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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Hang in there, Tim! Baseball is just around the corner!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on It could be worse, Bears Fans. at Cubby-Blue
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I may have this wrong, but it is how I remember it... During the second half (I believe) of the Bears/Saints game, Gruden (whom I can't stand) gave a short rant of how the coaches have to stand behind Cutler and win with him, just like the Packers coaches had to figure out how to win with Favre. A few minutes later the play by play guy asks Gruden what the Bears should do. Gruden says, I would see what Clausen can do. It sure would be awesome if the Bears beat the Lions.
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Jeff's in the middle of a two year contract with the Marlins. He makes 2.1 mil next year. The player we got for Jeff (along with some cash) was Marcelo Carreno. Marcelo is 23 and pitched in this fall's Arizona rookie league where he started 3 games pitching 5.2 innings with a 4.76 era and a 1.765 whip. The Cubs got Jeff by trading Al Alburquerque to the Rockies. A year and four months later, the Rockies granted him free agency. In 2014 he was 28 years old in the Tiger's bullpen pitching 57.1 innings with a 2.51 era and a 1.169 whip. Just three and a half months to go!
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I think a case can be made that, up to this point of the rebuild, Bosio has been the Most Valuable Person. I still think he is the best pitching coach the Cubs have had in the last fifty years. When they hired Maddon, my first thought was "Do we still get to keep Bosio?" The Wizard of Bos!! I love it.
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Ha! I'd forgotten all about the camper. WS? Not yet. But serious contention for playoffs. I believe. (they might still miss the playoffs...the problem with sports is that there are a bunch of other teams that may have something to say about it...but they will seriously contend) Definitely an exciting season ahead wherein the young guys get serious schooling in what it takes to achieve serious winning.
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I welcome the return of the Victory Chicklet. It is still a great idea. On a similar note, how is it possible that Dove Chocolate does not sell a Dove chocolate turtle during the holidays?
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Tim, is that an actual photo taken at a rest stop "just outside Illinois" (which surely must mean in Indiana, right?) It just does not look like anything I've ever seen at a rest stop (and I've browsed brochures at many a one.)
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I agree completely. My EXPECTATION for 2015 is good Cubs baseball and serious contention for a wild card at the least. With or without Lester.
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I watched the first half and figured the second half would not be all that interesting. Then I checked in on it about mid fourth quarter to see that I was right but just as the Bears started a comeback, so I kept it on. Oh well. I assume there is no way Trestman is still the coach next year. Right? Comsuck. LOL!
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Mountains at night are a trip. And you miss the scenery! I don't care a whit where Samardzija pitches next year.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Tim! Thanks for another great year of Cubby Blue.
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I think this means that since they did not get Martin, they want to give Castillo every opportunity to improve. And with that ad for Blanco, who else would you call?
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The first thing that I thought about was "'Shipload' seems kind of awkward there. Why not 'boatload'? That's the word I use. I wonder why Tim uses 'shipload' instead of 'boatload'. But then, I'm a bit slow. Either way, Lester will be wealthy. I'm still pulling for the Cubs to sign him, but if they don't, well, no one thought they had much of a staff going into last year and they were great. So who knows?!?!
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Wasn't the weather bad when Tanaka (sp?) visited last year?
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The day will come, no doubt, when we see a player we like get moved. But I don't think that day is here yet. Maybe towards the middle of the season. In the meantime, it will take a lot of middle infielders to change a light bulb. You know, because I am so in touch with the Cubs inner offices...
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Tired of reading your stuff!?!?! Ha! Not likely. And yeah, now that you mention it, it does feel a bit awesome to unsubscribe.
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In my memory, all the great coaches of old were very stone faced during the game. You'd never know how things were going by looking at them. But you had no difficulty sensing that they had no trouble getting the team to play with passion and heart. Trestman has the stone face down pretty good (well, at least early on), but there was no passion on the field. I will be shocked if he returns as the coach next year.
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I have to admit, I feel pretty good about tonight. But as you say, when everyone thinks the Bears will lose....
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There's this: http://www.cubby-blue.com/my_weblog/2014/04/what-would-it-be-like-to-be-rick-renteria-today.html
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It is hard to imagine a better press conference. I liked Renteria, but this guy appears to be light years beyond anyone that has ever managed the Cubs (well, in my memory). Speaking in a completely relaxed and unguarded manner, he hit all the points and said all the right things and failed to misspeak. Then he buys the next round. He is one impressive individual. This is really getting REAL. Another first (great) drawing of how many to come....
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I guess you would not like me as a neighbor. The city posts the schedule of when they will pick up leaves. I rake the weekend before (three days ago, and more today). I see no point in raking up piles of leaves that then sit for a week or two (still getting blown around.) I do love the poem though! For as long as I wait, other neighbors miss the city pickup entirely.....
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on Raking leaves is a team sport. at Cubby-Blue
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I hate day light savings time. And I sure do not want to turn back the Cubs' clock! Great post and painting no matter who T Rex is.
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Here is the Google ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSGHZ4YHP54
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Yeah, if the Giants win it, I think Madison wins MVP. Maybe Lincecum will come up huge in one of the next two. Then you can say your Spidey Sense is just getting ahead of itself.
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Yeah, this is a good World Series. Last night was great. And game 4 tonight had, for me, a strong feeling of a game 7. San Fran seemed to play like it was an elimination game. This is the most attention I've paid to the post season in awhile. I think it is because I expect to see the Cubs there soon.... I do not know anything about Maddon, but lots of people seem to consider him the best manager in baseball. So I guess I would be happy to see him manage the Cubs. It is hard for me to see someone like Renteria lose his job. I think he did pretty good for his first year...but Maddon is hard to pass up if they can get him. Sorry, but I do not understand your illustration. Off topic.... I swear the first several times the Bedweiser ad (with the guy coming home to his dog) ran with me in the room, I had the impression that the ad was a PETA (or similar org) ad trying to get people to not leave their poor dog at home alone all night just so they could party. Even after understanding the point of the ad, it still comes across to me as "Why would you not come home to your poor dog?" Another ad that I am amused by is Google's "How big is the Grand Canyon" ad. The guy asks Google "How big is the grand canyon?" Google answers with "The Grand Canyon National Park is....." The man did not ask how big the Park is, he asked how big the canyon is and Google gets it wrong. Then they feature that in an ad!! Ha!
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