Author Archive

GirlieView (08/20/2015)

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • Baez’s miLB numbers mean nothing at this point. He’s proven he can hit in the minors at an impressive clip.
  • Cubs showed up last night and played their game. Pretty fun to watch.
  • If La Stella comes up who’s going down?
  • Cindy Sandberg.
  • Snare, kickdrum, cymbal.
  • Tip the waitstaff, Doug
  • I was trying really hard to forget that Darwin Barney ever played for the Cubs.
  • I think you mean you’re trying to forget that he ever played hard for the Cubs.
  • So Raker has attempted to leap over me but got stuck partway in the attempt. Many years ago I saw a sign, supposedly in a nudist camp, requesting that gentlemen playing leapfrog complete their leaps.
  • Please do not adjust your avatar to suit.
  • I’m Slipping, or should i say slumping – Starlin and I are gonna have to pick up our game.
  • Look out EVW, I am squaring up some Lizzie’s like the red hot Rizzo!
  • I thought Bryant and Soler would be ROY candidates but I think Schwarber is going to end up being the Cubs top rookie. Who would of thought.
  • After 2 shaky starts I am a little worried about Hammel
  • My schedule now officially revolves around the Cubs schedule.
  • While the game wasn’t quite played last night, per se, I like the title anyway.
  • September 1st can’t get here quick enough. We’ve got depth coming out of our ears and no place to put some of these guys.
  • It’s not looking good for Castro’s chance to get back into the lineup in the near future.
  • No one was surprised Motte got hit except Len and Jim.
  • I am jonesing for more Cubs baseball!
  • Yeah, no kidding. A day off might have come at just the right time for Big Daddy Joe’s anniversary celebration, but I’m bleeding bad here.
  • The move to take Starlin Castro out of the very day lineup was necessary
  • My hope is that we are all truly appreciating the significance of what we are seeing, as the Cubs of 2015 are greatly surpassing expectations thus far.
  • …only saw 8 of the 9 runs score. Pesky people interrupting me.
  • Asking about Maui Jims? Or is that the other guy?
  • These last two weeks have suddenly made my half-empty glass half-full!
  • I dig those road uni’s the Cubs wore today, I wouldn’t mind seeing those all the time.
  • Genius – “The numbers keep working in our favor as long as we keep winning.”
  • That sort of deep thinking is what I add to the dialogue
  • Furthermore, this line up can hurt you anywhere, it isn’t dependent on just one or two hitters anymore. I would rather have five 20 home run guys than one 100 home run guy, it is harder on opposing pitchers and makes everyone better.
  • Ramirez doesn’t appear close to being able to begin a rehab assignment, which means the Cubs would possibly be without him the remaining part of the year…bad news. Soriano appears close to starting a rehab assignment, which means he would be close to returning soon…bad news.
  • My 7 year old daughter is well on her way to becoming a hitting coach with this astute observation: “They would score more runs if they hit the ball more often”
  • I’ve yet to see anything from Dan Haren that we couldn’t have seen from Tsuyoshi Wada or someone like that down the stretch.
  • Only streak we NEED is to continue to win or tie every series we play. I’d take 2 of 3 and 2 or 3 of 4 for the rest of…well, forever.
  • The winning binge has them on pace to wildly exceed even the rosiest of pre-season projections. I know I didn’t think this was a 90-win team.
  • BTJ
  • If there is a Cubs WS game on Halloween, screw trick-or-treating. I will buy the kids as much candy as they want…I ain’t putting pants on or leaving the house.
  • I appreciate the passion, but put on some pants, Bryan. For the kids…
  • when the rain delay kicked in during the third inning, it was perhaps a stroke of mercy

Lizard

  • The Cubs are turning into appointment television now.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to mike for his first 2015 Season Lizzie!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Doc!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Joe Aiello
5. jswanson
6. Jedi
7. Doug S.
8. Dork
9. Jared Wyllys
10. Bryan

Chit Chat

  • I like to ask this every so often since it sometimes changes through the course of a season, or even a series! Who is your favorite Cub right now?

 

 

Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (08/06/2015)

