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You live long enough and you learn the one constant in life... shit happens. Something as enjoyable and addictive as being a baseball fan seems innocent enough - a good place to "escape" the shit that's happening in this world. Then shit happens to baseball (again). All I can say Tim is that I've enjoyed baseball, our Cubs and your Cubby Blue-isms for over 10 years. It hurts to see baseball's self-destructive tendencies unfolding with multi-millionaires squabbling with billionaires over what should simply be a pristine game. But perhaps your ability and opportunity to take your art talent (and whimsy) to a wider audience is a karma-like outcome. We MLB fans know that guys with talent do just fine wherever they take their game. Welcome to free-agency Tim! Let's try to stay in touch???
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2022 on Baseball Lockout: MLBlah Blah Blah at Cubby-Blue
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Three levels of "fandom": 1. I'm a fan. 2. I'm NOT a fan. 3 I'm a pissed off and disappointed fan. Lot's of us are going to be #3's next year. I'm likely one of them.
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Hmmm - NASCAR??? Why not? I remember the 1994 strike and what it did to baseball fandom (me included). Like your brother, it took me years to even want to attend another MLB game. Another protracted strike/lockout combined with what our Cubs did to blow up our team last year would again take me years to recover from . And I don't have that many years...
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Oops...it was 6-0 Ravens!
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Sunday 11/21 Ravens @ Bears - 3-0 Ravens, midway through the 3rd Q Question: Can a veteran QB win his job back in two plays? Answer: Yes (especially if the Bears decide that JF is now "injured") Diagnosis: He was having a shitty game....
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Hi Tim...been away for a while (even though I still follow CB pretty regularly). I'd take back Bryant in a minute. And I'd take Baez in maybe 1/2 a minute! Why? Well IMHO, there's no on the field performance stat that outweighs supplemental leadership contributions in the locker room and in the community. Winning teams have cohesiveness and leadership, not just from 1-4PM on game days, but ALL the time. You want the young guys to look up to the veterans and say "THAT'S... the player I want to be!" Money sometimes obscures all these considerations. But in the end, after the contracts are signed, you need to have a "TEAM". And where I come from, winning teams are a collection of like-minded individuals with leadership, commitment and a sense of something bigger than themselves. And while I'm at it, a sleeper free agent (whom I've met) is Michael Conforto. Cool guy, good outfielder, better than good hitter, and 100% team player. So, since I'm thinking about RF, I have to ask...what's with Jason Heyward... he's not on the depth chart??? Let's have a "TEAM" again in 2022... none of this "long-term rebuilding" crap!
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Half a loaf is better than none? So, OK...the Ass-tros are in. But at least we still have the Braves to root for. I'd be a LOT more enthusiastic for Atlanta if they'd just make one change... Get rid of that stupid, racist, annoying Oh...Oh...Oh tomahawk chop chant!!! Good Lord...it's bad enough if the fans generate it on their own. But the Braves organist actually prompts them throughout the game. So we got rid of Chief Wahoo, the fighting Illini Chief, the Redskins, the Redmen and many others, but we still have this annoying "tomahawk chop" chant used by the Braves, KC Chiefs, and Florida State. It's time to get rid of these throwback chants and just get on with playing the games. OK...off my high horse. Go Atlanta...no chants necessary!
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If you can't root FOR someone, you have no choice but to root AGAINST some others. This is the current situation for we Cubs fans. Maybe next year???
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If there's a baseball God still on duty in this postseason, the Dodgers and Astros will BOTH end up on the trash heap! Yes, these are two teams I thoroughly despise: 1. Big LA money + media-financed swaggering franchise, buying up every guy who might/maybe help them someday to please their late-arriving, early leaving, sushi and chardonnay (sacrilegious) ballpark fare consuming, fake pseudo fans. 2. Despicable team with a choo-choo train in the outfield playing in a ballpark named after orange juice that used to have a hill in the outfield, now home to trashcan banging cheaters (who may still be cheating, just not as blatantly) with an owner who basically said that the cheating really didn't matter and caused "no harm" to baseball. Red Sox vs. Atlanta would be fine with me (except for the "tomahawk chant", that is)
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Dodgers (best team money can buy) beat the Giants last night... game ended on an absolute horseshit check swing 3rd strike call. Where's the accountability for umpires who make these wrong calls that decide, not just a game... but a playoff series??? Now (Friday evening) the Ass-tros are leading the Red Sox 5-3 in the bottom of the 8th. And I'm praying... Please Lord - do NOT give us a WS between the two baseball teams I most despise... Ass-tros and the Dodgers. Cheatball vs. Moneyball... yech!!!
