Archive for January, 2013

Morning News: Everything’s Gay

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

NFL
Artie Lange successfully targeted 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver during Media Day at the Super Bowl. Lange, professional offspring of Howard Stern, managed to get Culliver on-the-record with ‘anti-gay’ statements that are sure to have the NFL and the 49ers recoiling into crisis mode. Perhaps they can do a last minute switch and get Elton John in for the halftime show.

NCAA
Katie Couric has Manti Te’o on the record as not gay, in fact, ‘far from it’ so he says. But Dr. Phil had Te’o’s catfisher (is that the proper term, someone who watches MTV needs to help me out on that one), Ronaiah Tuiasosopo on his show yesterday. Tuiasosopo came to the conclusion that he was ‘deeply, romantically in love’ with Te’o. Tough days ahead for Manti in whichever NFL locker room he winds up calling home; he’ll be the only guy who 1) was in love with a fake girlfriend 2) created by his male stalker and 3) thus people wonder if Te’o is gay. That’s a LOT of baggage.

NBA
Rudy GAY was traded to the Toronto Raptors. To my knowledge, Gay is not gay.

Ghandi
Apparently Ghandi might’ve had a thing for a bodybuilder…a man.

Cubs Related
So this is where the gay journey ends and we turn to male chauvinism. As Lizzie, and a few others have noted in recent comments, Dave Sappelt has spent the off-season building a reputation as a Twitter bomb waiting to go off. Just peruse his Twitter feed and you’ll notice he’s not real big on courtesy or diplomacy. I’m not sure how popular that’ll make him in Chicago Iowa.

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There’s No Place Like Home

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Imagine yourself behind the steering wheel of a 2010 Lexus ES 330 for a few moments – interstate 90, stretched out as far as the eye can see. Gas pedal to the mat, anxiously anticipating that first, glorious moment of seeing 9 of your favorite men skip over the white chalk line and trot out to their respective places on the field. Nothing can compare to that moment of sheer joy as the pitcher winds up and delivers a perfect strike to begin the game.

Baseball season is right around the corner and the countdown to seeing the Boys of Summer suit up this season is at 60 days. The anticipation is building daily.

While the old adage, “Everybody loves the Cubs,” is a relative statement, it rings true for a large group of people. It seems as though people love the Cubs as a team so much, they lose sight of the glorious structure that supports their love for this team and this sport.

That structure, of course, is Wrigley Field. To some, it is merely the place where the Cubs play half of their regular-season games, while to others it is the closest thing to heaven they will ever see. Heaven, with clear blue skies, perfectly manicured lawns, and deep brown dirt seems to be the perfect place for a ballpark.
Wrigley Field has a charm about it that hits you as soon as you see it from Addison Street. It is filled with rich history and great stories that would entertain a person for a lifetime. When the scoreboard lights up with “Go Cubs, go!” the excitement of going behind the walls of the stadium consumes you.

People say that Disney World is the happiest place on Earth, but I would like to politely disagree with them. Why waste your money on fairytales? Why entertain the false hope of having perfectly combed tresses and consistently flawless makeup, when you could spend it on learning the invaluable life lessons of patience, sportsmanship, and the proper technique for calling somebody out? I can tell you that Disney World is not that place.

Disney is filled with empty promises and stomachaches from consuming too much cotton candy. At least at Wrigley the stomachaches are from hot dogs and nachos.
When Ernie Banks dubbed Wrigley as “The Friendly Confines,” he could not have found a more perfect nickname for it. (That is, as long as you love baseball and do not go around looking for trouble.)
Day games at Wrigley are like nothing else on the planet. The colors and sounds of the game are amplified. The beauty and precision of the crisp foul lines and the groomed dirt of the infield are mesmerizing; it’s like a whole different world inside the ballpark. Everything happening in the outside world is of little consequence for that 2 1/2-3 hour glimpse of heaven. Your joy hangs on every move that your favorite player makes – he better not let you down.
If you are a Cubs fan in need of resorting to the sought-after “happy place” that many folks talk about, you should not have to look far. Wrigley Field is that happy place.  (Unless, of course, your name is Steve Bartman or Milton Bradley.) Walking where legends have walked, sitting where they have hit foul balls and homeruns, and singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch are incomparable joys that can cure almost dreary day. Wrigley Field is a special place.
The one, most important thing that makes Wrigley Field so special is the special bond it creates with loved ones. Sharing a fifteen-dollar helmet bowl of nachos with a close friend, heckling the opposing left fielder with your younger brother, discussing the likelihood of a go-ahead home run from Reed Johnson with your father, and getting a wink from Anthony Rizzo as he ducks into the dugout cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Wrigley Field is a happy place. There’s no place like home.

