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WRIGLEY_FIELD_100_LOGOShe’s getting up there in years, but her beauty only grows. Wrigley Field turns 100 years old today, and the Cubs will hold a party in her honor. I’ll be there – at Captain Morgan Club before the game (stop by) and in the right field bleachers by the well/LED board for the game (stop by) – and I hope many of you will be, too. What do you get a ballpark like Wrigley Field for its 100th birthday? Championship banners? Netting? Little black dress?

I say the best gift would be an agreement with the rooftops that ensures the renovation of Wrigley Field (and preservation) proceeds as soon as possible, and then maybe the Friendly Confines will be around for another 100 years.

  • Everyone wants Mike Olt to get another start after last night’s homer (keep those expectations in check, folks – he has tremendous power, but there’s still a learning curve at play), and Ricky Renteria says he’s going to oblige. “We’ve talked about him gradually getting into that role,” RR told Cubs.com. “Do I plan on playing him tomorrow? Yes. Everything is very calculated. I’m going to throw him out there and let him run with it a little bit. We’re still measuring everything, but he’ll be in there tomorrow.” I’ve said all along that, presuming Olt stayed healthy and showed a modicum of effectiveness, he would get more starts as the year went on – that’s the easing in process, and I wholeheartedly approve. But, as for today’s game … it’s against a lefty, so Olt was always going to start anyway. Just sayin’. We’ll see what happens on Thursday and beyond.
  • On the issue of platoons and playing time, Theo Epstein told Jesse Rogers pretty much exactly what I wanted to hear: “There’s nothing wrong with having a team that finds favorable matchups. Oakland is one of the best teams in all of baseball and they do it to perfection. There’s no ego involved, there’s no complaining, there’s no rhythm that needs to be found. You find very favorable matchups with your hitters against the opposing pitchers and you let those guys go to work. If we become that kind of team, great. If guys step forward and emerge and end up with every day at-bats then great. What we’re looking for is production one way or the other.” Rogers’ piece also has thoughts from Olt and Renteria, if you want more.
  • Should Olt do what we all hope he does and emerge as a regular, an interesting situation develops. Luis Valbuena has demonstrated that he deserves regular playing time, too (not only to help the team win, but the guy is under control for another two years after this one, and has legit value on the trade market). He also happened to look pretty good at second base last night … but what about Emilio Bonifacio, who probably also needs to start regularly? Even if you shift Bonifacio to center field against righties (allowing Valbuena to start regularly against righties at second base), then you’ve got Ryan Sweeney and Darwin Barney almost completely left out in the cold. Maybe that’s the best approach long-term, but it’s a tricky balancing act. And it all starts with what happens to Olt.
  • Pedro Strop tells CSN that there was nothing to him throwing behind Miguel Montero on Monday night. Just a pitch that got away. Like, legitimately. Not wink-wink-nudge-nudge.
  • The Tribune’s coverage of the first game at Wrigley Field (then Weeghman Park) 100 years ago.
  • It doesn’t sound like there’s much of an update on Jorge Soler at this point, who is rehabbing his injured hamstring in Arizona. He’s doing baseball activities (Arizona Phil has mentioned batting practice a couple times, but I don’t believe he’s seen Soler in the field or running the bases yet), but Soler isn’t playing in any extended Spring Training games yet. Throwing a time table out there would be nothing but guesswork. All I can say is that when he finally does start playing in games in Arizona, it’ll probably be a week of that before he returns to Tennessee.
  • Carlos Villanueva, while extolling the virtues of being a Cub and playing at Wrigley Field, tells Carrie Muskat, “We get a little renovations done and it’ll be around for 100 more years. In this next century, let’s have at least 25 championships.” That’s it. Don’t ever trade Carlos Villanueva. Just let him stay for the next 100 years, pitching when he can, and saying wonderful things.
  • dwest9cubs

    I, for one, do not mind leaving barney and sweeney without at bats….

    • E

      I personally don’t even understand why it’s a consideration at this point. Bench players belong on the bench.

      • Crockett

        Precisely.

      • Brocktoon

        The problem is baseball’s rules dictate that we start & position players

        • Brocktoon

          8

    • itzscott

      >> then you’ve got Ryan Sweeney and Darwin Barney almost completely left out in the cold. <<

      …. and that's a bad thing???

      • Jon

        If they don’t have jackets, yeah.

    • Brocktoon

      I’d probably play either of them over Bonifacio

  • Q-Ball

    I like Valbuena, but as more of a backup….is he really deserving of starter’s time? He works counts, takes walks, and plays a good 3B and passable 2B, but I ultimately think he’s a backup. I have no problem if he sits more while Olt plays.

