Monday night, I had the pleasure of making a guest appearance on Bill Ivie’s I-70 Baseball Radio podcast on blogtalkradio.com. It is a great compilation of Cardinals and Royals fan bloggers and always a fun listen. This particular episode, they gathered up bloggers representing every team in the NL Central. I took part in the panel discussion and made my case for the Chicago Cubs winning the Central in 2011. Some of you may have already heard it as it was their highest rated episode since launching in July of last year. (For a more in detail description of what I expect out of the Cubs in 2011, check out the post below this one).
If you read Prose and Ivy regularly, then you know that I also have a podcast at BlogTalkRadio.com that compliments what you read here on-line. I’m due to record another Prose and Ivy podcast so I will set that up soon. However, as a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I also co-host a podcast occasionally for the BBA. Tonight, I was supposed to co-host the podcast with the gentleman “Web”, from the San Diego Padres blog “WebSoulSurfer”. Well, Mr. Web never showed up. So I had to host the hour all by myself. Have you ever talked about baseball to no one but yourself for an entire hour? I hadn’t either. However, now I can say I have.
Below is the podcast recording of my guest appearance on the United Cardinal Bloggers Hour Wednesday night. The hosts were real welcoming, knowledgable and great to have a conversation with regarding Cubs and Cardinals baseball. With the series coming up this weekend it was a great opportunity to pick each other’s brains about the respective opponent. They said they’d keep things civil in enemy territory more or less and they did. I had a blast and would look forward to appearing on the show again if invited back in the future. Some of the highlighted topics of the conversation, among others:
- AC000000 – please explain for Cards fans what that’s all about
- The DeRosa trade
- Expectations of the 2009 Cubs
- ’07-’08 Playoffs
- Injuries and other Potential challenges to the Cubs in 2009
- (and from Tom @ CardinalsGM.com) What’s your perception of how Cubs fans feel about D-Lee? Are they ready to sit him and bring in Hoffpauir to start at first?
I’m going in.
Cardinals/Cubs series this weekend Thursday-Sunday at Wrigley. The Cubs will have home-field on their side…I won’t be so lucky come this evening.
If you get a chance tonight, listen in to the United Cardinals Bloggers Radio Hour (link here) and hear me guest as we chat about all things baseball, including this weekend’s Cubs/Cards series. Not so sure that there will be any other Cub fans included as guests so Cubs fans should feel free to call in and back me up! (Actually, the guys mentioned that they’d keep it civil…but you never know when it comes to this rivalry! I’m definitely looking forward to it so if you get a chance, dial it up on-line. Also on tonight as a guest is fellow MLBLogger Redbird Chatter. Should be a great time and an even better series this weekend!
Had a chance to watch today’s game on-line and man…does it hurt to get beat by Marquis! Losing at Wrigley is always a horrible feeling…but having a cast-off and lay down the beating? Not cool. And Marquis and his stuff? Please. That was pathetic.
Opening Day on the other hand was awesome. Cubs have opened the first week of the season up strong going 5-3, currently in second place behind the Cardinals. Lilly was amazing through seven delivering the goods no one is to speak of until it’s over (you know what I’m saying) and it’s great to see him come out strong. Not concerned at all about Zambrano, can’t wait to see him this weekend. I feel bad for teams who don’t have that ace that makes you believe every five starts you are going to win. Great fun in having that with Zambrano…wish I could make the Apr 21 game against the Reds to get the Zambrano no-hitter statue. That thing is pretty cool and a great symbol of an amazing pitching performance. Love Dempster and expect great things from him this year. Harden got roughed up today but again, it’s early, not concerned.
Soriano is having one of his best Aprils so far ever, especially in the past few seasons and Fukudome seems to be in his April zone like last year. With Bradley injured with a bum groin (surprise) it’s going to be important he performs like he’s capable of. I love the balance in the lineup Bradley brings, but this injury is a great opportunity to see Reed play a whole lot more. Nothing wrong with that.
Hopefully Soto comes around. Sore shoulders and catchers? Not a good mix. If Soto is healthy I don’t foresee a sophomore slump so hopefully his body holds it together. Same with Ramirez and Gregg actually. Injuries could be a huge problem for this team this year, something that could ruin plans we’d all love to make come October. Ramirez’s bat and glove don’t have the back up Gregg does. Marmol can step up and close I feel without a real problem…backing up Ramirez? That’s much tougher. Miles at 2B and Fontenot at 3B isn’t exactly the ideal.
Lee on the other hand. Aside from today’s solo shot, it’s been a slow start and really the only weak link in the healthy part of the Cubs lineup right now. I’m kind of hard on Lee because I expect a lot from him. He needs to step it up and be his a Cardinal killer this weekend. Any time we get the Cards at Wrigley, we have to take advantage of it. Playing in St. Louis is never easy…need to get these four games this weekend while we’re inside the Friendly Confines.
We’ll see how friendly the podcast/radio hour confines are this evening. Can’t wait to talk Cubs baseball with hard-core baseball fans. Again, call in if you get a chance and say hey. Come back soon for a new post recapping the experience!
Go Cubs Go!
While I will definitely continue writing here as close to daily as possible, whenever I get a chance to add a little something extra to this space, I’m going to try throwing on this new feature as an add-on to my writing. Of course, I’m not sure the embedding is going to be compatible with the new format. (If so, great, if not, I guess there will be a link at the end of this to click on). This was my first attempt so they’ll get better as we go (promise). Those AL East comments I talked about yesterday are coming either later this evening or tomorrow at the latest. Rough game today, huh? I don’t know what Lilly’s waiting for. Hill’s in danger of losing his spot in the rotation and Lieber didn’t look so hot today giving up Griffey’s #596, a 3 run shot…seriously…could someone besides Zambrano and Dempster please start showing something in the starter’s role please?
That would be great. In the meantime, feel free to click this link to play the first Prose and Ivy Cubcast! Good times. Go Cubs Go!