Rambling as the World Descends on Chicago

The White Sox arrive at 1060 W. Addison for the beginning of the Crosstown Classic, also known as the BP Cup today.

(Please note this makes me want to buy BP gas less than I would have prior to this sponsorship.)

And the world arrives in Chicago as the NATO summit officially gets underway this weekend. I am not sure what is going to be more of a mess, Clark Street on Saturday at 7:00 pm or the Loop on Saturday at 7 pm. Though I can tell you what will be more fun.

With that said, let’s pray that all protests are peaceful, no violence occurs and the Cubs sweep the Pale Hose. So let’s go rambling …

  • The ‘Fonz unleashes his pythons and goes yard TWICE in the SAME week. The Cubs should be paying this guy triple-digit millions. Oh, wait …
  • One of the great treats of being a sports fan is having your favorite players and watching them excel and do magical things in the field of play.
  • One of the toughest parts of being a sports fan is seeing the same favorites have the game pass them by.
  • I really hope that is not the case for good ole #34, but it doesn’t look good.
  • By the way, as I type this, I have one thought swirling around in my head … I could get a hit off of Chris Volstad.
  • Clearly, I know I can’t, but when I watch him pitch, I get so frustrated and that thought enters my head.
  • In reference to Ryan Howard’s numbers against Volstad, Len said, “Howard is 13-for-26 with 8 home runs.
  • “I’ll tell you what, Len, anyone that comes out of that first base dugout has good numbers against Volstad.” – Brenly
  • That was a solid exchange.
  • At least Volstad kept the bullpen fresh for the White Sox series …
  • When did they start letting teams send at least 8 guys to the plate per inning? Oh, even Volstad has to induce three outs an inning? I didn’t know that.
  • You know who won’t like me if he reads this …
  • And with that, I am on to a different topic.
  • James Russell is still sporting impressive numbers with a 1.15 ERA. A little iffy as of late, but still no room to complain, especially when compared to the rest of the Pen.
  • Travis Wood is batting 1.000, you guys.
  • Just trying to be positive, but in all seriousness, DeJesus is really turning it on lately. That pinch-hit grand slam and subsequent double last Friday night were awesome.
  • Campana is over 70 AB’s into it and still hitting well above .300. Not too shabby.
  • Bryan LaHair is not bad at baseball. In fact, he is good.
  • I will say it … I like Ian Stewart.
  • I also think Kim DeJesus is pretty decent.
  • Everyone has the right to his or her opinion. I respect them all. However, I have no problem with the Cubs saving a year of eligibility with Rizzo. His addition to the team right now will not give the Cubs a chance to make the playoffs.
  • Hoyer feels that he rushed Rizzo last year and is not going to make the same mistake again. The Cubs are not being cheap. This is a standard practice across the league. It would be stupid and bad business to bring him up now.
  • Again, I know it’s only an opinion, but my feelings are pretty strong about this. If you disagree, let me know. If you agree, that’s cool as well.
  • I wish you all a fantastic weekend. As the NATO crowd leaves town, and the dust settles after a Cubs sweep, Memorial Day is just ahead, and the summer beckons.
  • GO CUBS!

Enjoy it all this weekend, or at least a few things, and until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • Tony_Hall

    Your comment about the game passing them by…thought you were still talking about Soriano, but Woody it fitting as well.   Unfortunately, there is no clear sign to tell a player when to hang it up.  Some players need to be released so that all 30 teams say no and it becomes more clear.    Let’s hope that both of these guys figure it out and exit gracefully at some point.  Soriano though has almost 50M reasons to make someone tell him to stop coming to the park, versus making the decision on his own.

  • Tony_Hall

    Chris Volstad, hope you enjoyed your stint as a SP for the Cubs….Travis Wood your turn.

  • Tony_Hall

    Thanks Bryan for helping to explain, why Rizzo is in AAA still.  The only teams that would bring him up, in this situation, would be to be a difference maker for making the playoffs this year.  Otherwise, having him get by until he won’t have 1 full year of service after this year is the minimum time he will be in AAA.  Plus Lahair has been….good at 1B this year, and his bat will have to move to the OF when Rizzo comes up, and they aren’t ready to release Soriano yet…and their are no takers at this point.

