Paranormal Activity at Wrigley Field.


So I bought this camera off a guy who works as a doorman at the Congress Hotel, which is supposedly haunted or whatever. Guy said he found it in a room in basement in a closet that hadn't been opened since 1908. Or maybe 1969 -he couldn't remember.

Anyway, really old. Uses film.

I brought it to Wrigley towards the end of this season and took some pictures. Just a regular day, nothing out of the ordinary.

Then I forgot about it.

Just the other day I had the film developed and... LOOK AT THOSE HORRIFYING IMAGES!


 

It captured actual paranormal activity at my favorite ball park.
Amazingly (and apparently), people or experiences just leave a "ghost" of themselves even if they're still alive.

(I'm certain I'll be contacted by ghost hunters and experts on the paranormal wanting to pay big dollars for my camera, but it was unfortunately destroyed in an accident involving fire, fly wings, a photo of Sam Zell and goat's blood.)

But come ON, what an amazing coincidence I got this photo developed right when Halloween is upon us!

And oddly, it got me thinking about Lou Piniella.

Time will tell, but years from now his legacy just might be remembered most in popular culture by two words that escaped his mouth while talking to Tribune beat writers: "Cubby Occurrence".

Sure I know the popular way to think about the Cubs any more is to steer clear of goats and jinxes and hexes and stuff. But the other day I'm listening to hugely respected Buster Olney on the radio, and he's talking about the weird "energy" around the San Francisco Giants. How every bounce is going their way. I think I even heard the word "karma" in there somewhere. There are different words to use when it's all positive, right Buster?

But if you're from Texas?

It's nothing but Cubby Occurrences happening to your favorite team, Rangers Fans, and I say "welcome to the club, ya'll".

Well actually, since it's Halloween, lets just call it paranormal activity and leave it at that.

What else?

The World Series continues this evening in Texas.

Lets see if the activity continues.

 

 


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classic film cameras #1. hipster dinosaur agrees.

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I think it's pretty safe to say Jose Guillen's career is over.

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I once paid hard-earned money to enter that place and before the game had ended, Larry Biittner was pitching. Pitching! Then years later I once again payed to go inside (had a little more dough at this point so it wasn't quite as painful) and before that game was over, Doug Dascenzo was pitching. Pitching! It was frightening enough that these guys saw significant time at their regular positions but pitching? Truly horrifying.

I once paid hard-earned money to enter that place and before the game had ended, Larry Biittner was pitching.
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Yeah, I was there that day, too. If I recall correctly, he had a nice curve ball and the hitters either swung and missed or blasted home runs off of him.

Dascenzo never allowed a run.

Heard he was managing in the Padres' system.

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Man, there are some things you shouldn't joke about.

Is TCR having its yearly "Where is the Free Agent signing?" contest? Can't wait to predict Hendry signing JJ Putz to a 3 yr 15 mil deal.

Some teams are still playing baseball.

vitters article in the Trib by Mark Gonzo....

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

10 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants LHP South Caldwell High School (NC)

age 20, 19 career starts, 7-6 2.90 ERA
Post season 3 starts, 2-0 2.18 ERA

..was available when Tim-Jim drafted Vitters

The list of scouting directors who are any good by Navigator's standards is as follows:

bench coach

you didn't believe me?

apparently Dejesus was the 3b coach last year after Quade became manager and is keeping the job, Dernier at 1b with Rotschild and Rudy filling out the staff.

I just like to provide confirmation.

just kidding around...

Ryno kicked to the curb, unless he takes AAA job. Cardinals or White Sox should hire him just to fuck with the Cubs.

Ugh. I can actually see that happening, especially the Cards. Last I heard (somebody back me up, I'm lazy) McJuice was wavering on whether or not he was coming back...

A former MVP AND a former Cub as your new hitting coach? STL would just love that one.

*edit Fuck, nevermind, he did come back. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/oct/2...

Ryno takes Cora's place with the Sux then??

McGuire is coming back for another year, TONY S. It was announced last week IIRC.

An administrative coach filling the role that Matt Sinatro had in 2010 will be named along with Listach after the World Series.

Administrative Coach?

Does the job require bringing a GPS? Quade takes the "L" to work, does this coach get to wear a conductor's cap?

Damn the bureaucracy.

Ad-ministrative coach (defined): In charge of Noodles and stealing Toyota signs.

heh... leon "drugs are awesome! wait, where's my career?" durham being considered for M's batting coach.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 13 min 51 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 14 min 23 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 38 min 42 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 42 min 3 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 22 min ago view