Rambling Two Years from Now

Sure, I can sit here and regurgitate the news of the week as I normally do, or, I can try to change it up, get a little creative and try to have some fun. Because talking about the 2012 Cubs is just too hard, and I do not want to do it right now.

So, in its first installment, here is:

“Rambling from June 29, 2014 (also my 35 birthday) …

  • Do you really think Rizzo can get Votto-like money? At this pace, it is not crazy, but he still has to keep this up. 29 homers in the first half is good, but …
  • Did you guys hear … Ryan Theriot officially retired today?
  • Brett Jackson struck out for the 102nd time last night. At this rate, he will never get called up to the Bigs. Anyone suggesting he move behind the plate and start using the name “Crash?”
  • Do you think the Cubs will trade Garza at the deadline? Or should we sign him? Wait; haven’t we been having this same conversation for like, two years or something?
  • Is it me or is it starting to get weird that Wood and Dempster keep showing up each day to hang out in the locker room?
  • Soriano is really moving around well in left after that knee replacement last offseason.
  • Winning two games in a row thanks to blown saves by Marmol is sweet. It’s even sweeter seeing that his control issues are happening under the arch.
  • In 18 short months, Hamels has really taken to the Chicago lifestyle. The flowing locks are gone, the ‘stache is firmly in place, and he is really working the new beer gut quite well.
  • Starlin Castro and Matt Szczur are on pace to break the record for most combined stolen bases by teammates. It is just a beautiful thing to watch.
  • Between his action on the base paths and always knowing where to go with ball at short, it is hard to fathom this guy used to have concentration issues.
  • Aaron, when will you learn that I am always right? You can send my 9th victory pizza to the usual address. Yep, still going with “crumbled sausage.” Thanks.
  • It’s always a good thing when you lead the league in runs scored. It’s never a good thing when you lead the league in runs allowed. It is quite amazing the Cubs have been able to both thus far in 2014.
  • The rooftop view from the new hotel at Clark and Addison is pretty sweet. However, it is just weird having a rum and diet during a Cubs game next to a girl in lycra and heels.
  • I never said it was a bad thing. I just said it was weird.
  • Wow, the remake of “Field of Dreams” is all about how umpire Doug Eddings is the real reason the White Sox won the World Series in 2005. They just can’t leave this poor team alone.
  • Then again, down 0-2 and going back to LA … the producers kind of have a point.
  • Kate Upton and I are officially engaged. I really appreciate all of your kind words and thoughts. You are solid people.
  • I am still flying high about the Bears Super Bowl Championship!
  • Back to the Cubs …
  • I am really excited about this Triangle Building the Cubs plan to build behind the third-base grandstand. It will be a big upgrade over the current facilities.
  • It will be awesome, but not as good as the new dish being served at Wrigley. The Italian Sausage and Beef combo rolled up in a slice of D’Agostino’s cheese pizza.
  • I am so happy that Bryan LaHair was named the starting RF for the NL in the All-Star game. Especially for a guy who can’t play the outfield.
  • I know the three-fifths of the starting pitching has struggled, but the combo of Cole Hamels and Travis Wood is the best lefty 1-2 punch in the league. Fun to watch.
  • This just in: Jeff Samardzija will report to Bears training camp in Bourbonnais at the end of July.
  • Congrats to Jay Jackson who has just been called up to make his first start for the Cubs taking the roster spot of Ted Lilly, who has officially decided to join the “Clubhouse Crew” with Wood and Dempster.

Yes, it’s an off-the-wall idea, but I hope it was enjoyed. Here’s to hoping the Cubs can sweep the Astros right out of Wrigley before America’s birthday!

And until next time,

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

Quote of the Day

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again." – Bob Feller

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  • BosephHeyden

    “I am still flying high about the Bears Super Bowl Championship!”

    And that’s not to mention it will have been a repeat of the year before. Man, I miss when Chicago teams used to “any-peat” championships.

  • Dorasaga

    Theriot retired from baseball, did he? Nothing on Google. If it’s a joke, well, I’m not sure what’s funny about that, out of nowhere…

  • SuzyS

    Well Done, Brian…Thanks for the chuckles!!!

  • Henry

    Happy Birthday! today’s ramble was one of your best. I can’t wait to try the combo wrapped pizza. If you are at the game today stop section 235 row 8 seat 106. I will buy you a beer! The Rum and Diet will have to wait for that girl in lycra and heels.

