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).
There have been some rather large events this off-season, signings that really jump off the screen at you, no?
DeRosa for three no-names??? What?!
I get Cubs updates sent to my phone. No big deal…not bragging…just saying. Today’s headline read Cubs Sign Miles, Acquire Three pitchers.
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…they got the three pitchers in a separate deal with Cleveland, which included MARK DEROSA!!! What?! No Peavy? And still next year, NO DEROSA!?! Why? Who is this Miles guy? Nobody special that I can tell, at least not special enough to send away DeRosa for. Derosa is extremely valuable, perhaps the most valuable player on the Cubs team last year. His versatility is a key component to the Cubs success year in and year out, and yet we deal him for three young pitchers.
Congratulations Cleveland fans. You now have yourself two of the key players in last year’s division title. A first year closer who earned over 30 saves and probably has a decent couple years left (which is all you signed him for anyway) and a versatile, do-whatever-it-takes everyday player in DeRosa. Enjoy. You’re about to see why DeRosa meant so much to Cubs fans.
As I write this, I thought of his nickname, The Pulse, given his erratic heartbeat condition from earlier in the year. Hopefully this isn’t a case of Cubs doctors knowing something the rest of us don’t. I don’t like the thought of DeRosa in another team’s uniform, but I really don’t want to find out he’s another Cuttino Mobley, yet nobody’s speaking up that something’s seriously wrong. The physical exam is up next of course and I’m sure Cleveland’s doctors will make sure they’re not getting damaged goods. Here’s to DeRosa having a healthy and successful 2009 in Cleveland.
As for these new guys? Give me a break. Looking forward to Spring to see if any of them are worth anything near what DeRosa can bring. And Fontenot? Looks like your time as a daily starting Cub is now. Looking forward to seeing you in the Spring too.
This is so disappointing. And if it doesn’t somehow result in Peavy in a Cubs uniform next year, SOMEHOW, it will be unbelievably disappointing. Figures it happens on the last day of 2008. This year bit it hard in more ways than one. What a fitting ending to 2008. 5 hours, 28 minutes and counting 2008. I won’t miss you when you’re gone.
Happy New Year everyone! Go Cubs Go in 2009!
What an amazing game tonight. Dempster achieved his career high win count with 16 after failing to reach the mark in his last few starts. Soriano comes through as does Ramirez in extremely clutch situations. Marmol duels his way to lead the Cubs into the top of the ninth holding on to the lead. And in a classic battle of speed versus power, Wood defeats Fielder in a one-on-one battle of the NL Central titans to hold off the Brewers push and win the game 5-4 in front of an extremely excited Wrigley crowd.
In about 40 minutes from the time I am beginning this post, the Red Carpet All-Star Game Parade will air on FOX for the world to see. Unlike many baseball fans who will be watching, I actually had the opportunity to attend earlier this afternoon LIVE and in person! It was amazing.
Cubs give up practically nothing and in return they steal away a great pitcher to add to their collection. I like Murton and I liked what Patterson was starting to show…but hey, this is Harden and in response to the Brewers getting Sabathia…Harden sounds good to me. Just come in and look around Harden and you’ll see plenty of great examples of how we do things here with the Cubs. Seven All-Stars (ultimately eight when Marmol was voted in as a replacement), three voted to be starters…two starting pitchers voted in and our closer as well…the veterans are leading the way and the rookies are standing out as some of the best in the game as well: Fukudome and Soto headed to the big showcase in the Bronx as starters…a lot to be proud of right now as a Cubs fan.
