Omening Day?

It is a cold, miserable day in Des Moines. The steady rain may change to snow by the time the Iowa Cubs are scheduled to open their home season at 7:05 tonight versus the Memphis Redbirds, the team that caught them at the tape last Labor Day and squeezed past into the PCL playoffs. Ironically, that change in the form of precipitation might increase the chances of the game being played. Just in case the game tonight gets called I had a couple of hot dogs for lunch.

The I-Cubs beat the Isotopes on getaway day yesterday in Albuquerque, 10-6, behind five RBI from holdover Bobby Scales to split their season-opening road swing through Texas and New Mexico at 4-4. At the plate Tony Campana, Lou Montanez and Scales are off to hot starts. Fernando Perez has drawn eight walks and swiped three bases and Bryan LaHair has already knocked in nine runs. There hasn't yet been much pitching to which any of those responsible would sign their names. Chris Carpenter has fanned eight and walked but two so far in five innings spread over three appearances.

Here's alink to a new feature at the I-Cub website this year that's a nice one-stop daily clearinghouse for media reports:

No doubt there are better days ahead weather-wise and this club deserves some breaks in that department. Last year the team was 4th out of 16 in the PCL in attendance despite that Des Moines is 14th in the league in population.

Weather relenting, J.R. Mathes starts for Iowa tonight. It feels like he's been here as long as Wakefield's been in Boston, maybe longer if you asked him.


Snyder called up, Fukudome must be going to DL

whoops, false alarm. Tweet says Iowa Cubs call up Snyder.

Carry on.

Replaces Ty Wright, who moved down to Tenn. yesterday.

Iowa game called btw.

cheaper than anything you can get at Dodgers Stadium at least. Easily looking at close to $100 for food, drink, parking to take my munchkins when Cubs visit in May.

4 tickets for $40 through $108 with food and drink, various sections.

I'm fortunate to live close to a nice minor league ball park. That's where I take the munchkins. If shit gets real, we can leave and I'm not too upset about missing a game. Plus... great seats for $9

minors do have their charms...

I think that could be read with a meaning you did not intend.

I think that was intentional. Those with kids understand the 'charms' (both good and bad) of dragging small kids out into public.

"If shit gets real"

What? Do your kids beat up random Giants' fans?

Not random ones, they're smart enough to target the weak.

Only if they are asking for it by wearing Giants gear.

Actually according to the Cubs website, it's $40-260. The lower end is a nice deal, although at the bottom of the page it says that taxes and ticket fees are not included. I just threw the cheapest set of tickets into the cart to see how much the fees add, it jumps to $63.48, plus another $4.00 in order processing fees. So that $40 package of tickets is $67.48 (and you still have to pay for parking or the train).

i do wish they'd stop calling them convenience fees.

Their math doesn't make sense.

It claims the taxes are: 12% city of Chicago and amusement tax (unless these are 2 different taxes, each at 12%?), which should be $4.80
and 9% cook county sales tax - $3.60

plus $4.00 ticket delivery fee. That's 12.80 in fees, not the $27.48 they're charging.

So the "convenience fee" is almost $15.00?

Someone is stealing even more money from fans.

gonna go see 'the conspirator' instead...

omaha also rained out in opener @ new park; guess they didn't even have to leave town to chase this storm...also, besides storms the chasers are also chasing the whole division after going 2-6 in 1st week; that team is supposed to be loaded w/ future royals though...

SS Castro, 2B Barney, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, RF Colvin, C Soto, P Garza

J. Chacin for the Rox

Coleman vs. Hammel tomorrow
Dempster vs. A. Johnson Sunday

Rox at 10-2 and best record in NL.

Since 1946, only one pitcher (Rick Sutcliffe 23) has struck out more hitters over his first two starts with the #Cubs.

garza @COL...something tells me his ERA isn't gonna improve too much today even if it does happen to get better.

Not into Pena these days.

Maybe he has to play when his buddy pitches?

Gonna be great seeing his 0-4 night, tonight.

2 strikeouts is a given

Rockies lineup

Fowler CF, Herrera 2B, Gonzalez LF, God SS, Helton 1B, Smith RF, Lopez 3B, Iannetta C, Chacin P

We have Darwin, they have God. A battle for the ages.

Nicely played. Come again.

"(Reuters) - Onetime World Series hero Lenny Dykstra has been arrested and charged with fraud for allegedly stealing or destroying $400,000 in property that was part of his bankruptcy case, federal prosecutors said on Friday."


This one might get Ozzie committed-

...laser show.

Probably just making up for the nasties from the press conference after Wednesday's game.

cubs are 6-6
last 10 games 5-5
road record - 3-3
home record - 3-3

project .500 is going damn well.

agonz (BOS) deal finalized..."$154 million over seven years from 2012 through 2018" (22m average).


So Carlos Pena really IS a bargain.

Adam Dunn is a bargain. Pena is the Carlos Silva of bargains.

Peoria & Iowa postponed, Smokies delayed

lineup in case they play
Jackson 8, Flaherty 6, LeMahieu 4, Spencer 0, Vitters 5, Wright 7, Ridling 3, Lalli 2, Adduci 9

Cabrera P

Crawford LF, Cerda 3B, Ha CF, Bour 1B, Castillo C, Burgess RF, Brenly DH, Lake SS, Macias 2B, RHP Wallach

Korey playing for Blue Jays tonight, batting 2nd

h.street unavailable tonight vs. cubs (tired, night off)...

I bet the Cardinals are thrilled that the Sox are paying Gonzalez more money per year than they offered Pujols.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.