Archive for August, 2009

Cup O’Joe: Jim Hendry

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Lou Piniella has gone on record saying that he will be back next year. With the new ownership in place sometime very soon, would it be a wise move to change general managers? Here are my thoughts:

  • Hendry has done a good job getting us to be a competitive team for the better part of this decade, with a few hiccups mixed in there. It’s actually been somewhat fun to be a Cub fan.
  • At the same time, while we’ve seen some success, we’ve also seen three playoff years of complete colapse. I count 2003 in that statement because of how grand they blew it against a Marlins team that we were better than. Obviously a GM can do only so much, but perhaps a change would help.
  • Long term contracts that include no trade clauses, while helping to bring in big name talent, has also locked us in pretty heavy to an aging payroll.
  • Changing GM’s this year, while it might be best from a team standpoint to get a new voice and decision maker in there, might not be the wisest move considering it will take whoever is the new choice awhile to get acclimated to the position, which would put him at a disadvantage for this off-season.

Just a few thoughts on the issue. I’d like for you to weigh in as well. Oh yeah, and the Cubs won yesterday 9-4 if anyone cares. Milton Bradley and Koyie Hill combined to go 7-for-7. No serious, I’m not kidding, take a look.

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From the VTFB Fantasy Baseball files

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

To say that this season hasn’t exactly been fun for Cubs fans is an understatement.   It has been somewhat akin to root canal – you still have the tooth but you have a sore experience and it cost a bunch of money.

I was amused by the last few transactions in the VTFB fantasy league – for those of you that didn’t participate this year there’s always next year.    The last five guys that were dropped were as follows:  Geo Soto, Khalil Greene, Johan Santana, David Price and Matt Weiters.    The guys that were picked up list as follows:  Alex Avila, Rajai Davis, John Smoltz, Jeff Niemann and Marlon Byrd. Harry must be watching from above.

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The Yogi Book

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This 1998 entry into the “Books by Yogi Berra” marathon, “The Yogi Book”, comprises 2 page layouts with a big photo on one page, a “Yogi-ism” in big colorful print on the other page, and a smaller paragraph of explanation. As an example, page 31 features a double image photo in which Yogi appears to resemble George W. Bush.

The book opens with a two page foreword by Yogi’s lifelong best friend, Joe Garagiola, followed by a two page introduction written by Yogi’s three sons; Larry, Tim and Dale Berra, and then the body of the book, the two page treatments of Yogi-isms.

I enjoyed the photos and I enjoyed the story flesh outs, but I’m beginning to recognize some overlap in this series of books by Yogi Berra. Nevertheless, I would like to share some of my favorite stories and quotes from “The Yogi Book”:

– I’ve gotten lost more than once going to Yogi’s house in New Jersey, so now I call for directions. Each time, I get a memorable response. A favorite is, “I know just where you are, Joey. You’re not too far. But don’t go the other way, come this way.”
Joe Garagiola

– I could always see bad balls good. Yogi

– A writer asked me, “What makes a good manager?” I answered: “Good players!” Yogi

– Nolan Ryan says: If Yogi had gone to college, they would have made him talk clearer, but not better.

– “It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were too many people talking.” Yogi

– Playing golf one day, I started to complain that my shot was going to go into the water. My friend Kevin Carroll said, “Come on, Yogi, don’t be like that. Think positively.” I replied: “Okay, I’m positive my shot is going into the water.”

– I believe you have to take the good with the bad, otherwise how do you know when things are good? If the world were perfect, how would you know? Yogi

– “If I didn’t wake up I’d still be sleeping.” Yogi

– “I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.” Yogi

– “We have a good time together, even when we’re not together.” Yogi

– “You can’t lose if you win.” Larry Berra (Yogi’s son)

As I said earlier, there is some redundancy in these books written by Yogi Berra, but there’s also fresh stuff to savor in each one. I recommend “The Yogi Book” highly to any fan of baseball, or fan of Yogi, or student of life.

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Morning Cup O’Joe

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

One of the features this off-season will be a segment called Morning Cup O’Joe. This can range from trivia to discussions to links to, well just about anything. Seeing that I can’t possibly imagine that anyone wants to talk about last night’s game, I figured we’d bust this out a little early. Then again, maybe it’s not too early, seeing that our season is done. My question to you is this:

If you could put Alfonso Soriano on waivers right now and actually see someone claim him, would you let him go for nothing? Also, assuming you do, would you be fine with Jake Fox playing LF full time next year?

You know my Soriano hate and my Jake Fox love, so I think you know what my answer would be.

Discuss:

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Oh What A Night!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I saw two very shameful things on TV last night. The first eight innings of the Cubs game weren’t televised here, so I was just spinning through the channels.

Imagine my surprise when I came upon Michael McDonald, formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, performing and selling a “Christmas Songs” CD. In August. On a home shopping network. How embarrassing.

And, of course, the Cubbies, opening their “Last Chance 2009 Home Stand” by handing the Washington Nationals the biggest win in team history. Shameful.

I guess I can unblock the month of October on my social calendar now.

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