Looking for Cubs in All the Wrong Places

For your morning's amusement, a sampling of search results that have brought people to TCR. There're the obvious results, including:
  • Arizonal Phil
  • Cub Reporter (and a thousand other variations)
  • cubs blog
Anyone and everyone interested in Ron Santo finds their way here, from search queries that include:
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There's a whole slew of people looking for information on former WGN broadcaster Tom Waddle
  • Tom Waddle ESPN
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Of course, there are a bunch related to Spring Training
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Then, everybody's favorite category, there's the WTF/Random Things From The 189th Post in a Message Thread Caught By Google category
  • sam zell politics
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  • Blackstien
  • dress
  • lotsa
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What I want to know is, where are all the "naked pictures of Transmission" queries?


Sisco and Aardsma make Sox roster, according to Rotoworld.

Rotoworld also said the Cubs were going with 12 pitchers, last evening.

In any case, good for both of them, I hope they'll do well.

For what its worth, I think the handling of Prior is the single biggest difference in the Piniella era over Baker. The Cubs have forced Prior to be motivated. The first step in changing the culture.

I have a friend here in Indianapolis that worked for Sam Zell. If he bought the Cubs, the news would be non-stop about this guy. This friend of mine is a chick and she has a picture of him grabbing her boob. According to her he's a horney little dude and doesn't care what he says to anyone...

In my humble opinion, its a matter of time before the Cubs discard either Floyd or Ward. They just can't afford to have two guys who can't run or play defense on their bench. Too bad for Buck Coats. If he didn't get hurt he might have made the team. If Pagan hadn't hit .180 in ST he might have forced Lou's hand.

Can someone comment on all of the errors during yesterdays game in AZ? I know you can't take too much away from spring training as far as pitching and offense goes...but what about defense. I am extremely worried about our defense is the outfield this year

Ozzie and Sisco will go together like water and oil.

That will be interesting to watch.

DJH - see Phil's answers in the post below.

Cubs might not be satisfied with Cedeno-

From today's Denver Post-

"The Cubs are scouting Clint Barmes, but the Rockies want him to play every day in Colorado Springs for a while before re-evaluating his situation"

Barmes...that's hilarious.

Last year: .220/.264/.335
Spring Training: .229/.282/.314

Career splits:

Gee...he's an upgrade...I'll take the devil we know, thank you veery much.

Interesting news on Blanco, from the Sun-Times.

The Cubs are preparing for the likelihood of playing without a backup catcher for at least one game during the opening week of the season because of Henry Blanco's involvement in a federal trial in Key West, Fla.


Blanco is not under suspicion for any illegal activity, but money used in the smuggling operation was laundered through Blanco's U.S. bank account, according to the indictment.


Click here for the full story.

Well DB, In fairness to Barmes he does play in a brutal hitting park.

Since testimony at a trial could extend beyond one day, the Cubs might feel the need to recall Geovany Soto from Iowa to temporarily replace Henry Blanco, and they also should be able to make room on the 25-man roster by placing Blanco on the Restricted List (used when a player leaves a club for "personal reasons" that aren't covered by FMLA) for the duration of his absence, however many days that might be.

christ...why does he have to be a witness anyway...cant they have his lawyer represent his interests? is he a possible witness in need of cross examination?

Did that second quote strike anyone else as odd? I have little to no faith in the media anyways, but it just didn't make sense to say that Blanco's not under any suspicion, but his bank account was used to launder money.

RYNOX: It could have been identity theft or a fraudulent use of his bank account number or credit card or SSN or something like that. The prosecutor probably would need him to testify to establish that it's his bank account, and that the account was used without his permission. The defense attorney would then probably try and implicate Blanco and put him on trial instead of his/her client, and then the prosecutor would have some redirect, etc, which is why it might take more than a day for Blanco to complete his testimony (there also could be some unexpected delays during his testimony).

"rocky point prostitution "

If I had known about that I would have brought more money on my spring breaks 20 years ago.

That is sarcasm...right? lol...

Just wanted to point out that the part Rynox skipped in the article mentioned that the case is against one of Blanco's agents, Gus Dominguez and says that Blanco's bank account was used in Dominguez's smuggling operations. It makes sense to say that Blanco wouldn't be under suspicion, as Dominguez would've had easy access to Blanco's bank account information as his agent.

Not saying you reported wrong,. Rynox, just trying to clarify for people who haven't read the article.

Freudian slip: while reading the Blanco article, I accidentally misread "smuggling Cubfans into the United States."

"hatian culture and how they deal with pain"

It's very possible that whoever ended up on TCR after googling this phrase suffered a quick death by head explosion.

Which reminds me, where the heck did the Hatian Pain Threshold section of this website go? Was it moved?

DB, Yes

"It could have been identity theft or a fraudulent use of his bank account number or credit card or SSN or something like that."

AZPHIL: See #18 above. The case is a federal matter as Blanco's agent is accused of smuggling Cuban players into the U.S.

It is hard enough to get cigars let alone a good pitcher.

~head explodes~



THe Eman-

Wasn't that a Seinfeld episode?

Kramer asked Jerry to pick up a couple of Cubans?

I know some people yesterday were linking to some FireJoeMorgan.com tidbits but did anyone see the Dusty one?

