Archive for December, 2010

GO: Stadiums

Friday, December 31st, 2010

What professional baseball stadiums have you visited, and which was your favorite?

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In the News: Idiots (Not So) Anonymous

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

This may be the last “In the News” for a little while. To be honest, I don’t like being tied down to the structure, so we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, there are three stories “In the News” this week and all three have me saying to myself “That guy is an idiot”. Join me for a quick session of Idiot’s (Not So) Anonymous.

Hello, my name is: Rafael Palmeiro

Why he’s an idiot: After standing in front of congress and wagging his finger saying he had never taken steroids, it was revealed just a short time later that he had tested positive with the Orioles. It was a black eye for his career and for baseball. Now, with the talk about those guys simmering down, he does it again. “I was telling the truth then, and I am telling the truth now,” Palmeiro said. “I don’t know what else I can say. I have never taken steroids. For people who think I took steroids intentionally, I’m never going to convince them. But I hope the voters judge my career fairly and don’t look at one mistake.”

Which is it Rafe? How can you say I have never taken steroids and then the very next sentence say “for the people who think I took steroids intentionally….don’t look at one mistake” Mr. Palmeiro….please go away. You’re an idiot. But that you for sharing, you may sit down.

Hello, my name is: Tucker Carlson

Why he’s an idiot: For those that don’t know, Carlson is a political news correspondent for Fox News. He recently spoke out against President Obama’s praise of the Eagles for giving Mike Vick a second chance. “I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances,” Tucker Carlson said recently. “But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a cruel, heartless way. Personally, I think he should’ve been executed for that.” Executed? Really? I don’t want to go political or moral on you in this post, but what Carlson said is absurd. Mike Vick paid his time in federal pound you in the butt prison. He’s done exactly what has been asked of him. Leave the guy alone. Thank you Mr. Carlson, you are indeed an idiot.

Hello, my name is: Oney Guillen (with apologies to Bobby Jenks for including him in the picture)

Why he’s an idiot: His Twitter feed is going to ultimately get his dad fired. I honestly don’t think he realizes it. His most recent tweeting was at the expense of Bobby Jenks

hahah memo to bobby jenks get a clue u drink to much and u have had marital problems hugeee ones and the sox stood behind u

they did not air out ur dirty laundry, u came to srping not drinking and then u sucked and started srinking again be a man

be a man and tell the manager or the coaching staff how u feel or the organization when u were with the sox not when u leave

u cried in the managers office bc u have problems now u go and talk bad about the sox after they protected u for 7 years ungrateful.

if it wasnt for u and mainly u freddy garcia would have like 17 wins and the sox would have beat the twins

and u self diagnosed urself bc u didnt want to pitch un real i hope the sox let this guiy fucking have it

oh and yes i remember clearly u blowing a hugee game in 09 and u laughing ur bearded ass off while everyone busting there tail

i thought u were a man not some punk who runs away and talks bullshit. u coward. say it to there face when u were with them

dont make me air out more then i have 2 say ur sorry dont disrespect the White sox ever

now u know what piece of shit person u rooted for chicago. the ones that leave and talk bad about ur team

and u say the manager didnt trust u? he kept putting ur fat ass there and u kept blowing it, he never took u away from that role unreal

go read it its a scott merkin piece its a dandy, i hope people say what they really feel instead of me

although it wouldnt surprise me if the sox take the high road and be classy instead of destroying this yellow beard dipping idiot

and to think u were actually a cool guy and ur word meant something, to bad u dont hit in the AL so they can drill that ass.

one little story remember when u couldnt handle ur drinking and u hit a poor arizona clubby in the face i do. and later u covered it with

Im sorry thats ur answer to everything. How can u disrespect ur ex team like that.

Someone take Oney’s computer away so he’ll just go away. Mr. ONEY Guillen, you’re an idiot. Ozzie, you get a pass on this one.

Now it’s your turn. Either nominate your own (sports related or maybe personal related) or discuss mine. Happy Thursday.

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Chet’s Corner: Tickets Are Still Available!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

What do you get when you cross Cubbie Kool Aide, Cubbie Cute, and most of Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin?

You give up?……………………

The annual Cubs Convention!!!!!

Most MLB teams have some sort of off-season dork-fest kicking off the new year. This is how you do it Cubs style!!!!

By the way, if you have not heard (and from the looks of ticket sales you have not),  the Convention runs January 14th-16th.

I had the pleasure of joining this crowd in 2008 and got a first hand look at the madness.

The recipe? Pack thousands of rabid jersey wearing,  autograph book toting Cub fans into the Hilton Towers and give them access to all sorts of Cub schwag.  I left the event with the following junk in my bag…..

– About six schedules for the upcoming season

– A baseball signed by Fergie Jenkins (obtained in person for a $20 fee)

– A set of Cubs coasters with pictures of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and  Harry Carey emblazoned on them (Classy, I know!)

– A Ryne Sandberg Rookie Card

– A Cubs drink Koozy

– A cubs floating key chain in case i ever get into boating

– and too many other weird and useless items my wife made me throw out!

The best part was standing in line for autographs.  There was a point when I found myself standing in line for Kerry Wood  (it was for a friend as I already have one) and I couldn’t figure out what part of the hotel I was in as the line was so long.  I asked people if Christ had taken his place and was at the end of this madness putting his John Hancock on the sweet spot of a Rawlings. Nope, just Kerry Wood.

Well, at any rate,  it looks like the ole convention might be a weather bell for the upcoming season.  For the first time in a very long time the thing isn’t sold out within weeks of it’s announcement.  Does this mean Cubs fans are finally fighting back? Are we finally sick of the mediocre product?

What does this say for ticket sales next season?

