Some Cubs Videos

I don't have any thoughts on a post today, but I was playing around with adding an easier way to embed videos on the site. Here's Starlin Castro during the Arizona Fall League.


A clip from Bill Murray in 1984, bummed out that they didn't let him sing the national anthem before one of the playoff games.

Finally, I'll finish up with some of the members of the 1969 Cubs singing "Pennant Fever".  A lot better voices than the '85 Bears, but not quite the same end result.

The cover is a bit tough to make out, but I believe it's (from left to right): , , , , , and .

There was also a jazzy B-side of an instrumental titled "Slide".


in the projected up to 79 wins.


He's worth two wins even if he doesn't make it out of spring training.

It's his healing touch. A Ram will never see the DL this year.

AZ PHIL: On the chance that you're the gentleman in the Castro video sitting in the front row by himself. I just wanted to say how much I like your straw hat. Anyways, maybe that's not Phil, but I guess if I ever went to an AFL game, that's where I'd expect to see him.

dodgers/reed johnson 800K finally done according to AP

MEX vs. VEN on MLB Network in a few minutes. I missed the 3:30 game (PR vs. DR). Woo!!! Live wood bat baseball!

chris robinson with a hit and a nice play for an out at home for MEX in CF. fun stuff. vinny castilla is playing 3rd for MEX, too.

elvis andrus playing CF to let gregor petit play SS...end of their 4th in the field, petit with 2 errors and andrus has had 1 fly over his head.

feb 2nd and there's live wood bat baseball on 2.75M and 2 options of some sort that could bring it up to $12M total (over 3 years I presume)...

Wonder how that will affect Park's salary demands...

Gregg signing at $2.75 with the Bluejays might be the trigger that makes one of their relievers more available (Jason Frasier)? Not making financial sense to me though...isn't Frasier less expensive?

If you get a MLB ready player for Frasier who you only have to pay $400K to, then in theory it can make sense. I think half-assed rebuilding is probably a bad idea, but a lot of teams try it.

And the Indiana Pacers are doing it as well.

Submitted by Cubster on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 9:48pm. Gregg signing at $2.75 with the Bluejays might be the trigger that makes one of their relievers more available (Jason Frasier)? Not making financial sense to me though...isn't Frasier less expensive? =========================== CUBSTER: Jason Frasor signed for $2.65M (avoiding arbitration), so he's less expensive than Gregg in 2010, but only by $100K. So I would think after signing Gregg that the Jays would now be more-willing to trade Frasor (who will be a FA post-2010). It's only a matter of whether the Cubs will give up what the Jays would want back for Frasor (whatever that is). Like ROB G, I have speculated that it would probably be Angel Guzman, but I suspect the Cubs would prefer to keep Guzman and trade a couple of their less-proven but still MLB-ready (or near-ready) young pitchers (like Berg, Stevens, Parker, et al).

Rob HERE: The videos aren't loading onto the latest version of IE8. They work fine with Chrome, Safari, and FireFox on the same platform.

I also tried IE8 in compatibility mode. No videos.

They work on IE7.

thanks... ~shrug~ IE - highest market share, biggest piece of crap

I looked around the interwebs and no real flags for IE8 and the editor and plugin I'm using to embed them...bah. worked for me on Opera, Safari, Firefox and Chrome on my Mac. Do these videos work in IE8 (or IE7)?

Same results as above. Works fine in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. But only boxes with little red X's in IE 8.

IE8 for some users may need an additional plugin for full compatibility with HTML5... google chrome frame plugin...

~shrug~ again, two completely different ways to embed video, so that's just odd and furthers my belief that IE is the devil's work. I suppose you're not running an ad-blocker in IE or something, it could block these videos as they are flash based. if anyone else is running IE8 and is having the same problem, let me know.

Okay, after checking all the IE 8 optional settings and coming up empty, I manually installed the latest update to IE Flash (version using "getflash" and all is well. Why this was necessary is a Microsoft and Adobe mystery. Somehow every other browser but IE8 updated itself. Apparently the automated Windows 7 updates have gotten out of sync.

I've been on a Mac for 4-5 months now, and once in a blue moon have to go over to my 1 year old Windows quad core machine. It only takes about 10 seconds back in Windows for me to remember how much I hate Windows and the many reasons why I switched.

IE 8: Not any better than IE 7. I'm an avid Chrome user. Safari's latest release is impressively fast, but I've run into a few compatibility issues with certain websites., for instance.

I can literally open Chrome, check Gmail and Google Calendar before Internet Explorer finishes loading.

yeah, I've been using Chrome sparingly over the last few weeks and I'm impressed. May have to switch from Firefox.

the plugin/extension community has finally caught up with firefox's community. it helped that google put work into revisions after their original "yawn" launch of the browser.

