We Have a Winner

In a close vote to decide the Official1 TCR Nickname for our Middle Infielders, we can now announce that with 100% of the 66 votes counted, the winner is....

The Scrap Pack

The Scrap Pack beat The Tiger Cubs2 for the honor, and congratulations to all the other worthy suggestions as well.

Among the many virtues of The Scrap Pack are:

  • It rhymes
    • ok, fine, it doesn't.  Me flunk 2nd grad Inglish.
      • Ok, it has "internal rhyme."  I never got that far in English.
  • It's short
  • It has assonance
  • It has a sharp, staccato sort of meter to it
  • It alludes to a bunch of iconic womanizing singing drunkards with ties to the Las Vegas Mafia from the 1960s, who later went on to star in all-time classic movies like The Cannonball Run II.  
  • It is expandable: if necessary it could incorporate Reed Johnson, Aaron Miles and others.
  • Its origin is shrouded in TCR mystery and lore.  CT_Steve mentioned that he recalled seering someone use the nickname in Parachat, but we don't know who.

And most importantly....

  • If they wind up stinking up the field, we can always claim that the "S" is silent.

1 "Official" in the sense that part of my contract to begin writing for Ruz, years ago, included several legal prerogatives, including but not limited to the right to print Letters of Marque and to be keeper of The Official Seal of TCR.  I'm inferring from those prerogatives that I also have the right to declare things "official."

2 Yes, I just made an animal abuse pun.  I'm sorry.

 

Comments

Scrap Pack

For all its many virtues, I don't think it rhymes.

Heh.  I presently am designing final exams for college kids, and I don't remember what it means to rhyme.  What do the kids say these days?  Oh yeah, FAIL.

 Thanks for the catch there, I've updated the post.

I am still trying to figure out how Love & Rockets rhymed 'you' with 'you-ooh-ooh'.

Each person seems to have a different threshold for what 'rhymes' . The average rapper, for instance, wouldn't have any problem with rhyming those two words.

Yeah, I'm calling it a "rhyme," again. When me, Real Neal and "the average rapper" all agree, you know it must be correct.

 

And that's four consecutive comments by me relating to what counts as a rhyme.  I'll stop, now.  But god, I'd love to see a flame-war break out over poetry....  Come on, guys...

Trans, you ignorant slut, stand by your call! If it sounds like a rhyme to you, it's a rhyme! At the very least that is a slant rhyme; both words have the same short "A" sound on a stressed syllable and end with hard, aspirated consonants. Grow some balls.

And, fuck man, how did you miss the opportunity to note the consonance in "sCrap paCK"? Combine the consonance with the repeated short "A" sound and the fact that "Scrap Pack" contains only two syllables, both with heavy stresses—a spondee (sorry, didn't mean to patronize you all)—and you've got a very punchy nickname. Too bad you don't have any punch, Trans, or none of this would be necessary—you would've just verbally bitch slapped Navigator.

Oh, I wouldn't say it rhymes.

I was playing a drinking game Saturday, where you had to 'bust a rhyme' - rhyme a word with one that someone else had said or drink. I was bothered when someone rhymed 'time' with 'line'.

I am probably wrong, but it feels to me like just another symptom of the dumbing down of America and the English language.

It depends on your purposes, I think. For the purposes of modern English language poetry, full rhyme has limited use, since English is a rhyme poor language and the tradition of rhyming is really borrowed from Italian and other, older poetic traditions that, while they have their own merits, have a different word bank and syntactic system to work with than do English poets. For the purposes of a drinking game, I wouldn't consider participants' definition of rhyme the primary symptom of the dumbing down of America.

Charlies post # 14 is my candidate for Post Of The Year.

I can't decide which is more embarrassing: that you were playing a drinking game in which you had to rhyme words, or that you were playing a drinking game.

Yeah it was an afternoon of 'man, being a frat daddy was cool, let's try that again'.

However, drinking games can be fun. Canned drinking games make me feel like I am borrowing someone else's life.

Ha ha. It has assonance.

A rather pronouced, impressive assonance....

Another way of saying it has assonance is "it gets the rhyme wrong."

Or, rap is crap rhyming. And hip-hop is not tip-top two-timing.

It's got junk in the trunk?

In a prosodic, poetic, and very real, sense it does rhyme - internally rather than at the end is all.

Ok, that's it, we're saying it rhymes.  Phew, I'm out of my league here.

I like it. But then, what is the penalty if someone were to use, say, The Oui Men instead of The Scrap Pack?

The original post said the penalty was "pain of death" or season-tickets to the Pirates.

I think I'll go with Pepper Spray and Theriot. Pseudo-rhyming is cool and all that, but anytime you can work four puns into one nickname, that gets my vote. Do I have to pay for the season tickets?

Y'all'll be sorry when I'm a thousandaire from selling t-shirts of Font and Riot-lookalike tiger cubs saying "grr" in a text bubble to drunk white girls in Lakeview. The way I figure, I'll make enough money to either go to a game at Wrigley or buy a house near the Cell.

Congrats to Scrap Packers.

i'm calling the nickname and the players "The Crap Pack"

yeah, i went there.

Chad, don't badmouth those young Cubbies. You must be one of those Cubs fan who don't actually like anything about the team....DAMN YOU!!!!

Manny, you know I'm the TCR rebel blacksheep and you know I calls them likes i sees them.

I refuse to drink the RobG. kook aid!

There's RobG kool aid? What does it taste like?

(this should be entertaining)

i don't know as i already stated that i refuse to drink it.

