Quantcast

ian stewart cubsWe are taking The Little Girl to her first at-the-movie-theater movie today. Sure, I’d probably be a little more excited if we were seeing ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ or something, but I’m perfectly excited enough just to be there for the experience. We’re seeing that Disney ‘Frozen’ movie, which I am sure will be a huge hit with her. And that’s what gets me amped up. Plus the popcorn.

  • The Tribune’s 13 worst moves in Chicago sports in 2013 includes three Cubs signings: Scott Baker, Edwin Jackson, and Ian Stewart. I’d take issue with the first two, given that Baker was the kind of risk the Cubs should have been taking (it simply didn’t work out, which is what the “risk” part was), and Jackson still has three years left on his deal (and peripherals that suggest his outcomes will be better in the future). The Stewart re-signing was a mistake. I don’t think anyone would argue otherwise, given that some of things that derailed his 2013 performance could have been, and should have been, anticipated. Fortunately, it’s a $2 million mistake, rather than a $100 million mistake (and third base actually ended up a bright spot for the Cubs, overall, in 2013). The Kyuji Fujikawa deal is looking crummy right now, too, if we’re including deals that were struck by bad luck, like the Baker deal.
  • Carrie Muskat updates you on Luis Valbuena’s winter ball performance in Venezuela, where he just hit his fourth homer. He’s hitting .311/.440/.467 with more walks (25) than strikeouts (23). Position check? Still at second base.
  • Perhaps it’s an idiosyncrasy, but folks who do dangerous things with their cars make me very, very angry. I suppose it’s because doing such things are completely, 100% within the driver’s control, and are completely, 100% unnecessary. To wit: Yasiel Puig was arrested in Florida yesterday for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone. That, to me, should come with an immediate one year suspension of license, and a probably a short jail term. Outrageous? Probably, but this kind of behavior that puts other people in danger is the easiest kind of behavior to deter (and the most desirable to deter). Someone pulls this kind of stunt and get slapped hard? They aren’t going to do it again, and other people who hear about it aren’t going to do it, either. Here’s where I point out that this is the second time Puig has been arrested for the same kind of offense: earlier this year, Puig was arrested for doing 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. The charges were dropped after he did a little community service. Clearly, he learned his lesson.
  • BN’er Chris is taking a look at some of the Masahiro Tanaka suitors in his own, unique way.
  • It’s game day for the Bears, who need to beat the Packers – and Aaron Rodgers – today to make the playoffs. Jay’s got your morning Bears Bullets here.
  • Gabe Athouse

    Seeing Puig’s continual nonsense makes me happy that the Cubs are taking it slow (somewhat forced by his unreadiness and injuries, but still) with Soler. He will be a much better ball player and person by the time he makes it to the bigs, even though Soler isn’t as talented…yet. Puig is going to need a constant babysitter and I doubt he ever matures to the point where the Dodgers will be able to trust him. Right now he’s nothing but a talented clown.

    • CubFan Paul

      Because all Cubans are alike.

      • Chris

        CubFan Paul,

        Thank you.

        • commander bob

          Thank you Chris

          Thank you.

      • mjhurdle

        i dont think the point is that all Cubans are alike, but more that young men going to a new country and becoming borderline stars might need help adjusting to the temptations that come with popularity while adjusting to new customs and regulations.

        • hansman

          Nonsense. Clearly Gabe is a racist and that is that.

          • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

            Your out of line calling throwing out the race card!

          • Gabe Athouse

            Thank you to mj, 70’s & Cleveland for actually being intelligent enough to see my point and not jump to some unsupported and ignorant race war. My point was that both players come from similar backgrounds of having very little and were thrown into a new culture with lots of money and temptation at their fingertips. Moreover, they both came from relatively unorganized baseball pasts where they likely did not learn the disciple they need to become big leaguers and responsible members of society. Soler and other young men who suddenly have it all as young rich ball players must learn theses things in the minor leagues and cut their teeth. Puig was rushed into the bigs and into LA and now they (and apparently whoever is on the road with him) will pay the consequences unless he gets the support and mentoring that will make him a better ball player and man. By letting Soler cut his teeth in the minors, he and the Cubs will benefit in the long run. Hoping for the best.