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • Another thing to know for today…my wife and I are celebrating our 9th anniversary…so how the heck can I spin this to make two Cubs game part of the anniversary plans?
  • That would be a sweet anniversary.
  • you’d be surprised at the number of higher end restaurants that have flat screen TV’s these days…do your research and seat yourself strategically. Happy Anniversary.
  • “Watching Castro and Bryant flailing away at unreachable sliders reminds me of the Foreigner concert I attended back in 1982. Come flail away, come flail away, come flail away with me ya, come flail away, come flail away come flail away with me ya.”
  • I think that was Journey.
  • Definitely Styx
  • …as in Castro and Bryant got no Styx lately.
  • What is the world coming to when classic rock songs are miss-attributed.
  • Len stands corrected. Len is heading out to Stix after the game tonight, it’s a Styx tribute band.
  • Multitasked big time. Caught the big inning on the way home with the kids. While making dinner caught Wood pitch hard (on one of the tablets on the counter, because I’m a good parent.) Caught TeaGarden hit a go-ahead while giving the kids a bath. Watched Motte wrap it up as the kids ran around after bath. Go Cubs.
  • You can by amused by the monkeys in the trees masturbating or throwing hands full of feces, but please don’t do either yourself in public.
  • Does anyone else have issues when they read the Lizzies remembering if they said it or someone else said it? Every edition I scan for it, but can never remember if there are my statements.
  • You are alone in this category.
  • No. I’m unfortunate enough to remember every stupid comment I make.
  • You are growing old Joe. Don’t be late for dinner, the dinning hall opens at 3PM and they tend to run out of soft foods around 4.
  • I believe I recognize mine. Kind of like my body parts. It may not be impressive, but I know it belongs to me.
  • I recognize mine…but mostly because my LPC ratio remains high atop the standings. Lizzies Per Comment is the only metric that matters.
  • Nice, I felt like that Lizard was mine, but couldn’t remember.
  • Wait.. are you guys still talking about blog comments or did this get weird?
  • Weird. Fairly certain I heard the exact same line at a truck stop.
  • Sherm is pissed. I go to China for 6 days and you guys let the team fall apart…what’s up with that?
  • We keep talking about the Cubs fattening up during this stretch against sub .500 teams but it doesn’t always work that way.
  • I find myself a bit anxious waiting for the game today. Need a win Mr Lester.
  • Lester is doing his job today. How about that.
  • if you think the Cubs can’t score runs, browse through some box scores from Mets games.
  • I was at Wrigley today. Ugh!
  • My guess is that if you didn’t already know this one happened and you came here to find out the things you should know for today, you probably are a very fringe fan. That’s OK, we welcome you anyway, but try to pay better attention.
  • The Cubs have a soft schedule down the stretch, but it doesn’t really matter when you can’t beat the bad teams. When you play down to the competition, you don’t deserve to be in the runnings.
  • One more thing – our son got married on Friday. We now have another daughter in the family and future Cub fan! Life is good.
  • Character counts.
  • When you need to know it, Joe will let you know. Until then, just sit tight.
  • Concierge catcher Ross perfect on the mound and at the plate yesterday
  • The fickle nature of some Cub fans never ceases to amaze me.
  • But this was always going to happen. Guys were going to slump. Adjustments were going to be needed. And yet there’s a lot of knee-jerking going on around here. This team is right where everyone expected them to be…but because they went on a bit of a tear early in the year, those expectations got inflated to something that’s not sustainable.
  • Even after a very dismal weekend against the Phillies, a single win against the Rockies last night has dramatically lifted the spirits of Cubs fans everywhere
  • I’ll be honest, I wrote the game off after the top of the 9th and am happy to be wrong.
  • Maybe that’s my problem. I have two Castro shirts and a jersey. If he’s traded then I need to go shopping.
  • It is worth noting that after pushing many Cubs fans to the brink of frustration, Lester has put together a very nice string of starts lately.
  • I know nothing about you Doc, but since I’ve been on this blog, at least once an inning while listening to Len, he says something stupid and I think “I hope Doc Raker didn’t hear that.”
  • Still hoping we stand pat.
  • Junior Lake well, I am sure he will do well with the Orioles where underachieving top Cub prospects always seem to end up.
  • Had to apply a little more deodorant in the 9th but we needed that!
  • Hector was the one stinking the place up. He must have a contract with a deodorant company on the side.
  • Bryant has a hole in his swing and it is being exploited by the opposition therefore a little bench time, film review and cage work could help him correct the problem.
  • It is the catch 22 for this young team. How much do you want to get them reps and how much time do they need to process the corrections needed. All while still trying to put the best team on the field.
  • Dan Haren has not pitched yet for the Cubs. That was Clayton Richards, they differ not only in looks and age, but also with which arm they use to throw a baseball.
  • Weird that got past the editor.
  • Giants blew a 6 run lead and then in the 12th inning they go up 1 run only to give up a 2 run bomb in the bottom of the 12th to lose. Pity.

Lizard

  • I do not want to be at a no hitter against the Cubs anywhere.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Common Sense, and King in the Nawth for their first 2015 Season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Doc!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Doc Raker
2. Seymour Butts
4. Joe Aiello
5. jswanson
6. Jedi
7. Doug S.
8. Dork
9. Jared Wyllys
10. Bryan

Chit Chat

  • There’s been some discussion this week on our infield situation and who to bring up/send down/start/sit/etc. Pretend you are king and name your ideal starting infield from the options we currently have at our disposal (including AAA).
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (07/23/2015)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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 2015 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

