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February 2012

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COMMENTS

  • Buddy

    Watching Doc purchase the annual “Bill James Handbook” at a Barnes and Noble.

    • Doc Raker

      You can bring a Doc to Barnes and Noble to purchase a Bill James Handbook but you can’t make him read it.

    • Doc Raker

      You can bring a Doc to Barnes and Noble to purchase a Bill James Handbook but you can’t make him read it.

  • BLPCB

    See the Cubs win the World Series before I die
    Go to a game at all 30 MLB stadiums
    Visit the MLB HOF and spit on it when I leave for not voting Santo in alive
    Go to a game at all 12 Big 10 stadiums
    Walk to the center of the holiest ground in the state of Ohio (don’t know if I will be allowed to, but it will be visited on the drive home)
    Lots of travel. This drive down to Florida made me want to visit St. Louis, New Orleans, Montgomery, and Atlanta for a longer period of time in my life, and never visit Memphis ever again.
    Visit Lancaster, Ohio and Savannah, GA. Lancaster is where the great General Sherman was born, Savannah is where his march to the sea ended.
    Visit Europe
    A lot of other things I want to do are in the baseball cities I want to visit, as such I am thinking possibly staying in those cities not just for baseball, but to visit them as well.

    • Doc Raker

      I have been to the holiest grounds in Ohio BLPCB, Jimmy D’s Smoke House, it was great just like they say.

    • CubbieDude

      Too bad you feel that way about Memphis, BLPCB.  You need to walk up Beale St. and go to a Redbirds game in Downtown Memphis.  Great way to spend a day (or an evening).  Visit the Gibson Guitar factory and the Stax Museum.  Stop in at BB King’s place and have some ribs.  You could even jump into the Mighty Mississipp’.  It does get kind of hot and muggy down there during the summer.

    • Joe Aiello

      The writers choose the inductees to the HOF, not the Hall itself.

      • Seymour Butts

        Round up a bunch of baseball writers and spit on them.

  • AC0000000

    See the Cubs win the World Series before I die
    Go to a game at all 30 MLB stadiums
    Visit the MLB HOF and spit on it when I leave for not voting Santo in alive
    Go to a game at all 12 Big 10 stadiums
    Walk to the center of the holiest ground in the state of Ohio (don’t know if I will be allowed to, but it will be visited on the drive home)
    Lots of travel. This drive down to Florida made me want to visit St. Louis, New Orleans, Montgomery, and Atlanta for a longer period of time in my life, and never visit Memphis ever again.
    Visit Lancaster, Ohio and Savannah, GA. Lancaster is where the great General Sherman was born, Savannah is where his march to the sea ended.
    Visit Europe
    A lot of other things I want to do are in the baseball cities I want to visit, as such I am thinking possibly staying in those cities not just for baseball, but to visit them as well.

    • CubbieDude

      Too bad you feel that way about Memphis, BLPCB.  You need to walk up Beale St. and go to a Redbirds game in Downtown Memphis.  Great way to spend a day (or an evening).  Visit the Gibson Guitar factory and the Stax Museum.  Stop in at BB King’s place and have some ribs.  You could even jump into the Mighty Mississipp’.  It does get kind of hot and muggy down there during the summer.

    • Joe Aiello

      The writers choose the inductees to the HOF, not the Hall itself.

      • Seymour Butts

        Round up a bunch of baseball writers and spit on them.

  • Doc Raker

    I am still mourning Don Cornelius so it is hard to think about my own bucket list. My most important item on my list is seeing raising my children to become positive members of society. Seeing them in the bigs would be icing on the cake but so would seeing them become the best at whatever they choose to be. After that I will figure my bucket list out- oh here is one- spend an entire spring training in AZ. Go to training camps everyday, watch games and dine with the baseball people every night for 6 weeks, write my own baseball handbook based on my observations.

    • Don Cornelius’s walk-off against Wild Thing in ’93 is arguably one of baseball’s greatest moments.