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So Long Alfonso Soriano

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I know I teased you with this awhile back and I feel bad, but I just did it again. As far as I know, no deal for Soriano is imminent, but it’s always fun to watch the rumors, the latest of which noted that Soriano could interest the Mets and the Rangers as they seek to add one more bat before the beginning of the season.

It’s hard to say if Soriano will be traded. There aren’t any sports betting lines to say what the odds are, but I feel like he will, though it may not come before the beginning of the season. One thing that is certain is that the longer he’s a Cub and producing, the more likely he is to be traded as that contract becomes more and more manageable for teams to acquire in a trade.

In transaction news, Lendy Castillo was designated for assignment to make room for Carlos Villanueva on the 40 man roster. The question now is who is moved to make room for Scott Hairston as his deal is not been officially announced yet. Moving Soriano would certainly help that situation, but most likely a move is going to need to happen in the coming days to make room for him before the start of spring training. My guess is the Hairston signing really puts the future of Dave Sappelt in jeopardy with the Cubs.

In case you missed it, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com posted a prospect note on Junior Lake and Brett Jackson

Junior Lake, SS, Chicago Cubs
Bats: R Throws: R HT: 6-3 WT: 215 DOB: March 27, 1990

If you see Junior Lake on the right day, he looks like one of the best players in the world. He’ll blister a long home run, or he’ll make a spectacular defensive play, or he’ll show off a tremendously good throwing arm, or he’ll steal a critical base. If you see Junior Lake on the wrong day, he’ll look like one of the most confused, helpless players in the world. He’ll swing at a breaking ball two feet off the plate, or he’ll butcher a routine little league grounder, or he’ll throw the ball 20 feet over the first baseman’s head, or he’ll run himself into a critical out. Sometimes he does the good and bad things in the same game, or the same inning. Lake’s tools are simply excellent, especially his throwing arm. He’s made improvements around the edges and flashes intriguing baseball skills, but he’s not consistent about it and is still frequently frustrating. Triple-A pitching will be a big test of his adjustment skills, though he could put up some superficially strong numbers in the Pacific Coast League. Pay a lot more attention to his BB/K/AB ratio than to his standard slash line. Also watch his position: he’s still rough at shortstop and could end up at third base or the outfield. Grade C+

Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago Cubs
Bats: L Throws: L HT: 6-2 WT: 210 DOB: August 2, 1988

I have been an optimistic about Brett Jackson, but now. . .well, now I don’t know what to think. The tools are obvious: his combination of speed and power is very potent. He’ll take a walk, helping his OBP even when his batting average is low. Although many scouts think he fits best in right field, I’ve seen him make some very stellar plays in center, demonstrating plenty of range to go with his arm strength. But you know the rest of Jackson’s story, don’t you? The strikeouts. . .oh, the strikeouts. His whiff rate was simply obscene last year, especially after he was promoted to the majors. He seemed to go backwards with his swing at Iowa, having problems with breaking stuff outside the zone, but also with fastballs that would tie him up inside. As stated, he makes a serious effort to work counts, but he just swings and misses so damn much. Jackson’s other skills are strong enough that he could be a productive and useful player even if he’s hitting .230, but what if he can’t break the Mendoza Line? That’s a legitimate question. Pacific Coast League sources are quite split on him. Some think he will still be a valuable regular player with a few adjustments, others think he’s destined for a reserve role. Some believe he’ll never solve the contact problem and is doomed to wander the Quadruple-A borderland for the next decade. What do I think? I think he’s the bastard son of Rob Deer and Andy Van Slyke. If I were the Cubs, and I’m not trying to contend in 2013, I would stick him in the lineup, let him hit seventh or eighth, and just see what happens. Grade B-.

