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So Hard To Say Goodbye  Yesterday the Cubs designated Blake DeWitt for assignment, making room for Adrian Cardenas, a minor league infielder they picked off of waivers from Oakland.  Cardenas has spent some time at 2B, SS, 3B, and LF, meaning he might actually have some of the versatility Mike Quade always saw in DeWitt but the general consensus is that he doesn’t play any of them particularly well.  He’s better at the plate, but he’s got a lot to prove to make the big league roster.  On the other hand, he’s replacing DeWitt, who never managed to get his bat and glove working at the same time in a season-and-a-half with the Cubs.  Maybe the real story is that Bobby Scales’ chances of making the team just got a little better.

Super Bowl Roundup  By now you know that the Giants beat the Patriots to win the Super Bowl.  In fact, you probably watched it happen, as it was the most widely viewed program in American TV history.  The game went down to the wire, with the Giants orchestrating a clock-eating fourth quarter comeback drive.  Here’s a few quick hits from the game…  Giants receiver–and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent–Mario Manningham’s spectacular catch on the sideline probably made him a few million dollars this offseason (re-watch the video and pay careful attention to how little Bill Belichick reacts)…  Gisele Bundchen stands by her man, but the supermodel has a purty potty mouth…  Something about Eli Manning’s “Aw, shucks” personality makes me think the high point of his Super Bowl win might be the free trip to Disney World, and these pictures from his Monday trip to the Magic Kingdom make me think I’m right.  Who would have thought that the reigning MVM’s (Most Valuable Manning) natural habitat would include Mickey Mouse?

Mmmm, That’s Good Iguana  Puerto Rico is overrun with iguanas.  They outnumber the human population and cause all kinds of problems for the locals.  So the government has come up with a plan greatly decrease the population (re: trap and kill) and export the iguana meat… you know… for food.  And if communities overrun by non-indigenous species is your kind of thing, you need to check out this semi-unintentionally hilarious documentary on the Cane Toad explosion in eastern Australia.  It’s available on YouTube–here’s part one.

  • Buddy

     I was in a band in college called the Cane Toad Explosion.

  • Buddy

     I was in a band in college called the Cane Toad Explosion.

  • BLPCB

    The Aussies have Bart Simpson to thank for the cane toad overload.
    I went to Magic Kingdom yesterday and saw Eli go down Main Street. I congratulated Giants fans on their win, and told them I’m a Packers fan, and we’re taking it next year. I think if Gronkowski is healthy, he catches the hail Mary. They should have run the MSU hail Mary play since it worked. After the drive down Main Street, he went on SportsCenter live, and then left. He didn’t sign autographs or pose for pictures. I would have asked him to give a shutout to this family of Gaints fans I worked with (also White Sox fans)

  • BLPCB

    And everyone is right about how expensive everything at Disney is.
    If you thought ballpark fare was expensive, Disney is worse. Although where I work, you can get a pint of Bud Light for 6 bucks, Yuengling for 50 cents more. Cheaper than Wrigley. Though the turkey leg is totally worth 10 bucks.

  • AC0000000

    And everyone is right about how expensive everything at Disney is.
    If you thought ballpark fare was expensive, Disney is worse. Although where I work, you can get a pint of Bud Light for 6 bucks, Yuengling for 50 cents more. Cheaper than Wrigley. Though the turkey leg is totally worth 10 bucks.

  • Doc Raker

    Did you dine with Eli BLPCB? Seymour would have. “Smoked Turkey leg, a large fry and a large coke, make it two for me and my friend Eli here, $142.89. Can you move that trophy off the table Eli I need room for my fries.”

    • Lizzie

      No chance in hell Seymour’s gnawing on the skin of that turkey leg.

    • Anonymous

      I said he didn’t stop for anything. One of the security guards was like he was supposed to be a on a 2:45 flight at 3PM

    • AC0000000

      I said he didn’t stop for anything. One of the security guards was like he was supposed to be a on a 2:45 flight at 3PM

  • Doc Raker

    I wish Blake DeWitt well, he will be remembered fondly in the Cubs long list of mediocre middle infielders. I have him ranked in front of Jerry Hairston Jr and behind Jeff Blausser.

  • Seconded, Liz…He would have gone the value route and taken Eli to Subway.  I think the meatball marinara is this month’s $50 foot-long.  

  • Doc Raker

    If you wait in line and pay for Eli Mannings autograph while eating a meatball marinara $5 footlong would that be considered ‘dining with’ Eli Manning?

  • Doc Raker

    If you wait in line and pay for Eli Mannings autograph while eating a meatball marinara $5 footlong would that be considered ‘dining with’ Eli Manning?

  • By all means.  You just have to remember to bring your own plate and (metal) silverware.  

  • By all means.  You just have to remember to bring your own plate and (metal) silverware.  

  • Seymour Butts

    There are a large number of $5 footlongs this month….Eli not included.

  • Seymour Butts

    There are a large number of $5 footlongs this month….Eli not included.

  • Mark Strickler

    It’s funny you mention the Cane toads – Australia had a problem with vermin that were eating the sugar cane so someone came up with the bright idea to bring in Cane toads to eat the insects.  Only problem is the toads had no interest in the weevils whatsoever and they have no natural predator so they have multiplied past all understanding.  Another instance of where man has introduced a non-indigenous species to an ecosystem and now pays the consequences.  The only instance I can think of where a non-indigenous species was introduced successfuly was (ironically) when Chicago brought in coho salmon to deal with the ailwives – as a kid I remember they would throw themselves up on Chicago’s beaches and you could smell the stink 20 miles away in Clarendon Hills when the wind blew the wrong way! 

    • Doc Raker

      Bugs bunny was not indigenous to Hollywood but he did pretty well, so did porky pig for that matter.

  • Mark Strickler

    It’s funny you mention the Cane toads – Australia had a problem with vermin that were eating the sugar cane so someone came up with the bright idea to bring in Cane toads to eat the insects.  Only problem is the toads had no interest in the weevils whatsoever and they have no natural predator so they have multiplied past all understanding.  Another instance of where man has introduced a non-indigenous species to an ecosystem and now pays the consequences.  The only instance I can think of where a non-indigenous species was introduced successfuly was (ironically) when Chicago brought in coho salmon to deal with the ailwives – as a kid I remember they would throw themselves up on Chicago’s beaches and you could smell the stink 20 miles away in Clarendon Hills when the wind blew the wrong way! 

    • Doc Raker

      Bugs bunny was not indigenous to Hollywood but he did pretty well, so did porky pig for that matter.

  • Eddie Von White

    Eli has won twice as many Super Bowls as his brother.

  • Eddie Von White

    Eli has won twice as many Super Bowls as his brother.