Archive for December, 2006

Cubs Quotes

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

These were taken from Baseball Prospectus:

“I have something to prove to myself and the city of Chicago, and that’s about it. I know what I’m capable of doing, and the Cubs know what I’m capable of doing. There’s a big upside.” ~ Jason Marquis

“He was going to get $20 million to $21 million from three or four different teams. That was definite.” ~ Jim Hendry, on signing Marquis.

“It’s not about saving money; it’s about feeling comfortable with what we have. The problem is what’s going on next door, [with the Cubs] throwing money around the way they have.” ~ White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on the Brandon McCarthy deal.

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Nothin Happening…So Let’s Laugh

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Here is a video to take you down memory lane.

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Twas the night before Christmas (NOT)

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Jim Hendry would soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their bed,
While visions of World Series championships danced in their heads,
And mama in her Cubs tee, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap…
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to baseballs below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature Cubs Caravan, and eight Cubs with Old Style beer,
With old Yosh Kawano, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be a first round pick.
More rapid than Cardinals his players they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Cedeno! now, Soto! now Wuertz and Zambrano!
On, Ramirez! on Theriot! on, Pie* and Soriano!
To the top of the bleachers! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the broadcast booth the beat writers they flew,
With the rack of corked bats, His Samminess too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the tarp
The plucking and sounding of each little harp.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the clubhouse tunnel Jim Hendry came with a bound.
He was dressed in hospital scrubs, from his head to his shoes,
And his clothes were all tarnished with pizza and booze.
A bundle of free agent signings he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled — his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His most recent contracts were drawn up like a bow,
And the whites of Trib ownership’s eyes were as white as the snow.
The stump of a cigar he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the players’ bank accounts; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the VIP elevator he rose.
He sprang to his limousine, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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Slammin’ Sammy

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Over the past few days, word has leaked out that Sammy Sosa wants to make a comeback in a quest to reach the 600 homerun plateau. According to the Associated Press, Sammy reports “I feel like I did when I was a rookie. I have a lot of spirit and a desire to return. I think I can play three or four more years in the form I am now.”

There has been some debate on this site over the idea of whether or not the Cubs should even consider retiring his jersey. While I don’t think they should go that far, I do think that the organization should attempt to reconcile with Sosa. Whether you hate him or not, you can’t throw away the contributions he made for the Cubs in his time here. When you take a look at the career leaderboards for the Cubs organization, Sosa appears prominently.

Leaderboards (Rank in Parenthesis)
Slugging % – .569 (2nd)
OPS – .927 (2nd)
Games – 1811 (10th)
At Bats – 6990 (8th)
Runs – 1245 (6th)
Hits – 1985 (9th)
Total Bases – 3980 (4th)
Homeruns – 545 (1st)
RBI – 1414 (3rd)
Walks – 798 (6th)

Now obviously you can’t discount the fact that he walked out on the team and lied about it. But does that discount him from all of the Cubs history? I don’t think it does. What are your thoughts?

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Cubs poised to sign Cliff Floyd

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Both the Chicago Tribune and Rotoworld are reporting that Jim Hendry is close to signing an agreement with former Chicagoan and New York Met Cliff Floyd. This is not surprising because Hendry and Floyd go back sixteen years, back to when Hendry recruited Floyd as baseball coach for Creighton.

This is yet another “good ol’ boy” move by Jim Hendry, the same GM who went to Dunedin High School, the same one who wasted high second round and first round picks on former Dunedin High non-prospects Brian Dopirak and Ryan Harvey. Coming off a second straight injury-plagued season, what does Hendry do? He goes out and gets a guy who has been hurt three out of the last four years.

During the past four years Floyd has averaged 117 games per season – look for Murton to platoon with Floyd in right and, given injuries I can easily see Murton getting 400 at bats. When healthy, Floyd has been an .869 OPS guy so he can sure hit, but he also strikes out a ton, averaging about a strike out every five at bats. He will take a walk however. This move effectively sounds the death knell for Jacque Jones, I seriously doubt that Jones will be manning center field in April.

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