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red-sox-logoPart of the reason I was in and out yesterday is because each of the kiddos has a touch of a stomach bug. And, right on cue, now I’ve got a touch of it myself. I hope they don’t feel as awful as I do. Posting today may reflect that awfulness.

  • The Red Sox beat the Cardinals last night 3-1 on get-away day in St. Louis, which means they’ll head home up in the World Series three games to two. That gives them two shots to win it all, and they’ll have the benefit of their DH back in force. Speaking of which, it’s good that the Sox elected to go with David Ortiz at first base for the games in St. Louis: he is hitting .733/.750/1.267 in the series, and is approaching MVP-regardless-of-who-wins-the-series stature. (Not that he’d actually win the MVP if the Cardinals win the series, which is dumb.)
  • Jason Parks says that, as Baseball Prospectus is putting together it’s top 101 prospect list, there are three Cubs prospects in consideration for the top ten(!). That would be Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Albert Almora. I’d be surprised if two of the three make the top 10, but they’ll all assuredly be in the top 20.
  • The MiLB.com award for the Game of the Year? No surprise or argument: it’s the four homer game by Javier Baez back in June.
  • Carrie Muskat answers questions.
  • Baseball’s ratings aren’t what they once were, but that frames things the wrong way, per Craig Calcaterra. Indeed, baseball is doing just fine, and Calcaterra goes to great lengths to explain why.
  • I previously shared with you the Ohio State marching band doing a tribute to Michael Jackson, complete with a giant, moonwalking Michael. I shared it, because I thought it was about as amazing as something like that gets. I was wrong. Here’s the Ohio State marching band doing a movie tribute, complete with a flying Harry Potter, a t-rex that eats a band member, and a pirate ship battle that ends in a sinking ship. They do all of this while playing the songs.
  • Soda Popinski

    Saw the Ohio State marching band last night on youtube. Pretty dang impressive. In other news, Bryant homered again last night.

  • cjdubbya

    The halftime shows are always good, but it seems like they’re really earning their moniker of The Best Damn Band In The Land this year.

  • wvcubsfan

    “They do all of this while playing the songs.”

    Well they are a marching BAND after all, wouldn’t one expect them to play songs?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes. That’s what I was emphasizing, because it’s easy to almost forget as you’re watching the formations.

  • Ron

    The Red Sox don’t win…the Cardinals lost!

    • JM

      Huh?

      • Ron

        Sorry JM, that was my grammatically incorrect attempt at humor in reference to the greatest fans in baseball on twitter. I will go back to my cave and wash dishes.

        • D-Rock

          Ron, I was totally tracking with you! This is all I hear from my cardinal fan friends/family members. When the cards lose, they can never give any credit to the other team for playing well, it’s all about how bad the cards played and how they “beat themselves.” Same old sob story every time they lose. Very annoying to listen to their nonsense.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          heh, as a Sox fan, I feel that the Sox should be 5-0 right now. It looks like the Cards only win when the Sox let them win: and even then, only sometimes!

    • ssckelley

      Right, and there was a substance on the bat that resulted in the game winning hit.

      • X The Cubs Fan

        (:

      • DarthHater

        Yep. Cowhide.

    • mjhurdle

      for some reason, the Cardinal fans here in STL have stopped saying that the only reason Lester shut them down in game 1 was the substance on his glove….

      • hansman

        I did like their slow-mo replay of Lester wiping his hand on his arm…

    • cubmig

      “The Red Sox don’t win…the Cardinals lost!”

      ??????? IF this comment IS from a deadbird fan ……….LOL!!!!!………..only, ONLY, from a deadbirds’ teary-eyed, whiny, denial loser is a lost that EVER happens to their team.

      …….if Ron is NOT a troll here………sorry. Still the image of a group of whiny deadbird fans in the parking lot…..well you get the idea…………LOL.

      • TWC

        He’s mocking Cards fans. Ron’s cool — he’s been around here for years.

