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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Best Obscure Cubs Lineup - Twitter

We aren't exactly sure why the Cubs are bringing back so many former players. The best we could come up with on twitter tonight was that either Jim Hendry is bored, has not recieved enough hate mail (@CubbieFan161), or all of our scouts have quit.

Therefore, we have taken it upon ourselves to put together our most obscure Cubs lineup possible. Who know, maybe we will sign some of the following to minor league deals, i.e. Augie Ojeda.

Votes are still being taken on Twitter only - mention me at @turntwo34 to submit a vote and it will be added to the list. Once the list has been structured, we will vote on the best lineup... keep them coming!

Michael Barrett (@Baby_Slick)
Mike Blackwell (@mad2nuts)
Sandy Martinez (@ChrisEmma51)
Steve Swisher (@cubfanMike)
Tim Blackwell (@mad2nuts)
Hector Villanueva (@thedanielschell)
Scott Servais (@CPatt20 @ataccini)
Gary Gaetti (@turntwo34 @XII2VII)
Joe Girardi (@rickgoldjr9)
Barry Foote (@scottmerkin @cubfanMike)
Rick Wrona (@BobbyAguilera)
Rob Bowen (@TheRobBowen)

Julio Zuleta (@thedanielschell @RonanOShea)
Hee-Seop Choi (@mdrunner400)
Fred McGriff (@ChrisEmma51)
Dee Fondy (@mad2nuts)
George Mitterwald (@scottmerkin)
Leon Durham (@mad2nuts)
Xavier Nady (@cubfanMike)

Bobby Hill (@jrstraka30)
Frank Chance (@plinske)
Mark Bellhorn (@rickgoldjr9  @plinske)
Joe Strain (@scottmerkin)
Luis Quinones (@BobbyAguilera)

Luis Salazar (@oguillenjr)
Kevin Orie (@ataccini  @munjerr)
Chad Tracey (@mrchisports)
Todd Ziele (@CPatt20)
Steve Buechele (@CPatt20  @munjerr)
Gary Scott (@BobbyAguilera)
Bill Mueller (@TheWrigleyBlog)
Manny Trillo (@thePMURPHYgroup)

Jeff Blauser (@CPatt20)
Argenis Salazar (@oguillenjr)
Luis Quinones (@BobbyAguilera)
Rey Ordonez (@thedanielschell)
Todd Haney (@munjerr)

Moises Alou (@turntwo34)
Brian Dayett - RF (@ataccini)
Leon Durham (@mad2nuts)
Adam Greenberg (@ataccini)
Jacque Jones (@Nathan_Allen09)
Matt Murton (@Nathan_Allen09)
Craig Monroe (@Nathan_Allen09)
Chico Walker (@BobbyAguilera)
Glenallen Hill (@XII2VII)
Doug Glanville (@XII2VII)
Tuffy Rhodes (@XII2VII)
Jerome Williams (@mad2nuts)
Henry "O'Henry" Rodriguez (@TheWrigleyBlog)
Rondell White (@TheWrigleyBlog)
Michael Tucket (@TheWrigleyBlog)

Mike Hampton (@mad2nuts)
Goose Gossage (@cubfanMike)
Rod "Shooter" Beck (@cubfanMike)
Turk Wendell (@rickgoldjr9)
Dave Stevens (@lecroy24fan)
Rocky Cherry (@jrstraka30)
Ruben Quevedo (@ChrisEmma51)
Amaury Telemaco (@CPatt20)
Will Ohman (@Nathan_allen09)
Paul Assenmacher (@mad2nuts @RonKMiller)
Scott Eyre (@LuisSerrano_Chi  @KSay4SF)
Felix Heredia (@mad2nuts)
Frank DiPino (@BobbyAguilera)
Drew Hall (@BobbyAguilera)
Andy Pratt (@BobbyAguilera)
Antonio Alfonseca (@CubsGM)
Billy Petrick (@ChrisEmma51)
Rich Hill (@rickgoldjr9)
Glendon Rusch (@rickgoldjr9)
Jim Bullinger (@BobbyAguilera)
Micah Bowie (@ChrisEmma51)
Frank Castillo (@munjerr)
Mel Rojas (@munjerr)
Kevin Tapani (@munjerr)
Joe Borowski (@TheWrigleyBlog)
Jeff Fassero (@TheWrigleyBlog)
Dave Gumpert (@thePMURPHYgroup)
George Bell (@thePMURPHYgroup)

