Archive for March, 2009

Thanks, Guys!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The title of this post? Dripping with sarcasm. Here’s why.

Good friend of mine just got back from spring training where he and his fourteen year old son decided to spend their vacation this year. They are both big Cub fans. Huge. Can you remember being 14 and having the chance to see ball games with your Dad? How it felt to actually see a big league ball player in person and maybe even get close enough to ask him for (gulp) an autograph?

Well, one day after the game at Hohokam, they go to dinner and as they are driving back past the park later, they see a very small crowd still standing, waiting. So they park and walk over to see what’s up. Moments later, out comes Lou. Gruff as could be. Doesn’t want to be bothered. Tells the two men there to take a hike. Now this doesn’t really bother me, because it’s these guys who ruin it for everyone…these guys who are there everyday for autographs that they can later sell. So, now it’s a small group of just kids. And a reluctant Lou signs a couple of hats and balls and leaves. Signs my buddy’s son’s hat. Upside down. So you can’t read it looking at the hat. Think that’s the first hat Lou has ever signed? I don’t. But whatever. Thanks, Lou. For taking three minutes out of your schedule on your way to the Hometown Buffet to sign a couple things.

But this story gets better. Ready? Here goes. Next day they are heading home and the son says “Dad, can we drive by Hohokam just one more time on the way to the airport?” So they do.

This is fairly early in the morning and no one is there. They park just to get a last picture by the sign and “feel the feeling” before they leave. And then…Carlos Zambrano comes riding out of the tunnel on a bicycle. My friend tells his son not to bother him…let him ride. So they watch him ride off down the culvert near the park and get in some work. He disappears and they wait a little longer to see if anyone else comes out. Did I mention the kid is wearing a Zambrano jersey? He is. Twenty minutes later and they are ready to go…but here comes Carlos on the bike. Kid pulls his new Carlos Zambrano All-Star Jersey from his suitcase and walks over to the area where Big Z will be riding back in. Zambrano rides up and the boy says “Mr. Zambrano will you please sign the jersey?”

New paragraph. Because the guy didn’t sign the jersey. Didn’t even stop. Slowed down and looked at the kid and the jersey — but then kept peddling and went on in…without saying a word.  No one around. Not a single person anywhere. Would it have killed the guy to sign the kid’s jersey? Thanks, Carlos!

What is it with these guys? Don’t they know who really pays their outrageous salaries? I can wholeheartedly understand blowing off the trolling piece of garbage autograph hounds — 45 year old men who live in their parent’s basement and sell the signed stuff on eBay. But kids? Come on.

On the flip side, since I am fair and balanced — they said that Ryan Theriot would stay and sign until everyone was gone. Good for you, Ryan. It is appreciated and will win you a ton of young fans.

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so deeply addicted to baseball because the players, the owners, the agents and their collective behavior turn me off.

To make things right, I will be sending some right side up autographed “The Sherm” gear to my friend’s son. Not all kids are as lucky as this one, however.


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Does this worry you?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Chris Carpenter is having a pretty darn good spring training this season. To date, he’s sporting an ERA of 0.00 in five starts that span 19.0 innings of work. In that time he’s struck out 10 and walked just four.

So I ask you: Does Carpenter, who is coming off of ulnar nerve transposition surgery on November 4th, 2008, and his success this spring worry you that perhaps the Cardinals may be able to give the Cubs a run at the NL Central this year? Do you believe in Carpenter enough to take him in a fantasy draft?

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Baseball America Trivia

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In my newest edition of Baseball America, there was a trivia question I thought I’d share:

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Name the only two starting pitchers currently on big league rosters who have spent at least 10 seasons in the big leagues and never gone on the disabled list.

I thought I had one of them, based on one of the other trivia questions we ran recently, but I was wrong.


: Derrek Lowe & Javier Vazquez

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Fun with the Box Score

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I stumbled across this game and I was amazed that I don’t remember a thing about it. May 26, 2003. Kerry Wood starts the game, goes seven strong while allowing just 1 hit and striking out 10. He leaves the game down 1-0. The game would end 10-0 in favor the Pirates.

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Notes From Rehab

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The World’s Greatest Living Cubs Fan, my dad, has been living in a SubAcute Rehabilitation Care Facility since early February. We had hoped that he would have been out of there by now, allowing us to have taken a quick roadtrip to Mesa, AZ, but such was not the case.

My dad’s roommate is also a Cubs fan so that’s working out OK. At 1:00 pm today my dad’s roommate asked me to set their TV to Channel 9 so there’d be no chance of them missing the 1st pitch at 3:05pm. That’s a couple of hard core Cubs fans in rehab for you.

So what did they see today?

  • They saw a full house at HoHoKam Park.
  • They saw Rich Harden not pitching today (he was “under the weather”).
  • They saw Geovany Soto catch.
  • They saw the Cubs’ leadoff man, Alfonso Soriano, get 2 hits.
  • They saw Milton Bradley get caught off 3rd base, then strikeout and single.
  • They saw Aramis Ramirez hit a single, fly out and slap a single to center.
  • They saw Mike Fontenot fumble a ground ball, which led to 2 unearned Padres runs.
  • They saw Nick Hundley throw out Mr. Soriano on an attempted stolen base.
  • They saw Carlos Marmol pitch 2 shutout innings, looking sharp.
  • They saw the Padres’ starting pitcher, Mr. Correia strike out Fontenot and Soto, then walk Sam Fuld and give up a pinch hit 2 run homer to Reed Johnson.
  • They saw Kevin Gregg pitch in the 5th and 6th.
  • They saw Mr. Waddell pitch in the 6th and 7th, then get pulled by Lou and replaced by Angel Guzman. Mr. Guzman retired 6 in a row and got a hit himself.
  • They saw and heard Fergie Jenkins reminisce with Lou and Bob prior to the retirement of his Cubs uniform #31 (shared with Greg Maddux), which will occur on May 3rd.
  • They saw a “slug bunt” which Ryan Theriot played well.
  • They saw and heard Bruce Miles discuss the Cubs spring training and upcoming season.
  • They saw Micah Hoffpauir hit some long outs.
  • They saw Andy White score on a high bouncing single by Esteban German.
  • They saw Paul Bako look at strike 3 with 2 out and 2 on.
  • They saw Kevin Hart hit the first batter he faced in the butt; hit the 2nd batter he faced in the back, then, following a double play, he gave up an RBI single and got the 3rd out with a fly out to right.
  • They saw the Cubs win 5-3.
  • They saw and heard Len interview Ryan Theriot.

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