Matt Holliday, Bill Buckner and Steve Bartman Star in "Droppin' The Ball".

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Well...again, kinda mean. But right or wrong these guys'll be linked by post season blunder and playoff disaster and high pressure fumbling.

Maybe if they had a pr department and some Hollywood agents, they could have fun with it. Create a tv show called "Droppin' The Ball" with writing about the scale of "Two And A Half Men". And throughout the show, they just...drop stuff.

Matt: What happened to Rhonda?

Bill: Your girlfriend?

Steve: Don't you remember - you dropped her!

(LAUGHTER)

Matt picks up his cell phone, drops it. Looks to audience.

(LAUGHTER)

He dials.

Matt: Rhonda? Hey it's Matt. Listen about the other night I...Rhonda? RHONDA?

Steve: She hang up?

Matt: Nah, phone company dropped the call.

(LAUGHTER)

Enter the dog, LEON.

Leon: WOOF!

Bill: Leon! Leon catch!

Bill picks up a rubber dog-bone, tosses it to Leon. It goes between his legs.

Bill: Good boy!

(LAUGHTER)

You get the idea. Ron Santo can be the crotchety neighbor who lets out a yell every time something is dropped...Brant Brown can be the milkman with the signature "No use crying over spilled milk!" line. Always gets a laugh. Plus there could be a parade of minor characters coming through, depending on who "dropped the ball" that week. This week could guest star the ump that missed the fair ball call in the Yankee/Twins game, or even David Letterman.


Tim Souers is the illustrator and author of Cubby Blue and appreciates the opportunity to guest blog here at The Cub Reporter.
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haha...quality cheese.

To be fair, Bartman actually caught the ball. Maybe it should be Alex Gonzalez instead. [Disclaimer: I love Alex Gonzalez, but he's the one who actually dropped the ball. I know there is a figurative sense to this, but it's well past time to let the Bartman thing die, and knowing in my heart that Alex Gonzalez is a good-natured wonderful human being, I think he would willingly throw himself on that grenade.]

Nope. Look again,

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2009/1013/sn_a_sbartman...

Hey, does anyone know why all the Bartman videos have been flushed down the www memory hole?? I can find only one very low quality video left online.

Probably because MLB watches YouTube content like a hawk and makes them pull any videos that violate their exclusivity rights. They also caused all of the videos of Bill Murray substituting for Harry Carey to be taken down before I could download them.

It's not just that MLB is being a dick about it. The law requires them to aggressively assert their copyright or risk losing their rights altogether.

Without the Alex Gonzalez error they escape the inning. I don't recall it being a very difficult play, either.

None of these guys dropped anything. Buckner never even touched the ball. But I think there's still a hit show here. Maybe Holliday can play someone who tests products for safety with each episode featuring him, in full Cardinal uniform, being hit in the testicles by a series of products shot from a small cannon. It can be taped in front of a live audience of Cardinal fans who, instead of providing a laugh track, can, in unison, explain why they're the greatest fans in the all the history of great fans whose greatness at being fans is not matched by any fans anywhere.

With the Cards unlikely to sign him, where do we think Holliday will land?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

Who has a lot of money to spend and needs a corner outfielder? The Red Sox, Mets and Giants are the first three to come to my mind, though Holliday's poor play in Oakland might scare off AL teams. I have trouble seeing anyone besides New York or San Fran making a serious push.

Who has a lot of money to spend...
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Who has the most payroll coming off their books this offseason? How can we find this out?

The Yankees have alot of money coming off the books this offseason.

Matsui 13 million
Damon 13 million
Nady 6.5 million
Pettitte 5.5 million

About 38 million in annual salary to work with.

Sayyyyy there is a home for Bradley. He wont be counted on to be the main offensive threat, and it should be fun to watch the Yankee fans heckle him until he explodes.

I will take Brett Gardner in exchange for paying any amount of Bradleys contract.