    Though, I think Olt may really take time away from an OF, if Bonifacio plays more out there, with Valbuena getting starts at 2B. The real loser may be Sweeney.

    • Crockett

      And the problem with Sweeney losing ABs is?

    • Cubs_Questions

      With the Tigers middle infield situation and Darwin Barney’s name being swirled around, I’m almost inclined to wonder if Valbuena could be a good trade piece. He almost certainly appears to have more value than Barney at this point and could probably net a better prospect.

  • Medicos

    Attendance yesterday was announced as 35,381. Is that amount tickets sold or were there actually 36,000 in the the Friendly Confines????

    • Patrick W.

      Attendance numbers are tickets sold.

      • Medicos

        Patrick– Around how many millions of $$$$$$ are in the Ricketts family pockets prior to the seasoon even opening???

        • Drew7

          How do you decide, exactly, just how many question-marks to type?

  • Funn Dave

    So, I know the game time is listed as 1:20. Does that include the centennial celebrations? I’m seriously considering working a half day and then leaving to catch Dempster & the hoopla.

    • DarthHater

      WGN has a Wrigley Anniversary program starting at 12:30.

      • Funn Dave

        Boo. All I want is for MLB to schedule Cubs games exactly according to my schedule. That’s not too much to ask. :P

  • Jon

    CF Bonofocio
    2B Valbuena
    SS Castro
    1B Rizzo
    3B Olt
    RF Schierholz/Ruggiano
    LF Lake/Kalsih
    C Casttillo

    That is the lineup that gives you the best change to win on a daily basis. The only “platoons” should be in the corner outfield spots.

    • Brocktoon

      What has Bonifacio done in his career to warrant being an everyday player?

      • Jon

        What has Sweeney done?

        • Pat

          Put up a career OPS+ (94) that is considerably better than Bonifacio’s (80)

          • Jon

            That’s mainly fueled by a flukish Sweeney season 4 years ago.

            • Brocktoon

              As opposed to Bonifacio being propped up by one 3 seasons ago

              • bbmoney

                Yeah Bonifacio is a fine guy to have around. He’s fast, he can play a bunch of positions in what appears to be non-terrible fashion, etc.

                But let’s not kid ourselves. He’s a utility guy. Give him some starts, move him around, whatever (I mean we’ve got a bunch of guys that profile as utility guys). But he’s not someone that you need to worry about not getting in the lineup every day.

                • Funn Dave

                  It’s not a matter of trying to get him into the lineup every day. It’s a matter of not having a better alternative.

                  • bbmoney

                    Like I said we have a bunch of utility players….none of them are really better options. Bonifacio’s fine. He’s really not a “better option” than any Valbuena or Kalish or Sweeney. He’s been hot, if you want to ride the hot hand for a while fine.

                    But he’s not a clear starter or best option and he’s got no real upside.

            • Jon

              At the crux of this debate I think we are all ignoring one single thing…Ryan Sweeney f’n blows!!! He’s an auto out time he’s in the lineup. Bono has already come down from his crazy start but he’s still getting on base at a reasonable clip the past week. There is nothing wrong with playing the hot hand especially when the alternative is a scrub.

              • Brocktoon

                Sweeney has a career 334 obp. Bonifacio is at 325

                • Jon

                  What are they doing this year?

                  • Pat

                    I thought the discussion was about what they are likely to produce going forward, not what happened in a random three week sample.

                    • Jon

                      There is nothing wrong with riding the hot hand, especially with fringe players in this case. I”m not talking about displacing Jacoby Ellsbury here.

            • Pat

              Which season is that? His last six seasons OPS+ were 100, 100, 99, 92, 82, and 108. Which one of those is the fluke season you mentioned?

      • E

        The appropriate question is, what is he doing now? The answer is: hitting

        • Brocktoon

          Well yeah if you’re watching the season on tape delay and just finished up game 2.

      • Medicos

        BROCKTON—-Who gives a sh– what Bonifacio has done previously in MLB career. As of today, he’s 4th in SB, 7th in hits and 6TH in BA. He stays in the starting lineup!!!!!!

        • DocPeterWimsey

          There is a little thing called regression: and when a guy is doing unusually poorly or unusually well, then we can expect him to regress up/down to career norms.

          (Moreover, we expect Bonifacio to have a month this good once every 2-3 seasons just by chance: so, really, we cannot say that he’s any different than ever right now.)

          • Medicos

            DOC—Let’s ride the horse (Bonifacio) for as long as he continues to contribute to the team’s success. Don’t shoot him when he begins to, as u stated, “regress.” Put him out to stud on his 9th MLB team. Some contending team will be able to utilize his skills in their August and Sept. drive to the playoffs.

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          Well, we can use what he has done previously to determine what he will be most likely to do over the rest of the season.