      • Seymour Butts

        I believe that was Cornelius Magillicuddy.

    • Don Cornelius’s walk-off against Wild Thing in ’93 is arguably one of baseball’s greatest moments.

      • Seymour Butts

        I believe that was Cornelius Magillicuddy.

  • Rich Beckman

    Be able to play the piano.

    Write at least one song that actually earns me a dollar or two.

  • RichBeckman

    Be able to play the piano.

    Write at least one song that actually earns me a dollar or two.

  • bonesinis

    Have not been to a game at Wrigley. Got to go! ( Live in Texas )

    • Doc Raker

      Go after Memorial Day to be safe you don’t freeze your fanny off.

  • Guest

    Have not been to a game at Wrigley. Got to go! ( Live in Texas )

    • Doc Raker

      Go after Memorial Day to be safe you don’t freeze your fanny off.

  • CubbieDude

    I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do.  I could define my “bucket list” as enjoying every remaining day above ground.  Every minute of everyday.

  • CubbieDude

    I’ve pretty much done everything I wanted to do.  I could define my “bucket list” as enjoying every remaining day above ground.  Every minute of everyday.

  • Buddy

    First thing on my bucket list…Make a bucket list. 

  • Buddy

    First thing on my bucket list…Make a bucket list. 

  • Smitty

    Write a book
    Visit europe again
    travel more often..i took a few years off and I miss it
    Get the rest of my upper body tattooed (just missing the stomach and back)
    But most of all, watch my sons grow up to be better than me in every way

  • Smitty

    Write a book
    Visit europe again
    travel more often..i took a few years off and I miss it
    Get the rest of my upper body tattooed (just missing the stomach and back)
    But most of all, watch my sons grow up to be better than me in every way

  • Seymour Butts

    See More Butts.

    • I’ll be your Morgan Freeman…

    • CubbieDude

      Pervert!

  • Seymour Butts

    See More Butts.

    • I’ll be your Morgan Freeman…

  • cap’n obvious

    Doc Raker’s handbook>anything by Bill James

    Upon retirement, Mrs. Obvious and I hope to rent a small RV and travel the country visiting various small college and low minor league venues.  It it especially gratifying and interesting to me to watch baseball at these levels where execution can win over talent.  In fairness, I’ll also, I am sure, have to visit whatever botanical gardens and National Parks Mrs. Obvious would like to see.  Question for the VFTB commenters, would a winery be considered a botanical garden?  I like wineries.  Botanical gardens are a snooze.

    • CubbieDude

      Cap’n, 
      The Chicago Botanic Garden features wine tasting events from time to time.
      Viansa Winery in Sonoma features wine tasting and tours of their grounds and gardens. I imagine other akamai wineries do likewise.
      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

  • cap’n obvious

    Doc Raker’s handbook>anything by Bill James

    Upon retirement, Mrs. Obvious and I hope to rent a small RV and travel the country visiting various small college and low minor league venues.  It it especially gratifying and interesting to me to watch baseball at these levels where execution can win over talent.  In fairness, I’ll also, I am sure, have to visit whatever botanical gardens and National Parks Mrs. Obvious would like to see.  Question for the VFTB commenters, would a winery be considered a botanical garden?  I like wineries.  Botanical gardens are a snooze.

  • Gymjok

    Have an It’s a wonderful life party with all my loved ones
    Play sports again-especially baseball
    Be able to retire and see if I like that lifestyle

  • BLPCB

    Cap’n, that’s another thing I want to do, visit some national parks. I also want to visit more of the West. I love the South, but I haven’t been out West much. Same with the East.

  • BLPCB

    Another thing on my bucket list is to take the 72 oz steak challenge at this steakhouse in Tex-ass. There is a place by my apartment that has a 32 oz steak challenge. I also want to try steak medium-rare, I usually always go medium. So I am going to take the 32 oz challenge there. I might even try a double challenge, 64 oz bc I am a Madman

    • Smitty

      You seriously have never had a steak cooked the right way?