  • I think a story for 2015 is the unusual high quantity of impact rookies in the league.
  • Good teams win games like this
  • I was a little surprised that Jake Arrieta did not make the National League roster
  • The schedule for the month of July (barring St. Louis) looks pretty Cubs-friendly, but they need to score more than they have been lately.
  • Fun game to watch…this Rizzo kid has some pretty legit power.
  • Don’t forget moxie!
  • Some folks that were not paying attention last year (can you blame them?) might think that last night was Beeler’s Major League debut, but it was not. He came up last year and made two starts.
  • Why would somebody name their kid Dallas?
  • …maybe hoping that all girls named Debbie would be attracted to him.
  • I know a person named Dallas, Cheyenne, Austin, Houston, Sierra, Phoenix, Savannah, Rocky, Mountain, Blue ,Ocean, and I even know a kid with a last name of Rivers with a first name Hudson and he has a sister named Mississippi.
  • The Rivers should name their next kid Susquehanna, then we would know they are serious about their rivers.
  • Every time they show Molina, he looks like that stray dog in the neighborhood that nobody wants.
  • Maybe the Cardinals should stop feeding him.
  • Where instant replay really has future value is balls and strikes. It is simply unfair to be wrung up on a 3rd strike that was well off the plate and low as happened at the end of Sunday’s game.
  • This just in – Fowler still stinks from the left side. His job was to get on base so that Rizzo had a SHOT at tying or winning the game, and he’s swinging like Dave Kingman (a lot like Dave Kingman, in that he keeps missing the ball.)
  • Swung at 3 pitches out of the zone, good morning, good afternoon and good night.
  • and was trying to hit them to the moon. Best hitter on the team is on deck and he could not have cared less. Now, all that said, if Joe Maddon is a great manager, as reported, he needs to address that, or this will never be a great team.
  • Dare I say it, but Strop is starting to remind me a little of our old friend Carlos Marmol (with the exception of lacking the ability to put his hat on straight). I seem to get that same feeling in my stomach everytime they bring him on late in a close game.
  • I’ll watch (and try not to listen to) the HR derby.
  • Recap- Rockies (not the baseball kind) – backpacking- 4000 ft elevation change. If my heart explodes you guys might never hear from me again (after tomorrow).
  • Talk to Seymour about exploding hearts. He might be able to help you prevent one.
  • …and talk to Doc Raker if you need some Maui Jims to cut down on some glare.
  • Hearts really don’t explode. I do enjoy hearing people speak of their or their relatives heart attack as being “massive”. I’ve come to view it as bragging about the results of their poor lifestyle choices.
  • The 4000 ft elevation change is start of trip to the finish. I live here along the great lakes at 700 ft and will be starting the backpacking at 10,000.
  • Bit of a different wicket.
  • We are getting wonderful pitching but my Lord you can’t win if you don’t score.
  • If I’m pitching against the Cubs, and I see Fowler leadoff, Montera 4 or 5, and the pitcher 8th? I’m thinking “GREAT – I have strategic outs all over this lineup. I don’t have to GIVE IN to anyone.”
  • He spoke after the game and had the message that the team needs to “figure it out”. At this point, I need Lester to figure it out. I need him to get a win.
  • If we lose the wildcard spot because of bad defense at catcher so be it, we need to score some runs and take the chance, the upside is to big to pass up.
  • I would love to see the Futures Game better showcased. It’s an excellent way to draw in younger fans that just gets ignored. MLB does a really poor job at promoting itself in general, so I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise.
  • I hope Lester is watching Jake kill it out there. Great game.
  • Wild turn of events. We go from having too many catchers (Montero, Beef, Ross) to a guy named Teagarden and talking about Schwarber.
  • I have been impressed with Teagarden – he calls and catches a pretty good game. And I think I saw him get a hit, which is more than I can say for Ross.
  • Speaking of Ross – does anyone believe the concussion story? I think they just sat him down. Maybe the magician was also a hypnotist (“David – you’re getting sleepy…you have a headache…”)
  • Maybe they’re trying to wean Lester.
  • Does that make Teagarden a “weanee” or a “weaner”?
  • That would be easier to answer if his name was Teatgarden.
  • I was in a Teatgarden once. Oh, wait, that was a Hooters. Nevermind.
  • Weiner. With an I.
  • Weiner with an eye? (I really have to stop asking Siri to read my emails to me.)
  • It’s on the end.
  • I miss Beef. This FO has made many great moves but I don’t understand the Ross for Beef moves.
  • Agreed, at least there was some offensive production from the Beef, unlike Ross who is starting to remind me of an older version of Koyie Hill.
  • A lower cholesterol option?
  • It’s official – I’d rather listen to Len Kasper for an hour than Chris Berman for a minute.
  • The move to a timed round had an immediate effect. I saw far fewer pitches being passed on, as the hitters were much more concerned about capitalizing while they had the time.
  • Looks like the Cubs will not have home field advantage in the World Series, we need to win it in 5 games so we can celebrate in Wrigley with Ernie and Ron.
  • If Ernie and Ron are at Wrigley, there’s a funeral home out there not doing their job.
  • Lester did a great job yesterday. I’m very happy to type that.
  • We No Longer Have Roach(es)
  • Lot of knees jerking around here.
  • the competition seemed to exhaust certain players (Prince Fielder)
  • Schwarber’s bat is impressive even when he makes an out…that being said, he looks stiff and tall behind the plate.
  • If “fairly well” doesn’t work for you, then how would you suggest describing it?
  • not good. Simple as that.
  • I would say he looks stiff.
  • So did Wood last night.

