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That’s a picture of Eddie Vedder, Theo Epstein, and Chris Chelios at a Cubs’ fantasy camp from Vine Line. I want to go to there.

  • Baseball America’s John Manuel says if the Cubs managed to land both Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler (something he calls “a good fantasy” (it’s unlikely, by virtue of the number of suitors, but don’t let that response fool you – the Cubs absolutely want to try and get both)), he would put Cespedes as the team’s top prospect, and would put Soler in at number five, behind Cespedes, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez.
  • Speaking of Rizzo, Keith Law says drawing any conclusions about his hitting ability from a short stint in the bigs last year as a 21-year-old is “pretty damn silly.” And, speaking of Jackson, Law subscribes to the theory that Jackson’s high K rate is going to be a problem for him in the bigs.
  • Buster Olney discusses yet another consequence of the new CBA, which, by limited the dollars teams can spend on the amateur side, necessarily shifts dollars to the big league payroll: small market home-grown talent is less likely to sign a team-friendly long-term extension early, instead preferring to take their chance of getting big bucks in free agency. With a further skewing of what big markets can pay versus what small markets can pay, young players may be more willing to forgo security, and take their chances.
  • NESN’s Didier Morals is asked about whether the Red Sox might get Starlin Castro or another big-time shortstop from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein. To his credit, Morals says Castro isn’t going to happen (but then founders his credibility by saying, “I’m not sure the Red Sox would want to inherit Starlin Castro’s baggage as he deals with sexual assault allegations” (yes, I’m sure the Red Sox would pass on a FREE STARLIN CASTRO)), and doesn’t think someone of Javier Baez’s caliber would happen either. You’re right, Morals. Well done.
  • Former Cubs minor leaguer Smaily Borges has been suspended for 50 games after refusing to take a drug test, and there are certain presumptions that follow from there. Why did you do it, Smaily?! You had the name to be a star. You had everything.
  • Tony Campana was interviewed by FanGraphs, and, while most of it is fluffy, I loved this answer by Campana to a question about the nature of Wrigley Field: “I think that Wrigley is actually kind of a horrible hitter’s park. I bet that on seven days out of ten, the wind is blowing in. When the wind is blowing out, it’s unbelievable. You can hit a home run on a pop fly. But most of the time the wind is blowing in, so you have to keep the ball out of the air. I think it’s a ballpark more conducive to the speed game.” I loved the answer not necessarily because I agree with it (I like lefty power plays quite well at Wrigley), but because Campana clearly has a future in politics. Dude knows how to steer a discussion in his favor.
  • BECAREFUL

    This site is fine. Its always the same people typing the same thing. Next week the same hero worship They throw the same insults when someone new disagrees and the argument always ends in Theo we trust. Same person always types about miss /use of grammar . middle finger salute . sorry about the grammar. Who is at third base? How many pitchers will be on the DL Why is Ricketts being Cheap. Who is this manager? .Challenge the new Cub President . Only site that writes poems of Theo double speak.

  • Kill Whytee

    ehhhhh not trying to be innapropriate/criminal, it’s just a movie quote from Mike Donnelly. But holy shit this guy’s on another planet…of 6 year olds. I dig this site for sure. I don’t usually comment, but this guy’s making my brain hurt.

  • Kill Whytee
  • Tommy

    I miss Whytee.

    Do you think he misspelled his name on purpose?

    • Kill Whytee

      hahahaah I dig your style Thomas. Whytee is either super clever or has an extra chromosome.

      • Rick Vaughn

        Special either way.

      • WGNstatic

        I find your sense of humor to be incredibly stupid and offensive. “an extra chromosome” you disgust me.

        • Kill Whytee

          Go fish. Not gonna explain myself to you.

          • WGNstatic

            Explain? What the hell do you have to explain? Seems pretty obvious that you decided to insult Whytee by insinuating that he has Down syndrome.

            • Kill Whytee

              I find your general demeanor overly sensitive and prematurely judgemental. You dont know me or where my comments come from. If you don’t like it, dont read it or go fish.

