The Cubs and the new iPhone 4s

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You guys have seen this commercial, right?
Shows people walking around asking their iPhone 4s questions like, "What's my day like?" and it answers both verbally and with a page of information.
It's amazing.
I immediately took advantage of this commercial with my old, normal iPhone.
You can, too.
Even if you don't have the new iPhone, go into any public place and talk to your phone.
Trust me, you're cool.
In a crowded elevator, pull out your phone and just say, "What time is my meeting?"
Or even better, be specific yet vague with, "What time is my meeting with the President?"
You bet!

Couple weeks ago, my wife says, "Our phone contract is up, wanna get a new iPhone?"

Seriously, it's amazing.
Right now, I'm in New York.
The hotel I'm at charges $9 for a bottle of water, I don't even want to find out how much breakfast is.
So I got out my new iPhone and asked Siri, "Is there a McDonald's near me?"
Siri says, "I found 17 restaurants matching McDonald's. 14 of them are fairly close to you."
Like, a block away.
I swear, it's the coolest thing.

Then I'm back in my room and this idea (of the gif) pops into my head.
I pull out my phone and ask Siri: "Will the Cubs ever win the World Series?"
She (it's a woman's voice) responds, "Timothy, I don't understand "When will the Cubs win the World Series."
Which is correct, of course.

I don't understand it either.


The other funny thing about that commercial, if memory serves, is that the boy asks if it is going to snow, and the phone says yes, but the current temperature, and the high temperature for the day are both above freezing (like 34 and 39?). (and yes, I understand that the temperature could be falling, but it still looks like the phone is wrong)

Ummm... it doesn't have to be below 32 degrees for it to snow.

Technically, it does have to be 32 degrees or below for snow to form. That's the temperature water freezes at, and snow is just crystals of frozen water that group together.

Sometimes there will be some snow when "ground temperature" is warmer but it's not very likely, and the snow most likely would quickly, melt, so it's probably not what an eight year old boy is interested in. What he probably wants is a lot of snow, at least enough to play in, if not enough to get out of school, and for that you're going to want to be close to freezing, but below it.

In your proposed situation that 1. It is not snowing 2. That the temperature is 34 degrees and rising, snow is very unlikely. What happens when snow gets above 32 degrees is that it melts and becomes what we call "rain".

Here's some reading material for you.

WOW!!! TRN is BLATANTLY WRONG about something, yet refuses to acknowledge it...
The world just keep spinning...
Leave it to someone who lives in Houston to proclaim himself the authority on snow.
Snow forms way up the air, where it is often below freezing. However, once formed the snow tends to fall to elevations where it is NOT below freezing. This happens many times a year here in Denver. I am not just talking about the ground temperature. Perhaps you should stick to something with which you have at least some experience....

It's really amazing that I spent years of time in preparation seeding the internet with all of this false information to win future arguments on TCR. I am TCR's version of God, creating "old bones" to lead the evolutionists into years hell. Just imagine all the money I am spending to keep all of these random internet sites running.

What did I say that was wrong, by the way?

This a flat out lie: "this happens many times a year here in Denver." There may be one or two times a year when you get accumulation with ground temperatures at 33 or above. Maybe.

Water freezes at 32 degrees, yes. I think anyone who's passed 6th grade science could tell you that. It can snow when it is warmer. Usually has to be at most 36 degrees, but it's not a magical number or anything. I saw it snowing when it was 40 degrees one time. Of course, 40 degree snow will melt as soon as it lands on something, but it can happen.

It happens in Chicago too. Also, the temperature occasionally fluctuates 3-5 degrees from what your iPhone says. Like yourself, weathermen are not god either. How do you know the fictional eight year old boy wants accumulation? Maybe he just wants to watch it from the window in which he is standing.

Right... The guy in Houston knows more about what happens outside my window than I do... Even to the point where he is willing to call me a liar. Enjoy your delusions, TRN!

Screw you and your links, man! I wanna know what Cecil Adams has to say about this.

Technically, it does have to be 32 degrees or below for snow to form.

Yes, this is correct, but that has absolutely nothing to do with whether it can snow if the temperature is above 32 degrees, considering that the temperature that we are talking about is the ground temperature, not the cloud temperature.

Not very difficult to understand.

I could post about 50 links saying that it absolutely can snow if the temperature is above 32 degrees. Do I really need to do that?

I like the helpful tip at the bottom of TRN's link:

Forecast Tip:
When forecasting precipitation type, if temperatures are expected to be above freezing, then rain is most likely. If temperatures are expected to be below freezing, then forecast for snow.

Glad to see those kids down at U of I are still getting the same great edumacation I enjoyed!

Jesus fucking Christ.

