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GirlieView (09/15/2016)

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’ers: Those with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of the 2016 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 have started getting phone calls from some of those bathrooms worldwide. My wife is getting suspicious.
  • you ASKED for this…
  • 2 months of Smarja and Hammel for Russell, fleecing.
  • it’s like a train wreck. I don’t WANT to see it, but I HAVE to look. I find entertainment now in how bad Len is…
  • It is possible the Cubs can clinch the division in St Louis in mid September. How delicious would that be?
  • They interviewed Ross after the game and he talked about how much fun this season is and has been. He said what a great organization this is from the players, to the coaches, to the ownership to the fans. Len asked him “and the broadcasters, right?” and Ross said, “well, not really. That’s the weak link in the chain.” I thought it was hilarious, even if he was just kidding.
  • we’re quickly running out of room in the lineup… quite the embarrassment of riches!
  • Zobrist is good – but he’s not a 4 hitter, he’s not a power guy and no one is afraid to pitch to him.
  • I like Soler there until Raker’s boyfriend returns.
  • The only way I want to see Ross come back is if we find out that Lester can’t throw to home, either
  • I hope they don’t let Schwarber catch for two reasons: 1) he isn’t good at it, and 2) it’s horrible for his knee.
  • I was fairly certain the Padres had a Pickles Dillhoefer in their line up this season, too.
  • You’re thinking of Pork Neinhouser.
  • I think you are getting your passions mixed up. He was famous in the 70s in a different venue.
  • I enjoy watching the Cubs win even without the suspense.
  • Do I want the playoffs to start this week? No. I think the guys are close, but need a little more time……..or maybe I do.
  • JD laughed and said “you suck at this” (in his head) and part of his soul died just for having Len as a partner.
  • There are times, CAPS, many of them if fact, where you should not take the bait on these type of things. Think, type, think again, think one more time, then post. You’re welcome.
  • Herm Edwards likes to say “Don’t Press Send”
  • 2016 – Doug S. is pissed off at a Brewers series loss and no Cubs baseball today.
  • And you thought we didn’t read this Dan in Historn!
  • Perhaps not surprisingly, I would support the players right to take a stand. Though I would also think it better if he had not.
  • “first, we lean on the dugout railing, just like the real big leaguers. Then, after a few hours of this, we follow Sherm into the shower to see if his nether region Cubs tattoo has moved at all since yesterday.”
  • For the record, I have one Cub tat, and it’s on my arm. That other thing? Just a very fortunate birth mark, I guess. Why it says Hillerich & Bradsby is beyond me.
  • I’ll never forget the look on my wife’s face when she finally saw me walking up the street.
  • I think that was Jedi who liked him and we all hated him. Or was it the other way around? Or was that Castro? Or was it Jedi?
  • We all liked Castro, except CAPS because he (like Aramis) sucked and it was time for him to go. Tommy, who was blind, had a thing for CAPS, and probably, like Lizzie, Geo. I’m not sure how that all worked out.. I was too busy trying to figure out which bemulleted infielder I hated the least.
  • (just kidding… it’s always been Fontenot)
  • Once again, West is making up rules as he goes along.
  • Heyward note: he’s 0 – 20 on this road trip, so basically since “The Heyward Game” has gone back to his “Wayward Game” and can’t hit. I honestly don’t know if I would have HIM on the post-season roster.

Lizard

  • Everyday should be Kyle day.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Gaz for his first 2016 Regular Season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

MVL

  • Since Sherm consistently wins this, I’ve decided to begin listing the top three! Congratulations to Sherm, cap’n realist, and (tied) Doc Raker, jswanson, and Kyle Clark our Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time around! Thank you all for everything you contribute here!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Doug S
4. Seymour Butts
6. jswanson
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
9. cap’n realist
10. Dork

Chit Chat

  • Sherm’s looking to attend a post-season game or two in person if the Cubs are so fortunate to be a participant (let him know if you’re interested!) but since most of us will not have that luxury, where will you be watching your post-season baseball? Will you watch from home? Go to a bar? Travel around with the teams in your RV with a satellite on top? Do tell!
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GirlieView (09/01/2016)

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’ers: Those with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of the 2016 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

