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's the Houston broadcast and you have to register and possibly been a past owner of 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.


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?

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
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.


c.) Cardenal Richelieu

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

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.

Recent comments

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  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):