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September 17, 2010

GirlieView (09/17/2010)

Filed under: Featured,General — Lizzie @ 5:07 pm

Hi there and happy Friday everyone! Really enjoyed reading your thoughts this week, thanks for keeping the conversation up even during the waning moments of a sad season. Seems we’re all looking forward now, which is a good thing! And, is the topic of this week’s GirlieSurvey!


Last week we talked about our early years. Today we’ll talk about next year! Earlier this morning Joe outlined why there are really only three remaining candidates for the Cubs’ manager position next year, and I agree with him. So, to that end, who’s YOUR pick? (I know there’s some question as to whether Girardi even wants the job, but for the sake of our chat here let’s pretend he does.) Which of these three do you want to see as next year’s manager?

a.) Joe Girardi
b.) Mike Quade
c.) Ryne Sandberg
d.) None of the above (please indicate your choice)

I’ll keep a tally and report back come November when the choice has officially been made. Now, on with the VFTB week in review!


  • I remember the day like it was yesterday.
  • Don’t put too much into September performances.
  • Funny how when the penant race is over he can control his emotions.
  • High fastballs and breaking balls in the dirt made Fukudome look like a drunken lumberjack.
  • You use the phrase “Drunken Lumberjack” like that’s a bad thing.
  • It’s only bad when you’re in the batter’s box.
  • Frankly in my world usually being a Cardinal is grounds for disqualification anyway….
  • Samardzija (thank god for copy and paste)
  • “Hey, Aramis Ramirez, would you like to stay for dinner next season? We’re serving Stove Top stuffing!” “Stove Top Stuffing? I’m stayin’!”
  • There is another book begging to be written by Rob Neyer. The title of this one would be: “The Chicago Cubs in the New Millennium (2000-2010)”. Would that constitute an entire decade of blunders? I don’t know. But I’d like to read Mr. Neyer’s analysis.
  • Look out ladies and gentlemen, hell just reported a cold front coming in!
  • Pretty sure Doc Raker’s daughter was on my lap when he hit it.
  • Are you talking about DocRakers 22 year-old daughter?
  • His attitude is a lot like his pitching, inconsistent. In the end we all know that the monster is bubbling below.
  • If we get something good in return for Z, I don’t care where he goes.
  • I’ll sit back and watch Z get chubby and insolent in red instead of blue.


  • If Aram opts out of his contract I will personally buy everyone a drink with the Capn’ money.

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  • Buddy

    Any of those three candidates would be fine with me (although I can’t believe Girardi would be even one percent interested). Also, Fredi Gonzalez would be an excellent choice, but he’s probably going to Atlanta.

  • mrbaseball2usa

    I like Sandberg… I am worried Cubs brass will put too much stock in the decent Sept. Quade has put together… The teams have been weak (NYM, HOU, PIT, WAS, and a darn-near eliminated STL).

  • mastrick

    I’m for Quade if he continues to win nearly 2 out of every 3 games. This is what I expected from the team from the git-go, if they continue to perform why mess with it? Ryno can promote to 3B coach or bench coach if Quade continues to win.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’d like Girardi and if not Girardi, then Quade

  • Buddy

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sandberg leave the organization if he doesn’t get the big job next year.

  • jswanson

    I’m fully with Joe on this one. As much as it pains me to say it, I’d rather see Ryno in another uniform learning the ropes than to see him deal with our payroll and media.

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Here’s what I’d like to see:
    1) Cubs hire Sandberg.
    2) Cubs go cannibal and eat the corpse that was once Soriano, realizing that letting him continue to fester in the dugout sends the message that it’s okay to play shoddy, half-hearted defense and make tons of outs. The 18 mil or so per year for the next few years just gets flushed down the toilet. It cripples them financially, but brings fresh, lavender-scented air to a clubhouse which smelled like death.
    3) Colvin plays left field, and though he makes too many outs, he puts up average left fielder numbers and plays solid defense.
    4) Fukudome plays for a contract and hits like a league average rightfielder.
    5) Zambrano starts smoking pot before games and lets his stuff win games while his head is in the clouds.
    6) Soto hits out of the 2 or 3 hole and hits like he did this year for 500 at-bats.
    7) The Cubs pull off a deal for Kila Ka’aihue and he hits.
    8) Aramis realizes his numbers are fading and spends the winter working on plate discipline. He re-emerges as a Mickey Tettleton type.
    9) The Cubs pick up Orlando Hudson to play 2b, giving us a lineup of Castro, Hudson, Soto, Colvin, Ramirez, Ka’aihue, Byrd, Fukudome. They combine to finish 5th in runs in the NL.
    10) Samardzija takes 3 mph off of his pitches, they start moving, and he becomes a major league pitcher, giving us “Cheech” Zambrano, Dempster, Samardzija, Gorzellany, and Jay Jackson, who pitches well as a rookie. They combine to be the 6th-best NL starting staff.
    12) The Cubs fire Rothschild, who gets hired by the revamped Dodgers, and they take Silva and most of his contract from the Cubs because Rothschild won’t shut up about him.
    11) Marmol and Marshall stay awesome, Cashner becomes awesome, Casey Coleman becomes a decent reliever, John Grabow has a lucky year, Randy Wells turns out to be a nice mopup man/6th starter, and the last spot is filled by some AAA lifer who never got a chance, but whose weaknesses are not exposed if only used for an inning at a time.

    Here’s what will happen:
    The Cubs will hire Melvin or Brenly, making us all mad, make the Soriano mistake again with Big Donkey and some turd like Jeff Francis, Aaron Harang, or Vicente Padilla, and finish no higher than 3rd place for the rest of my fricking life.

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Also, I’d like eight million dollars, complete education reform in this nation, nice people as politicians, pants whose waistline automatically expands as mine does, a carbon dioxide atmospheric scrubber, and a new leg for Tiny Tim.

  • jswanson

    Your rant was rendered less rant-ish by the unintentional ‘sunglasses guy’ emoticon.

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    I thought it gave it that “Misspelled Tea Party Protestor Sign” touch that every rant needs.

  • Buddy

    What will you buy us if the Cubs trade Zambrano?

  • lizzie

    Huh. I never knew how to do a sunglasses guy, intentional or unintentional. In an odd sort of way he seems to somehow fit!
    @Buddy then we’ll buy everyone a drink with your money. ;-)

  • lizzie

    Hell if you’re gonna write about me under a fake name at least pretend you’re Geovany Soto so I can go to bed with a smile on my face.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Is it possible the Cubs could end the season on a 20-game winning streak and end at .500? Any of Quade, Girardi, or Ryno is fine with me. No re-treads like Wedge.

  • Doug S.

    I’d like to thank everybody for not discussing some player’s sideburns in this thread.

  • lizzie

    I wonder if it might be a good time to discuss MY sideburns.

  • Joe Mauer

    Did someone say sideburns????

  • Joe Pepitone

    They don’t do sideburns the way they used to.

  • Mike P

    1. Girardi- a) he has been in a coaching situation with high expectations. b) loves the city and fans would gravitate towards him. c) has a national league coaching style in the AL which impresses me even more

    Close 2. Sandberg a) see Girardi “b”. b) success is minors makes me love his potential and chemistry with players. c) hall of fame gives instant cred.

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