I caught some of the Mets-Braves game this afternoon which I believe was the ESPN debut of FJM favorite Dusty Baker along with Ric Sutcliffe and Dave Ryan. In the bottom of the first the three were discussing the Mets batting David Wright second in their batting order. Dusty says, "He (Wright) stole 20 bases last year so you don't have to worry about him clogging up the bases at the top of the order." For reference, first game, bottom of the first inning, first "clogging up the bases" quote from Dusty Baker.

Hehe, ohh god I am glad this mental midget is gone from our team.

You don't know what Dusty means MikeC..;-).

In even lighter news, the Cardinals have a giant Mark McGuire statue that they don't want to display-


Imagine if they melted it down how many trailer homes they could make for Cardinal fans.


Sorry if this is a repost. ESPN has something called the Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Ranking.


It basically measures fan satisfaction with the team and how management treats the fans. Of the 30 MLB teams, the Cubs rank 29, ahead of only the Orioles. In other words, apparently Royals, DRays, Pirates, Marlins, Nats and other fans are more satisfied with their teams than Cubs fans.

The survey includes all four N. American sports. The Cubs are 98 of 122. Amazingly, there's four franchises behind the Blackhawks - Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, New York Knicks and Minnesota Vikings.

"Weber is responsible for all the sculptures outside the stadium, and also has cast Thomas Jefferson and a few notable hunting dogs."

Yeah, that's pretty much St Louis in a nutshell.

Actually the McGuire statue started out being small but then it ran into a Jose Canseco statue...

10 Man-

If they did put it up, how many thousands of pictures would be taken of fans standing behind the statue pretending to inject it in the rear?

JACOS: "Wasn’t that a Seinfeld episode?

Kramer asked Jerry to pick up a couple of Cubans?"

One of the best ones.

And, Kramer indeed shows up with them!

Dr. Transmission, love the urban cowboy/Jonny Lee reference in the title. Makes me want to beat my girlfriend and ride a mechanical bull.

* By reading this website, you agree that TCR and its authors hold no liability for any actions you might take afterwards.

Actually, I think I just ripped of the title from one used at TCR from years ago.

#31...no I think they were actually Dominicans... they wound up rolling the cigars too tight.

The Hardball Times on why the Cubs have been consistently unsuccessful


that was a fun write-up at THT...thanks for the link.

Z told Levine today that the Cubs made him an official offer (no $/years divulged) and that "negotiations will continue through the weekend in Vegas" but "will cease when the season starts".

Except, as I pointed out by email to the author over at THT, Einstein's "miracle year" was 1905. It's unquestionably the greatest scientific year of his life, and only Newton in 1666 can match Einstein for "peak value" or career year. The Cubs still had TWO world series victories left in them, at that point! We don't suck QUITE as much as he suggests! ~grin~

(RTFA if this doesn't make sense.)


From today’s Denver Post-

“The Cubs are scouting Clint Barmes, but the Rockies want him to play every day in Colorado Springs for a while before re-evaluating his situation”

*If* this is true, the only thing I can figure is he's being scouted as a possible future catcher. The middle infield is pretty well covered.

Barmes fits right in with our punch and judy Ss options. Aparently Dusty Baker still lives on in spirit in Jim Hendry's heart.

this shit is cool...draft reports on the 2007 prospects

here's one on Wieters

and then you can find a pull-down menu on everyone they've doen so far...

most of the reports are done from watching one game though it seems, so can't put a ton of stock into it.

BOGEY: Z told Levine today that the Cubs made him an official offer (no $/years divulged) and that “negotiations will continue through the weekend in Vegas” but “will cease when the season starts”.

Other details?

As Bruce Miles pointed out today, it's very possible that the sides agree on a deal before Monday's deadline but nothing is announced for a few days as they hammer out a few details.

Just keep that in mind...

I really don't think there is much to worry about with Z's extension. Hendry has a great track record of bringing back the guys he has to and it seems like Z wants to come back.

I don't have much confidence in Hendry, but I do in getting Z signed at some point.

that's real cool rob...nice

"As Bruce Miles pointed out today, it’s very possible that the sides agree on a deal before Monday’s deadline but nothing is announced for a few days as they hammer out a few details.

Just keep that in mind…"

And let us not forget that nothing really happens the day the season starts. It's not like he becomes a free agent. It's a Zambrano imposed deadline, that's all. I'm sure if they are very close to terms, he not going to stop a deal just cause it turned midnight on Sunday.

"I don’t have much confidence in Hendry, but I do in getting Z signed at some point."

Manny, why? You may not like some of his moves, but in this situation, when has he let us down? We locked up DLee, then kept ARam then signed the biggest free agent this off season.

I am having heart palpitations over this.

Maybe not as bad a A-Ram, b/c I knew Hendry would never spend the money.

It shows just how much (lack of) faith I have in JH.

Clint Barmes sucks. He'd actually make me pine for Jose Macias or Freddy Bynum.

"Manny, why? You may not like some of his moves, but in this situation, when has he let us down? We locked up DLee, then kept ARam then signed the biggest free agent this off season."

I don't think i was overly clear in my statement. I do have confidence in him to getting Z signed. I have little confidence in Hendry overall, but I do have confidence that the deal will get done with Z. In fact, I am really not worried at all. Sorry Chad for the confusion...


well Rosenthal says it's a good bet that Z will sign



other than it was a 5 year offer

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  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?