        • Drew7

          “he’s been around here for years.”

          That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s cool – See: TWC
          :)

          • TWC

            ::glares at Drew::

            • Drew7

              Internet Tough-Guys…smh

  • Randy

    Bryant may be difficult to keep off the opening day roster. The kid is solid

    • On The Farm

      I don’t know about difficult to keep off the opening day roster. Shouldn’t be too hard considering even though he is lighting it up, he is K-ing 27% of the time. Seems like there a few things he can work on when he starts out in AA this coming summer.

      • hansman

        That was a small sample size in Daytona and a small-ish sample size all together last year. His 5 K game really murdered his K rate last year. It will be nice to see what he does in AA this year.

        • On The Farm

          He has almost had 200 (190) PAs since becoming a professional, his total K% is 25%, and take out the 5 K game it is 22%. I am not saying it’s a problem and he can’t bring it down, I am just saying even though he is demolishing minor league pitching it still looks like their is an adjustment going on, so him not on the opening day roster shouldn’t be that hard of a decision.

          • Jono

            I was about to write, “And there’s no rush to bring him up”

            Buuuuut I quickly changed my mind. The Cubs are trying to sell marketing rights. The more eyeballs they get in Wrigley and on the more TVs tune into games, the more they could sell ads for.

            • DarthHater

              That would be the dumbest possible reason to bring up Bryant. Having him come up too soon and struggle won’t do the marketing rights any good. He should be brought up when he has accomplished all the developmental goals the team has set for him in the minors and is in the best possible position to succeed at the ML level. Period.

              • Jono

                I’m not so sure about that, from a business stand point. As a fan, I want him to be as developed as possible when he comes up. But from a business perspective, the long term marketing deals may be worth letting Bryant complete his development in the bigs. And he’s already relatively developed.

              • Brains

                wow darth said something that makes sound sense.

                • DarthHater

                  Crap. Brains agreed with me. Now I have to rethink everything…

            • ssckelley

              I don’t think this has anything to do with when Bryant comes up. Bryant proving with his performance will dictate when he ends up in Chicago.

          • hansman

            I’m not saying we should ignore it, right now it’s intriguing to me. Based on the sample size, his K rate should have normalized by now, but he was adjusting to wood bats. What impact that had/has I don’t know.

            Since he had a high K rate in college (I seem to recall 22-23% being tossed around) he will probably struggle with them.

            • Cubbie Blues

              Actually, he used wood bats in other leagues (Cape Cod) didn’t he?

            • On The Farm

              I think we are in agreement, that Bryant should spend some time in the minors. That will determine if the K rate is an issue (also we may be able to find out what his actual K rate is considering he has had a long layoff between college, and then the AFL).

          • DocPeterWimsey

            There is a good chance that Bryant probably will be classic 3 true outcome player. Fans who fixate on BA will get upset (when you K that much, you only have a good BA on those years where the BABiP goddess loves you), but he’ll create a lot of runs with power and also getting on base via walks.

            However, the other thing to remember is that the K’s are partly associated with slugging (airing out when you do swing) and pitch recognition (which means not swinging at pitches you cannot hit well, even if they are strikes). That’s a lot of hard swings and misses and a lot of deep counts.

      • Randy

        Well considering the garbage they have put out there I would rather have his strikeouts. It will get better at the major or minor league level unless I forgot how to play baseball

        • On The Farm

          I would rather make sure he is ready for MLB pitching (physically and mentally) before I decide to put him on the roster, and have to demote him if it turns out he wasn’t ready. There really should be no reason for him on the MLB roster considering he doesn’t have any AA experience.

        • Chad

          Really? It’s not like the minors is there to learn and develop or anything like that. I’m not a professional baseball player, but I would imagine it would be easier to work on plate discipline and pitch recognition in front of a few thousand people in TN or IA than in front of 40,000 in Chicago where the pitching talent is just a smidge better.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            The problem with that scenario is that you still are seeing only a handful of pitches a night, and you almost never are seeing what MLBers throw. Guys who can throw MLB quality sliders, change-ups and curves don’t hang around AA too long. And guys that throw those pitches well in MLB do not graduate to a higher league. (Well, not unless you count going from the Rays or Royals to an ESPN team: but even then, the batter in question still has to face them!)

