TOP STORIES

Crazy Pujols Offer – Twitter was wide open yesterday with news that three teams had offered big money to Pujols over big years. I don’t know if the Cubs are one of them or if this will even be up to date when it goes live on the blog tomorrow morning. What I do know is that if I have to sign Pujols for 10 years, I’m having a hard time finding the right reaction. On one side of the argument, you have the fact that the Marlins appear to be following the blueprint that won them the World Series in 1997 when they purchased the players to win and then promptly had a fire sale to scrap just about everyone on the roster. While I don’t believe it’s the best way to build a long term successful team, it sure would be nice to see a World Series in Chicago just once. I’d be OK if the Cubs won it all and never had a winning season again for as long as I live. Then again, I’d probably quit blogging.

Cubs in on Fielder? – Ken Rosenthal tweeted “Sources: #Cubs’ interest in Fielder is on shorter deal, not eight or nine years. Would pay high dollars in exchange for shorter term.” Personally, I’d rather have Fielder and I can’t understand why more teams don’t offer silly money on short term deals. Players would be all for it because it gets them to free agency again and it gets teams less long term commitment. Think about it. At this point, we’re talking about eating Soriano money to move him. Wouldn’t that problem have been solved had we offered more money, but less years to Soriano? If we’re gonna pay it anyway, why not have more flexibility? Which leads to the next note.

We’re trying to dump Soriano on the Orioles – When I read this story, I came up with two reactions. First, if the Orioles are stupid enough to take Soriano then they deserve to be in the AL East and get their tail kicked year in and year out. Did they not learn their lesson in the Sammy Sosa deal. What happened to fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me? Second thing that came to mind was the fact that I wonder if Theo remembers that Andy MacPhail is not there anymore. One of the main reasons for the pawning of former Cubs was the presence of MacPhail. He’s not there anymore so they may be wise to us.

MISC NOTES

  • Dale Sveum is completely drunk on Cubs kool-aid and it’s only December. (Source)
  • The NHL is playing Boggle with their teams and shakin’ em up. (Source)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini play tonight against St. Bonaventure in their first game since cracking the top 25.

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WHAT’S ON JOE’S iPod?

Another look into the iPod brings a video that features one of my guilty crushes, Mena Suvari. It’s a a fun song by Wheetus that also features Jason Biggs in the video. Hope you enjoy it.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail