Archive for December, 2011

Northside Archives: Who Can Pitch At Wrigley?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Yu Darvish mania notwithstanding; even if Carlos Zambrano shows up to Spring Training minus his infamous petulance, or Ryan Dempster has one more good “contract year” left in him, or if Randy Wells finds consistency (preferably not consistently awful) on the mound – Matt Garza needs help in the rotation. Still early in the off-season, the market is flush with starters of all shapes and sizes. Would any of them be a good fit for the Cubs? An important piece of the process would be to focus guys who have had at least some success at Wrigley Field, within the NL Central, or both.

Livan Hernandez – there are some obvious drawbacks to signing the aging Cuban. First of all, he’s probably much closer to 40 than anyone will ever know. And his stats are trending towards uselessness. But he’s still better than say, Casey Coleman, and as a fifth starter would suck up at least 175 innings (as he’s done in every single year of his career). Not terrible. Plus his numbers at Wrigley Field are stellar. He’d probably only require a one-year deal and last year he signed for a mere $1.25mil.

Zach Duke – different drawbacks here. He’s battled injuries and ineffectiveness off and on for several seasons even finally being relegated to the bullpen for the Diamondbacks last year. Yet, his numbers at Wrigley Field are pretty good and he’s left-handed.  He’s only 28 and his career so far hasn’t been much different from the early years of former Cub, Ted Lilly. Last year Duke signed a one year deal worth $3.5mil – hardly breaking the bank for a back of the rotation lefty.

Hiroki Kuroda – perhaps the second best free agent pitcher remaining on the market (behind Roy Oswalt). His experience at Wrigley is incredibly limited, but he has good numbers in a couple of starts. And his numbers against NL Central foes are all very good. He’s going to get multiple years north of $10mil/year from someone.  There are enough risks that I won’t be sad if the Cubs pass on him; but If the Cubs are interested in one of the “big” names left on the market, I hope it’s Kuroda.  Plus, in the event that Zambrano screws up again, it’d be nice to have something more than Garza and Dempster to rely on.

There are other options, former Cubs Jamie Moyer, Rich Harden, Sergio Mitre, Doug Davis, Rodrigo Lopez, and Jason Marquis are all free agents. I hope we sign none of those guys. Oswalt’s numbers at Wrigley are terrible; that’s enough to rule him out for me. I fear that Edwin Jackson and Joel Piniero are products of Dave Duncan, I’d steer clear of their soon-to-derail careers as well. Kevin Millwood and Chris Young will probably get more than they are worth. The rest of list is loaded with misfits and has-beens; guys with no control or not much left in the tank – guys like Duke or Hernandez.

A rotation of Garza, Kuroda, Zambrano, Dempster, and Wells seems like it could actually do some things in the depleted NL Central.  If you don’t fancy Kuroda (or if you still want to unload one of the other four), Hernandez or Duke would remain as a low-cost alternative.  How do you want Epstein and Hoyer to round out the rotation?

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Yu Darvish, Big Z’s Venezuelan Return and Former Red Sox

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Morning news

TOP STORIES

The Cubs Made a Serious Bid for Yu Darvish- For those of you who haven’t been following the offseason with bated breath, arguably the best pitcher available this year has never thrown a major league pitch.  That pitcher would be 25 year old Japanese sensation Yu Darvish.  Darvish has dominated the NPB since joining the league at age 18, compiling career numbers of a 1.99 ERA, 93-38 record and 0.98 WHIP.  I won’t go into the full complexity of the posting system for Japanese players, but the short version is that MLB teams have to bid with the Japanese player’s NPB team for the exclusive right to negotiate a contract with that player, although my understanding is that the MLB team does not pay the posting fee if it cannot come to terms with the Japanese player.  There are some rather uncorroborated rumors that the Cubs made the winning bid for Darvish, although they certainly have not been confirmed at the time of this writing and there are equally uncorroborated rumors that the Mariners or Blue Jays made the winning bid.

The contract Darvish would command would certainly be a risk, as any contract approaching $100 million is (the posting fee plus the contract will likely be in that range).  However, it is rare for a pitcher with Darvish’s talent to come on the open market at age 25, and I cannot argue with the philosophy behind the move if the Cubs bring in Darvish.  While the Cubs’ starting rotation looks like a gaping hole right now, adding Darvish would actually make them one of the stronger rotations in the National League, featuring (in likely order) Matt Garza, Darvish, Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells.

