The Cub Reporter Adds a Reporter

Effective immediately, Joe Aiello of "View From The Bleachers" is
joining us here at TCR. Joe started his blog back in October of
'03--the "Dark Time"--and over the years he turned VFTB into one of the
true stalwart Cub blogs.

We're thrilled to have him.

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Great news.

Welcome.

You guys will have enough writers to field a team pretty soon.

yeah, but some of them just play on the taxi squad :)

Welcome, Joe! Best of luck!

Welcome Joe! Glad to have you!

As I've been reporting, switch hitter Milton Bradley remains the Cubs' No. 1 target for the outfield, Cubs people re-confirmed with me today. Bradley led the AL in OPS at .999 this year. The Cubs tell me they're not worried at all about Bradley's mercurial behavior. They like the fact that he might be able to light a fire or two in a laid-back clubhouse.

is that 3/44, the part about the Cubs liking that he could kick some ass in the clubhouse?

I'm still quite sick, hope to be back writing sooner rather than later....

It probably wasn't stated quite that way before, but it's been implied.

Hope you feel better- that's a helluva cold you've got.

it's horrid...

started last Tuesday, felt fine Thursday, went downhill again over the weekend....

Suck it up wimp.

I have...but the cost of not missing work and keeping the home-life at a happy medium is to skip writing at TCR.

I think the winter meetings did me in.

 

Get lots of rest. Ideally while at work.

Out of curiosity, what are your symptoms?

I had a dry cough for a few days about a month ago, and then suddenly it plunged into my chest and became a persistent wet, hacking cough. That and extreme fatigue were mostly the only symptoms, though there has been some occasional stuffiness and feverish feelings.

I wish I could tell you how long it lasts, but over a month later I'm still waiting for it to end.

started with a bad cough, sore throat, horrible headaches and that achy/fatigue feeling...thought I kicked it pretty quick, but it came back with a vengence over the weekend. The Christmas party on Thursday and the red wine probably didn't help matters. Now I'm hacking up all kinds of stuff and still have the horrible headaches. The achy/fatigue feeling comes and goes now...

my rather hectic schedule and general disregard for making time to go to the doctor probably don't help...

I also recommend you get on some antibiotics though if you're fighting one for a month.

Sounds like two cases of walking pneumonia.

This could also be the influenza virus. Respiratory flus are out there. The achy/fatigue feeling and headaches could be fever related. Recommended actionable items from Dr. Whipple:

1) Go to a doctor and get a blood test for bacterial infection. If positive get on antibiotics. Don't get on antibiotics without the test unless absolutely necessary or you'll be partially to blame for the upcoming plague.

2) Slow down! Take a day or two off of work. Don't pull a Jim Henson. You're much less productive dead.

3) Have some chicken soup. It's good for you.

4) Take your temperature and take ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen ("and" if your fever doesn't break with just one after 8 hours). A rectal thermometer isn't necessary. Chad swears by them. There's no reason to walk around with a fever even if it's only from a cold if you don't have to. You're just making yourself and everyone who you complain to miserable (I keed!).

5) Drink plenty of fluids. Don't drink any solids.

Feel better!

I can see where drinking solids might be hazardous to your health.

Is there evidence that having a glass or two of vino exacerbates a cold or sinusitis?

Looks like the Hawaii fall league is toast.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/unfiltered/

Writer says a second, lower-level Arizona fall league will be announced shortly.

As someone who drives long distances for minor league games, major league games, spring training, etc., even I can't picture myself going all the way to Hawaii and wanting to watch a baseball game.

The Padres should have gotten rid of Giles when they had the chance. He might be a bit distracted this year given that he is now being sued for $10 million by an ex-girlfriend who alleges that he battered her while she was pregnant and caused her to have a miscarriage. Cheri Olivera's lawsuit accuses Giles of hitting and slapping her in the face, shaking and kicking her, and battering her twice when she was pregnant with his child.

Will Mr. Aiello provide some updates soon on the Peavy trade?

Glad to have you aboard, Joe.

Greetings, Joe. Are you going to adopt a Cub-themed nickname, e.g. Cubman or Cubist? Or perhaps reader The Joe can further distinguish himself. The Joe, if you have trouble, I'm sure Ryno will be glad to provide a striking-if-somewhat-fatalistic Radiohead lyric by which you can call yourself.

I think Rob's building an army. The showdown between TCR and BCB seems inevitable.

My nickname in Mobwars on Facebook is Steel Shank. Does that count?

Welcome aboard. Looking forward to hearing another perspective on the Cubs.

Screw you rook! now carry our luggage to the bus.

And who cuts your hair? Veggamatic?

Funny S-T quote:
"The Cubs just signed a guy who's so fast, he already has run past Felix Pie on the outfield depth chart and looks like he's about to run Pie right out of the organization."

