Ex-Cub Not A Bud Selig Fan

There's a whole lot of nothing going on as Mother Nature and the Rays have ruined the Fall Classic. Part of the fun over the last two days was a supposedly anonymous quote by a Phillies pitcher after seeing the beleaguered Commissioner roaming the halls of the Phillies locker room.

"That fucking guy. I wouldn't let him supervise one of my shits."

Of course, a reporter was there to catch the moment and well, not much stays anonymous in the Internet age. There's three ex-Cubs to choose from and our winner is Scott Eyre, who may or may not have forgotten to take his Ritalin that day.

Speaking of the ex-Cub factor, the Phillies are one win away from being the third team to buck the trend and if it happens, it will be the first time that the Yankees aren't involved. It's probably more likely though that they end up blowing the whole thing and that it ends up being Scott Eyre's fault.



That's just... awesome.

and an ex-Cub is now a Brewer. Casey McGehee claimed on waivers. Never enough 3B in Milwaukee apparently. Hall, Gamel, M.Lamb, Branyan, McGehee, none of which can actually play 3B.

weird that the Cubs removed him off the 40-man, seems like they had the room.

No big loss though...

On October 7th, Arizona Phil gave us a list of "players eligible to be minor league free agents" if they are not on the 40-man by the end of the World Series. I'm not sure when the exact deadline was. Today, maybe?

Anyway, there are several players on that list whom the Cubs might be more interested in protecting than McGehee. The ones who occur to me are Matt Craig, Doug Deeds and Josh Kroeger. Two of them are lefty-hitting right fielders with a little pop.

Phil also provided a list of players who will have to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20 or they will be eligible for the rule 5 draft. Three from that list that they might want to protect are Veal, Spears and Mitch Atkins.

doubtful it was for the minor league free agents, pretty sure Kroeger was one last year and the Cubs usually offer them an NRI to spring training if they resign.

Rule 5 on the other hand I forgot about, Veal and Atkins seem like no-brainers and Jake Fox and Sam Fuld can be dropped to make room for Berg and Spears if they want. They have up to 6 spots in potential free agents as well.

I don't think the Cubs have entirely lost interest in Fox or Fuld. Should they have?

Fox hit pretty well last year, admittedly at AA. SLG leader in Southern League. 31 HRs overall. Not apparently a klutz either like Dubois.

Eyre's wrong. Selig supervised all of his 19 Cub appearances this year.

Wait. Oh I get it. That wasn't what he meant by "shits". I see.


+3 Wes.

Well, I guess as a few of you who said, "I'm more afraid of the Dodgers than the Phillies..." can see why the Phils were a much better team tonight.

But the Cubs still had "the best record in the NL."

Pat Gillick put together a very balanced ballclub that played hot at the right time.

No one said that.

We said we were more afraid of the dodgers than the Mets.

Those were the two teams we could have played in the nlds

yes of course the phils could have won the wild card but at the time we were saying this, it was between the mets and the brewers

I was more afraid of clowns....

whoops, wrong forum.

the key word there is "balanced". Their lineup is very balanced (even with Manuel's decision to not breakup Howard and Utley)whereas the Cubs lineup is woefully imbalanced. Not sure the Phils played "hot", moreso the Rays' bats went cold. Only Navarro hit over .265 and that was with 0 HR & 0 RBIs. Howard, Ruiz and Werth were good but that's about it. As a team the Phils batted .262, and were a woeful .167 with RISP (worst ever for a World Series). The Rays simply pulled off Cubbery in the series and Cole Hamels just likely cemented himself into a top 5 SP.

Yeah, had we played the Phillies, we would have lost -1 to 3. Good catch, E-Man.

Is it spring yet?

heard that.

I'm happy for Philly and all. Still found this a particularly boring Series.


Among Ben Roethlisberger's stated concerns about playing the Washington Redskins is their cheerleaders.

That's what he said, anyway.

"I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said yesterday.

The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the "Redskins Rule."

"The couple of preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it," Roethlisberger said.

And it's a distraction?

"It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore."

Ok point taken. So come next playoffs the Cubs should get Ronny Woo Woo to stretch in the opposing teams clubhouse.

Sounds like it's Macha.


Brenly's interview apparently didn't go well. He insisted on Sabathia allegedly.

Yeah bad move. I would be thrilled to have a rotation anchored by Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush.

Anyway, as we are all becoming aware of the baseball playoff system, it really has become like March Madness in that teams hot at the end of the season seem to go deep, if not win the thing...

I know within the next ten days I will be receiving my Season Ticket invoice!

I've also noticed that the team that wins the series, moves on to the next series or game, just like March Madness. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned there.

Also the team with the hotter cheerleaders get more TV exposure... oh nevermind.

I have not thought about, or watched, any baseball for three and a half weeks, which has been liberating in a sense. Although this did not hurt as badly as 2003, I don't know if I can warm up to this team again for a while.

ha. just wait till pitchers and catchers report and you'll be changing your tune then.

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