On a more broad spectrum, MLB is changing a rule this year, making it illegal to do the fake to third, throw to first move. The rule change is long overdue. The move never works and is a complete waste of time. Now, if we can just get the umps to call the strike zone the way it’s written and we’d be in business.

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Morning News: Short & Sweet

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Apologies but time constraints this evening will force me to forgo most of the usual commentary. I have every confidence that you can more than compensate for my lack of snark in your comments below.

No real Cubs news of late, at least nothing I deemed worthy to mention. However, there is always this picture which never fails to make me smile. Pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks.

Former Cubs infielder Ronny Cedeno signed a one-year, $1.15M deal to back up Rafael Furcal for the St. Louis Cardinals. For those of you who hated Cedeno in his Cubs tenure for his inconsistent hitting and frequent fielding gaffes, feel free to release the hounds.

Last week I mentioned how happy I am to have the NHL back in my life, and that was before the Blackhawks had racked up a team-record six wins to start the season. If you haven’t been watching, you can catch up with the highlights here.

After several weather delays, Tiger Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open Monday, the 75th tournament victory of his career–just seven back of the all-time record. It was Woods’ eighth victory at Torrey Pines, a course I absolutely own on his PGA Tour 10 game for Nintendo Wii.

In the spectrum of difficult stolen items to resell, $65,000 worth of frozen chicken wings has to be at the extreme far end, right?

A 88 year-old man loved Burger King so much that his family drove his funeral procession through the drive-thru and buried him with a Whopper Jr. America!

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Morning News: Fat-Free Edition

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Closest We Will Get – Fat Dan
MLB.com has Dan Vogelbach rated as the 8th best first base prospect in the minors. To which I say, if Dan is a 1B prospect, then Soriano really might play 3B for us this year. In reality, Vogelbach needs to get traded to the AL or hope the DH is instituted in the NL – and quickly. Most talent evaluators have him rated as a 1B strictly because the Cubs keep trotting him out there – not because he’s capable of fielding the position. When you’re 6′ 250lbs (and if he’s only 250 someone should check and make sure he didn’t cut off a limb) there isn’t a lot of hope for your longterm prospects as a fielder.

It’s Been A Slow Weekend For Sports
Novak Djokovic won the Australia (Tennis) Open. The sputtering Lakers & Celtics each scored big, regular season wins. Tiger is likely to run away with the tournament at Torrey Pines when it finishes on Monday. The NFL Pro-Bowl was on Sunday…no one cared.

Travel Tips
Don’t go to Brazilian night clubs. Or Egyptian soccer matches. Or Venezuelan prisons. Or Compton. Or the Isle of Wight.

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Go: What’s in a Name?

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

There have been so many great baseball names over the years, some past and some present: Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter, Razor Shines, Coco Crisp … the Cubs even have a few of their own right now: Rebel Ridling, Trey McNutt, Austin Bibens-Dirxx (oh nevermind, he’s moved on.)

Today we’re going to each create our very own baseball star names, among others. As examples I also created my own names (in parentheses.)

  • Baseball Star Name = Brand name of your favorite beer + action verb. (Coors Biking)
  • TV Weather Anchor Name = Any relative’s name + a major city starting with the same letter. (Joan Jacksonville)
  • Hippie Name = Favorite flower + favorite tree. (Daffodil Dogwood)
  • Movie Star Name = Grandmother/Grandfather’s first name + something celestial. (Olga Moon)
  • Stripper Name = Favorite cologne (perfume if you’re female) + favorite fruit. (Lovely Lime)
  • Exotic Foreign Alias = A favorite spice + last vacation spot you visited. (Parlsey Mackinac)
  • Rock Star Name = Any car you’ve ever owned + the color of any wall in your home. (Pinto Brown)
  • Porn Name = Any pet’s name (current or former) + any street you’ve ever lived on. (Twilight Kidder)

Your turn!

This week’s Go column was inspired by an idea submitted by Seymour Butts. Do you have a question you’d like us to feature in the Go! column? Send it to lizzie@viewfromthebleachers.com and she’ll see what she can do!

