Kerry 20K Viewing Party Tonight

Join us for a little pre-preseason debachuary tonight and a final farewell to Kid K in parachat. Plus the Oscars are tonight, so we can pull double duty talking about the red carpet (ZOMG, did you see what Kate Winselt was wearing?)

You have three viewing options, either you own the Chicago Cubs DVD set, Itunes for $2(search for Kerry Wood or a series called Baseball's Best) or Mlb.com(It's the Houston broadcast and you have to register and possibly been a past owner of MLB.tv). Game time is 9pm CST. With no commercials it shouldn't run more than two hours I believe and Transmission should be doing a parachat recap for tomorrow. Maybe this time we can get Kevin Orie to make the play.

Some quick notes from Mesa after the jump...

- Lou is going to ease Carlos Zambrano into their Cactus League rotation.

''There's no reason,'' he said. ''There's just no hurry.''

I'm not suppose to be worrying about his shoulder, right?

- Marmol still hasn't decided offically about the WBC, but sounds like he wants to skip it. Out of the major leaguers,  it'll just be Geovany Soto, Ted Lilly and Kosuke Fukduome missing camp. Speaking of, Fukkadome hit a grand slam yesterday in an exhibition game for Team Japan.

- Jeff Samardzija will start the Cactus League opener on Wednsesday versus the Dodgers.

Hope to see some of you tonight in parachat.

Comments

I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned it or not, but MLB Network's "30 Teams in 30 Days" series will cover the Cubs on March 10th.

Yeah, I'm on the recap....

Won't be there, alas, as I have an early morning over here in GMT+1, but for the record, and to get things started,

Trans, you suck.

Andrew sent sound: bomb

You know, I don't post much here but I read a lot of you guyses comments and I am amazed at the intelligence and humor here, but, and I'm sorry to say this, you're all a bunch of morans (spelled like how Cardinal fans spell it). I mean, shit, dudes, let it go. Oh boy, here come the flames. Hey, it's Sunday, and this place needs a little controversy. So, I say again, let it go. Spend some time with the fucking kids or something. Sheesh.

And we've met our judgment quota for the week. Thanks for lending a hand.

Relax, I'm just having fun.

Sorry. My irony radar is not internet compatible.

my kids will probably watch the game with me...

at least until they get bored of it.

Well, on a more serious note, even though I won't be able to watch tonight, it's good info -- I didn't know the game is available via itunes, so thanks for that. And for those of you who actually took me seriously (a distinct minority, I'm sure)? Relax.

How old are you and you spend your time hanging around on a message board with guys mostly in their 20s and 30s?

Pot...kettle...black

That's a damn good point. I suppose it's cuz I wanna know why they're always asking us old guys for money.

what's more Cubbery than picking out an old gem of an ex player from a "lost season" to mull over while ignoring awards for Batman Part 6: That One With the Junkie in It and Not-Quite Bollywood Quiz Show Minus Redford?

also, i'd have to go make some kids before i spent time with them and i definitely would pass up a recap of a 10 year old game for that.

or i guess i could say...

we got...nothing better to do...than watch tv...and drink a couple of brews!

New theory: Old and Blue = Silent Towel, plastered.

P.S. Crunch: rockin' reference ^^^

For the record...

I will be wearing my Oscar gown while watching the game.

in honor of the Academy Awards concurrently going on with tonight's 20K performance, I wanted to re-write the script a bit for a terrific movie that hopefully will get a lot of attention tonight...Slumdog Millionaire

The final question should have been: Name the Chicago Cubs current 3rd baseman:

a.) Aramis c.) Cardenal Richelieu
b.) D'Artagnan d.) Planchet

http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.ht...
-----
p.s. I thought Porthos was Captain Archer's beagle

SDM: gotta love the technique used to get an autograph when in a big crowd

I don't know what a masterpiee is, but I assume it's pronounced "master pee", and that doesn't sound like something I need to be in Parachat for.

Also, I just like to make fun of your spelling because there's somebody else I can kinda relate to. We all know I type like a special needs child.

whoops...

c.) Cardenal Richelieu

everyone watching that show knew that he played the OF for the Cubs from 72-77

http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cardejo02.shtml

P.S. - game was only 2:19, so minus commercials shouldn't go more than 1:45 I'm guessing.

So, what happens in this game and why are we gathering to watch it? Kerry Woods earns $20,000 dollars? I thought he was paid much more then that...

How long do you think this internet thing is going to last? Anyone else preparing the Y2K? I've started building a bunker in my backyard.

How does the sync-up work? Should I just hit play right at 9 CST, or is there a parachat-based starting pistol?

pretty much, just hit play at 9pm cst, you can always resync as the game goes on or the half innings. The DVD has chapter marks at each half inning.

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 14 min 16 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 27 min 43 sec ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • QuietMan 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 3 hours 27 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 24 min ago view