Guys, when it gets too busy or I travel, sometimes I go back to my fav illustrations. This one's from '04, and just one of the reasons I think Carlos Zambrano is one of the most entertaining athletes we'll ever have in Chicago. Anyway, crazy busy. Please keep the comments coming. I'll be back.
Reed Johnson and Kosuke Fukudome. Yeah, they're team-mates, probably be platooning in center for the whole year. But I think we're talking about a couple proud men, and proud men don't like the whole platoon thing no matter how nice a spin anybody wants to put on it, including them. Reed's been putting up pretty nice numbers this spring. Kosuke...I don't know how to fairly judge the WBC competition. He only hit .200 with 7 walks and 4 hits in 20 at bats - he hasn't played nearly the amount of innings (that have stats) as Reed - so I'd rather wait to see what he does when he comes here. This spring has been blissfully free of any clutter or even a big story. The pitchers are throwing well and the batters are hitting the ball and you don't really care about wins and losses unless there are too many losses. But this competition between these two might be pretty interesting. Hopefully Lou finds playing time for Reed as I'm sure Kosuke will get the vast majority of playing time in center now that he's here and so far behind. And Lou wants to see how he does in that coveted 2 hole. Lets watch.
With the Cubs baseball season officially beginning in exactly 2 weeks, you really should think about giving loved ones, co-workers, neighbors, and pets a 2 week notice of resignation from the Off Season. Because at 6:05 on Monday April 6th, your life will change. No longer will you be that pathetic person with no direction in life. You'll know exactly what you're doing at 1:20 on a sunny Thursday afternoon. You'll again know the importance of mustard on a hot dog, of hat removal during our nation's National Anthem, and of course the absolute necessity of flip flops. A couple weeks ago, I found myself in a Lenscrafters getting a new pair of glasses. Spur of the moment, I just suddenly hated my glasses. They have this sign-in thing there, which I didn't notice and apparently this other guy didn't either because we were both sitting in these chairs waiting for someone to help. We had awkward conversation. HE: "You getting glasses?" ME: "Yeah." HE: "How long you been waiting?" ME: "Since October."
You see, I've been thinking about Cubs baseball. Alot. And in 2 weeks, it'll be a real, tangible thing right there on my television, my radio, and my mind. I cannot wait. So anyway, I put a 2 week notice form letter in this post . Do what you're morally obligated to do - print it out, sign it, and give it out. You'll feel so much better doing the right thing.
Well that was kinda like last year when the Cubs would put up all those runs with 2 outs in a big inning. And it was also amazing that it happened when I was sitting in the sun with a cold one and a radio. Plus, they did damage against Sox lefty stud Mark Buehrle. (Soriano's homer musta gona a mile.) Yeah, it's only Spring, but it beats losing in Spring.
In the coming week, Lou said he'll make up his mind on who will be the closer. Marmol or Gregg. Actually, Gregg's looked pretty good. But with all this weird, overblown talk about Marmol's head and the Dominican Republic loss, I would bet that Lou can't not pick Carlos for closer. If he declares Carlos is the set-up guy, it'll open a can of worms about Marmol's head in the press, which will exacerbate the problem. Besides, Carlos' potential seems much greater than Gregg's. And Gregg should be an awesome set-up guy. Ahh, just my guess.
Lastly, the Greg Maddux/Fergie Jenkins double retirement number 31 thing. Even though you couldn't wear one, I bet people would buy these.
So Sean Marshall wins that coveted 5th starter role. Just imagine being part of that rotation? Apparently, he worked his tail off in the off season so he wouldn't be left off, and it paid off. I was wondering what his theme song would be, and I think I have a good one. The Clash. "I fought the law (and the law won)". I'm actually not a theme song guy, but this one rocks, it's fun, and it makes sense.
I like "The Law" as his nickname, too. Len can say, "You won't get a hit here, Manny Ramirez. It's The Law". Or at the start of a broadcast Pat can say, "Tell us about Sean, Ron." and Ron replies, "Well Pat, nobody's been able to break The Law..."
The flu. Rich Harden got scratched yesterday because of it. Milton Bradley had to sit a spell because of it. Seems like there have been others too. I swear by Airborne. You all know I'm afraid of jinxes, and with the flu it's no different so I'm knocking on wood when I say I haven't had the flu forEVER. I travel alot, I'm in meetings alot, we have kids sleeping over alot... plop plop fizz fizz oh keeping the flu away is fun, it is. It even says on the package it works in "sports arenas", and I'm sure that would include clubhouses of professional sports teams from Chicago.
MLB.com. I got the subscription. Another guy at work, Bill Cimino, he's got the same deal for the Blackhawks. They're all hooked up in hi-def, and it's as clear as a movie on your i-pod, only bigger. (Of course lately he's been thinking there's something wrong with the picture every time the Hawks give up another goal but...) MLB.com is about to come out with the hi-def player, and if it's as good as the Hawk's it'll be amazing. Actually, it already is - the picture's a little soft but I can't believe I can get every game (every team), choose the announcers I want to hear, do my own replays...now that's what I want my computer to do. I got it yesterday, and it's all busy at work but I turned it on for a minute and right when I did Reed Johnson took a high fastball out of the park. So of course I'm thinking this thing is good luck, too. Get it if you've got the hundred bucks (for a yearly subscription). That's alot of cash, but well spent I think.
Did you see the list of stuff Crane Kenny put out there regarding Wrigley Field? They're all in a story by Carrie Muskat. Lets look at a couple... Retiring good ole' #31 is a good idea - Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins will get their own flag on May 3rd. Awesome, and I hope I'm lucky enough to be there for that. Looking to the Blackhawks for ideas on how to make Wrigley a better hockey rink is a good idea, but taking their ideas and applying them to baseball maybe not. Specifically, whatever the Hawks did with jumbotrons. Crane is aware of the uniqueness of Wrigley - he even says so in the story. But he kinda hints that they're maybe thinking some more "information" should be available at Wrigley. (again from the story) "On the one side, you have a great number of fans who are fantasy
players who crave statistical information," he said, "and our
hand-operated scoreboard doesn't provide much, particularly about the
other games that are occurring, and there's no replay capability." So, that means if you're busy looking at statistical information and scores from other games rather than watching the Cubs play, you'll sure need that jumbotron to replay the play you just missed because you were looking at that other stuff. Am I just being an old stick in the mud? I don't think so - I like to go to the park and watch the game, that's all. So while I understand the talk, I just hope it doesn't happen. You want all the stats and other scores, get an i-phone. Okay...concerts at Wrigley. I know it messes up the field, but I do think this is cool. It would be alot cooler with something maybe a little more compelling than Elton and Billy, but to be able to see a concert outdoors in a Chicago neighborhood is just a unique and potentially wonderful experience. The indoor/outdoor bar next to the Harry statue. This is so common sense I cannot believe they haven't done it yet. Crane talked about this at the convention, and it should be another one of those pretty fun but too-crowded-to-go-into bars for before/after games. And a great place for rain delays. Lets hope the bathrooms are better than Bernie's. There's more stuff to talk about - mostly the sale of the team, but this post is too long already. Overall, however, I think there are some good things going on at my favorite park.
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