Chrome just loads insanely fast. i don't use any plugins except necessary video ones and xmarks.

The Google people really put some thought into how people look at porn the world wide web.

The Sporting News says Dusty Baker has decided on his 1,2 hitters out machines. 1. Drew Stubbs .323 OBA last year in limited action 2. Orlando Cabrera .316 OBA last year

speed leads, contact hits 2nd...sounds right for him.

Reds are one player away from being dangerous. Who is that one player??????????? :-)

Ted Williams?

Nope. Effin' baseclogger.

lol Theriot and Cubs likely headed to arbitration redux (between Feb 8-20th in St. Petersburg, FL) suggests Frasor talks could heat up with Gregg signing

Every now & then, it's probably good for a GM to actually go all the way to an arbitration hearing, just so arbitration-eligible players don't think the GM will automatically always ultimately compromise at the mid-point between the club's offer and the player's figure. If a GM is afraid to take the salary dispute to a hearing and is always willing to compromise at the mid-point, it could motivate an arb-eligible player to request a higher salary than he may be reasonably worth, just to make the mid-point higher, even if the player would be unlikely to win in arbitration and receive his requested salary from the panel. So Hendry might not back down this time and compromise at the mid-point, even if going to a hearing would mean the relationship between Theriot & the Cubs will become a bit strained. After all, it's probably fairly likely that Theriot will not be a Cub by this time next year. Marmol's case might be a bit different, though, because he is more likely to remain with the Cubs beyond the 2010 season, but Hendry might decide to challenge Marmol anyway. Since the arbitration panels seem to side about 50/50 with the player and the club (sometimes it almost seems like they just flip a coin), the Cubs might figure they'll most-likely win one and lose one, and essentially break even.

"GM to actually go all the way to an arbitration hearing, just so arbitration-eligible players don't think the GM will automatically always ultimately compromise at the mid-point between the club's offer and the player's figure." 17 straight years is pretty much automatic.

Historically the management I think is up about 60-40 on Arb hearings.
"They're here by themselves," said interpreter Min Sung of the Koreans in the Cubs' system. "They don't shop much. They go to dinner and sing karaoke. In the Midwest, the entertainment is going to Wal-Mart and Target
oh burn!

What. WalMart's not entertaining enough for you?

is there a way for me to unsee those pictures from my memory?

No. Once introduced, they are burned in forever.

This is true. By the time I realized that this was horrid and nauseating I was already at page 72.

lol... you slay me

The Gushers one just wrecked my day...

Hey I take offense to that as a Midwesterner. There are Home Depots and Old Country Buffets here too. racist!

I am pretty sure that even Peoria and Boise have movie theaters - plus Starcraft II should come out sometime this season.

Baseball Prospectus' C. Karhl's take on the Nady acquisition...
n short, I'd suggest that Nady's beaten his platoon rap, and before last season's early injury, he'd begun to establish himself as a decent starter in an outfield corner....
For the money, he's not a bad risk; indeed, unlike guys like Micah Hoffpauir or Reed Johnson, he's an actual everyday-quality player if healthy, not a bad thing to have around when you don't know when or how long Alfonso Soriano might need to head to the DL. The problem is whether or not he'll be healthy, to which I'll defer to Will Carroll and the Cubs' training staff. The intent, however, seems sensible, so that if the Cubs do lose a starting outfielder for any length of time, they're not short on offense.

lol...will carroll...

Pecota expects Hoffpauir to outhit Nady, pretty substantially +.038 in OPS.

I wonder if Nady's defensive abilities overcome 40 points of OPS? Though if Soriano goes down again, we may need both Nady & Hoffpauir.

Caribbean WS has been full of some bad/lazy D so far...some nice games, though. jason simontacci pitching for VEN...ha. been a while since i heard that name. Cubs @ Rangers - May 22nd (Sat night game) Cards @ Cubs - May 29th WSox @ Cubs - June 12th Cubs @ WSox - June 26th (Sat night game) Cubs @ Dodgers - July 10th Cubs @ Cardinals - August 14th Braves @ Cubs - August 21st Mets @ Cubs - Sept 4th they have a Sunday night game on July 11th versus Dodgers as well on ESPN.

Cubs @ WSox - June 26th (Sat night game) That can't be right, I believe the city banned cubs vs Sox night games for Friday and Saturday nights due to fights. Joking about the ban, but I believe there is an understanding.

"Cubs @ Rangers - May 22nd (Sat night game)" 1st nationally televised game because of the huge grudge match potential of facing Byrd and Jaramillo's former squad!

