Trick or Treat

On this morning's WSCR-AM, The Score sports talk show, hosts Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley asked for input on what the Cub players were handing out for Halloween as trick and treaters knocked on their door. Some of the obvious treats were:

Derrick Lee's house was handing out double plays

Carlos Zambrano was handing out Gatorade

Ted Lilly was giving out tickets to NLDS game #4

Jim Hendry was shoveling out donuts

The Cub infielders were passing out Butterfingers...

I know our readers can apple polish this bit up; I just ask to please hold the razor blades.



Mike Fontenot is handing out table scraps.

Moises Alou was handing out...nevermind.

Jim Edmonds was handing out assgrabs and titty-twisters.

I will reach way back and remind everyone that Henry Rodriguez was handing out Oh! Henrys.

Cesar Izturis was handing out reverse chalupas!

Johann's mom was handing out jobs.

Jim Edmonds was giving out self tanning lotion and hot dogs.

Bobby Howry was handing out home runs. I don't know what he'll be handing out at Halloween.

Soriano was handing out mixed bags with a generous helping of All-or-Nothing.

Jim Hendry is handing out NTCs. The Shark is handing out 90-foot strolls.

Jim Hendry - Jelly Bellies Len Kasper - Nerds Mike Fontenot - Runts Michael Barrett - Jawbreakers (for the Pierzynski kids) Felix Pie - Nut Surprise Cubs fans - suckers Non-Cub category: Tony LaRussa - Bottle Caps

Creative list.

haha. missed this one the first few times around.

Easily 'Post of the Week'.

Soto and Aramis were handing out Good and Plenty

Corey Patterson was handing out strikeouts.

Bob Brenly was handing out Johnny cakes.

Grace was handing out pictures of his best "slump buster" girls.

Lou was handing out blank lineup cards - except Fonzie was still in the Lead - off position. Trick or treat!

Lou was handing out nothing. He just stood there shaking his fist at the young whipper snappers.

Lou handed out little wrapped up bags of Cubbie Swagger but when the kids got home and opened them, there was nothing inside.

mannytrillo was handing out dusty baker playing cards. chad was handing out mullet wigs. va phil was handing out minor leaguers. silent towel was handing out infield rakes. transmission was handing out lightning bolts. real neal was handing out cliff notes of The Wealth of Nations. TLFC was handing out Ted Lilly bobble heads. crunch was handing out seedlings. mikec was handing out arguments. navigator was handing out "How to be a jackass" books. yours truly was handing out copies of the communist manifesto.

AZ Phil must've been handing out knowledge. Tasty, tasty knowledge.

"navigator was handing out "How to be a jackass" books" True. Your autobiography.

snap. no seedlings for you until that attitude changes, sir!

Aha, except autobiographies are written by people about themselves. So now dave and navigator are the same person?? Those schizophrenic arguments must get really tiring at times.

So now dave and navigator are the same person?? Oh my... that would be scary.... i have no interest in being inside that head.

That doesn't preclude 'The Navigator' from buying up all the copies. If it were his autobiography, it would be called 'The High Life with Howard Hughes' or something.

I am left out and offended. I will thus keep all the awesome for myself.

Sorry... The Joe handed out John Howard Yoder playing cards (and you and I may be the only ones who get it).

is that mennonite humor?

you crazy cats...

Sweet! Now I feel important. He better keep his hands off of me, though.

DC used to hand out haikus. Not for a few years now.

I remember we had haiku Wednesdays going for awhile last year....should bring that back. Unfortunately I'm terrible at them...any volunteers?

volunteer for what? you make a wednesday haiku thread and you'll know i'll rock some h-kus.

I need something for the post, the percentage of people that read the comments versus actual readers is actually quite small.

I think you mean 'the percentage of people that go to the main article' - I am sure that many of them don't read it. Not a dig, just saying that you go to a web page, glance it quickly to confirm that it doesn't have what you're looking for, then hit 'back' and try the next Google guess.

we get a pretty consistent traffic flow, about 50% are direct hits (people loading us up from their bookmarks or typing in the URL). While I certainly don't know the exact number that actually read every article in its entirety, I do know it's a lot more than the 15-50 people who regularly contribute to our comments. While there are certainly some comment lurkers that just read the comments and never post, it's still a small percentage of total overall readership...very small. And none of that even includes those who just read the RSS feed who currently don't get the comments at all.

I read a lot of blogs, a lot of websites (25-100 semi-regular basis), I read the comments on maybe 3 or 4 of them and contribute to about 2 of them. Now I'm not just basing my above assumption on that, it's also based on all the emails I get of people telling me to put all of Phil's and Dr. Hecht's info in posts instead of comments.

Carrie Muskat was handing out garbage.

Parachat was handing out gay witchcraft tips and suggestions.

Sully was handing out flasks.

Fukudome was handing out whirlybirds Ronny Cedeno was handing out beets (that's what he thought they were saying) Phil Rogers was handing out spinach quiche (sources said!) Mr. Whipple was handing out old Blatz bootlegs Carlos was handing out filthy playing cards

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  • crunch 4 hours 37 min ago (view)

    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

    also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.


  • JustSayin' 4 hours 42 min ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall) the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.


  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: Does anyone know if this sounds legit?


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.


  • Cubster 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?


  • crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.


  • Eric S 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too


  • crunch 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.


  • crunch 5 days 11 hours ago (view)

    M's sign him 1/2m


  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs.  it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.