  • texcubnut

    Great ramble, Brian. LMAO through the whole article. You did leave out a couple of things in 2014. 1) Due to extensive injuries at the catching position, the Cubs, once again, sign Koyie Hill to a contract and 2) Cubtex and Tony Hall continue their argument over the Garza- Archer/Lee trade.
    Thanks again, Brian. In 2012 we need all the laughs we can get. And forgive me for teasing you, Tony and Tex. I love both of you guys posts; always good, always insightful

  • cubtex

    Nice ramble. Unfortunately for Bryan LaHair……I think 2 years from now he will be selling insurance or playing in Japan and not playing in any teams outfield.

  • calicub

    well played

  • Tony_Hall

    Of course we will still be arguing over it :)

    At that point we will have a better idea what we really gave up to rent Garza for a couple of years when we weren’t in contention.

  • cubtex

    Tony. A rental means you don’t own. My point has always been that we aquired Garza for players without big upside. I doubt very much that Lee or Archer will be all star players. Garza was a 15 game winner and ALCS MVP. Theo and co. now will be able to trade Garza for a very good return(hopefully for much better than Lee or Archer) Lee can’t hit. He struggles terribly against lhp. He is not all of a sudden going to hit against better lhp if he can’t do it in AA. This trade was a no brainer winner for the Cubs.

  • Tony_Hall

    We own Garza? So we decide if he stays?

    The answer is no to both of these.

    If we don’t trade our rental, and he walks as a free agent, the deal will be a big loser for us.

    Maybe we can take this up in 2014 :)

  • cubtex

    Rentals are players like Greinke this year. Carlos Beltran last year and Dempster this year. You aquire them for a short term with no hopes of trading that asset. That is not even close what Garza was. He was signed for 3 years when they traded for him.

  • Tony_Hall

    You get so worked up…

    I know the difference, but it is fun messing with you.

    The long term winner of the trade will be determined by whether the players we gave up have productive major league careers and what we get back from Garza if we don’t extend him, which is what I would like to see happen.

  • cubtex

    I am not worked up. That is exactly what I have been saying since the trade occurred. Lets wait to see who we get back for Garza. His value should be higher now than what is was before.

  • Rational Logic

    I think the longer term winner here is the one who wins the World Series. Garza gives us the best chance to do that, either by being an ace on the mound or by bringing a haul of players back that develop into stars.

    Cubs: (1) Garza led staff wins WS or (2) Garza traded for players who help win WS. Only way to lose is if neither help win a WS, which isn’t possible because both can’t exist on the Cubs at the same time.

    Tampa: (1) Players acquired for Garza help with WS (either themselves or a trade for a better player – which at that point is moot for this conversation as that would be introduction of a new player).

    The real winner here is the Cubs seeing as they have two ways, thanks to the way Garza has pitched to this point, to “become better”

    This of course assumes that Theo and Co trade Garza before he declines, otherwise we’re watching Archer/Lee develop into stars while Garza does nothing. I think it’s fair to say at this point this is unlikely.

    I want to lock him up, Lord knows how many prospects we’ve seen come through the pipes the last decade and bust – we have an Ace, let’s keep him.

  • Tony_Hall

    You have been saying to wait to see who we get from Garza since the trade…I think you called this one before Garza threw a ball for us.

    Not sure his value has gone up, this year has shown to be more to his career numbers and last year (especially the 2nd half) is looking like the exception.

  • Tony_Hall

    I agree that the first team to win the World Series is the winner of the deal…big picture.

    Garza is not an ACE and I doubt anyone will pay us like he is one, nor should we pay him like he is one. That is why I want them to extend him and keep him.

    Don’t believe the naysayers that say that Archer and Lee won’t amount to much, they are still very young and ultimately if both end up productive major league players, it is likely that the Rays were the winner of the deal.

  • Rational Logic

    I agree with you. Garza may not be a Cain or Wilson, but he is a very good pitcher, capable of winning big games and carrying a team to a championship.

    I personally like Archer a lot as well. Lee – i don’t care too much for, we have Castro, Lake, and Baez, so no real loss there.

    I understand the “big picture” argument as well, but I dont think it’s warranted if all you care about is winning the WS, then what does 4, 5 or 10 years down the road even matter? The way I see it, even if we win it AND those guys develop into all stars, we won – because that was the point of this trade.

  • Tony_Hall

    I agree with everything you said, except about Lee. Lee’s defense and on base ability should develop into a plus. Lake and Baez won’t be SS when they make the majors and Castro is only moving from SS if we have a plus defender coming up.

  • Rational Logic

    Fair enough on that, I just like having depth at a position or two…seems like a long time since the Cubs have had that.

    Enjoy your weekend, didn’t mean to jump into your debate, but it’s Friday, and works sucks. Nice to see some Cubs fans out there with a brain.