  • Tommy La Stella reported to AA Tennessee yesterday
  • If they resign Fowler – which they should and if Schwarber and Soler are healthy and hitting…where does Jason Heyward play? Maybe Toronto.
  • Heyward’s double was a weak, broken bat slap. Still don’t have much optimism in his direction. But man, how ’bout those Cubs?
  • So, the ball actually hit one of them?! And he literally didn’t even react? I mean, I guess that’s why he’s covering his raspberries.
  • You don’t know who Sue is, Kyle, but she’d be mortified by that video.
  • The Brewers broadcasters explained the game the bullpen plays. They can’t move on a foul ball or else they are subject to shaming. May I suggest watching a broadcast with broadcasters that actually pay attention to the game.
  • La Stella Artois
  • I suppose he came to his decision after fermenting on it for a few days.
  • I really disliked Tommy’s response to being sent down. It seemed arrogant and entitled. But I think Doc is right. The players likely won’t care if he is a good guy in the locker room and he seems to be. He certainly is a good fit for the role he will play when he comes up again.
  • Me, Capn, CAPS, Sherm, Alec Berg and Big Toe Joe. Am I forgetting anyone?
  • maybe a Johnson will show up. Plenty of dicks already on the guest list.
  • Have you asked Safety Sue?
  • We did. In my shirtless “VFTB…”scenario – we thought she could be two thirds of the ellipsis. Our seats are way to close to the field, er, danger-zone, therefore she declined.
  • So let’s say you are in the can taking a wee wee and your outfielder hits a slam, that’s $8($4 bucks for the 4 bases and $4 for the 4 RBI) from 5 other guys which totals $40 in winnings. But you are in the can mid whiz and you have to get to your seat to ask for the money before the next pitch. What do you do, run out of the can still whizzing yelling “Give me my $8 everyone” or do you finish your whiz in comfort and give up the $40? Many a crazy person has run down the aisle of ballparks ranting and raving about collecting money on their way back to their seats after a cash money play in their favor.
  • I’d much rather read a VFTB recap than from elsewhere.
  • As a team, the offensive patience appears to wear off as the games goes on.
  • We need Bryant, Soler, Baez and others to shorten up with two strikes and men on base.
  • Unlike the usual aging process, since ’03 and ’08 we have become much younger.
  • On Sunday we sat in the second row box seats and a foul ball came right to me and I didn’t catch it, it hit my hands and bounced away. We fly back to CA that night and the first thing my wife says when I get back is, “So you missed the ball.” Apparently my error was featured on the WGN broadcast, lucky me no TIVO back then.
  • At least you didn’t have to prove to your wife that you really went to the game – like Seymour would have had to.
  • Of all the above listed former Cubs, I’ve met 2. One living, one not so much.
  • Heyward hits a 2 run blast (words not read on this site often)
  • Outfield game was fun, too, even though I had Heyward which was like betting on a donkey in the Kentucky Derby.
  • “It must be nice never having to play a road game.”
  • A sweep in San Diego made all the sweeter by the fact that the VFTB crew was in attendance.
  • This has been a great week. In addition to baseball, I’ve been writing Brad’s phone number in bathroom stalls all over the world. Next stop is Panama!
  • Not to be confused with guaranteed rape, which is what happens if you get lost in that neighborhood
  • he does have very pierce-able nipples.
  • Big Toe Joe orders a Rum Chalada and Sherm and I walk to the bar to get a round and I say to Sherm, “What the hell is a Rum Chalada?” and Sherm says, “I don’t know, he’s getting a Rum and Coke.” And I say, “Good, cause I am not carrying a drink with an umbrella in it back to the table.”
  • The pirates have to really HATE Jake Arrieta and the cubs by now.
  • Bryant’s learning curve is breathtaking.
  • And his eyes are dreamy
  • I’ll skin up with you next year CAPS.. just need a Cubs lead and about $80 of stadium beers
  • But that’s only like 3 beers…
  • Anyone else notice that Montero was not happy…even after the walk-off?
  • I think he was just winded from running all the way to first…
  • Kyle Hendricks threw 99 pitchers – 218 of them for strikes.
  • I hate the fact that baseball will head into the winter and the last two series could be played in a light snow or freezing temperature. That’s stupid and needs to change.

Lizard

  • What a privilege to watch this young, humble and talented man play baseball.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Jared for his brief return to VFTB and his first 2016 Regular Season Lizzie!!!! Thanks for helping out, Jared!!

