Cubs Christmas Gifts
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and so forth. The Angel Fan Wife was kind enough to get me a Ryne Sandberg jersey, plus some wonderful Marquette gear, so I guess I ended up on the nice list. I would love to hear what Cubs goodies some of you received.
As for the current Cubbies, here's what a few of them unwrapped.
Alfonso Soriano - Jugs Curveball Pitching Machine
Aramis Ramirez - "The Art of Cockfighting" (always good to brush up on the basics)
Jason Marquis - $100 Crate and Barrel gift card
Ryan Dempster - A.J. Burnett baseball card
Rich Harden - stack of hand towels (give it a sec)
Ted Lilly - Star Trek Holodeck to let him pitch in 2008 playoffs
Carlos Marmol - copy of K-rod's contract
Jeff Samardzija - a slider
Carlos Zambrano -a Livan Hernandez baseball card
Geovany Soto - Rick Wilkins' locker
Derrek Lee - 2005
Cubs Fans - a World Series Title (comes in gift card form and can only be redeemed in October, never expires but not accepted every season)
As always, feel free to fill the gaps for others associated with the Cubs.
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
"woo." - pedro strop