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Getting to know Cubs first round (6th overall) draft pick, OF Albert Almora

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

(MotherShip)–“If you look at the total package of Albert, he has the ability to no doubt play in the major leagues, but it’s also the makeup and work ethic, how he carries himself and the leadership he’s shown,” said Jason McLeod, vice president of scouting and player development. “It’s what we’re looking to do here with the Cubs — to bring in somebody that will be an impact player and to impact those around him.” The No. 6 overall selection, Almora becomes the first draft pick in the Cubs’ Theo Epstein era. Epstein, who became the club’s president of baseball operations this winter, has targeted the draft as an important piece of the organization’s rebuilding process. McLeod is aware that Almora and the club’s new management of Epstein, McLeod and general manager Jed Hoyer will be forever linked. “It goes back to the evaluation of him as a player on the ability, but even more on the makeup side,” McLeod said. “He’s driven to succeed and be the best. We feel that in this market there is something to the whole ‘Theo Epstein first draft’ and our first draft. But that will subside quickly and it will be about him and what he does for this franchise moving forward. We feel he will handle it well because of who he is and what it means to him to be great.”

I am not going to sit here and pretend to know a god damn thing about this Albert Almora kid, but I think there are a couple of things to note.  1) Almora is a HS kid which means he is probably at least 4 years away from contributing at the Major League level.  Historically(and remember I am an Epstein expert) Theo has favored spending high draft picks on college players(see: Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, Bard, Renaudo, etc).  So Almora must have clearly been the best player on Theo’s board in order for him to stray from his draft day norms.  2) I think the Cubs repeatedly talking about the character of Almora is huge.  They want winners.  You can have all the talent in the world, but if you’re a fucking moron like Starlin Castro it doesn’t matter.  They need their best players to also be leaders and it appears that’s what they hope will happen with Almora.

PS: Miami delenda est

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Umm…who wants some free shit?

June 1, 2012 3 comments

 

Got a package out of the blue from New Era.  No idea why.  I mean I thought the Cubs game in a luxury box and two bags of product would be the end of our relationship, but I think they just love me.  Like maybe even more than I love them.  Anyways, I’ve got a shit load of great hats and t-shirts to give away.  I feel like I should do some sort of contest.  First contest…come up with an awesome contest.  Winner gets a New Era hat and a t-shirt.

PS: Miami delenda est

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Cubs Win…Now on the verge of a winning streak

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

 

It must SUCK to be a Padres fan.  Nice .333 winning percentage you effing losers.  Padres fans wish they were the Cubs.  They’ve got nothing.  Last place team, no Samardizja, no Starlin Castro, and no Theo Epstein. Hell they don’t even have Jed Hoyer or Anthony Rizzo.  Just totally irrelevant.  Cubbies losing streak of 12 games only makes the wins that much sweeter.  Going for the sweep today(I think, could be a 4 game series not sure, but I am not going to look it up. 3 out of 4 is pretty much a Cubs sweep anyways) with ace Ryan Dempster on the bump.  Lock it up.  Cubs about to be  on a winning streak.  SING IT JD!!!

 

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People need to chill out about the Cubs being terrible

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

I feel like there is so much negativity surrounding the Cubs right now and I don’t get it.  People saying that they won’t go out to Wrigley and they won’t support this team blah blah blah.  Umm…what’d you guys expect?  I mean look at that roster, it’s as AAAA as it gets.  They have a few nice pieces and they compete hard, but they need about 20 new players.  Rome wasn’t built in a day people.  It’s going to take some time.  So just relax.  Enjoy the ride.

 

Sunshine, sports, and hot girls…yeah that sounds fucking miserable.  Who would want to hang out at Wrigley Field this summer?  If those first three things don’t do it for you…do this…

 

PS: Yeah I know that was a shitty pour. You try holding a camera and pouring a beer.

 

 

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Can I pull this look off?

May 18, 2012 Leave a comment

So I went to the Cubs game last night as a guest of New Era. “OMG!!! Chief, that’s so effing cool.  You must be a big deal.  Here’s my number call me maybe”… I know, I know, but that’s not the point of this blog.  They gave out all kinds of cool shit including this Cubs hat.  I threw it on, but when I got home I looked in the mirror and…I don’t know…a little doubt creeped in.  I kinda feel like I am too old/not cool enough to rock a backwards hat.  I don’t know that I ever was cool enough for this look, but I know I am definitely getting less cool with age.  Ken Griffey Jr was the king of this look and nobody had more cool than that guy.  I love the New Era brand, but I don’t think having white bread dudes like me trying for the backwards hat look helps their image.  I don’t know, maybe it’ll grow on me.  It’s also kind of a sin to cover up my salad.  I am going to continue to use my thinking face(see above) on this one and try to come to a conclusion, but I could use a little help.

PS: JESUS CHRIST!!! Is my nose that big?  How could I have not noticed that before? Thanks a lot Dad.

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Kerry Wood to retire after today’s game

May 18, 2012 Leave a comment

(Trib)–Kerry Wood reportedly will announce his retirement from baseball Friday afternoon, but still plans to be available in the Chicago Cubs bullpen for the start of the City Series. Wood broke into the majors in 1998 with the Cubs at the age of 21. Over 14 years in the majors, mostly on the North Side, he compiled a 86-75 record. ESPNChicago reports that Wood, who has an 8.64 ERA this season and has been battling health issues, will call it quits on the day the City Series starts at Wrigley.
Sad day, but it was definitely time for Kerry Wood to call it quits.  Probably my favorite Chicago Cub of all-time.  I moved to Illinois in 1998 and one of my first Chicago sports memories was his 20 strikeout game.  He was a guy that always competed hard and gave an honest effort.  I hope the Cubs give him some sort of role in the organization.  If he wants to get involved in coaching, fantastic.  If not then just let him be an ambassador much like Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Denis Savard for the Blackhawks.  So long Kid-K.  It’s been fun.
PS: I’ll miss you too Mrs. Wood…
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IN YO FACE INSTAGRAM!!! Chief>Instagram

May 18, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Who needs Instagram when you’re just naturally artistic as fuck?  A billion dollars isn’t going to make this picture more beautiful.  Instagram is for people who take shitty photos and need to make them look enhanced by making them look old.  I just snap Pulitzer quality pics with my iPhone like it ain’t no thang.  Zuckerberg is one rich bastard, but you can’t buy artistic vision like this.  Either you see it or you don’t.   Chief for the win.

 

 

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