I'm not sure Twitter is for me

The other day, one of the guys sent out an e-mail to all the other writers at TCR. He mentioned that he had setup something called Twitter. I have heard of it and seen people around me using it, but I've decided that I'm sticking to Facebook. There is something magical about being able to endulge in something that would probably be considered a high school website and get so addicted to it that you find your grandma wants to be your "friend". That being said, I put the twitter out of my mind until I saw this:

WITH a cry of "holy f**king s**t", a US man is believed to have made
history by "Tweeting" the aftermath of a plane crash just moments after
the accident.

Twitter (http://www.twitter.com) user Mike Wilson was on board the Continental Airline’s 737 in Denver, in the US mid-west, when it slid off the runway during take-off yesterday. 

least 58 people were injured after the Texas-bound plane slid off the
runway – sheering its landing gear – and dropped into a 12m ravine.

A fire then broke out, damaging the entire right side.

Just moments after the plane came to a rest, Mr Wilson used his
mobile phone to send a message to all of his Twitter followers: "Holy
f**king s**t - I was just in a plane crash!”~ (View Full Story)

Since there is no news, I thought maybe I'd tie this into the Cubs is some sort of way. It's obvious that this Mike Wilson cat is addicted to twitter. I liken it to the addiction that we have with the Cubs. The other day I see AZ Phil's post about a new minor league coach with the name Pevey and I got excited. We're so thirsty for news that, in a sense, we're just waiting to swallow the first bit of news that comes over the wire. Things like twitter make that happen. It's there you get nuggets that say someone just saw Ryan Dempster running or Lou Piniella in Nordstoms with his shirt off and rumors begin to fly. "Is Ryan Dempster training for a marathon?" "Is Lou Piniella secretly a gay pole dancer?" Is that a good thing? I'm not sure. It certainly makes for an interesting transition to the new way news and media is reported.

I'm not sure when, or if, I'll rock the twitter. What I do know is that I won't be doing it as a plane is crashing, unless of course that plane is carrying me back home from a Cubs World Series.




Now you know why all passangers' electronics are to be turned off before take off.

...and I'm sure investigators documentation now and will find this Mike Wilson at fault by interfering with the electronic instrumentation on the aircraft.

Headlines? "Twitter leads to life sentence"

of course he might be dead which implies his life sentence might be short.

If we can't use twitter while crash landing a plane. Then the terrorists truly HAVE won.

ذلك ، ولكنى أعرف! via Twitter - 1:20pm

"What I do know is that I won't be doing it as a plane is crashing, unless of course that plane is carrying me back home from a Cubs World Series. "

A plane made of snow, landing in Hell?

love that image, TRN!

Must...have...baseball news.

Rotoworld says Texeira may announce his team today....looks to be Red Sox.

Fuentes is Angels top target now...

Cubs tickets for the Yankee Stadium exhibition will be $0.25 in the bleachers.

Tempts me to a 10-hour drive I must say.

According to WSCR.

Heyman from SI is reporting that they're on the verge of signing him.

It's gone up to $180 million now.

Joel Sherman of the Post says that they'll now trade one of their outfielders, Matsui and Swisher may be fits for the Cubs RF spot. Not sure how healthy Godzilla is and his arm is better suited to left.

Just a thought...

The Yanks now desperately need to unload Nick Swisher, who is a switch-hitter and hits better from the left side. 2008 was clearly an aberration, as he is a legitmate 25-30 HR/.380 OBP guy. He is owed $5.3 million for 2009, with another $15.75 guaranteed through 2011. There is an additional $1 million buy-out for 2012.

Instead of signing Bradley for 3/$30 and eating 50% of Marquis salary in a lousy salary dump deal, he trades Marquis straight up for Swisher. By doing so, he'd get his RF bat, and has an extra $4.5 million to spend on his 2009 team. He'd also have Swisher for the equivalent of 3/$12.175 (or $4 million per year), which would be quite a bargain.