Lizard

  • It’s fun again, people. It’s fun to be a Cubs fan.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to cap’n realist, and Mark from Toronto for their first 2015 Season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Sherm, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard) – Since we’re just past half way, I’ll post the full results!

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
4. Joe Aiello
5. Jedi
5. jswanson
7. Dork
7. Doug S.
9. Jared Wyllys
10. Katie
10. Sherm
12. Buddy
13. Bryan
13. Jerry in Wisconsin
15. Sean Powell
16. Alex Botts
16. Chet
18. Jeremiah
19. cap’n realist
19. Mark from Toronto
19. Noah
22. Douglas Bath
22. Gaz
22. painhertz
22. RC
22. Tom

Chit Chat

  • Ok, pretend you’re the GM. What would you do to ensure a competitive remainder of the season for our Cubs? Do you trade for more pitching? Trade for more hitting? Do nothing and go with what you’ve got? Rent a catcher? Take your chances with Schwarber? Go with Teagarden? Call Ross your main man? Rearrange your lineup (we’ve already heard some great ideas on that front.) Let’s hear your best plans!
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (07/09/2015)

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • Jake, from State Farm.
  • Happy Belated Birthday, Raker,
  • Belated is right, it was in November.
  • We only remember the brother we like.
  • Jon Lester, proving once again he’s a “sometimes” ace.
  • A most-of-the-time ticked off “ace.”
  • The older I get, the more I realize that baseball, while I love it, is not all that important in the grand scheme of things.
  • You know what, fuck Pete Rose. We should be done with this by now.
  • Apparently you and I differ in that I am not willing to have carnal relations with him. I do agree with the sentiment that he just go away. The players that were his contemporaries that I have spoken with (small sample size, I know), uniformly think he does not belong because of the gambling. Probably hurts his chances that he was and is an arrogant prick.
  • That’s a CAPS-like visceral hatred not normally displayed by you jswan? The hit king do something to you early in your formative stages?
  • He was shoving umps when I was an impressionable young Cubs fan. I’m just sick of the whole thing..he was doing professional wrestling stuff for a while for christ sake. Idiot.
  • IM AM SORRY BUT WE ARE PLAYING THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE WINNING 2-1 WITH AN UNHITTABLE PITCHER ON CRUISE CONTROL. LET HIM PITCH
  • there are times when the best closer…is the starter. More managers need to understand that.
  • [Strop] has yet to instill any confidence in anyone except the hitters.
  • Please sit down if you are standing, I want to say something nice about Len Kasper.
  • I leave town and the cubs loose 5 – what the hell were you guys doing while I was gone.
  • We always need an in-house dork. I had no idea they kept percentages on soft and hard. Why hasn’t Seymour commented on this yet?
  • Profuse apologies. I’ve been distracted. I only hope that Reed Johnson can forgive me.
  • Stand Pat.
  • Totally agree…the best move for the Cubs is probably going to be sitting this trade deadline out.
  • Not that the game was that long, but a 0-0 tie that goes into extra innings is hardly riveting for most people. And Matt Forte was on a recorded episode of Celebrity Family Feud, so we had things to get to, you know.
  • I come off of vacation and the cubs win 2. I’m just sayin.
  • Why are we talking about the Cardinals?
  • The Cubs need to hit, you can win against the Mets or Marlins with 1 or 2 runs but not the Cardinals, let’s get some runs.

Lizard

  • The Good: … Nobody was injured!

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Sherm for his first 2015 Season Lizzie!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Seymour, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Butts!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
4. Jedi
5. Joe Aiello
6. jswanson
7. Dork
8. Doug S.
9. Katie
10. Buddy

Chit Chat

  • (I had to wrap things up a bit early this time around (Monday) but as usual I’ll pick up right where I left off so your gems won’t go to waste!) As you know, we’re approaching the All Star break. Usually I’m so done with the Cubs by this time of year I don’t mind it. Not so this year! I’ll miss having games to watch. And I’m not a big fan of the All Star festivities themselves. How about you? Will you take in the All Star game (et al) or will you fill your baseball time with a different endeavor during the break?
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (06/25/2015)

