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wrigley under armour signThe Little Girl was watching ‘Arthur’ this morning (what’s the guy supposed to be, anyway?), and the episode was about a thinly-veiled version of the Boston Red Sox having not won since 1918, and then finally winning (complete with players voiced by Johnny Damon, Mike Timlin and Edgar Renteria) the BumboBall Series, or whatever it was. The show was all about teaching kids not to fear curses or jinxes. It bummed me out the whole time, because I kept thinking: when are the Cubs going to get their ‘Arthur’ episode?

  • The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is coming back to Wrigley Field in 2014, on Saturday, August 16 at 7:05pm CT. (Are the Cubs using one of their night events, or is the UA Game not expected to draw more than 15,000? Events of that size do not count against the night event limit.) Annually, the UA Game brings together some of the top high school prospects in baseball for a showcase that makes scouts and prospect nerds trip over their tongues. If you want an idea who is likely to be among the top high school picks in the 2015 draft, they’ll be at Wrigley for the 2014 UA Game. You can read more about it here.
  • The new ballpark in Mesa officially opens today. There’s a big grand opening event from 2pm to 6pm (Arizona time) for folks in the area, and it sounds like it’ll be a hoot.
  • Looking at the ZiPS projections for the Angels and drooling at what it would be like to have a 10(!!!) win player. (And also laughing at the 3-win and 2-win projections for Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Oops.)
  • The Orioles flunked another player based on his physical, backing out of a Major League deal with Tyler Colvin, who has dealt with back issues in the past. If I ever start feeling a touch of the sniffles, I’m going to sign with the Orioles so they can turn over every stone to figure out what’s wrong with me.
  • Vine Line with a great write-up on the West Side Grounds, home to the Cubs before they played at Wrigley Field. The center field wall is believed to have been just a short 560 feet from home plate. Bandboxes, man.
  • (A couple more posts coming later today. It’s a Saturday blowout!)
  • Diehardthefirst

    Colvin being impaled with a bat fragment seemed to stop his rise as the next Natural

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I suspect that Colvin’s almost Franceour-esque inability to recognize pitches was a bigger factor.

      • Diehardthefirst

        Bat knocked self confidence down a peg or two which had something to do with decline

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Nah it was the bat

  • hansman

    And the LAA are prime example #1 as to why splurging in free agency doesn’t always mean that the FO is going to put a winning team together.

    But hey, they “tried” right?

    • CubFan Paul

      “And the LAA are prime example #1…”

      No. Since they’ve spent that money, they’ve had no pitching (5-8 quality options).

      Those bats weren’t going to make Joe Blanton pitch better.

      • Tommy

        I humbly disagree, Cubfan Paul. Brett pointed out the WAR that Pujols and Hamilton brought back. Is that worth the contracts they signed? I think not.

        • CubFan Paul

          Hans’ question was were those big contracts going to make them a winning team, not if it was worth it..

          When they signed Pujols I didn’t have them winning that division, nor did I when they added Hamilton. Their pitching staff had been old, mediocre, & depleting for years. They’ve injected some youth this offseason, but i’m not sure about their upper minors.

          • mjhurdle

            “Hans’ question was were those big contracts going to make them a winning team, not if it was worth it..”

            and the answer to that question was a loud No. Those contracts did not make them a winning team.

            • CubFan Paul

              “Those contracts did not make them a winning team”

              That’s what I said (twice).

  • Steve Ontiveros’ Mustache

    Arthur is an aardvark. He is never depicted eating ants. I try to point that out to my children as a major flaw in the show. Apparently the fact that the aardvark talks and wears clothes… I can look past that. It’s the diet thing that bothers me.

    • CubFan Paul

      I thought his kid was watching the ’80s movie about the British drunk.

      • Steve Ontiveros’ Mustache

        +1 Well played. You win free internets.

    • Caleb

      You both win.

      And that show sucked, if I remember correctly.

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Agreed on Arthur. Fictional shows create a set of rules, a universe in which they operate. Even kids shows. We accept their plot devices and quirks so long as they play within their established universe. When that universe is poorly designed or (worse) contradicted, we recoil. Arthur abaolutely should eat ants.

  • Jon

    If Mike Trout was on the free agent market today, what do you think we would get? I’ll go with 10 years/350 million

    • Diehardthefirst

      If that ever happens then time to make Spelling Bees national past-time because all hope will be lost for sanity to return to MLB

    • 1060Ivy

      Believe that ESPN’s Olney asked that question to GM/baseball execs and 10 years /$300 MM was the response that he received

    • CubFan Paul

      The highest paid position player makes $27.5M AAV so Trout would definitely get 10yrs/$285M-$350M easy.

      • David

        Hopefully Almora will be the next Trout.

        • Jon

          Hopefully I’ll be banging Kate Upton someday too

        • CubFan Paul

          Almora doesn’t have Trout’s speed or baserunning ability..

          But we should get a good/better grade on Almora’s power potential this year.

          • Kyle

            Almora also doesn’t have Trout’s power, hit tool or batting eye.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Also, lepers only feel better in Almora’s presence.

          • On The Farm

            Callis has him a future 5 on the power scale I think. Which was a bit surprising since he hasn’t shown much yet, but I think you’re right some scouts are starting to give him better power grades

        • ssckelley

          But by the time players like Trout and Harper hit the free agent market the Cubs will know exactly what they have in Almora and Soler. Bryant could very well be in right field by then, if everything goes right the Cubs may not be needing to go all in on a guy like Trout.

          Obviously the averages are against this from happening, but you never know.

      • brainiac

        the cubs would definitely be “all in” for trout, at a 6 year 120m contract offer. future reports from the FO will be shocked that they were unable to get trout at that offer. online cubs fans will retort that it was too much and he’s not very good anyway. and jed will go back to scaling the waiver line for players from 2004.

    • ssckelley

      It will be interesting to see how big these contracts get when some of these young players hit the free agent market. Strasburg is a free agent in 2017 at 28, in 2018 Trout will be 27 when he hits the FA market, and in 2019 Bryce Harper hits the market at 27. If these players do not agree to extensions the money on the open market could get crazy. I think a $300 million contract is not out of the question as it is not very often players at that age hit the free agency.

      • brainiac

        not out of the question, except to the ricketts

  • Jon

    I’m still not ready to bury Josh Hamilton or the deal for that matter. . I think he rebounds nicely this year

  • JacqueJones

    Cmon Brett, Everyone knows Arthur is an Aardvark.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOcyzddfvvM

  • JacqueJones

    “I’m going to sign with the Orioles so they can turn over every stone to figure out what’s wrong with me.”

    They’ll tell you you have cancer.

    Orioles: The WebMD of Baseball

  • Isaac

    Buster Baxter is my hero.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I’m also a member of the Buster fan club.

      • Isaac

        “Quarters!!”

  • ChrisFChi

    Has anyone ever went to the under armor game? I was thinking of going this year.

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