            Oh and since tomorrow is our last day of anonymousness, eat a dick Hansman. You don’t know me and you don’t know shit. Eat all of my balls

        • ClevelandCubsFan

          Yeah this coukd be read both ways. But ib fairness we’ve seen actual recklessness and immaturity from both young men that has nothing to do with race or nationality. So I think between the facts that they came over and signed about the same time and are linked in Cubs fans minds and both have had some bouts with the youthful indiscretions (I’m not interested in debating the relative worseness of their indiscretions) it’s a fair comparison.

          I imagine going feom an impoverished repressive nation to a new country, new language, tooooons of money, freedom to spend that money, and superstardom in one year would be a lot for any young man to handle.

          No excuses though. Puig was very very reckless.

        • oswego chris

          wow, I was talking to a college coach about this very same thing when we heard about Puig and he mentioned this very fact last night…imagine going from very little freedom to doing whatever the hell you want when you are in your early 20’s…and you have money….don’t mean it to sound like an excuse but it’s a cultural change of massive proportions…

          okay, I have done enough lecturing on here…gotta take my kid to hockey…I’m out…

          • DocPeterWimsey

            They call it “affluenza” in Texas! (However, Puig would not qualify for other reasons.)

            • Professional High A

              +1
              Sad but true

    • Jon

      Soler a better person? Last a checked Puig never went after an opposing dugout with a baseball bat.

      • Tommy

        Yeah, and that dugout is still recovering from the beating it took.

      • gocatsgo2003

        You really can’t get over that, can you?

      • bt

        And last I checked Soler hasn’t been arrested twice. What have we proved?

  • Ree

    This year is a wash again, so if Valbuena happens to play there most the time it wouldn’t bother me. I don’t expect Olt to be any good. Hope he proves me wrong.

    • CubFan Paul

      “I don’t expect Olt to be any good”

      The Front Office does. They traded for him

      • Ree

        I think they’re hoping he works out, so am I, but I think C.J. Edwards was the one they really expect to succeed. Olt couldn’t even bat .200 last season. I hope he turns out to be a stud, just not expecting it.

        • gocatsgo2003

          The only reason Olt was available to be included in that trade is his eyesight issues. If Olt were 100% healthy, there would have been zero chance we get both Edwards and Olt in that trade. Olt is a lottery ticket based on his vision issues, but one that could hit in a BIG way.

      • commander bob

        Thank you, Cub Fan Paul.

  • praying the cubs get ready to win

    Enjoy the movie with your little one. I remember taking my little one to see The Disney Little Mermaid and to eat some popcorn, it was a great day. Then seeing the Lion King, Aladdin they were pretty good too. Enjoy, thanks for great stories, I look forward to your writings and some of the insights your readers post.

  • Chris

    Brett,

    I’ve heard Frozen is pretty good, and it is enjoyed by adults and kids both. Good choice!

  • Ree

    It’s just speeding. It’s not like the guy is beating women or driving drunk.

    • bbmoney

      110 in a 70 is more than “just” speeding.

      • Ree

        Yeah, it’s reckless driving and I’m sure they’ll pull his license for a bit.

        • RoughRiider

          He’s not only putting his life at risk but an unknown amount of other people including children. Not only should he get his license pulled he should get a week in jail. He clearly didn’t learn anything from the first time, MLB should also suspend him for 4 games at the beginning of the 2014 season and let him know that this type of publicity is detrimental to baseball and will result in a 30 game suspension if it happens again anytime during his career. That would send a message to everyone that those actions won’t be tolerated.

          • Jon

            To be fair , shouldn’t have Starlin Castro got a suspension for sexually assaulting that girl ?

            • RoughRiider

              I seem to reacall that he was never charged. But, yes, “To be fair” if he was found guilty by a court of law he should have been suspended.

            • bt

              Yes, that would be “fair”. Suspend a guy for something he was never actually charged with. Thats as fair as you actually claiming he assaulted her, when there is zero evidence to support that claim.

          • Spriggs

            “He’s not only putting his life at risk but an unknown amount of other people including children”

            old people too, he was in Florida.

