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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  • Hagsag 3 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?


  • Hagsag 3 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.


  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 48 min ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."


  • crunch 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.


  • crunch 10 hours 24 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.


  • bradsbeard 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 


  • cubbies.4ever 12 hours 24 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.


  • Charlie 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.


  • Charlie 21 hours 9 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.


  • crunch 21 hours 26 min ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.


  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.