabry.

Let the mudflinging commence.

As for me, my World Series Dream Series is set. Dodgers and Tigers. Maddux and Neifi. I’m ready for October.

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Taking away Dusty’s toys

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Well the Cubs lost today to their arch rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. So what? The big news is that perennial Dusty favorite NEIFI PEREZ WAS TRADED TO DETROIT! I wish Neifi the best of luck, nothing against him, he’s an adequate utility player and he always seemed to have a positive attitude as a Cub.

It’s not Neifi’s fault that Dusty treated him like the second coming of the Messiah. It’s not his fault that Dusty over-used him and put him in a position to fall flat on his face – he never was a top of the order guy after all. Like Holly and Latroy, Neifi was simply a teacher’s pet and thus had no standing whatsoever with the fans. He was also overpaid by a GM that appears to be more and more henpecked as the days go on.

Perhaps this move signals a willingness on Hendry’s part to atone for his serious errors. Maybe he will jettison Glendon Rusch and make plans for new starters to take Prior and Wood’s places next year. Who knows, he might even surprise us and snag Carlos Lee in the offseason. One can only hope…

For what it’s worth, the catcher the Cubs got for Neifi is a former third round pick with two years of organized baseball under his belt. The Cubs saw him plenty in the Florida State League where he competed against the Daytona Cubs and batted .288. He’s rated highly as a defensive catcher and is a former Illini.

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Web Gems

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

One of the vital moments of the game on Saturday was the breathtaking catch by my guy Juan Pierre, up against the ivy, make that high off the ivy late with bases jammed with redbirds and Sir Albert launching the ball.


The catch was so worthy, ESPN bobble heads made it the # 1 Web Gem of the night. This isn’t that catch but it’s the only one I can find of JP making a defensive play of like caliber. Just imagine him in Cubby Blue and the wall covered with ivy and it’s close enough.

Speaking of web gems, Baseball Tonight showed their top three web gems of all time – by a player in a Cub uniform. (They are showing a different team every night) Immediately they admitted that no good film was available for Tinkers or Evers or Chance so they decided instead to list the top three they have video for.

But Juan’s catch yesterday was also very special.

That’s my guy!!

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STL 4 CHC 5 (F)

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

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‘Nuff said. (Sorry about my crappy HTML skills, what would we do without Joe!) BTW I hope we can come to terms with Nevin for next year as our primary bench player, he adds a lot more value than Mabry does.

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VFTB on the Radio

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Today on Sports Talk Cleveland, I was able to be a part of the Up All Night Marathon for the third year in a row. The topics covered are: What is going on with the Cubs? Should they deal Aramis Ramirez? Should they rebuild the team? What is the status on Kerry Wood and Mark Prior? A special report on host Rick Morris favorite Bobby Brownlie as well as a brief look at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and their future. If you want to listen to the previous years or any of our audio files in the archives, head over to our Radio and Interviews section of the site. All media is in MP3 format.

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