          But that seems silly. Let’s use a fraction of that time and declare him a potential MVP bat!

          • Brocktoon

            It’s like Bryan LaHair never existed

            • Dustin S

              Too many Bryan LaHairs in the last 15 years fr the Cubs.

              I agree on the regression. No way Boni was gonna keep that up and there’s a reason KC waived him, same with Valbuena by the Indians. But, in his defense even a regressed ~.265 Boni (his career BA) is still the best cf on this current roster, as meh as that is.

    • jammin502

      I would keep Castro right where he is since he is performing well. I think when he gets too high up in the batting order he starts to think. Leave him in the 6 hole and let him do his thing. I would prefer this lineup:

      CF Bonifacio
      2B Valbuena
      1B Rizzo
      3B Olt
      RF Schierholtz
      SS Castro
      C Castillo
      LF Lake / Kalish
      Travis Wood (everyday)

      I like having Olt breaking up the two lefties in Rizzo and Schierholtz.

    • CubFan Paul

      That’s as good as it gets until an OF injury or summer trade forces up the dominating Bryant.

      • CubFan Paul

        I forgot about Baez.

        The 2015 lineup has a solid chance to be all kids, especially if Soler can stay healthy and hit his way onto the ML roster

  • ThePope

    Olt at 3rd, Valbuena at 2nd, and Bonifacio in CF would be great. Barney will find time as a late inning defensive replacement, and Sweeney can eat sunflower seeds and enjoy the view. Maybe he can even get a late inning pinch hit appearance here and there. That would be great.

    • Jon

      Yup. This isn’t a Olt/Valbueana debate. Both can be very useful players at the moment. Get them both in the lineup and put guys not performing like Sweeney on the bench.

    • Medicos

      Amen Your Holiness: With this lineup plus the continuation of the excellent starting pitching and Rondon-Grimm-Strop-Wright-Russell in the 7th-8th-9th innings the Cubs could move past Cincy and Pittsburgh in the next two weeks.

      • willis

        As last night showed, Olt/Valbuena don’t have to be the debate. Valbuena at 2B and Olt at 3B, with Barney getting spot starts against tough lefties.

        I don’t want to platoon Lake much. Kalish can get a whiff here and there but Lake has more to contribute IMO.

        CF Bonafacio
        2B Valbuena
        1B Rizzo
        RF Schierholtz/Ruggiano
        SS Castro
        3B Olt
        LF Lake
        C Castillo

  • Jon

    Best case scenario Soler is back in AA by mid to late May, another significant chunk of season missed. Good grief this guy is a china doll

    • JB88

      Not sure how that quite qualifies as the “best case scenario.” Likely scenario? Even that is hard to put in the “maybe” category. But unless you have access to information on Soler’s injury that the rest of us do not, the rhetoric is a bit much.

      • Jon

        I do have access to a gregorian calendar that tells me there is one week left in April. Safe to say he isn’t going to be back in Tennessee on May 1st.

        • Norm

          What about May 7th?

  • DarthHater

    The RTOs could have gone a long way toward redeeming their public image among Cubs fans by compromising with the team on an agreement guaranteeing Wrigley’s future that could have been announced today.

    • CubFan Paul

      I’m finding that fans that attend games don’t know about the schism.

    • candyland07

      The Rooftops do not need to redeem its public image. They know when the contract is over they will be gone.

      • JB88

        Theoretically they are going to be in business for about 10 years, so, if they want that business to actually stay in business, repairing their image might be a good idea …

  • MightyBear

    Arrieta’s been pushed back. Damn!!!

    • Edwin

      Why?

  • MightyBear

    Article by Mooney on CSNChicago says Rent wants him to have another tune up start. Two more starts for Carlos Villanueva.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-say-jake-arrieta-needs-more-time-rejoining-rotation?p=ya5nbcs&ocid=yahoo

  • http://BN Sacko

    I think it’s a little early making a long term determination on Sweeny compared to Barney. Barney has been around long enough to make that decision Sweeny hasn’t, in addition to Ruggs getting some RBI’s. I don’t think he will always be that productive and I don’t think Boni’ keeps up his production. Kalish also needs more AB’s to make a better determination on the amount of playing time. Most of this will be determined should Lake and Olt become everyday players. Minors won’t be brought up to sit unless it’s Watkins again.

    • CubFan Paul

      Sweeney isn’t new to baseball.

      • http://BN Sacko

        On the DL a lot in his career.

        • CubFan Paul

          Sooo…

          • http://BN Sacko

            Really?

  • Spoda17

    The thing about platooning that seems to always get lost is the actual players. Jesse mentions it, and I have said it a ton over the past couple weeks. It works for Oakland because their players perform in that role. If the player cannot perform in a platoon, the platoon doesn’t work. And to continue to platoon because it “should” work is not effective.