Also, fans and media outlets should generally try to avoid comparisons to Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Really the only thing they have in common is that they are Japanese.  Darvish throws significantly harder, is 5 inches taller than Matsuzaka and younger than Dice-K was when he came over to the Red Sox.  He was even significantly better pitcher than Matsuzaka was in the NPB.  Moreover, Dice-K was actually a quite good pitcher before he started dealing with injury problems in 2009, and injuries for starting pitchers tend to be quite unpredictable.  Additionally, Darvish is actually only half Japanese, as he is also half Iranian.  So, honestly, they have very little in common.

Carlos Zambrano Has a Successful Return to the Venezuelan Winter Leagues- Zambrano made his first appearance in a Venezuelan Winter League game since getting hit in the face by a come backer a few weeks ago, and gave up no runs, one hit and one walk while striking out one in four innings.  I’m still convinced he will end up in the starting rotation to start 2012 as I do not think Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will want to pay $18 million for a guy that still can at least kind of pitch to go away.

Rumors of Cub Interest in Former Red Sox Players- I’ve read rumors in the last 24 hours that the Cubs may have interest in catcher Jason Varitek, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and outfielder Coco Crisp.  I would be negative moves for either of the position players, but would be fine on the Cubs bringing in Tim Wakefield on a small contract.  I would much rather see Steve Clevenger as the Cubs’ backup catcher next season than signing  a soon to be 40 years old Varitek.  While I liked the DeJesus signing, I view Coco Crisp as a similar player and essentially the poor man’s version of DeJesus.  Even if the Cubs are able to find a sucker suitor for Soriano, I’d rather try a more boom or bust guy at the position than a place filler like Crisp.  But I have to say an outfield of Crisp, Byrd and DeJesus would probably be the strongest defensive outfield the Cubs have line up, well, ever.  The only reason I am a maybe on Wakefield is because the Cubs currently need people to take up innings in the starting rotation.  As long as he’s on a near league minimum one year deal, I honestly am fine with the Cubs bringing in nearly anyone to eat up innings in 2012.

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Chet’s Corner: Five Burning Questions

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We haven’t had a good Five Burning Questions in a while and it seems there are a few things that need to be addressed.   Let us know your thoughts….

 

1) We will tackle this right off the bat.  In regards to steroid use in MLB, is the current punishment (50 game suspension) effective enough?  Yes or no?

-We start off with a simple one and my answer is no.  The punishment is no where near severe enough.  When the union and MLB start voiding contracts, then we are getting somewhere, until then we are just barely scratching the surface.  The idea is to deter, not tempt.

2) Even if proven inncocent, does this effect or ruin Ryan Brauns career or chances at the HOF?

- I say to some degree , yes.  After seeing McGwire deny, deny,deny and then finally come out and say, “yes i did it” , everybody denial just seems suspect to me.  If you fail this test it raises far to much suspicion.  Every time Braun’s name is brought up steroids will be linked, innocent or not. 

3) What will Aramis Ramirez batting average be in 2012?

- I personally think A-Ram hated the cold weather.  Every April he looked like an uncomfortable 9 year old wrapped in too much winter clothing.  I bet he adds at least 20 points to his batting average in April and May.   If the Brewers are out of it in July, he will probably close out the season with a at least a .300 BA.  If they are still in it, he hits about .265, because he just doesn’t seem to hit when it is needed. 

4) Does Tony Campana, recently minted Tony Conigliaro award winner,  break camp with the Cubs big league team this year?

- I am probably one of the few that hopes he does.  I love his speed on the base paths.  That being said, his bat and arm leave a lot to be desired.  The team is starting to look a little slow for next year, especially if we sign Prince, so we could use the speed.

5) If you were to reach for a breakout player for the 2012 season, at this point, who would it be?

- It needs to be a reach, somebody that is not obvious.  I don’t know why but something is telling me it will be one of the young catchers.  Not offering Koyie Hill was a stroke of genius (actually it was common sense, but from what we have seen in recent years it qualifies as genius) and this will open up playing time for some young catchers.  I have Steve Clevenger on my radar.  I think he passes up Castillo and launches from decent young player to stud in one season. If that isn’t a reach, I don’t know what is.