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GirlieView (01/24/2013)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’er: The person with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of 2013 = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims. Let’s go!

Lizzies

  • In short, this year’s Hall of Fame vote is a joke, and the BBWAA needs to do something to fix it in the future, or the BBWAA’s power in voting for postseason awards and the Hall of Fame needs to be made much more limited.
  • The problem is that writers are the voters.
  • But the best way is numbers driven, and leave the voting out altogether.
  • Some guy named Buss, D got 13 votes. Played in Kansas City back in the 60′s when they wore those heavy wool uniforms, he wouldn’t shower after games no one would room with the guy. He was the first big leaguer to have his own room on the road. Crazy like a fox that Buss, D was.
  • The devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.He laid that golden keyboard on the ground at Jswan’s feet.Jswan said: “Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.”cause I told you once, you son of a gun, I’m the best Lizzie that’s ever been.”
  • I try to come in 7th in everything I do.
  • Don’t forget about the little guys on your way to 7th
  • “I sure miss Koyie Hill.”
  • “And Carlos Marmol slams the door in the ninth.”
  • “You give me nine Jeff Bakers and I’ll give you the pennant.”
  • “Jeff Samardzija’s hair looks fine the way it is.”
  • “The fans did a super job with this year’s All Star Game voting.”
  • “Man, these guys are fun to watch!”
  • “Starlin Castro plays focused, precise defense.”
  • “That 1908 was a great year.”
  • “Raker was right”
  • “Thanks for dinner Seymour, you didn’t have to pick up the check.”
  • “Thanks to the Astros, at least we’re not the worst team in the NL Central”
  • “Why isn’t Dan Vogelbach starting in LF today?”
  • “I’m sure getting my money’s worth with this Old Style”
  • “Wow – the beer’s cheap here at Wrigley”
  • “Pennant winning Chicago Cubs”
  • “Is it Hisanori Takahashi or Kyuji Fujikawa bobble-head day?”
  • “Theo seems to be ahead of schedule”
  • “Man I’m only doing this for the Lizzies!”
  • “The Cubs are currently the most-feared team in the NL Central Division.”
  • Lizzie and Katie- their baseball acumen and grasp of my genius makes them very attractive.
  • Anything to be awarded a Lizzie. :)
  • we’re now just one month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp.
  • Kosuke signed on with the Matt Murton Bryan LaHair sitcom, Kosuke will play the knowledgeable local to Murton’s and LaHair’s antics of hilarity. He will deliver zingers much like Murray delivers with Ted Baxter of WMJ News of Minneapolis.
  • That episode where Murton fills the Gatorade cooler with green tea is a classic.
  • The other guys who do long division by hand all day and I were just talking about that at work.
  • Lose your slide rule?
  • I left it in my other pocket protector.
  • the difference between a Disney worker and a Carney is what?
  • Valid point.  Carneys may not have health and retirement, but at least they get to choose which bitchin’ tunes blast through the tilt-o-whirl sound system.
  • A Carney is art.
  • Here you go.  When someone references isotopes of carbon, you can nod your head knowingly instead of acting like a toddler and questioning the usefulness of something you don’t understand.
  • Former Cubs outfielder headcase Milton Bradley faces up to thirteen years in jail if he’s convicted on domestic abuse charges. “Wow. Never saw that coming.” said absolutely no one.
  • Armstrong cheating? You could have knocked me over with a bulldozer.
  • If I had a quarter for every time I saw a proposed trade for Justin Upton this offseason that involved the D-Backs receiving a return approximating the other team’s fourth, seventh and twelfth best prospects, well… I’d have a wide array of quarters.
  • don’t expect the Cubs to be able to get a pitcher like David Price for Dan Vogelbach, Robert Whitenack and Matt Szczur.
  • But if by some miracle the Cubs start out scoring 4-5 runs/game…
  • things more likely than the Cubs making the playoffs: 6.  Milton Bradley as the next “Bachelor”
  • 10) Seymour drops weight by switching to toasted subs
  • Good read. I will be happy with 75-80 wins. Anything over that I am going to check Deadspin.com to see if Lance Armstrong is on the team training staff.
  • Note to Lizzie (and other gals): A number of guys do carry tape measures around. Though this peters off as we age, having a measuring device to dick around with is common. Our tools are important.
  • My first thought was, “stop giving at bats to automatic outs like Barney and Valbuena,” but in all honesty, what other options do they have? Vitters? Stewart? Lillibridge?
  • Bring back Reed Johnson to play hard.
  • it’s nice to have an owner–one of the first in quite a while–who doesn’t have his hand out begging for money from the local government.
  • There aren’t any condos available in Del Boca Vista.  They went like hotcakes.
  • These wives need to understand that everything they say or write is on the record. Not bad advice for everybody.

