One final update

I can't believe it has gotten to the point where I feel compelled to say this, but...

 

April Fool's.

 

(just in case anyone hasn't yet figured out that the entire thing was a scam. Nice work, everyone...)

 

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Screw that...

But so long Chad.

Hope we didn't distress ya, Joe.  :)

I was a tad nervous. I don't want to have to read TWO blogs. That's just too much work.

~manly guy-hugs~

 

Nope, still just us.  

 

But
I DO wish that we had gotten cell phones and I-pods and all that other
cool stuff. The Good Doctor was making me envious. 

cell phones and I-pods and all that other cool stuff.
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...apparently, it was trying to get the Guitar Hero perk for Trans that was the deal breaker

Awwwwww....

 

It's too bad, too. I've only played once, and would have loved to have my own....

Damn, we're smooth.

(But mostly Cubnut, Rob and Ruz. They did virtually all of the heavy lifting. I just got to play myself - an angry crank with an over-inflated sense of dis-enfranchisement and isolation.)

you're still an ass. :)

 

 

Takes one to know one!

Manny agrees...

So does Heinie Massman

Speaking of Heinie Massman, where the hell was AZPhil during all this?

Umm... I think AZ Phil may actually have a life.

AZ Phil doesn't have time for our tomfoolery...

...so no jism?

ha

But how are we going to fund improvements to the site now??????

Rob will be posting embedded videos of him dancing and singing Karaoke to "Let's Go Crazy", then asking for donations.

That would be counterproductive cos then you'd have to start paying us to come here.

Boooooooo --- saying "this isn't a joke" in the set-up is seriously bad form.

But, as an off-day actviity -- worth the effort.

Strong performances by the entire ensemble cast.

sorry about that...not up on my April Fool's Day etiquette!

 

in case anyone missed the writers page
http://www.thecubreporter.com/our-writers

Well that was fun.

What better way to spend day two of the season, an off day, after losing the opener:

Distraction.

Now is Chad going to live up to his word? Or was he in on it too?

I'm curious about that one, myself...

 

Maybe he's already over there, waiting for you.

THE perfect conclusion to this day would be to discover that BCB
readers bought in to all of this, and were saying "Why the heck are
they getting advertising and cell phones and stuff, and we're getting
Trans?  What sort of trade is THAT?"

100% certain Chad was playing along...he's not a fan of the BCB.

I hate that fucking board. You couldn't pay me to be a regular there.

I knew it all was a joke, i thought I'd have some fun too. And I wanted to see if people would applaud my departure or mourn me. I got neither, really.

Heh.  Nicely played, Chad!

I think everyone was just trying to figure what the fuck was actually going on.

At first I was a little confused but when Trans lost his shit and went berserk at Ruz, I knew it was a gag.

Too convoluted for me.

Not me. I was certain that Trans was playing it straight. He's just that arrogant and self-involved in real life. I can get away with saying that because he and I go all the way back to summer camp together. You think he's pompous now? You should have seen him at Camp Tawonga. He boycotted the canteen for a week because they started selling Pepsi. He's an asshat but I love him.

I am assuming Kerry's performance was all part of the scam? Maybe his calendar was off because of the leap year and the earlier daylight savings time.

i don't give a horse's patoot if it's april fool's or not. i just want my farking free phone.

You guys are brutal.

You have ruined my day of listening to the radio of reports of aliens landing in New Jersey.

And Wrigley Field? Anyone see that POS movie the Comebacks? The crappy football cliche' coached by Lambeau Fields?

Laughing is fun. I feel like a haiku!

Only T.C.R.
Could make an April Fools joke
Seem fake, real, then fake

I am addicted
To writing silly haikus
Someone please help me

You think Haikus are fun? You should try your hand at the six word memoir.

One of my favorites is "Put whole self in. Shook about."

Put hand in pants, shook about.

It was good joke, but how is all this un-professionalism going to look your new sponsor? I can't imagine Motorola is going to like it's new sponsorship to begin like this.

And for the love of Jesus Presented by AT&T, can't you take down that logo now?

Shocking!!! Shocking I tell ya!!

I feel like I was given a day-long shocker by TCR. Thanks guys.

God, I feel bad for Joe.  We owe him a drink.

Yes you do. You shouldn't fuck around with peace-makers.

But actually, I was THANKING you for the shocker. Who said that it was a bad thing?

Ok good.  Last thing I want is for fellow pacifists to put me on a hit-list....  how embarassing!

Word, but what great irony! I don't have a hit-list, though I do have a piercing-sarcasm-list. You don't want to be on it.

I just traded my Samsung for a new Motorola phone at lunch to support you guys..and I come back to see this?

What do I do now?

I can't imagine Motorola is going to like it's new sponsorship to begin like this.
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Moto-rola is probably too busy splitting up into two parts, separating the cell phone bus. from everything else and running like hell from investor/troublemaker Carl Ichan. As long as they can keep their ads up on that green screen behind home plate at Wrigley...all will be OK.

Oddly, I see a bizarro parallel between the above wrt Sam Zell and MLB.

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/who/who-int...

Nice work all around. The whole thing was good but the whole Trans' tirade was a stroke of genius. It too me a little while to figure out that was part of the act. When both Rob and Ruz responded within ten minutes though, I knew. That and the bit about potato salad.

But hey, I haven't had that much fun with the lame April Fool's Day in a long time. Kudos.

I started to suspect when I read crunch's post, but when Trans wrote "cripes", I knew it was a sham!! Noone writes "cripes" unless they are joking!

Aww cripes, I really must be the only person left who uses that word.  I blame Mamma Trans.

 

 

I'm really tickled by your use of "cripes."

Just be thankful Mamma didn't teach you to whoopsiedaisy

I thought Trans threatening to go to BCB was the true giveaway...I mean no one could get that pissed to do something like that. :)

 

Bah.  For all you know they have been trying to poach me.  Where's my raise?

you are a valuable commodity to TCR (presented by Motorola), so I will offer a 300% raise on your current salary.

 

sweeeeeeeeeet

Do the math...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww cripes.

Who wouldn't be gellin' like a felon to be tellin' their tales with Al Yellon? I mean, really...

I'll reset the site tonight btw...to reveal our actual new sponsor, Sam Zell!!!!

Video analyzing K-Fuk's homerun cut from yesterday's game. Looks like he doesn't have a single hole in that swing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

No, no, Trans. You are NOT the only one whouses that word. I think we have talked about this before, but I think it one of the most underrated words in the english language for comic value. I have been teaching my kids to say it. There are few things as funny to me as hearing my 3-year-old son say "Aw, cripes!".

Good call, I'd forgotten that.  The army of cripes-users grows larger...

 

And Carlos, you got me, too.  In fact, I didn't even know what a rick roll was, until I got rick roll'd.

 

 

You ass, Carlos! You got me!

Fantastic job!

I figured it was an AFD joke the whole day, up until I saw Trans' explosion. At that point I started to wonder if it was legit...

Dammit Carlos. You suck.

WAIT A MINUTE!!

Does this mean you are NOT gonna optimize for mobile use??!!

DAMN!

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  • he subscribes to my twitter, he's beyond TCR. #yolo #swag

    crunch 13 min 11 sec ago view
  • Whoops. Maddon must have been reading TCR (for his daily crunch) and got confused.

    CTSteve 15 min 38 sec ago view
  • kuhl is a righty, not a lefty.

    i think maddon might think kuhl is a lefty, too. i wonder what the reasoning is for baez leading off vs a rightie.

    crunch 56 min 35 sec ago view
  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 6 hours 4 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 5 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 7 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 6 hours 15 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 6 hours 28 min ago view