 

On a final note, I would like to ask your opinion.  I recently moved and now have a commute into the city.  It’s long enough that I find myself yearning for some entertainment along the way.  My go to has been ESPN Radio but I can only handle hearing the names Sandusky, Tebow, and now Braun so many times in one 45 minute trip.  I have the music end of this need locked down, but sometimes a little talk radio is needed. 

I am looking for some input from the readers of VFTB.  I currently have XM/sirius at my disposal but have yet to nail down anything consistent.  I can also download podcasts and listen to them.  I have tried both.  Does anybody have a go to station or talk radio outlet that gets them through their daily commute? I am open to recommendations.

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Koyie Hill Out, Jeff Bianchi In, and a New Philosophy for Building

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

TOP STORIES

All but one survive non-tender day – If you’ve ever watch HBO’s NFL show, Hard Knocks, you know how nerve racking the cut days are to guys on the fringe. Players avoid the guys that would usually be responsible for relaying the bad news. The Cubs had to make decisions similar as the deadline for offering arbitration to players approached. The Cub Reporter has a nice breakdown on the process. In the end, the only casualty of the process was Koyie Hill, with Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, and Randy Wells all making the cut. I’d imagine this would be the end of the road for Koyie Hill’s major league career, which probably means some fingers will be coming off of his hand soon. He’s said he’d one day do that after baseball because of how much pain they give him since they were severed. I’ll miss Koyie and his toughness, but I’m excited about the possibility of actually having a backup with potential. Steve Clevenger and Wellington Castillo are expected to battle for the spot.

Waiver Claim – I tweeted this out, but I think it missed getting mentioned on the site itself. The Cubs have claimed Jeff Bianchi off waivers from Kansas City. Bianchi, is a career .281 hitter with 116 doubles, 31 home runs, 251 RBI and 76 stolen bases in 490 games over six minor league seasons in the Royals organization, and was originally selected by the Royals in the second round of the 2005 Draft.

Tailor made team – Paul Sullivan had a report the other day that mentioned the concept that Theo and Jed were trying to build the team with a different approach than has been tried in the past.

“Epstein is trying to build a younger team that can succeed in Wrigley Field. He appears to be trying a non-traditional approach, at least by Cubs’ standards, where the focus will be on pitching and defense. He has been reading reports from staff members on how Wrigley really plays, following a season that began with another cold, wet spring.” ~ Chicago Tribune

NEWS & NOTES

  • High Heat Stats takes a look at potential names that would be amnesty clause candidates if the NBA rule applied in Major League Baseball. As you can guess, Alfonso Soriano’s name makes the list.
  • Reports everywhere have the Bulls closing in on acquiring veteran two guard, Rip Hamilton. Like it? Hate it?
  • There were questions on Twitter as to why Manny Ramirez, who is guilty of a second failed drug test, will only serve 50 games instead of the 100 that is in the CBA. The Hardball blog writes “MLB has ruled that since he sat out nearly the entire 2011 season, he’ll instead serve a 50-game penalty. However, the clock on his suspension won’t begin until he actually signs with a team.”
  • Never mess with a man when he’s peeing on your car. (Source)
  • Felix Pie is still alive and will now pitch his tent in the Cleveland Indians organization, signing a minor league deal. Also still alive is Jerome Williams and his puka shell necklace. The former Cubs starter signed a one year deal for $820,000 with the free spending Angels.
  • Casey McGehee, the one that “got away” in the minds of a lot of Cubs fans has been traded to the Pirates. Just in case you’re still on his bandwagon, he’s got a career OPS+ at 99, which puts him 1% below league average.
  • Dontrelle Willis is still trying to prove to people that he doesn’t suck and people remarkably continue to fall for it. This time it’s the Phillies who signed the lefty to a one year deal.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

WHAT’S ON JOE’S IPOD?

Takin’ ya back old skool today back to the early 90′s, which is my favorite decade when it comes to music because that’s the decade I was in middle and high school. Today’s song is from a CD I bought on an infomercial called Monsters of Rap. Enjoy your “Hump Day” with a listen to Tone-Loc “Wild Thing”

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Why a Tainted MVP is Good for Baseball

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

You know the story by now: Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who was recently named Most Valuable Player in the National League, tested positive for some sort of drug and is facing a 50-game suspension to start the 2012 season. The headlines from all over the country have been predictably dire – it’s “Dark Days for Baseball”, another “Black Mark for Selig.” Yesterday, even I described it as a black eye for the sport but upon further reflection, I may have rushed to judgment in my initial shock over the report. In fact, Braun’s positive test and subsequent banning could actually be a positive for Major League Baseball.

