Virtual Waiting Room Virtually Gone

 

So, single game tickets went on sale yesterday (yawn), a couple of weeks later than what had been the norm for many years. I used to go at it on Day One via phone and computer both, from the opening bell until whenever I finally broke down the door to the virtual waiting room. Usually that was mid-afternoon and by then the pickings were slim for whatever prime games hadn’t already sold out.

Yesterday it was mid-afternoon before I even recalled that the ticket windows were open. Then I tapped into the Cub website for the sake of both old times and curiosity.

Opening Day was still wide open. So was the White Sox series. The Saturday Boston game in June was down to nothing but $140 (!) bleacher seats (that’s not including handling/processing fees) but the Friday and Sunday games were very available. Weekend series with the Cardinals in July and September still featured full menus of sections and price tiers. I checked again before I hit the sack last night and all of the above was still true. I couldn't find a sold out game. Feeling almost sorry for the organization I plunged in and bought four in the bleachers for a game vs. the Giants on Labor Day weekend when my alma mater Iowa Hawkeyes will also be in town for their season opener at Soldier Field. I got 'em for the comparatively low price of $27 (silver tier) plus about another nine bucks per in add-on fees.

The brand appears a bit tarnished after prolonged storage in fifth place.

But the thick manual the new management regime has been rushing to assemble apparently isn't limited to on-field ways and means of doing business.

One of my spring rites is to get pocket schedules from the Cub marketing commandoes. I'm unable to find them here in Des Moines, even so closely removed from headquarters as the team's Triple A outpost. They always oblige, but never so promptly or cordially as this year. The same day I e-mailed my request I got a reply from Barb, a "Wrigley Field Ambassador" assuring me the schedules were already in the mail. Sure enough, they arrived a couple of days later, tucked inside a handwritten note from Barb. She also tossed in a Cub decal and expressed her hope that I'd be able to pay (and I do mean pay) a visit to The Vaunted Confines sometime in 2012. 

There's one born every minute. The trick this year will be luring three million of us enabling suckers through the turnstiles again. But if they can get someone who's used to driving across town to watch guys like LaHair and Barney play for free to spend lots of time and money for the privilege of watching them do less in Chicago than they did here in Des Moines, who knows? Maybe they can turn that trick. 

15 minutes until first peek at the 2012 Cubs on WGN. I can hardly wait to see what I bought into.

Comments

Well at least you WON'T see a wrestling match between Z and gatorade, you will not see Aram grounding into a rally killing double play, and you probably won't see snow on labor day.

Other than that, things are looking up!

"you will not see Aram grounding into a rally killing double play"

you're not going to like ian stewart.

oh wait, people have to be on base for that to happen...nevermind.

-edit- two line drive singles to RF rather than two ground balls to the 2nd baseman today so far...keep it up...or keep it further up and put it over a wall.

GOOD timing, CRUNCH!

it's more about how much stuff he's going to put toward 2nd/RF as far as the DP thing goes. we're going to see a lot of it.

You also wont see ARam hit game winning home runs. You also won't see .300/30/100 from the Cubs 3b dude.

Empty stats. Aram is about Aram. Only when shit doesn't matter. good riddance.

3rd all time team slugging, .356 ob% over 8.5 years.

cubs could use more empty stats players...and his arm.

If the Cubs had 7 other starters as shitty as ARam, imagine how terrible they would be!!!! Aram totally sucked it up in the 2003 playoffs. .887 OPS(5th best in team history)with the Cubs in 1100+ games. What a loser.

If ARam sucks, Santo sucks.

he may not range as well as others left-to-right, but you couldn't drop a bunt or weak hit on the grass in front of him. he could throw off-balance and on the run with the best of them.

While I wasn't unhappy he's gone with our current plans, I'll just never get the hate for ARam completely unwarranted by his stats. It's almost visceral. Then again, Crunch has that for Ian Stewart so eh (though for sure ARam is a better player).

ian stewart kicked muh dog and it up n' died.

also, i could care less about his stats. i care about what he does putting a bat through the zone.

at least im not getting the "dubois treatment" backlash. people can feel free to call me a dumbass/wrong-as-hell or whatever about my view on stewart, but i'm not feeling the hate level from the dubois era view on dubois's swing.

Really? I'm the exact opposite. I don't care how he swings the bat long as he gets the stats.

that's the thing...i don't think he'll get the stats of old based on how he swings a bat.

i'm projecting based on what i see him doing recently with a bat, not what he's done in the past.

anyone who pitches him low or misses middle is playing with fire. you can lure him into ground outs and line drives (most line drives by anyone goes for a hit) pitching him up because of his swing mechanics.

i honestly think he'd be better off...with his swing...letting it loose hard at the expense of a few more Ks in order to elevate the ball more. it's just a shame he's not a guy who could temper those extra Ks with walks (like j.burnitz).

The trade for Aramis was a good one, especially initially. I do not think anyone would argue about that. We loved his RBIs and some years even his avg. HOWEVER, in more recent years his numbers have been down, AND there is little question that he did not bring it to the park every game. the former we can overlook to some degree, the later we can not from a veteran. Based on this, do you sign him to multi-year contract given that you want to change the culture of the organization? I say, no. I'd rather have the Cubans in the system.

I certainly will never begrudge his best years, but he completely was a no-show in 2010 for the first three months.

It was a great trade getting him and Kenny Lofton was very valuable for the Cubs as well. But it was time for him to move on for the amount of money and years the guy wanted.

I wish him well except against the Cubs.

