It's Draft Day, Cub Fans. Theo Epstein: please be on your game.

The most important thing that will happen today in sports has nothing to do with the Blackhawks or Duncan Keith's suspension or creepy sleazebag living Ped Dispenser Tony Bosch (hey that would make a good drawing) or anything to do with LBJ and the Heat.


It's draft day.
Theo Epstein, this is your day.
Today is why we're all sitting around watching these couple summers of losing Cubs' baseball.
You've got the 2nd draft pick.
Right behind the Astros.
And then something ridiculous like 39 more picks for everyone from college seniors to children in Korea.
It is very important to me that you choose the correct guy(s) so the Cubs can keep their date with the World Series ummm...sometime really soon.
Do I know who that guy that first guy is?
No.
Everybody says it's Mark Appel.
But you're Theo Epstein, the guy with the braintrust, the scouts, the software...
So figure it out, dude.
You have literally all my faith.

Go Cubs. 

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How often do college pitchers with the hype of Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray end up as the top two picks in the draft and how do they perform after that?

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/6/6/4401304/ma...

Somewhat similar to the question I had in a previous post, with lots of good follow up and answers. I'm still against signing a pitcher on a 1,2,3 type pick, but there was some good info there.

http://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/212917#comme...

It's the injury thing for me. I see the potential for position players and pitchers to be about the same at that level - by that level I mean a top three pick. There's a pretty decent chance they'll make it. But the pitcher is more likely to have a career ending injury. I'd rather see the team build its staff by picking lots of pitchers further down and seeing which ones manage to stay healthy enough to emerge into a star.

The Ryan Braun cartoon was mint (I bet that's a word the kids don't use anymore, unlike, say, "dude"). I should have said, that was sick!

"Mint"! The only reason I do this stuff is for comments like that, Old and Blue. Thank you.

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    Eric S 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

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    crunch 5 hours 29 min ago view
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    crunch 5 hours 31 min ago view
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    crunch 5 hours 38 min ago view
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    Charlie 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
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    crunch 8 hours 39 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 8 hours 43 min ago view
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    johann 9 hours 47 min ago view
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    crunch 11 hours 42 min ago view
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    John Beasley 11 hours 55 min ago view
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    Charlie 12 hours 26 min ago view
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    crunch 12 hours 41 min ago view
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    Charlie 16 hours 36 min ago view