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February 20, 2014

GirlieView (02/20/2014)

Filed under: Featured,General — Lizzie @ 6:00 am

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 the 2013/2014 Offseason = 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.


  • If the “all expense paid” includes unlimited bottled water and a port-a-john, I’m in.
  • I bet the port-a-john would be cold, it is the winter olympics.
  • I understand it’s a 2 seater port-a-john
  • Not a big Olympic fan in general and even less so of winter games. I might, however, be enticed to watch whatever games are attached to the Roman Numerals XXX.
  • Greetings from Iowa. My primary take-away from this week of new job training is an urge to exit Iowa.
  • You’re raining on my parade of wanting to go to Des Moines to watch the AAA team. Must be some redeeming things, no?
  • Corn.
  • Scenario: Imagine you are suddenly the new Cubs owner/president/general manager/demigod.
  • I get flustered when my wife lets me decide where to go for dinner so I am out on this question.
  • C J Edwards can’t weigh more than a couple of bats.
  • First DP turned: Seymour Butts.
  • Gone is Carlos Marmol. To be honest, we could probably just stop right there, drop the mic and walk off the stage.
  • We’re now a shoo-in to take the Central.
  • Perhaps early NL favorite as well?
  • The Marlins inked Jeff Baker, so no.
  • If we could have made a certain other signing, we could have been a Shin-Soo Choo in to win it.


  • I don’t understand why people always say things like “Trade him as soon as he shows anything” as if other GM’s have access just to the last week of stats and no film whatsoever. Front offices are not dumb. They know what they’re doing.

Shout Outs

  • We have no new Lizzie awardees this time around so shout outs to everyone! Thanks for keeping the off-season interesting!


  • Our fearless leader Joe Aiello is our Most Valuable Lizzie’er this time! Congratulations Joe!

Top 10 of the 2013/2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. jswanson
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Eddie von White
4. Sean Powell
6. Joe Aiello
7. Noah
8. Doug S.
9. Jedi Johnson
10. Chuck

Chit Chat

Spring (training) is in the air! I know we have some differing opinions about Spring Training around these parts and I’m sure we can generate some spirited (gag) discussion around it. As I’m you can probably tell, that “spirited-ness” has been making me a little nuts lately. But carry on. If we all hate each other by the time the season starts so be it. So, tell us, how do you feel about Spring Training games (the first of which, by the way, will be televised exactly one week from today at 2:00pm CST on WGN)? I’ll start you off with some choices but feel free to elaborate:
a. I watch or listen every chance I get to see how the team is shaping up.
b. I watch or listen every chance I get but not with any expectations of reality, just because it’s baseball and baseball is fun!
c. I watch or listen occasionally but don’t pay very close attention until the season starts.
d. I primarily ignore it. Waste of my time.


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Elizabeth Pearson stumbled upon VFTB around 2006, and enjoys encouraging conversation among the wide variety of readers brought together by their love of the Cubs. She’s married, has a Cub-loving pug named Phinneaus, and enjoys biking, hiking, cooking and gardening. She calls Chesterton, Indiana home and hopes to one day retire on Mackinac Island. Connect with Lizzie via email or Instagram.

  • PLCB3

    Somewhere between c and d. D for disaster.

  • Doug S.

    At the risk of seeming overly spirited, a. I miss the everydayness of baseball.

  • Doc Raker

    I think I got zipped out on the Lizzies, this is horrific. Not as horrific as the Cubs have been and look to be in 2014 but horrific none the less.

    Spring training is best experienced in PHX, watching a spring training game on TV is only as entertaining as the broadcasters make it which in the Cubs case is pretty damn boring. “Now batting number 89 Will Shoeman, he played in AA last year and had the most doubles on Tuesday evenings in the month of May for the team.” Drivles Len Kasper. “It is Friday morning right now so let’s see how this at bat goes for Will.”

    Get to PHX, walk into the complex and take in some minor league drills or games, go for an afternoon swim and have a refreshing drink while you are in the pool and then head out for a nice dinner in the evening. That is how spring training should be enjoyed, not at home watching baseball being played in sunshine while there is 3 feet of snow outside your door. Spring training is my favorite time of year, the weather is perfect, the atmosphere is relaxed and the Cubs are still in mathematical contention, sometimes even theoretical contention.

  • PLCB3

    If you gave me 2 grand I would. That’s how much a week would cost with flight, hotel, rental car, and meals.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    between b and c. The good thing about the season being close is that even if we all hate each other, once the season starts we will all be rooting for the Cubs.

  • Lizzie

    You make a good point there Jerry!

  • PLCB3

    When I lived in Chicago it was between b and c but not living in Chicago makes it tougher, especially when there are so many other things to do.

  • Doug S.

    What’s this talk about hate? Surely we can save that for the Cardinals and their fans.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Totally agree with you Doc. Having been down to Spring Training in Mesa a few years back it is pretty much exactly as you describe (just substitute golf for the pool in my case). Ever since that trip, watching the spring training games on tv from home just make me long to go back again.
    As for Lizzie’s question, I’d say I’m closer to A as I just flat out miss baseball at this point in the year and regardless of how bad the Cubs are or how meaningless the games might be, I tune in and read as much news as I can.

  • Seymour Butts

    Between A and B. A when the regulars are in, and B later in the game.
    Hell I would even watch if CAPS were in the outfield (might actually be entertaining).
    MLB.TV put out it’s schedule a few days ago and we can watch the Cubs several days every week.
    If you are more interested in who is picking a fight with who at the view than actual games, you need to acquire an existence.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’m E (Other). I won’t watch or listen to a single game, but I don’t ignore it. I check results and follow the cuts and moves all the way up to opening day.

  • cap’n Obvious

    C. There are usually a half dozen or so Division 1 college games on my DVR this time of year. Great baseball to watch. The execution is near perfect. A great learning tool for fans that want to know more about the nuances of the game away from the ball, and why sabermetrics are mostly useless numbers once teams get on the field.

  • PLCB3

    I’m more in this boat than my OP.

  • PLCB3

    Hey I played OF as a kid. I was a master at the 9-3 putout.

  • Lizzie

    I had you pegged as the D. I’m glad to know you do follow even without watching or listening! I should have known you follow the cuts since you are the one who usually reports on them!

  • Buddy

    Starlin Castro got the spring training kiss of death from Bruce Levine earlier today…”He’s in the best shape of his life.”

  • PLCB3

    I love those spring training cliches.

  • jswanson

    The guy who listened to streaming audio from AZ for however long Bobby Scales was nearly ready to break with the club assigns himself an A. Drinks on Joe this round, but on Raker, and on whomever’s AmEx Raker presents…go Cubs

  • Doc Raker

    I will send you 2 grand in Subway coupons.

  • PLCB3

    I can’t use that on the flight hotel or rental car, and i don’t want to eat sodium laced meats on bread made from gym mats.

  • Eddie Von White

    For me it is b. Baseball is fun.

  • Doc Raker

    I still can’t believe I got zipped out on the Lizzies.

  • Eddie Von White

    You and me both, Doc, but you must pull yourself together and try to go on. You’re just in a slump. It’s not personal. Lizzie loves everyone the same.

  • Seymour Butts

    What part of this do you not understand:
    Lizzie = A funny, timely quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.

  • Eddie Von White

    Then I guess you won’t be going to Spring Training.

  • PLCB3

    Them and the white sox and their so called fans who are just cubs haters that need a team to root for.

  • PLCB3

    Even if I could afford it I can’t get time off work.

  • Doc Raker

    I am going on a slump busting mission this weekend. I picked up a salt lick at the feed store, meeting up with Gracey to show me the ropes.

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