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.