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#36040 Mike Carp?

Posted by Spriggs on 15 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

I'm bored, so:

Kevin Bass
Steve Trout
Angel Salazar
Steve Fischer
Chico Salmon
Ralph Garr
Koyie Hill
AJ Pollock
Catfish Hunter

Fish Parts:
Bobby Scales
Gus Gil
Steve Finley


Posted by Spriggs on 24 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

Any "steal" or "slide" guitars in the Campana Band? It could be a whole new rock genre - Scrap Metal.

#35153 Cubs Calendar 1/18/13 - Sandberg Game

Posted by Spriggs on 18 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

I remember the Trib's sports section's headline the next day: "Sandberg Back With A Bang!"

Our family always got the Sun-Times. Their headlines probably said "Damn Sandberg. Cubs Win Again".

#34161 Cubs Calendar 12/24/12 - Homers

Posted by Spriggs on 24 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

Here is a true story about Bill Nicholson and my Dad - sort of - if you care to read it - it's pretty funny

While studying the Battle of Gettysburg in high school history class, it was my Dad's turn to read aloud from the history book in front of the class. While the students read aloud, their lazy teacher often napped, read other stuff– or who knew what. So my Dad read from the history book for several minutes citing Gettysburg facts (the battle was fought July 1-3, 1863; George Meade’s Union army defeated the Rebels, led by Robert E Lee; about 50,000 casualties from both sides, etc…). Then at some point, my Dad suddenly began “reading” that it was the bottom of the ninth and the Cubs were losing 3-2 with 2 outs and a runner on base when Bill Nicholson stepped up and hit a 2 run homer to win the game for the Cubs!

He then went back to reading about Gettysburg for several more minutes until the teacher appeared to wake up and told another student to continue where my Dad left off. A few days later, the class had a test on the Battle of Gettysburg. And what was the first question on that test? "Who hit the 2-run homer for the Cubs in the bottom of the 9th?"!

#34095 Cubs Calendar 12/20/12 - MVP

Posted by Spriggs on 20 December 2012 - 08:20 AM

Well from a hitting standpoint, in 1959 Aaron led the league in OPS and OPS+ -- and by a significant margin over Banks. Though Banks' numbers are great.
Banks: .970, 156
Aaron: 1.037; 182

Aaron was of course a better baserunner, though he hadn't stole a lot of bases at that point or in that season (8 SB, 0 CS). Banks of course played SS which is big.

Fangraphs says Aaron's WAR was 9.0, while Ernie's was 10.4... advantage, Banks!

Addendum: In 1958 Willie Mays had a WAR of 10.7 to Ernie's 9.7. And in 1965, Mays had a WAR value of 11.5. Not too shabby.

#34058 Chicago Cubs X-mas music

Posted by Spriggs on 18 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

To the tune of Jingle Bell Rock:

Anibal, Anibal, Anibal rocks!
Anibal bring that Anibal schwing
Rackin' up, stackin' up, another win
Let the Anibal era begin!

Anibal, Anibal, Anibal twist
Anibal snubs the Chicago Cubs
Sneerin’ and jeerin’ in Anibal Square
He just doesn’t care!

What a bad time, such a sad time
Guess I’ll drink from night till dawn
And by that time, it will be time
To go lookin’ for Edwin or Shaun

Anibal, Anibal, Anibal sucks....

#31446 Cubs Calendar 8/21/12 - Cardwell

Posted by Spriggs on 21 August 2012 - 10:45 AM

Not sure why the final outs don't play, but here is a link to see Cardwell's 9th inningthat day.

And this is the text of the great Cubs radio broadcaster, Jack Quinlan - who died during spring training in 1965:

"Ball 3, strike 1 on Cunningham... Here's the pitch... Strike 2! (Wrigley Field crowd roars) ... Cunningham's arguing now... he's back here barkin' at Tony Venson, the plate umpire... he's really sore... he is really peeved at that strike two, that was called... One more pitch could end it... You know what kind of a pitch we're hopin' for: The dark one! Blow it past him Don! ... Here comes the biggest pitch of this ballgame... Lined into left field... (crowd gasps) ... Here's Moryn comin' ... (crowd roars) ... HE CAUGHT IT! He caught it! A no-hitter! A no-hitter for Cardwell! Moryn made a great game-saving catch! It's a no-hitter for Cardwell... his teammates are mobbin' him... Cardwell's teammates are poundin' him to death!"

#30071 Luke's Corner

Posted by Spriggs on 28 July 2012 - 11:11 AM

Just heard at the AZL game last night that Pierce Johnson will not pitch until the Instructional League. Maybe old news, but it was news to me.

#29201 Cubs Calendar 7/17/12 - Coaches

Posted by Spriggs on 17 July 2012 - 07:34 AM

I'm not sure if it's true, but Brickhouse used to tell the story that "Kiki" Cuyler got his nickname from Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby hated catching pop ups in short right from his 2nd base position. Cuyler was in RF. So every time a pop up was hit, Hornsby would yell - Cuy, Cuy!

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