Friday, September 29, 2006
Asked to compare his current situation and the one that precipitated his departure in San Francisco when he and owner Peter Magowan had differences, Baker said it was obvious.
"Well, I was there a lot longer, you know. I thought I'd be here longer. You always think that," he said.
"It's different because at the end in San Francisco I was negotiating from strength on top and here I'm negotiating from a weaker position from the bottom."
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Ø Ryan Theriot deserves a shot at second next year, assuming lack of power is made up for in other places. Rozner quotes an e-mailer who suggests the Cubs go after Andruw Jones in center, which would allow Murton and Theriot to bat one and two in the lineup. The writer says that the Cubs would have to take Tim Hudson and his big contract as well, but that would just fill another spot in the rotation. Intriguing.
Ø Zambrano’s back must have gotten better fast. I always suspected that he wanted to take a few starts off, but then realized that he still had an outside chance at the Cy Young. Plus, he wanted to pump up his offensive numbers.
Ø A-Ram is playing like he wants Scott Rolen money, and he will likely get it somewhere, including here in Chicago. If he does go, though, he will need to be replaced, and A-Rod might be available. Despite the love for Scott Moore, ask Kevin Orie and Gary Scott about being a rookie third baseman for the Cubs.
Ø October 7 will be the biggest day in the Big Ten season, as that is when Indiana will play Illinois for the 11th spot in the conference. With Illinois losing at home to a team that had lost 12 in a row, and Indiana losing to a 1-AA school (albeit a good 1-AA team), it really will be the unstoppable force against the immovable object.
Ø Super Bowl, Super Bears!
Ø Just got an HDTV, and it is fantastic, especially for sports. Even the Cubs look good. Run right out and get one. Now!
Ø Love the null signs for bullet points, don’t you?
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
> Carlos Zambrano had a bad start on Monday, and, realizing he would not win the Cy Young Award, chose to take himself out of the game, and likely for the season. I don’t really mind saving his arm, but it kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And this is coming from the biggest Zambrano fan you will ever find.
> Love the empty seats and no-shows at the ballpark lately. The best message is an announced crowd that is 8000-10,000 more than it looks like in the ballpark.
> Bad List: Freddie Bynum (both at second and at the plate), Juan Pierre getting caught stealing at third, Ryan Dempster, Michael Wuertz, Ronnie Cedeno brain-dead defense and baserunning, Dusty (obviously)
> Good List: Rich Hill (see you in ’07), Matt Murton (a young Ryne Sandberg who will also eventually hit for power) Joe Girardi, Scott Moore, Ron Santo killing Cedeno over his poor play.
> Apparently, this is not about Dusty Baker.
> Stacey Dash was in Playboy, and is very hot. You can see all of the pics here. No charge.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
So, I checked into the Holiday Inn on the south side of Saint Louis, and because I am a member of the exclusive Priority Club, I was given a free drink ticket at the attached bar-staurant, which is part of a chain, I guess.
The place was empty, which I understand as it was the day after Labor Day. There was an older guy who looked like he was on the road like me, and he was watching the Cardinals' game.
I ordered my free drink, a Rum and Diet Coke with a lime, and I took a sip. It was a combination of flat pop and bad booze. The bartender, maybe 55, asked the guy down the bar if he had ever see the TV show, "House." He hadn't. Apparently, the season premiere was that day, and since her boyfriend had died the week before, she was now without a TiVo, and she couldn't run the VCR.
Yikes. Very sad, I thought, and, if asked, I would have told her to put "House" on. I may have been asked, but didn't stay in the bar long enough. I left half of my drink there, and returned to my room, where it was not so sad.
Friday, September 01, 2006
When we traded for him, I was not aware of the reputation of Phil Nevin. I then read him described as peevish, which is synonomous with petulant, irritable, snappish.
Bad for the clubhouse, as there were reports that he told the younger players to be a jerk to the media. For a #1 overall draft pick, he sure has been traded a lot.
As the AP tells us: The Minnesota Twins acquired first baseman Phil Nevin and cash from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a player to be named, a deal made on the final day players must be in an organization to be eligible for postseason play.
He will NOT be missed.