              • WGNstatic

                You are right, I don’t know you, and I am probably glad that I do not. Do you know anyone with Down syndrome? Would you like to say to my daughter’s face “boy that poster is so dumb that he reminds me of you?”

                Am I sensitive? You bet your ass I am and I am not about to apologize for it.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Here is why we need to be careful with what you say, working with students of all levels and skills I can promise everyone that i would never compre my students to Whytee. Everyone please think before you post insults. Have a great night and play nice.

              • MichiganGoat

                It’s a sensitive issue if you deal with individuals with down syndrome and when you use it as an insult for someone as disgusting as Whytee it suggest that all people with down syndrome is as foolish as Whytee. I understand you were trying to be humorous but sometimes we have to understand and be cautious of the insults we use.

            • Tommy

              Yeah, I gotta say, I really doubt that he meant anything against people with Downs Syndrome when he said that. Intent is what matters, and I don’t think his intent was to insult anyone other than Whytee.

              • WGNstatic

                I get that he was trying to insult Whytee. Fine, good riddance to Whytee. But, if the intent is to insult someone, and the method to do that is to compare them to someone with Down syndrome… yeah, that is offensive. Sorry, but some shit just needs to be called out.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Agreed, we must be careful of the words we choose regardless of the intent.

                • Tommy

                  You probably could have made your point and got it across much better without being rude. By using your approach, all you did was alienate and not help encourage anyone to want to change their behavior. I don’t see how you’ve handled yourself any better, personally.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    Tommy be the better person here, a joke was made that insults many people and rightly so. WGN did nothing wrong except stand up for a daughter, as any parent would do.

                    • WGNstatic

                      thank you

                  • WGNstatic

                    Look, I am normally quite measured in my response to such comments. But “Kill Whytee” thought he was being quite clever with his “extra chromosome” comment. Like I said, sometimes you have to call a shitty comment a shitty comment.

                    I will guarantee that there is some Cubs fan out there with Down syndrome who reads this blog. Think about how he feels reading that comment?

                    Great site. Great Cubs commentary, but I would hope that it could be a community that could be a bit more sensitive.

                    • Rick Vaughn

                      Drop it bro. You made your point. I’m sure he’ll be more careful in the future, as I hope we will all be. Sometimes people slip up when they’re not filtering out the everyday slang or references they use with friends that others may find offensive.

                      I actually work with a couple of kids with down’s syndrome. Even have an awesome unique handshake with one of them. Puts a smile on my face the way he lights up when he sees me.

                      And don’t say “shit”. I find that offensive.

                    • Kill Whytee

                      Agreed agreed and agreed. But why are you not offended by my username (which I linked to a movie line and a user of this site) which has historical racial relevance? Are people who use the term ‘gay’ all homophobic biggots?

                      I’m with you though, not cool for me to assume that posting that was OK. My bad.

                      My personal opinion is that these phrases and the English language evolve at a hell of a rate, has created a mess, still not right. Additionally, whether I know anybody in any of these categories doesn’t legitimize anything from either direction. “It’s ok, It’s ok, I have a gay friend” doesnt work.

                      Time to drink.

                    • WGNstatic

                      I appreciate your apology.

                      Let me just say that, no, using the word gay does not, in and of itself, make one a homophobic biggot. However, just like making comments like yours, those words do have consequences. This isn’t about being the PC police, this is about making people more aware of the of the impacts of their words.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Kill Whytee I assume your name is a tonight only reference and the movie reference is classic, but I urge to to have another name (or go back to the name you used) tomorrow. Otherwise you will constantly have tO explain your handle.

                    • Kill Whytee

                      Yeah Goat, I definitely planned on changing it in the morning as of course it is pretty shotty without the earlier thread, will post new handle on this thread as to not be a chickenshit about the conversation above. Probably will just stick to reading from now on anyway.

                    • Doug

                      OK. I think everyone gets it. We all need to calm down now. It is clear that no offense was meant.