          • THEOlogical

            +1 Roughrider on the it’s not just speeding bit. I’m not how, or if MLB would get involved but I hope they would. Or maybe L.A. would. This is a serious crime, your vehicle is just as dangerous as a loaded gun. If he had lost control and plummeted into a school bus full of children, causing a chain reaction of wrecks, killing many, many people. Would you still think this “just” speeding? The police have laws, speeding detection equipment and license/registration checks to prevent accidents from happening. Just because he got pulled over for speeding and no one was injured, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have happened. And even if this was a lowly, crude way to look at it, the Dodgers should do all they can to properly teach their investment the penalties that could occur for this kind of behavior. If he dies, that’s a talented ballplayer they’ll never get back.

      • Pat

        In the right sort of car, doing 110 (on an expressway) is nothing. I don’t like tag a SUV much over 70, but a high performance vehicle can handle 100+ easily. Hell, here in Chicago, you’d need to build about 100 new prisons to give time to everyone who does over 95 on 294.

        • hansman

          Up until you come over a hill and someone is doing 65 in your lane.

          Anything 10 over or under the speed limit is dangerous and irresponsible.

          Although, 110 would be a blast

          • oswego chris

            I will dive into the safe driving debate that we are having…there is no reason to ever be driving 110…I talk to my high school kids all the time about this and so many of them do this stupid shit…you wanna do it somewhere where you can only kill yourself, have at it…

            I know Paul Walker wasn’t driving, but nobody said anything about the fact that he and his buddy could have killed somebody else driving at the crazy speed they were going…no different than playing with a loaded gun, unless you are a professional, you don’t know how to drive at that speed…

            okay, my age is showing…end of public service announcement…

            • Rich

              Got your book as a stocking stuffer..GREAT JOB!
              Enjoyed it!

              • Oswego Chris

                Hey thanks, much appreciated..

          • Bluz Cluz

            Hansman, I rarely drive within 10 miles of the speed limit, and neither does anyone else. Between living in Tampa, fl with I-75 and I-4, DC with the belt way, its more of a miracle to see a car doing less than 10 over, and 99% of the time, the cops don’t bother you. Honestly I think the speed limits in most places are to low, and slow, scared drivers cause way more problems on the highway than fast drivers.

            • mjhurdle

              are you honestly attempting to argue that the dangerous drivers on the roads are the ones that obey the posted speed limit signs?

              the whole “everyone else is doing it” excuse doesn’t even work in Jr. High, let alone in adult life.

              it it your choice to speed, and you are right that most of the time you won’t get caught.
              But when you choose to speed, you are choosing to put your own convenience over other people’s safety.
              Again, it is your choice, but at least be man enough to own what you are doing and not hide behind “other people do it and i think speed limits are too low!!”

          • waittilthisyear

            not necessarily. the speed limit number is essentially arbitrary; texas recently raised speed limits on some rural highways to 85(? i believe), and preliminary studies show absolutely no indication that higher speeds result in more accidents (though the accidents are more fatal and cause more damage at higher speeds. people drive to their capabilities, and idiots ruin it for the rest of us.

            that being said, i have the impression that Puig is a grade-A idiot (no more race baiters, please, i think plenty of white ball players are mongoloids as well), and if that is the case this behavior should be quelled

            sorry to rant about non cubs talk. i think im still drunk

            • Kyle

              People drive to their estimations of their abilities, which are almost universally too high.

              Which is why we have to have arbitrary speed limits and not simply allowing people to judge danger for themselves.

              • waittilthisyear

                haha fair enough. i swear though, im the best driver there is!

        • ClevelandCubsFan

          The fact that it’s nothing for these cars is irrelevant. It’s something to the bodies in those cars and the bodies hit by those cars.

          • Pat

            I guess I missed the part where he hit someone and crashed.

            • ClevelandCubsFan

              No. You missed the part where someone going 100+ MPH has dangerously less ability to control the car and dangerously less time to react to otherwise harmless but unexpected changes on the road.

              • Bluz Cluz

                No. Someone driving that fast is probably more aware, probably on open highway, and probably driving a car that can handle those speeds. If the speed limit in the USA never gets over 75 anywhere, I think 75 is the max, then why can I purchase a car that can do 200 miles an hour.