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • After a lot of debate, I’ve decided to scrap the game recap concept.
  • But something inside me tells me interleague play is just plain not right.
  • I don’t like the regional match ups of interleague play. Everyone in the division should play the same numbers of games against the same interleague opponents. It is unfair to have 1 team play 6 games against a 1st place team and have another team in your division play 6 games against the last place team.
  • These bullpen rules these managers live by can be improved.
  • Maybe the fans should just sing with no guest conductor.
  • Put me down as having a healthy dose of Schlitter angst but the guy got the job done last night.
  • Put me in that column too.
  • I feel your Schilling pain…and Edwin Jackson pain…and Schlitter pain…and Jason Mott pain…and Billy Hamilton pain. How can you walk Billy Hamilton in the top of the tenth in a tie game? Jackson might as well have talked to the ump when he came up and spotted him a triple.
  • I Schlitt my pants when I saw Schlitter was recalled.
  • Why on Earth do the Reds pitch to Castro in that spot. Glad they did, but going after Baxter seems like a no-brainer.
  • Maybe they got Cubs’ top prospects Baxter and Bryant confused. That would actually explain something.
  • This is an easy mix up, most of the same letters.
  • FBI investigating Cards for hacking Astros. Kind of has that Patriots feel to it.
  • Seems a lot worse to me. The FBI never initiated an investigation against the Patriots for their alleged rule-breaking. What the Cardinals are alleged to have done is a federal crime; not some minor blight on the integrity of the game.
  • Our bullpen has looked very strong lately, but having [Ramirez] return would mean Brian Schlitter would be less necessary as the automatic call up when we need bullpen help.
  • Break the law, you don’t get to be offended when people mock your stupidity.
  • someone from the Cardinals FO should be doing federal time.
  • Forget the front office – I vote for Yadier Molina – he’s a Cub killer and should do time for it.
  • His neck tattoo makes me think he’s probably already done some time. Or at the very least wouldn’t be uncomfortable doing time now.
  • I don’t even know what I’m having for breakfast this morning, let alone who might make the Hall of Fame one day.
  • If someone mentions Back to the Future I know they aren’t a real fan.
  • It seems quite likely that the Cubs will make a move of some kind before July 31, as they have maintained a very real shot at contending.
  • Philosophical thought: If one is already of unsound mind, can they go, or be driven crazy?
  • Really hoping Caesar can stay up for a while…still think he’d be sort of a monster in an everyday role.
  • Big fan of the salad dressing dude too.
  • Sucks to be Mike Olt.
  • Snagged another from LA.. you guys thinking this team has moxie? I’m sensing some moxie.
  • I don’t know about moxie but they sure are a bunch of gamers with some grit.
  • I’m pretty sure Grienke leads the majors with the lowest H/N W Diff. That’s Head to Neck Width Differential. Seriously, his head and neck form two parallel lines.

Lizard

  • Crazy how much more palatable the late innings are this year.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2015 Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

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

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
4. Jedi
5. Joe Aiello
6. jswanson
7. Dork
8. Doug S.
9. Buddy
10. Bryan

Chit Chat

  • During Tuesday’s game, a fan leaned over the rolled tarp and caught a foul ball. Remember? (How could you NOT remember, what with the ridiculous amount of coverage it received? More than the game itself, in fact.) What was your gut feeling about his actions?
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (06/11/2015)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • I feel good about Hendricks going tonight after the last outing hopefully he does not disappoint.
  • Dork, no!! Don’t feel good. Somebody here felt good about beating the Brewers. You know what happened.
  • The ball never came down.
  • It’s in Wisconsin.
  • I will start looking for it now.
  • If this team is going to have success, they are going to have to shore up this defense and quit making these miscues.
  • The Cubs ran into a buzzsaw last night in Max Scherzer. No shame in losing to that guy. He is chopping right through the National League.
  • I will paraphrase “Dear Fan, yes we blackout games. Here is the link to tell you which ones.”
  • Lizzie’s were a little thin this time around, not to be confused with Thin Lizzie which is a favorite of Len Kasper’s, seems to me I got to get some Lizzie mojo going.
  • We have all had too much Lizzie Lassitude lately. I agree with the raucous ramp up.
  • speaking of which, I REALLY wish Soler would stand closer to the plate)
  • To me, the only mildly persuasive argument for a Jumbotron was always the ability to show replays. And even then, I didn’t believe that one improvement was worth breaking up the picturesque outfield skyline. I was wrong.
  • I have come to like Instant replay. But it is pointless if they still get it wrong. Seems like they still get it wrong way too often.
  • My only question is: how has your wife integrated the Cubs into her life? The last time we chatted you were unsure of her ability to become a devout follower thus the possibility of matrimonial turbulence.
  • You’ll be happy to know there hasn’t been a hint of pushback from her. It probably helps that I took her to Wrigley Field on our honeymoon.
  • Then everything will be fine.
  • The only inanimate objects that would get any notice before the Jumbotron were the umpires, now they have to do a better job.
  • The Royals…damned if you get their starter out early, damned if you don’t.
  • The Royals are a great hitting team and have a real bullpen. The Royals line up will feast on our bull pen, sorry to say. The good thing is that Len won’t notice since he will be giving his review of the new Thin Lizzy box set in innings 7-9.
  • We got a problem with Wood, you don’t like him in the pen and I don’t like him as a starter and no magic blue pill to make this Wood any better.
  • Took a little blue pill once, ended up with splinters.
  • Jeff Loria-run teams have always been a circus, but his current South Beach squad is contending for his biggest disaster yet (aside from Montreal’s loss of the Expos, that is).
  • Math is hard.
  • The Baltimore Orioles franchise (est 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers), as of today, has 8445 wins. If they had won their 3,000th in 1989, as claimed above, that means they have averaged 209 1/2 wins every year since.
  • So what you’re saying is that math isn’t all that hard.
  • QED
  • If Lester is the pitcher and Schwarber is the catcher, a walk is basically a triple…
  • Who said we were going to sweep the marlins just like we swept the brewers
  • You can’t assume you are going to beat anyone. Ever. You always need to respect your opponents and the game unless your opponent is a 65 year old M.D. who can’t hit off a pitching machine.
  • Now if you could only put that lineup on the field!
  • That would be a terrible lineup. Most of those guys are really old or dead. Hey hey!
  • David “I’m taking up an extra space on” the Ross-ster?
  • I’ll enjoy the ‘KB to left’ respite.
  • Cubs sign Soriano. No word on if he’ll play third.

