Rambling as The Boys Enjoy the Cali Sun and Fun

A bunch of the boys are whoopin’ it up in the desert made famous by Frank and his friends. A rollicking happy place where the scotch flows and the golf courses never end. A land of breathtaking mornings and gorgeous nights. A world where the stars shine brighter than spotlights.

And finally, and most impactful for many … a town where the women are so eager because most of the other men are “gay, gray or leaving on Tuesday.”

Yes, welcome to the California desert. It’s nice to be there.

Oh, wait. They went to Palm Springs to talk about baseball. Riiiigggghhhhttt.

As the back or hip of a Haren, and the brain or muscle of a McCarthy are on many minds, they can escape for a warm dip, a cool glass, and a quick nine.

So, with all that out of the way, let’s get rambling … and do so for the first time in a while …

  • The harmful hip of Haren may reach the a certain level of “Hot Stove Talk” that it goes down in Cubs lore with Roberts and Peavy.
  • I’ll tell you … I am intrigued by Shaun Marcum. All good on that idea.
  • Is it me or do others think that many GMs rating Edwin Jackson as the best arm out there is friggin’ loco? I mean, for real?
  • I don’t do this for a living. I watch as a fan. I will never pretend to know what they do. But my two eyes tell me otherwise.
  • I compare this to the Vikings drafting safety Harrison Smith in the first round. He went to ND. I watch all ND games. The Vikings apparently do not watch ND games.
  • Remember when so many on here were yearning for Casey McGehee to be the Cubs third basemen …
  • Always remember … be careful what you wish you for. You might just get it!
  • Comment section question of the column: What offensive free agent would you most like to see the Cubs sign? And what pitching free agent would you most like to see the Cubs sign?
  • On offense, no one. Seriously. And I take McCarthy for two reasons. One, his pitching. Two, his twitter account is fantastic, and his musings on Chicago would be simply awesome.
  • Oh, and one more. His wife is un-ugly, and Kimmy D. needs some company.
  • Again regarding positional free agents: Hamilton, AJ, Bourn, BJ, Swisher …
  • Nothing. Not one. No thanks.
  • And here’s to Darwin for his gold glove. Clearly the most deserved second baseman. And also to MLB by not losing sight of his accomplishment given the triple-digit-loss season.
  • Folks, we are only three some odd months away from the World Baseball Classic!!! Let’s get excited!
  • Crickets.
  • Yes, maybe it is making baseball a slightly more worldly game. At least, I sure hope it is.
  • Finally, will I watch it? Yes.
  • My reaction to hearing that Walt Weiss is the new Rockies manager: “Uh, I better settle down, grow up and have kids because I am old.”
  • Every sports fan has that moment where a player from his or her childhood is now a coach or broadcaster, and they realize that said person played 20 years ago. Walt Weiss did it for me.
  • The GM Meetings normally mean the stove is starting to flicker. The next 30 days should be jammed back with some great baseball talk.

Finally, here is to new Cubs CF Josh Hamilton and his $148 million contract!! Wow, how much would that scare the heck out of you? With that said, enjoy your weekends, be safe, have fun and until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Yes to Marcum. NO to Jackson.

    • Ira

      Marcum for pitcher, BJUpton for CF.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

        I like that idea.

        • John_CC

          Rosenthal believes the Indians will trade Cabrera, Choo, Perez and Masterson.

          Choo would cost too much in players…but I’d trade BJax for him. Masterson has never blossomed as anyone hoped, but he is an “innings eater” and still has potential. He could be really solid #5 starter. Epstein drafted him, so I reckon he’s on the radar.

          • RynoTiger

            if Cabrera could play 3B then I’d say go for it.

          • SuzyS

            BJax has little value in a stand alone trade…a minor leaguer that KO’s 200 times???
            The Cubs don’t have that much TRADEABLE talent at the moment,,,most minor league talent would have to be packaged.
            The Cubs will have to utilize FA to improve THIS year’s team…and there isn’t ONE FA that I would really get excited about.