There is no doubt, even if he is exonerated and the positive test is thrown out due to a faulty test or undiagnosed medical condition, Braun’s reputation will forever be sullied. He is either a cheater or will be cleared of the charge, but never the stench that such an accusation leaves behind. The same does not need to be said about the sport of baseball as a whole, however.

The arguments that one of the sport’s rising stars, especially one who has been held up as a demonstration of all that is right in baseball in the “post-steroid era,” are hard to dispute. Having one of his MVPs busted within weeks of accepting the trophy has to be one of Bud Selig’s recurring nightmares. Through this he has an opportunity to showcase the strength of the game and silence the doomsday-sayers who will point to this and say, yet again, that this is baseball’s death-knell.

One of the most common themes in the Braun stories being written is that if someone like Braun can cheat, then how can fans ever trust that anyone is clean. Selig’s response to this should be simple, and on it’s face, bullet proof: someone like Braun can’t cheat. The system worked as it was designed and the cheater was found.

Indeed, the fact that such a high profile player who was just coming into the peak of his powers was outed as a fraud (again, this is all assuming Braun’s positive test is upheld) shows that there is no bias in the system. If you cheat, you will get caught. This isn’t some prospect trying to get a shot at the show. This isn’t an all-time great on the decline reaching out for some help in regaining his glory (cough*Manny*cough). It isn’t some 26th man just trying to keep a job.

If ever Major League Baseball had a story to prove that it is serious about it’s drug-testing policies, this is it. The commissioner himself has heaped praise on Braun in numerous speeches, labeling him as someone who has earned success the right way and holding him up as a standard bearer for all that is right in baseball. However, by all accounts, it doesn’t appear that the commissioner tried to sweep this under the rug to avoid getting egg on his face. Instead, baseball alerted Braun of the test and allowed him to begin the arbitration process he is allowed under the governing rules of the sport. There was no free pass for a superstar, no matter how embarrassing the situation was for the commissioner himself. If someone held in as high regard as Braun isn’t immune to the truth of the test, no one is.

More than anything, this is a stark reminder to Major League Baseball that they must remain vigilant in their fight against PEDs (even if it turns out Braun didn’t take a PED in this case). People often talk about the post-steroid era, but that label couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no such thing as “post-steroid”, not it baseball or football or track and field. Pandora’s box was opened long ago, and the evils can never be undone. Professional athletes with millions of dollars at risk are always going to look for a competitive advantage. Braun’s case (even if he’s clear) is a great reminder that the fight against steroids will never end, and in this regard is a positive for the sport so long as they remain committed to the battle.

Undoubtedly, Major League Baseball as a whole will suffer some negative impact from the Braun situation, as fans and writers alike will once again rush to point out all that is wrong with the sport. What I hope doesn’t get overlooked are the things that baseball got right. The system worked, no one is above the law, and from this, the sport will become even more vigilant in the ongoing fight against performance enhancers.

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Morning News: “Drinking your own blood is the paradigm of recycling.”

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

 

 

“Men are failed women at birth” – Albert Pujols’ wife, Diedre, was shooting off her mouth to “a St. Louis-area Christian” radio station with whom the Pujols’ have been previously connected financially. What is it about STL that brings out the crazy in a superstar athlete’s wife? Anyone else remember crazy Brenda Warner? Pujols’ bride has taken issue with how her $254 million-dollar man has been treated by St. Louis fans and media. She ratcheted the crazy up a notch or two by indicating that 5 years for $130 million was an insult. I suppose she’s no more delusional than every other STL fan that thinks their Cardinals are a major market team able to carry a payroll north of $150mil. In any case, I’ve never seen the value of putting your wife out there to be your publicity bulldog. Anyone think that Diedre was justified in her complaints, or that what she said was necessary?

“If you take shortcuts, you get cut short” – The Ryan Braun story is just getting started, and that’s a problem for the reigning NL MVP. His defense so far has been simple; merely responding to media reports of his failed drug test with “BS” – because apparently he’s being accused in a high school locker room. I’ve never liked Braun, so this is an early Christmas present to me. 1) It’s being reported that Braun’s testosterone was extremely elevated, 2) the Brewers are about to lose Prince Fielder meaning that they’d start the season without Braun OR Fielder, and 3) Braun’s defense (remember, he has KNOWN this was coming for more than two months now) was woefully unprepared; indicative of someone in denial of the fact that it would all eventually hit the fan. Perhaps there are those less than elated by the news?

