Friday, April 30, 2004
Pick to Click 4/30/04
Get your pick in for the big competition. Just leave you full name and e-mail and your pick for the day in the comment section. You are allowed to pick the same player as someone else. Valuable Prizes for the winner. Entries so far are as follows:
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 2:21 AM
Thursday, April 29, 2004
The Cubs acquired Jon Connolly from Detroit in exchange for Felix Sanchez.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 5:09 PM
Pick to click contest starts tomorrow
Get your picks in now for the contest that starts with Friday's game against the evil redbirds. There are prizes for the winner so make sure you get your picks in each day. If will just leave your full name and e-mail address in the comment section along with your pick for that day before gametime and I will make sure it gets entered into the contest. You cannot pick the same player twice and the winner will be the player of the game for that day. Good luck all. Get those pick in and go cubbies. In the event that my comment section fails when you try to get your pick in, just e-mail me.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:41 AM
Pole 1-0 as Cubs Manager
The Cubs avoided an embarassing sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks with a 4-3 win.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 1:11 AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Reflections of a tattered soul
The last two games the Cubs "played" have resulted in two losses and a run differential of -18. Both the offense and the pitching staff have struggled. Not too many good things happened (besides Hollandsworth upping his slugging percentage to 1.000).
Written by David M. Beyer @ 5:28 PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Death of a Hero
By now you've probably all heard about the death in combat of former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman. Half a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, he joined the Army to defend his country. He was killed in action in Afghanistan last Thursday.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 6:39 PM
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Barry Bonds, Steroids, Etc.
For the past few years all the buzz around the Major League Baseball and sports in general has been surrounding steroids. Players like Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa have had their names thrown into the mix of the talks. Everyone looks at them when they first began playing and them now. They say that, "Oh, they are just so much bigger now." As a result, they must be on steroids. I think that is just stupid. How can we as Americans treat people that way? It goes against everything that this country is founded on. People can work out and get the same size Bonds and Sosa are, the only thing steroids do is make the process easier and faster. From everything I hear, Bonds is a gym nut and works out all the time. He also has developed as a hitter over time. Players grow into HR power. Young kids tend to not reach their power potential until later. This could also be evidence in favor of Bonds. Now as far as if he is on steroids or not, I have no clue. I will make that accusation when I see his test results. Until then, my mouth is closed on the issue and others should be too.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 2:06 PM
Picks to click for 4/22/04
As I said in my previous post, we are going to start out on April 30th with the pick to click contest in an effort to give everyone the chance to play from the beginning. Until then, people can use these games as practice. Just post your pick in the comment section before gametime. The prize for the overall winner will recieve a nice Cubs plaque and a gift certificate to MLB.com shops. Get your practice in and have fun with this.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 1:02 PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
New look and pick to click contest
So there is a new look to the site. My buddy Chris designed our new banner for the top and I changed the colors up a little. All in all, I think it looks nice. Let me know what you all think of it.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:25 PM
Pirates come back for seconds
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:16 PM
The Bat Is Back
Yes, there is a relationship to the Elton John song. "I entertain by picking brains": The hitters have picked Gary Matthew's brain to the tune of 6.47 runs per game. That's good hitting for the northsiders. The K's have been down, and Corey, with his 5 hit day, may have figured out what "take a pitch" means. The Bullpen worries me still, especially that Borowski guy. However, if we score 7 runs per game, I think we can win 70% of the games we play.
Written by Keenan @ 10:26 PM
Pick to Click - 4/21/04
Joe - Corey Patterson
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:49 AM
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
What does it feel like to get destroyed?
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:32 PM
Cubs like this song
It's the top of the 5th inning and the Cubs have scored 8 runs off of Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. They've now beaten this poor guy up for 15 runs in 8 innings over a two game span.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 8:21 PM
Picks to Click
Joe - Carlos Zambrano
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:56 AM
Monday, April 19, 2004
Cubs bust out the whoopin sticks
This is the Cubs I want to see. They have their starting pitcher come out and get a quality start. Then the offense gets the job done to support them. This team is starting to come together. I think we are just going to come out and pound the Pirates. I am going to predict that we get a 3 game sweep of the Pirates and the Mets. You heard it here first. Mark it down and take it to Vegas.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:48 PM
UPDATED: Twelve Men Out
I'm keeping up with the game (on company time) Via ESPN MLB GameCast. I like this service; it reminds of that scene in "Eight Men Out," when Mr. Rothstein goes into the betting parlor to find out if Cicotte beans the first batter to indicate that the fix is on. In the parlor they have a big board and, I think, little magnetic guys indicating baserunners. As a man reads the game updates from a ticker tape, another man updates the board by moving the little people around.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 3:44 PM
Picks to Click for Monday
Joe - Ramirez
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:41 AM
Sunday, April 18, 2004
The Thoughts From Waveland
Since someone commented that last weeks post was hard to read, I thought that I'd completely change directions. After getting a few games out of the way, we can sit back and look at what we've seen. I think there are a few very important things that bear addressing as we progress into the next, very important stage of the season.