Swisher can play all 3 OF positions if needed, and plays a nice 1B too, making him a versatile player for Lou. He is also one of the best character guys in all of baseball, unlike Bradley.

Hendry, for once, can buy low and sell high.

I would like Matsui, if he could play Rf.
Anyone know about his d?

He's in final year of contract and he's a pro, I don't need to see the look at me show of Nick Swisher with the Cubs.

Injury prone and a mediocre fielder; FRAAs the last five years: 1, -6, 6, 1, -7.

Thanks Carlos

Feliz Navidad!

yanks are content to spend 200 zillion trillion bazillion on a roster to choke competition...they dont need to get rid of anyone.

he's expendable now, but this is the yanks and they don't follow normal baseball convention of give/take on the roster.

"The Yanks now desperately need to unload Nick Swisher, who is a switch-hitter and hits better from the left side."

Sorry, but Swisher's stats the past three years don't back you up.

good for my FA frenzy entry....

I'd get in on Swisher over Abreu. Probably take Dunn or Bradley just above him though. Don't see Swisher in the .251 BABIP range next year, so a good 30-50 pt boost in his average stats wouldn't shock me.

Corey Patterson gets an $800,000 minor league deal from the Nationals. Same price as Gathright.

I hate Twitter; it may be the downfall of civilization.

It really shocks people when they call my cell and it's not on. When you see how easyily 21st century man was enslaved by those damned things, it certainly makes The Matrix look a little less fantastic.

You just aren't hip enough or young enough to appreciate it.

Btw, I like this Aiello fella. Nice little articles.

That seems to ring true, crunch.

I was afraid of what the Yanks might do as I updated the 2008 roster of my baseball video game to reflect FAs and NTFAs.

If nothing else, the Yanks shouldn't be competition for Abreu, which is nice.

I think Nick Swisher is Adam Dunn with less power. Also cost less so who knows.

I wouldn't mind Xavier Nady for RF. I wonder how high the Yanks are on him?

But i wouldn't mind one of the group of Nady, Swisher, Matsui, or Damon.

Think we can convince them to swap one of them for Marquis? LoL. I can dream.

Mets and Lowe are now deep into talks...

Angels GM said there's no way in hell Manny Ramirez will be an Angel.

I always liked the way Damon played...Great idea, Swisher for Marquis. As for Matsui, I don't understand why Soriano couldn't play right. His arm is his greatest defensive asset. Playing Soriano in right would give us several more options-Dunn,etc..

Right field sun at Wrigley is nasty. Think about how lost Sori looked in left last year. Moving him to right has un-educated boo birds written all over it.

Taken from MLBTradeRumors:

Per Joel Sherman, the Yankees -- "He says they'll now attempt to trade one of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Xavier Nady, and Nick Swisher."

Awesome news. Nady? Swisher? Matsui? Suddenly, a whole new market for OF opens up.

Maybe Gorilla Matsui would help Fukkake break out of his funk. Question is, can Matsui play the OF anymore with his creaky knees? If he can, there's nothing wrong with his consistent 120 OPS+ in the OF.

Swisher, OTOH, can play some CF if you needed him to, as well as some 1B. A more flexible option. He damn near grew up at Wrigley Field with his Dad, so maybe he'd like to play for the Cubs. I think I'd rather take a chance on Swisher than Milton Bradley's injury history.

There's no way the Yanks will move X Nady though, they need that guy for corner OF.

Of course, Matsui has been banged up 2 of the last 3 seasons, and is 34...and prolly needs 20-40 games at DH to rest those creaky knees.

If the Cubs weren't really in on Swisher for the price on him in the first trade, why are they in on him now? Because free agent prices are up? Because they can trade with the Yankees instead of the White Sox?

I'd love to get Swisher on the cheap.

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  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.

  • "Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.

    Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.

  • Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.

  • Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.