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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  • Yeah, it's the past but you keep complaining based on the past. First they tanked and shouldn't have. Now they make some comments about needing to have a budget and you say they're crying poverty -- all before any trades/signings have been made. (They signed a $155 million pitcher last year, I recall.)

    FYI, the Cubs have had a skating rink the last couple of years. It's not a permanent structure (obviously) and probably doesn't cost all that much. But who knows, maybe it'll be the reason they don't win a World Series.

  • Thanks guys! Pretty sure Bill Murray says thanks too.

  • Awesome job, Tim!

  • Classic.

  • Outfielder Chris Young signs "multiyear" contract w BoSox.

    Wow, Dombrowski is a buffoon

  • Not sure I understand the logic, especially for more than one year.

  • well, that's the past. we're left with the present. even though that past you're seeing is some weird black/white either/or where hybridization of ideas isn't allowed...nonetheless...

    the present is ice skating, movies, concerts, beer gardens, hotels, office space and other wonderful baseball activities based around a young, successful baseball team.

  • All money making ventures, which would have been offset with a reasonable TV contract that previous ownership screwed up

  • Brilliant!

  • Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.

  • of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.

    ...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.

  • let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.

    -crapping out
    +they lost their playoff attempt

    there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.

  • I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.

  • Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."

  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work