Archive for June, 2009

Countdown to Extinction

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

When I was in the 8th grade, my parents took me and my brother on a trip to Florida to hit Disney World. Considering the majority of vacations were to Wisconsin to spend the weekend at my grandparent’s trailer in the woods, Epcot Center and Magic Kingdom rocked our world. What made me laugh was the fact that all throughout the week we were constantly seeing guys wearing shirts promoting the Megadeth album “Countdown to Extinction”. All throughout the week, each time we saw one, my dad would promptly point it out and tell us all how he wanted to know where he could get one. It still makes me laugh because, and if you know my dad it would make you laugh too, I honestly believe he would actually have worn the shirt with no clue what it meant or who Megadeth was. I’m not sure what they were saying with the album title, to be honest. Maybe it was them forcasting their career. For me, each loss we painfully bear is just a countdown to extinction…of the 2009 Cubs season. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it today. This is a bad baseball team that is hoping and praying that their big money guys begin to play a little closer to their career means before it’s too late. It’s a team that is severly underachieving and trying to tread water in hopes that the savior will come back to the lineup and be the god of baseball all while trying to keep his shoulder from popping out of socket. Believe me, I hope I’m wrong. I really do, but from here on out I’m going to watch games because I love baseball. I’m going to compliment the team when they do something well and bust on ’em when they don’t all with the idea that this season is a lost cause.

Alfonso Soriano Is A Dumb Ballplayer – I can’t stand watching this guy play the game anymore. I watch him make bonehead play after bonehead play and I can’t help but wonder what a guy like Bobby Cox would do different from Lou Piniella with him. Remember when Andruw Jones played stupid? Cox benched him mid-game. We can’t even get Lou to drop Soriano down in the order so we don’t have a guy with an OBP hovering around .300 at the top of the order. Today we saw him almost get picked off on a snap throw to 1st when he went in standing up instead of diving back to ensure safety. Then, he sees himself get doubled off 1st on a long drive by Lee that was either going to go out of the park or get caught. He could’ve easily gotten back to 1st safely, considering the Tigers loafed a little themselves with getting the ball back into the IF. Not until they saw Sori being a retard did they make any actual effort for a DP. Disgusting. This guy has rocks for a brain. I truly believe he’s dumb as a board.

We Have A Weird Catcher Situation – Does anyone else find it odd, and a tad bit silly that we have one catcher who cut most of his fingers off and another one that gets stoned in the off-season?

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto said he has been informed by the International Baseball Federation that he tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic.

“While I fully acknowledge my inappropriate behavior, I want to assure my fans and my family that this was an isolated incident,” Soto said in a statement released by the Cubs. “I do not say this to minimize or deflect from my conduct and I fully understand the ramifications of my actions. I have and will accept any and all consequences.

“I am fully dedicated to the game of baseball and my teammates, and I apologize for any distraction and embarrassment this may cause them.” – ESPN.com

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At least we know why Geo got fat. He was smoking up and eating crap food while at the WBC. Idiot!!!

Minor League Transactions from Baseball America – (Source)

Signed: RHP Jesse Ginley (NDFA—St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC), RHP Joe Simokaitis, LHP Daley Cox (NDFA—Santa Fe (N.M.) JC)
Draft picks signed: RHP Tim Clubb (29), RHP B.J. Dail (17), RHP Steve Grife (26), RHP Danny Keefe (14), RHP Corey Martin (27), RHP Jake Schmidt (41), RHP Robert Whitenack (8), LHP John Mincone (11), C Matt Williams (18), 1B Justin Bour (25), 1B Greg Rohan (21), 2B D.J. Fitzgerald (22), 3B Charles Thomas (10), OF Jeff Pruitt (23), OF Cody Shields (15)
Released: RHP Cedric Redmond, RHP Steve Vento
Recalled: 1B Jake Fox
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Luiz Vizcaino Is Out – Twitter has the Tribe DFA’ing the former Cub – (Source)

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Soto tested positive for reefer

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
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ran a story that says Cubs’ catcher tested positive prior to the World Baseball Classic for marijuana. While this will have no effect on Geo’s status with MLB he will likely be banned from international competition for a period of time.

So here’s where I expose my inner hypocrite – whup-dee-doo. So what? Why is it that I’m adamantly opposed to steroid use or other PEDs but unconcerned about a Cub smokin’ some rope? I suppose that is because I think that it should be legalized. Aside from that smoking pot does not cause one to hit a bunch of homeruns. Ever watch Cops? Half of their “customers” are drunk out of their gourds, it’s a wonder they can stand up straight. What about the pot smoker? He’s in front of the TV with a bag of Cheetos waiting for the Domino’s guy to arrive. Does he get violent when he has a few too many bong hits? No, he becomes somewhat catatonic, his biggest fear is that he will hear every cricket in the world.