                • Drew7

                  “Someone driving that fast is probably more aware, probably on open highway, and probably driving a car that can handle those speeds”

                  Well, that certainly fits your narrative, but I’d say all those things *probably* aren’t safe to assume.

        • RoughRiider

          “here in Chicago, you’d need to build about 100 new prisons to give time to everyone who does over 95 on 294″

          No you wouldn’t. All you would need is one large fenced in enclosure with facilities for about 200 people and some large tents, cots and blankets. Thirty days in a facility like that in Illinois would cure prople of the desire to drive 95 on the 294. Especially this time of year. The Goulag De Chicago.

          • Spriggs

            …and a few tons of Cream of Wheat and corn fritters.

      • cooter

        I don’t know the situation of the highway or traffic involved (which is what determines wreckless) and i’m not saying he isn’t wrong but on the flip side I 5 in cali is perfectly straight for 500 plus miles with almost no cars. the average driver goes 90 plus because there is no one else around. the worst thing that will happen if you drive 110 for an extended period of time is your engine will blow.

      • Stevie B

        Once you get over 100 mph mark, things happen very quickly. Younger, inexperienced drivers aren’t able to make adjustments when road hazards, other drives changing lane etc etc
        I drive high performance German vehicles and really get on it from time to time when Im on the interstate and have a relatively clear path, however, as a father with small children, I have respect for other drivers and ” cool my jets” when the traffic is even moderate.
        I will have to agree, that speed at that age is very dangerous.

    • V

      Ree – Going 80 or 85 in a 70 MPH zone is speeding. Going 110 in a 70 is stupid and irresponsible, just like driving drunk, and puts other people in danger needlessly. Very few people walk away from an accident at those types of speeds. The 97 in a 50 was even dumber as the speed limit indicates it’s likely not an interstate or some other wide open road. Most individuals would not have been able to pull off community service as their slap on the wrist.

      • Ree

        I agree it’s stupid and irresponsible. I doubt he gets community service this time.

      • Spriggs

        Plus when you’re going that fast, any little mistake you make as a driver is magnified. You need to be focused 100% on what you’re doing if you’re driving 110.

    • Ron

      I don’t see much difference in driving drunk versus driving 40 MPH over the speed limit especially in regards to the harm he can cause to others. He wants to rent a race track and do 200 MPH, I don’t care. If he’s out on the street going 40 MPH over the limit for a second time, there is a problem.

    • Cubbie in NC

      I want to see the same rant about the people that talk on their cell phones. No less dangerous but somehow more PC to do that without the outrage or the calls for long jail terms.

    • hansman

      To some folks, beating women isn’t a big deal.

  • Werner

    Saw “Frozen” with my two boys and was completely enchanted by it. I can’t imagine your girl wouldn’t have a wonderful time. But give us a report after.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      My five year old son liked it enough that we got him the soundtrack for XMas. (Of course, by that time he was siningng the songs so differently that he barely recognized the “originals!”)

      • THEOlogical

        Love rrading your comments DocPeterWimsey. But one thing I whole heartedly disagree with you on is the slang XMas. It’s Christmas, and will always be Christmas. It’s not Thanxgiving or Xdependence Day. Sorry, off my soapbox…

        • Cerambam

          The “X” in X-mas comes from th Greek letter chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ. It’s not an attack on anyone’s religion or traditions, but rather an old, common and fitting abbreviation tHat dates back to the 16th century.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas

          • DocPeter Wimsey

            Damn, you beat me to being pedantic!

            As for myself, I celebrate Zagmuk: you never read me complain when people say “Happy Zmuk, dude!”

          • THEOlogical

            I understand, but first of all, I’m not Greek. It has no meaning to me. Secondly, if it’s not in bad taste to us Christians out there, I’ll respect your use of the letter X in XMas. But for most of us Christians, we don’t see it in the light that you referenced to. And most people don’t use it in that context, so we feel it’s an attack on our belief. Or maybe just a lazy man’s way out of typing Christmas. I honestly see your point, but just pointing out the other side of it. No harm, no foul.

            • DocPeter Wimsey

              You had me at “lazy!”