MVL

  • Since Sherm consistently wins this, I’ve decided to begin listing the top three! Congratulations to Sherm, Brad Lyerla, and Doc Raker, our Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time around! Thank you all for everything you contribute here!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Doug S
4. Seymour Butts
6. jswanson
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
9. cap’n realist
10. Dork

Chit Chat

I can’t believe it’s September already. I also can’t believe it’s September and we’re still enjoying meaningful baseball with a very good chance of continuing well into October. With that in mind, here are some interesting dates in case you need to take some time off work, arrange travel, or cancel early morning meetings. LOL

  • NL Wild Card Game – Wednesday, October 5
  • NLDS – Various dates beginning Friday, October 7 through Thursday, October 13
  • NLCS – Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 23
  • World Series – Tuesday, October 25 through Wednesday, November 2
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GirlieView (08/18/2016)

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting 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 2016 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

  • Caffeine became “OK” when an interest in Alberston’s supermarkets was acquired. Everyone should have some flexible morals.
  • Hammel looked pissed when he was given the hook. Minutes later during the Strop experience I was too.
  • and Snoop dogg gets the error..
  • The fact that you like someone (anyone) in the 2 hole is probably better left unspoken.
  • I go back and forth on my feelings on Soler.
  • If Hendricks keeps this up, I would make him my # 1 starter in the playoffs. He’s better than Lester and Arietta as of late – go with the roll.
  • I feel very fortunate to have seen Ichiro play live as often as I did.
  • Dan Historn was a promising young pitcher in the Mets system, actually. His career was tragically cut short by a near fatal case of genital warts.
  • You guessed it folks, Cindy Sandberg.
  • Why not stop pouting, put the time in, and then be part of something special this season.
  • Completely agree on LaStella. Take a pill, apologize and get your ass to Iowa. As Joe says, there’s something special happening, be a part of it.
  • I keep reminding myself these pro sports guys are used to being pampered and babied along their whole lives. He probably doesn’t really know any other way than to pout.
  • LaStella thinks he is too good for Triple A and he’s not, given his place in the organization. That’s a problem.
  • LaStella failed to take into account that if someone gets injured he would have been the first one called up.
  • Was yesterday a day off? I thought there might be a recap today.
  • Sherm’s in China and we don’t know where Joe is.
  • Did you see Molina’s reaction on the cut to home on Coghlan’s RBI single? Molina was visibly upset. It was very entertaining.
  • Before the game, we got the results of the MRI on Pedro Strop and it looks like a meniscus tear that will put him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, unless he channels his inner Derrek Rose, in which case he’ll never be right again.
  • Cubs are getting better and the Cardinals are falling into a sloppy mess. Bushmills on me!
  • Tony LaRussa must be rolling over on the floor of his Diamondback office watching these Cardinals make physical and mental errors day after day, it is just so enjoyable.
  • With Strop going down for 4-6 weeks all the more reason to look at Lackey as a bullpen guy in the playoffs if Strop doesn’t return to form, or maybe even he Strop does return to form since his form is mis shaped.
  • The Matheny way. Such garbage. Actually, I don’t mind Coghlan getting hit. Might be a way for the Cubs to put him on the 90 day DL and be done with him.
  • They won’t be happy with the tossed greens. They want red meat.
  • Julius
  • Obviously, I’m not seeing the games – the Olympics are on 24/7 though and apparently China is the only country participating.
  • KFC everywhere but I question the “C”
  • All of a sudden, our bullpen kind of stinks.
  • No man can be that stupid and selfish to just give up a chance to be part of perhaps the greatest sports story ever because he didn’t want to spend a couple weeks in Iowa, right? Right?
  • LaStella is having an ego meltdown. He thinks he is too good for 3A. He’s not. At least not on this team, the one he professes to want to be with. He’s got to grow up, eat some crow and report.
  • Aroldis Chapman – no first names
  • He used to be Harold Chapman, but Harold wasn’t scaring anyone.
  • Basically, the guy knows what he’s doing and so there are probably reasons these guys are hitting where they are beyond the stat lines off of which we base our arguments.
  • I’ll be one who looks a lot like my avatar, sans the geometrically shaped pie-hole.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday just look for the guy wrapped in bubble wrap – that’ll be Raker making Sue proud.
  • I have a ticket for Sue, haven’t heard back from her as of yet.
  • I thought we should just paint big blue letters on our bare chests – V – F – T – B, but then we’d have to remember to stand in the right order and it would become difficult. By time they showed us, it would be four guys with BFTV and that doesn’t sound right for a handful of reasons.
  • I know Kris Bryant is in the running and leads in WAR, but my MVP vote goes to Rizzo.
  • As great as Bryant is, Rizzo is the cornerstone of this team. If you’ve got to pick one, I vote Rizzo. That said, they go together like sham-a-lam-a ding-id-de-ding-de-dong. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two guys who just seem to belong on the same team like they do.

