Gameday Open Thread/Cubs @ Giants

Cubs baseball (Cactus League version) is back! Ryan Dempster begins his attempt to win a spot in the '08 rotation; Noah Lowry starts for the Giants. Neither starter is slated to go beyond the second inning.

First pitch is at 2:05 Central Time. Pat and Ron have the radio call on WGN radio in Chicago.

Rob tells me that Parachat is open and your usernames/passwords from last year will still work, though they are different than the names you just created so you could leave comments here at the new site.


Just came across this at the Giants Web site, and I've never heard it before:

"To simulate a sense of competition and keep fans happy, teams are encouraged to employ lineups with at least four projected everyday players during Spring Training. Managers occasionally have been reprimanded by baseball officials for ignoring this custom."

Giants are planning to go with their regular outfield (Roberts, Rowand, and Winn) and Dan Ortmeier, their projected Opening Day first baseman.

What about split squad games? Do they still have to use 4 regular starters.

Good question. As I said, I'd never heard about this "suggestion" from MLB, so I don't know. Seems like it would be going over the line to dictate each half of the split squad would have to start 4 regulars.


Can we expect the first Parachat summary post of the season later this evening?

On the new site. Long-time reader, rare poster. Best of luck... Go Cubs Go!

that if your username/password is the same for both, it'll work. It's just that the Parachat keeps their own database and any changes you make to your user profile here, won't affect your parachat account and vice-versa.

The Orioles will dispatch a scout to Mesa, Ariz., site of the Cubs' training facility, next week to get a closer look at some of the players the two teams have discussed. It's expected that infielder Ronny Cedeno and pitching prospect Sean Gallagher would be in the deal, but the third and/or fourth player still hasn't been decided. Both sides remain optimistic that a deal could get done.

If we had the package, are they giving us ST free with TV and/or audio? Does anyone know? Thanks!! ______________ Fire Hendry!!!

Includes audio and spring training, which I think was your question. ____________________ Fire the most successful Cubs GM in the last 100 years!

-Anyone able to get gameday audio to work? The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

No but I just turned on WGN Radio and heard Pat say "Chicago Cubs baseball is ON the air" for the first time this year. A small tear in my eye.

Mmmm... Nothing like trying to pay attention to Spring Training from Nome...

I love the look and feel of the site. Not sure I like the Cub Reporter logo, though. Have you tried messing with that logo a bit more? How about swapping out the C for a cuddly cub found on the players jerseys? On second thought I don't know if that would be an improvement. Alright, I quit. As you were...

There may be a "suggestion" by MLB that each team start at least four "regulars," but it's not a rule.

I've been to Cactus League games in the last few years where the visiting team's starting lineup is all non-roster and back-up guys, and sometimes that's even when the opposing team isn't playing a Split Squad game that day!

Given what they charge to see these games, there really should be a "Rule of Four," but unfortunately there is not. 

= Goosebumps. Finally!

A: When Winn and Rowand are the heart of your lineup. What's the over/under on Giants wins, 62?

My login from last year is not working at MLB, so I am not getting the telecast. UGH!!! -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

ahh, pat & ron... i almost heard robins chirping as i gazed out the window and saw my cub flag twitching @ the touch of snowflakes like a cow's tail shooing flies...

Dempster just gave up a deep daddy donger to his 3rd batter, Winn.

i knew dempster couldn't get a 27 out save...

I missed the top half of the first -- what happened?

scratch hit for theriot, called k for cedeno, k-dome hbp [the first one he saw], lee bb, wp scores theriot...

to close a tag? Lets see.

For the first time this year, let me just say... This lineup sucks. =) ------ Ryno

the over/under of date that Dempster will officially be moved back to the bullpen. I say March 13th. That is of course if he doesn't get traded. -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

Why is everything in bold? -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

I think it's YOU, manny!!! Check your signature, did you forget to close an html tag? ------ Ryno

Yeah, it's Manny. Fix your sig.

already sick of 'jake' the 'neighborhood guy'

know any of this html shit!! :) I did close it, let's see if that helps. I don't know why that would effect everyone though. -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

np, everytime you use a tag, like <strong> you have to follow it with a </strong> at some point. ------ Ryno

Manny: You forgot the / in the closing half of the tag, so you were in effect opening two strong tags with each sig. Looks like it's fixed now.

All the replies are still bold but the rest of the thread is fine. Weird.