    Valbuena has had a few good games and a few great at bats… but we already know over the long haul who he is. He is a good backup, not a starter. Olt is a rookie, he still has a lot to learn. Valbuena is not, he is what he is… that is a low .200 BA with a few HRs and some RBIs, but nothing close to league average.

    • Brocktoon

      So platoons work when the players involved in them perform well. Got it.

    • Brocktoon

      Valbuena put up 2 fwar last year in a shade under 400 PAs. So yea, he was better than league average last year

      • Spoda17

        If you think a slash line of .223/.306/.351, has never hit more than 12 hrs in a season or more than 37 ribis, is what you want out of your starting 3rd baseman, then fine. My expectations of performance are higher.

        • Edwin

          What slash line are you looking for out of a 3B?

          • CubFan Paul

            A SLG% higher than .351 apparently

        • Brocktoon

          Maybe if Valbuena was putting up OPS in the 500s in the minors in his age 24 season(like a blind Mike Olt did) rather than in the big leagues his career numbers wouldn’t be so skewed.

    • ame1908

      Yeah, but who is going to replace the Valbuena bat-flip when he’s out of the lineup?

  • Dustin S

    Curious to hear how the free jersey giveaway today goes. Usually free jersey giveaways are cheap material and one size fits all, meaning sized for a 120lb person. But these actually look pretty nice from the pics. I cant make the game. So just wondering for those lucky enough to be able to attend today if the Cubs went cheap (i know, free is free) or splurged for real quality jerseys which would be very awesome of them.

  • Pepitones wig

    To me, if you keep platooning the young players, that is exactly what you end up with..a platoon player. Arroyo is exactly the type of righty Olt should have started against. Arroyo is having a bad year and is not overpowering. He knows how to pitch, yes, but you have to get plate appearances against righties if you are ever going to hit them.

    I get putting guys in a position to succeed..but todays player is far too coddled in my opinion. They have to know how to handle adversity in order to succeed.

    • Brocktoon

      Olt has more PAs vs rhp than he does lhp

      • CubFan Paul

        His point still stands.

        • Brocktoon

          That Olt needs to get PAs against righties? He has, and he’s performed miserably I an extremely small sample

          • CubFan Paul

            “miserably I an extremely small sample”

            Your words.

            • Brocktoon

              Everything is an extremely small sample size right now. See the Bonifacio conversation up thread

          • Pepitones wig

            Olt is 4 for 24 vs RHP. Sandberg started out what 1 for 23? I think he ended up ok

            • Brocktoon

              Well let’s get John Baker in the lineup everyday then

              • Pepitones wig

                all for it if he has more power and as good defensively as Castillo. Don’t think he does

            • DarthHater

              [img]https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/12908841474_b7f4f165cf_n.jpg[/img]

    • Edwin

      Do you have any examples?

      • Pepitones wig

        I just don’t see how he is going to improve vs RHP if he doesn’t face them on a regular basis. The frustrating thing to me is that he isn’t getting an extended look..it’s just games here and there

        • Edwin

          There’s a good chance that even with seeing RHP on a regular basis, he won’t improve. At this point it’s less about Mike Olt learning, and more about finding out what we have in him. And based on what he’s done in the Majors so far, and in the minor leagues, he’s most likely a bench player. He doesn’t have the type of projected upside that warrants playing him every day at the moment. If Olt plays well in the opportunities he’s given, that could easily change. But so far, I see little reason to change my expectations on Olt.

  • ame1908

    Jesse Rogers needs to cool off about the whole platoon thing. No one cares if he thinks that Olt/Lake should play every day.

    Three players on this team have the track record that warrants everyday starts.

  • Jed Jam Band

    Guys, they ARE getting Olt ABs against righties. They will work him up to that, but he has been miserable against them thus far and the last thing we want to do is destroy the confidence of a young player who is just regaining it. He had a really rough year last year, so why would we want to see him fail?

    • CubFan Paul

      “but he has been miserable against them thus far”

      Only stat-wise.

      • Jed Jam Band

        Well, if you look at it from a scouting perspective, his pitch recognition against righties has just been downright laughable, so there.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          So your saying stats support the scouting? Hmmm instill say you’re speaking rainbow unicorn jellybean nonsense!

        • CubFan Paul

          Doesn’t sound like you’ve seen Olt’s at bats this year.

          He’s had *great* at bats. Not all strikeouts are miserable and laughable.

    • Pepitones wig

      I just think guys are far too coddled these days. God forbid they experience anything but success. When did everyone get so fragile?

      • CubFan Paul

        “When did everyone get so fragile?”