Comment of the day?

that was awesome Tim...thanks for the laugh.

possibly the most absurd and pointless TCR conversation ever to occur.

carry on...

and yet it can hail in july

go figure

You can get two feet of snow on a July day, happens every year.

twitter link in the right sidebar says Francona not managing in 2012.

latest number is 8/200 is what it would take to sign him...

6/150 with 2 club option years that could automatically vest if he stays healthy would have me intrigued.

Gibson and Maddon win...must have lost the ballots with Q-Ball's name on them as he didn't even get a vote.

I'm sure Q is happy for Gibby and Mads

Cardinal radio guy that had LaRussa retiring scoop claiming Pujols will resign with Cardinals, to be announced Friday.

Cards deny report though...


"Former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona didn't completely rule out managing again in 2012, but he did pull himself out of the running for the Chicago Cubs job and said he would take a step back after not getting the St. Louis Cardinals position."

uh, is there another manager job out there for him in 2012 then? I guess he's talking about mid-season...

not worth linking to, but something about hearing that Maddux is going to pull his name from contention for Cubs job.

"Accoridng to the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer, the A's met Wednesday with Sidney Ponson's agent."

will someone check b.beane's coffee for painkillers and PCP?

They met at Old Country Buffet.

...after downing a few bottles of liquor in the parking lot

most can be found in the sidebar, but here you go

- Cubs 1 of 7 teams listed as suitors for Grady Sizemore
- Alomar Jr. out of running for Red Sox job, said to be leaning towards Sveum.
- Rockies met with Milton Bradley's agent

1. Sign Sveum as manager.
2. Send to Boston as comp for Theo.

j.maddon just made some interesting comments on the clubhouse he inherited and his managerial style on MLB didn't paint a pretty picture of loupa's clubhouse culture (rather, the lack of it) and loupa's hands-off style. no names were named, btw...and maddon was timid to start while talking about it, but loosened up. there were no specific damning things mentioned.

that said, some people think maddon is a bit too hands-on in the doesn't seem to come from players, though.

Wittenmeyer tweets...

Cubs manager process nears finish. Ricketts has met with team's choice.

Supposedly Theo/Jed are out to dinner and are supposed to meet again with Chicago press this evening. Not sure what that means though.

Muskat article on the managers status...and a video interview of Jed Hoyer:

Muskat tweets...

Mike Maddux most likely out of running for #Cubs job because of family matters

Heyman tweets...

Signs point to Sveum going with cubs. He's the 1 guy they've interviewed twice in person. Process "moving along"

and Boston may be looking at some new candidates, per Rob Bradford, WEII Boston:

When asked if Red Sox might widen managers search Lucchino said 'absolutely'

and Heyman tweets...

Redsox prez Lucchino says they're widening their search same day they saw Sveum. Another sign Sveum will go w/ cubs

Heyman says Cubs have offered manager job to Sveum.

Cubs-red sox rivalry heats up with cubs winning sveum derby. Could be an act but #redsox don't seem heartbroken

edit, later...

cubs people arent commenting except to say process is "moving along.'' yes, it has moved right to sveum, who will be guy


Source: Sveum offered job by Cubs, not RedSox.

RedSox may widen search. Mackanin out, other candidates - Alomar, Lamont, Lovullo - still alive.


Sveum appears to be Cubs choice. Maddux withdrew for family reasons. Sources also eliminate other candidates.


GM Jed Hoyer would only say late Wed that they are keeping talks "close to vest." Team would not confirm Sveum is front runner

more WEII/Rob Bradford in an article...

Multiple reports stated late Wednesday night that Dale Sveum, a finalist for the Red Sox’ manager job, had been offered the Cubs’ managerial position. reported that the Red Sox had not made Sveum an offer at the time of Chicago’s offer. Cherington confirmed that Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin was informed he is no longer a candidate for the Red Sox’ opening.

More Heyman tweets...

Asked theo if he has his manager. Answered, "we don't have a manager under contract." just a technicality.

One competing gm: redsox should interview sandberg. Me: that could be best way to get revenge on new rival cubs

Looks like Prince is next...

i could live with that...unless it's a 8-10 year deal or something...

i'm ready to get past this whole 2012 office/management rebuild and onto the 2012 player rebuild. i imagine almost all the coaches (maybe not the bench coach) will be sticking around.


CSN, Tony Andracki...

CSN's David Kaplan is reporting the veteran reliever will almost assuredly be back with the Cubs in 2012 and could even sign a two-year deal.

According to Espn radio MLB owners paying new Astro's owner $ 70 million to move to AL

Is that how much a DH costs?



It's being reported as a reduction in selling price by the Houston guys, which means part of it is probably due to shitty attendence at Astros games last year. (averaged about 5 thousand bodies the last couple months of the season).

random thought on the Astros moving to the AL...