Ten innings of history in the making. One of the most exciting games of the year lead to the Cubs taking a two game lead in the NL Central, a five game winning streak to the extended status of six games in a row and their record to 10,000 wins all-time! Only the second team to reach the 10,000 win mark ever! Wood goes down in the books as the winning pitcher, even though he blew the save (a weird consolation prize the way baseball scoring works, you’d have to admit) and Marmol got the save. Loved seeing Marmol come in and get the save…it’s not even that Wood pitched poorly, just a couple of pitches got away from him and he paid for it. With a ‘W’. Again, weird. More thoughts on this to come when its not so late…for now, let me announce the new Prose and Ivy Chat board here on the blog that you can find me in during most games. Feel free to come by and say hey on game days. Until I get a chance to post more, here were my in game thoughts I posted in the chat board (in case anyone happened to stumble across the chat board during this history making event:
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: c’mon hill, let’s go!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: look at soto go…and cedeno getting some respect! (i know, its to set up the force outs, but still, Cedeno’s slam=RESPECT
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: lee and ramirez…good times for cubs fans…not so much for opposing pitchers!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: soto 3-for-3! nice!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: theres the first blemish on hill’s night 3-1 Cubs
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: wuertz is horrible
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: this could get ugly quick
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: wow, that sixth inning was hard to watch
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: gotta love the fight in this team!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: fuku-dome!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: fuku-dome!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: they are SCARED of him!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: do it for michael johns derosa! : )
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: f*ck
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 10,000 just may have to wait another day…bot 8, 5-4 COL…
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: here we go bot9
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 1 away…
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 2 balls to Lee…
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Lee gets on base and the lead run comes to the plate in Ramirez!!!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: pie in to run for Lee! strike one to Aramis
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Ramirez on a 1-2 pitch…deep to left field for the LEAD, 6-5!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Hey Hey! I almost called it to right….I could feel it coming and then BOOM to left! AWESOME!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 7 8 9 coming up for the Rockies…a combined 1 for 6 on the day (and one guy hasn’t even hit yet!)
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: wood comes in and immediately 0-2, a ball and then STRIKE THREE
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 1 away
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: let’s go Wood! let’s go!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: and again STRIKE TWO!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 2-1 count on Podsednik
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: base hit
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: damn
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Let’s go Wood
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 6 game win streak…10,000 overall on the line..Wood v. Spilborghs! (who saw that coming for the history books?)
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: are you kidding me? 6-6 and it has to be a guy named Podsednik off a hit by some no-name Spilborghs???
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: and of course Barmes….strike three.
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: way to go Wood. history class dismissed.
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: here come the cubs in extra innings again
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: ward intentionally walked
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: c’mon theriot..how about a 10th inning RIOT
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: theriot hitting .365 for the month of april…
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: And in comes Fontenot making it 7-6 Cubs….somebody get Marmol up and ready!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: after all these years leading up to win 10,000, what’s another inning?! :)
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: heading into the bottom of the ninth…did I say history class dismissed? My bad, sit back down, that bell didn’t ring yet!!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: all kinds of wins this year…could number 10,000 all time and six in a row be of the one run, extra inning variety? perhaps! bot 9 up next!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Awesome…Marmol it is.
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: Go Cubs Go!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 3 fouled off pitches, helton making marmol work for this one
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: pitch 8 to helton is hit to cf and pie puts it away…one down!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 2 strikes to holliday…how about something to celebrate this holliday?
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: annnnddd……
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: ball 1…seven pitches in to a full count…grounded to first!!! celebrate this holliday: 2 away!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: atkins takes strike 1
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: COME ON MARMOL!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: BALL 1
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: BALL 2
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: AND MARMOL GETS THE THIRD OUT BY CATCHING THE INFIELD FLY! ATKINS IS OUT
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: CUBS GO 15-6 ON THE SEASON!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: 6 GAME WINNING STREAK IN TACT!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: AND THE ORGANIZATION GETS ITS 10,000TH WIN! Way to Go Cubs! Way to go Marmol! Go Cubs Go!!!! What a great game to represent this milestone in the baseball history books! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!
- Prose and Ivy Ryan: What a great game.
Put the brooms away! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!
I love making a huge deal out of a win after only the third game of the regular season. It’s ridiculous, but in a good way. Just as I’ll freak out when they lose early on more than is probably necessary…but this is much more fun to do. Wood came through today and so did Soriano back in the leadoff spot. Hey if he’s happy there and can do the job, let him! Fukudome, Theriot and Fontenot with extra base hits and Ramirez goes yard on the record for the first time this season! Awesome. And Dempster…big game for him! Wood said it was good to get the first win out of the way and that it was no big deal. I love it when players say its good to get the first win out of the way like it’s a bad thing. Feel free to get the next 92 wins out of the way leading us to the division championship too! One game behind the Brewers already but there’s a long way to go…plenty of baseball left to play! Keep it up guys!
Go Cubs Go!