        When orange slices & not keeping score became the norm.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Just smh with that comment. Orange slices have always been there and the not keeping score is only at the lowest levels like kindergarten level. Would you just yell at five year olds when they strike out?

          • Brocktoon

            Plus orange slices are gross. What kind of monster brings those as their treats? I’m just glad back in my day that I got one beating for every out I made

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              ;) and T-bone and beer after a game OLD SCHOOL!

          • Jon

            lol, my 5 year old’s baseball team(first year no tee) and we were working in the cage the other day. So, yeah, for some kids it’s about 20-30 pitches before they actually “hit” one. Clearly I wasn’t yelling enough.

            • Edwin

              Someday I want to be just like that coach from The Mighty Ducks movie. The Hawks coach. He won all the time. It’s not worth winning if you can’t win big.

              • Jon

                If I can get all 12 of them to semi pay attention for 4 innings and not pick their nose, it’s a win for me.

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              FATHERHOOD FAIL! But mine does run after she hits the ball she looks back and waves and smiles at me… I’m turning in my Dad Card today. So ashamed she’s having fun.

        • Patrick W.

          What the hell is wrong with orange slices? I like a good orange slice myself and I’m 46 years old.

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            I’m enjoying some right now.

          • CubFan Paul

            I’m a grapefruit kind of guy

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              Well if you enjoy grapefruit slices that explains your sour face ;)

              • CubFan Paul

                Where I’m from, we sprinkle a little sugar on our grapefruit

                • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                  I do the same but as “slices” or give the kids each a half ;)

                • DarthHater

                  Try sprinkling some on your keyboard. ;-)

            • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

              Grapefruit is the single worst invention…EVER.

              Any fruit that needs sugar to be enjoyable isn’t a fruit worth “enjoying”. I’d rather be forced to agree with Kyle and Blu on everything they say than have to eat a single grapefruit.

              • TWC

                Criminy, Joseph, really? Grapefruit is the. best. I have fresh grapefruit juice (no sugar) with nearly every breakfast.

                My only regret about living in coastal Northern California is that I cannot grow good citrus (other then lemons and limes).

                • Edwin

                  I drink a fresca. That’s pretty much the same thing, right?

                  • TWC

                    Totes, baby.

                    Keep on living that thug life, Edwin.

                • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                  Oranges, lemons, limes…all good.

                  Grapefruit tastes like someone let an orange get far too ripe and then rubbed it in used motor oil and bleach.

              • Patrick W.

                Grapefruit is unquestionably terrible. Sounds good… I like grapes, I like fruit … but it’s a dirty trick. A dirty, bitter, gross trick.

                • cubbiekoolaid2015

                  +1

                • Pepitones wig

                  It seems to many, grapefruit is the Mike Olt of fruit.

                  • Edwin

                    Makes sense. It’s hyped by a number of people, but the initial taste reaction that it just isn’t ready yet, and needs more seasoning. Despite that, there’s still a crowd telling you to keep eating it every day because eventually the taste will grow on you.

                  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                    Whoa…

                    That is being far too generous to grapefruit.

                    It’s more of the Milton Bradley of fruit…or John Rocker.

                    There are a few folks who will adamantly support them, but they are wrong.

                    • Edwin

                      Milton Bradley was more like Limburger Cheese. A small minority of people thought it was really good, so you decide to buy some because you think maybe it wouldn’t be so bad in the right enviroment. But you were wrong, it stinks up everything, and you end up throwing it away for nothing.

                • TWC

                  I don’t understand you people sometimes. Always.

            • Brocktoon
          • bbmoney

            I also like a good orange slice. Just not in my beer. That’s all I ask.

      • DarthHater

        You should write a book about the best way to develop major league players. I’m sure all the professional scouts and coaches would find it extremely helpful.

        • Jed Jam Band

          STOP CODDLING ‘EM, YOU FRICKEN BABIES: How The Wussification of America is Hurting The National Pasttime by Pepitones wig

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            MOAR treat 4/5/6 year olds like FLIPPITY FLACKING adults. There is NO FUN is youth sports… ONLY THE W!!!!

        • Pepitones wig

          Ya, you’re right, I shouldn’t have an opinion on anything I’m not an expert on.

          • Edwin

            We’re just doing our best not to coddle you.

            • TWC

              Larf.

            • DarthHater

              God forbid that someone who comments here experience anything but agreement. When did everyone get so fragile?

              • Pepitones wig

                There ya go..turns out I’m neither a professional scout, nor a professional internet snark..will someone coddle me now?

                • Edwin

                  It’s ok. Nobody keeps score on this blog, so we’re all winners. Because we all comment.

