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July 3, 2013

Recapping the Random – 5 Burning Questions

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 2:00 pm

Yep, let’s do this!  Five burning questions in honor of Hot Stove season.

It’s that time of year where Team Epstein gets out its construction gear and rips apart the current house to build a better foundation for the future…and I am all for it.  I am long on this team, meaning I don’t expect any returns until 2015 at best.  I could care less if they lose 100 games per season for the next two years.  2015 or bust baby!!!!

Which leads to my first question and as always feel free to explain your answers :

1) It was recently reported that Jorge Soler will be out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his left tibia.  This all but ends his 2013 campaign.  In considering this,  who will be the first player acquired, either through the draft, a trade or signed through international free agency, by the Epstein regime to make their Major League debut?


2) If Matt Garza is traded what do you think he will fetch…

a) A top 100 prospect

b) A top 50 Prospect

c) A top 20 prospect

d) Nobody in the top 100

3) In your opinion, are there any “untouchable” players on the Cubs current big league roster? If so, who?

4) Rank the following in order of impact/importance to the city of Chicago:

a) A Cubs World Series Birth

b) A Bears Super Bowl Victory

c) The White Sox moving out of state

d) The Hawks winning a Stanley Cup

e) The Bulls winning a championship

5) With Carlos Marmol officially off the roster, who will be the new favorite Cub to hate going forward?

That will do it for this weeks edition.  Please feel free to share your answers with us!

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  • WholeDamnShow

    I Think we can get 2 Top 100 prospects.

    Rizzo and Castro are untouchable. I could see them taking a great offer for Samardzija but highly unlikely.

    Being a big fan of Chicago but not living anywhere near(I live in Maine) I’ll do my best on this one;

    1. Cubs winning the World Series(Easy)

    2. Bears Super Bowl Win.

    3. Bulls NBA Champs

    4. White Sox moving

    5. Hawks win Cup

    On that note what is the percent of Cubs fans to White Sox fans. Where does the border start from being a Cubs fan to a White Sox fan.

    Most hated could got to Camp but we haven’t had in endure him as long as Marmol or had as high hopes. Edwin Jackson could being taking over that slot if he keeps up this pace. I know I hella frustrated with him.

  • Jedi

    1) Rizzo, Stewart, Wood, Valbuena and a few others that have been acquired via trade have already played at the MLB level.

    2) Depends on how many more appearances he has – a bad July could make a huge difference.

    3) I wouldn’t put anyone as untouchable. Would have to be overwhelmed for Rizzo or Castro; if a GM was willing to value Samardzija as highly as a lot of Cubs fans, I’d dump him in a second. I just don’t think most GMs see him as an ace; but rather as a really solid No. 2.

    4) A……………..B, E, D, C

    5) Has to be Edwin Jackson for now, right? Although if Castro keeps hitting in the .230s there are some who’ll be frothing at the mouth.

  • Chuck

    1) There have been several players that we traded for that are on the MLB roster. Of the young guys, I believe it will either be Soler or Biaz.

    2) a and b, a top 100 and top 50 prospect. He is a good pitcher and some team will overpay.

    3) Nobody. The closest to untouchable is Rizzo because he is young, good, and cheap. To be untouchable, to me, you would have to be one of the top players at your position in all of MLB. The Cubs have nobody that fits that description.

    4) To the City #1 b (Bears), #2 c (Sox, that is a lot of jobs), #3 a (Cubs), #4 e (Bulls), #5 d (Hawks)

    To me: #1 a (Cubs duh!), #2 e (Bulls, I am a big Bulls fan), #473 b (Bears, I don’t follow the NFL much), #474 d (Hawks), #8760 c (Sox, who cares)

    5) Soriano. Everybody hates overpaid players who are well past their primes. Maybe Edwin Jackson for crapping the bed during the first year of a multi-year deal.

  • Chet

    The first question is in regards to a major league debut. Rizzo made his with the padres, valbeuna with Seattle , wood with the reds. Read question 4 carefully not a title….just a birth

  • The Fire Guy

    1. Kris Bryant
    2. A top 100
    3. I like Rizzo and Samardzia, I also still think we have to keep Castro.
    4. A, B, D, E, C
    5. Dale Sveum, I just don’t think he’s as good as he was made out to be.

