Kerry 20K Viewing Party Tonight

Join us for a little pre-preseason debachuary tonight and a final farewell to Kid K in parachat. Plus the Oscars are tonight, so we can pull double duty talking about the red carpet (ZOMG, did you see what Kate Winselt was wearing?)

You have three viewing options, either you own the Chicago Cubs DVD set, Itunes for $2(search for Kerry Wood or a series called Baseball's Best) or Mlb.com(It's the Houston broadcast and you have to register and possibly been a past owner of MLB.tv). Game time is 9pm CST. With no commercials it shouldn't run more than two hours I believe and Transmission should be doing a parachat recap for tomorrow. Maybe this time we can get Kevin Orie to make the play.

Some quick notes from Mesa after the jump...

- Lou is going to ease Carlos Zambrano into their Cactus League rotation.

''There's no reason,'' he said. ''There's just no hurry.''

I'm not suppose to be worrying about his shoulder, right?

- Marmol still hasn't decided offically about the WBC, but sounds like he wants to skip it. Out of the major leaguers,  it'll just be Geovany Soto, Ted Lilly and Kosuke Fukduome missing camp. Speaking of, Fukkadome hit a grand slam yesterday in an exhibition game for Team Japan.

- Jeff Samardzija will start the Cactus League opener on Wednsesday versus the Dodgers.

Hope to see some of you tonight in parachat.

Comments

I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned it or not, but MLB Network's "30 Teams in 30 Days" series will cover the Cubs on March 10th.

Yeah, I'm on the recap....

Won't be there, alas, as I have an early morning over here in GMT+1, but for the record, and to get things started,

Trans, you suck.

Andrew sent sound: bomb

You know, I don't post much here but I read a lot of you guyses comments and I am amazed at the intelligence and humor here, but, and I'm sorry to say this, you're all a bunch of morans (spelled like how Cardinal fans spell it). I mean, shit, dudes, let it go. Oh boy, here come the flames. Hey, it's Sunday, and this place needs a little controversy. So, I say again, let it go. Spend some time with the fucking kids or something. Sheesh.

And we've met our judgment quota for the week. Thanks for lending a hand.

Relax, I'm just having fun.

Sorry. My irony radar is not internet compatible.

my kids will probably watch the game with me...

at least until they get bored of it.

Well, on a more serious note, even though I won't be able to watch tonight, it's good info -- I didn't know the game is available via itunes, so thanks for that. And for those of you who actually took me seriously (a distinct minority, I'm sure)? Relax.

How old are you and you spend your time hanging around on a message board with guys mostly in their 20s and 30s?

Pot...kettle...black

That's a damn good point. I suppose it's cuz I wanna know why they're always asking us old guys for money.

what's more Cubbery than picking out an old gem of an ex player from a "lost season" to mull over while ignoring awards for Batman Part 6: That One With the Junkie in It and Not-Quite Bollywood Quiz Show Minus Redford?

also, i'd have to go make some kids before i spent time with them and i definitely would pass up a recap of a 10 year old game for that.

or i guess i could say...

we got...nothing better to do...than watch tv...and drink a couple of brews!

New theory: Old and Blue = Silent Towel, plastered.

P.S. Crunch: rockin' reference ^^^

For the record...

I will be wearing my Oscar gown while watching the game.

in honor of the Academy Awards concurrently going on with tonight's 20K performance, I wanted to re-write the script a bit for a terrific movie that hopefully will get a lot of attention tonight...Slumdog Millionaire

The final question should have been: Name the Chicago Cubs current 3rd baseman:

a.) Aramis c.) Cardenal Richelieu
b.) D'Artagnan d.) Planchet

http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.ht...
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p.s. I thought Porthos was Captain Archer's beagle

SDM: gotta love the technique used to get an autograph when in a big crowd

I don't know what a masterpiee is, but I assume it's pronounced "master pee", and that doesn't sound like something I need to be in Parachat for.

Also, I just like to make fun of your spelling because there's somebody else I can kinda relate to. We all know I type like a special needs child.

whoops...

c.) Cardenal Richelieu

everyone watching that show knew that he played the OF for the Cubs from 72-77

http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cardejo02.shtml

P.S. - game was only 2:19, so minus commercials shouldn't go more than 1:45 I'm guessing.

So, what happens in this game and why are we gathering to watch it? Kerry Woods earns $20,000 dollars? I thought he was paid much more then that...

How long do you think this internet thing is going to last? Anyone else preparing the Y2K? I've started building a bunker in my backyard.

How does the sync-up work? Should I just hit play right at 9 CST, or is there a parachat-based starting pistol?

pretty much, just hit play at 9pm cst, you can always resync as the game goes on or the half innings. The DVD has chapter marks at each half inning.

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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 19 hours 16 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 19 hours 21 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 19 hours 38 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 19 hours 49 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 20 hours 15 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 20 hours 55 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 22 hours 7 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 22 hours 24 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 22 hours 28 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 23 hours 13 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 6 hours ago view