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GirlieView (08/08/2013)

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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.

Lizzies

  • Ervin Santana, of the Royals, is now following me on Twitter. I’m not sure why, but I’m not gonna complain.
  • On an unrelated note, KC Royal Ervin Santana tweeted that he had no idea how to work this damn new phone thing.
  • Watching the Dodgers/Jays while waiting for the Cubs game. Marmol came in. 4 hits, 3 runs (1 HR), a walk and a wild pitch. It was beautiful.
  • And yet somehow the Jays still managed to blow that game and get Marmol off the hook. If only the Cubs were as fortunate when Marmol was crapping the bed for us.
  • if you didn’t say anything to your kids and just stood there blankly staring at them with an unshaven face spitting tobacco juice every now and then, I’d say you need to get riled up a bit.
  • That or grow a better beard.
  • she cries every night that she did not throw you in the quarry in a pillowcase as an infant.
  • I’m against giving Jeff Samardzija # 1 or even # 2 starter money when it comes to contract time.
  • If we use just this season as our sample, [we have what] I’d equate to a footlong with ranch dressing amount of position player injuries, but only a few bites from a 6″ with no ranch worth of pitcher injuries.
  • And where do the white chocolate raspberry cookies come in?
  • On the bench, next to the Gatorade.
  • We should name it the Slammed Door Law, if you fail to walk through an obviously wide open opportunity that door will slam shut on you quickly with disastrous results. The Cubs have walked into the Slammed Door too many times to list.
  • Apparently Shark used to play college football at Notre Dame.
  • You have caused me to do some internal soul searching as to why I am skeptical of Smardjgdrwtc. Is it his pitching that upsets me or his ugliness?
  • I don’t like my pitchers pretty. I like them frightening small children during charity visits and having butch girlfriends. But to each his own.
  • Oops. My bad. I forgot you don’t get sarcasm.
  • It’s not that he doesn’t get sarcasm, he just has no use for it.
  • He is just a few Bazinggas short of being Sheldon
  • Read the post again. She did it again the next day. It was the only way she would learn.
  • You are missing the point…the neighbors…it was about the neighbors.
  • Dick move. Being nice to your mom is grown man 101.
  • There will come a time when you are your parents. What goes around will come around.
  • When the wife’s back is turned, I am watching the wife’s backside.
  • A Scuba trip to the Caribbean in late October. I figured I would not miss any important games then.
  • You won’t.
  • No important games until 2014 at the earliest.
  • You may want to steer clear of the mayo at the Cozumel Subway.
  • As long as it is not moving, it’s ok.
  • On a prior trip to Cozumel Big Z threw his no-no whilst I was gone. I’m hoping the internet access improved in the interim.
  • Well, we know Big Z hasn’t.
  • It’s nice to have Sherm back.
  • The only thing relevant about the Cubs at this time of year is which of their players can help a contender.
  • I’m kind of sad to see him go, but it’s for the best. I was just yelling at my mom about not understanding that last night. I fear I may have to do so again tonight.
  • We’ve tried to keep our relationship on the down low so as to not upset my unhealthy obsession with Carlos Villanueva’s facial hair.
  • I decided to pull a Mark_from_Toronto and go to bed at the end of the 8th inning full of optimism. I slept well and my day wasn’t ruined until I got up.
  • Unfortunately I wasn’t able to to do the same for the afternoon game as it’s not really appropriate to go to sleep while driving home from work.
  • It is similar to how we say nice things about somebody after they pass on
  • I was following the trade rumors today, hoping to see Ronnie Woo-Woo shipped for a pitching prospect. Maybe Ronnie and the visor gal for Stanton…
  • it’s too bad we couldn’t unload him at the deadline, even a sack of used baseballs might have been worth it.
  • Can Olt really be recalled to the Cubs from Iowa if he’s never been there before? Wouldn’t it just be called?
  • Google
  • Bruce is Hector’s aunt.
  • Anyone else notice our Johnsons have gone missing?
  • I’m sure you’ve read about this from the 349382749837 sources covering the story today.
  • these players knowingly did something they knew was wrong and hoped to get away with it.
  • I see this as a failure of baseball: the sport turned a blind eye to the issue for years, and now this “harsh justice” seems disingenuous.
  • I’m looking forward to the day when the most reported baseball stories are positive – it seems like we’re a long way from that point, though.