Lizard

  • They are who we thought they were…Streaky, young, still learning, and a year away.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2015 Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Eddie von White, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go EVW!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
3. Joe Aiello
5. Jedi
6. Dork
7. Doug S.
7. jswanson
9. Buddy
10. Bryan
10. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. Katie

Chit Chat

  • It’s hard to believe interleague play has been around for almost 20 years now (18, to be exact.) I still hate it. It’s not so much that I hate that the teams play against each other, I just hate the way it’s scheduled, what with the rotating divisions in rotating years … I think either everyone should play everyone (a scheduling nightmare of course) or no one should play anyone, with the latter being my preference. Does anyone else have an opinion, pro or con, on interleague play?
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (05/28/2015)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • having Russell at 2B and Castro at SS is working just fine because neither Alcantara or Baez appear ready to take over at 2B in the even that Castro is traded and Russell moves over.
  • A bases loaded walk – walk off win. Maybe not as sexy as some other things but how can you not love it?
  • You have to love it. It showed good plate discipline and Coughlan was willing to win it without all the glamour.
  • Chicks dig the walk, EVW.
  • I enjoy getting down off my high horse and mingling with the common folk every once in a while. Then it’s back to talking to you fools.
  • This Jeff Locke guy looks just like the ice truck killer from season 1 of Dexter.
  • I was in a band in college called Ice Truck Killer. We rocked.
  • 4-1 lead. 5 pitches later Schlitter has the tying run at the plate. Yanked. This has to be the last we see of the guy. Please.
  • The Cubs have won six games in a row. This is not a drill. I repeat, the Cubs have won six games in a row.
  • I’m definitely a Russell fan. However, until he starts using pine tar, I will not be sitting anywhere near the Cubs’ dugout.
  • We won even though Schlitter happened.
  • A week of wins!!!
  • playoff odds are up nicely after last week.
  • if the season were to end right now, the Cubs would be in the Wild Card game. How ‘bout them apples?
  • Cubs traded Welington Castillo this morning to Seattle.
  • So can we say that Beef Wellington has been removed from the menu?
  • Jswan could write a piece of software that detects tangential thinking and rejects more than a certain number of obtuse comments.

Lizard

  • Personally, I enjoy the fact that the Cubs can be down a run or two late and I don’t have to change the channel. It’s been awhile since that was the case.

Shout Outs

  • No one had their very first 2015 Season Lizzie this time so let’s have a shout out for everyone! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Bryan, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Joe Aiello
4. Doc Raker
5. Jedi
6. Dork
7. Doug S.
7. jswanson
9. Buddy
9. Katie
10. Bryan

Chit Chat

  • I had to cut my Lizzie review a bit short this time around because of some upcoming travel. (I wrapped up this article on Monday. No worries though, I’ll pick up right where I left off so your humorous anecdotes over the last few days won’t be wasted.) Anyone have any exciting vacation plans this summer? Baseball related or otherwise!
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (05/14/2015)

