Theo Epstein's Best Original Screenplay

It's Oscar Night and as I'm sure many of you know, our own Theo Epstein has Hollywood royalty in his family tree.

His great uncle Julius co-authored the screenplay to the 1942 Academy Award winning film, "Casablanca".
Some of the famous words from said screenplay have been mutilated in the drawing above, but I don't think Julius or Theo would mind.

So...just a little cartoon for your Sunday and may Alan Arkin win best supporting actor, please.



curtis granderson (NYY) fractured right forearm...expected out 10 weeks.

yow. hbp earlier in today's TOR/NYY game.

let's see...they just lost their LF'r...their best DH option is travis hafner (left handed) with no right handed counterpart...soriano has stated the NYY is a place he'd be willing to go...

well then...this could get interesting.

AZ Phil driving Soriano to Sky Harbor airport?

Not once ever have I thought that Soriano could possilby get traded for real.
But this...if you were to seriously think about it, what might the Yankees give in return?
If I have time, I might do some kinda gif on this...

But this...if you were to seriously think about it, what might the Yankees give in return?
Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant & Franklin are possibilities

That's a pretty good gif.

Whoops. Watch that Cap "I" in your tag Rob G. ;)

since grandy's "only" supposed to miss a month or so a lot may depend on the kind of spring soriano has...and the kind of spring ronnier mustelier has.

their only other options include guys like juan rivera and matt diaz...meh.

given that granderson can also play CF (much like their other 2 regulars) can open an option besides DH for soriano in the long term by resting ichiro/gardner/granderson if they yanks feel the need to bite. plus, there's no guarantee t.hafner is going to be worth his DH slot even if the $2m gamble is small.

that said, if the yanks aren't willing to give up squat yet still expect the cubs to pick up almost all the salary there's not much incentive for the cubs to shift soriano and his production, even if overpaid, if they're just going to end up with $10-$12m saved over a couple of years.

Dioner Navarro with a 3 run HR to put the Cubs up 4-0

Shark gave up a single to Very Big Panda in an otherwise uneventful first.
Soriano hit a bullet off Matt Cain's hip but Cain stayed in to give up the HR to Navarro.

...and here comes marmol...

leadoff walk...mid-season form.

3-4 SF/ 4...

lot of SF fans at the game.

thanks Tim. That screenplay put a tear in this Cubster's eye.

So glad I didn't go with the "Play it Sam. Play Go Cubs Go one more time." bit.

Me too. :)

In all seriousness, my money would be on Lincoln tonight. Whether or not it deserves best picture is another question.

Lincoln sucked! There I said. Bring the heat.

I thought he was a good president.

That was nonfiction?

He did kill a lot of vampires.

Are we talking about same movie?

Sounds about right. That happened when they weren't talking, right?

I found it pretty boring...felt like a stage play.

deleted because i'm not sure that tipping off people how to bypass mlb gameday's paywall is a good idea.

go cubs...

meh...why not...technically it's their issue, not a forceful hack.

okay, there seems to be a lag between authentication and account resets. i've had to do this for every feed and it only works for one feed (aka, you can't hop feeds).

if you already have a regular/non-pay site account on mlb...i've been able to snag free audio feeds by going to the log-in on audio feed for a game, clicking on "lost password", and having the password assigned to the email addy reset.

when done quickly, i've been able to log onto games using the reset password. for some reason it lets you access feeds under a freshly renewed password for your account even if you don't have a paid account. the password-reset thing i've had to do the past 2 days in order to get fresh access.

once again, mlb needs to fix their authentication security scheme...but hopefully not any time soon.

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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.