Archive for May, 2007

Being a Cubs fan is like..

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Okay, it’s time to have some fun in the midst of yet another season of baseball butchery. Let ’em fly, just keep it relatively clean and nothing that’s culturally offensive.

I’ll do the first two:

Being a Cubs fan is like being a member of the Lost Tribes of Israel. You spend an eternity wandering throughout the Diaspora in search of the Promised Land.

Being a Cubs fan is like being a seventeen-year cicada. You spend sixteen years underground – when it’s your day in the sunshine you get screwed and then you die.

Let’s see what y’all can come up with!

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Game 51 – Ugh (la)…Another Loss

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

May 30th, 2007


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Florida 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0   9 12 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 1
W –  R. Messenger (1-1)   L  – T. Lilly (4-3)  S – None
Homeruns: D. Uggla (10 & 11) M. Cabrera (10) J. Willingham (7)

Box Score

Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t share Mark and a lot of other fans sentiments on the lack of heart. How exactly are you guys measuring heart? Watching a game on TV tells you nothing. Unless you can spend time with a player on an everyday basis and get inside his head, you’re simply watching from a distance. You can’t measure heart or drive to win like that. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying it. Right now the team is in a funk. When you look up and down this lineup though, it’s a team that should be able to score runs. I’m nowhere near abandoning my confidence that this team will win the NL Central. It looks to be a division that will have a winner that all but backs into the crown. Why can’t that be us? I’m using Mark’s favorite phrase when I advise everyone to stay the course and not abandon this team yet. Call me a homer. Call me a moron, but I believe the Cubs will turn this mess around.

Ted Lilly
Ted got hit pretty hard tonight from a boxscore standpoint, but if you watched the game, he really didn’t pitch that bad. He had given up just 3 earned runs into the 7th inning, which is acceptable by me. He got ahead in the count on a good deal of hitters and seemed to have the hitters guessing most of the night as evidenced by his strikeout total. The problem was that every time he did get hit, he was hit hard.

Cliff Floyd
I’d really like to see Cliff in the starting lineup everyday for a couple weeks to see what he can do. He’s got a great deal of power and can provide a much needed left handed bat in the lineup. Having him in RF and Jones in CF allows the Cubs to begin to alternate between lefties and righties in the lineup, which is vital when you get to the late innings and pitcher changes. In addition, it keeps the starter from getting into too much of a zone for his release point by pitching to all righties. Sorry Murton fans, but i’m backing Floyd.

The more I watch baseball on TV or in person, the more I realize that I’m a dork. One thing I really enjoy is keeping score, even when watching the game on television. All those times when Steve Stone used to say something to the effect of “….if you’re scoring at home.” Yeah, he was talking about me. Am I the only one out there who does this? Surely I can’t be, right? I just find that it helps me keep up with what’s happening. It helps during night games to keep me from falling asleep, and it definitely helps me catch things I may have forgotten when it comes time to analyze the game.

The reason I bring this who scorekeeping idea up is because of how excited I was today to find a very nice PC scorekeeping program instead of the paper/pencil method I currently use. I tested it out today using the free trial version (yes, they actually charge money for it) and I liked it. Whether or not I will drop the money to purchase the program is yet to be determined, but we shall see. What i’d like to know is if you keep score at the game or at home? If so, maybe we can get a little discussion going, because i’m always looking for more efficient ways of doing things.

Tough loss today, but we’re only 6 out and we’ve got the Brewers coming in soon. Let’s get hot with the Braves and be ready to make our move by the weekend. It’s a new month. Let’s make it a good one.

Mark’s Thoughts
Here we go again, another game that ends with the Cubs shaking their heads. This is a very uninspired ballclub, I personally don’t think they will see the .500 mark again this year. And the sad thing is that it will be the second year in a row where a slightly better than .500 record will win the division! Imagine, all the millions were wasted – the Cubs could have fielded a sixty million dollar team with less talented guys who tried real hard and at least we’d have a fighting chance.

Being a Cubs fan is nine years of disappointment followed by one year of hope. And the one year is the one you’d never pick.

STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Sergio Mitre (.202) He should have got a win, but got hurt
  • Second Star – Dan Uggla (.144)
  • Third Star – Miguel Cabrera (.080)

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  • Pride in the job

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    Nearly all of us wake up five days out of seven and go to work. Some of us have safe jobs and we can just coast until five and go home; but most of us have jobs in which our security is based upon performance. If our company doesn’t do well, changes could happen and we could be out on the street. OR, if we don’t do well, we could end up on a “performance improvement plan” or some other form of corporate documentation that would result in the same.

    So it perplexes me when, year after year we see the Cubs shake their heads and lose games. We’ve fired the so-called president and a very uninspired manager yet the results seem to be the same. Now we have a firebrand in the dugout and he’s not afraid to make changes – in fact he’s changed his lineup more than Imelda Marcos changed shoes. So what gives?

    I think that there’s a malaise in the clubhouse. For some reason or another the key players don’t have the spit and vinegar that’s requisite for championship baseball. They go out there and put up decent numbers but the attitude sucks. These guys are just doing an eight to five, clocking their hours and collecting their paychecks. We’ve had Barrett, Zambrano, Lee and Ramirez for a few years now – sure they put up good numbers but are they team leaders? Methinks not. This team looks like 25 guys who are preparing for a firing squad, not a World Series.

    I’d like to think that Piniella has the moxie to change the prevailing attitude, I suspect that he’ll do everything he can. But if this team is still losing at All Star break I think it’s high time that the Cubs consider trading some of their so-called “untouchables” and see if we can get players with a little less skill and a lot more attitude.

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    Game 51 – Open Thread

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    Scouting Report on todays starters from
    Sergio Mitre – Mitre was masterful again on Friday, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out eight in a no-decision against the Mets. Mitre has allowed only five earned runs in his past 36 innings, though he has just two wins to show for it.

    Ted Lilly – Lilly will be back to pitching on five days’ rest. Maybe the extra two days off between his past two starts threw him off. Against the Dodgers on Friday night, the lefty issued a season-high four walks and gave up five runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his shortest outing of the year and the first time he walked more than he struck out (two).

    View the Cubs career numbers vs. Sergio Mitre – ESPN Splits

    Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

    Felix Pie (AAA) 1-5, 2B, RBI, CS, (.396avg)

    This Day In History

    1927 Cubs’ shortstop Jimmy Cooney completes an unassisted triple play as he snares Paul Waner’s liner, steps on second to double up Paul’s brother, Lloyd, and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first for the third out.

    1956 Mickey Mantle barely misses (18 inches) becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The monster shot was still climbing as hit the facade in the upper stands.

    1974 Sadaharu Oh becomes the first Japanese player to 600 home runs.

    1982 Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak begins with the Oriole third baseman (position for the first 27 games during the streak) batting eighth against Blue Jays.

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    Game 50 – Gotta Work on Special Teams

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    May 29th, 2007


    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
    Florida 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 4 0   9 13 2
    Chicago 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0   4 8 1
    W –  D. Willis (7-3)   L  – J. Marquis (5-2)  S – K. Gregg (6)
    Homeruns: J. Hermida (3) D. Lee (4) R. Theriot (1)

    Box Score

    I really thought we were going to get a win against Dontrelle. The thing that scared me and kept coming to mind though was how much run support he has been getting. That continued in this start.

    Jason Marquis
    Marquis has been pitching very well this year, but tonight was just not his night. He had trouble keeping his pitch count down and was very close to being pulled after four innings due to a high count. He got himself into way too many jams. He was able to get out of the first one in the 2nd inning very nicely, but after that, the Marlins began to break through. The encouraging thing to me is that despite the poor start, his ERA is still under 3.00. Who would’ve thought that would be the case this late in the year?

    Baserunning Miscues
    I love the fact that before the game, Lou emphasized how important baserunning is and how the Cubs needed to get better at it. How did they respond? Mark DeRosa runs into an out at third on a play that was right in front of him. I have no idea what he was thinking. My only guess was maybe he wasn’t paying attention and thought it was a force place. Why else would he run on that play? Just a few plays later, Michael Barrett got picked off second on a snap throw from Miguel Olivo. It’s baserunning like this that is killing this team. We really need to fix this stuff and I’m not sure it’s a management issue. It has been going on for as long as I’ve been a Cub fan.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Jeremy Hermida (.249)
  • Second Star – Ryan Theriot (.181)
  • Third Star – Josh Willingham (.166)

    In the fourth inning, you can see that 75% of the time, a team should win when they’re at that point. It all went down hill from there.

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