But since you went to maine east and then marquette, i would assume it takes like MGD mixed with Drakkar Noir. With a slight hint of sausage.

"it takes like MGD mixed with Drakkar Noir. With a slight hint of sausage."

Nicely done.

This is exactly why Democracy is a failure. Never let people vote for things. Scrap Pack is pretty stupid. Its not really even funny. It doesnt even pass the "hey, thats not a dumb cliche" test. I think that the writers here could have come up with something better and come to a consensus over a couple of beers and a Vienna Beef dog at Murphy's.

Sigh.

At least there is parachat.

communist.

Communists get to vote.

Ha! Yeah, that's stupid. At least there's parachat. "In my pants" humor anyone?

I propose the Cubs trade Jake Fox for this guy.

It was me who came up with that, for the record. Any criticism of my hilarious creation will refuted with insults of your sexual preference. Proceed with caution.

Yeah, well I don't like it at all.

What are you going to do about it? hmmm....call me gay?

Yes. You're gay.

The other problem with it, is that it will be too easy for other teams' fans to make fun of the T-Shirt. "what is that, 'crap pack'? Is that like a colostomy bag?".

term has already been coined by me.

nice try, Trans already noted it in the post...

don't see it.

mine

Focus on the most important part. It may come to you.

work your way from the bottom up, look for the bullet point.

don't see it don't care

mine

You can have colostomy bag.

Levine says that Lee's neck and back issues a bigger culprit in his decline, along with his refusal to sit.

Although most people point to the broken wrist Lee suffered in 2006 as the reason he doesn't hit with as much power, the real reasons are his back and neck woes from a home-plate collision after the wrist injury.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog?post=41054...

Interesting in that pitch selection has nothing to do with Lee's problems with grounding to short.

Also, Levine is happy to take another needless shot at Bradley. So far, Bradley is winning the 'media is out to get me' debate.

Well partially it does, but those pitches that he now hits weakly to second for double plays used to be doubles in the right-center power alley. He can't quite extend with power to the outer part of the plate like he used to.

I see your argument, though. If you can't do hit that pitch anymore, quit fucking swinging at it.

Yes, or move closer to the plate, or go back to your old hitting stance if this one, which seems to contort the back more is giving you problems.

Personally, AZ PHIL has mentioned that HOFF is "Gold Glove Caliber" at 1st B, and hits for power - something DLEE is just not doing well right now.

It would not be so bad if The Hoff gets a few more starts at 1B.

I would be all for a straight platoon. Some time during the offseason I predicted that they'd be platooning by the end of the year.

I just don't feel, that in his 60's, Lou will put a career minor leaguer (even though performing well) in a platoon situation with a former MVP and All Star.

hoff's lack of K'ing is getting increasingly interesting as far as what kind of player he can be.

sure, he's not exactly picking his pitches even though he's got some walks...he's hacking...he's just not missing as much.

that said...yeah, it's probably dlee's job to lose and it's probably not going to happen in early May unless he goes on a hell of a down-turn.

former MVP?

"Unfortunately for Lee there's no remedy for a bulging disc and upper-neck and back pain. The only thing Lee can do is ask out of the lineup and wait for it to subside, which he refuses to do. [ ] That type of philosophy has hurt Lee as he's not the offensive player he was prior to the injury."

[ ]

"And although I don't know the extent of the injury to Bradley (strained right groin), he should probably pay attention to Lee's work ethic."

I am confused. Is he saying Bradley should play even through his doing so would make him a poorer player, or does he think that Bradley should stay on the bench until he is fully healed?

I think he was saying, I wanted to take a shot at Bradley in some way.

He's saying that he likes cake and he likes to eat it, too.

In the meantime, Ramirez and Soto, get free passes.

will start tomorrow for Padres...

Fail.

When do we learn the DFA/Vizcaino aftermath? Will we get anything back for this move? (besides an empty roster spot?)

10 days from last Thursday, so I think by this coming Saturday they have to make a decision.

Thanks, Rob. Have any guesses about what comes back? (just for fun)

an empty roster spot....

...stupid 10pm EST games....well, 9:40, but whatever...

Has Wittenmyer "tweeted" the line-up for the game tonight?

cst_cubs: Lineup: sori, riot, fuky, rejo, hoff, soto, font, miles, lilly.

2-man bench tonight, Z is on Lou's card as an extra hitter.

reed johnson hitting 4th and soriano leads off...okay. okay...

Awesome. I feel like Rejo's going DEEP tonight, fellas. DEEP!

Reed Johnson batting 4th? Oh brother...

no no no no no

YOU of all people don't get to complain about batting order. you are the one who loves to site James' and his dis-belief that liineup order matters.

HA HA

I think even Bill James would laugh at that lineup last night. If the Cubs can't field anyone better than Reed Johnson in the #4 hole, they are in deep trouble.

Marmol available Tuesday according to Wittenmyer...

Geez - why not Soto 8th? Or, a start for Hill. He is in an outrageous slump.

"Scrap Pack" is the Jose Vizcaino of nicknames. Serviceable but bland.

"Scrappy Deux" (without the extra "-ot" mind you) is easily superior, working on more levels with surprising effect--the Doug Dascenzo of nicknames.

Wither "Tiger Cubs," the clear champion of the three, full of promise but potentially diminishing with increased exposure, no doubt the Gary Scott of nicknames.

this is by far the Kevin Orie of posts.

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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 16 min 8 sec ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 28 min 24 sec ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 37 min 18 sec ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 42 min 44 sec ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 5 hours 28 min ago view