            At any rate, Bryant’s K-problem likely is not a pitch-recognition issue. Instead, it’s probably a by-product of a “selectively aggressive” approach: he airs out on pitches he can drive, and he doesn’t swing at pitches he cannot drive (except perhaps with 2 strikes). That leads to a lot of deep counts, which means a lot of K’s and BBs.

    • Chad

      Won’t be that tough. At the earliest you will see him in September.

      • ssckelley

        Why is next September the earliest we will see Bryant in Chicago?

        • Chad

          I think the cubs will want to get him a full season of at bats at AA/AAA before he sees the ML, so I don’t think he would get the call up until the minor league season ends.

          • ssckelley

            This is dumb, if he is dominating the minor leagues he should be moved up through the system. I don’t understand why some feel these prospects have to move up the ladder at a snails pace. We are not talking about a player who was drafted out of high school, in fact he is a year older than Baez.

            • On The Farm

              I don’t think what Chad is suggesting is snails pace. Do you? He is not following the same path as Baez at all. He played some in Daytona the year he was drafted. How many hitters from the 2013 draft did that? He may open his first full professional season in AA, and as Chad is suggesting, could be up in the MLB before the end of his first full professional season. If that is moving at a snails pace, how slow are the rest of our prospects moving?

            • Kyle

              Let’s wait and see how he actually does in these upper leagues before we start mentally moving him up. The AFL is a half-step above spring training, and huge numbers there really don’t mean anything in the long run.

            • Chad

              My apologies, I didn’t realize that getting a guy 628 abs (assuming 500 this coming season) over 5 levels in the minors was a snail’s pace. He has only had 128 abs in the minors, plus whatever he has gotten this fall. I think he needs the abs before he is thrown into the ML fire.

            • hansman

              I have no doubt there is a good chance of him being called up in mid-June; however, getting him acclimated to a full season of pro ball before jumping to the bigs wouldn’t be a bad thing.

              No prospect has ever been ruined by spending too much time in the minors.

              • Chad

                Agree, I’m just not in a big rush to get these guys to Chicago. If it is June, that’s great, but I don’t see anyway it is before that and risk of the loss of 1 year of control. No way. So why not get them a full season in the minors. We already saw that it took a toll on Baez this year, what if it does the same to Bryant. He may not be ready for the full season, who knows.

                • Kyle

                  Obsessing over absurdly optimistic promotion scenarios is just something we do in the offseason. It never actually happens. I remember when we signed Soler and the assumption was that he’d start in AA.

                  • ssckelley

                    Right, just like we were all wrong saying Baez could end up in AA this season.

                    • Kyle

                      No, not at all like that. Baez reaching AA this year was always part of the schedule. He got there a month or two early, which happens. That’s not the same as people predicting or talking about the possibility of players skipping years worth of levels.

                • ssckelley

                  I do not think the Cubs lose a year of control if they call him up after May 1st.

                  I do not see the Cubs keeping Baez down, they keep moving him up through the system. IMO he would have seen AAA last August had Tennessee not been in playoff contention.

                  • Chad

                    From fangraphs:

                    “The Super Two cutoff used to stand at 17%, but got changed to 22% in the new CBA negotiations. This means that if a team wants to keep a player in the minors until after the Super Two cutoff, they will have to keep that player in the minors for even longer than before. Considering that the cutoff used to fall sometime in June — it varied from year to year, as the 17% cutoff isn’t tied to a specific date — it will likely end up being in July going forward.”

                    • hansman

                      Super-two has nothing to do with years of control. It just means you have to pay them more for the 6.150 years you will have them for.