            • ClevelandCubsFan

              There are those who have used the X to deemphasize Christ, I’m sure. But Christians were the first to do it–old Greek NTs would use X… sometimes with a line over it as a way to save space.

              Many Chriatians do it on their cars with the fish inscribed with ΙΧΘΥΣ.

              As a Christian, I wouldn’t say it offends me. Knowing that it has probably grown in use due to a perceived sensitivity and as a marketing ploy bothers me. But I’m much more offended by Santa and the Hallmark Channel. If you’re concerned about forgetting the Christ who was God with us, the child who came to live and give his life foe the sins of the world… I’d start with those two giants.

              • Cerambam

                Well this was a relatively pleasant conversation with no capital letters or offense given or taken. Maybe this will be a good year.

  • Baseball Writes

    +1 for popcorn. That’s 95% of the reason I see movies these days. My five year-old daughter really enjoyed Frozen, by the way, and we are reading the chapter book based on the movie, now.

    On a Cubs note, I find it a little odd to be characterizing the Edwin Jackson deal a “mistake” one year in. Even taking out the fact that many of his bad counting numbers come from a great deal of bad luck and sequencing factors … people have bad years. I chalk this up to one of those things that writers/editors/talk show hosts/producers do for the sole purpose of getting people to talk about what they said (I have gone back and forth about this with Dan Bernstein before. I loathe him).

    Oh, and here I am talking about it … hmm …

    • Ree

      Cubs aren’t going to be competitive until maybe the last year of his deal. Therefore, bad deal. On top of that, he’s just not very good.

      • Baseball Writes

        First of all, that may or may not be true; thus, if that is the only thing you are basing your opinion on in regards to that deal then that would be a fine thing to say in 2 years when you know for sure. Not now. Secondly, in my opinion, that is just too simplistic an argument. There is a lot more that goes into judging whether or not a free-agent was worth the contract or not.

    • since52

      Second the Score/Bernstein/Boering loathe

  • Blackhawks1963

    I suspect that Puig will flame out quickly in the bigs. I do not like at all his showboating and arrogance on the field, especially for only be a rookie last year. Seems like he has a ton of growing up to do and needs to be “cured” of his Hollywood nature. You’d think a young man fresh from the awful place of Cuba would be a bit more humbled.

    Like I said, I think his final bubblegum card will come sooner rather than later.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Puig will (or will not) flame out based on talent, not because of (or despite) any of these other things. Your arbitrary likes and dislikes are abundantly irrelevant, as they have no bearing on performance.

      (That written, driving 110 mph is a good way to erase that talent in one gooey mess…)

  • Cubbie in NC

    Two years ago the Cubs made trades at the deadline and did not have anybody to eat up those innings. I think that Jackson deal was to make sure that did not happen this year knowing that the same trades of starting pitchers was going to happen this year.

    I cannot call Jackson a bust as he pitched the innings he was supposed to. He could have pitched a little better, but he served the purpose he was signed for.

    • Revery

      I agree. That contract has only one metric to measure success: 800 innings in 4 years.

    • RKStu

      175 innings isn’t exactly an innings eater. And his inability to get through 6 innings, combined with a terribly constructed bullpen was a pretty toxic mix.

  • http://obstructedview.net Myles Handley

    If you are caught speeding, you should have to take a fastball to the ribs going the mph that you were clocked at. Sorry Yasiel, but Chapman will need a few throws to ensure he gets up to 110.

  • Reality Check

    i think the Trib forgot the Fujikawa deal too. He’s proved pointless last year and will into this year. Scott Hairston was another waste; they moved him, but he did nothing while here.

    • gocatsgo2003

      The fact that we got a prospect with any kind of value for Hairston is somewhat miraculous. That Pineyro is showing signs of improving as a pitcher makes it all the better.

    • baldtaxguy

      Hairston was immensely valuable in yielding Pineyro – but I agree, he was not very useful performance-wise, but probably not one of the bigger busts, since there was only so much expected of him.

      A player getting injured (vs. a Baker situation where he coming off injury) is hardly a “bust.”

  • Jon

    Should texting while driving be worthy of a jail sentence? Because that is just as dangerous if not more than 110 in a 70

    • Patrick W.

