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Browsing posts from February, 2011

What Would Pujols Look Like In A Cubs Uniform?

By bullpenbrian - February 14, 2011 - 12:00 pm 2 comments.

Check out this photo gallery from Fox Sports Midwest!

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Cub Valentine’s

By bullpenbrian - February 14, 2011 - 12:40 am 1 comment.

Happy V-Day, everybody! XOXO!

Here are the best Valentine’s Day names from the Cubs all-time roster.

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Albert Pujols Poll

By bullpenbrian - February 11, 2011 - 12:01 am 3 comments.
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Bullpen Session – Hidalgo

By bullpenbrian - February 10, 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!

No, I’m not talking about Richard Hidalgo, the long time outfielder of the Houston Astros, but another cowboy-type, Frank T. Hopkins, the professional horseman who claimed to have won more than 400 long distance races. The legendary rider was also an activist for the preservation of the American Mustang.

In 2004, Viggo Mortensen, a favorite actor of mine, played Hopkins’ likeness in the motion picture Hidalgo, based off Hopkins’ life story, and his famous Mustang, Hidalgo.

For whatever reason, I love the film. Enough so that I’ll sit and watch the whole darn thing when it’s on AMC, which seems to be at least once per year. Hidalgo, however, is just one of a few films that ruin my productivity. Dances with Wolves, Open Range, The Godfather…forgetaboutit, I’m hooked!

-Something to get off my chest for my fellow Chicagoans. Stop blaming the city if you’re one of the folks who got stuck on Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard. We knew two days in advance that bad weather was on the way, and by bad weather, I mean a friggin’ blizzard. We also knew the storm was going to hit the city at 3pm, which it did.

I know there are exceptions, but what on earth are you doing driving in the first place, let alone on LSD? Wow, stuck driving in a blizzard? We’re all shocked here in with-it-ness land. Seriously people, wake up!

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Ferris Bueller Cubs Game

By bullpenbrian - February 9, 2011 - 12:01 am 2 comments.

How do I start my day? BullpenBrian. That's how.

–Here’s the detective work of Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus. Although, his attempt to uncovered the date on which Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was filmed at Wrigley Field–June 5, 1985has been called into question. Al Yellon writes “not so fast, my friend.”

AJ Walsh, from Goat Riders of the Apocalypse, wonders if there’s any hope for a Soriano trade to Texas for Michael Young?

So the Rangers have an overpaid infielder, and they want him to DH. Sort of like how the Cubs have an overpaid DH, and the team is asking him to play in the outfield.

–Dave van Dyck’s article on Cubs’ new pitching coach Mark Riggins.

Riggins instead believes in a no-nonsense, honesty-first, tough-love approach after working for 29 years in the Cardinals organization.

He already knows most of the young faces on the Cubs roster and has studied film of the veterans.

“The catchers are more important, to me, than the pitchers in getting done what I need done,” said Riggins.

"Lou Piniella...Piniella, Piniella, Piniella"

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Cubs’ Offseason In Review

By bullpenbrian - February 8, 2011 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

Yahoo! Sports is underway examining the offseason of every MLB team. Its award-winner writer, Tim Brown, chronicles the Cubs.

Here are some highlights from Brown’s article:

2010 record: 75-87
Finish: Fifth place, NL Central
2010 final payroll: $142.4 million
Estimated 2011 opening day payroll: $131 million

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Super Bowl XLV Recap

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2011 - 1:00 am 2 comments.

We got the big game most of us expected.
What we didn’t get was Steelers football.
Three turnovers, INT returned for a TD, silly penalties.
Aaron Rodgers was stellar and established himself as an elite QB.
This despite five dropped passes, one likely for a TD.
Green Bay put 15 players on IR this season, six starters.
Then they lose Woodson and Driver and yet, still find a way to win.

Although I truly respect the Steelers, there’s no team I dislike more. In particular, No. 7, who thank goodness we don’t have to hear about being HOF bound. No doubt, I’ll always have a soft spot for the Packers for winning Super Bowl XLV!

On a side note, I’m a huge Black Eyed Peas fan. But the halftime performance didn’t work for me. There were a few good wrinkles, like adding Usher, but overall they sounded bad throughout. Not going to lie about it, their act was less than memorable, which was a disappointment.

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Brian’s Super Bowl Bash Winner!

By bullpenbrian - February 7, 2011 - 12:01 am 1 comment.

As my old pappy use to say “listen to me son when I’m talking to you.” Well, congratulations, Dad, you win Super Bowl Bash XI! I guess you’re not fit for Sunny Acres Retirement Village, after all.

Thanks to everyone who participated with a pick. And good going if you had the Packers winning it all! Look forward to doing it again next year.

Previous Winners:

I: Big Mike – Baltimore
II: Brian -      New England
III: Heath -     Tampa Bay
IV: Nicole -   New England
V: Nicole -   New England
VI: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
VII: Ed -        Indianapolis
VIII: Ed -        New York
IX: Talitha -  Pittsburgh
X: Heath – New Orleans
XI: Gare Bear – Green Bay

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Cubs Poll – 2B

By bullpenbrian - February 4, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Chicago Blizzard

By bullpenbrian - February 3, 2011 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

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

All the talk in Chicago is about the great blizzard of 2011, and why wouldn’t it be? The third largest snowfall in the city’s history (20.2-inches) has not only pushed the Cubs to the back burner, but seemingly let Jay Cutler off the hook, at least for the time being.

I give you guys a quick wave in the first video right before I attempt to dig out my girlfriend’s car. We tag-teamed the effort for 45 minutes, found success, and then watched as a snow truck clogged her right back in. Well, I guess it’s a head start on Thursday’s attempt.

Video two is shot looking off Clark street just north of Wrigley Field. It doesn’t take long to realize the fun has just begun!

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