Theo Epstein's Best Original Screenplay

It's Oscar Night and as I'm sure many of you know, our own Theo Epstein has Hollywood royalty in his family tree.

His great uncle Julius co-authored the screenplay to the 1942 Academy Award winning film, "Casablanca".
Some of the famous words from said screenplay have been mutilated in the drawing above, but I don't think Julius or Theo would mind.

So...just a little cartoon for your Sunday and may Alan Arkin win best supporting actor, please.



curtis granderson (NYY) fractured right forearm...expected out 10 weeks.

yow. hbp earlier in today's TOR/NYY game.

let's see...they just lost their LF'r...their best DH option is travis hafner (left handed) with no right handed counterpart...soriano has stated the NYY is a place he'd be willing to go...

well then...this could get interesting.

AZ Phil driving Soriano to Sky Harbor airport?

Not once ever have I thought that Soriano could possilby get traded for real.
But this...if you were to seriously think about it, what might the Yankees give in return?
If I have time, I might do some kinda gif on this...

But this...if you were to seriously think about it, what might the Yankees give in return?
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant & Franklin are possibilities

That's a pretty good gif.

Whoops. Watch that Cap "I" in your tag Rob G. ;)

since grandy's "only" supposed to miss a month or so a lot may depend on the kind of spring soriano has...and the kind of spring ronnier mustelier has.

their only other options include guys like juan rivera and matt diaz...meh.

given that granderson can also play CF (much like their other 2 regulars) can open an option besides DH for soriano in the long term by resting ichiro/gardner/granderson if they yanks feel the need to bite. plus, there's no guarantee t.hafner is going to be worth his DH slot even if the $2m gamble is small.

that said, if the yanks aren't willing to give up squat yet still expect the cubs to pick up almost all the salary there's not much incentive for the cubs to shift soriano and his production, even if overpaid, if they're just going to end up with $10-$12m saved over a couple of years.

Dioner Navarro with a 3 run HR to put the Cubs up 4-0

Shark gave up a single to Very Big Panda in an otherwise uneventful first.
Soriano hit a bullet off Matt Cain's hip but Cain stayed in to give up the HR to Navarro.

...and here comes marmol...

leadoff walk...mid-season form.

3-4 SF/ 4...

lot of SF fans at the game.

thanks Tim. That screenplay put a tear in this Cubster's eye.

So glad I didn't go with the "Play it Sam. Play Go Cubs Go one more time." bit.

Me too. :)

In all seriousness, my money would be on Lincoln tonight. Whether or not it deserves best picture is another question.

Lincoln sucked! There I said. Bring the heat.

I thought he was a good president.

That was nonfiction?

He did kill a lot of vampires.

Are we talking about same movie?

Sounds about right. That happened when they weren't talking, right?

I found it pretty boring...felt like a stage play.

deleted because i'm not sure that tipping off people how to bypass mlb gameday's paywall is a good idea.

go cubs...

meh...why not...technically it's their issue, not a forceful hack.

okay, there seems to be a lag between authentication and account resets. i've had to do this for every feed and it only works for one feed (aka, you can't hop feeds).

if you already have a regular/non-pay site account on mlb...i've been able to snag free audio feeds by going to the log-in on audio feed for a game, clicking on "lost password", and having the password assigned to the email addy reset.

when done quickly, i've been able to log onto games using the reset password. for some reason it lets you access feeds under a freshly renewed password for your account even if you don't have a paid account. the password-reset thing i've had to do the past 2 days in order to get fresh access.

once again, mlb needs to fix their authentication security scheme...but hopefully not any time soon.

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  • Cubs acquired Rex Brothers. Awesome fit for this team. Wander Cabrera going to COL.

  • "MLB announces #Cubs Minor League RHP Tanner Griggs receives 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for amphetamine"

    2014 12th rounder...

    it's hard to know who to blame...on one hand he's a baseball player, on the other he sells cars in the offseason...either job leads to amphetamine abuse. =p

  • Thanks PHIL! I thought only the Cubs had control until the last day of the MLB 2015 Season.

  • that's awesome...makes me look forward to hearing theo talk some more about how the team needs to be creative with finances because money is tight.


  • See What The Cubs Are Building This Off-Season For Wrigley Plaza, Clubhouse

  • CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be chosen after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who were not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (perhaps somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.

  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season. 

  • Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.

  • Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...