Archive for September, 2006

Churning the pot

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Everybody saw the story today in the Sun Sentinel about Girardi getting canned after the regular season – my guess is that the Cubs and Marlins have already talked about this eventuality. That is, the Cubs have offered Loria assurances that they will offer Girardi a better contract to come home – although Joe could ride out his Marlins contract sitting by the pool in sunny Florida, he’s just cutting his teeth as a manager so he needs another job. Quickly.

My guess is that Dusty will walk away from his Cubs experience the day after the season ends and Girardi will be signed within a week. Dusty will go on to Philadelphia to learn what real booing is all about and Fredi Gonzalez or the Mets’ Latino coach will end up in Florida.

It remains to be seen how effective Girardi will be in Chicago – word is that his relationships with both the Florida GM and owner were strained at best. But in his defense, the Cubs need discipline, they need conditioning and I’d also have problems with a GM that gave me a payroll of $15 million!

BTW the Dusty-o-Meter is down to 8 games, also Cesar Izturis is finished due to yet another hamstring pull. I feel so comfortable knowing that the Cubs will be wasting $4.35 million dollars next year on a player who will miss at least 50 games due to various injuries and give us a .295 on base percentage. Way to go Jim Hendry, we’re counting on yet another injury-prone player!

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Plenty ado about nuthin’

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

6-2 Phils, the Cubs were simply beaten by a better ballclub. Nine games left, it will be a great relief when this season is over. I’m told that Dusty is going to have a show after the ballgame to make excuses as to why he was a dud in Chicago for four years. Lots of work to do between now and spring training, this club has so many needs.

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New Stuff & Prize Opportunity

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I finally had some time tonight to sit down and work on a few things for the site. Here are the new additions:

1) Instead of e-mail addresses for each writer, which caused massive spam problems, we have instituted a contact us form that will be sent to my e-mail and get forwarded to the appropriate author.

2) To assure that we are bringing you the kind of content you want, I have set up a reader survey form. Please, if you are reading this, go their right now and flood my inbox with survey results. Let me know what we’re doing well and where we need to improve. I’d really appreciate it. I am offering a prize for the most insightful reader who completes the survey by September 30th, 2006.

3) I have set up the option to receive the site via e-mail courtesy of feedburner. It’s located in the syndication section on the right.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Cubs score early and often

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Tonight’s game was deja vu all over again as the Cubs and Phils locked horns in another high-scoring game. The Phils and the Cubs have a history of knockdown-dragouts and tonight’s game was no exception; the two teams combined for seventeen runs and twenty-three hits in a game that would have had young Ron Santo clicking his heels with joy.

Aramis Ramirez led the charge for the Cubs, hitting two three-run homeruns and accumulating a personal-best 7 RBIs. Ramirez has an unusual contract, it obligates the Cubs but he is free to walk away after eleven more games. With 35 homeruns and 110 RBIs he should be highly sought after if he decides to test free agency. Way to go Hendry! We either let Ramirez walk or his raise will be money that will not be spent on free agents. Pick yer poison.

Shawn Marshall did something that makes me wonder whether or not he is really ready for the bigs – he threw Jose Hernandez a 3-2 fastball with the bases loaded. Who in baseball doesn’t know that Hernandez is a dead fastball hitter? I had just commented to someone that I’d rather see Marshall walk Hernandez when he served up his gopherball, putting Philly back into the game 8-6. What in the world was he thinking?

Fortunately the Cubs held on and the bullpen shut the door. Wuertz got the win since Marshall did not pitch the required five innings – the Cubs added three runs and won 11-6. Wade Miller takes the hill tomorrow in a 6:05 PM game; the Cubs have won six out of their last eight in what could be Dusty’s last hurrah.

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What Really Matters

Monday, September 18th, 2006

“You break your wrist and you think that’s a big deal. Then something like this happens and it kind of slaps you in the face of what really matters.” Derrek Lee

Our thoughts and prayers for your family at this time, Derrek.
Everyone at View From the Bleachers.

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