Looks like you don't have to carry THIS anymore, Cubnut

BTW... Clay Rapada was up and down (AAA) with Detroit last year. Did Okay overall.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/gamelog?play...

Welcome Joe. Hope you give us less 3/44 stuff than you did on the other blog. (I keed)

Actually, you should have ROB G clue you in on what "3/44" means - if he hasn't yet.

It is trademarked to TCR.

Did Joe also leave MVN because he has a mouth like Rod Blagojevich and he was sick of their fucking censorship?

No, just sick of incompetency over there.

I'll drink to that -- former MVN Rangers writer here.

We went independent a little over a month ago and haven't looked back.

Welcome Joe,

Trans will learn you the ways of gay witchcraft.

RobG will show you how to handle Chad

AZ Phil will show you all the good Chinese restaurants. (Hi Calos!)

Welcome, Joe. And a very, very good addition, TCR!

Rob is the Aslan of the Cub blogging world, building an army to re-take what is rightfully his. He already had his centaur in AZ Phil and his beaver in Transmission. (something like that, the analogy breaks down because I can't think of a Tumnus.)

%!

Sometimes, pretty much all the time, I get the impression TCR is to MLB blogging as Big Bang Theory is to situation comedies.

did anyone get this analogy? If so, please explain it to me....

I thought that was the point -- TCR has nothing to do with baseball. Maybe not.

It's my favorite Sit Com so, maybe that's the analogy.

I will be happy to welcome Joe after he passes his 'meatspin' initiation.

:)

Ugh. If you recall, VFTB was a PG-rated site. Let's not try to induce vomiting on Joe's part on his first day here.

His VFTB readers are in for a surprise.

Yes they are.

No good can come of this.

Hey Joe-

Where you goin' with that gun in your hand?

Gonna shoot ol' Jim Hendry down.

Heard he dealing with another GM.

Hi.

You shall go by "Other Joe" from now on. I hope that is cool.

[EDIT] Sorry Andrew, didn't read your post. Maybe one of us will have to change their name. Hmm, I'll have to compile a list of possibilities.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/st...

I think the part about Furcal signing is still up in the air, but if he does go to the Braves, they plan to move Kelly Johnson to LF, not trade him or Escobar as has been speculated upon.

That's yesterday's news and I already commented on the stupidity of it (filling your left field slot with an aging 96 OPS+ shortstop for $10 million).

Rosenthal says that Furcal signed with the Dodgers, saving the Braves from themselves and my FA Frenzy ballot with one fell swoop of the pen.

No worries, The Joe (see that just sounds weird - things have been complicated).

I'm sick as well and was thinking back on past additions to the TCR writers cabal. Who was that guy that came on with another writer at the same time, and then never contributed or visited the site once? A few months later, he was booted. Anyone remember that?

I think there were 2 such instances if I recall...

when mostvaluablenetwork.com bought out Ruz and all-baseball.com, you guys got stuck with me and there was another writer there named George Kryoudis (sp?) that came with...he maybe posted 1 or 2 articles.

then when all-baseball.com disappeared and we all moved to mvn.com, or what I like to refer to as the Dark Times, they once again threw the current Cubs writer at mostvaluablenetwork into the mix, Graham something or other...I don't believe he ever wrote an article.

Thanks Rob. I was thinking of Graham but I remember George as well. Losers.

Baseball-Reference coming this spring...

http://sandbox.baseball-reference.com/

stats will be sortable on the player pages which is nifty....

one more thing Joe...here's the TCR pink backpack.

Team orthopods just don't look good in pink.

Carlos will let you know what cyber goodies can be carried in it. Last time I looked I think Johan's Mom was inside.

Sounds like two cases of walking pneumonia.
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or the boogie woogie flu

I think it may be Gathright fever.

That's it!

Sing that to the tune of "Cat Scratch Fever"

Gathright fever (from Wikipedia, soon to be a Wiklifield entry):

Viral illness producing strong urge to jump over a car, in Cub fans though when they get this illness, they can't jump high enough and get run over.

ok, i'm just going to say it...

is there really a TCR run "Wikifield"?

If so, Cubbery and Chadball better have entries or I will...

meh, the signature says it all.

is there really a TCR run "Wikifield"?

yes, in development, hope to have it open to the public by the beginning of the year

If so, Cubbery and Chadball better have entries or I will...

anyone will be able to add to it, technically you can now, but I would prefer people to hold off until I finish up a few things.

i give you until I get back from vacation

1/2/09

It's already up on Google and Yahoo searches.

I know, which is weird...must be indexing thecubreporter.com.

there's already a few very useful pages, many more to come.

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  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base).

    Arizona Phil 2 min ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 34 min 40 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 6 hours 31 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 6 hours 46 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 10 hours 7 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 24 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 18 hours 59 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 19 hours 29 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 19 hours 51 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 20 hours 24 min ago view