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • Being a fan of this team prior to the second half of 2014 was akin to being passed through the lower GI of baseball.
  • As a Cub fan, I don’t want this April to end…ever.
  • Three things I like – aggressive base stealing, scoring and hitting with two outs, and celebrating each victory in the clubhouse.
  • I would imagine living in Chicago and being at Wrigleyfield every game is an awesome job no matter who your broadcast partner is.
  • not to worry, having the Brewers come into town this weekend guarantees at least two wins.
  • I guess I am still superstitious a bit – because I wish you would not have written that about the brewers series.
  • Never go a day without bat and ball. That’s what Ponce DeLeon sought.
  • I hate days off. It means I have to watch the Food Channel.
  • On days off I try to post a lot on all of the cubs blogs that I read. I do that on Non days off too so the only difference is that there are not as many things to post about.
  • Addison Russell hits his first big league home run before Kris Bryant. Who would of thought?
  • talking about middle relievers bores me.
  • Lester, Hamels, Arrieta, Zimmerman/Price, your grandmother as a starting five would be epic…
  • Man, this series was frustrating to watch.
  • You could argue that Brewer bumbles made the game look closer than it was.
  • Pud always pitched hard.
  • I was broken hearted when Pud Galvin wasn’t resigned in 1893. Pud wanted a 2 year contract worth $894 plus his own personal horse and carriage to and from the ballpark. Management offered 1 year at $350 and a street car pass. Pud left baseball to pursue a career in the fledgling slinky business. The rest is history.
  • You know the bullpen is bad when James Russell sounds like a good option.
  • Even if Torres tops out as more of a double hitters offensively, though, a plus defensive shortstop who can get on base and then cause havoc once he’s there? Yes please.
  • I would encourage you to subscribe to the theory that no team is ever as good as they look when they are winning and as bad as they look when they are losing.
  • After the last 2 games I am trying to figure out if being almost good is harder on me than being bad.
  • A guy backing up a play is never a bad thing; a guy having fun on the field isn’t either. Maddon is on record as not being bothered by it…seems like another opportunity for fans to crucify their favorite whipping boy over the most inconsequential of plays.
  • Ah the bad news bears, my parents would not let me watch those movies when they came out because there was swearing and sexual innuendo. So I turned to box scores the prelude to the spreadsheet. Maybe that is where it all went wrong.
  • This has been a very frustrating week of Cubs baseball
  • Good test coming against a terrible team. A playoff contender would find a way to take the series in Milwaukee.
  • Joe Maddon was brought in as a steadying influence, since he has a reputation for being able keep everyone on an even keel as they make these adjustments and develop skills that allow them to play consistently at high levels.
  • The bullpen was straight up ugly.
  • The second most exciting part of the evening was when David Ross (yes, the catcher) pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
  • I just remind myself a .500 team loses every other day. A good team loses just about every other day.
  • I’m tired of Braun. He should have been ejected for the second bat flip and the Cubs need to hit him the next opportunity they can when it won’t hurt the team.
  • I really can’t understand why Braun is still a player in the league.
  • Long time Brewers fan here. I would not mind if Braun was plunked 100 times this season and every season until he finally is out of the league. And I’m not talking about some curveball that misses… I’m talking 97 mph heaters. Go right ahead.
  • Kris Bryant Krisened the bleachers.
  • That’s the bullpen we want. Great job guys!!!
  • I thought it was Lester’s best game of the year – in part because of what he was dealing with from the HP umpire.
  • Tom Brady’s lack of ethics reminds me of Ryan Braun.
  • Did someone make sure Ian Stewart can’t play LF? Maybe LF could be the new 3B.
  • When the Cubs went up 5-0, one of them said that now Maddon could breathe a sigh of relief b/c that took the grand slam out of the equation. Really? That’s what the manager was thinking right then?
  • If my wife were in control of player safety everyone would be wearing 200 feet of bubble wrap.

Lizard

  • I find myself excited to tune in and not wanting to miss the first pitch. It’s been awhile since I could say that.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Douglas Bath, painhertz, and RC for their first 2015 Season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to our fearless leader Joe Aiello, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! You go Joe!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Joe Aiello
2. Seymour Butts
4. Doc Raker
5. Jedi
6. Dork
7. jswanson
8. Doug S.
9. Buddy
10. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. Katie
10. Sean Powell

Chit Chat

So, we’ve seen some good, we’ve seen some bad. Just about 20% of the season is under our belt. Are the Cubs meeting your expectations? Exceeding them? Or not quite living up to what you had hoped?

Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:

GirlieView (04/30/2015)

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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 2015 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

