Friday, December 15

Christ.

Alright, people, I swear we'll be back in 2007, like maybe the end of January? Things kinda died around here, much like the hopes and dreams and performance of our terrible franchise.


However, the future looks bright. We overspent for a bunch of players, we're trying to finagle a few trades, and at least we're trying. We have a new manager, a new lineup, a fresh-looking rotation [Jason Marquis? Christ, pass me the Tums], and fresh hope.


After writing all that, I think I need fresh underwear.

16 Comments:

At 2:04 PM, Blogger David Stefanini said...

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At 5:26 PM, Blogger Jim said...

JT!!!

Did they let you out of the psych ward? Good to see you blogging again.

 
At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Nice to have you back. But there isn't much to rant about until at least March, unless you're interested in talking about the 28-million-dollar man: Jason Marquis. And that "40-40" guy, aka. another .325 OBP leadoff man. Anyway, good to see you broke out.

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Jim said...

The latest rumor is that Lou Pineapple is a dummy. Any truth to that? Does a manager have to be smart to win?

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Does Floyd coming to New York mean that Murton will be stuck in a platoon role? According to Carrie Muskat, no. But then again, she sounds more and more like a PR mouthpiece every week. Thoughts?

Oh, and I'd have to say Lou Piniella is dumb, if he actually didn't think of putting Soriano in center field until some fan suggested it at the Cubs convention.

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

We'd have a great offense now that the moves have been made, if only we could substitute Floyd for DeRosa, and Marquis for Izturis.

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous lazlo said...

SPRING TRAINING IS HERE! For pitchers and catchers at least. It looks like Soriano, or at least somebody advising Soriano, is trying to make a good impression by showing up early. Kerry Wood has already given us a freak injury for the list. As it stands, I now see:

Sammy's Sneeze
Prior's Tackle
Zambrano's Instant Messaging Cramps
Zambrano hit by Cora's Fungo
Barrett's Intrascrotal Hemmoraging
Wood's Bathtub Bruises

Not to mention the many batting practice oblique pulls, etc.

Still, professionals are playing baseball in the States again, and it won't be too long until we can check the scores and stats on games that ultimately count for nothing.

Piniella says the Cubs will break camp with 12 pitchers, so assuming that the following are guaranteed spots on the lineup:

Barrett
Blanco
Lee
Ward
DeRosa
Izturis
Ramirez
Jones
Soriano
Murton
Floyd

who gets the remaining two spots (feel free to check my math), out of:

Theriot
Cedeno
Pagan
Moore
Perez

and anyone else I might be forgetting?

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

Starting to look like Wade Miller is going to get that 5th spot in the rotation. I was looking forward to Guzman, but hopefully he'll get his shot soon.

With Guzman, Marshall, Miller and Prior, I'm really wondering why Lilly and Marquis belong on the team. Lets hope they both pitch well and show me why they belong, but I'd still prefer our young guys get their chances.

It would seem to me that the problem with the staff is that we have one ace, three solid veteran back of the rotation types (Lilly, Marquis, Miller), and a bunch of young guys (Hill, Guzman, Miller), plus an unknown quantity in a "rehabbing" Prior. Do we have a real #2 or #3? Well, if Hill fulfills potential, that's one, and if Prior comes back, then yeah, and if Lilly, Marquis or Miller improve drasticaly, sure, but those are big "if"s.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Jim said...

PLAY BALL!!!

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous lazlo said...

Tribune company to be sold, Z extends deadline (talks are close), and baseball starts again! Also, Carpenter gave up 5 earned runs in 6 innings last night, which is fantastic from my perspective.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

By the way, end of January, huh? I believe the season has started.

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

Rich Hill looking good, and DeRosa, Izturis, and Cedeno are making Gerald Perry look really good in the early going.

 
At 2:09 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Theriot is rioting up a storm, but where's the rest of the team?

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

Better yet, where is the Lingering Bursitis crew? Everyone is MIA.

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous lazlo said...

For those of you still wondering about what Mark Prior's problems have been of late, there was an interesting article in today's Hardball Times by Carlos Gomez. If you are at all interested in how bloggers tend to break down pitching mechanics, check it out. http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/breaking-down-the-broken-down-a-video-analysis-of-mark-prior/

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

Prior out until at least 2008, Kerry Wood still has severe tendinitis, but the Cubs won today, and Theriot played short—something I'd like to see more often. Pie had some hits too, but still looks like he's going to swing at everything.

 

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