Lizard

  • they all count.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to New Guy for his first 2016 Regular Season Lizzie! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Sherm, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Even from China you’ve still got it!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Doug S
4. Seymour Butts
6. jswanson
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
8. cap’n realist
10. Dork

Chit Chat

  • On M-Tu-W of next week a handful of our VFTB’ers will be meeting at the Cubs games in San Diego for some fun and fellowship. Safe travels, boys! What happens in San Diego stays in San Diego unless someone wants to send us some stories. Heh. Regardless, HAVE FUN!!!
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GirlieView (08/04/2016)

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting 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 2016 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

  • Love good defense.
  • Yikes! Shut out. I need to work on my comedy.
  • I give you an assist for the waiting room music Lizzie. I know no other cardiologist, so the joke is half yours.
  • Can we give Heywards contract to Fowler?
  • Thanks to the protective netting, no fans were hurt or beer spilled by foul balls in our section.
  • I missed Dex. To Imagine the Cubs spent all their off season energy and money on Heyward when Dex was sitting right underneath their noses and they were ready to allow him to leave.
  • I’m willing to give just about anyone a second chance, but prefer players of character over those without. Time will tell.
  • EVW.. I’d like to redact (most of my) Tony Campana jokes.. I’d take him as a son in law in a second.
  • She’s a Cubs lover for sure – got that from me; her beauty is all mom.
  • I don’t hate it. Don’t love it either. They didn’t give up Schwarber.
  • If he isn’t in jail then he can hold a job so why not pitch and get outs for the Chicago Cubs.
    you have to have a lead to use a closer. And to have a lead? You have to score runs, and that requires good at-bats, patience, skill, smarts and a whole bunch of other stuff that this team has suddenly lost.
  • ball of energy, goodness gracious
    no relation to great balls of fire
    Jerry Lee Lewis, great balls of fire
    no relation to Aroldis Chapman
    hopefully that’s great strikes of fire, pal
    if not there will be a whole lotta shaking going on
    you said it pal
    Cubs down 0-3, we’re through 8 at US Cellular
  • Nice outing by Jason Hammel – which is huge considering his history of second half swoons. Chips ahoy!
  • Hammel had the line of the night – in the post game interview when asked about Chapman he said “I don’t see what’s so great about the guy – I heard he could throw 105 and he only hit 103.”
  • If you are going to stand on principle and refuse to root for any “bad” guys, then you really, really need to eliminate professional sports from your life, because I’d challenge that you can’t find a team in any sport that is “clean.”
  • You don’t have to root for Chapman. I won’t. But, if Chapman is in the game in the 9th inning of a World Series game, by all means I want him to be successful.
  • Yes, I root for the team. I didn’t want Lester here. But once he was, he was one of the guys on the team, like it of not. I want him to do well while here.
  • Gender aside this is pretty close to how I feel about it. I don’t want to date him either.
  • How would we afford to marry Chapman when we can barely get by with our jobs as-is?
  • Pardon me while I make a call to end something.
  • Joe needs to hate on more of our guys if this is what happens. Joe?
  • Screw you Jason Heyward
  • That’s what I’m talking about.
  • Wow it actually worked!
  • Cubs beat Sale! Great win. Chapman is dominate, fun to watch!
  • Trade Coghlan, put Heyward on the DL and keep CJ, Contreras, Salad Man and LaStella Artois.
  • Lizzie’s make me smile
  • Did Heyward just get a hit… With people on base… That wasn’t a double play… That resulted in runs… At a point in the game that greatly improved their chances of winning the game?!?!
  • Joe’s been hating on him.
  • I will never tire of Sherm’s rants or perspective. I prefer Sherm in the booth over Jessica and Len. Sign my petition: Hire Sherm now.
  • You had me at game balls.
  • Miguel Monterrible
  • As good as Zobrist was in the beginning of the season he has been equally bad lately. That was a terrible swing to strike out with he bases loaded. At least Javy corkscrews himself into the ground on a strike out. Wait that is not any better.
  • Outside of maybe Heyward, is there a more frustrating player on the Cubs than Baez?
  • somewhere in-between the missing Johnsons and Ask Joe Anything?
  • Missing Johnson, singular… we established a girl ran off with one. Ask Joe Anything turned into Ask Joe About Condiment Fingers, and we’re due for another installment.