                  • DarthHater

                    And so began the wussification of BN …

                  • Pepitones wig

                    thanks man :)

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Oh the opinion argument, the single dumbest excuse humanity ever created next to second idiotic arguement the “Freedom of Speech” excuse. Neither of the protect your statements for critique, challenges, and/or consequences.

            • Patrick W.

              Says the guy who eats grapefruit.

            • Pepitones wig

              So one needs to be a professional scout or don’t bother posting on a fan blog. Got ya

              • TWC

                Here you go, have an orange slice.

                We’re not keeping score, kid.

                • Pepitones wig

                  At least not a grapefruit.

                  Thanks, boy.

                • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                  Wuss

                  • TWC

                    heh

      • JB88

        Not for nothing, but John at Cubs Den seems to disagree with you …

        http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2014/04/somewhere-somehow-luis-valbena-needs-to-continue-to-play/

      • Jed Jam Band

        Here we go. Ok, look, this is not about coddling anyone. The guy very literally had no idea whether or not he would ever be able to play baseball professionally. He had a real scare with his eyes, which can be truly scary for a professional baseball player (hell, for anyone, really). What I am suggesting is that we maybe should not be so quick to want to see him against EVERY righty. Look, he is already getting more plate appearances against righties than against lefties and the results against righties thus far, albeit in a SSS, are not good. What is the problem with easing him in? Also, Valbuena currently has a 117 wRC+, so it’s not like he’s been unproductive. Yes, Olt has more potential future value to this team, but that is exactly the point. Let him develop at a suitable pace and allow things to happen naturally.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          Meh stupid logic… you need to get slapped and stop care about this STUPID idea of stats. Have some organge slices, rainbow, and write in your dream journal you hippie!

          • Jed Jam Band

            No to the dream journal, but damn are orange slices delicious!

  • Sparks

    I just realized…Wrigley Field is 100 years old! And the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in What-105 years? Please tell me again what’s so great about Wrigley, and why we shouldn’t move.

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      And you just won’t the most annoying comment on a historical day. Just sit back and enjoy the game leave the bitching till tomorrow mkay

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Won obviously

      • Sparks

        Does mkay mean okay? If I can start bitching tomorrow, when did you start? Seems that I see it every day.

    • DarthHater

      Yea. And just two months after the place opened, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, leading to World War I, in which more than 9 million combatants were killed. Stoopid Wrigley Field.

      • TWC

        “… in which more than 9 million combatants were killed.”

        Plus, the war inconvenienced all those swell people at Downton Abbey. That’s pretty unforgivable. Damn Wrigley Field!

    • Edwin

      You just realized this now? The whole “100 years 1914-214″ and all the event details released earlier didn’t tip you off?

  • cubbiehawkeye

    Thos Olt vs. Valbuena argument is getting tiresome. They should both be playing everyday or a majority of days.

    • Pepitones wig

      Right. The argument should really be Olt or Barney..which to me is an easy call.

      • cubbiehawkeye

        I’ve been a big Barney supporter the last couple of years but the dude shouldn’t get a lot of starts and he isn’t so I think the biggest debate might be Sweeney or Olt. You ride the hot hand in Bonifacio but he can’t get as many CF starts with Sweeney in there so you can’t move Valbuena over to 2B as much….you know it goes

  • http://Mshipart.com soultosoul

    Happy Birthday to the Queen. May She have many more.

    It saddens me that She has never celebrated a World Series winner, but that interminable wait will make it so sweet when it does come.

  • Sparks

    Thanks Goat, I appreciate your comment. You are a gentleman and a scholar.

  • Sparks

    And the rest of the sarcastic comments too.

    • TWC

      Here’s a non-sarcastic comment: learn how to use the reply button. It won’t make your comments any more valid, but it will put your foolishness in context.

      • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

        Thank it’s just one random dumb comment after another

      • Sparks

        Thank you for the advice on the reply button. I forgot that there was one. I apologise. I also forgot that it is extremely unwise on this site to disagree with what the insiders think. It always results in the remarks being called foolish or dumb.

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          “I also forgot that it is extremely unwise on this site to disagree with what the insiders think”

          Why does this sound familiar?

          • candyland07

            Cause most of the time – its the same people that do the insulting that live on this site 16 hours of a 24 hour day. 6 to 7 times a week.

            • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

              Well that’s silly.

              No one can live on a web site. It’s not a physical thing.

              • candyland07

                says the man with 2945 post on BN ,

                • TWC

                  You counted?

                  What a loser.

                  Counting Hansmans’ comments must be a fate worst than death.

                  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                    Someone has comment count envy.

                    • candyland07

                      not envy …. only a vain person would think that and feel its an appropriate thing to type.

                    • ssckelley

                      I know I do…how many do I have?