  • The Cubs had good Wood last night and took advantage of it and finished.
  • Good old fashioned ass kicking. Haven’t been on the good side of those for a few years.
  • Meaningful banter here on the view. Throw in the first place Cubs (you heard it correctly), and April is looking mighty fine.
  • Aperantly some kid named Kris Bryant might be called up from AAA tomorrow.
  • I hear he’s pretty good.
  • I gave a subscription of MLB.tv to my daughter for her birthday coming up soon. Now I will never miss a game. The gift that gives back.
  • You gave it to her and now YOU won’t miss any games. Smart man.
  • I try to play all the angles.
  • Reminds me of the time I gave my 86 year old grandmother an electric guitar. Man I love that axe.
  • Good thing the media, et al are not making a big deal of this.
  • You’re setting the bar too low. He can do more.
  • I believe that Maddon is waiting for the Bleachers to be complete before he pitches Jackson in Wrigley. He wants to make sure the crowd is there to catch the homers he throws.
  • I am not an advocate of the DH, I am an advocate of an ‘ace’ pitching through the 6th inning. Decisions like when to pinch hit for the pitcher is what makes NL baseball more interesting than AL baseball. With the DH it is just a parade of hitters, more strategy without a DH equals a more interesting game of baseball.
  • if it were a true Cubbie Occurrence Arietta would have sprained his ankle and spent a few weeks on the DL, instead he want on to throw a gem of a game….so we got that going for us.
  • Ernie never left us, people. He is everywhere with this team. And when those bleachers are finished, and we set our happy little (or big) behinds on those seats, Ernie’s spirit will be there, too.
  • I’m thoroughly impressed with him and Rizzo thus far. The plate discipline, the defense… It’s enough to make a girl twitterpated.
  • I got all excited when I saw this post had 11 comments… Imagine my dismay when it turns out to be a couple of blowhards spouting off about something irrelevant.
  • Have you not read this site before?
  • It doesn’t mean Olt is done with the Cubs, but I have a hard time seeing him ever finding a meaningful role with this team
  • Schlitter needs to be demoted.
  • Lasts nights 9th inning comeback featured hits from Rizzo, Soler, Bryant and Castro all while Len was jabbering on about the Uriah Heep show he was going to see in downtown Pitt after the game.
  • That was actually the Uriah Heep tribute band – Heep of Schlitt featuring a bearded, long haired front man.
  • This is fun. That’s all.
  • Instead, we saw Edwin Jackson come into the game in relief of Kyle Hendricks and struggle immediately. To stop the bleeding, we went to Schlitter. On what planet is that a good idea?
  • But Schlitter? I’m all for giving a guy another chance, but this guy’s running out of them fast.
  • Everybody should get a second chance, but this is getting ridiculous.
  • His second chance was 4 chances ago. Time to flush our Schlitter.
  • Heep of Schlitter and the Jackson 5 (WHIP) put on a bad show is what Len said.
  • Hadn’t expected to see Kris Bryant in CF at the MLB level.
  • Thed didn’t call you and ask your opinion? Strange.
  • Oh but they did, Doc. And I told them that maybe at Randy’s camp it doesn’t matter if you put the cranky eye doctor over there at 3B; but at the MLB level, Ian Stewart (and his friends who can’t hit good and wanna learn to do other stuff good too) isn’t a five-year solution.
  • You can put the cranky eye doctor anywhere at Randy’s camp since 89% of the camp is over 79 years old, especially since the cranky eye doctor rakes.
  • Kris Bryant is Superman he will be pitching before the year is out.
  • let’s remind ourselves that we got Jake Arrieta, who looks like a true ace, AND Pedro Strop for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman–any GM who completes a trade with Theo should be fired immediately!
  • If [Baez] can make adjustments that improve his pitch recognition and reduce his strikeout rate just a little bit, his power, plus his defense in the middle infield, could really make him a valuable player–especially since he won’t be counted on to carry the team.
  • I’m often disappointed when the lottery numbers come out and I find I didn’t win, but then I realize that I never bought a ticket! Playoff appearances are like lottery tickets, and the Cubs’ issue is that they’ve never bought enough of them. This team, with it’s young, long-term-cost-controlled core, is built to compete for the playoffs consistently year to year…and if you buy enough of those tickets, one of them will eventually hit.
  • This baseball team is just plain fun to watch. It would be a little more fun to watch on Central time, but beggars can’t be choosy.
  • I don’t know about you, but I know that last years Cubs would have rolled over and died in the bottom of the 10th when the bases were loaded with Reds. This time the tides have turned. It’s a totally different team.
  • Happy to help the strategically challenged navigate the world around them. Ask me a question any time.
  • Three catchers – I’m not a fan.
  • Yeah that extra catcher and the extra bullpen guy leaves the bench really short. It leaves you hitting Lester even though you intend to take him out of the game.
  • Brian Schlitter needs to exit the scene at this point in favor of a position player.
  • That little strategy of when and how to pinch hit is something that I find interesting in the NL game. All that strategy goes away with the DH making for a boring less intellectual game. The DH makes baseball less interesting
  • and the Mets seem like an actual threat.
  • Why Eddie? Why?
  • I had a weak moment.
  • How refreshing to have a boring Cubs win

Lizard

  • I’m not expecting all that much from Bryant. Just the following:
    1. He wins the MVP in both leagues every year until he’s 40
    2. He also wins MVP awards in the NFL and NBA, just because he’s Kris Bryant
    3. He cures cancer and the common cold
    4. He defeats ISIS
    5. During his spare time he solves crimes with a lovable but slow-witted sidekick
    6. He also finds some time to invent that transporter from Star Trek

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Alex Botts, Katie, Noah, and Sean Powell for their first 2015 Season Lizzies!!!! Many thanks to all of you for everything you bring to VFTB!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker and Seymour Butts, our co-Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time! Way to go Raker and Butts!

Top 10 of the 2015 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Eddie von White
2. Seymour Butts
3. Doc Raker
4. Joe Aiello
5. Jedi
6. jswanson
7. Buddy
7. Dork
7. Doug S.
10. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. Katie

Chit Chat

  • I hate off days now. I can’t remember the last time I actually thought “awwww, darn it!” when the Cubs had an off day. This year I sincerely miss having a game to watch! When the Cubs are off, do you watch another team, or just enjoy other endeavors that day?
Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us: