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GirlieView (06/26/2014)

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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 the 2014 Season = 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

  • If you call a baseball trip to Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago, 7 games in 10 days exciting, I’m doing it.
  • My vacation this summer will be my two whole weeks without youth baseball. During that span I plan on building a bridge for the backyard and organize the garage including finding a happy home for all my tools.
  • Has anyone else noticed that West Toronto in Wisconsin is tied for 9th?
  • I get Raker’s Lizzie strategy: flood the blog with Lizzie prospects and by sheer volume of prospects you’re guaranteed some of them will succeed in MLL (Major League Lizzie). It’s just like Theo and Jed’s game.
  • That’s been Jswan’s M O for about……ever……..like………..for sure.
  • I have renewed optimism for the Cubs – it appears the system works. Forget about Theo and Jed – you and Jswan should be in the front office.
  • I just got back from a camping trip with my son and have to add honey to my condiment list. For those keeping track at home.
  • We’re already over a third of the way into the season (shocking, I know)
  • I was watching that game where Machado intentionally threw his bat. I thought he deserved more than 5 games, more like 10+. I mean what if that would have hit a player or worse yet, in his attempt to hit a player, he hit a fan?
  • It took 2.5 months but we got our first road series win of the year!
  • I am a small-Hall guy.
  • I’ll buy the sandwiches if you can convince Schwarber to dine with you.
  • Rookie ball diners is right up Seymour’s ally. Seymour can upgrade Schwarber to double meat at the Stop Light Sub Stop.
  • Chips and a drink, too…I’m good for it.
  • Combo is what they call it.
  • Wood got wood. Cubs win.
  • Seems the bullpen usage tracker fell apart while I was gone.
  • and Joe added a link to cheap prom dresses in the Resources area on the right.
  • I didn’t realize June was prom season.
  • Part of me wants to believe [Samardzija] is the real thing, but part of me feels a foreboding of an imminent breakdown that will leave us with inconsolable forlornness.
  • “Do fish trot?” After Jim DeSahaie’s introduced the Marlin’s starting pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, “The Marlins trot out hard throwing Nathan Eovaldi today. The Marlins have the hardest throwing pitching staff we have seen with Eovaldi throwing in the mid 90’s.” Kaspers response is “Do fish trot?” No scouting report on Eovaldi, no comments on how he has been throwing of late, no comment on his arsenal of pitches, just “Do fish trot?”
  • Jeff of Indiana is of non-virgin birth.
  • I would call that el Diablo hair. I think we could look at Jesus and not get that icky feeling and want to go wash our eyes out with soap.
  • “How about a Freaky Friday where we change places with another commenter.
  • I will start by becoming Raker:
  • The reason the Cubs have not won in a century is Obama. He forced the northsider’s into accepting food stamps and government cheese. Started when he was a young Kenyan in 1909.”
  • I am flatter you want to be like me. I hope one day you can evolve into a fun loving well rounded bloke but judging from your post you misunderstand the true essence of being a Raker.
  • You forgot to name drop a wine of which we’ve never heard.
  • I also neglected global warming or the threat of sailing off the edge of the earth. There is only so much room and way too much material.
  • I’d appreciate a youth baseball stat update and some stuff about hockey.
  • Now I think you are mocking me. Seymours ‘be like Raker’ post was the highest form of flattery but now I sense some mocking going on here.
  • I don’t get it, it is all fake so why is it interesting? Do you pretend to be married to Angelina Jolie and recount fake romantic dinners? What is the sense? Am I missing something?
  • I don’t find Angelina Jolie all that attractive. Something about kissing your brother is a turn off for me.
  • If your brother is built like her, I would not rule it out.
  • Dreamer
  • I’ll have you know Samardzija played football in college.
  • Well, you’ve got me there for sure!
  • The cubs have a way of making the pirates look good.
  • I would think Len Kasper’s call of Rizzo’s home run went something like this, “John Legend Bobble Head night is tomorrow so come on out and get your bobble head. I love Legend’s silky smooth voice. Hey Rizzo just hit one into the bleachers, tie game 1-1.” DeShaies, “He took a high outside hanging curve and just crushed it the other way, I don’t even know how his bat reached that ball.” Len, “Do you think Rizzo is a John Legend fan? I met Legend backstage at a percussions conference. We almost went to Subway together but he said he regrettably had to get going.” DeShaie’s, “Your not going to see many guys hit that pitch out of the ballpark.” Len, “I should of stalked Legend when he left the conference, he is so cool.”
  • Wood is my anchor. It’s been said he pitches hard.
  • Has anybody here seen my old friends Johnson? Can you tell me where they’ve gone?
  • I don’t know, but it wasn’t that long ago when a guy couldn’t turn around here without bumping into a Johnson or two.