Written by Keenan @ 11:02 PM
Well it seems that the Mark Prior saga continues day after day. Recently, ESPN published an article stating that Cub fans might need to be bracing for the possibility that Prior may not pitch at all this season. Dusty Baker reacted very angrily to the accusations and was not pleased at all.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:23 PM
Picks to Click for Sunday
Dave - Sosa
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:25 AM
Saturday, April 17, 2004
You do whatcha gotta do (Part 2)
For the second straight day the Cubs showed some fire in their bellies. Also, for the second straight day, that fire got someone ejected. This time in the form of Kerry Wood. I'm not hear to recount what happened. Leave that to the news reporters. I am hear to critique, compliment, and criticize. I like this fire. I like competitive drive in players and managers. I like guys who don't like to lose. I have no problem with what Woody did today. Be the Ace of this staff and show some fire. It wasn't like he got himself kicked out of the ballgame before Dusty was ready for him to come out. He pitched until Dusty said that it was time to be done, and then Wood let the Umpire know what he thought. I give him props for holding his tongue until the right time.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 5:59 PM
Picks to Click 4/17/04
Joe - Sammy Sosa
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:29 AM
Friday, April 16, 2004
You do whatcha gotta do
Sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do. For Dusty Baker today it meant letting some fire show towards the umpire. With his team trailing in the 7th, Dusty exploded and lit a fire under their butts for the game. The Cubs end up coming back to win in the ninth. It is the second time this year that this team trails going into the 9th and comes back to win. Two times for a team who did not do it once all last year. That's an encouraging stat.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:24 PM
How about this for a TV guide preview?
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:18 AM
Picks to click 4/16/04
Joe - Todd Walker
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:14 AM
Cubs take batting practice
It looked as if the pirates just decided to use this game as a practice session for their pitchers and the Cubs hitters. The whole game it looked like the Cubs were just taking batting practice off the Pirates staff. Nothing was moving after it left the hands of the Pirate pitchers and the Cubs were hitting it hard. Really HARD!!! It was so nice to see the Cubs put up 10 runs and hold their opponent to 1 run through 7 innings on a day where the wind was blowing out.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:11 AM
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Pic of the Day
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 3:39 PM
Picks to click - 4/15/04
Joe - Carlos Zambrano
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:34 AM
Pirates Lament about Clement
Wednesday's 8-3 drubbing of the Pirates worked as a balm on a stinging wound for me. Having seen my Cubs dismantled by a team featuing Raul Mondesi and Rob Mackowiak hitting 4-5 and Tike Redman playing center field just one day before, I needed reassurance that this team had something -- anything -- going for it.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 2:05 AM
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Andy Pratt has (finally) been sent down to Iowa after recording five outs, walking seven, and hitting one batter. Francis Beltran has taken his place. I assume that Pratt was put on the roster because he throws left-handed, but it wouldn't matter if he got to face the all-Ray Oyler team; he wasn't getting ANYBODY out.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 3:24 PM
Pick to Click for 4/14/04
Dave - Latroy Hawkins
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 7:28 AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Mark "Triple Word Score" Grudzielanek has joined Prior and Remlinger (and Ryan Dempster) on the DL. He was put on the 15-day retroactive to the 10th, so he'll be available on the 25th of April.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 8:49 PM
Monday, April 12, 2004
Throw this one out
Normally I would write a whole big analysis about what the Cubs are doing wrong, but this game disgusted me. This is not the team I watched in October last year. Maddux looked awful for two starts in a row. He has just be un-Maddux like with the control. I take confidence in that fact that this was how he started last season for Atlanta and people were calling for his head. However, once he settled in, it went nuts down the stretch and was unhittable. I think it will be the same this year. I expect about 2 or 3 more bad to average starts before we get the Maddux we paid for.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 6:02 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Picks to click for April 12th, 2004
Joe - Alex Gonzalez
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:00 PM
Happy Easter to All Courtesy of the CUBBIES!!!
