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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - January 17, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Born in Bakersfield, CA.
Second, Third & First baseman.
College World Series winner with LSU.
Took home that series’ MOP Award.
College Baseball HOF, 2009.
Played three seasons with Cubs.
Platooned mostly with Neifi Perez.
Traded by Cubs to San Diego in 2006.
Name that Cub!


Cubs Trade Poll

By bullpenbrian - January 14, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Bullpen Session – Uncle Julio

By bullpenbrian - January 13, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

–Not a good football week for me. I wrapped up my weekly NFL season picks at 161-95 (.628), far below my goal of (.700), went 2-2 in my postseason picks and found out my Colts pants aren’t that lucky after all.

My Wild Card picks included Colts, Ravens, Packers and Saints. This week I’m taking Pats, Ravens, Packers and the Bears.

–Meanwhile, Colts fans are crucifying coach Jim Caldwell for calling a timeout with 29 seconds left during the Colts 17-16 loss to New York.


Jim Hendry’s Off Season

By bullpenbrian - January 12, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

How do you feel about Jim Hendry’s off-season so far? The ‘Big Three’ on his to-do list have been scratched off.

He landed Carlos Pena, the left-handed hitting first baseman: Kerry Wood, the quality bullpen arm, and Matt Garza, a solid No.3 starter. And better, Hendry’s done all this for around $16-million.

Of course, Hendry’s taking a gamble on all three–Pena having a rebound year, Wood’s injury history and the prospects dealt for Garza.

But on the plus side, Hendry’s added some much-needed veteran presence in the clubhouse, limited Pena’s deal to one-year, signed Wood for the right price and landed a legit starter under contract through 2013.

Given these moves the Cubs have a chance to compete in 2011. So what’s not to like?


MLB 2011 Free Agents

By bullpenbrian - January 11, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Yahoo! sports baseball writer Jeff Passan ranked the top free-agents for this offseason.

His list begins with Cliff Lee ranked No.1 and ends with Ben Sheets at No.164.

I gathered and listed all the remaining unsigned free-agents from his list below.

I think a few of these players would look good wearing Cubbie blue. Those players are listed in bold type.


Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - January 10, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Traded to Chicago from L.A.
Played eight seasons with the Cubs.
Hit .300 or better four times.
His .324 avg. lead the NL in 1980.
Was an All Star for the Cubs in 1981.
Twice finished in the top-10 for league MVP.
Name that Cub!


Matt Garza Trade Poll

By bullpenbrian - January 7, 2011 - 12:27 pm Leave a comment.

Bullpen Session – Colts Pants

By bullpenbrian - January 6, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Bullpen Brian

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

Happy New Year, Cubs fans!

–Laid low this New Year’s eve. No hotel parties, no concerts, just some Pete’s pizza (with extra sauce) a bottle of champagne and a movie. Perfect!

–Not so perfect are our Chicago Blackhawks. Not only have they fallen to the bottom of the division, but they’re also out of the top eight playoff spots. So yeah, I’m officially worried.

The Hawks’ Wednesday night season ticket package hasn’t been kind to us, either.  One win in six games. Is there something about ‘hump day’ that keeps the Hawks from winning?

–Looking forward to Saturday’s Colts vs. Jets playoff game. Colts have been playing well the last month, much better than the Jets. And getting hot at the right time is what it’s all about, right?


Blackhawks The New Cubs

By bullpenbrian - January 5, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

It seems the Blackhawks have morphed into the Cubs on ice.

At least that’s what comes to mind after taking in the Hawks’ 4-2 loss against Dallas Wed. night at the UC.

Although talented like our Cubs, much of it has been injured or under-performing through the first half of the season.

The Hawks are last in the Central division standings and out of the top eight playoff spots. It’s a hole that could easily swallow them up in a tight Western Conference–the same way the NL Central gobbled up the Cubs.

The Blackhawks bid to replace its Cup roster appears to have put too many new players in over their heads. They continuously start games slowly, turn the puck over and lose at home. In hockey terms: reminiscent of the Cubs’ 2010 season.

The Cubs, of course, didn’t rebound until September, after a coaching change and long after they were out of postseason contention.

The Hawks, however, are far from out of contention with half a season left to play. But I’m starting to doubt their rebounding powers. Coach Q isn’t leaving for Tampa, Mike Quade isn’t taking over behind the bench and Detroit isn’t easing up, either.

The biggest difference, though, between our Hawks and Cubs is that a championship makes such play paletable…at least for the time being.


Snow Covered Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian - January 4, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Below are the pictures I took from the Skybox on Sheffield of a snow covered Wrigley Field in December 2010.

Only four more months until Opening Day against Pittsburgh on Friday, April 1!

Skybox on Sheffield


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