Omening Day?

It is a cold, miserable day in Des Moines. The steady rain may change to snow by the time the Iowa Cubs are scheduled to open their home season at 7:05 tonight versus the Memphis Redbirds, the team that caught them at the tape last Labor Day and squeezed past into the PCL playoffs. Ironically, that change in the form of precipitation might increase the chances of the game being played. Just in case the game tonight gets called I had a couple of hot dogs for lunch.

The I-Cubs beat the Isotopes on getaway day yesterday in Albuquerque, 10-6, behind five RBI from holdover Bobby Scales to split their season-opening road swing through Texas and New Mexico at 4-4. At the plate Tony Campana, Lou Montanez and Scales are off to hot starts. Fernando Perez has drawn eight walks and swiped three bases and Bryan LaHair has already knocked in nine runs. There hasn't yet been much pitching to which any of those responsible would sign their names. Chris Carpenter has fanned eight and walked but two so far in five innings spread over three appearances.

Here's alink to a new feature at the I-Cub website this year that's a nice one-stop daily clearinghouse for media reports:

No doubt there are better days ahead weather-wise and this club deserves some breaks in that department. Last year the team was 4th out of 16 in the PCL in attendance despite that Des Moines is 14th in the league in population.

Weather relenting, J.R. Mathes starts for Iowa tonight. It feels like he's been here as long as Wakefield's been in Boston, maybe longer if you asked him.


Snyder called up, Fukudome must be going to DL

whoops, false alarm. Tweet says Iowa Cubs call up Snyder.

Carry on.

Replaces Ty Wright, who moved down to Tenn. yesterday.

Iowa game called btw.

cheaper than anything you can get at Dodgers Stadium at least. Easily looking at close to $100 for food, drink, parking to take my munchkins when Cubs visit in May.

4 tickets for $40 through $108 with food and drink, various sections.

I'm fortunate to live close to a nice minor league ball park. That's where I take the munchkins. If shit gets real, we can leave and I'm not too upset about missing a game. Plus... great seats for $9

minors do have their charms...

I think that could be read with a meaning you did not intend.

I think that was intentional. Those with kids understand the 'charms' (both good and bad) of dragging small kids out into public.

"If shit gets real"

What? Do your kids beat up random Giants' fans?

Not random ones, they're smart enough to target the weak.

Only if they are asking for it by wearing Giants gear.

Actually according to the Cubs website, it's $40-260. The lower end is a nice deal, although at the bottom of the page it says that taxes and ticket fees are not included. I just threw the cheapest set of tickets into the cart to see how much the fees add, it jumps to $63.48, plus another $4.00 in order processing fees. So that $40 package of tickets is $67.48 (and you still have to pay for parking or the train).

i do wish they'd stop calling them convenience fees.

Their math doesn't make sense.

It claims the taxes are: 12% city of Chicago and amusement tax (unless these are 2 different taxes, each at 12%?), which should be $4.80
and 9% cook county sales tax - $3.60

plus $4.00 ticket delivery fee. That's 12.80 in fees, not the $27.48 they're charging.

So the "convenience fee" is almost $15.00?

Someone is stealing even more money from fans.

gonna go see 'the conspirator' instead...

omaha also rained out in opener @ new park; guess they didn't even have to leave town to chase this storm...also, besides storms the chasers are also chasing the whole division after going 2-6 in 1st week; that team is supposed to be loaded w/ future royals though...

SS Castro, 2B Barney, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, RF Colvin, C Soto, P Garza

J. Chacin for the Rox

Coleman vs. Hammel tomorrow
Dempster vs. A. Johnson Sunday

Rox at 10-2 and best record in NL.

Since 1946, only one pitcher (Rick Sutcliffe 23) has struck out more hitters over his first two starts with the #Cubs.

garza @COL...something tells me his ERA isn't gonna improve too much today even if it does happen to get better.

Not into Pena these days.

Maybe he has to play when his buddy pitches?

Gonna be great seeing his 0-4 night, tonight.

2 strikeouts is a given

Rockies lineup

Fowler CF, Herrera 2B, Gonzalez LF, God SS, Helton 1B, Smith RF, Lopez 3B, Iannetta C, Chacin P

We have Darwin, they have God. A battle for the ages.

Nicely played. Come again.

"(Reuters) - Onetime World Series hero Lenny Dykstra has been arrested and charged with fraud for allegedly stealing or destroying $400,000 in property that was part of his bankruptcy case, federal prosecutors said on Friday."


This one might get Ozzie committed-

...laser show.

Probably just making up for the nasties from the press conference after Wednesday's game.

cubs are 6-6
last 10 games 5-5
road record - 3-3
home record - 3-3

project .500 is going damn well.

agonz (BOS) deal finalized..."$154 million over seven years from 2012 through 2018" (22m average).


So Carlos Pena really IS a bargain.

Adam Dunn is a bargain. Pena is the Carlos Silva of bargains.

Peoria & Iowa postponed, Smokies delayed

lineup in case they play
Jackson 8, Flaherty 6, LeMahieu 4, Spencer 0, Vitters 5, Wright 7, Ridling 3, Lalli 2, Adduci 9

Cabrera P

Crawford LF, Cerda 3B, Ha CF, Bour 1B, Castillo C, Burgess RF, Brenly DH, Lake SS, Macias 2B, RHP Wallach

Korey playing for Blue Jays tonight, batting 2nd

h.street unavailable tonight vs. cubs (tired, night off)...

I bet the Cardinals are thrilled that the Sox are paying Gonzalez more money per year than they offered Pujols.

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  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that...