Nady is recovering from a shoulder injury and might not be ready for defensive duty by the start of the season.
oh great, now he's got a shoulder injury to go with the elbow surgery?

i think the author thinks it's 2008/2009 offseason...or he's got some news.

2007 team dodges the injury bug and they're a juggernaut. 2008 team can't and now they're mediocre. That guy's Haikus couldn't cut it here at TCR.

I'm sure he writeup on the Red Saux will be spot on.

Interesting line buried in Jon Heyman's article, which condemns the Mets and Cubs for not spending enough money this offseason: "...and Alfonso Soriano proved to be even more untradeable than (Luis) Castillo." So is he actually implying the Cubs at some point shopped Fonzi on the down low? Or just stating the obvious, that Fonzi's contract is unmovable? I've personally always dismissed Heyman as SI's version of Phil Rogers, but once in a blue moon he does get something right. I don't believe it's this time, however.

Muskat on Koreans learning English via Karaoke...this is the absolute bottom of the offseason, it's gonna get better from here on out. My rule of thumb is that baseball season officially opens the minute the superbowl is over (sunday, 2/7 around 9pm).

Bruce Miles, Herald paints a vision of the Hendry-Theriot arbitration hearing:
So here we go. The Cubs and maybe GM Jim Hendry are likely to say: “Obviously, Ryan, we love you. Obviously, you scrap and scrape and do all those little, gritty things this organization loves. But since we do pay attention to stats, contrary to what some may believe, we’ll present these to the arbitrator: “From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Theriot’s offensive line went from .307/.387/.359 to .284/.343/.369. His wOBA (yeah we know what that is, too), went from .338 to .318. More alarmingly, his flyball percentage jumped from 20.2 percent to 30 percent, and we don’t pay Mr. Theriot to hit flyballs, no matter what our manager (and we love him, too) thinks. On top of it, Mr. Theriot’s walks total dropped from 73 to 51 while his strikeouts spiked from 58 to 93. Or, put another way, Mr. Theriot’s BB/K ratio went from 1.26 to 0.55 in a year’s time. We rest our case.”
and some of the Theriot side:
“I hear a lot of talk about my defense and range being lacking. You forgot something, there, across the table, when you cited all your fancy stats. How about my UZR going from 0.4 to 7.7 and my UZR/150 going from 0.7 to 8.3 in a year's time?

Why let stats inform your opinion when you can just find a stat to back up what you already believe? This is the biggest problem with the mess of stats in baseball and why I trust my eyes more than I do some douchebag on the internet telling me about zone ratings. Anyways, if you've been paying attention you'll know intuitively that Theriot isn't a wizard in the field, that he didn't work the count in '09 like he had in previous years, and that he didn't hit those outside pitches to the right fielder in '09 as much as he did in previous years. You don't need stats to tell you this stuff.

"...and why I trust my eyes more than I do some douchebag on the internet telling me about zone ratings." Ironically, my problem is the douchebags on the Internet who tell me to trust their eyes. Not that you were doing so.

when it comes to D you better trust someone's eyes because there's not a defensive matrix yet that's even close to giving you a picture of how most people play D or how well they do it.

Jim Hendry has no idea what any of those "stats" are supposed to mean.

CarrieMuskat: #cubs sign Carlos Marmol to one-year $2.125 mill contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Also, Kevin Millar Minor deal is finally official

"The Cubs will also air eight games on WCIU-Ch. 26, including the season opener in Atlanta on April 5." So the first game of the year will not be available to anyone outside Chicago. Unless we're able to pick up the Atlanta broadcast on TBS.

Yes, the Cubs still haven't figured out that getting an extra $50K on local contracts hurts their long term profitability by removing national telecasts. This type of short-term decision making is what will eventually turn the Cubs market value into the same as the White Sox.

It's almost like Bill Wirtz came back to life and is running the Cubs, except this time he's basking in the irony of putting games on TV, just not TV most people get.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Lame. He was intriguing 


  • crunch 6 hours 36 min ago (view)

    cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.


  • Cubster 13 hours 1 min ago (view)

    The Jared Porter story gets worse and does involve the Cubs...

    "The Jared Porter situation is equally a Cubs and a Mets problem. The Mets need a new GM. The Cubs need to reevaluate themselves as an organization.


  • Cubster 15 hours 50 min ago (view)

    and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska. 


  • bradsbeard 16 hours 15 min ago (view)

    It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic. 


  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.

    tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...

    cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.


  • George Altman 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras  - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.

    he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.'s also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.


  • Charlie 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch


  • Cubster 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization. 


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...


  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.


  • Cubster 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Plus Chatwood signing w Bluejays is done.


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    ...and done.  1 year deal with a mutual option.


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Dolorous in discussions with the Washington Schwarbs.