                      Generally, teams call up guys in late-April or early-May to get the extra year of control. Teams bring up guys in late-June to cheap out on that extra year of league minimum by avoiding Super-Two status.

                  • Chad

                    Hans- I think having another “cheap” year of control is important, so that’s why I think Super=Two is important.

                    However, my argument is still over development and not money.

                    • cms0101

                      They’re going to want to avoid starting the arbitration clock on him as long as possible AND they’re going to want to avoid Super Two. It’s quite possible he could force their hand on both, just not extremely likely.

                    • hansman

                      Meh, I think they aren’t overly worried about the cost issue if they think it’s best for his development and the team. Rizzo being example A1 of that.

            • cms0101

              They’ll keep him in Iowa as long as possible to keep that extra year of control on him. Look at what Rizzo was doing in 2012 at Iowa. Short of dominating AAA pitching better than Rizzo did before his call-up, they’ll leave him down there as long as they can. It’s not bad for him to have those at-bats, and it could save the Cubs millions for a year longer. He’s played at Daytona. He’ll start in Tennessee. It will take him at least 2 months to get to Iowa. From there, it will be determined by how well he’s doing and what the magic date is that allows them to avoid arbitration an extra year. I’d love to see him in the majors now, provided he’s proven ready. They made the mistake with Castro to bring him up too early while he was showing success in AA. If Castro had been in the minors when they attempted to make him more selective, before the money or all-star appearances, maybe he would have been more able to make the changes and become a better hitter. He’s developed habits at the major league level now and it has proven to be much more difficult for him to change. But away from the bright lights, maybe the hunger to get there would have helped him improve. Not saying they’re the same player, but staying in the minors a little extra isn’t all bad. I do agree though, if he’s proven he can hit at Iowa, and is consistent, I don’t think there is a magic number of at bats that he has to have. Then it will just come down to the money/control.

              • Chad

                Shoot, we still aren’t even sure if he can handle 3B yet or if he will have to make a move to the OF, which I doubt he has played very often in his career.

              • ssckelley

                Right, I understand he will not make the team out of spring training and he should get AA/AAA at bats next year. But if he dominates then let’s challenge keep challenging him. I believe they save an extra year of control anytime after May 1st.

          • Jono

            Bryant will start 2014 in Daytona, right?

            • On The Farm

              I would say the way he is handling the AFL he is ready for AA. Even in his small sample at Daytona he killed it, he is going up against (lesser) AA arms in the AFL so I see no reason to send him back to Florida to play high A.

              • cms0101

                AA seems like the realistic destination after his Daytona and AFL performance. At earliest, he’ll get to Iowa In June. He will not play a significant role on the 2014 Cubs, and in all likelihood won’t even be called up before September, if at all. I’d love to be wrong, but that’s the realistic prediction at this point.

        • CubFan Paul

          Yeah, I’d gamble on a Bryant sighting as soon as Theo&Co avoid surprise two status.

          • hansman

            surprise two? I wonder what surprise one is…

            • CubFan Paul

              Auto correct.

              • hansman

                auto correct is often a surprise…

        • Professor Snarks

          SS, I tend to agree with you. Even September isn’t a sure thing, considering the 40 man roster thing. Hey, it’s a long ways away.

          • ssckelley

            I am not saying anything is a sure thing. But if he comes out spring training dominating AA and AAA then why keep him in the minors?

            • Professor Snarks

              There are a lot of factors at play, 4 man roster moves, position availability, the teams record (if they are at risk of losing out on a top 10 draft pick, why make your team better?).

              If it was up to me, I’d love Baez and Bryant to get their major league ‘initiation’ over with in 2014 so they can start 2015 as prepared as possible. I wouldn’t mind if guys like Soler, Alcantara amd Pierce Johnson did the same.

              The sooner these guys are ready, the sooner we start to win. And we all could use some winning, and soon.

    • Jon

      He’s not going to be on the opening day roster. 100%.