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I've got a good buddy, Rob (fellow retiree). He lives just 2 doors up from me. He's from Peoria, IL. His two favorite MLB teams? 1. White Sox 2. Cardinals He sat in my home and watched the Cubs win game 7 of the 2016 WS. I insisted he wear a Cubs hat and he did, on one condition: If the Cardinals or White Sox get to the playoffs, I'll have to wear whichever hat and root for HIS team. Why did I agree??? Now, the WORST outcome to this train-wreck of a baseball season becomes a possibility. I may end up wearing one of two enemy hats in the 2021 WS (or both?). I've already decided who I'd root for. Go Chicago. P.S. Can the Bears ever not suck again in my lifetime?
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2021 on The last Cubs game at Wrigley of 2021 at Cubby-Blue
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I'm back... Watching every game, every inning, every at bat, every pitch. Why did I stop watching for a few weeks? Simple - it was killing me, watching games that I now fully expected to lose. Why did I start watching again? Simple - I'm getting to the point where, although I may not yet EXPECT the Cubs to win, I believe they have a real chance to win. It seems there's something magical about that Cubs uniform, Wrigley and the fans. I think it changes ballplayers approach to the game - see Schwindel, Wisdom, Ortega, Duffy, Hermasillo, et al. Maybe there's a Rizzo, Bryant or Baez in there? Let's watch and see.
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Welcome to the business of baseball... they're counting on us. Not "US" exactly. It's our wallets they're counting on. In the short run (which continues through the end of this year) they know they've already banked our dough. Tickets were sold long ago (when we thought we had a shot). How many tickets?... witness the announced "attendance" for the 3 recent games vs. the Sox: 39,539, 40,413 and 39,412. That's FULL capacity folks! But, if you watched the games, you had to see that there were at least 10-15% empty seats (for the White Sox!) So we're talking roughly 6,000 bought and paid for tickets that couldn't produce a trip to the ballpark. If that were to be a precursor of future ticket sales reductions, a conservative estimate of $120 revenue per fanny in the stands translates to a $720K revenue loss per game, or roughly $60M per year. What a coincidence... that's about what we were paying Rizzo, Bryant, Baez and Kimbrel! They think "we'll get over it" and continue to fill Wrigley in 2022 and beyond. But I'm not so sure. When people who already own the tickets won't come to the cross-town rivalry game (or can't even scalp them for 1/2 price), I don't think those same folks will be burning up the phone lines to get 2022 tickets. That's the real risk ownership is taking... "will they still pay for a degraded product?" Winning ballgames is an afterthought. All they really want to win is you. And your wallet.
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I’m searching for a pony in yesterday’s pile of horseshit. So I just got done perusing the Baseball Reference page for Caleb Kilian - the 24 year-old AA pitcher we got from SFG yesterday. His numbers are freaking amazing! The guy is a control pitcher - ERA around 2.5 with less than one walk and more than ten KO’s per 9 innings. Seems like a young Kyle Hendricks??? Of course, there are a LOT of guys whose numbers look “freaking amazing” at AA - but we can dream, right?
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2021 on The Cubs are a different team now. at Cubby-Blue
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One of my first introductions to the "money wins over emotional market considerations" philosophy was when General Motors dropped the Oldsmobile brand in 2004. People who loved that car were shocked. My buddy and next door neighbor's father had a 1959 Olds 98 that we thought was the coolest car ever. To me and my buddies, owning an Olds was an aspirational goal. No matter. To GM, it was just a financial decision. Customer affinity for the brand was secondary to practical decisions based on cash flow, future projected costs, net profits etc., etc. And so, they pulled the plug and Oldsmobile was no more. Ask a 20 year-old today what they think about the Oldsmobile and they'll look at you as if you're nuts. The Ricketts et al know this too. Ask a 20 year-old Wrigley-loving Cubs fan in 2025 what they think about the Cubs giving up on Rizzo, Bryant, Baez and Kimbrel back in 2021 and you'll get the same reaction. Who??? They knew that today. We don't matter. I know that today as well.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2021 on The Cubs are a different team now. at Cubby-Blue
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I have no words. Tears yes...but words no. I thought we were in for a disassembly of "the core". I was prepared for Bryant and Kimbrel. By the end of the day, they'll probably be gone too. Maybe even Baez. Who's safe? Nobody
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I can pretty much guarantee that if "I'm weird" Garrett throws one tight, with even a hint of intent, he'll be tossed. AND he were to hit someone, he'd be suspended. And I can also guarantee that you won't ever see him taking an at bat - at least not against the Cubs. BTW...while I'm at it, when a pitcher is suspended, say for "5 games", it should be for as many games as would normally span 5 appearances. Use his appearance history YTD to make the determination.