Lizard

  • I’m honored that so many of you have adopted my game watching strategy.

Shout Outs

Many thanks to Chris and Sean_in_Blue who logged their first Lizzies of 2013. We’re happy to have you here!

MVL

Congratulations to Seymour Butts, the Most Valuable Lizzie’er this time around! Imagine that!

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

1. jswanson
2. Seymour Butts
3. Eddie von White
4. Doc Raker
5. Jedi Johnson
6. Joe Aiello
7. Chuck
8. Doug S.
8. Jeremiah Johnson
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Buddy
10. cap’n obvious
10. Noah Eisner

Chit Chat

If you could play professional baseball (and play it well!) what position would you like to play?

  • I would like to play first base though I’m right-handed.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’ve always made myself a 2b in simulation games, but when it comes down to it, I think I’d fancy myself more of a crash davis type catcher. A guy who really wasn’t very good, but knew the game and taught it to others.

  • Seymour Butts

    3b.
    I would like to thank the academy.
    I have spent all year looking up in the standings at JSwan. It’s a fair cup. when ever I blurt out a laugh reading these comments, it’s usually him.
    Hail to the chief.

  • Perry

    I’d say 3B. Get to flash your leather a lot, and impress all the ladies with your cannon of an arm (much like Machado is doing). And the lazy side of me wants 3B cause its a shorter walk to the dugout, no sprinting to right field.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I always liked center field you can run around all day out there.

  • PLCB3

    Happy 25th anniversary of the first ever SCHEDULED night game at Wrigley!

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Of course the Cubs celebrate by having a day game in Philly. Remember how Mike Schmidt complained that the Cubs were using them as guinnie pigs for the new lights.

      • PLCB3

        I don’t remember, I was only 43 days old.

      • I find that to be adequate frame of reference.

      • Eddie Von White

        I remember Ronald Reagan was in the broadcast booth and pronounced the J in Julio as in Julio Franco.

      • PLCB3

        That Julio Franco? The one who played until he was almost 50?

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes, the one and only Julio Franco.

      • PLCB3

        Franco was playing for the Tribe in 1988

      • Eddie Von White

        Harry and Ronnie were talking about him just the same. I can’t remember the context, just the mispronunciation.

      • AC0000000

        That Julio Franco? The one who played until he was almost 50?

  • Eddie Von White

    First base. I’m left-handed and like the infield. I especially like scooping up bad throws from the other infielders – makes us all look good – and some of us can use all the help we can get.

  • PLCB3

    I would like to play 2B because that’s what I played as a kid. I played OF too, but I don’t have the stick to be an OF these days.

    • PLCB3

      I don’t remember, I was only 43 days old.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Woo hoo got a Lizard!

    I think I’d play right field. I played there as a young lad, and now that I’m older I can appreciate the rather quiet and at times boring position it can be.

  • Sandwiches on Swanny…I’ll be at SS. I’ve had a front-row view of too many 6-3 double plays from 2B…I’d like to get in on that.

    • MinorLeagueRob

      Have to be the situational lefty reliever.

    • Jedi

      But is that before or after Schierholtz against lefties?

      • I barrel up like Barney…after.

      • Jedi

        Or (also like Barney) you could hit leadoff when Dale wakes up with a hangover.

        You said you’d play SS right? Quade has you penciled in at CF and hitting cleanup – hope that’s ok.

      • PLCB3

        Remember what Dusty did after Lee broke his wrist in 2006? He moved Todd Walker from 2nd to 1st, put him in Lee’s spot in the lineup, and replaced Walker with Neifi. Why wasn’t Aramis moved into the 3 hole?

      • I don’t remember, I was only 43 days old.