Lizard

  • I understand Doc would weigh in but he’s busy lobbying for Len to be the PTBNL.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout out to jerryb for having his first 2016 Regular Season Lizzie!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker, Doug S., and Sherm, our co-Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time! Congrats all around!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Doug S
4. jswanson
4. Seymour Butts
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
9. cap’n realist
10. Dork

Chit Chat

  • The Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics (officially The Games of the XXXI Olympiad) are tomorrow from beautiful (???) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We are big Olympics fans here in our house but we’re having a difficult time getting excited about them this time. Maybe it’s because the Cubs are keeping our interest this year, unlike most! Maybe it’s the dead bodies washing up on the beaches. Not quite sure. How about you? Will you watch the Olympics? What are your favorite summer Olympic sports? (Fun fact, there are 41 different sports in the Summer Olympics. How many can you name without looking it up? Don’t feel bad, I can come up with about 5 and I’m a big fan! LOL)
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GirlieView (07/21/2016)

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely, and/or interesting 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 2016 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 like the chit chat…reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live Coffee Talk segment…”I’ll give you a topic…Barry Foote was neither a berry, nor a foot…discuss.”
  • Grape Nuts are neither grapes nor nuts.
  • Testicles. Family blog.
  • Malt balls are balls made of malt.
  • I find MLB’s All-Star game to be a joke.
  • Love to chit chat, just ask my wife. “Hi honey, I am home. Did you see the Cubs choke another one away today? First place my fanny. Can I pour you some Redbreast Irish over some rocks? We need Schwarbs honey, I am telling you” Wife- “I’ll take a double”
  • Does she take a double because of the Cubs or because you’re home?
  • Jon Lester is scheduled to make his last start before heading to San Diego this Saturday. Since his blankey is on the 7 day concussion DL, Lester will throw to Willson Contreras and NOT Miguel Montero. I can’t tell you enough how excited this makes me. The training wheels are off for Contreras and the Cubs are beginning to trust him over Montero.
  • I’m pissed that we hit into 17 double plays. Okay, three, but whatever.
  • Peeved – (family site).
  • I’m a Willy fan. (and no, Seymour, that’s not a dick joke)
  • Willy played hard?
  • Batting down in the order is helping Heyward. Wish we’d have thought of that.
  • It’s not fun to write about, and it’s certainly not fun to talk about, which is why Sherm sent me a text last night saying he couldn’t possibly write any thoughts for the post without cursing.
  • 3 days in a row of letting that (insert family acceptable borderline profanity here) Sean Rodriguez hit HRs against us.
  • our TV broadcasts are not very informative.I think the world of Pat Hughes on the radio-side,
  • So for 2 innings they couldn’t understand why bAez just didn’t take the double play in front of him and then come to the conclusion that he is just smarter than everyone else. I wonder if they got call from Thed telling them that bAez is being marketed as a smart player so get with it.
  • I hate Bryan Adams.
  • I don’t know who Bryan Adams is.
  • I love Bryan Adams
  • we’ve seen two distinctly different teams this year. The great one and the really shitty one. I’d settle for a good one from this point forward.
  • Hendricks (and I can’t believe I’m typing this) is the best pitcher of late because he’s executing his plan. If we hit the playoffs tomorrow? I think I’d start HIM.
  • I’ve never been a Baez fan. I’ve always been a Soler fan, but now I am neither. Package them up and make a deal.
  • Soler, unfortunately, is prone to injuries (I’ve never seen anyone out as long with a hamstring pull. Have you?) Baez is prone to stupid.
  • When Eric Fryer was at bat Len said, “So if Fryer goes deep is it a Deep Fryer?” Seriously. Len said that. Probably waited all day
  • Suffice it to say for now, that I am optimistic about this organization, this team and this particular squad. I plan to enjoy the rest of the season, starting with the All Star game tonight. But, as always, I will cultivate a bit of detachment – just enough to protect my psyche, in case the gods do not smile again this year.
  • My sense is that the Cubs will not trade Kyle Schwarber until they give him the chance to show how good he can become in left field. His hitting is too high quality to do otherwise.
