So sorry it’s taken me a few days to get answers to your burning questions. The fact is, if your questions are burning, you may want to seek a doctor. I think there is a cream they can give you to help with that. Now, on to the answers. (Note: I didn’t choose ALL of the questions as due to my laziness there were too many. Also, I just thought some were boring.)
What’s the difference between a random thought and a question?
I tend to equate random thoughts to things that just pop into my mind. They don’t really require an answer and often times have little purpose to them at all. However a question is much more important. Then again, when you’re dealing with kids, and God knows we are, they seem one and the same and they seem to come in abundance.
Dork (Is it OK if I call you that?) asks:
What will the cubs record be in 2015?
I went on record when we were recording our podcast (before MLB advanced media decided to do what MLB advanced media does), that I felt the Cubs would finish .500 this season. Obviously that didn’t happen, partly due to a dreadful start to the season, but I still feel like it was a realistic goal for this team. For next season, I see know reason why .500 shouldn’t be the expectation with a goal being the playoffs. Call me crazy, but with a good amount of our prized prospects expected to be making an impact next year at the Major League level, why shouldn’t we expect .500. Everywhere you read, people say 2016 is the year the Cubs will contend for the playoffs and be a really good team. Why can’t it be 2015? I expect good things next year. So, to answer your question, I will say 82-80.
Dan Gilman asks:
What are the chances the Cubs trade Castro this off-season?
I don’t think they are high. If the Cubs deal a shortstop, I believe it makes sense to engage in talks with the Mets given the surplus of young, Major League ready arms they have in their system and the fact that they crave a building block shortstop. However, I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t really like Starlin Castro. I can understand. It’s hard to like a guy who has almost 1,000 hits and been a three time all star before the age of 25. I don’t see why people are so quick to dismiss him. Does he have his flaws? Of course, but what player doesn’t. Show me a player under 25 that doesn’t have one. They just don’t exist. He’s learning and this year he’s taken a major step forward. If I’m Theo and Jed, I value him the highest among the three top guys in this system right now.
Who do you think will be called up next year to the majors besides Kris Bryant and the others who have already been called up like Soler and Alcantara?
The biggest name to watch for next year is obviously Addison Russell, but I also have my eye on someone like C.J. Edwards or Dallas Beeler. I don’t think we saw enough of Beeler this year and I’d like to see more.
Doug S. asks:
Ginger, Maryann or Mrs. Howell?
Rank the following Doritos, from tastiest to least tasty:
* Cool Ranch
* Nacho Cheese
* Spicier Nacho
* Salsa Verde
* Spicy Sweet Chili
Unfortunately, we do not keep snacks like that in the house (and yet I’m still fat). That said, I’ve only had two of those so I am going to rank based on what I would assume they would taste time.
1. Nacho Cheese
Tie for last – All the others. To be honest, I hate cool ranch flavor and the others sound like death. I’m not a Doritos guy.
If the Cubs were to trade one of their significant offensive pieces (Rizzo, Castro, or any of the other guys whom I won’t mention because you already know who they are) for pitching, who do you want it to be and, if different, who do you think it will be?
I’ve gone on record that I believe it will be Baez. I used to think that Jorge Soler had the biggest bust potential. Now I believe it may be Baez. I shop him and see what his value can net. Thankfully, power hitting is a valuable and sparse currency these days.
What’s your favorite thing to batch cook and do you like to cook shirtless?
You really are a unique dude, you know that? Don’t cook, and especially not shirtless. They don’t make hair nets for my chest.
That will do it for this edition. Sorry again for the time it took. Thanks for being patient. Enjoy the last two series of the season. How about we finish it out with a six game win streak?