I actually wasn't going to do one today, but after spending all morning working on something for the site, I felt the need to unveil it upon you all. But first...
- Dayn Perry HATES the Cubs.
The article ranges from the absurd to the obvious. My favorite gem:
(Derrek) Lee must stay healthy. While it's not likely he'll ever again be as dominant as he was in 2005, he is capable of returning to his typical "very good but not great" self. Provided he avoids injury.
While certainly there's truth behind the statement, who's really worried about him getting injured? A bad luck broken bone last year and we're walking on eggshells with him all of sudden? Didn't Sammy Sosa get hit by a pitch in 1996 that prematurely ended his season? Was everyone freaking out that he'll never be able to play a full season again?
- Well you can't accuse the Cubs and Tribco of being corporate douchebags (at least not all the time). Here's a bit from Rusch's agent
Tony Tanzer (emphasis added):
"He could stop taking his medication and play now, but he would have a recurrence," Tanzer said. "His plans are for 2008."
Tanzer said the Cubs would be his first choice, just because they tried to keep him on the roster this season for one more year of service time toward retirement benefits.
"Loyalty begets loyalty," Tanzer said. "He hopes to come [to Chicago] this spring and maybe work some in spring."
Apparently Hendry is a big fan of "My Name is Earl", time to payback all the bad karma in your life (or at least try).
- In other reading, Wrigleyville 23 gives us
the real story behind the Cliff Floyd signing, we're up to 116 on The Bottom 126
Cubs of all-time, Jeff Sackman of "Beyond the Boxscore"
runs a Cubs preview using PECOTA as a prediction tool and comes up with 86 to 90 wins for us next year and "The Transaction Guy"
has migrated to MVN.com finally (written by someone you know in the comments).
- My morning project was this page
, you can now easily add TCR stories to your favorite RSS reader or personal web page, even get stories emailed to you or sent to your cellphone(they'll be no more excuses for not reading us). Let me know if you think I should add any other sites and there will be a link to that page in the Author's Box sometime soon. Next on my agenda, is a "Stats" page, you'll see what I mean when I get it done.