      • Jedi

        Never mind that the Cubs won that game (by one run), Neifi jumpstarted the 8th inning rally that enabled the win, and Aramis was already batting cleanup in that game. Walker was already in the game, Neifi was part of a double switch immediately following the injury – the pitcher was inserted in Lee’s spot. Oh, and Aramis was toying with the Mendoza line while Walker was hitting .400 in late mid-April. But yeah, Dusty’s a fool and everything he ever did was stupid – probably eats his salad with a dessert fork too.

      • PLCB3

        So because a blind squirrel found some nuts, it was okay to do that for the 2 months that Lee was on the DL?

      • Eddie Von White

        How does anybody know that even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes? I have not seen any data to back that up.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The way they sniff around for food after they empty my wife’s bird feeder tells me that at least one blind squirl can find some food.

      • Seymour Butts

        I am relatively certain that a broken clock is right twice a day. Perhaps this would be a better metaphor.

      • Eddie Von White

        Indeed. Or as my dad used to say: it’s more luck than sense.

      • Jedi

        Oh so you’re not talking about that specific game, you mean the following two months? During which Walker hit .270 with a .360 OBP…and Neifi only started roughly half the time at 2B (Jerry Hairston played there some, Walker started there too when Mabry played first). Moving Aramis to 3rd in the order was going to solve problems? To what end? So Walker could hit 4th? Go look at that lineup CAPS, it’s Aramis and a ton of guys who are replacement level type of guys (or worse). Moving Aramis to 3rd would’ve solved nothing. Your blind hatred for Dusty is insane.

      • PLCB3

        So the Dust Bag should have been brought back for the 2007 season?

      • Jedi

        How is that the logical conclusion to anything I’ve said?

        This isn’t about Dusty – it’s about how CAPS likes to pretend a former Cubs manager was evil incarnate, always making the wrong decision at every turn. You’ve again made yourself preposterous.

      • AC0000000

        So the Dust Bag should have been brought back for the 2007 season?

    • PLCB3

      Sandwiches are on you!?

      I’ll have 5 turkey pastrami sandwiches on whole grain spelt bread with roasted red peppers hummus

  • We’re just a starting pitcher and a left fielder away from a ball club here. Maybe a RH relief pitcher too, to help Rob out.

    • cap’n obvious

      I suppose I should step up, since I’m the only one here that can throw 75MPH. Let’s hope we have some speed in the outfield…and a catcher that can frame those “close ones.”

      No mention anywhere of tonight being the 25th anniversary of the first night game….hmmmm.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Being that the center fielder is 48 and a few pounds heavier than ideal, I would not count on fantastic speed from the outfield

      • Not so fast, Cap…I’ve booted ground balls and frantically side-armed bullets into dugouts at 80+.

  • SBardo

    2b for sure. That way my lack of even an iota of offensive talent would be irrelevant.

    • PLCB3

      You’re stealing my thunder!

    • AC0000000

      You’re stealing my thunder!

  • PLCB3

    Completely off-topic, but I just read the Tigers-Yankees game recap, and it gave me a random thought: When a team commits an error that should have ended the inning, the subsequent runs that score in that inning are unearned. But now, let’s say that that error is in the 9th and it would have ended the game, but instead the game is now in extras. The runs scored in the 9th are unearned, but if the team that should have won the game in 9 gives up runs in the extra innings, assuming no errors, those runs are earned. I don’t get it. The basis for the runs scored in the 9th being unearned is that the inning should have been over. Why can’t that carry over to extras with the runs being unearned because the game should have been over?

    • Seymour Butts

      A good question.
      My take is that ERA is a way to try and measure a pitchers value. Giving up runs without the benefit of errors, regardless of the inning, is such a measure.
      Now if you are talking about TEAM ERA, there might be an argument. But nobody cares about team ERA except a nervous pitching coach come contract time.

      • PLCB3

        But how about when after an error is made the next batter goes yard to empty the bases, and after that, the team gets a rally going for a few more runs. All the runs are unearned because the inning should have been over. But why is that post-HR rally also unearned runs? Those runs were not scored thanks to an error, and it’s possible that there could have been that rally in the next inning