Stubhub gets a 15 Yard Penalty

NFL rules include (at the referee's discretion) flagging a 15 yard penalty for Taunting. MLB umps just give 'em the "yer outta here" thumb. Even Carlos Zambrano occasionally gets into the fun.

I received this e-mail today from Stubhub:

Where do you want to sit?

Hey Joseph,

Be there alongside your Chicago Cubs as they chase baseball immortality. Go to StubHub, where you’ll find a fantastic selection of tickets to every playoff game – so you experience the championship chase live and in person. Check it out. Go to StubHub and get the seats you want today.

Then a few hours later I got this apology:

Hi Joseph,

Earlier today, an email promoting Chicago Cubs postseason tickets was sent to you. This, unfortunately, was a mistake. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.


The StubHub Team


That's about the only thing regarding the Cubs making the 2009 playoffs that I don't have.


I'd better check the apple in my goodie bag. Someone in the Stubhub house just might have mistakenly put a razor blade in it.


i know some of you were interested in hawpe...


"The Rockies understand the value of Brad Hawpe on the field and off,'' said O'Dowd. "We have no desire to move him at all. He has leadership ability and a commitment to the approach we feel is important for a team's success."

The Rox don't want to get rid of good players? Well, balls! :(

I dub this post, "Cub FML."

Got the same message. In some ways it was appropriate--the Cubs have achieved immortality in terms of not winning a championship. However, the chase for futility this year is already over.

Evil, stupid, rubbing salt in wounds Stubhub bastards!

Speaking of the Cubs not making the playoffs.....

I absolutely believe working with good people can make a bad situation better, but why am I afraid Rudy Jaramillo is just the next in line of coaches/managers/players that we'll overpay for, only to see fail?

The flip side, of course, is if he does show up and our hitters (Soriano and Soto, I'm looking at you) magically get good again. He needs a contract bonus entitling him to 2 or 3 players' shares if he helps lead the team to the promise land.....

Seriously though, what I'm afraid of is if it goes down, this being Hendry's "big move" to fix the team this winter...

Pujols to have his right throwing elbow carved up like a pumpkin...more bone spurs and 2nd surgery in 2 years.

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Rob G --

You posted a link to a story about Rudy Jaramillo's hitting philosophy the other day. Would you mind posting it again?


Not sure what Rob was linking to but here are two longer articles on Jaramillo discussing who he's improved and some of his techniques...

Jaramillo espouses five basic tenets to hitting:

• Rhythm.

• Timing the arm and the ball.

• Separation of hands and front foot.

• Staying square to the plate.

• Weight shift.

How each hitter accomplishes those is up to them.
USA Today:

Baseball America article by Tracy Ringolsby when RJ won mlb coach of the year award in 2005:

Thanks, Doc!

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