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Ross

  • joined Mar 17, 2008
  • last login Jul 09, 2014
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All That Way for This - a 2008 Retrospective

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Over the last year or so, a few people have asked about the sig line I adopted after last year's playoffs. With '08 in the books, it still seems apropos. So as the Cubs sank slowly in the west, I put together this video. It's not a slam, nor is it a pollyanna salute. It is how I feel.

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A little reminder

I found a link to this post on Seth Godin's blog. It might be worth remembering tonight and over the next few days. Remember, this is supposed to be fun. It is not life or death. If it is, I would...

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LA Games Tickets

For all of us West Coast BCB'ers, I thought I would create a post for people looking for tickets or who have extra tickets for the games in Los Angeles. It's always more fun to sit together ,...

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Howry Rant (now with statistics)

Lou Pinella knows more than I do about baseball. That said, I just don't get it about Howry's inclusion on the post season roster. Even more irritating is this quote from the paper... "I need Bob...

Online interviews of Cubs and others

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A friend of mine out here in LA has a radio show where he interviews big leaguers, then plays snippets of the interviews. He has several Cubs interviews, though most are a year or two old. (He told me he tried to interview Theriot when the Cubs were out here, but that "he wasn't into it.") Anyway, I thought you guys might enjoy listening to some of these. His main page is http://www.insidebaseball.net.

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Off day post: A Cheer for Scott McClain

While we kvetch about the Cubs stumble, I wanted to post something that brought a smile to my face today. In a footnote to a dog-days of the season game between the Giants and the Rockies, former...

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Off-Day Topic - "Flu Like" Symptoms

A lot of people discussed Tim Lincecum's bout with "flu-like" symptoms on Tuesday. While I know a lot of us have known what this code word usually means, it occurred to me that this is one of the...

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Jerome Williams Sighting

Former Cub Jerome Williams is back in affiliated baseball, sort of. He was signed by the Dodgers off of the Long Beach Armada staff and is currently on the DL with "tightness in his neck and...

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Switch hitter vs. Switch Pitcher

An interesting scenario came up in a game between the Staten Island Yankees and the Brooklyn Cyclones, a switch hitter vs. a switch pitcher. Two videos, including the entire scenario from the live...

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OT: I break up my first no-no

As some of you know, for the last 10 years or so I have been one of five official scorers for the Inland Empire 66ers, the local High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that time, I have...

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Complaining to the Reds about Brennaman

This is from the other discussion, but I decided to make it a separate post. I listened to the comments from Brennaman and Brantley and got angry. So, I did what any red (not Reds) blooded...

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"I wouldn't have caught it, anyway."

In amongst the ubiquitous stories about the Cubs and futility came this one by AP's Jim Litke. Standard stuff, for the most part, except for this interesting first person tidbit regarding the  the...

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Marquis Anointed as "Most Hated Cub" of '08

I know this breaks Al's rule of posting full stories, but I think this one should be OK   Mesa, AZ (AP) - In a brief clubhouse ceremony after the Cubs 9-8 win over the Texas Rangers Monday,...

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An Answer From Bruce Miles re: Fukudome

UPDATE: Got an answer from Bruce, which appears below. This may not be diary worthy, but I am hoping to get a bit of fact in amongst the noise, and I am hoping Mr. Miles might just read this and be...

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What I hope the Cubs learned

With the off-season now about 35 minutes old, here is what I hope that the Cubs brass noticed in preparation for 07-08.1.) The adage that good pitching will always beat good hitting is true. 2.)...

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Jose Ceda's ridiculous numbers

Baseball America put out it's top-10 Midwest League prospects list. No. 7 was Jose Ceda, who the Cubs got from the Padres.But the ridiculous thing is how Ceda finished out his season: by not...

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Withdrawl

It is now 11:09 am on Monday, the day after the last weekend of the season. I have now checked BCB three times this morning, clicking over as I wait for something to print or upload. And, like a...

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Why were we favored?

Anybody really think about why the national media picked the Cubs? Let's look at this realistically. Arizona had the best record in the NL. They played in arguably the toughest division. The Cubs...

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Live from the Super 8 in Phoenix

I am now sitting in my lovely, circa-1970-ish hotel room in Phoenix, with my thoughts on game one. The Cubs were mashing in BP. Of course, that proved to be completely irrelevant. Floyd crushed...

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The Would-Be Ticket Buyers Lament

(The following is a lament. It is not designed to garner sympathy. Merely someplace for me to release a wee-bit of angst and disappointment.)Sigh.... I am pretty sure that somebody, be it the...

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My Cubs Playoff Artwork

I started playing around with Illustrator tonight and came up with what my bootleg T-shirt design would look like, if I had the means to create bootleg T-shirts. Anyway, I wanted to share it with...

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We interrupt this pennant race to bring you Dawson's 3-homer game

I'm pretty sure that this won't be up too long, as some MLB bureaucrat is no doubt surfing the web looking for copyright violations, but check out this video of Andre Dawson's three homer game from...

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Wood Redux

A few weeks back I was critical of Kerry Wood, mostly due to the fact that it appeared that he wasn't pitching, just throwing. He wasn't mixing up his pitches and he was getting lit up.A couple of...

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Dear Kerry...

I'm sorry to have to write this letter today, particularly with you on the road and coming off of a tough outing. But it is time. I don't know what brought on the epiphany, but the answer is clear.I...

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Warning: Mike Fontenot is not this good

I am quite happy for Mike Fontenot's recent performance. However, before we annoint him the second coming of Ryno, we need to remember this:Mike Fontenot is not this good. I think we all know that...

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The Unbearable Bleakness that is MLB Catching

With all the talk about getting rid of Barrett, I thought it might be worth while to see who might be available for the Cubs to acquire to handle the bulk of the catching duties.Folks, the pickings...

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A Different Take on Prior

Gene Wojciechowski, a writer I respect very much, has a very revealing look at Prior's injury, his attitude, and the attitudes of fans towards him. I am interested in peoples' thoughts on the...

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Katy, Bar the Door, There's a Meltdown Coming....

Feel it? Feel it in the air? First my knee started acting up, and I thought it might just be the weather, but no, it is bright and sunny out here in California. Then, last night, just before bed, I...

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Another interesting Maddux story

I was reading an entertaining story on ESPN's Page 2 that was a prediction of things to come for the upcoming season. There was a prevalent theme that I didn't understand and hadn't heard of. That...

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Attention All-Todd Walker Detractors

The man that many of us consider our favorite ex-Cub (because we are thrilled that he can go be a "professional hitter" somewhere else) is about to become an ex-Padre. I wonder how many teams are...

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