    • Doc Raker

      Dude, anything over medium rare is over done- get with it. Alec Berg did the 72 oz challenge back in his college days while driving out from Chicago to UCLA. They had left overs for the rest of the ride.

      • BLPCB

        I used to do well-done bc of e-coli concerns (long time ago), then I realized medium would suffice. Isn’t there a lot of risk of e-coli if it’s done medium rare? I thought in some states it’s illegal to serve a burger or steak anything less than medium?

      • Doc Raker

        No ecoli concerns when ordering a real steak. A hamburger is different. CA requires a hamburger to be cooked to medium but not a steak. Don’t order a steak at Denny’s, better off with the grand slam breakfast but at a decent restaurant you can eat a steak rare or med rare- do it all the time. I even eat footlong ham sammiches rare.

      • BLPCB

        Ok, next time I try steak, I’m going to go for medium-rare. Rare isn’t cooked enough for me.

      • Doc Raker

        No ecoli concerns when ordering a real steak. A hamburger is different. CA requires a hamburger to be cooked to medium but not a steak. Don’t order a steak at Denny’s, better off with the grand slam breakfast but at a decent restaurant you can eat a steak rare or med rare- do it all the time. I even eat footlong ham sammiches rare.

    • flyslinger2

      My favorite restaurant which serves beef better then Ruth’s Chris Steak house has printed on their menu “if you want your beef medium or well done- order chicken!” I did a 2″ thick porter house for my family last week that was amazing.

  • Buddy

     “All I want to do is boogaloo.”
    –Ringo Starr

  • Doug S.

    Forget Cubs WS and Jets SB, quite obviously I can’t make those things happen.

    Has to be a baseball road trip, covering 48 states, taking in as many games as possible from A ball to the bigs.

    A pub crawl in Prague.

    Jessica-Jane Clement……..probably belongs with the Cubs and Jets.

  • BLPCB

    Got some more things on my list:
    Visit Canada
    Visit Australia
    Visit South America
    Can’t thing of anything else for now.

    Lizzie, you said you were going to post things you were doing on your bucket list when you took your sabbatical from the GirlieView.

    One last thing, today at work, my cover got blown. One of the guests recognized me from all 4 of the jobs I’ve had back home (my 2 pizza jobs, my 2 lifeguard jobs)

  • Lizzie

    Busy, busy year! We went to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, Mackinac Island (twice), the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, saw a minor league Cubs game (Tennessee Smokies), and went to see Punxsutawney Phil for Groundhog Day. They were all on our list. Things remaining include learning to ride a horse, and living on Mackinac Island. Among other things. Some famous person once said the worst thing that can happen is that you get to the end of your life and realize you forgot to live. Good stuff. 

    • BLPCB

      Nice. How long were u at Mammoth Cave for? I spent a few hours there once. We were driving home to UIC from a service trip. Nice park. I wish Barry had put more money to national parks in the stimulus package.

      • Lizzie

        Just a long weekend, BLPCB, three days I think. Did a four hour cave tour and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it!

    • AC0000000

      Nice. How long were u at Mammoth Cave for? I spent a few hours there once. We were driving home to UIC from a service trip. Nice park. I wish Barry had put more money to national parks in the stimulus package.

  • Tommy

    1. Attend a Neil Diamond concert
    2. Understand a George Will column
    3. Take a cruise
    4. Wear a speedo without repulsing society
    5. Be a contestant on a game show and win so much money that I hear from relatives who to this point barely acknowledge my existence.

    • BLPCB

      I’ve worn a Speedo before. Many times. I was on the swim team in HS. I wore one at Daytona Beach a couple years ago. 2 really hot girls wanted a picture with me. I can’t put the picture up though because I will get in trouble with my club at UIC.

      • Any chances of sending it privately to my e-mail?

      • BLPCB

        I can’t post the picture with the hot girls. But I can post a picture of me in the Speedo at Daytona

      • Lizzie

        For heaven’s sake Tommy you sound like a dirty old man. Drop it. None of us wants or needs to see BLCPB in a speedo. If you do, take it up in private.

