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I'm Just Saying...Scott having a brain drain with this blog
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Tags: Mark Skiba Florida State ACC SEC Yankees A-Roid Jay Cutler Clark Chicago Cubs Christian Laettner Frank Thomas Greg Maddux Tom Glavine

Scott can’t shut up today…I got a lot to say so lets get started with

I’m Just saying…..

 

Mark Skiba came within 13 seconds of winning $50,000, as Florida State beat Auburn, in an exciting game, 34-31. Last January Mark’s dad was on vacation in Las Vegas when he placed a $100 bet for his son on Auburn to win the National Title at 500-to-1 odds.


Congratulations to Florida State. Thanks goodness the SEC streak is over!!


Not again. DeSean Jackson is seeking another pay raise. He has three years remaining on his contract which pays him $50 million over the duration of the contract. This is the same guy who came out, a couple of years ago, and said he wasn’t giving it all he had because he wanted a new contract. I hope the Eagles don’t renegotiate.


As a Yankee fan, I hope New York eats the contract of A-Roid and release him. Let another team sign him and have all the headaches that follow him around.


Seven-year, $126 million dollar contract. Wow, what great quarterback got that contract? Jay Cutler!! What the %&(@#%*. If he is worth that much, how much is Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck worth???? Stand buy for huge pay for elite, or above average quarterbacks.


Does Dion Sanders have to play in the pro bowl??? Please say it ain’t so.


 

This is Clark and he is the new mascot of the Chicago Cubs. Oh boy, like this is going to help them win.


 

Christian Laettner’s famous shirt was sold at auction for $119,500. Believe-it-or-not, this is the second-highest price for a game-worn basketball jersey. In 2011, a DR. J Virginia Squires game-used jersey sold for $190,414.


 

The Hall of Fame has three new outstanding players entering the shrine in Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Thomas had a .301 average, 2,468 hits, 521 homeruns, 1,494 runs and 1,704 Rbi’s, 1,667 walks and 1,397 strikeouts. 1993, 1994 AL MVP, 1993 MLB Player of the Year.

Glavine won 60% of his games he started with a record of 305-203. He had a era of 3.54 with 25 shutouts, 2,607 strikeouts and 1,500 walks. Glavine won 2 Cy Young awards and was 1995 World Series MVP.

In his 23 years, Maddux won 61% of his games started with a record of 355-227 and a ERA of 3.16. He pitched 35 shoutouts, walked 999 batters and 3,371 strikeouts. Maddux won 4 consecutive CY Young awards, 4 time Sporting News Pitcher of the Year.

It is ashamed that Craig Biggio missed it by 2 votes.


Speaking of Hall of Fame, I agree with TheBeezer (did I just say that). Read his rant on the HOF selection here

http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Monday-Moaning--1-13-14/blog.htm.

He is right. There is no reason why a player who has a outstanding career can’t receive 100% of the votes. Aaron, Mays, Ruth, Maddux…etc, etc. all deserved to be admitted with 100% of the votes. There has got to be a better way to select players.

Wow, did I say a mouth full. Have a great week.

Monday Moaning 7-22-13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Golf Soccer Baseball Chicago Cubs Mike Pouncey Douchebags Nate Silver Dead Ghosts ESPN Pearl Jam Ernie Banks Politics

      Now that's how a Cubs fan should say happy Monday!

Yes, once you get past all that ass, you can see she's rocking a Cubs jersey...So why am I starting this week talking Cubs? I'm not...Just look at that ass! There was some excitement at Wrigley Field this past weekend...Pearl Jam played the old ballpark...A few friends of mine went...It would have been cool to be there, especially when Mr. Cub Ernie Banks walked out onstage!

If you were there and are a baseball fan, let alone a Cubs fan, that had to be pretty damn sweet...Hearing Ernie say lets play two was great....Sadly, it's rare that playing two happens these days....I often wish I could have lived to see so many of baseball's greats...I think of Baseball in the 40's-50's-60's, I'll even give ya the 70's, and in my head, that's really Baseball...That's what it's all about...Then I read THIS_POST from our guy Radatz....He nailed it...It wasn't just Baseball that was Special, the character of our country was special...

I wrote THIS Wednesday, and I think it shows my frustration with where our country seems to be, especially from a media standpoint...Don't get me started on our government, that hasn't done any governing for couple years now, because all those DC dolts do is yell and whine at each other and say no to whatever the other guy says....There have been a couple movies about our Nation's Capitol/power structure being attacked, which lead to multiple news stories, and blogs about "What's our fascination with blowing up DC?"

Do you really need to ask that question? People are sick of the knob gobblers screwing things up, and screwing us over...The best we've got in reality is elections, which more and more people feel are rigged...Plus the two years of media covering the election shit, which mean politicians aren't doing their jobs, because they are busy campaigning...So we turn to fantasy...Movies, where that whole damn corrupt town get torched...Not hard to figure out....