  • Jedi

    Ummm Hector Rondon. Kyuji Fujikawa. Lendy Castillo. There might be more.

  • verncrowe5

    1. I dont really know enough about the farm system to give a definite answer
    2. B. I feel we can get a top 50 prospect or a couple top 100
    3. Rizzo and Castro. Like everyone else has said, it would take a lot to convice me to let Samardzija go.
    4. a, b, c, e, d
    5. I guess Edwin Jackson. He seems to be on his way to turning it around this season. He just stands out because he got a larger contract than other pitchers we have signed recently and he has been our worst starter.

  • PLCB3

    Importance to the city:
    1. Cubs winning it all
    2. Bears winning a Super Bowl
    3. Bulls winning a championship
    4. Hawks winning an (asterisk free) cup
    5. The trash leaving
    Importance to me:
    1. Cubs winning it all (obviously)
    2. Bulls raising banner #7 (Been a fan since I was 7)
    3. The trash leaving (shocking that this isn’t #1 from me, I know)
    4. Hawks
    5. Bears

  • Jedi

    Bandwagon Bulls fans…none of them even cared about basketball until MJ showed up. I don’t know how you sleep at night.

  • PLCB3

    Deflection. I was -4 when he was drafted

  • Chet

    Maybe I should just change the first question to draft picks. Jedi is correct Rondon and Castillo , both rule 5 picks….and how awesome they have been. I guess Fujikawa too…..another win.

  • Jedi

    Wasn’t trying to be picky – just didn’t quite understand what you were getting at.

    Of the guys commonly thought of as ‘Theo Picks’ – I’d probably go with Soler. He could advance thru the system in a blur if he has a decent winterball and starts hot next year.

  • Doug S.

    1. Not informed enough to answer this. That’s why I come here :)
    2. Top 20 sounds pretty steep, but sure would be nice. Top 50
    3. Rizzo for sure. Castro a close 2nd. Then Shark.
    4. Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Hawks, White Sox
    5. Camp.

  • PLCB3

    Camp has been DFA. Can’t hate him no more

  • Eddie Von White

    Some date back to the days of Dick Motta, Jerry Sloan, Tom Boerwinkle and Bob Weiss. MJ and six championships was the jackpot after years of suffering. That helps keep our Cubs hopes alive.

  • PLCB3

    What about Bob Love and Stormin Normin’? Johnny Red Kerr? I started watching the NBA in 1995 when I was 7.

  • Eddie Von White

    Yes indeed, Bob Love, and though you weren’t around back then, you have studied your history and have good use for it.

  • PLCB3

    Bob Love was an awesome player. I actually met him a few years ago

  • Chuck

    In a nice soft bed. I watched the Bulls through the Ron Mercer years, so that validates my fan card.

  • Jedi

    Apparently more than a few have missed CAPS’ tales of why Blackhawks fans are to be categorically derided. I was merely putting the argument back to him, sarcastically.

  • Chuck

    As a general rule, I ignore CAPS after he goes off the rails with his posts. It does not take more than a couple.

  • PLCB3

    Do you remember the days of Corey Benjamin, Andrew Lang, Brent Barry, Marcus Fizer, Dragon Tarlac, Dalibor Bagaric, Eddie Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Jalen Rose (no relation to Derrick), Travis Best, Rusty LaRue, Chris Anstey, Hersey Hawkins, Michael Ruffin, Bryce Drew, AJ Guyton, Trenton Hassel, Kevin Ollie, Fred Hoiberg, Oak, Lonnie Baxter, Corrie Blunt, Rick Brunson, Donyell Marshall, Roger Mason, Ronald Dupree, and the Junk Yard Dog?

  • Jedi

    Fair enough – he’s got a running commentary about how Blackhawks fans are despicable because they didn’t care until their former owner died…and how he didn’t like the Bruins until about 4 months ago. Two ideas which aren’t at odds in his mind.

    I don’t give a rip what makes anyone pick a certain team – just stick with them or you’re really not a fan…you’re just obnoxious.

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