  • Tony_Hall

    Thanks for the continued reminders to Stay Classy CUBS Fans. 

  • Bryan

    “I have no problem with the Cubs saving a year of eligibility with Rizzo. His addition to the team right now will not give the Cubs a chance to make the playoffs. Hoyer feels that he rushed Rizzo last year and is not going to make the same mistake again. The Cubs are not being cheap. This is a standard practice across the league. It would be stupid and bad business to bring him up now. I know it’s only an opinion, but my feelings are pretty strong about this.”

    Obviously you have a strong opinion on this, Brian, but I equally disagree.  The status on Rizzo isn’t about baseball readiness, but is purely on financials.  And here we are, mid-May, and you and many are chalking up the season as lost.  I don’t want to see our top hitting prospect sitting in AAA (with nothing further to prove) running the risk of injury.  And who’s not to say that bringing him up, now, wouldn’t spark this team.  It’s about momentum, and gaining team confidence.  So Brian, tell us why it’s bad business?  Because you lose a year of team control?  As a major market franchise drawing 3 million fans a year, try explaining that to the fan base who should expect to see your best system players playing at the major league level, not playing accounting/payroll games because it’s supposedly the baseball norm.  If you’re serious about running a successful baseball franchise, you don’t operate on the cheap.

    On another topic, I always enjoy this site, and read the commentary daily (as I learn a lot from many posting here), but truly the last several days has been brutal in reading some of the posting exchange (and we know who is sparking this craziness).  It’s just baseball, so let’s stop going over-the-top on everything.

    • Tony_Hall

      Who would you take out of the lineup to make room for Rizzo?

      Lahair…I sure hope not.

      Campana and move DeJesus to CF, Lahair to RF….really bad, D and Campana has been a spark plug.

      Soriano….I would love to, but they may have a few teams who say they are interested in trading for him, but closer to the trade deadline.  If you bench him, his value goes even lower.  

      When you lay it all out, there is no benefit to bringing him up now versus later in June, once he not going to get 1 full year of service time accrued after this year.  1 month of Rizzo is not worth that much money.  Castro’s extra couple of weeks in 2010 is going to cost the Cubs $8M, over the next couple of years.

      • Bryan

        I would sit our mega-million dollar left-fielder with the currently gimpy legs..and let’s not get too excited over his two recent HR’s. 

        And so Castro’s extra couple weeks in 2010 is going to cost the Cubs over $8m over the next couple years.  Insignificant dollars (especially when spread over a couple years) for a franchise of this magnitude. 

        • Tony_Hall

          I’m not excited about Soriano’s 2 measly home runs, but sitting him makes no sense.  Cut him, trade him or play him, those are the 3 options.

          So, the money doesn’t matter because the team can afford it???  So they should just call up players and make moves without having a business sense….

          If this year was a real shot at making the playoffs and Rizzo was the difference, then yes you don’t worry about service time or money…but this year is not, so I am glad we finally have a front office that understands the rules and makes sound business decisions, like this one.

          • Redlarczykg

            Tony,

            How about platooning LaHair against righties and Soriano against lefties in LF, until we can get a taker for our nice guy. but expensive, gimpy Soriano?  Also this gives you one of them on the bench when you need some power late in the game.

          • Tony_Hall

            That would be a possibiity.

          • Brp921

            Would you really want to platoon our best power hitter and one of our best hitters this year period?

          • Tony_Hall

            He does struggle against lefties and would be away to use him in the game to get a match-up or a pitcher out of a game. He could even get 2 AB’s in these games.

            Not that bad of an idea.

          • Brp921

            I see your point, and it’s really not a bad idea,
             but he has had some timely hits off lefties.

          • Bryan

            Tony….as always, you’re welcome to your opinion. 

  • Nathan

    I really love the Kim Dejesus comment! Needless to say…David Dejesus is a very lucky man