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GirlieView (03/22/2012)

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Here’s something super exciting I just realized right this minute. By the time I publish the next GirlieView, the Cubs will be at Wrigley Field preparing for their opening game which will start a brief few hours later! Yay! We’re almost there!

Lizzies

  • Theriot was only close to being Mr. Cub like in one person’s mind.
  • The NHL could implement automatic playoff berths for all non-playoff-bound MLB teams.  They might already have that in place…I don’t follow hockey.
  • The number of long fly outs Soriano will admire from home plate, thinking they are home runs: 35
  • We’ve all had our boiling points reached with Soriano but with that being said, I think Cub fans that boo Soriano from the 1st inning of the 1st game are obnoxious
  • His sin is that he is a mediocre player that is being paid like an All-Star.
  • Whether he is unwilling or unable to make any adjustments to improve in those areas is not for me to decide–just know that he hasn’t, and that’s what I find most irksome about him.
  • perhaps the best place to start is choosing a bat that weighs less than his over-inflated ego
  • Cubs game on in the cubical…all is well.
  • I am loving the Cubs new “player development” angle.
  • I would rather the Cubs take the slow road to sustainable sucess than the quick fix of bad contracts.
  • When [Marmol] is on, they say he is untouchable.  When he is off, well, he is so far off it makes you wonder if he should go back to being a catcher.
  • To me, the best case scenario is that Marmol looks absolutely dominant in the first half of the season and the Cubs are able to trade him and most of his contract for above market value in July.
  • If I can squeeze the game onto one of our three DVR’s, without disrupting the princess’ 40 episodes of Dora The Explorer and Go Diego GO, I’ll watch the game late Sunday night.
  • If Cosmopolitan is the playbook for my gender, then heaven help us all.
  • bench players just aren’t very exciting.
  • My son asked for his autograph and he said he wasn’t Jeff Baker, if it wasn’t him it is hard to believe 2 guys at Wrigley that day had identical big  square jaws.
  • My name’s…uh…Beff.  Beff Jaker.
  • While he can play five positions (1B, 2B, 3B, LF, RF), he’s not particularly good at any of them.
  • That is a tough spring training assginement, 500 words on Jeff Baker. “Mediocre utilty defender, only hits lefty’s” would of done it for me.
  • Reason number 5,287 we’re all glad Doc doesn’t write for VFTB.
  • No appreciation for being succinct around here?
  • your team is your team, even when they sign Milton Bradley to an ill-advised $30M contract.
  • If Paul Sullivan makes a prediction, I’d bet the opposite.
  • Smarja will also be starring in the Cinemax flick “Golden Dome of Love” this month just in case his baseball career goes limp.
  • Three innings doth not a starter make.
  • why wouldn’t we hope he gets better? Don’t we all hope that EVERYONE gets better?
  • It’s that time of year. Everyone who is anyone is doing previews of the season. Some are good and some suck. Ours will probably suck.
  • My hope is that as Castro matures, so will his judgement.
  • “What can Cubs fans look for in 2012? Answer: 2013″
  • Everyday that I can I’ll be abusing my priviledge as a regular in my local sports bar to get the Cubs game on amid groans and heckles from the masses.
  • Same here, but replace “local sports bar” with “living room” and “masses” with “wife and daughter.”
  • A wise man once said, “Even the worst baseball game I ever watched was great.”
  • Would have been nice if somebody had organized a bracket to fill out, you know, just for fun.
  • Careful with those blanket statements about fanbases–you’ll start to sound like White Sox fan.
  • There are a lot of ways this team can improve without any manifestation of it in the win column, knowing and handling our pitchers is definitely one of them.
  • I consider it a good sign that someone considers my book worthy enough for toilet seat reading.
  • The Cubs strike a deal to move Alfonso Soriano and shift Bryan LaHair to LF to make room for Rizzo.
  • Joe teases me with this Soriano elsewhere stuff.
  • Crazier things have happened.  Today in fact…Pettitte just resigned with the Yanks.
  • I guess Ron Guidry wasn’t available.
  • A million dollars for nothing? Geez, that’s tough. I’d have to ask Soriano for advice.
  • I like Soto–not nearly as much as Lizzie, but certainly more than Joe.

Lizard

  • Not a star.  Does not suck.  Sums up the 2012 Cubs.