  • Soda Popinski

    I’m sure Brett was completely surprised.

    • Soda Popinski

      Really would like to have a mulligan on putting this comment where it belongs ^^^

      • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

        Haha!

  • ssckelley

    Brett, hope you get feeling better. I will blame the flu bug on why you forgot to bullet Bryants 2 run opposite field blast in yesterdays AFL action. :D

  • Jono

    I don’t mean to be a douche, but couldn’t “…the top ten(!).” simply end with “…ten!”?

    Ok, I guess I am a douche, sorry, Brett. I’m probably the last person HEAR to criticize others’ grammar

    • Jono

      And yes, I realize it should’ve been “…douche. Sorry, Brett”

      Whatever. The Red Sox won last night. I don’t care.

      • hansman

        and it should have been “here”

        • Jono

          i did that one on purpose. A few days ago (maybe last week, I don’t know) I wrote brett a comment and accidently made that mistake. I did it to show that I’m trying to be humble and as non-douchy as possible.

          • hansman

            Uh-huh, sure, El Presidente Douche…

            (good God, I am snarky today)

            • Jono

              The capital letters was meant to show that it was on purpose.

              • hansman

                I’m just messing with you. Trying to be a Grammar-Douche-Nazi back at ya.

                • Jono

                  I can’t say that I don’t deserve it.

                • DarthHater

                  Uh-huh, sure, Douchemaster General…

                  • On The Farm

                    Where do you go to get commissioned douchemaster general, is there like an acadamey that you learn that kind of stuff.

                    • Jono

                      yeah, it’s called the st louis drinking water

                    • hansman

                      Just have to work your way up through the ranks. I used to be Private Douche, Specialist Douche, Master Douche, Captain Douche, Major Douche…

                    • DarthHater

                      Yea, it’s kinda like Hogwarts. Invitation only.

                    • DarthHater

                      Many careers stall at the rank of Major Douche. But Joe is a rare success story…

                  • hansman

                    Considering my size due to the hamburger wars, it’s DouchemasterS General.

                    • On The Farm

                      There was a war with hamburgers and I missed it? Are you kidding me? I was born too late obviously, I would have been on the front lines of that battle everyday.

              • Jono

                “were” not “was”

                Now I feel like a bigger douche

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That was a style choice, emphasizing the ten, not the entire sentence.

      • Jono

        And your style is one of the things that makes this my favorite website. That one in particular just struck me as odd. Keep up the good work, Brett!!

  • Soda Popinski

    I saw that Soler was lifted for a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth last night. Is there any word if it was injury related or just strategy?

  • On The Farm

    So with all this flu business I take it Brett isn’t doing a BN Blogathon for the NFL trade deadline?

    • Coop

      I think that would be great – it would work out okay, since you can sleep right through the NFL trade deadline…

  • TheDondino

    Another great OSU show from last year, video game tribute:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNzOVxHhjmQ

  • Kramden

    Awesome if Cub prospects (Cub prospects???) compose 30% of the Top10 prospects in all of baseball!

  • The Logos

    Brett – Must be something going around. My 4 year-old had a stomach thing on Saturday, and just when she got better … my wife and I woke up with it this morning. It’s bad news bears, for sure.

    Hope you guys feel better soon.

  • FastBall

    I hate both teams. One of the 1st WS in a while where is just do a channel check for updates and don’t really watch the game.

    • On The Farm

      Really? Big Papi is killing the ball (it really is something special to watch) and most people say “give me a pitchers’ duel anyday of the week over blow out games”. So far all of the games have been won because the winning team’s pitching was just filthy. Watching Waino vs. Lester last night was one of the better games I have seen in a long time. I realize it is all your opinion, but so far I think the games have been really good baseball.

      • Jon

        Big Papi needs to take a pee pee test after this series. I have my doubts…

        • DocPeterWimsey

          They don’t make drugs that let you do what Papi does. He simply has a huge red zone (and that reflects contact skill, not strength), and he’s amazing for his ability to recognize breaking pitches.