Hell the Yanks might be the only team willing to take his entire contract without us paying a dime in exchange for a bag of used jock straps. But I would imagine even the Yankees would want us to pay a large portion of it.

Yahhh... When you can't handle the scrutiny of Chicago fans and the grilling of Chicago sports media, you need to go to a more 'laid back' venue like New York. :)

Wait so because of one play St. Louis isn't going to try and bring back Matt Holliday? Ohhhh give me a break.

The Cardinals tend to spend money on sure bets and Matt Holliday hitting behind Pujols is a sure bet that they will try very hard to bring back. That offense and Holliday himself were awesome after the trade.

He has more of a chance of signing with St. Louis than any team in baseball. That franchise is great at retaining the talent they want.

I disagree. I don't see them spending $40M+ on two offensive players. This isn't the NBA.

I think after 2011 Pujlos is FA.

So I think they are saving their pennys for that.

I wonder what kind of contract Pujols will end up getting. If he waits until he hits the open market (at what, age 31?), I could see him getting something like 5/$125.

However, I doubt he's going to wait. I see him signing an extension with the Cards after next season and taking something along the lines of 5/100.

They just reported on WSCR that he not desperate to sign an extension this off season.

If he does it will be the greatest home deal discount ever.

Otherwise I bet he's in Boston come 2012.

I don't know - the home deal discount the Brewers got for Ryan Braun was unreal!

8 years/$45 million

I know nothing about being an agent, but I think I even could have gotten a better deal for Braun!

Those were club control and arbitration years. Only 3 years of free agency in there.

6 or 7 years at about $28 million per would be my guess. I think he (and his agent) will have already felt like they did the Cards a solid with his last contract.

I actually think the Yanks have the best shot at obtaining Holliday, and the crazy part is that they will still be shedding payroll while giving him a 19-20 million dollar a year deal. Damon and Matsui made a combined $26 million this year and will both be free agents. Holliday is an upgrade over both and would sadly represent a better financial bargain than those two. They still might bring one of them back at a reduced rate to be their DH, but the more I think about it, the more I am positive he is a Yankee. The Cards can't afford to pay Holliday $20 million a year for 5 years, when Poo-holes will be getting $30 million a year after next season. They just don't have the revenue for that.

some team is going to make a Soriano-like blunder signing Matt Holliday to a 6-7 year deal...good luck to them.

"I want [Brenly] to stay in the booth with Len Kasper, too; they're one of the two or three most entertaining and insightful teams around."

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sweetspot/0-6-48/Cubs-m...

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/2743

My gut says Hendry will pull out the lasers again and land Jaramillo or die trying. Even though first baseman Derrek Lee expressed his feelings on the last day of the season that hitting coaches are overrated, Hendry doesn't believe that at all. Lee is talented enough to know his own swing, and Cubs hitting coaches have pretty much left him alone. But others such, as Ryan Theriot, Geovany Soto, Mike Fontenot and even high-priced guys like Soriano, fall into patterns that a coach can get them out of in a few days.

~grain of salt alert~
According to WSCR Terry Boers' "cubs insider", Rickett in no financial shape to "eat Bradley" contract.

With Bradley's suspension he can see scenerio where Cubs will not have a trade partner and that the Cubs will be forced to trade another player or two on their team to free up money to release Bradley if he can not be traded.

I would say this would be the worse case scenerio.

Jim Hendry is a moron.

Jim Hendry is a moron.

I really can't think of him butchering the situation anymore than he did.

how about eat Lou and Hendry's contracts and find some folks that will actually deal with the situation?

Yup, but I have a feeling the Cubs are going to be run like the Reds for the next couple of years.

I heard the interview too.

Grain of salt, but yeah.

As I stated yesterday, personally I think we are in for some shit for the next year or two.

We had the "window open", and the fucker got slammed on our fingers. Or Hendry's.

Basically, Boers said that the Cubs know they have to dump some salary, but they will not (obviously) be candid about it, and stuff will go down like it did for Marquis and DeRosa.

This wouldn't be too bad if there was really great talent to bring up. But according to AZ PHIL the other day, our better players are position players at AA, right? Not pitchers.

Demp should have a better year in 2010. He had so many off-the-field issues, that would mess with anybody. Lilly - how much longer can he have "career years"?

I'd rather Cubs management was just open about it and tell us they're going to rebuild. If they do that and get some good baseball people in there to rebuild the organization the right way I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a Cubs fan who would object.

And by "rebuild", I don't mean the team revolves around it's farm system... this is a big-market team and they should act like a big-market team, but it would be nice to turn out a legit hitters every once in a while and stop signing guys like... well everyone Hendry signed the 2009-2010 off season. I've said it before and I was laughed off: I don't think Hendry's job is safe, I don't give a shit what the Ricketts said before. Look at it this way: If the purchase of the Cubs still has to be approved by MLB you're not going to be running around talking about how you're going to rip up the front office.

Lilly - how much longer can he have "career years"?

Every year Ted doesn't pitch in the AL east might feel like a career year. =)

"I'd rather Cubs management was just open about it and tell us they're going to rebuild."

[ ]

"Look at it this way: if the purchase of the Cubs still has to be approved by MLB you're not going to be running around talking about how you're going to rip up the front office."

I would also imagine they aren't going to run around talking about how they are going to rebuild.

Point being if MLB and the GMs have to vote on the Cubs sale, you don't want to give the a reason to veto the deal. Don't rock the boat before the GMs vote, right?

As for rebuilding, teams do it all the time.

"Point being if MLB and the GMs have to vote on the Cubs sale, you don't want to give the a reason to veto the deal. Don't rock the boat before the GMs vote, right?

As for rebuilding, teams do it all the time."

The owners vote not the GM's right?

That said, it seems to me that all signs point to the ownership change being made prior to the winter meetings, so the new owner can announce his rebuilding plan after he is in fact the owner.

I guess I just don't understand all the rush.

Jay Mariotti column, September 21

With a new owner finally in place in Tom Ricketts, who hopes to pare a $140 million payroll by $40 million and create some semblance of a farm system, the time is right for a new front-office boss with fresh ideas to tackle the toughest job in baseball.

"...Tom Ricketts, who hopes to pare a $140 million payroll by $40 million..."

So what the hell is Mariotti's source for this piece of information? I wasted five minutes of my life on his column and found out he doesn't even cite the usual 'sources close to Ricketts,' etc. Shall I presume this idea is made up out of whole cloth?

They should file Mariotti under 'fiction' or 'fantasy literature' -- right next to the Twilight series.

His source is probably Phil Rogers...enough said.

owners already voted...Ricketts is just waiting for the bankruptcy proceedings and funding to finish it up...

• The rumored Milton Bradley-for-Pat Burrell swap makes sense from the Rays' perspective. "Bradley needs to go to Tampa Bay, someplace where there's no media,'' one GM said. But what does it do for the Cubs? "Burrell can't play the outfield anymore,'' another GM pointed out.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jon_...

article also says Rudy wants more than the $600K he got last year and could be looking for a managerial job...

"Burrell can't play the outfield anymore,"

Best pinch hitter ever.

I found this priceless clip on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KcGx99x_7I&feature...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

More like the Cubs every time I hear it!!

Reminded me of the grape lady making that strange throaty noise.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/view...

Red Sox like buy low, one year pitchers and wouldn't hesitate to do it again despite Penny and Smoltz last year...

But there are other choices, led by Rich Harden. A number of executives and scouts in the game maintain that Harden, who pitched for the Cubs last year, is a likely target of the Red Sox.

how about eat Lou and Hendry's contracts...
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I hear there is a nice restaurant in LA that serves a dish that makes one diner feel like $30M bucks and the rest of the group fills up with TREMENDOUS gas.
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“We knew we had to make the right choice. We knew we had to get the right guy. Not only did I come away [from the dinner] thinking TREMENDOUS things about him, but I also felt really good about him because as we left the restaurant and stood on the curb waiting for the driver, Milton said, ‘I know it’s going to take some time, but I want to tell you I want to be a Chicago Cub if you want me.”