      It can be in my state. Who thinks that isn’t also dangerous and shouldn’t be illegal? This argument that driving 110 is not that dangerous is ridiculous. Truly. How does 90 in a 50 sound? 70 in a 30? Not that bad? If you want to be a safe driver, you have to assume some people are going to go the speed limit. Those are the people you need to be prepared for. Anybody who thinks it’s more dangerous to drive the speed limit than over it is living in a fantasy. What’s the logic?

      • Pat

        The 50 and 30 mile an hour zones are side streets, or residential. That’s a whole different story in my opinion. But for an accurate comparison, it would be more like doing 46 in a 30, or 16 in a parking lot where the limits are 10.

        • Patrick W.

          It’s not the percentage of the speed that is the problem it is the actual real rate of speed. I’ll give you that it takes less of an increased rate depending on the surrounding population. He was going 1.57X the limit so that’s 78 in a 50.

  • http://BN Sacko

    Did Colorado get a 2nd baseman in that Stewert trade? And is he still playing? Trading him was ez to rationalize because of Barney at the time. Which makes the Stewert deal look worse for now.

    • Rizzovoir Dog

      Except that he sucks. His OPS away from Coors this year was .567. He’s Darwin Barney minus the Gold Glove.

  • Jon

    If the Internet was around in the 80s could you imagine all the stories about Walter Payton doing 110 in his Ferrari on the Kennedy.
    The bias against Puig puzzles me

    • DocPeterWimsey

      DJLeMahieau Is still with the Rox (they released Colvin). He bats about as well as Barney, but he doesn’t field as well as Barney. DJ might start with the Rox after Tulo suffers his annual season-ending injury, but he would not start on even a mediocre team.

      • http://BN Sacko

        Ah I c.

  • Jeff

    The problem is this is the 2nd time this yr Puig has been busted speeding (excessively)! His behavior will end his career quick, and if it was any of us Non celebrities we would’ve already lost our driving privleges. Great talent that I feel we will never see at his very best. In regards to Stewart we gave up Colvin and LeMahieu. Would rather see both of those guys in Cubs every day lineup than Stewart. LeMahieu isn’t even 26 yet and has some pop and good D and would be a def upgrade over Barney and Valbuena

    • Ron

      Lemahieu may be an upgrade over Barney but I’m not really upset over the deal. Lamahieu’s slugging at home was .420 vs. .297 on the road. It is likely that neither of them should be starting major leaguers.

  • waffle

    doesn’t eJax have an up year/down year/year pattern? I seem to remember that.

  • Ree

    Remember when Lance Briggs totaled his Lamborghini and left the scene?

    Me neither

  • Isaac

    The Little Girl will love Frozen. We took my nieces to it on Thanksgiving and they were totally in love with it. My niece still asks to have her hair braided like Princess Elsa every day.

    Oh yeah, the Snowman is utterly hilarious.

  • Spoda17

    I know it’s unavoidable, and there will always be a column about “bad” contracts… but this is not an exact science. There is a risk every time you sign someone. I think Jackson will rebound, and Baker was a sign-and-see from the beginning. Stewart, eh, I think the FO was trying one last chance with him… The mistake would have been to keep Stewart just to try and save face. They made the right decision by letting him go without worrying about still owing him money.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    You would have to live in Latin America to understand the mentality when it comes to driving. For example; the pedestrian has the right of way. Not! The first country I lived in was Costa Rica and I nearly got killed in San Jose stepping off the curb to cross the street when the light turned green. A tico gentleman grabed my shirt and held me back as the car wheeled around the corner, just missing me. Down there they paint a yellow heart on the pavement where every fatality occurs with a car. And believe me that sometimes it seems like every 100 meters you see one. Here everybody takes owning a car for granted. In those countries it is like an entitlement that gives you the right to drive like an asshole. I hate to say it, but taking a guy like Puig and giving him a big contract and a hot car is like Tarzan coming to New York. And I don’t men that in a disparaging way. The thing I really like about this FO is that they are stressing education and making the yougsters aware of the behavior that is expected in this organization. I’ve never been to LA, but when you look at all the Hollywood types that go to hell in a hand basket you have to worry about Puig. Personally if I were the GM I would send him down the first part of the season and see how he likes living on a bus half of the time.