          Before the series began, a lot of people noted that we had the Sox great ability to draw walks coming up against the Cards great ability to not yield walks. The Sox have won on this count: not by drawing a ton of walks, but by waiting for that “mistake” to hit.

      • Werner

        Watching the Cardinals lose in any shape or fashion is fun. Having them do it in front of their smug fans is a bonus. Getting to see Big Papi have one of the great World Series runs ever is a double bonus.

        • Brains

          THIS

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Papi should be required viewing for baseball fans. He’s simply a great hitter. The “clutch” nonsense is, well, nonsense: yes, he’s great when it counts, but he’s great when it doesn’t count, too.

          I would pay lots and lots of money to cram a USB drive into the side of Papi’s head and download Papi’s “pitch recognition” software; I’d then cram it into Javier Baez’s head, and then we’d have a middle infielder making a run at Bonds’ single season records.

        • cubmig

          This has got to rub, bug the deadbirds to no end……..hope it doesn’t turn into “beaning episodes” when Pappi comes to bat tomorrow….

          As per Trib reporter, Mark Gonzales:

          “Ortiz is 11-for-15 in the Series. He reached base safely nine consecutive times before lining out to center in the sixth.

          When asked if he felt this locked in before, Ortiz quipped, “I did it like 20 times this year.”

          Jon Lester added: “that pretty much sums it up.”

          Ortiz: “I was born for this.” “

  • D-Rock

    Not saying Bryant is Albert Pujols, but Pujols was drafted in the 13th round and played only 1 season in the minors in 2000, (all but 2 games at the single A level). He was so impressive that he forced the Cardinal organization to put him on the opening day roster in 2001 and what did he end up doing in his first season? .329, 37 HR, 130 RBI’s. You all know how the rest of his Cubs-killing career went…

    Like I said, Bryant may not have a career like Pujols (few players ever will), but if a guy is completely destroying minor league pitching, he should be given the chance to prove he can hit at the major league level and doesn’t need 2 years or more in the minors to do it.

    • Cubbie Blues

      I agree, we should pattern everything off of Pujols’ career. After all he’s going to be in the HoF so everything he did applies to everyone.

      • D-Rock

        Exactly. ;)

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Yeah, that is sort of like telling graduate students to model their careers on Albert Einstein’s. “Just publish 5 field-shattering papers in your first year, and then keep up a decent pace, and you’ll be making your Academy speech in no time.”

        • Edwin

          Albert Einstein was a patent clerk, therefore, to be as accomplished in your field as Albert Einstein, you should be a patent clerk.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Well, he was a patent clerk on the side: he was a graduate student at the University of Zurich at the same time. Two of his big papers came from his dissertation.

            That part of our world has gotten better, at least: grad students usually don’t have to work outside of universities to get by!

  • Rich

    my kids are never sick
    FYI –
    sugar feeds the bug
    meds make colds last longer

    • On The Farm

      “meds make colds last longer”

      I am not a doctor, but I don’t see how you could prove this.

      • Rich

        sorry this is not the forum..my apologies..
        but when you take a med to artificially lower a fever you go against the healing cycle of the fever..99.9% of all childhood fevers never reach a dangerous level.
        the fever is there for a reason..

        parents muck it up with feeding kids cereal, milk and too many carbs..
        then it’s gatorade for little Johnny playing right field and standing around for an hour.
        then it’s running for an antibiotic for a sniffle ( when it can be a virus )
        then it’s not replacing the good bacteria after using the crappy antibiotics.
        then it’s the idea that a FLU shot is a good thing ( or vaccines in general )
        then it’s the lack of exercise that kids get..
        then it’s the lack of sleep for our kids
        or it is all the processed fast food crap that parents feed their kids..

        again not the forum for this…
        glad I mentioned that

        • hansman

          “then it’s the idea that a FLU shot is a good thing ( or vaccines in general )”

          A flu shot, in all actuality, is probably a good thing. Gives your immune system something to work on. I won’t address the vaccine part of your statement.