2012 Standings (1 point for each Lizzie, 3 points for the Lizard)

  • jswanson – 32
  • Jeremiah Johnson – 31
  • Doc Raker – 28
  • cap’n Obvious – 26
  • Jedi Johnson – 22
  • Buddy – 21
  • Seymour Butts – 21
  • Chuck – 20
  • Chet – 9
  • Dustin Godsey – 9
  • JoeAiello – 9
  • Doug S. – 8
  • Kris – 8
  • Noah – 5
  • Norm – 5
  • 29 others with < 5. I’ll post the full list every few months.

Shout Outs

Congrats to the following folks who got their first  2012 Lizzie this week!

  • Doug Bagley
  • Hardball Times
  • Lee Panas
  • Scott P

Lizzie’s Kitchen

Because it’s been (unbelievably) warm around here lately, we’re grilling even more often than we do in the wintertime!

March Madness

The VFTB March Madness tournament is in full swing, and here are the standings before any regional semi-final action beginning on the 22nd. (Total points so far followed by total possible points in parentheses):

  • Joe Aiello – 48 (168)
  • BSCTS FTW! – 46 (146)
  • Doug S. – 44 (164)
  • Allan Bendert Bracket – 42 (162)
  • Tom_C – 42 (150)
  • GirlieView – 41 (105)
  • Pugperro – 38 (118)
  • Tony #GoCubsGo – 38 (58)
  • THE BOLT – 38 (162)
  • Flyslinger2 – 38 (154)
  • Beckman’s Exercise in Futility – 36 (156)
  • SC Cubs Fan – 35 (147)
  • Speedo Emporium – 32 (92)

Good luck as the Tournament continues!

Further Fantasies

Don’t forget to contact Josh if you’re interested in a VFTB fantasy baseball league. His series about his forays into fantasyland begins here, and his contact information is on our author page.

Chit Chat

You be Dale. What’s your lineup looking like these days?

  • Tommy

    Another week, another shutout. I knew I should have said Hoover instead of Bissel

    • Gymjok

      I know what you mean.
      Went with my good stuff and still shut out.
      I guess that baseball old saying is true.
      The game will let you know when it’s time to hang’em up. 

      • Tommy

        Another old baseball saying “It ain’t over til it’s over” and I have only  just begun.

      • Eddie Von White

        It’s all a conspiracy with a hidden criteria. 

      • Lizzie

        Yeah that’s it, Eddie, because I’m such a conspiratorial kinda gal. 😉

      • Tommy

        Another old baseball saying “It ain’t over til it’s over” and I have only  just begun.

      • Eddie Von White

        It’s all a conspiracy with a hidden criteria. 

      • Yeah that’s it, Eddie, because I’m such a conspiratorial kinda gal. 😉

  • Tommy

    Another week, another shutout. I knew I should have said Hoover instead of Bissel

  • BLPCB

    That chicken recipie looks really good. I’ve never heard of thawing meat with the marinade though. I’ve been making real good steaks the last few days. Cook them with some spinach and tomatoes, and season it with cinnamon. Delicious.

  • AC0000000

    That chicken recipie looks really good. I’ve never heard of thawing meat with the marinade though. I’ve been making real good steaks the last few days. Cook them with some spinach and tomatoes, and season it with cinnamon. Delicious.

  • Seymour Butts

    And now I’m right behind the Jedi ..he should be worried, very worried.

    • Jedi

      Objects in mirror are dirtier than they appear.

  • Seymour Butts

    And now I’m right behind the Jedi ..he should be worried, very worried.

    • Jedi

      Objects in mirror are dirtier than they appear.

  • BLPCB

    I was messing around on wikipedia, and I found out there are a group of people called the Bozos:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozo_people

  • AC0000000

    I was messing around on wikipedia, and I found out there are a group of people called the Bozos:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozo_people

  • Gymjok

    I’ll stick with my original lineup from many weeks ago.
    DeJesus
    Byrd
    Castro
    Stewart
    Soriano
    LaHair
    Soto
    Barney/DeWitt
    Although Dale has said LaHair would probably be 4th
    so I guess switch Stewart and LaHair-For now(we’ll see how long LaHair stays at cleanup)

    • Lizzie

      Wow that is awfully depressing isn’t it? Necessary, I know, but depressing just the same.