Speaking of politics, douchebags, shitty media, and sports....Did you see ESPN signed Nate Silver...Silver, a statistician, who was the top guy at Baseball Prospectus, before starting his Five Thirty Eight column at the New York Times, predicting election bullshit...By the way, he of every election result nation wide 2012, he only got 1 wrong...ESPN plans to make him their Uber-stat man, and he'll do election shit for ABC...He will also be a major contributor to Keith Olbermann's new ESPN talk show that will launch in late August....

Ahhh, another reason not to watch the so-called World Wide Leader!

-Okay, random sports shit that you never thought I would cover...The U.S. beat El Salvador 2-1 in Soccer...Now you know and I know, that I don't give a shit about Soccer...I didn't even know this game was happening...But when I saw the score on my phone, I smiled...The U.S. beat El Salvador in Soccer....My old Fish House friends know why this makes me smile! Our old boss was a Soccer nut from El Salavador, who loved to talk shit...Eat it Chalupa!

-Phil Mickelson won the British Open...I don't care about golf, but when they play the British Open I watch here and there, just because the courses and weather can be so tough...Sunday morning I only watched a bit before I had to start getting on with my day, so I missed what happened...Again, just heard about it via my iphone while Molly and I were kicking it at the park....

-Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey says he won't apologize for pictures he and his brother took with some douchebag, wearing "Free Hernandez" hats in support of their former teammate, Aaron Hernandez...

Okay, anyone who takes a picture with that douche should apologize...As for the hats...They're stupid...But if they want to support their boy, that's up to them...Dude plays for the Dolphins...It's not the first or last time he's gonna be on the losing side!

That's all I have for now...

Oh, except this week's musical selection...I found these guys last week...They're from Canada...Vancouver I believe...They're called Dead Ghosts...Their style...Old school, 60's Surf rock...It's like listening to a flashback...

 

Have a week!

The Beeze.

Adam Greenberg Finally Gets His At Bat
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Miami Marlins Adam Greenberg Chicago Cubs

 

You cannot say that baseball does not have its emotional stories. I mean, how many true fans do not well up when they hear Lou Gehrig step up to the microphone and proclaim himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth"?

 

The problem with baseball, and sports in general, is that we get inundated with stories of wrongdoings, mistakes, and general stupidity. Negativity sells newspapers, err...gets the page views.

 

However, every once in a while, a good story pops up that gets attention, and deservedly so. In that case, I present to you the news out of Miami in regards to Adam Greenberg.

 

Greenberg was a one-time Cubs prospect who in 2005 got his first and only call-up to the majors at the age of 24. Greenberg made quite the impression, accruing the enviable stats line below:

 

 

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

OPS+

TB

GDP

HBP

SH

SF

IBB

Pos

Awards

1 Yr

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1.000

     

0

0

1

0

0

0

   

162 Game Avg.

162

162

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1.000

     

0

0

162

0

0

0

   

2005

24

CHC

NL

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1.000

     

0

0

1

0

0

0

   

Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table

Generated 9/27/2012.

 

That's right, Greenberg got into exactly one game and got a single plate appearance. That is because on the very first pitch he saw, a 92-mile-per-hour fastball from Valerio De Los Santos, he was struck in the back of the head.

 

The immediate result was a mild concussion. However, over the years, Greenberg has had lingering issues with vertigo and other visual impairments. He's tried to resume his career, both in the minor leagues, and then in independent baseball, but he's never been able to put it together again.

 

However, after many stories about his cause and then an appearance on Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers, not to mention a tireless effort by filmmaker Matt Liston, Greenberg is going to get his second chance.

 

The Miami Marlins have announced that they will sign Greenberg to a one-day contract in order for him to get his official at-bat. Greenberg will make his appearance on Tuesday, when the Marlins are set to face the New York Mets. Scheduled to be on the mound that day will be R.A. Dickey, another man who knows a little about perseverance.

 

Greenberg's reaction to Miami's decision to make his dream come true:

 

"From the bottom of my heart, I'll be ready for it," Greenberg said.

 

So will the rest of us Adam. Hit one out for the rest of us!

Five Minute Frags - Cubs Will Need A Few More Years of Patience
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein

 

For as much as baseball has changed over the years there are many things that can be counted on to stay true from year to year. For good or bad, some things have just become a tradition of the game.

 

The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field are two of those baseball traditions that embody both the good and the bad. Baseball would be lost without the Cubs and the beauty of Wrigley Field. One of the greatest fan bases in all of sports, the Cubs and Wrigley Field have seen a lot of things happen over the past century, but change is not one of them.

 

And neither is a championship.

 

It has been 103 seasons since the Chicago Cubs won their last World Series, having not hoisted a banner since 1908. To make matters worse, they have not even appeared in the Fall Classic since 1945, a span of 66 seasons. Yet these fans still come out to cheer on their “loveable losers” in the hopes that they are there when the dam breaks. Oh what a glorious flood it will be too.

 

But that floor isn’t coming in 2012, and likely not in 2013 either.

 

A remark like that isn’t exactly going out on a limb, not with over a century of precedence to base it on, but it isn’t without merit either. Then again, this isn’t a rudderless ship either.

