Paranormal Activity at Wrigley Field.


So I bought this camera off a guy who works as a doorman at the Congress Hotel, which is supposedly haunted or whatever. Guy said he found it in a room in basement in a closet that hadn't been opened since 1908. Or maybe 1969 -he couldn't remember.

Anyway, really old. Uses film.

I brought it to Wrigley towards the end of this season and took some pictures. Just a regular day, nothing out of the ordinary.

Then I forgot about it.

Just the other day I had the film developed and... LOOK AT THOSE HORRIFYING IMAGES!


 

It captured actual paranormal activity at my favorite ball park.
Amazingly (and apparently), people or experiences just leave a "ghost" of themselves even if they're still alive.

(I'm certain I'll be contacted by ghost hunters and experts on the paranormal wanting to pay big dollars for my camera, but it was unfortunately destroyed in an accident involving fire, fly wings, a photo of Sam Zell and goat's blood.)

But come ON, what an amazing coincidence I got this photo developed right when Halloween is upon us!

And oddly, it got me thinking about Lou Piniella.

Time will tell, but years from now his legacy just might be remembered most in popular culture by two words that escaped his mouth while talking to Tribune beat writers: "Cubby Occurrence".

Sure I know the popular way to think about the Cubs any more is to steer clear of goats and jinxes and hexes and stuff. But the other day I'm listening to hugely respected Buster Olney on the radio, and he's talking about the weird "energy" around the San Francisco Giants. How every bounce is going their way. I think I even heard the word "karma" in there somewhere. There are different words to use when it's all positive, right Buster?

But if you're from Texas?

It's nothing but Cubby Occurrences happening to your favorite team, Rangers Fans, and I say "welcome to the club, ya'll".

Well actually, since it's Halloween, lets just call it paranormal activity and leave it at that.

What else?

The World Series continues this evening in Texas.

Lets see if the activity continues.

 

 


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classic film cameras #1. hipster dinosaur agrees.

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I think it's pretty safe to say Jose Guillen's career is over.

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I once paid hard-earned money to enter that place and before the game had ended, Larry Biittner was pitching. Pitching! Then years later I once again payed to go inside (had a little more dough at this point so it wasn't quite as painful) and before that game was over, Doug Dascenzo was pitching. Pitching! It was frightening enough that these guys saw significant time at their regular positions but pitching? Truly horrifying.

I once paid hard-earned money to enter that place and before the game had ended, Larry Biittner was pitching.
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Yeah, I was there that day, too. If I recall correctly, he had a nice curve ball and the hitters either swung and missed or blasted home runs off of him.

Dascenzo never allowed a run.

Heard he was managing in the Padres' system.

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Man, there are some things you shouldn't joke about.

Is TCR having its yearly "Where is the Free Agent signing?" contest? Can't wait to predict Hendry signing JJ Putz to a 3 yr 15 mil deal.

Some teams are still playing baseball.

vitters article in the Trib by Mark Gonzo....

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

10 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants LHP South Caldwell High School (NC)

age 20, 19 career starts, 7-6 2.90 ERA
Post season 3 starts, 2-0 2.18 ERA

..was available when Tim-Jim drafted Vitters

The list of scouting directors who are any good by Navigator's standards is as follows:

bench coach

you didn't believe me?

apparently Dejesus was the 3b coach last year after Quade became manager and is keeping the job, Dernier at 1b with Rotschild and Rudy filling out the staff.

I just like to provide confirmation.

just kidding around...

Ryno kicked to the curb, unless he takes AAA job. Cardinals or White Sox should hire him just to fuck with the Cubs.

Ugh. I can actually see that happening, especially the Cards. Last I heard (somebody back me up, I'm lazy) McJuice was wavering on whether or not he was coming back...

A former MVP AND a former Cub as your new hitting coach? STL would just love that one.

*edit Fuck, nevermind, he did come back. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/2...

Ryno takes Cora's place with the Sux then??

McGuire is coming back for another year, TONY S. It was announced last week IIRC.

An administrative coach filling the role that Matt Sinatro had in 2010 will be named along with Listach after the World Series.

Administrative Coach?

Does the job require bringing a GPS? Quade takes the "L" to work, does this coach get to wear a conductor's cap?

Damn the bureaucracy.

Ad-ministrative coach (defined): In charge of Noodles and stealing Toyota signs.

heh... leon "drugs are awesome! wait, where's my career?" durham being considered for M's batting coach.

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    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 5 hours 42 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 5 hours 49 min ago view
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    Charlie 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 26 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 6 hours 32 min ago view
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    #crunchsplaining

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    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 32 min ago view
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    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 6 hours 36 min ago view
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    crunch 6 hours 49 min ago view