Now I will admit, I do not smoke pot now, I have a real job and that means that I might get drug-tested. But during my younger years I probably smoked my body weight and I even dabbled somewhat with cocaine (I never liked coke much although I must admit I liked the smell of it.) Now I’m a grown man and I related to Obama when he quoted scripture and said something like “there comes a time to set aside childish things.” It’s not a big thing Shrek the Halls trailer

, I can do without it and will because that’s what my job calls for. And that’s what Soto should do, he should abstain while he plays major league baseball and after he retires he can smoke primo hydro to his heart’s content. Perhaps one day it will be de-criminalized and eventually legalized; when that happens invest in coffee shops – buy shares in The Bulldog and Cafe Rusland and watch what happens with your money. Until then I think players who test positive for cannabis should receive a slap on the wrist and be forced to write “I will not smoke pot” one hundred times on the blackboard.

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When Does it Become Time For a Change?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Ask yourself for a second if you truly believe this is a good baseball team. Is it really a team that can get hot and win the World Series? Honestly? I’m done believing that it is. People have been waiting patiently for Superman…err Ramrez to return and then everything will be all better. Bull. This team has issues and it’s time we wake up and see them.

I’m ready to see a change with this team, and I think the only way to make that happen is to make it be a drastic one. Assuming the team sale is finalized this year, I believe it’s time for a complete overhaul. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with a bunch of no-trade guys, and there is no one to blame for that other than Jim Hendry. I like Hendry, but he’s locked us in to some contracts that will really handicap us. It’s probably time for him to go.

I see, night after night, this team fail to do the little things to score runs and play winning baseball. I see a team that has been out played from a strategy standpoint, and I can only blame those things on the manager. I like Lou Piniella, a lot, but I’m beginning to believe he is one of the problems with this team and needs to go after this season as well.

I’m not sure what else can really be done to shake up the mix, but I know I’m done believing this year.

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A Glitch In The System

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Actually, there were a few “glitches in the system” last night.

In the top of the first inning the Cubs had the bases loaded with their cleanup hitter, DLee, up. At that point Detroit’s pitching coach, Rick Knapp, came out to have a word with his pitcher, Edwin Jackson. I don’t know what he told him, but it worked. Derrek hit a double play ball, 6-4-3, but beat the throw to first for an RBI fielder’s choice.

The next batter up, Micah Hoffpauir, the designated hitter, struck out. Geovany Soto grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice to end the “rally”.

So the bases loaded with nobody out produces only 1 run. I’d call that a major “glitch”.

In the bottom of the 1st, Big Z gave up back to back extra base hits (a double followed by a triple) to start his outing. Score was now tied at one. That’s a “glitch”.

In the top of the 5th, Andres Blanco bunted himself to 1st base. Two fly outs later (thanks to Soriano and Theriot), Andres, finding himself still standing on 1B, was thrown out trying to steal 2nd. That ended the “rally’’ and constitutes another “glitch” in the Cubs run producing “system”.

In the top of the 6th Milton walked, DLee doubled, and Soto sacrifice flied Bradley in. That’s not a glitch, that’s how it’s supposed to work. But, however, the inning started with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs, and the designated hitter up, but ended with only one run scored. That’s a big “glitch”.

In the bottom of the 7th, Zambrano hit the leadoff man Kelly, then gave up a 2 run homer to Mr. Inge. Although Big Z picked off pinch runner Anderson after walking Ordonez, the damage was done.

In the top of the 8th, DLee singled and Hoffpauir homered, giving the Cubbies a 4-3 lead. That’s great! But, in the same inning, Theriot grounded out while both Bradley and Soto struck out. So the run production was limited to 2. That’s a “glitch”.

The Cubs were in front 4-3 for one and a half innings. That’s great!

But in the bottom of the 9th Cubs closer Kevin Gregg walked the first batter, and gave up the walk off 2 run homer to pinch hitter Ryan Raburn. Mr. Raburn is a season 220 hitter who was previously 0-4 in pinch hitting appearances. That’s a “glitch”.

The game was close from the git go, and could have gone either way. But the Cubs could have earned a win with just a few less “glitches”.

As an aside, the Cubs’ leadoff man, Alfonso Soriano, went 1-5 on the evening with a single, two fly outs, a strike out and a pop out to 1st base.

And, on a positive note, DLee extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double and a single and drew a walk after hitting a double play ball in the first.

Also, TheRiot was credited with a “heads-up” play in letting a soft liner drop in front of him, then turning a 6-4-3 double play, but it was more an instance of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” base running. Had Ryan caught the ball on the fly, he could have doubled the base runner off at first, too.

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Go Gregg yourself

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I have coined a new phrase, and yes, it means exactly what you think it means. I have few others that can be derived from it:

  • We are so Gregged (this one is a good one for use late in a game where we have a lead heading into the ninth.)
  • Gregg off (particularly useful when someone says to you “did the Cubs blow another late lead?”)
  • I don’t give a Gregg (helpful when you are asked who you want the world series…the Dodgers or the Red Sox?)
  • What the Gregg? (good offseason line when Jim Hendry signs someone like Aaron Miles)
  • Gregging gangbanging Mother Gregger (White Sox fan)

Feel free to call Webster (Noah, not Mitch) or to add your own.

I feel better now. Venting helps.

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