He gave it up on the first date? Pfft.

per Rockie writer, Tracy Ringolsby: Jason Marquis wants to be a Met (he grew up in the NY area, Manhasset).
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Jason Marquis...Has told former teammates his goal is signing with the Mets.

http://www.insidetherockies.com/2009/10/14/decsion...

lol, I predict much less success for Marquis at THAT place.

I had thought without a doubt, that Hendry was going to make a trade with the Mets last year as he is a Staten Island boy (and Little League WS hero).

Never did happen. Hendry got us nothing except saving the Cubs $ (unless you include a washed-up RHP).

What a nice trade that was for us.

Sinker ballers always find their way to Colorado, Arizona, or Florida eventually.

1 of 4 in LDS series...awesome, but still got my World Series winner.

Yanks over Angels in 7

Phillies over Dodgers in 6

Yanks over Phillies in 5

SI's Heyman claims Cubs are talking with Rudy and are willing to offer him $750k per year. Too lazy to go back and find the link.

here's the SI/Heyman link:

Several teams have shown interest in Jaramillo, but it is believed the Cubs are favored to land him.

The Cubs have been in contact with Jaramillo since he declined an offer to remain with the Rangers. Jaramillo is so well thought of that he is expected to receive a salary of about $750,000 with the Cubs...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb...

and a Heyman tweet:

Cubs are in contact with rudy jaramillo about hitting coach job. it is believed he's likely to take the gig.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb...

Bruce Levine's blog discusses Jaramillo too:

http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog?post=45617...

Jaramillo told people close to him that he would like to go to a team that has a chance to go to the playoffs and win right away.

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    billybucks 7 min 25 sec ago view
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    Arizona Phil 9 min 15 sec ago view
  • I doesn't know what your talking about.

    Sonicwind75 13 min 49 sec ago view
  • Maybe it's to get him some game action. He's only pitched for the Cubs once in the last 10 days. I don't really care much about him going down since he's sucked when up here.

    I really want Rivero to be called up.

    chitownmvp01 18 min 57 sec ago view
  • CHITOWNMVP01: It is indeed odd that the Cubs did not just wait one more day to recall LaStella.

    As far as Spencer Patton is concerned...

    Arizona Phil 27 min 36 sec ago view
  • Why didn't they wait until tomorrow to call up TLS? Don't they have to wait 10 days to bring Patton back up now?

    chitownmvp01 48 min 36 sec ago view
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    Eloy Jimenez, OF
    Ryan McNeil, RHRP
    Steve Perakslis, RHRP
    Duane Underwood Jr, RHSP

    Brian Lawrence, Pitching Coach

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    Arizona Phil 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • Outstanding.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • So presuming he remains on the MLB Active List for the balance of the MLB regular season, Tommy LaStella will be at 2+102 MLB Service Time at the end of the season, far short of what he would have needed to accrue to have a chance at "Super Two" status post-2016. (Even if he had remained on the MLB Active List for the entire season and finished at 2+124 MLB Service Time, he still would have only been "on the bubble" for possible "Super Two" status post-2016).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 10 min ago view
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    Rob G. 2 hours 14 min ago view
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    JoePepitone 2 hours 14 min ago view
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    Rob Richardson 2 hours 48 min ago view
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    I also get what you mean by FIP being independent of luck but my point is all the soft contact Hendricks gives up negates a lot of that luck and defense aspect. In other words I believe he could pitch in front of any defense and have similar #s because for the most part he isn't giving up the screaming liners or hard hit liners to the gap.

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    "Dealin'" Cease with another good outing for Eugene. Last 4 outings: 16IP, 1ER 29K. But, 10BB. Throw strikes, kid.

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    billybucks 3 hours 55 min ago view
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    billybucks 4 hours 6 min ago view
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    "lets" should be "let's".

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