Lizard

  • He might be the Cubs “Ace,” but he is not an Ace.

Shout Outs

  • We’ve got no new commenters getting Lizzie’s for the first time this week so let’s have a big round of applause for all of our loyal friends who keep us laughing every day at VFTB! Thank you all for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to jswanson our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go jswan!

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

1. jswanson
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Eddie Von White
5. Joe Aiello
6. Chuck
6. Dork
6. Doug S.
9. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. Chet West
10. Mark From Toronto

Chit Chat

How are you following the Cubs this year?

a. I watch or listen whenever I can
b. I watch or listen when I’ve got nothing better to do
c. I rarely catch a game but follow the progress in other ways
d. Has the season started?

Feel free to improvise if you don’t care for my options!

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  • Doug S.

    Still in camp a. though this week has been tough to make the time. Vacation starts Saturday so that will change for the better.

  • Doug S.

    Still in camp a. though this week has been tough to make the time. Vacation starts Saturday so that will change for the better.

  • PLCB3

    I’m in between b and c.

    • Doc Raker

      No one asked about your man bra size CAPS.

      • Doug S.

        You mean when CAPS is shirtless batch cooking he’s wearing a bra?

      • Bro or manzeer, please.

      • Doug S.

        What is this, Victor’s Secret?

  • AC0000000

    I’m in between b and c.

    • Doc Raker

      No one asked about your man bra size CAPS.

      • Doug S.

        You mean when CAPS is shirtless batch cooking he’s wearing a bra?

      • Bro or manzeer, please.

      • Doug S.

        What is this, Victor’s Secret?

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Still “a” for me as well. If I’m home I’ll watch on TV and having the MLB at bat app means if I’m in the car I’m listening on the radio, or even occasionally at the office.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Still “a” for me as well. If I’m home I’ll watch on TV and having the MLB at bat app means if I’m in the car I’m listening on the radio, or even occasionally at the office.

  • Seymour Butts

    Give me an “A”.
    Though I am frequently doing other things simultaneously.

    • PLCB3

      HS teacher: we talk about all the things we get done with multi-tasking but the truth is we do a lousy job at them.
      Me: But I did this homework while watching the game and you just gave me a 100% on it
      Teacher: well then, you weren’t doing a very good job of watching the game.

  • Seymour Butts

    Give me an “A”.
    Though I am frequently doing other things simultaneously.

    • AC0000000

      HS teacher: we talk about all the things we get done with multi-tasking but the truth is we do a lousy job at them.
      Me: But I did this homework while watching the game and you just gave me a 100% on it
      Teacher: well then, you weren’t doing a very good job of watching the game.

  • Doc Raker

    Congrats to Jswan, you owe Seymour a fancy watch for all the assists he handed you.

    To all you folks who assisted me in my Lizzie’s, Bushmill’s on me in March of 15 at spring training. Imagine the VFTB Star Wars bar scene we can create, Joe could probably sell tickets.

  • Doc Raker

    Congrats to Jswan, you owe Seymour a fancy watch for all the assists he handed you.

    To all you folks who assisted me in my Lizzie’s, Bushmill’s on me in March of 15 at spring training. Imagine the VFTB Star Wars bar scene we can create, Joe could probably sell tickets.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Looks like the West Toronto in Wisconsin tie for 9th has been broken. Wisconsin pulls ahead!

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Looks like the West Toronto in Wisconsin tie for 9th has been broken. Wisconsin pulls ahead!

  • Doug S.

    I often Chromecast MLB At Bat from my phone to the large screen TV. Looks very good but not quite the quality I can get from Netflix. Caught the game mid way last night and was cursing MLB TV for the foggy quality. Then Valbuena hits a deep fly, center fielder cannot see it and it drops. Explains the quality. Have not seen a play like that before.

    • PLCB3

      I remember a game where that happened 10 years. Ball lost in the fog (Stupid Auto Correct stop changing fog to dog). What do you mean you chrome cast it from phone to idiot box? Do you stream it on the phone and connect the phone to the idiot box?

      • Doug S.

        Yes. Google Chromecast is a little USB device that you plug in your TV and connect to your wireless router. Then you stream the game on the phone and cast it to the TV with the app.

      • PLCB3

        That sounds like hooking up a computer to the idiot box with an hdmi cable. Couldn’t you just plug a cable into your phone and then connect that to the tv? One of my friends in college had a monitor like that where he could plug his iPod into it and the images on the iPod would come on the monitor. So he could watch a movie on it through his iPod.

      • Same principle, but the phone doesn’t need to blast data to the TV. You basically jam the Chromecast into an HDMI slot, hook it up to a wifi network, and then any device connected to said network can push media to the TV. Pretty sweet…and cheap…you can push tabs from Chrome to screen too. I serve a lot of Peppa Pig at home, and serve a lot of software status data at work with the things. Peppa is far more interesting, FWIW.