  • Let’s just talk about trading bAez, Soler, Montero or Ceasar or Len.
  • After the second straight day of attacks on one of my favorite musicians, I feel it’s important to Make A Stand. These sort of attacks tend to Cut Like a Knife, and though many of you may not be fans, it’s important that he can Depend on Me.
  • Cock Robin was known for their hit song “When Your Heart is Weak” which, as I understand it, continuously plays on a loop in Seymour’s waiting room.
  • Fast forward to September 10th, 2001, I met a tall exceptionally attractive woman on a first date in Manhattan Beach, California. We had a great time for the first half hour or so, but then the conversation lagged. She asked what type of music I was into. I couldn’t admit to Chumbawumba at that point, so I muttered “Bryan Adams.” Turns out SHE LOVED THE GUY! The next day was extremely tragic for all of us, but we decided to keep seeing each other. Three months later, we flew to Vegas to see him live at the Paris Casino on New Year’s Eve. I kicked down for 13th row tickets, the best I could afford. The first 12 rows of the venue were completely empty, the usual Vegas garbage of hanging on to the best seats as a thank you for the worst gamblers. After a single song, he stopped the show and asked the ushers to orderly move everyone 12 rows closer. Initially, they refused, and the head of the casino had to come on stage and meet with him before they’d do it…but he steadfastly said that his fans deserved to be close. We ended up in the front row. The following 4th of July I got engaged to that woman, and 15 years later, Bryan Adams’ music is something we still agree on. Unlike 3rd Eye Blind and Chumbawumba, my marriage and Bryan Adams have stood the test of time. Sure it’s cheesy, and the lyrics are bad, but admit it, you know the words. “I got my first real six string…”
  • Very romantic, Cap’n. And when it comes to the romantic, the regulars on this site could be All Stars. That’s what it takes Cubs fans. You have to be a crazy romantic.
  • Crazy romantic? You’re half right.
  • Move on to the awards post. Baseball geeks talking music can’t end well.
  • The Len Kasper Award goes to VFTB for 3 days of music related headlines during the all star break.
  • As for the bullpen, the near future looks rather grim…pun intended.
  • Stats are great indicators. Another is rise in blood pressure, mine. Grimm and Cahill lead the group in that category.
  • Wasn’t the Cole Hamel no hitter last year the first Sunday game after the All Star break? DejaVu?
  • If Darvish would have done it, would it have been DejaYu? Thanks, I’ll be here all week.
  • Played some baseball IRL yesterday and missed the game. Theriot game… 1-2 with a walk and two errors.
  • I also can’t help saying that it was a gorgeous July night in Chicago. Poetic with a huge moon rising over the right field bleachers. The kind of night that night baseball was made for. I also liked the 6:05 start. Home a little after 9. Nice.
  • I’d prefer to see the pitcher hit, or not hit, as the case may be – and keep that strategy in the game. Not a DH fan.
  • Tough loss. I didn’t like Baez’ bunt. We needed an rbi there. Not another runner.
  • It sure looked like a different pitching rotation this time through, capped off by Jake’s outing last night.
  • When you load the bases against Jeurys Familia, one of the best closers in the game, when he’s not even close to throwing strikes, and then fail to score, you deserve to lose the game.
  • Salad Man steps up in the 9th with the bases loaded with Familia struggling to throw strikes and immediately swings at 2 pitches out of the zone. He wins the Horrible At Bat of the Day award which is pretty hard to do with Miguel Montero in the line up.
  • These are the situations that matter in October, anyone can hit when it is 8-0.

Lizard

  • Do simple better.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout out to Nate Head for his first 2016 Regular Season Lizzie!!!! Way to go!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Sherm, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Brad and Doc Raker gave him a real challenge this time! Thanks for the great commentary gentlemen!

Top 10 of the 2016 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. Sherm
2. Doc Raker
3. Eddie von White
4. Seymour Butts
5. jswanson
6. Doug S
7. Joe Aiello
8. Brad Lyerla
9. cap’n realist
10. Dork

Chit Chat

  • Not that we wouldn’t be talking about this anyway, but on this off-day maybe we can chat about how we’re feeling now that the All Star game is over and the Cubs are back to work. I think we were all a bit frustrated going into the break. How about now, any better?
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