Lizard

VFTB Movies

Eyes of Laura Mars – Doc becomes smitten with a new patient named Laura who has recently moved from her native planet filled with women only,to a new planet populated by men only.

Mr. Magoo – Seymoor(nicknamed Butts for his creative excuses about his woeful hitting)discovers the real reason for his Mendoza line problem and goes to see his teammate for an exam.

The Curse of Lizzie Borden – Lizzie eats some bad ice cream and becomes obsessed with tracking down and butchering the cow that produced the bad milk.

Jeremiah Johnson – Jeremiah becomes delusional and wanders the wilderness thinking he’s Robert Redford.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father – Eddie becomes jealous when his father is courted by the Wisconsin cola girl.

The Buddy Holly Story – Buddy’s neighbors become annoyed when at Christmas time Buddy discovers a unique talent for singing Klingon opera.

Napoleon and Josephine – Josephine falls for a short French guy who has a rash on his abdomen.

Star Wars:Episode VI Return of the Jedi – Jedi loses his receipt and has trouble returning his defective 11 inch light saber.

Noah’s Arc – Noah gets sued by an animal rights organization.

The Fast and the Furious – In this romantic comedy, Katie becomes furious when she finds out her fiance is running around with other women.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Joe,over root beers with his writers,wrestles with the idea of adding color to his amazing website.He ultimately rejects the idea realizing that many of his posters are already color commentators.

Child’s Play – Chuck believes predicting baseball is child’s play and tries to kill anyone who disagrees with his predictions.

VFTB Upcoming Attractions

DougS – In this new movie from the Science Channel we follow the life of Doug and his clone.

Cheers:The Movie – From the Syfy channel the old gang from Cheers is reunited.Norm becomes trapped in a repeating time loop where he walks into the bar and everyone calls out his name.He finally frees himself using statistical data.

Jswanson – From the animal planet station we follow the life of Jay,the male offspring of a swan family living on lake Michigan.

Cap’n Obvious – From the Discovery Channel we follow the explorations of a ship’s captain who gives orders to a crew who already know what he’s going to say before he says it.In the highly dramatic final scene the captain nearly runs over a family of swans.

In this new psychological thriller from Disney(untitled as the name keeps changing)we keep track of this Disney worker as he polls people in line at Disney with fasinating questions such as:Can you choose your own nickname or is it given to you? Is science useful?

MVL

  • Congratulations to jswanson the Most Valuable Lizzie’er this time around!

Shout Outs

Congratulations to the following folks who contributed their very first 2013 Lizzie! Aaron

  • Allan
  • Josephine
  • LVCubFan
  • Mark_from_Toronto
  • mrbaseball2usa
  • wisconsinjpc

Top Ten of 2013 (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. jswanson
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
4. Buddy
5. Eddie von White
5. Gymjok
7. Jedi Johnson
7. Joe Aiello
7. Noah Eisner
10. Verncrowe5

Chit Chat

If you were forced to turn in your Cub-fan membership card and pick another team to follow, which would it be?

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Morning Update: All Your Uptons Are Belong to Atlanta (Maybe)

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

We’ve approached that time in the offseason when things generally seem to slow down. Most of the significant free agents have already signed, and those that have not signed could be unclaimed until late into February in the hopes that Scott Boras was correct when he told Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse they would get big money this year. But there a few pieces of fairly significant news that happened over the past couple of days.

