Contest Winners

Enough with the April Fool's Day hijinx, time to hand out some prizes from some of our past contests.

MLB '08: The Show PS3 Giveaway

It was a simple 6 question contest with a tiebreaker and three folks got all six correct, with another six getting five correct answers. Unfortunately I only have five games to give as prizes, so it came down to the tiebreaker for those who got five correct. Before I reveal the winners, the correct answers:

1. Where will Sam Fuld start the season?

Correct Answer: Iowa Cubs (sounds like it might be the DL, but it'll be Iowa's DL)

2. Where in the batting order will Alfonso Soriano bat to start the game
during the Cubs exhibition game on Friday, March 28th versus the
Seattle Mariners?

Correct Answer: He batted second

3. Between Mike Fontentot, Eric Patterson, Ronny Cedeno and Alex Cintron, how many will make the Cubs Opening Day Roster?

Correct Answer: Two, Mike Fontenot & Ronny Cedeno

4. Where will reliever Tim Lahey be by Opening Day?

Correct Answer: Very few got this one, but he was claimed by another organization off waivers.

5. What uniform will Brian Roberts be wearing on Opening Day?

Correct Answer: Baltimore Orioles

6. The Cubs will acquire how many players via trade between now and Opening Day that will be on their Opening Day Roster?

Correct Answer: 0, Reed Johnson was signed as a free agent

Tiebreaker: How many runs will the Cubs score on offense in preseason games between 03/22/2008 and 03/29/2008?

Correct Answer: 52

And the winners (drumroll please):

Andy, Indiana JJ and Wrigley Field Ruz got all six correct. Archie, JohnT, D.L., DPappy, J_Cb19 and David S. got five correct.

As I said, I only have five to give away and Ruz is ineligible for a prize (well he's eligible but he can buy his own now from the money he's getting from the Wrigley company). So we had to get into the tiebreakers:

Archie
- 35
JohnT
- 35
D.L.
- 31
DPappy
- 20
J_Cb19
- 15
David S. - 28

So Archie, JohnT and D.L. get the last three copies...congrats!!! Email me your address information and I'll drop those in the mail tomorrow.

Free Agent Frenzy 2007

We never did announce our winner for the Free Agent Frenzy 2007 contest, so let's do that as well. It ended up a 3-way tie between Brick, Chris H. and Dave (Big_Lowitzki) with 71 points each. Barry Bonds went unsigned, but if he does sign with the Angels mid-season, I'll give Arizona Phil his seven points but it won't be enough to help him. So we had to break out the tiebreaker rules.

In the event of a tie for the Grand Prize, tiebreakers will be used
among the remaining tied participants in the following order:

1. Total number of actual correct player-team selections;

2. The highest actual Confidence Level selection that was correct,
going backwards until a tie is broken. For example, if two people tie
with 75 points, but one person selected his or her "15" pick correctly
and the other person's top correct choice was his or her "14" pick, the
person with the "15" correct pick would be the winner; and

 
3. MLBAM will administer a timed baseball trivia quiz, testing
the tied participants' knowledge of Major League Baseball, until the
tie is broken.


The participant whose submission is closest to the correct answer will be deemed the winner of the applicable tiebreaker.

Luckily, we don't have to get into the timed trivia quiz. All three got six correct answers which takes us to the second tiebreaker. They all got their #15, #14 and #13 picks correct, but Chris H. tripped up on #12 knocking him out. So it goes to the #11 pick and Dave nailed Fukudome to the Cubs at that number while Brick missed out on #11 with A-rod to the Angels.

Congrats, Dave, send me your address info and you get a copy of the Chicago Cubs Legends DVD Set.

There also seems to be a mix-up in the 2007 Prediction contest we ran, so I'm recalculating those numbers. The winner also gets a Chicago Cubs Legend DVD set.

 

Comments

Friggin Lowitzki.

This message is brought to you by Bob Patterson -- the pretty mediocre reliever from the 90's.

I friggin rock.

AND... still not quite sure why I picked Jones to the Dodgers, nor am I sure why I gave it so many confidence points. But it worked! :)

*shakes fist at the heavens*

A-Rod to the Angels!!! Whyyyyy!!!!!

Sorry if this is old news, but here is Ken Rosenthal's review of openning day.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7975414

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

I don't care who you are. That's some high quality humor right there.

I read about getting Rick Rolled.

The little man with a big voice.

He looks like Ron Howard at the end of the Andy Griffith series.

Not a compliment.

Nice Carlos. You totally got me.

In all serious though it was a great swing and it is up on You Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tscjQboAITs

I mean, I knew that that wasn't gonna be K-Fuk, but seriously...what the fuck was that?

You got Shaggrolled. Ten times more potent than a Rickroll.

That was strangely mesmerizing.

Carlos: Is that a Matt Murton video?

why the heck did I not make that connection before? that would explain Lou and Jim's hesitance to make him a starter.

