Friday Funnies. Don't freak out about Cubs wins and losses in ST.

Inspired by some of the comments here yesterday.
And my own knee-jerk reactions to the letter "L".


that t-shirt, tho...awesome.

Flyin' Hawaiian scratched today due to calf injury


I ran a correlation for team win record for the last 3 years, ST & regular season and found an r value of .227. There is nearly no correlation between spring training records and regular season records. Science.

This seems right to me, so it must be true. If you found otherwise, we could just call it a hoax.

it varies depending on the use/application, but most people don't even pay attention to correlation until you get a r value of .7 or more (.7 being the top of the moderate positive or bottom of the strong positive in most applications).

in my industry, you need a .8 or a .9 before it gets the attention of most anyone.

OK, so then if you agree, perhaps you can stop complaining about spring training wins and losses. They have no bearing on regular season records. None at all. It has been supported by numerous studies.

hey look, you're back AGAIN to blah blah blah something i did that's irritating and i'm worse than hitler, etc...

let's take a look at my last post on the issue...

"cubs fall to 1-8 this spring. no, it's still not a big deal. also, schwarb left the game with a sore left knee...not expected to be serious."

hey, how about that. lookie there. check that out. isn't that neat. cool, huh? wow. killer. awesome.

once again, can we move on from this "thing"?

Damn, your right, let's look at just your last post on this issue. That is internet law. Nothing you said before that about wins and losses, Maddon's antics, Lester's defense, etc. counts at all. Your right. That's the law of internet comments. I screwed up. Those seven words buried in your last post erase all of the bitching you have been doing for two weeks. If I had seen your last comment, I would have realized that and followed the law. It's all my fault. I saw another one of your stupid Obama comments (still don't understand those) and didn't read past that part, so I never even saw it. Again, my fault.

And this "thing" that I have? You represent about 25% of our comments on here. Do you realize that? 13 of the last 50 by my count, and that's fairly normal. It wouldn't be bad if they were constructive. But they are typically gems like: "i know it's spring training, but let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. he knows exactly what he’s doing"--I have no idea what that means or why you think it is funny or clever. Seriously. No idea. This is not Fox News or MSNBC. I come here to get away from politics. Or they are links to a picture of the cast of a TV show from the 1980s with no explanation. Clicking on that link wasted my time. Seriously, again, what the hell does that mean? What's the purpose of it?

So that's my "thing."

And you can commence with your sarcastic and hyperbolic response that insults me and says that I pick on you, etc. That's fine. I just know that you can't move on from this "thing" that you have with me.

so...let's look at every post...all 2 of them. we have the 2nd.

"i know it's just spring, but the cubs are finding new and exciting ways to lose every day.

1-7 so far."

there's the 1st. that's some real damming commentary. i mean, really?

you also seem to not like my joke about an old TV show or marco rubio. alright.

i dunno what to do about this. you're probably going to be pissed in the future, too. i'll file that away and just let you vent because i seriously sure as hell can't tell when i'm gonna trigger you.

I've heard that crunch has small hands.

there it is!

let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that DUDE YOU ARE NOT HELPING THINGS HERE...

also the cubs won, which we must remember doesn't matter, and miggy + vogelbomb hit homers that don't matter. that's your cubs nihilist update. enjoy the rest of your evening, or not.


So we're going to be adding a Resources page. Let me know what you'd like to see up there, and we'll make it happen. We'll also have capacity for RSS feeds, so you'll never have to go anywhere for anything ever.*

*Except for porn.

Ha! Terrific! As I mentioned previously, a "Daily Broadcast" display would be cool so we can see all the sources of feed for our beloved. Thanks!

Can you please elucidate on what you mean by a "Daily Broadcast?" I can pull in the top headlines on the Cubs from various sources, e.g, ESPN, MLB, etc... A list of desired feed sources would be helpful. Links to schedules are a given, but not certain what other links would be desirable.

...elucidate on what you mean...

I thought that did not need further explanation. A list of feed sources. That is what I have said. And, its a reiteration of what I had requested (which CT STEVE rsponded to) a week ago.

I.e.: Cubs vs. Reds, 3:05CT; MLB TV; FSN (1140 in Chicago); WGN 720; Playboy Channel; ESPNU; etc.

I'm sorry, but I don't follow every post on every thread here.  Just trying to compile a list of places from which RSS feeds are most desired and other resources that should be linked to. 

Is that a firm no on porn? Cause my vote is porn.

Dude, there's like a dozen other websites you can go to on the internets for porn. From what I've heard.

Intrigued. Can you please post annotated links?

just checked google...

"About 182,000,000 results"

...i'll uh...brb.

"About 182,000,000 results"

Seems low. From what I've heard.

If there's no porn it won't be firm.

Anything up with Strop? I think he's the only guy who hasn't pitched yet.

This is a pretty cool article on Murton:

Was always a pretty big support of him and good to see he made it pretty big in Japan. I don't see a spot for him on this Cubs team but hopefully another team takes a flyer on him.

I was a fan of the guy, I suppose - not the player. He had a hard time with his defense at Wrigley. Maybe it has gotten better with that inJapan.

Good luck to him on a team. It won't be with the Cubs.

Was Victor Caratini added to the 40 man roster? has him on it. If so, why now?

seems to have rather quietly happened on the 7th of march...also it seems he's now jersey #93 rather than #83.

Yeah, the wording on that is "assigned to". I thought the wording for adding to the 40 was "selected the contract of". The timing seems odd as there was no need to do it now. Clerical error?

Q-MAN: Victor Caratini was NOT added to the MLB 40-man roster. 

Thanks Phil. I knew you'd have the answer.

Still no Strop?

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  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • @jonahkeri Joe Maddon living out Joe Maddon fanfic IRL tonight

    Rob G. 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • yes. I was at the Sean Marshall game in LF. Lou Piniella was managing. StL won 4-2, so I guess it didn't help but it was zany. Soriano/Reed Johnson and Marshall were the LF's.


    On a 6 degrees of separation note: Cubs got Travis Wood in the trade that sent Sean Marshall to Cincy.

    Cubster 6 hours 21 min ago view
  • Make that 1-7, 4 RBI.

    billybucks 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • i like how strop played LF with his "crooked cap" look...that's not just for the mound.

    crunch 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • let baez pitch the 15th, he earned it.

    crunch 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • Forget the save, finally Javier!!

    cubbies.4ever 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • Can a pitcher get more than one hold in a game? Or a Win and a save?

    cubbies.4ever 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Didn't they do this sort of thing with Sean Marshall years back? Sticking him in LF to save him to face others, but without a pitcher replacing him in LF.

    cubbies.4ever 6 hours 57 min ago view
  • This is the most beautiful thing ever.

    Transmission 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • all i wanna know is...when's d.ross gonna pitch?

    crunch 7 hours 4 min ago view
  • Maddon is over-managing the shit out of this game.

    Rob G. 7 hours 6 min ago view
  • yeah. ...or not...

    i was a bit more confused why the guy who gave up a HR to votto last night was facing him with 2 men on. that wood is coming in to pitch the following inning, the whole thing gets weirder. so like, okay.

    crunch 7 hours 6 min ago view
  • Javy 0-6. At least he's consistent.

    The E-Man 7 hours 15 min ago view
  • Sweet play.

    What's with the Travis Wood stuff? Is it because he pitched the last 2 games?

    Rob G. 7 hours 16 min ago view