  • http://tootblan.tumblr.com wv23

    I would be willing to bet that >80% of those saying “hey, no big deal, it’s only speeding” are only responsible for themselves – and don’t have to get their kids from point a to point b safely on any given day.

    Your attitude changes 180 degrees in an instant.

    • http://tootblan.tumblr.com wv23

      And equating 78 or 80 with 110 is pure sophistry.

      • Ree

        I had to google sophistry, but I’d say you’re right on the money. I do all kinds of stupid stuff that I know I would never do with kids in the car, or even if I had some at home.

      • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

        I rather he blow it out on an open Interstate than go 75 in a school Zone! Florida has mega fines for super speeders this is a non baseball issue.

    • Bluz Cluz

      I have three kids. But I would say very rarely do you here about some guy doing 100, wrecking and killing somebody. You hear more about the 80 yr old woman (not sure somebody that age should have a drivers llicense), the slow driver, the driver that was texting, the drunk driver and the sleepy driver. I not making excuses, but when I was 23, I would regularly drive my GXSR well over 130-140 miles/hr on the interstate. Im older now, I no longer ride that fast, and at some point, he’ll get it too.

      • Drew7

        “You hear more about the 80 yr old woman (not sure somebody that age should have a drivers llicense), the slow driver, the driver that was texting, the drunk driver and the sleepy driver.”

        I think you hear what you wanna hear then.

      • http://tootblan.tumblr.com wv23

        Accepting the premise of your statement (whether accurate or not):

        Just because something is not common does not mean it is proper.

      • Kyle

        I think we should make all major societal decisions based on what it feels like we hear and not any real information.

        • DocPeter Wimsey

          Well, if we all believe it, then it must be true, right?

    • Pat

      I’m pretty sure you’d lose that bet.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        That’s pretty sad, then. Have any kids, Pat? (Not a bait – just curious about attitudinal differences. It’s cliche, but I think about things so very differently now post-kids.)

        • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

          Brett, wait till your kid is 15 and asks for the keys, or gets in a car drive by a teenager…. “very different” never ends!

      • Pat

        Yes, I do. And while I personally don’t like to speed, there most certainly are people and vehicles capable of traveling safely at that speed. Without knowing the type of vehicle, road conditions and traffic, the danger level is pure speculation.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          The fact that there are other vehicles on the road traveling at considerably slower speeds – or there could be, just around that corner – is plenty enough to know that it’s dangerous. I don’t give a floppy shit if it’s dangerous for the idiot who decides to take that risk. It’s dangerous for everyone else.

          • Pat

            But is that a fact? Were there other cars around when he was doing that speed. I’m not sure about the around the corner stuff, most of the expressways here have several hundred yards of visibility at any time, but it’s possible. It’s also possible that the road was mostly empty.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              “It’s also possible that the road was mostly empty.”

              I’d argue that an ostensibly empty roadway can make for the most catastrophic types of accidents. That’s when you don’t expect the car to be around the corner.

    • Kyle

      Nah, you’d be surprised how deep self-delusion and self-justification can go for “I like to go fast” folks, even after they have kids.

  • Sect208row8

    Walter Payton also shot an employee in his restraunt office. And MJ was famous for speeding around the northshore. Who would give Mike a ticket? The Cadillac store I worked at gave Mike and Jerry Krause Escalades and Mike bragged about “cruising” at 100 plus. Big truck with lousy brakes. Mike always returned his spotless but Krause was a slob. We laughed at the mcdonalds fry boxes in the back seat. Wish there were camera phones then.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    I have generally disliked most Pixar-type flicks that I’ve seen in recent years – I prefer the classic Disney movies, if I’ve got to watch a kids movie.

    But ‘Frozen’ was not terrible. Plus The Little Girl had a blast.

    • J.L.

      I’ll just presume you haven’t seen Toy Story 3, dude. Don’t tell me you didn’t like it. I beg you.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Only saw the first one, and it was admittedly when I was 18 to 20 and hated everything.

        • J.L.

          I’m telling you, it’s incomparable in quality and ambition to any other animated movie since at least The Lion King. You should give it a chance someday (it’s not necessary to watch the first two beforehand).