 

The Cubs turned a new page this offseason when they named former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein as their President, Baseball Operations and Epstein subsequently hired former Padres general manager Jed Hoyer to the same position with the Cubs. What this inherently does is breath new life into the Cubs front office by inserting the same brain trust that help end the 86-year drought of the Boston Red Sox.

 

The pair is already putting their footprint on the team, but they are acquiring a team that is vastly different than the Red Sox squad in 2003. There is a significant drop-off in the level of talent on this Cubs roster than what the Red Sox had. It isn’t a case of simply adding the right pieces, but reinventing the entire system and rebuilding a winning mindset that has been missing for a long time.

 

Based on the moves made this offseason, it is obvious that the Cubs are thinking long-term. Handcuffed by bad contracts (Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Dempster) and a significantly less flexible budget than his former team, Epstein has focused on making smaller moves that will benefit the team in the short-term, but allow them the flexibility to field a true winner when the other pieces fall into place. You cannot discount the ability to purge the team of Carlos Zambrano while also adding quality clubhouse guys like David DeJesus to the roster.

 

Some of those pieces also include a farm system that has suffered from bad decisions by the previous regime. Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney have been two solid prospects to emerge from the system, but it is also littered with “can’t miss” prospects Josh Vitters who have yet to grasp their promise and turn it into performance. Still, the Cubs have a few highly-regarded prospects that could pan out and are the key to the team’s turnaround. Players like Brett Jackson, Javier Baez, Matt Szczur, Dillon Maples, and Trey McNutt are just a handful of a group that previous regimes would have traded away for the sake of winning now. Instead, this group is adding to it, both by planning for a solid draft and by inserting new life into the system by acquiring guys like Anthony Rizzo.

 

And that is truly where the difference lies here. The Epstein/Hoyer regime has its mind set on the long-term. They understand where this team got itself into trouble by making risky choices because of the pressure to end the streak. But more importantly, they understand that the Cubs fans have been faithful enough to wait this long and that they are willing to give these two the chance to bring it home for sustained success, not just the gratification of a single season.

 

You don’t end a 103 year curse overnight and you certainly don’t do it with the mindset to allow the club to slip back immediately afterwards. You build a winner by making sure it stays on top.

 

It just takes a little bit more patience to get there.

Theo Epstein has long term plans for Cubs.

Five Minute Frags - Let's Make A Deal
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein Matt Garza John Lackey

 

So just how much is a good general manager worth in baseball? We are about to find out.

By now, the news of Theo Epstein’s acceptance of a five-year deal with the Chicago Cubs has made its way around the block more times than a Kardashian chasing any second-tier athlete not wearing a wedding ring. Of course, the hurdle here is that Epstein is still under contract with Boston for another season, meaning that if the Cubs truly want him, they’ll have to compensate the Red Sox accordingly.

That brings me back to the first question. How much is a good general manager worth?

Well, for the Cubs, you just can’t put a price tag on that. For a team that has not won a World Series since 1908, let alone hasn’t even played in one since 1945, a blank check may well be in order. Epstein would be step in the right direction. He would immediately bring a sense of credibility to a front office that has lacked solid leadership for years and his ability to identify amateur talent would help to rebuild a farm system that has been lacking in top prospects for years.

And let’s remember, that Epstein likely won’t be alone. He’ll bring with him whomever the Red Sox will allow him to squeeze into his file box with his personal belongings. Epstein has always enjoyed having the brightest minds placed right beside him and moving to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field won’t change that. The Cubs will be getting an entire team of little Theo’s as well.

All that remains is how big of a price tag the Red Sox want to place on him.

All indications are that Boston is asking for prospects while Chicago wants only to part with cash, but this fan has other thoughts. There should be more at stake here.

First off, Boston should not settle for prospects or cash alone. They need Major League talent that is ready to play now. And where Boston needs it most is the pitching staff. The Cubs have one in particular who knows the rigors of the AL East and would be an immediate boon to the staff; Matt Garza. Obviously, Chicago won’t throw him in for Epstein alone, but there are ways to get a deal done. Make the Garza acquisition a side deal contingency, one that sends John Lackey and some cash to offset some of his contract to Chicago for Garza. Sox immediately upgrade their pitching and get rid of a cancer both in the line-up and the clubhouse.

Secondly, Boston should see at least one prospect back in the deal. Of the names flouted, only right- center-fielder Brett Jackson is truly worth mentioning. Jackson put together a 20/20 season last year between Double and Triple-A, and would protect Boston against losing Ellsbury in two seasons.

For the Cubs, that sounds like a small price to pay for a young GM who is recognized at the top of his class and has a history of turning around an organization. Epstein won’t deliver immediate results, but he’ll make things fun in Chicago and he’ll do it within a season or two.

For their part, the Red Sox will surely miss Theo, but they’ll also be in good hands with Ben Cherington, Epstein’s assistant and top protégé still under Boston control. Of course, they could try to lure Brian Cashman from New York or Andrew Friedman from Tampa Bay, but money says they stay in house, especially with all of the upheaval currently underway.

So in the end, we come back to the question of just how much a good general manager is worth. It may be an arm and a leg, but they are an arm and a leg that they can afford to lose.

    

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