      • LOL thats what I was trying to do and fyi – I AM a dirty old man

      • Lizzie

        It is humorous in that he has no idea you are hitting on him. Carry on!

      • Good memory Lizzie considering how long I’ve been away…

      • Jedi

        This whole thing has gone horribly awry…I can’t unsee the comments.

      • That should win ya a Lizzie

      • Kris

        Seriously…to each his own, but this is not “that kind of board.” I’d rather talk politics…or even go back to that discussion about Starlin Castro and his, um, late night adventures.

  • BLPCB

    It doesn’t bother me to wear a Speedo, bc I did it all the time in HS. Plenty of swim meets in the Speedo, and then the last meet of the year, break out bodysuit. Either the jammer, leg suit, or full body suit.

    • Doc Raker

      EARTH TO BLPCB- Tommy is hitting on you. Vomit.

      • Seymour Butts

        Strange how this makes us want to puke ( me too), but girl on girl….

      • With a pseudonym as yours, do you honestly believe you’re in a position to judge?

      • Seymour Butts

        A valid point.. not judging, just not my cup o tea. A pseudonym of “Seymour Female scantily clad bottoms and Tops” doesn’t work with the old childhood joke about the book “under the Bleachers” by Seymour Butts.  I am pulling for your team in the courts and legislatures however. Simple human rights issue. 

      • I try not to make too much of my predilections as this is a baseball blog which means a significant pct of narrow-mindedness could ensue. And I’m in the closet. But thanks for your support.

      • Lizzie

        (Note to Tommy: Asking someone of your own gender for a picture of themselves in a speedo on a public blog doesn’t typically lend itself to keeping the closet door closed.)

      • Jedi

        You forgot to shut the door behind you.

      • I try not to make too much of my predilections as this is a baseball blog which means a significant pct of narrow-mindedness could ensue. And I’m in the closet. But thanks for your support.

      • (Note to Tommy: Asking someone of your own gender for a picture of themselves in a speedo on a public blog doesn’t typically lend itself to keeping the closet door closed.)

      • Jedi

        You forgot to shut the door behind you.

      • Lizzie

        Spot on, Seymour. If it wasn’t political I’d give it the Lizard.

      • Doc Raker

        Can we talk politics instead? Please.

      • Doc Raker

        Can we talk politics instead? Please.

      • Seymour Butts

        yeah, I know, girl on girl is great!

      • Kris

        Good heavens, what is going on here today? Apparently VFTB is THAT kind of board.

    • Doc Raker

      EARTH TO BLPCB- Tommy is hitting on you. Vomit.

  • Doc Raker

    Dance on Soul Train.

  • Doc Raker

    Dance on American Bandstand.

  • Doc Raker

    Dance on Soul Train.

  • Doc Raker

    Dance on American Bandstand.

  • cap’n obvious

    heheh…BLBPC is on Tommy’s bucket list.  Nice idea for a topic Lizzy.  A shame it went this awry.

    • Let me see the pic – then I’ll tell you if he’s on the list or not. Seriously, come on guys, you guys blew this up way out of proportion. In the beginning, I was making a self depracating statement about ME in a speedo.

      • Jedi

        Yeah, guys come on – we’ve totally misrepresented Tommy – his “I AM a dirty old man” comment was uproarious.

      • Jedi

        And by the way, your gravatar isn’t helping the “I was only joking about being a perv and making homoerotic comments” excuse.

    • Let me see the pic – then I’ll tell you if he’s on the list or not. Seriously, come on guys, you guys blew this up way out of proportion. In the beginning, I was making a self depracating statement about ME in a speedo.

      • Jedi

        Yeah, guys come on – we’ve totally misrepresented Tommy – his “I AM a dirty old man” comment was uproarious.

  • Chuck

    Chuck does not believe in the bucket list because no good will become of it.  If I make a bucket list and then do everything on it, I have nothing to live for.  However, if I make a list and fail to complete it I will have regrets.