          • Cubbie Blues

            I will. Yes, vaccines are very bad. You know? I woke up this morning thinking, man this world needs more polio. It’s too bad we got rid of most of it in this country with vaccines.

            • hansman

              Hey, I know where you can get polio, measles, mumps, smallpox, etc…

              The communities that aren’t vaccinating their kids anymore!!!!! They are even handing out free samples.

        • TWC

          While I don’t disagree with some of your comments on the ills of feeding your children crappy, processed food and allowing their sleep and exercise routines to suffer, the anti-vaccine rhetoric is foolish, dangerous, and not scientifically sound. Whether or not you enjoy your children’s measles is irrelevant; how do you feel about your active willingness (through neglect) to pass them along to others?

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Well, if anybody here actually loved their kids, then they wouldn’t raise them to be Cubs fans, right?

            :-)

      • hansman

        The problem with most medicine is that it merely masks the symptoms so rather than resting you are doing things which reduces your body’s ability to heal thereby extending the recovery time.

        Not sure where the miniscule amount of sugar in the medicine comes in.

        • On The Farm

          That makes plenty of sense.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Well, the best combination of all is to take the medicines to mask the symptoms (I, for one, cannot sleep when my head is filled with 20 snails worth of mucous) and THEN spend 2-3 days sleeping it off. The problem is that most people cannot take 2-3 days sleeping things off.

          The question is then whether you are better after a week of not taking it easy and taking symptom-masking medicines, or a week of not taking it easy and not taking those meds. I honestly do not know if anybody has studied that.

        • cubmig

          Try Buckley’s cough medicine and you’ll know why……..

  • TSB

    Sure, bring up Bryant; and if he struggles, how long before the posts saying Theo was stupid for drafting him, and that (like Rizzo and Castro) he will never be any good, and he should be traded immediately?

    • Jono

      He shouldn’t get called up right now. He should continue to develop. But it also makes sense for there to be an element of urgency from a business stand point.

  • cavemencubbie

    Somewhat off topic but FYI. Michael Jackson did not really invent the ‘moonwalk’. It was first performed by Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club in the late 1920’s. Calloway called it ‘The Buzz’.

    • Voice of Reason

      You know I was just getting ready to pose that question on this Chicago Cubs website.

      I was unsure who really invented the moonwalk. I knew, for sure, that this was the place to get the answer!

  • cavemencubbie

    Voice:
    The use of historical trivia makes being a cub fan bearable. :)

  • Brains

    Better them than the Cards. Yeesh.

    Pretty embarrassing for Theo that his former team went from last to first in one offseason just by signing a few guys.

    • bbmoney

      And a few of the guys from when Theo was there having significantly better/healthy seasons this year than last (see Lackey / Ellsbury) and dominating in the playoffs (see Ortiz / Lester).

      Very embarrassing I’m sure.

      • Brains

        natch. but that’s a pretty amazing turnaround, regardless. hopefully we’ll have a similar turnaround, but we’re much further from recuperated than before Theo got here. he burned down the barn and now he’s just building its base. whereas they made some sound FO decisions, built good morale, and went out and won. makes you wonder how elective this whole thing is, compared with necessary.

  • DarthHater
    • mjhurdle

      I love the fact that he used to write for Bleacher Report.

  • Die hard

    Cubs can be next Red Sox with getting winners for ball players — make bold move and trade Castro — Red Sox dumped Craw and Beck and fans thought they were nuts

  • cub2014

    can Theo get a little credit for the red sox,
    he made key moves to help them in 2004.
    While he was building up the farm system
    which helped in 2007. The guys he brought
    in from 2004 and 2007 were key last night.
    The Red Sox have the #1 rated farm system,
    he has been gone 2 years, doesnt he get a
    lot of the credit for all that?

    • Die hard

      Was he responsible for Crawford and Beckett?

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