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First things first. Chafin is gone. The first of how many? The only thing that saved me this evening, after 4 hours of two teams that were competing to see who could leave the most runners on base, was the glorious ending. I couldn't have written a better script. Bases loaded, tie game, bottom of the 9th and the Reds bring in psycho-wacko Amir Garrett, the barking clown who almost came to blows with Javy earlier this year. So naturally, Ross puts in Javy. They're mouthing off to each other before Amir even throws his first pitch. Javy looks FOCUSED... as sure he's gonna win this game as any player I've ever seen. One pitch. One angry swing. Deep ball to CF... and it's OVER!!! Amir Garrett...you just got PUNKED!!!
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We've reached the point where the biggest consideration for teams (and we fans) is which players are in their "walk year", which teams may want to "rent them" for 3 mos., and how many borderline prospects (future trade fodder) we can get in exchange. What ever happened to developing talent and keeping it? I guess I'm an old fogie... but this isn't the baseball that I grew up with. Right now, I couldn't name 10 guys I can expect to be playing for the Cubs next year. They just figure we'll keep watching, buying tickets and loving our team....whoever they may be. My give-a-shit-o-meter is running pretty close to zero right now!
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2021 on Pederson traded. It begins. at Cubby-Blue
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June 30, 2021 - turning point? What the hell is a "turning point" anyway? Well, it's usually identified in retrospect rather than forward-spect. This much I know: Wednesday's 15-7 debacle at Milwaukee will retrospected ad nauseam. So I'm going first with a guess as to how that embarrassment ought to affect the rest of the season...and perhaps the next 3-4 years for our Cubs. Operative words: "OUGHT to" I don't know how much a shameful team ass-kicking motivates players to turn things around. I honestly don't know if a MLB player can hit better, pitch better, run better, defend better, etc. because he's now super-motivated. But if there ever was a reason for player(s) to turn it up a notch (or two or three) it has to be having blown a 7-zip 1st inning lead while looking like a demoralized, out-of-it collection of over-matched minor-leaguers for 8-1/2 innings. So here's my "forward-spect". If we don't wake up and start looking like a legitimate contender over the next 28 days the fire sale and tinkering will resume. And I'm afraid that's the more likely scenario. There will be other Kyle Schwarbers
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Agreed...we sure could use a reliable starting pitcher and a catcher right now. Maybe guys like Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini??? What'd we get for them? Funny...I just can't remember right now.
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Yup...this old person can't stop talking about it already! And then how about taking game 2 on Saturday? Will Sunday be an encore? Why not? P.S. Loved the bucket of Kentucky Fried Cardinals...perfect!
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Tim!!! I just had to hop on to CB this AM to satisfy my curiosity. How the hell will Tim Souers find a way to create a visual of what el Mago just did??? Well sir - you did it! A picture is worth a thousand words!!! I swear, Javy is inside the head of most MLB players: Oh shit, it's HIM!!! Should I try to tag him? What if he does that dipsy-do off-hand to the bag switch? Oh boy...I've got this base stolen! But wait...oh shit, it's HIM! I better slide waaaay off the bag and then, um and then? Oh shit I missed the bag!!! Son-of-a-bee! What's that clown up to NOW? Is he really gonna try to steal home? I better hurry up and deliver this pitch. Oh shit! It's a GD wild pitch - @%*&@!!! OK "el Mago" - 2 strikes. You're finished! Here comes your sucker-pitch - low and away, out-of-the-zone! Holy shit... he HIT that freakin ball! Holy shit...a HR on THAT pitch!!! It just ain't fair! No it's not fair guys. It's magic!!!
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I watched every minute. The fact that you were there makes me more than just jealous...it makes me super-happy for you! Sorry about not getting the PA announcer gig, but the "new guy" (name?) sounded pretty darn good. You gotta be born with a voice like that! Anyway, what a nice game. I'm absolutely certain that this was the first time I was EVER happy to see an opposing player hit a dinger. I think I yelled 'SCHWARBS!!!" The Rizzo super-casual play at first on Lester was hilarious! The Hoerner play on the bases loaded rocket by Castro was as smooth and athletically-gifted as any I've seen in a LONG time!.. not sure, but it may have saved the game, IMHO. And finally, it's been a long time since I saw a Cubs pitcher I never heard of (Tommy Nance) make a 9th inning look like a piece of cake: 11 pitches, 9 strikes, ZERO nerves! This guy is 30 years old? If he throws anything like that for the rest of his career, those Independent league games (and salary) will be a distant memory for him! Sure would be nice to go win 5 or 6 in a row and lay claim to 1st place! We can dream...
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OH God...that collision scared the shit out of me! Who would have thought that it was Hoerner who ends up on the IL? Hopefully not for long... But how about today's doubleheader sweep vs. Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer at Wrigley? Just clutch performances all around. Javy's HR to tie it was phenomenal. But David Bote's 2-strike walk-off clutch hit may have been even better! Enjoy it. This may be the last year you'll ever get to see Brizzo and Javy and Wilson and J-Hey in a Cubs uniform. And you better believe KB is gonna get PAID! Just not by the Dodgers... PLEASE!!!
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