Carlos Lee's status will be (somewhat) interesting to watch. He signed a 6/100 contract before the 2007 season so he becomes a free agent again in 2013. Just in time for the Astros to need a DH. Of course they need just about everything. Lee will be 36 next June. I wonder if any big market AL teams would be interested in him by the trading deadline next year.

According to, the deal will pay Lee $11 million in 2007 (plus a $3 million signing bonus), $12 million in 2008, and $18.5 million for each of the last four seasons. The contract runs through the 2012 season.

Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo article updates the status of RedSox demands for "significant" compensation for Theo.
Discusses the history from requests for Garza and Castro, to next requests for McNutt. Also mentions Byrd or Marshall and speculates on Marmol, Colvin, Samardija, Carpenter, Cashner.

Send them Byrd. Done.

Whatever we send them, we'll have to send something comparable to San Diego as well.

Remember, the Red Sox balked at trading Youkilis for Beane, so them asking for Castro is just laughable. If Selig brings the hammer down, precedent is not on the Sox's side.

Sun-Times article, "Sveum appears to be the Man"

Wrongway Rogers has a similar Tribune article up...

Yet he (Sveum) was nicknamed "Nuts'' during his career as a shortstop and No. 2 hitter.

I wonder what the dynamic will be between those two, since Sveum was a hitting coach for the Brewers. Does anybody have an idea on his hitting philosophy? Is it it different than Rudy's in any fundamental ways?

FWIW, the Brewers were fifth in the league in OBP, second in OPS (a nice assist from Fielder there). Assuming of course Sveum accepts the offer. I really hope the Cubs don't offer Prince an 8 year deal now. Although, he is young and surprisingly durable given his body type.

Either way this is gonna be a fun off season. I was so not dialed in last year because I had no real interest in anything Hendry might do, and I considered the team too far gone to really give it much of my time.

Does Sveum suggest roids?

Does Sveum suggest roids?

Quirky article in BP...11 Ballplayers who suffered unusual (career or life) demises.

#2 Jae Kuk Ryu

Boston WEII article on Redsox status of managers as the GM meetings wind down:

According to an industry source, the Sox are not prepared to offer their managerial job to Sveum at this time. As such, the team expects that he will accept the job with the Cubs and that the search process will have to advance in the absence of the former Boston third base coach.

XM radio's Kevin Kennedy and Jim Duquette are blasting the Red Sox this am. Called their manager search chaos on a parallel with the Orioles search for GM. Implied that Cherington presented Sveum as his choice for manager to owner Henry and the owner said no. Said Cherington had his pocket picked by being pre-empted by Theo (not sure that's true if Henry said no to Sveum). Kennedy said the Redsox should talk to Bobby Valentine (or Sandberg). Said Valentine's bad rap came from bad blood with Steve Phillips from Met days.


I think I've got the Red Sox new theme song pegged.

You would think they'd already ruled out Sandberg, since Theo had ruled him out and they seem to be working with similar criteria.

Boston Globe, Peter Abraham updates...

The Red Sox are prepared to open up their search for a new manager as the candidate they once seemed to favor, Dale Sveum, neared an agreement with Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs.

Team president Larry Lucchino said last night that the Sox could “absolutely’’ add more candidates to their list.

Sveum appeared to be the leading candidate yesterday afternoon when he met with Cherington, Henry, Lucchino, and Werner for lunch and a second interview.

Their meeting at Ward’s House of Prime in downtown Milwaukee lasted approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

“We had a nice lunch,’’ Werner said upon returning to Major League Baseball’s owners meetings at the Pfister Hotel. “That’s all I really have to say.’’

...and MacKanin has been scratched off the Boston list (Alomar Jr, Lamont and Lovullo are still being considered)

and Ken Rosenthal takes his turn taking a whack at the Redsox...

The owners must not have liked what they heard, or at least not liked it enough; they declined to make Sveum an offer.

Epstein, the Cubs’ president, and Jed Hoyer, the team’s GM, also met with Sveum a second time Wednesday, and acted far more aggressively.

They made Sveum an offer, knowing they had competition from their old team. And unless the Red Sox respond with their own offer – and there is no indication that they will - this baby is over.

also KR says they blew their window to get Tim Wallach by dragging out this process

Says Sveum is a better fit for the Cubs because:

One of Sveum’s strengths is as an instructor, a quality that could prove valuable as Epstein rebuilds the Cubs. The Cubs also conduct spring training in Arizona, where Sveum resides in the offseason. He also is more familiar with the National League Central given his six seasons with the Brewers.

then he breaks out his paddle, implying the Redsox should have kept Francona:

See, this is what happens when an organization suffers a nervous breakdown. The Sox just had to find a scapegoat for their historic September collapse. They picked Francona, declining to exercise his options — and setting in motion a series of unfortunate events.

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  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 21 min 31 sec ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 29 min 10 sec ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 40 min 54 sec ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 42 min 43 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 41 min ago view