“Great things like this only happen for the first time once” – Aramis Ramirez is reportedly getting 3 years for a total of somewhere between $34-$37 million. So he’s taking two more years and roughly $20 million more from the Brewers than he would’ve gotten by accepting his option with the Cubs. I hope it’s worth it now that Fielder’s on his way out and Braun won’t be joining the club until June. Were the Phillies and Rangers really not interested, or was Aramis’ desired price and/or number of years just more important to his signing? Seems to me that he’s uniquely suited to play in the AL at this point in his career.

“My dark side, my shadow, my lower companion is now in the back room blowing up balloons for kids’ parties”This item is just too good to pass up. When you’re putting together a run for the most powerful office in the world, Gary Busey is just about the last person you possibly could want endorsing you. But that begs the question, who would provide a WORSE presidential endorsement than Gary Busey?

(*Each of the topic headers and the post header were all words of wisdom from Gary Busey. You’re welcome.)

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

If a revisionist-history tale of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s can pull people to their local movie theaters, “Cubbieball” is bound to be a massive hit.

I’m currently working with Aaron Sorkin to finalize the script, but basically it takes viewers through the topsy-turvy 2011 season. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss two hours of your life goodbye.

With a target release date of Christmas 2012, there’s still much work to be done. In the meantime, I thought you’d enjoy a quick peek behind the curtain. The following is a list of Hollywood heavy-hitters, and a few unknowns, who have already signed on for this once-in-a-lifetime project. Can you say “Oscar?”

  • Christopher Nolan, Director—His original vision was to tell the story backwards, but I think we’ve convinced him to go a more traditional route. No truth to the rumor that he plans to incorporate unused Heath Ledger-Joker footage.
  • Bruce Willis to play Cubs Manager Mike Quade—Bruce is a superstar’s superstar, but he actually wanted to read for this part. Classy guy. After five minutes of warming up the wrong reliever and filling out the worst possible line-up, we knew we had our man. Plus, they share the same hairstyle.
  • Kevin James to play GM Jim Hendry—Kevin has way too much personality for this role, but the mid-section resemblance is uncanny!
  • Benicio Del Toro to play Carlos Zambrano—We were extremely fortunate to get Mr. Del Toro for this important character. He put on 25 pounds to play Big Z. You won’t believe your eyes when you see him throw a tantrum in the Cubs movie dugout. If Benicio isn’t nominated for an Academy Award, I’ll eat my printed copy of the script.
  • Adam Sandler to play Ryan Dempster—Adam worked out with former big league pitcher David Cone for six months to get ready for this role. And, he does a great Harry Caray impression. The downside is that Dan Patrick’s “Danettes” are now trying to weasel their way onto the set.
  • Tristan Wilds to play Starlin Castro—I’d never heard of this guy, but apparently he was on “The Wire,” so that’s good enough for me. Do you think that’s his real name?
  • Billy Anderson, my neighbor’s 12-year-old son, to play Darwin Barney—They’re the exact same size, and they have similar power at the plate. Perfect casting!
  • William H. Macy to play Bob Brenly—They both have ridiculous moustaches, they both love crappy music, and they both annoy the hell out of millions of Americans. What more could you ask for?
  • A tree stump from my backyard to play Alfonso Soriano—OK, this suggestion hasn’t been approved yet, but they cover the same amount of ground in LF.

Filming begins in January, so stay tuned for more details. I have so many people to thank, I don’t know where to begin!

Thank you to my greedy agent for trying to milk one more dollar out of this project. Thank you to my limo driver who always swings by Steak N Shake at 3 a.m. Thank you to Casey Kasem who taught me to reach for the stars…

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An Honored Cub, A Disgraced (maybe) Brewer, and another Tale of Tebow

Monday, December 12th, 2011

 

Top Stories

Tony C. Gets Recognized – Congratulations are in order to Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, who was awarded the 22nd annual Tony Conigliaro Award on Friday. The award is presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Conigliaro. Campana received the award for overcoming 10 years of treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with at age seven.