      • Gymjok

        It’s not good, but possibly not as bad as you think.
        I think DeJesus will get on base ok and Byrd and Castro will hit. We know pretty much what we’ll get from Soriano.
        To me the keys are Stewart and Lahair(and I know what you all think of Stewart).
        Soto is a question mark- but being down in the order his bat has less weight in the equation.
        Look for Dale to be aggressive on the bases with DeJesus on the front end of a lot of hit and runs- as I’ve posted previously.

    • Wow that is awfully depressing isn’t it? Necessary, I know, but depressing just the same.

      • Gymjok

        It’s not good, but possibly not as bad as you think.
        I think DeJesus will get on base ok and Byrd and Castro will hit. We know pretty much what we’ll get from Soriano.
        To me the keys are Stewart and Lahair(and I know what you all think of Stewart).
        Soto is a question mark- but being down in the order his bat has less weight in the equation.
        Look for Dale to be aggressive on the bases with DeJesus on the front end of a lot of hit and runs- as I’ve posted previously.

  • Jedi

    If I’m going to be Dale I need to know if you’re putting a lefty on the mound or a righty.

    The “everyday” lineup:
    (RF) DeJesus/Mather or Johnson
    Castro
    Byrd
    LaHair or Soriano
    Soriano or LaHair
    (3B) Stewart/Baker
    Soto
    (2B) Barney/DeWitt

    Byrd and LaHair are probably just keeping spots warm for Jackson and Rizzo.  The sooner they are ready, the sooner this starts to look like a halfway decent lineup – but that’s probably going to be 2013 at least.

  • Jedi

    If I’m going to be Dale I need to know if you’re putting a lefty on the mound or a righty.

    The “everyday” lineup:
    (RF) DeJesus/Mather or Johnson
    Castro
    Byrd
    LaHair or Soriano
    Soriano or LaHair
    (3B) Stewart/Baker
    Soto
    (2B) Barney/DeWitt

    Byrd and LaHair are probably just keeping spots warm for Jackson and Rizzo.  The sooner they are ready, the sooner this starts to look like a halfway decent lineup – but that’s probably going to be 2013 at least.

  • Chuck

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: If a manager does not take advantage of platoon splits when constructing a lineup, he is not doing his job.  This is not Little League where your best hitter is your best hitter against everyone.

  • Chuck

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: If a manager does not take advantage of platoon splits when constructing a lineup, he is not doing his job.  This is not Little League where your best hitter is your best hitter against everyone.

  • Doc Raker

    I usually get a phone call from Capn Obvious when the Lizzie’s come out, He babbles on and on about being ahead of me in the standings, blah blah blah. I didn’t get a phone call today, pitty.

  • Doc Raker

    I usually get a phone call from Capn Obvious when the Lizzie’s come out, He babbles on and on about being ahead of me in the standings, blah blah blah. I didn’t get a phone call today, pitty.

  • BLPCB

    Nice bracket, Lizzie. Showing a lot of B10 love. But what was this about Michigan beating Ohio State and winning the national title?

    • Lizzie

      I typically pick my winners based on where I’d prefer to visit. Given a choice between Michigan and Ohio, I’m heading to Michigan. Has absolutely nothing to do with whether they can play basketball or not (evidenced by the amount of red on my bracket!!!)

  • AC0000000

    Nice bracket, Lizzie. Showing a lot of B10 love. But what was this about Michigan beating Ohio State and winning the national title?

    • I typically pick my winners based on where I’d prefer to visit. Given a choice between Michigan and Ohio, I’m heading to Michigan. Has absolutely nothing to do with whether they can play basketball or not (evidenced by the amount of red on my bracket!!!)

  • Doug Bagley

    Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man, on the face of the earth. 
    I MADE THE LIZZIES!!!!

    • Gymjok

      You forgot forgot forgot the the the echo echo echo. 

      • Doug Bagley

        HaHa well played gymjok

      • Gymjok

        Thanks. I enjoyed it.

  • Doug Bagley

    Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man, on the face of the earth. 
    I MADE THE LIZZIES!!!!

    • Gymjok

      You forgot forgot forgot the the the echo echo echo. 

      • Doug Bagley

        HaHa well played gymjok