      • mutantbeast

        BJ would cost too much, has a low OBP and would hate playing the brick walls at Wrigley. Marcum and McCarthy for the staff,

  • Brp921

    Financial considerations aside, the three guys I would like to see added to the roster are Jackson, Sanchez and Upton.

  • WidespreadHIsPanic

    I’d like to see Marcum here. When he was healthy he can be tough.

  • John_CC

    Marcum

    Anibal Sanchez

    McCarthy

    Jackson

    In that order.

    No thank you BJ. I think Swisher would be good for the clubhouse and fun to watch play for the Cubs.

    • SuzyS

      Swisher was miserable on the South side of town…and I think he probably would revert to that in anything other than Yankee pinstripes.
      I can’t argue with your pitching selections…but then each would be dependent on the $$$ and length of the contract.
      I really don’t understand the Cub’s interest in Ryu (the Korean)….if he only throws in the high 80’s/low 90’s as reports indicate.
      Outside the box I can see the Cubs taking a flyer on Jon Garland/Scott Baker. They fit the mold as someone to reclaim and flip.

      • John_CC

        Yeah, maybe you’re right about Swisher, Suzy. But I still he could be good on the N Side, on this Cubs team during the rebuild process. There would be a lot less pressure on him perform, and by that I do not mean that he could just slack off. Sveum is a lot different than Ozzie, first of all. And the team is looking to the World Series next year.

        But I don’t think he’s realistic option anyway.

        Ryu is a lefty and control freak, from the number. A nasty lefty doesn’t have to high heat.

        I could see Baker, for sure.

  • paulcatanese

    Lets just bring back “A league of their own” at least they won at Wrigley and didn’t wear pants down around the ankles, and were
    better looking than whats there.

    • brent carmona

      Love it Paul!

      I don’t know if we need a drunk manager grabbing his groin in between innings though.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree with that part Brent. Have to say though,one of the few times I enjoyed Madona.
        Geena Davis looks as though she is quite the athlete.

        • John G

          So what does Rosie O’Donnell do for you Paul

          • paulcatanese

            Don’t agree with Trump very often, but he’s pretty much spot on there. She’s ok, just not my cup of tea.
            Years ago(many) Liz Taylor and “A place in the sun” did it for me.

          • SuzyS

            Liz Taylor???? She was never a blonde….:)

          • paulcatanese

            Just caught that Suzy, met my wife a few years after that (she is blonde) and she changed my opinion, or rather she told me to. I do what I am told.:)

        • RynoTiger

          maybe Geena could be our backup catcher! :)

          • paulcatanese

            Why not? very few catchers could go after a foul ball the way she could.

    • RynoTiger

      I’ll have to disagree with part of your comment because there are some cute Cubs players that I would prefer to watch.

      • paulcatanese

        Totaly understandable Ryno:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Supposedly, the Cubs have offered a contract to Liriano and are waiting for a response.

  • Todd C

    How could you not want Greinke and Hamilton? Contracts, mental and physical issues aside they are the top hitter and pitcher on the market. I don’t think Greinke leaves LAA and I’m unsure of his mental makeup in a big market. I actually think that Hamilton isn’t a crazy idea depending on the numbers. Thinking 5 yr 100 for the new face of the franchise isn’t bad. I would also put him in RF and have DeJesus move to CF to save wear and tear long term. That being said I don’t think the Cubs get him, someone will pay 7 yr 180. Haren on a 2-3 year favorable contract would be the next SP but that seems unlikely after they canceled the trade because of injury concerns. These are the only stud middle of the order and top of the rotation players.

    • Tony_Hall

      Well as long as you put aside the cost in dollars per year, the number of years, and any mental or physical issues, than, yes bring on Grienke and Hamilton….

  • SuzyS

    Brian, Nice ramblings….Thanks. I agree on the position players.
    Reality is…not one pitcher really excites me either…There are some that would do the job better than others.
    Walt Weiss was a nice player. I knew my time was up when Robin Yount retired from Milwaukee. I saw him taking classes at my University when he first came up…(at age 18 or 19).
    AND Carlton Fisk/Carl Yaztremski were my real heroes…while I watched Lindy McDaniels and the likes of Peter LaCock work their way through the Cubs.