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.

Sincerely,

The StubHub Team

CONFUSION?

That's about the only thing regarding the Cubs making the 2009 playoffs that I don't have.

TRICK OR TREAT?

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.

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i know some of you were interested in hawpe...

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"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."

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10240418/GM:-No...

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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http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/10248184/Pujols...

Rob G --

You posted a link to a story about Rudy Jaramillo's hitting philosophy the other day. Would you mind posting it again?

Thanks!

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.
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USA Today:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/rangers...

Baseball America article by Tracy Ringolsby when RJ won mlb coach of the year award in 2005:

http://www.rudyjaramillo.com/ba_coy.htm

Thanks, Doc!

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 min 21 sec ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 27 min 39 sec ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 32 min 43 sec ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 44 min 20 sec ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 55 min 38 sec ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 2 hours 55 sec ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 13 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 4 hours 18 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 23 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 18 hours 58 min ago view