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Toyota Sign At Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian - March 18, 2010 - 12:14 am 1 comment.

The Cubs are showing serious interest in erecting a Toyota billboard above the left field bleachers.

I can already see the crocodile tears welling up in many fan’s eyes, but to me there’s really no difference between this and painting the Under Armor logo on the outfield wall.

Doesn’t mean I like it, but I understand the value of adding additional revenue. And most importantly, I’m taking Tom Ricketts’ word that he’s committed to reinvesting money into the team.

This is BIG money. Money the Cubs can use on payroll and renovating the park, which is an absolute must-do.

So after taking a long sigh…I say go for it.

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No Fontenot No Problem?

By bullpenbrian - March 17, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Lou’s tagged Mike Fontenot as his starting 2B, which comes as no surprise.

But where do the Cubs turn if Fontenot craps the bed again?

Most likely Jeff Baker who’s defense is on par with Fontenot’s, but he’s far less the hitter.

I wouldn’t mind, however, seeing Andres Blanco get a shot. Everyone knows the guy doesn’t hit, but he’s a Gold Glove fielder.

Given the Cubs’ bullpen situation, preventing a run may be more important than driving one in, and Blanco does that better than Fontenot and Baker combined.

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There Ain’t No Stinking Cub Curse!

By bullpenbrian - March 16, 2010 - 12:30 am 1 comment.

If a 102-year championship drought won’t break your Cubs loyalty, what will?

James Wolfe and Mary Ann Presman explore such a scenario in their newest book titled Curse? There Ain’t No Stinking Cub Curse and Other Stories about Sports and Gamesmanship.

Like a top-of-the-rotation dynamo, Wolfe & Presman pitch eleven clever, humorous and imaginative short stories ranging from the Cubs’ Curse to habitual swearing on the golf course!

Not only will you laugh out loud, but you’ll also reflect on some of the toughest questions we often forget to ask ourselves as fans and sportsmen.

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Are The Cubs Really This Stupid?

By bullpenbrian - March 15, 2010 - 12:30 am 4 comments.

Sean Marshall in the rotation? You’ve got to be kidding me.

If he’s proven anything during his four years on the North Side it’s that he’s not starter material.

I’m not blaming Marshall–he is what he is, a left-handed specialist, and a pretty darn good one at that.

But the Cubs don’t see it this way. Instead, the fantasy of Marshall becoming a regular starter appears to be alive and well in Mesa, Arizona.

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MLB 2K10 Review

By bullpenbrian - March 12, 2010 - 1:07 am Leave a comment.

MLB 2K10 is passable, but still lagging behind EA Sports MVP series from five years ago.

A clumsy dashboard and tedious hitting and pitching controls take away from the game’s superior graphics and realistic game-feel.

It’s basically the equivalent of a shortstop who’s capable of making the highlight-reel throw, but struggles to field the most routine ground ball.

2K Sports is simply trying too hard. And while I appreciate the effort, it’s not the glamorous additions that I’m looking for.

Just give us a game with simple navigation, great graphics and smooth online compatibility. Forget the bells and whistles around pitching and hitting controls and deliver, once and for all, a baseball sim free of bugs and hang-ups.

Until then, which it’s already been five years in the waiting, 2K’s MLB series remains in Triple-A code. A Cubs cry of ‘Wait til next year’ singing its final praises.

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Credit Hendry For Defending Cubs

By bullpenbrian - March 11, 2010 - 2:00 am 2 comments.

Milton The Terrible is at it again, this time jabbing the Cubs in his interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez.

Jim Hendry, appropriately, is taking a stand against Bradley, sticking up for himself and the Cubs organization. I say, good for him.

“We’re all brought up in life to accept responsibility when we fail, and to judge people by how they act and how they carry themselves when things don’t go well.” “Bradley needs to look in the mirror,” Hendry said.

Who better than Hendry to joust Milton back. It was Hendry, after all, who risked his own neck to sign Bradley, and who stood along side Bradley despite his struggles.

And when the whole fiasco turned into a dumpster fire he did the only thing he could, which was the only option Bradley left him–trading the disgruntled outfielder.

It’s not that Hendry wasn’t deserving of the heat. I called for his head at the time. But this wasn’t the first time or the last time Hendry will hear the backlash of Cubs fans.

But criticism comes with the territory–especially in a baseball-savvy market like Chicago.

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Free Tickets To Best Chicago Rooftop!

By bullpenbrian - March 10, 2010 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

This week I stopped by the Skybox on Sheffield to check out the upgrades in person. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera–dang it!

Nonetheless, new floors, a fresh paint job and the additions of Goose Island food and beverage highlighted the tour.

The rooftop seating has been expanded as well. Enough seats to comfortable sit 130-plus in view of the field.

Enjoy the Skybox yourself this summer!

Book tickets in ‘real time’, sign up for email alerts to see who’s performing at Wrigley this summer and best of all, send “Best Chicago Rooftop” through Twitter to @Chicago Rooftop and be entered to win free rooftop tickets for 4!

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Addressing The Cubs’ Bullpen

By bullpenbrian - March 9, 2010 - 1:21 am Leave a comment.

I’m desperately searching for realistic bullpen options for the Cubs.

David ‘Stormy’ Weathers and Chad Cordero come to mind. Neither, of course, is an ideal candidate, but the Cubs’ pen situation is far from ideal.

Weathers, 40, is currently unemployed and coming off a 1-3, 4.88 ERA season with Milwaukee. On the plus side he’s a 20-year vet with opulent knowledge of the NL Central having spent his last six seasons in the division.

Cordero, on the other hand, is pitching in Mariners camp but is on the outside looking in to a set bullpen in Seattle. By the numbers, he appears the better choice considering he’s far younger than Weathers, 27, and sporting a career 2.78 ERA in six seasons. And given the Bradley trade, there’s hope Hendry could swing another deal with Seattle before Opening Day.

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Angel Guzman A Lost Cause

By bullpenbrian - March 8, 2010 - 1:45 am Leave a comment.

Raise your right hand if you think Angel Guzman has a future on the North Side.

My hand isn’t raised, and even if Guzman believes it, he probably can’t lift his hand above his shoulder.

I’m not making fun of–Guzman’s story is truly unfortunate. The kid’s golden arm is in shambles. And the Cubs, meanwhile, would be better off forgetting about this guy all together. A lost cause? You bet.

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Rink At Wrigley Pics

By bullpenbrian - March 5, 2010 - 1:36 am 1 comment.

The first year of The Rink at Wrigley has come and gone.

And just as a passer-byer, typically on my way to the Red Line, I’d say the rink was a success.

The free parking was key, and it spiced up the neighborhood a bit during the doldrums of winter.

I’ve pasted a few pics below.

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