TCR Friday Notes
Cubs Club members will receive benefits unavailable to other fans, including your very own 2007 Membership Card, MLB.com's Gameday Audio for the 2007 regular season, exclusive ticket offers, access to the home postgame press conference video archives, the ability to view Wrigley Field 24/7 through our interactive web cameras, and access to our exclusive editorial content and blog provided by the staff of Vine Line.It seems to be just worth the Gameday Audio that usually goes for $14.95 I believe. UPDATE: As always, read the fine print or well just read it thoroughly. It's not such a great offer since the Gameday Audio expires at the end of 2007 and there's about 5-12 games left on the year that matter. You can read the full membership benefits here. - Tickets go on sale November 7th for the Cubs Convention which will be from January 18th-20th. - The same article says the Cubs organizational meetings will be the last week of October. - On the sale front, the FCC is trying to make it easier for Sam Zell to buy the Tribune and sell the Cubs by trying to loosen restrictions on a company owning both newspaper, radio and TV outlets in the same market. - As a Cub fan, you'd be hard not to notice the parallels between Josh Beckett's Game 5 performance last night and the gem he threw in 2003 against us in the exact same situation. I suppose it's inevitable now that he'll come out for Game 7 in relief to shut the door against the Indians and take the Red Sox to the World Series. While I've remained mostly disinterested in the playoffs since the Cubs demise, I've taken a passing interest in the Red Sox/Indians series only because their just two really good teams playing really good baseball and I do enjoy a good baseball game. The series has also affirmed my belief that the five-game series needs to be abolished. If this was the ALDS, the Red Sox would be home by now, instead they take Game 5 and now have Mr. Playoff on the mound at home with a chance to force a game seven. - I also take a bit of solace by my postseason predictions. While my picks reeked of homerism, if I had gone the detached route, I probably would have still picked the Cubs in the first round but most definitely taken the Rockies in the second round. - It's time for a quick guessing game, who do you think wrote this?
Let's start with A-Rod, which obviously is the less complicated proposition. It's a matter only of money, and you can be sure White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf's already done the math and pondered whether A-Rod's worth $300 million over 10 years as he becomes baseball's home run king. That money would come back to the Sox five-fold in ticket sales, TV money, team marketing, jerseys brought, and -- best of all -- winning. Naturally, Reinsdorf also gets to stick it to the Cubs, who can watch Aramis Ramirez turn doubles off the wall into singles for the next five years while A-Rod hustles toward recognition as perhaps the best player in baseball history. So Reinsdorf has plenty of motivation to make it happen.Give it a moment, who recently bashed Aramis and said the Cubs should pursue A-rod? And the answer of course is Barry Rozner. I only bring this up because I came across the blurb at Fox Sports and it attributed the clipping just to the Daily Herald and I immediately thought that it must be Barry Rozner. - The big news this week was of course Dusty Baker reemerging as Reds manager. I mostly could care less although Dusty is always good for a cheap joke. I will say that I'm thrilled to have the Dusty-isms back though:
Reds manager Dusty Baker views both the pitching coach and hitting coach jobs as essential. "My hitting coach is like my offensive coordinator," he said. "My pitching coach is like my defensive coordinator. I rely on those guys."I think the quote got cut off myself...I believe it was "I rely on those guys to take the blame when things aren't working". As I said, always good for a cheap joke. Enjoy the weekend folks....
j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er
zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8
heyward 0-4 :(
Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales
Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says
Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.
I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.
The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.
I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.
I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.
With that said in reverse order:
3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.
2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.
1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.
CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.
Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.
I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.
any opponent preference for NLDS?
Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.
A couple of Cub related puzzles.
Can't teach height and thinness
Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.
j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.
Wow. I didn't know they could do that.
Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.
Game is officially called...also officially a tie.
Stats count, no make-up date of course.
Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.