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      Ohhhhh…SNAP!

                      You just brought it and I didn’t. OMG, you got me. I am so incredibly vain.

                    • DarthHater

                      “I am so incredibly vain.”

                      They ought to write a song about you.

                    • ssckelley

                      hansvain……dooooooooooo it, sounds much better than hansman.

                    • DarthHater

                      Sounds like a supervillain for the next Batman movie.

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      Or a porn star.

                    • ssckelley

                      Actually hansman sounds more like a porn star. :D

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      Probably because you are “Americanizing” the pronuciation.

                      Handsman = wrong

                      Hahnzman = right

                    • DarthHater

                      This thread reminds me of my all-time favorite porn movie title: “Edward Penishands.”

                    • ssckelley

                      dammit, you ruined my fun! You dumb son of a……oops we gotta be nice……LET’S HUG!

                • candyland07

                  Twc and Goat has over 3000 posts and those two will preach and put anybody down that is against the Cubs front office and current ownership. And if anyone types a message that belittles Team Epstein and its merry men it usually is dealt with swift sarcasm and name calling .
                  Are you guys related? I could be wrong but do you three have any type of fundamental disagreements? Well any way ignore these three people including Darth and just enjoy the laughter that they provide and all is well. – state you opinions and enjoy the columns that Brett and Luke put out.

                  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                    Not sure who shit in your cherrios this morning but I generally ignore you.

                  • TWC

                    “Twc … will preach and put anybody down that is against the Cubs front office and current ownership.”

                    You lie. Prove it. Find one — one! — comment in which I attack someone simply for being “against the Cubs front office and current ownership”.

                    I’ll wait.

                    • ssckelley

                      pfffffttt….TWC you put everyone down on just about anything, no proof needed.

                    • DarthHater

                      Yea, come on, TWC. Just because you always find multiple things to attack in everyone isn’t much of a defense. :-P

                    • TWC

                      Yeah, but that’s irrelevant.

                      I’m still waiting for the crickets to stop chirping and Candyland to come back with *one single instance* of me “attacking someone” simply for being “against the Cubs front office and current ownership”.

                      I suspect I’ll be waiting for a while.

                    • DarthHater

                      But candy didn’t say that you put people down simply for being “against the Cubs front office and current ownership”. He said the you put anybody down who is against them. That doesn’t stop you from also finding other reasons for putting them down, which was my point.

                      Frankly, I’m disappointed. You’re usually better at logic and reading comprehension than that. :-D

                    • ssckelley

                      Yes, don’t move…wait right there….we are working on it for you.

                    • TWC

                      “You’re usually better at logic and reading comprehension than that.”

                      Why are you always putting me down?

                    • DarthHater

                      Cuz you’re constantly “being an asshole.” (I would normally put a winky face here, but I won’t, because I know you would then attack me for acting like an adolescent girl).

                    • ssckelley

                      [img]http://images.buycostumes.com/mgen/805579.jpg?zm=1600,1600,1,0,0[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      [img]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3760/13271952754_a369ced880_n.jpg[/img]

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      That was an excellent effort on posting the picture, and I am sure you tried your best, kelley, just remember to check the size of the picture next time.

                      Here is your gold star.

                    • DarthHater

                      ssckelley, that’s my wife, Darth Hottie:

                      [img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13964376966_5c678f5cb6.jpg[/img]

                    • ssckelley

                      dammit!!!

                      [img]http://images.buycostumes.com/mgen/merchandiser/805579.jpg?zm=170,170,1,0,0[/img]

                    • DarthHater

                      Well, dammit! ;-)

                      [img]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13964376966_5c678f5cb6_n.jpg[/img]

                    • ssckelley

                      shut up handyman!!!!!

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      Hey, I was being nice. No need to be soooooooooooo mean. :(

                    • ssckelley

                      This would be a good spot to post a picture of unicorns with rainbows coming out of their asses, but I am too scared to try that again.

                  • DarthHater

                    Yea, I’m sure the sarcasm and retorts have nothing at all to do with the fact that using phrases like “belittles Team Epstein and its merry men” is what some of us colloquially call: being an asshole.

                    • Sparks

                      DarthHater, I guess I have been wrong all this time. I thought the rule for the website was to “attack the idea, not the poster”. I haven’t read Brett’s rules lately, so I could be wrong. It does seem to be common courtesy even if it is not a rule.

                    • DarthHater

                      That’s exactly what I did. I did not say candyland07 is an asshole. I said that couching one’s criticisms of the FO in terms of smart-ass phrases like “Team Epstein and its merry men” constitutes being an asshole. That is criticism of the behavior, not the person.