I know one thing for sure, we may be hearing the cries of Len Kasper and Bob Brenly during our telecast next year urging people to “head on down to Wrigley Field as good tickets are still available for all games”.

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Just How Good WAS Starlin Castro’s Rookie Year?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Since we’re light years away from opening day and no breaking news in sight, I decided to look at the all time best rookie seasons put up by a shortstop that had enough at bats to qualify for the batting title. Here are the results, sorted by OPS+ (adjusted OPS). Scanning the list, I can’t seem to find Jeter, Rodriguez or Garciaparra. Just sayin’. So the discussion for today is Do you believe in Starlin Castro, and what do you expect from him in 2011?

Charlie Hollocher 134 1918 22 CHC 586 72 161 23 6 2 38 47 30 26 0 .316 .379 .397
Johnny Pesky 119 1942 22 BOS 686 105 205 29 9 2 51 42 36 12 7 .331 .375 .416
Arky Vaughan 114 1932 20 PIT 555 71 158 15 10 4 61 39 26 10 0 .318 .375 .412
Dave Bancroft 104 1915 24 PHI 665 85 143 18 2 7 30 77 62 15 27 .254 .346 .330
Dave Altizer 102 1906 29 WSH 493 56 111 9 5 1 27 35 0 37 0 .256 .324 .307
Whitey Witt 100 1916 20 PHA 626 64 138 16 15 2 36 55 71 19 0 .245 .315 .337
Pat Listach 99 1992 24 MIL 649 93 168 19 6 1 47 55 124 54 18 .290 .352 .349
Dick Howser 98 1961 25 KCA 719 108 171 29 6 3 45 92 38 37 9 .280 .377 .362
Topper Rigney 98 1922 25 DET 642 68 161 17 7 2 63 68 44 17 8 .300 .380 .369
Joe Tinker 98 1902 21 CHC 545 55 132 19 5 2 55 26 0 27 0 .263 .300 .333
Starlin Castro 97 2010 20 CHC 506 53 139 31 5 3 41 29 71 10 8 .300 .347 .408
Rafael Furcal 97 2000 22 ATL 542 87 134 20 4 4 37 73 80 40 14 .295 .394 .382
Mickey Doolan 97 1905 25 PHI 524 53 125 27 11 1 48 24 0 17 0 .254 .292 .360
Phil Rizzuto 96 1941 23 NYY 548 65 158 20 9 3 46 27 36 14 5 .307 .343 .398
Joe Boley 96 1927 30 PHA 415 49 115 18 8 1 52 26 14 8 5 .311 .361 .411
Glenn Wright 96 1924 23 PIT 662 80 177 28 18 7 111 27 52 14 6 .287 .318 .425
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GirlieView (12/27/2010)

Monday, December 27th, 2010

This week the Lizzies are full of our fun Pete LaCock talk. Don’t miss today’s discussion question at the end about other “baseball names” that strike your fancy! But first, the week in review!


  • If I looked like Theriot I might get more “happy fun time” with the wife…
  • You should ALWAYS be nice to little kids, with a sort of bell curve on it, being still nice but less willing to sign an autograph for, say, a 30 year old, and then going back to being nice for old-timer.
  • I am not a celebrity but when I am in my office I expect people to walk in and request my services or ask me questions. Once I leave my office I don’t expect people to request office services of me while I am at lunch.
  • So the Capn wants to wake up next to Jim Edmunds and Seymour had an x rated situation with Chipper Jones. The good news is you can both openly serve in our military.
  • There aren’t enough people named “Bump” in the world.
  • I’ll take Paul Lynde to block.
  • I loved Doug Dascenzo back in the day when I didn’t know that the ability to hit was a necessary part of being a good ballplayer.
  • Always wanted to be the play-by-play guy who had to say “LaCock’s got two balls on him”!
  • Seems Rapheal was dipping his pen in the inkwell of the second baseman.
  • That may be confusing. The said inkwell was the property of the second baseman’s wife, not the second baseman.
  • that anecdote would be a whole lot funnier if it was Ryno’s inkwell in which Raffi dipped.
  • Why was Pete LaCock traded? Anyone know that?
  • Because one day in the future he would want to sleep with Ryne Sandberg’s wife?
  • I guess a career being a TV game-show host wouldn’t really take off if your name was Peter LaCock.
  • Just realized that Peter LaCock is kind of redundant.
  • Announcer: “LaCock is up. He digs in…”
  • I remember LaCock’s glove not being to good but his stick was pretty good.
  • LaCock was one of the first players to use a hard wood bat.
  • Seymour brings a LaCock model bat to camp, kind of like those rock and roll groupies of the 60’s that took plaster molds of Jimi Hendrix LaCock.
  • They should just copy and paste for 2011.
  • I hope I’m wrong, but I think they lack talent, especially on offense.
  • If we don’t shit our pants every time we play the astros and pirates we got at least a .500 team. Hope that brings some Christmas Cheer.
  • I vomit for other reasons.
  • My favorite part? the Lizzies.
  • my favorite part of 2010 ….. “THE END .”
  • Hustle is also a dance from the 1970s.
  • That should be the 2011 Cubs theme song, sing along “Do the Hustle”


  • Mesa is 2 months away !!

Monday Morning Discussion Question

We had an interesting discussion about Pete LaCock this week thanks to Buddy’s column about players and their numbers. I want to talk about players and their names. There are just some names that seem destined to be baseball players. Cubs Rebel Ridling and Casey Coleman come to mind. Like them or not as players, they’ve got cool baseball names. What are some names that stick out to you, Cubs or otherwise, either because they’re cool (Rebel) or because they’re unfortunate (LaCock)? Entertain me! :-)

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