There's a signature module that lets me control signature beavior and the look. Will install in the near future... 



Oh, to clarify: I closed the tags Manny left open with my subsequent posts. I just made a new post with a bunch of extra strong close tags. Ah, on edit: I think a lot of the confusion is coming from the threaded versus flat views.

test again -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

How about now?

working on it...hold off on posting for a sec

how is it me. Either way, how should I have it? When i preview it it looks fine. -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

No idea what happened there, but it's obviously a` bug I need to work on.

†Ooh, nice The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

If it was really me, I am sorry. I did change it and for a couple posts it was still screwed up. But sorry again... -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

Don't worry about it, just one of those bugs you can't test until we had some readers. Even if it a tag is left open, it shouldn't affect other comments. Will work on it

6-1, 3 run bomb FONTEGOD!

Theriot 3-3

Let's call him Godenot!

slap hit rbi down 3rd base line for his first Cub hit.

These guys are tearing the cover of the ball. This better not just be a big dick tease. -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

Ummm... Johan's mom?

Well, doesn't seem like Pie's pressing at all.

There's still a month left in Mesa. No reason to burn 'em all up on the first day.

From the desk of jacos Congrats, its, many emotions.

I fear change.

† You really really don't want a recap. The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

Cubs Win, Cubs Win 12-6 15 hits

† CHI 12R 15H 1E SF 6R, 10H 2E Dempster W, Lowry L The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

† Rob if you're still around. One thing I miss is the list of threads at the side of the screen so that I know when a new thread is put up. Otherwise I wait until it shows up on my RSS which tends to take a long time. The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

The plan is for the box labeled Featured Post on the left to gave 2 tabs, one for featured post and one for the 5 most recent, It's just going to take some coding, but you'll get somethimg similar eventually.

The Cubs win big and the new starting OF's are the offensive stars today. The new site looks great as well! Any way we can get a full box score.

† Cool, thanks Rob. The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

† Don't know about a box score...the line score i posted came from the mouth of Pat Hughes. The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

† Box Score here: The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

don't forget the link underneath the "W" (top right corner) takes you to a yahoo boxscore

I really like the "new posts" feature. "Latest Results" feature is pretty nice also. My one suggestion: make the author names bigger, if possible. Other than that, I'm loving this site.

i second that. i love the edit feature...especially considering this would be 2 posts instead of 1. i wouldn't mind seeing the "edit/reply" font size shrink a little. they're kinda "in your face."

Bringing in the new site with an ever meaningful 1st game of Spring W. Who can ask for anything more?

Changing the text size in CSS should be fairly easy... something like: .comment .submitted a {   font-size: 1.3em; }

can;t find a boxscore

MVN sucks donkey testicles. Hey all ;) ___________________________ The Mexican homeboy.

† I posted a link a few post before yours. The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

In off-topic stuff, the lineup today sucked. 3/44 already? ___________________________ The Mexican homeboy.

Has anyone ever taken one of the Wrigley Field tours?

Twice. Definitely worth it if you're at all interested in Wrigley Field.

I haven't but have heard from friends who've gone that they're great.

Thanks Cubnut. I'm thinking about making the trip over in May. I just wanted to check and make sure they weren't a waste of time before buying the tickets and booking the room.

looks like little lord fontenot got up on the right side of the futon. 聖なる牛!カブスが勝った!

THAT is the funniest Fontenot nickname! Classic. Site looks real nice guys.

i figured it out i saw the box score on looked leke ceda had the roughest go of it among pitchers and saw a headline whih stated fukadome reaches base three different ways, first pitch he saw he got hit what a nice welcome.

Isn't it funny how when we bitch of a bad lineup, we score a ton of runs? -------------- Fire Hendry!!!

hahahaa ___________________________ The Mexican homeboy.

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  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 10 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  


  • crunch 8 hours 37 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.


  • Ryno 9 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?


  • Ryno 9 hours 22 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.


  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 


  • Eric S 9 hours 44 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 


  • Cubster 9 hours 50 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.


  • Eric S 11 hours 16 min ago (view)


    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:


  • crunch 15 hours 52 min ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...


  • Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season


  • BobbyD 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "



  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.


  • BobbyD 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like. 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    cubs taking full advantage of that "night games deal" with the wrigleyville neighborhood...almost all the home games will be night games.

    8 home day games, 6 on the weekend.