Here's the Alou quote on Bartmant=
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3324343

from the same article, Alou's comments after the game:

After the game, he said: "I timed it perfectly, I jumped perfectly. I'm almost 100 percent that I had a clean shot to catch the ball. All of a sudden, there's a hand on my glove."


I think Alou is just being nice about it now and trying to give Bartman a break.

I agree.

Hmm... could you be falling for another April Fool's Joke?

You Ass, Carlos. I fell for that oe hook, line and sinker...

It's not like he directed you to 2 girls 1 cup.

However, after further thought, maybe it's worse.

He got me too. 

anyone know what the "watch live baseball games" ad on the left sidebar is? Sounds like Tivo for your computer I guess, just can't tell how it works. Do you have to pay an extra subscription on top of your mlb.tv one?

(and yeah, might as well make a few pennies by having you guys click on it instead of posting the link)...

Some background info on the meme I posted above... click here; no, it's not another joke.

Yeah Bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carlos-Yeah I knew about the Rickroll (but you did get me in the last thread). My WTF was directed at the Shaggs video that Mister Whipple posted. I couldn't stop watching that.

heading to the Daytona rotation...

That's a puzzling decision.

Maybe AZ Phil can clean it up for me, but I was under the impression that Ceda was going to stay in the bullpen.

Fleita said on XM radio a few weeks back that they were considering it. They think he'll get more opportunity to work on his secondary pitches. They intend to monitor his pitch counts closely and possibly pair him with another pitcher so they have dual starters that day.



Actually take a look at K-Fuk's swing on that HR in slow-mo -- this guy has an incredibly quick bat, smooth through the zone at the last second.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PssiZnGgjRI

As mentioned earlier....

no good can come from this.

Oh Dear Gawwwwdd

Carlos, did you film this?

http://tinyurl.com/yw3qp8

Your signature made me laugh. So I hope it's happy spirited!

"Winner of TCR's Spring Training 08 Prediction Game Give Away for MLB 08 the Show for PS3 which is ten times more awesomer than The Joe's puny 2007 TCR Keeper Fantasy League win."

Your signature made me laugh. So I hope it's happy spirited!

Yeah that was pretty much my only goal.

great...the new "3/44" is "take a look at this slo-mo video of K-Fuk's home run swing"

sweeeeeeeeet.

Good God, I'm glad April Fool's Day is over. I was tricked at least three times, all online, twice at TCR (or TCR-PBM).

In compensation, I get a PS3 game. And now it's April 2, my 30th birthday! Woo!

happy 30th...someone will be by in the next 12 hours that will teach you the secret handshake and give you the new rulebook.

the stuff about "lawn care" and "those damn neighbor kids" is long/boring, but if you don't pass the test they send you off a labor camp.

wait, what I'm doing now isn't labor camp?? shit.

thanks for the birthday wishes, crunch.

Happy Birthday.

Seriously though, 30 is the new 19. Go get drunk. Now.

Welcome to the roaring 30s. Here's your handbook filled with things that aren't the way they used to be. I highlighted the passages pertaining to baseball.

Thanks, fellas.

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  • this game is f'n flying by.

    also, "Hernandez (5-4, 3.45) versus Hendricks (9-7, 2.39), ruined by ESPN tomorrow at 7:08pmCST." gets 1000 upvotes and a gold star.

    crunch 11 min 15 sec ago view
  • His control is still off with a lot of overthrowing of his fastball. Mariners haven't been able to take advantage of it so far but it still doesn't seen like he's had a start this year where his mechanics have been great start to finish.

    johann 16 min 44 sec ago view
  • Why is that disconcerting, OB?

    Charlie 24 min 22 sec ago view
  • He was a big key to the crazy start, a big key to the end of last year, a big key in not beating the Mets (although lots of help from a tired inexperienced team there), so although the team as a whole can get through a series with a good Jake it will be tough with a bad Jake. I don't think it's realistic to have the insanely great Jake again, but maybe it is. Seeing today's box score it appears maybe it is - but I haven't been able to tune in yet.

    Old and Blue 37 min 51 sec ago view
  • IMO Jake is really the key to winning the World Series, but maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on one player.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • The reports that they offered EITHER Jimenez or Torres for Chapman are a little disconcerting. I hope 1) Those reports are wrong, and 2) if they are not wrong, that they will hold on to him, as the team could use the outfield depth. I have only seen him in the futures game, but he looks like a keeper.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • Very nice. I saw him in Lansing in May. I'm still stunned that he hit a 400-foot foul ball onto Larch Street ... which is going the other way for a right-handed batter. It was perhaps the most amazing swing I've ever seen a minor league player take. I should also mention that it was about 40 degrees out at the time. Not that it's evidence of anything per se, but I feel his plate approach is way more advanced than Soler was at this stage in his development and that the comparisons aren't really fair to Jimenez. 50/50 chance I'll go to Midland tonight for the low-A debut of Oscar de la Cruz.

    John Beasley 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • Meanwhile, out West:

    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 9 hours 24 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 32 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 47 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 19 hours 38 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 20 hours 3 min ago view
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    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 20 hours 30 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 57 min ago view