      • PLCB3

        But if you’re at home, you have a wifi network anyways, and you can use that on the phone so you’re not burning data. My brother has a smartphone and he uses the wifi at home so he doesn’t have to burn data.

      • Doug S.

        Oops, yes you’re correct. It plugs into an HDMI slot. I have the power to it coming from a USB slot.

      • AC0000000

        That sounds like hooking up a computer to the idiot box with an hdmi cable. Couldn’t you just plug a cable into your phone and then connect that to the tv? One of my friends in college had a monitor like that where he could plug his iPod into it and the images on the iPod would come on the monitor. So he could watch a movie on it through his iPod.

      • Same principle, but the phone doesn’t need to blast data to the TV. You basically jam the Chromecast into an HDMI slot, hook it up to a wifi network, and then any device connected to said network can push media to the TV. Pretty sweet…and cheap…you can push tabs from Chrome to screen too. I serve a lot of Peppa Pig at home, and serve a lot of software status data at work with the things. Peppa is far more interesting, FWIW.

      • AC0000000

        But if you’re at home, you have a wifi network anyways, and you can use that on the phone so you’re not burning data. My brother has a smartphone and he uses the wifi at home so he doesn’t have to burn data.

      • Doug S.

        Oops, yes you’re correct. It plugs into an HDMI slot. I have the power to it coming from a USB slot.

  • Doug S.

    I often Chromecast MLB At Bat from my phone to the large screen TV. Looks very good but not quite the quality I can get from Netflix. Caught the game mid way last night and was cursing MLB TV for the foggy quality. Then Valbuena hits a deep fly, center fielder cannot see it and it drops. Explains the quality. Have not seen a play like that before.

    • AC0000000

      I remember a game where that happened 10 years. Ball lost in the fog (Stupid Auto Correct stop changing fog to dog). What do you mean you chrome cast it from phone to idiot box? Do you stream it on the phone and connect the phone to the idiot box?

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs Win! Playoff chances skyrocket to 2.4%, this is one exciting team minus 5 of the 8 positional players.

    • PLCB3

      Castro, Rizzo, and Olt the 3 you like?

      • Doc Raker

        No on Olt, I am one of those weird baseball people that still think BA means something. I can appreciate the slugging difference between two players of similar BA but I don’t see the value of the Carlos Pena types of .190 BA with 20 home runs and unfortunately that’s were Olt falls into. I like Valbuena as a 7 or 8 hitter or pinch hitter type, not a 5 hitter. I also like Junior Lake as a developing hitter so maybe 4 guys currently in this line up for the future with Castro and Rizzo as obvious keepers.

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs Win! Playoff chances skyrocket to 2.4%, this is one exciting team minus 5 of the 8 positional players.

    • AC0000000

      Castro, Rizzo, and Olt the 3 you like?

      • Doc Raker

        No on Olt, I am one of those weird baseball people that still think BA means something. I can appreciate the slugging difference between two players of similar BA but I don’t see the value of the Carlos Pena types of .190 BA with 20 home runs and unfortunately that’s were Olt falls into. I like Valbuena as a 7 or 8 hitter or pinch hitter type, not a 5 hitter. I also like Junior Lake as a developing hitter so maybe 4 guys currently in this line up for the future with Castro and Rizzo as obvious keepers.

  • Drinks on me…you can upgrade to a large Diet Mtn Dew, Seymour. You deserve it.

    • Doc Raker

      Large diet Mountain Dew no ice, more dew that way.

      • Refills are free, my friend. The Dew I’ve encountered is cork-less.

      • Doc Raker

        Bushmill’s has no cork.

      • Neither does Old Mil Light. Do they serve it with one giant ice cube in Malibu? That is the trendy thing here…bigger glass with one giant cube.

      • Doc Raker

        Black Bushmill’s does have a cork, original white label Bushmill’s does not have a cork. Yes, some places are starting to serve the whiskey’s with one giant ice cube. Someone gave me a giant ice cube maker for a gift. The ice doesn’t melt as fast with one giant ice cube verse several smaller ice cubes for better or worse. I want the ice to melt a bit but the better the whiskey the less you need to water it down.

        I don’t hang in Malibu, to many people in Malibu think carbon dioxide is a pollutant. Just because you make $20M a movie doesn’t mean you are smart.

      • Refills are free, my friend. The Dew I’ve encountered is cork-less.

      • Doc Raker

        Bushmill’s has no cork.

      • Neither does Old Mil Light. Do they serve it with one giant ice cube in Malibu? That is the trendy thing here…bigger glass with one giant cube.

  • Drinks on me…you can upgrade to a large Diet Mtn Dew, Seymour. You deserve it.