          • JM

            While you don’t need to see the first two, it helps to get the full effect of the third. My seven year old girl is a Toy Story fanatic. When she goes off on her own / gets rid of her favorite toys, I just won’t be able to watch the third one again…

            But I’m an emotional sap…

        • http://tootblan.tumblr.com wv23

          Watch the Toy Story trilogy with your kids. Toy Story 3 will get to you. Guaranteed.

    • Kyle

      Frozen finally provided some crossover for my “Disney” and “Idina Menzel” workout playlists.

  • Mattm

    Can someone look up what kind of WAR Valbuena could give us at second base? I would think he gives us alot more value at second and would not feel bad or as bad about the offense with him at second and Olt at third …

  • Ballgame

    Unless you’ve been in a car going 100+, I think it’s hard to realize how easy it is to go that fast in a sports car. This was beyond reckless recklessness but I was in a Mustang Cobra going 135 when I was 18 or 19. Stupid to do, but it didn’t feel that fast. Also, a few years ago my brother challenged my mom to go 100+ and she did. My mom wouldn’t push it if she was worried. Way worse things in the world than speeding. Reckless , of course but c’mon let’s put this into perspective.

  • http://tootblan.tumblr.com wv23

    Also, re the Trib’s “worst” lists, this is the time we would do the 10 worst pieces of Trib baseball journalism if WV23 still existed. They drive me nuts with that crap.

  • Chris

    As of now, the Edwin Jackson deal is unarguably bad, in my opinion. Sure, his peripherals may suggest good things to come, but his actual performance in 2013 was horrendous.

    Of course the final review of the contract may change sometime in the next three seasons, depending on Jackson’s future performances.

    • Kyle

      The idea that peripherals and performance are separate is kind of a weird idea that’s popped up.

      His peripherals *are* his performance. How that performance translated into numbers that we inaccurately but traditionally assign to pitchers (like runs allowed) was unusually bad for Jackson, but that’s not his fault.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        The distinction should be “performance” and “outcome.” (But obviously even that is grainy. In the end, we’re trying to exclude the things that the dude can’t control.)

        • Chris

          Right, like “Wins” and “Losses”. Those should be excluded. But all of the stats I listed below should not be excluded.

          • Kyle

            Why *shouldn’t* runs be excluded?

            We used to think a pitcher primarily controlled wins, now we know better.

            We used to think a pitcher primarily controlled runs, now we know better.

    • Darth Ivy

      I still think ERA is the most important stat to judging a pitcher’s performance.

    • http://vdcinc.biz 70’scub

      Jackson is a Journey man period..at some point 2 or so years from now the Cubs will dump him.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Is he into ‘Faithfully,’ or is he more of a ‘Don’t Stop Believin” kind of guy?

        • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

          I think he is trying to say we will soon go our ‘Separate Ways’.

          • bbmoney

            Well played sir.

  • Chris

    All of the following stats were worse for Edwin Jackson in 2013 than in 2012: K/9, BB/9, BAA, WHIP, LOB%, ERA. Yes, there are other factors that affect these stats, but you cannot remove the pitcher from the equation.

    A couple of his peripheral stats, such as FIP and xFIP, suggest better things to come. But all in all, he stunk in 2013.

    • Kyle

      “Worse in 2013 than 2012″ is not semantically equivalent to “bad.”

      • Chris

        Thank you for the semantics lesson. His stats were worse and he had a bad year. Happy?

        • Kyle

          It’s important because you presented evidence that he had a worse year than 2012, but your evidence that he had a bad year in 2013 is pretty shaky.

  • waittilthisyear

    wolf of wall street; absoultely obscene, but completely awesome movie. i caught the matinee, and the old ladies seated in front of me probably thought i was a monster because i was howling laughing at some pretty depraved stuff

  • waittilthisyear

    hansman and oswego chris: ive seen accounts representing themselves to be you lately, but they have slightly different names/avatars. is that you or an imposter? i ask because i have a system of weeding through less competent posters

    • hansman

      I have no idea what you are talking about?!?!

      • hansman

        At the end of the day, a hansman by any other name, just isn’t as cool as I am.

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover the Chicago Cubs.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Google+