                    • Sparks

                      DarthHater, When you say “That’s exactly what I did.”, I take it you were refering the the rule, not common courtesy, correct? I realize that common courtesy is not very common, though.

                  • Sparks

                    Thanks, candyland07! Good advice.

                    • DarthHater

                      If it’s such great advice, why don’t you start following it?

                  • candyland07

                    Actually I was just enjoying the Winning streak of the Cubs , oh and i did not call anybody a loser – vain = yes , loser no.

                    • DarthHater

                      Hansman always calls himself a loser. It’s called: having an accurate self-image. :-P

                  • candyland07

                    This was a good example , it what i was saying .just ignore them in general (if you like)and the sarcasm and name calling starts to get old.To the average reader out their, comment on how you feel

                    The only moderate on this site usually ignores those four posters when he is on the site anyhow.

                • DarthHater

                  2,945? Bah! Those are only his message board posts, not his posts on the public discussion board. I dare you try to count latter. I’ll expect your answer by the time the Cubs win a World Series…

                  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                    I am a loser, this is true.

                    At least I am vain about it, though.

                    • Jed Jam Band

                      Indeed to this. Anyways, I have nothing else to say on this matter.

                    • ssckelley

                      Giving up already? Damn, this thread is really awesome!

                      ZOMG!!!! Someone gotz their feelings hurt on the interwebz.

            • Sparks

              That is True.

          • Sparks

            Maybe because it’s true?

            • TWC

              Is it true? Is it? Really?!

              • Sparks

                Yes, it is truly true.

        • TWC

          Well, as you’ve ably shown, dumb comments are dumb.

          • Sparks

            Which one?

            • DarthHater

              That one, for starters.

              • Sparks

                I wish you would be more specific. I am 81 years old. I have made a lot of dumb comments in my life. “Which one?” does not seem particularly dumb to me. Even so, my question was directed to TWC.

                • DarthHater

                  Standing alone, “which one?” is not dumb at all. But in context, you were asking TWC to give you a meaningful response. Anybody who knows anything about TWC knows that’s a dumb thing to expect. :-P

        • jp3

          Sparks, king of the pointless one liners… Did you know your eyeballs don’t grow from berth?

          • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

            Duh…everyone knows they grow from stem cells and not the sleeping quarters on a ship.

          • Sparks

            jp3- WOW-Talk aboutthe one liners!

          • DarthHater

            Everybody knows that. But did you know that some owls aren’t that wise?

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

            • Sparks

              Some people aren’t either.

              • DarthHater

                Who?

                • Sparks

                  Me, for one.

                  • DarthHater

                    Who? ;-)

                    • Sparks

                      I always thought it was “Hoo Hoo, not Who, Who.

  • Sparks

    Goat- And I suppose your comments at 12:24 and 12:26 weren’t bitching. And on this memorable day.

  • Sparks

    Edwin- I guess I had trouble subtracting 1914 from 214. Then I figured out that this is 2014.

  • Sparks

    DarthHater- Please see your comment ant 12:47. I think it applies.

    • DarthHater

      Nice try, pal, but it does not apply at all. My comment at 12:47 was directed at someone who responded to a criticism not by trying to show that he was right or the criticism was wrong, but by getting in a snit and stating that he should just not have any opinions.

      In contrast, my response to you at 4:25 was a reasoned response which demonstrated that you had mischaracterized my earlier statement and drawn an inaccurate conclusion from the mischaracterization. That’s called having a discussion and has nothing to do with being fragile in the face of disagreement.

    • DarthHater

      Also, please review TWC’s comment at 1:37 regarding use of the reply button.

      • Sparks

        I made that post at 1:39 before I read TWC’s comment. If I confused you, I apologise.

        • DarthHater

          I’m easily confused. No apology needed.

  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

    RUGGIANO GOES YARD!!!!!!

    Cubs socking it to the D-Backs.

    WHO’S THE WORSE TEAM NOW

  • Medicos

    Dick Butkus looks like he’d rather be any where but the Friendly Confines!!!!

  • Jed Jam Band

    Honestly, they should have invited Sammy Sosa. I know some will be inclined to disagree, but he is a huge part of this team’s history and provided us all with some great memories. He deserves to be there.

    • Jed Jam Band

      I should preface this, of course, by saying that I DO understand why they didn’t, however.

    • Pepitones wig

      I agree. The homer in game 1 of the NLCS I would argue is one of the biggest in Wrigley history

    • CubChymyst

      I also felt Sosa was missing at the start. He was the face of the Cubs for awhile.

  • Medicos

    Wonder what Shark is thinking while he sits in the dugout watching this??? Does the FO still has Kevin Gregg’s phone ##???

  • Diehardthefirst

    100 yrs — may be right time to let this edifice rest in peace and move on to a new born bldg?

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