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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  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate and he is a fast runner with good instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.

  • TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.

    I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.

  • ...joe.