Ryan Braun Tested Positive…for Something – The biggest baseball news of the weekend broke late Saturday night as ESPN reported that NL MVP Ryan Braun had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs and is facing a 50 game suspension to start the 2012 season. Like most that get busted under MLBs drug testing program, Braun immediately denied culpability and his spokesman released the following statement:

“There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated.”

Braun himself, according to USA Today, was a little more blunt: “It’s BS”.

While it seemed that Braun was preparing his version of the often used, never successful “I was bamboozled” defense, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal posted a story stating that Braun had tested, but for something other than a performance enhancing drug and that the results were unlike anything ever seen before.

There is clearly a lot more to come from this story, but what we know is this: Ryan Braun tested positive, for something. I’ll have more to say tomorrow about the possible impacts this situation could have on the sport, but suffice it to say I hope, somehow, that it turns out that there was something screwy with the test and that Braun is exonerated. Until then, I suggest MLB get a big giant bag of frozen peas to put on yet another black eye.

Chicago Bears Witness to the Magic of Tebow – I had to work all day Sunday, so I missed all of the day’s NFL action. However when my phone started blowing up with text messages at 7 p.m. eastern, I knew what had happened without even looking at my phone. The Bears had fallen victim to Tebow Time. There is no way to explain what’s going on in Denver, so I’ve stopped trying. Absurd is the only word I have to describe it. The only thing left to do is sit back and enjoy it.

A Look Into Dustin’s iPod

You’ll find just about every type of music on my iPod (or in my iCloud), but this week there was really only one thing playing on it: The Black Keys’ new album “El Camino”. If you haven’t checked it out, I couldn’t implore you more to get on iTunes right now and download it. There isn’t a weak track to be found, and I find a new favorite each time I listen to it. While this song isn’t (currently) my favorite from “El Camino”, it is the first single and is backed by a tremendous video…enjoy “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys.

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GirlieView

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Happy Sunday! I must begin by giving a shoutout to Hoosier Nation and the IU men’s basketball team who defeated Kentucky in an uproar yesterday, the final basket even earning top play on SportsCenter. The timing couldn’t be less impeccable as finals creep around the corner this week…

My life has become a wonderful oxymoron. As the semester concludes, I can’t help but think about, and actually look forward to, the start of the baseball season. Sure, sure that may be obvious, but lately my life has taken a turn where baseball is the last thing on my mind. *Gasp* I know. I can’t believe it either. It’s funny how within a few short months your life can become something you had never seen coming.

Enjoy the little things while they’re still around. You just never know.

However, one thing we can all be certain about today is the continuation of Wizzie awards. Have at it.

The Wizzies

  • Mark Riggins’ mustache was the finest display of facial hair we’ve had on the team since Matt Clement’s goatee. We should probably start looking for someone to fill the fumanchu sized hole on the team…
  • Pitching coach…yawn. Soriano…yawn. Jap Pitcher…as long as he has good taste in sushi and can pitch to his contract, who cares.
  • First of all – hideous logo. Who designed that, the owner’s 12 year old daughter? Secondly – How long have they been keeping Rich Uncle Pennybags locked up? They spend $100 million on Reyes and now $27 million on Heath Bell, plus they are rumored to be flirting with King Albert. Goodness gracious. Looks like they can pay people to wear those awful uniforms…
  • I like Doc’s idea a lot. They should also take Bozo the Clown
  • Why stop there? The Marlins should also pay the Cubs utility bills, pick up their mail, mow the field, and clean the bathrooms.
  • Logic puzzles are a math major’s wet dream.
  • Darwin Barney mans all the positions because he is a gamer-grinder who hustles and plays the game “the right way.”
  • Joe: Are you angling for a lump of coal for Christmas? Maybe reindeer poop?
  •  I’m holding my breath for a move than cleans out our stock of mediocre infielders… we still have our ace in the hole: Jeff “Untouchable” Baker.
  • I had to moderate my own comment. I wonder what word it didn’t like. Probably “healthy”.
  • Bacon is meat candy.
  • Looks like Santa will be skipping Ryan Braun’s house, he’s been a very, very bad boy.

Top Wizzie Contributors

Doc Raker-48

Buddy-48

Jswanson-40

BLPCB-26

Seymour Butts-25

Doug S.-22

Aaron-17

Jedi-15

Eddie Von White-13

Chet-12

Dusty Baylor-12

Chuck-11

Question of the Week

Some of these moments may have previously been shared, but following Indiana’s win today, I must ask. What are the top three moments in sports you will always remember?

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