    The bucket list is a no-win situation and I, like Captain Kirk, do not believe in the no win situation.

    • Lizzie

      Chuck the beauty of it is, as you knock things off you find more to add!

      • Jedi

        Yeah Chuck, as you get older you just set the bar MUCH lower – so when you take that “60-day cruise through the Panama Canal” you replace it with “make it Denny’s before 5pm WITHOUT forgetting your ‘meat-chewing’ dentures.”

      • Chuck

        I am adding “Walk down a flight of stairs without having my knees sound like popping popcorn” to the list.

      • Jedi

        Yeah Chuck, as you get older you just set the bar MUCH lower – so when you take that “60-day cruise through the Panama Canal” you replace it with “make it Denny’s before 5pm WITHOUT forgetting your ‘meat-chewing’ dentures.”

      • BLPCB

        My trip is proof of that. Did you find anything to add to your list?

      • AC0000000

        My trip is proof of that. Did you find anything to add to your list?

  • Chuck

    Chuck does not believe in the bucket list because no good will become of it.  If I make a bucket list and then do everything on it, I have nothing to live for.  However, if I make a list and fail to complete it I will have regrets.

    The bucket list is a no-win situation and I, like Captain Kirk, do not believe in the no win situation.

  • Thought of another Bucket item – 100 followers on Twitter. I have 9 but I am pretty new at this. VFTB only need 4 more to get to the coveted 1,000 mark.

  • flyslinger2

    € attend a DMB concert
    € meet Elvis, Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison in person
    € camp/hike/fly fish every square inch of Yellowstone
    € hunt a King Bull Elk in Montana and harvest it with a bow
    € add more bags of sand to my “best beaches of the world” collection
    € 160+ games of live Cubs in one year-yeah I know the plus would be post season play with the possibility of a world series
    € a quick burial after the ensuing heart attack that I would have from the previous bucket list item

  • flyslinger2

    € attend a DMB concert
    € meet Elvis, Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison in person
    € camp/hike/fly fish every square inch of Yellowstone
    € hunt a King Bull Elk in Montana and harvest it with a bow
    € add more bags of sand to my “best beaches of the world” collection
    € 160+ games of live Cubs in one year-yeah I know the plus would be post season play with the possibility of a world series
    € a quick burial after the ensuing heart attack that I would have from the previous bucket list item

  • cap’n obvious

    props to Chuck for the 3rd person reference.  He is hereby invited to AZ for a weekend of baseball next January. 

    and make it 3 Tommy…cap’n obvious is now following VFTB on twitter.

    Flyslinger…I could send you some Redondo Beach sand…but realistically, it’s not one of the best in the world.  Great weather here, though.

    • Tommy

      Can I follow you on Twitter, Cap’n? I won’t hit on you, I promise!

      • Chuck

        Chuck is grateful for the offer, but he will likely be sitting on a beach in Cancun next January.  The Boss (Mrs. Chuck) only lets Chuck out to frolic for two weeks per year.  The other 50 weeks are spent in the mines below Casa de Chuck.
        Chuck out.

      • Seymour Butts

        I think I’m going to upChuck!

      • Seems to be a pattern in your comments. vomit. upchuck.

      • Seems to be a pattern in your comments. vomit. upchuck.

      • Chuck

        Chuck is grateful for the offer, but he will likely be sitting on a beach in Cancun next January.  The Boss (Mrs. Chuck) only lets Chuck out to frolic for two weeks per year.  The other 50 weeks are spent in the mines below Casa de Chuck.
        Chuck out.

  • cap’n obvious

    props to Chuck for the 3rd person reference.  He is hereby invited to AZ for a weekend of baseball next January. 

    and make it 3 Tommy…cap’n obvious is now following VFTB on twitter.

    Flyslinger…I could send you some Redondo Beach sand…but realistically, it’s not one of the best in the world.  Great weather here, though.