                      It’s time to change the subject.. There is no point in beating a dead horse.
                      Damn…That comment will probably bring on a chain of remarks from animal activists.

                    • Rick Vaughn

                      Doug – That noise was soooo January 27th bro. Move on, live in the now.

                    • WGNstatic

                      I will simply conclude with this vldeo:

                      LINK

                      I would simply ask that people think about the words they use when they are insulting people. I know that the intent was not to hurt anyone with Down syndrome, or those of us who love them, but, words do matter.

                      This is not “noise” and I am not “beating a dead horse”.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    the honey badger is my new hero. to hell with bees, to hell with cobra venom, just get out of my way… im hungry!

    • Tommy

      That’s cause honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t give a shit!

      • Rick Vaughn

        When did we start referring to Milton Bradley as the honey badger?

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          he only resembles a honey badger when hes taking on fans

  • BetterNews

    What is it with Keith Law? He says not to draw conclussions about Rizzo’s performance in the Big’s because he is only 22 years old and then turns around and critcizes Brett Jackson for striking out to much at the age of 23. Yo Keith, let’s look at Jackson’s numbers @ AAA Iowa.

    .297 AVG.
    .388 OBP
    .551 SLUGGING
    .939 OPS
    16% WALK RATE

    These are upper echelon numbers my friend. And the fact is he improved @ AAA. Who is to say based on his numbers he won’t continue to get even better? Get your “blinders” off Keith.

    • KCubsfan

      I agree with Law because with Rizzo you have to take into account the fact he lost a year or so battling cancer. Jackson has some holes in his swing that he may or may not be able to correct but his physical skills are still impressive.

      • BetterNews

        KCub-Don’t know what you mean by holes in his swing. If you look throughout baseball history, so many of the greats had “unique” twists to their swing.

        • KCubsfan

          The Path that his swing takes into the hitting zone is vulnerable to certain pitches and locations. It is not unusual and every hitter has some but Jackson’s are a little bigger then some. He makes it up with his pitch selection and eye at the plate, but he will most likely be a 270 to 280 hitter with a ton of walks and Ks.

          • BetterNews
            • KCubsfan

              I am not saying he has a bad swing its just one that as some holes and it is possible to make adjustment to to make the holes smaller.

              • BetterNews

                I guess I just get irked when it comes to Jackson being so quickly criticized. I have heard a lot of Jackson/ Colvin comparisons and that is just not fair, the two aren’t even remotely comparable. Not saying you compared them, but quite a few people have.

                • KCubsfan

                  I agree totally Jackson has a much better command of the Strike zone. He wont chase pitches out of the zone, will he strike out yes but the pitcher will have to work to get it. He is one of my personal favorite met him at the Futures game 2 years ago. Great kid sign a much of stuff for me and my daughters. So no I am not dogging him just giving a realistic view of the player.

            • Rick Vaughn

              Skipped right to number 1 on that list just to make sure it was Griffey. Sweetest swing I’ve ever seen. Like gravy on mashed potatoes.

              • KCubsfan

                It was the prettiest I have ever seen. I really like Will Clark’s swing too though.

              • BetterNews

                Rick-The rumors are really starting to crank up about Smarj being in the rotation, possibly # 3! What’s your take on this?

                • Rick Vaughn

                  I’d love to see the Shark in the rotation. If this was a team with a chance to win next year I’d be all about Garza/Dempster/Wells/Wood/Maholm/volstad combination. I think those are our best five or six starters right now. But since it’s a rebuilding year, I’d honestly rather see the Shark and some other younger guys (except Casey Coleman) get some starts.

                  • BetterNews

                    I take it you don’t like Coleman?

                  • BetterNews

                    I could easily picture Smarj taking over Wells position! I was realy worried about him him for awhile, be he has since turned things around Big time. Posted some of the best numbers in baseball last half of the season if I’m not mistaken.

    • Rick Vaughn

      http://keithlawsucks.blogspot.com/

      Yeah, he sucks at his job.

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