Justin Upton to Atlanta? The big rumor yesterday was that the Braves and D-Back are close on a deal that would ship Justin Upton to the Braves. Who the Braves would give up has not really been hammered down, but it has been reported that young stud shortstop Andrelton Simmons would not be a part of the deal. However, odds are that at least one of the Braves elite pitching prospects (I’d bet on Julio Teheran being a part of the deal) would go to the D-Backs.

The Braves already picked up the elder Upton brother, B.J., in free agency to play center field. Picking up Justin would give the Braves what would probably be the best outfield in baseball, at least considering offense and defense together, and would give them an offense that would rival anyone in the National League. I’d still give the edge in the NL East to the Nationals because I like their pitching staff more, but it would not be by much.

Delmon Young ends the Alfonso Soriano to the Phillies Rumors. The Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one year, $750,000 deal on Tuesday. While the money is nothing, the thought that Delmon Young could play enough in the field to be worth a roster spot at this point is almost comical. However, this does mean that the Phillies probably would not be looking at Alfonso Soriano, at least to start the season.

The Bulls have been playing well despite not having Derrick Rose available for a single minute of game time thus far. With Rose nearing a return, the Bulls could be better off in the long run for not having had Rose. At this point, the Bulls are only a half game behind the Pacers in the division and one game out of the 2 seed in the East. And a couple of players have really taken Rose’s absence to step up the game, most notably Jimmy Butler. Butler, who was the 30th pick in the 2011 draft, could end up being the best value pick of that draft.

Late Update: The Cubs have signed right handed outfielder Scott Hairston to what is reported to be a two year, $6 million deal. This likely means that the Cubs will be running strict platoons in both right field and center field, with Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus batting against right handed pitchers and Dave Sappelt and Hairston batting against left handed starters. Those could both be above average platoons, and all three of Schierholtz, DeJesus and Hairston would be easily tradeable if they put up solid showings.

Although this will put a crimp in the style of the Tony Campana lovers. Barring trade or injury, he will almost certainly be heading back to Iowa. As I’m of the mind that Campana will never do enough at the plate to take advantage of his speed, I don’t mind the Cubs deciding they don’t want to use the 25 man roster spot on Campana.

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Who Would You Invest In?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

TOP STORY

Last week we looked at the players who were arbitration eligible and we talked a little about what I would do with each of those scenarios. None of the three got long term deals, but all are in the fold with one year contracts. That, coupled with an article (subscription required) by Jim Bowden has me thinking about which of the players in the organization I’d be interested in locking up long term. I qualify that by saying that I look at these players in a vacuum without regard to current contract because there is no telling what the future holds in regards to players acquired via trade, draft or free agency. I’m simply looking at these guys based on what we know and deciding who I’d invest in if everyone was a free agent going forward.

Starlin Castro – Note that Castro is already locked up to a long term deal, so this is assuming he wasn’t. I believe he can be a top five shortstop in the Majors as he continues to develop. I think the power will continue to blossom, eventually leading to a season along the lines of .300 / .350 / .480 with 25 HR, 35 doubles and 15 steals. That is great production out of a shortstop, especially considering his age. I also don’t believe those numbers are more than two years away. The time would be now to put your chips in and invest in Castro as a building block of the future. The only downside I see is that I don’t project him as a 3-4-5 hitter in the lineup, so it’s a lot of capital to invest in a guy that may hit 2nd or 6th, but I’d act on it.

Anthony Rizzo – If Jed and Theo, particularly Jed, believe that strongly in Rizzo, and it’s obvious they do considering they picked him in Boston, traded for him in San Diego and then traded for him in Chicago, then take the production we saw last year (particularly that of AAA) and lock him in as the biggest run producer on this team going forward and surround him with pieces in a quest for a title.

Jeff Samardzija – I wrote it in the piece linked above and I’m going to write it again. I’m all for a four year deal for Samardzija. I believe in his talent and I think we’re going to see more improvement this year. There were times last year he was flat out unhittable and I think that’s just the tip of the talent he has. It’s so important to remember how little he focused on baseball in college. It was his second sport. Now it’s his primary focus and we’re seeing the light go on. I’d lock him up.

That’s my three. I want to hear from you. Am I crazy? Am I missing someone? Let’s hear it.

RANDOM NOTES

JOE’S iPOD

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