Lineup Votes
@CPatt20 : Servais, Zuleta, Rey Sanchez, Blauser, Kevin Orie, Derrick May, Matt Miesk, and Roosevelt Brown
@RonanOShea : Julio Zuleta, Gaetti, Nieves, Eric Young, Joliet (C), Jeff Reed
@TheWrigleyBlog : How about an All-Todd Team: Wellemeyer, Walker, Hollandsworth, Hundley, Van Poppel, Dunwoody, Ricketts [LOL]

Awesome Tweets for the night
@RonanOShea : The fact that people on twitter are discussing Roosevelt Brown makes me proud to be a #cubs fan.
@05sox_10hawks: I would say the 2011 squad is pretty obscure

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Years, Hak-Ju Lee, & Resolutions

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I like to kick off each season with a "Bucket List." This list gets posted in my home office for the entirety of the season - sometimes I'll even add to it as the season goes and as I find new adventures to fulfill. With the new year just beginning and watching everyone try to adhear to their thoughtful resolutions, I found myself wondering what it is that I really want to resolve in my life.

I couldn't think of anything besides baseball.

I know I already attend 40+ Cubs games a year, 25+ White Sox games, and a few scattered teams here and there, but what I'm talking about goes deeper than just the surface of the Baseball World.

Besides studying the history of the game, following the farm systems of the Majors is one of my greatest passions of baseball. It's an amazing feeling watching a young kid develop pure Major League talent. I remember watching Elvis Andrus as a rookie and I was absolutely captivated. Many can back this up.. some said I would even be wrong. But I knew he had it - you don't ever mistake those moments.

Up until today, the Cubs had a kid in their system that they had previously acquired in the Mark DeRosa trade. His name is Hak-Ju Lee and, like my forte, he is a short stop. The first time I saw Hak-Ju play in person was this past summer when the Peoria Cheifs came into town to play the Kane County Cougars. My friends and I sat in what as known as the "prime scout seats," which at Major League games is next to impossible to obtain, but at a minor league game is extremely feasible. So, there we sat - directly behind home plate, and was I ever glad that I did. Following the game my scorebook was marked up, noting multiple defensive plays by the Cheifs shortstop, Lee. He was fast on the base paths, patient and with pop at the plate (surprising for such a small stature), and had above excellent range. Watching him, I got that feeling - that Derek Jeter-esque rhythmic guise- like a melody in perfect tune. He went beyond making it look easy and effortless.

Now I may very well sound like I'm overhyping a kid who has yet to break single-A ball. But's it's very rare to get that pure feel for a player. So, this year, I've decided one of my "resolutions" will be to get back in touch with minor league baseball. The past 2 years, it's been more of a focus about just the Major Leagues. But it doesn't stop there. High school, collegiate, and especially summer baseball will be a something I delve back into. True baseball begins at these stages, and it is here that the players we watch in the Majors today get their instincts, control, patience, and passion for the game. The coachs, the hitting and pitching instructors - I've met some really great ones over the years, and this summer I'm going to study the levels to aquire an even deeper appreciation for the game of baseball. An appreciation that I hope to be on a different level than just what we see in the everyday surfaces of the Majors.

To me, there is no better investment than that of your passion.
It can take my money and it can take my soul. I will give it my heart, my mind, and the air I breathe. To be deep in passion is to invest in ones self. Through these passions we learn how to give our whole heart to something and we learn what we are truly capable of. Baseball has given me more than I can ever try to give back to it. I've been a part of baseball giving special needs children hope, I've seen it provide endless opportunities, and most importantly I've felt and seen it inspire lives. I implore you all, even if baseball is not your niche, to find something you feel strongly for and work towards it. Find something you believe in and support it with your whole heart. This year, make a resolution to do something worth the while of a life.

"Man, I did love this game. I'd have played for food money. It was the game... The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?... I used to love traveling on the trains from town to town. The hotels, brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the room. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I'd play for nothing."

For those of us who live The Baseball Life, saying its our passion does not suffice.Happy New Year to all,

I'll see you at the ballpark!
The Baseball Life