The team needed his bat to remain in the thick of things and He failed again and agan.

"again and again" sure seems like exaggeration to me. He had some slow starts and a few injury-shortened seasons. And he still managed to be the Cubs' most productive third baseman since Santo.

I think the real question in all this is, did we want to give Aram three more years or so at third. He wanted a longer term contract, and he deserved his free agency. Part of backing up the truck means doing things like letting a guy like Aram go. He's getting slower and he is always an injury waiting to happen. But I'll still miss seeing him at the plate, and I'll cringe when he comes up against the Cubs. It was nice to have somebody FINALLY fill that Santo gap for several years. But it was time to say goodbye, as well. On a team that is trying to free itself of insidious long term contracts, hooking up another one wasn't a good idea for a team that has performed the way it has lately.

If we knew it would've taken only 3yrs/$36 million, maybe I we'd have been more pro-signing Ramirez. That last year might be a tough pill to swallow...but I'd bet he's solid the first two.

I didn't realize we were talking about resigning Aram. I was only pointing out that Aramis did not fail again and again. I was perfectly happy to see him go given the direction of the organization.

The Cubs weren't any good in 2010 whether he hit or not. Now, his no-show didn't help, of course. He was arguably the team's best hitter during his tenure. I've never gotten the hatred...it's all related to him "not hustling" or whatever. Bottom line, the guy produced.

Phil Rogers again saying Cubs win in Soler derby

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

kiss of death...'this guy has made 88 straight (PAT's, free throws, whatever)...'

well it ain't over 'til it's over... = )

What's really annoying about the article is how different the headline is from the article. The headline makes it sound like the Cubs have pretty much nailed it, and the article is much fuzzier.

that's because the headline is designed to make you read the article and the article is designed to make you wish you had not read the headline.

Ha.

btw, also bought a groupon yesterday: 10 I-cub tix for $25...

niiiiiiiiiiice.

Already tired of len/bob...took but an inning

That is strange. They are one of the better pairs in baseball. Len is extremely good.

I'd prefer dizzy & pee wee...

this team will win at least six dozen...

chris carpenter update (the evil one...well, not really, but he plays for STL on a voluntary basis)

"Chris Carpenter was diagnosed Saturday with a bulging cervical disc in his neck.
The Cardinals haven't decided when the veteran right-hander is going to be able to resume throwing, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a bulging disc is "not nearly as bad as nerve damage," which the Cards originally thought Carpenter had."

bored...checking stats on one-time "maybe" cubs signing ricky jacquez (210Ks in 120ip in his last 2 years of highschool...all 5'9" of him).

he's got years to turn it around, but right now he's a little wild...bit hittable...still getting the Ks.

they're using him as a college 3-4 pitcher (sometimes pen, sometimes starting)...not at all uncommon for a college freshman.

4g 1gs - 11ip 13h 8bb 13k 6.55era

MLB confirms 5 year deal LHP Conception with Cubs...

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Sullvan's article says $6M guaranteed, $3M signing bonus, $3M spread out over 5 years
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

“He’s a 20-year-old left-hander, a really good feel for pitching, a three pitch mix,” Hoyer said. “He’s had success at a young age in Cuba and a guy we’re excited to bring over here and work with.”

mentions something about starting out in AAA, but that seems like a bit of a reach.

should've traded him...

(2) Dejesus vs. (3) W. Castillo
(2) Coleman vs. (3) Maholm

well i'm just glad that the finalists in the bunt tourney are potentially our 1-2 hitters in the lineup

David Dejesus and Vince Coleman?

Lilly vs Garza and Garza lasted only 1.1 innings.

Single, HBP, Single, K, BB(RBI), BB (RBI), Single (2 RBI)... Replaced be Chris Rusin

4-0 Lillies, thru 3.

(in Buffalo Bill's voice)

is a great, big fat person.

'Sully' could use a new do...

Dwight Shrute disagrees.

Putting himself back into contention for bullpen spot with some poisonous stuff...2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K

"Jamie Moyer allowed one run and three hits in three innings of work Sunday in a victory over the White Sox."

hell yeah.

Nick the ....
Still can't get the Theo Compensation venom out of his bloodstream.
Fortunately, these are the only Cub references in his Sunday Baseball Notes.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/...

1. The PA announcer at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter made this introduction Thursday: “Now pitching for the Red Sox, ‘the other’ Chris Carpenter.’’ The “other’’ Carpenter proved he was no relation when he walked three batters in the inning, including one with the bases loaded.

2. Speaking of Carpenter, Thursday’s appearance against the Cardinals was a flashback to the command issues he has had. The Red Sox are impressed with his live fastball (96 m.p.h.), but privately they are not pleased with what they wound up having to settle for as compensation for Theo Epstein.

Maybe Nick Cafardo is Larry Lucchino's pen name.

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  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 34 min 25 sec ago view
  • chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.

    i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.

    crunch 35 min 30 sec ago view
  • the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.

    crunch 39 min 50 sec ago view
  • Well he didn't leave a mark so its not that bad.

    Fuck that.

    Facts:

    He choked her.

    Her brother tackled him to separate him.

    He cooled off by shooting his gun in the garage.

    I don't have to like him on the team I follow.

    And you are others are free to not give a shit about his personal misgivings if you so choose as well.

     

     

    Rob G. 58 min 44 sec ago view
  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • 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 4 hours 7 min 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 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 4 hours 27 min 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 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 4 hours 51 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 4 hours 51 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 5 hours 28 sec 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 5 hours 20 min ago view