On a day where a lot of people were probably busy doing things other than watch Cubs baseball, the Cubs were busy playing their best game of the season. While most people were spending time with family or watching Phil Mickelson go for his first major ever, Kerry Wood was playing Easter bunny and dropping goose eggs on the braves scoreboard.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 4:13 PM
Picks to Click for Sunday's Game
Joe - Kerry Wood
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:13 AM
Saturday, April 10, 2004
The wheels fall off
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:33 PM
Understatement of the Year
I watched the game on TBS last night (WGN is only offered in the premium cable package here, and I'm thousands of dollars in debt). Ryne Sandberg was in the booth for 14 out of the 15 innings. Let me start by saying he's my favorite player of all time, but he was always a bad interview. Lots of "and, um"s and "ah"s surrounding cliches. But last night, in the tenth inning after Patterson popped up a first-pitch bunt and Sosa grounded to short on the first pitch, he said, "I'd like to see them work the count a little bit."
Written by David M. Beyer @ 3:33 PM
Bud Selig would have just called it a tie
Game Recap 4/9/04: Cubs 2, Braves 1 in 15 innings
Written by David M. Beyer @ 2:38 AM
9 innings of pitchers' duel plus 6 innings of FREE BASEBALL amounted to one Cubs victory. I'll be posting the recap soon; I have to go through my scoresheets first.
Written by David M. Beyer @ 12:18 AM
Friday, April 09, 2004
Interesting Pic o' The Day
Where is this store and what do they sell?
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:38 AM
Thursday, April 08, 2004
The Thoughts From Waveland
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:46 PM
All in the Family
Well, I have again added another writer to The View From the Bleachers. We are all one big happy family. I am very excited about where this site is headed and I hope the readers are as well. Please feel free to let us know about what you think of all the changes here. This new writer will be writing a feature column that will be posted each Monday. I will have a link to the newest column on the sidebar that will be changed to always reflect the latest edition. The new columnist is Keenan Laraway. I think the column name will be The Thoughts From Waveland. I think you will all really enjoy it. I will even post the first installment. So, please check back every Monday for the latest edition. Also, please e-mail Keenen with topics for Articles, because he is very excited about this and would like to know what people wanna hear.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:37 PM
New Bum in the Bleachers
As Joe mentioned, my name is Dave Beyer. I've been reading View from the Bleachers (as well as all the other blogs in the Cubs Blog Army) for months now and I'd like to thank Joe for the opportunity to contribute!
Written by David M. Beyer @ 4:48 PM
New Writer part II
About 2 months ago I updated saying that I had added a new writer named Matt Hollinger. Well, he didn't work out because of a lack of time. In the quest to continue to bring quality content at The View From the Bleachers, I have tried to add another writer yet again. This time his name is Dave Beyer. He is a long time reader of the Cubs Blog Army. I think he will provide fresh and insightful commentary on the Cubs and baseball in general. Please welcome Dave to the site.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 4:46 PM
The Cubs go back to back.......with losses!!!
Well the series with Cincinnati does not go as planned. The Cubs drop 2 out of 3 and now heard out to face the Braves in Atlanta. I think a lot of Cub fans are very disappointed by this latest loss. All I have been hearing is the Cubs are swinging too early in the count, they're not seeing enough pitches, etc. Well, I think that WAS true today, but not in the other two games. Now before you go arguing on that point, let me present you with some numbers to back up my case. I took a look at the Cubs avg # of pitches per batter in the last 3 games.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 4:00 PM
A comparison of The Yankees, USSR, and the Galactic Empire
Written by NoLimit54 @ 12:28 PM
Interesting Pic o' The Day
We lost a good man in 1998. He will be missed.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 12:16 PM
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
The Prodigal Son Returns
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:03 PM
Interesting Pic o' the day
So I was thinking about something. Everyone seems to like the pictures I have been putting on the site. So, each day I will be adding a funny picture of the day. I hope you all enjoy.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:47 AM
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Subway: Eat Fresh
These days all the rage is "low carbs" or "eat healthy". Does that apply to animals too? Apparently so, according to a deer in High Point, NC who busted through a local Subway restaurant last Saturday night. The incident took place around 9:20pm and took only a matter of minutes. However, the damage left to the store, employees, and customers could last a lifetime. The View From the Bleachers, always looking to bring the very best news stories, caught up with a few of the people involved in the incident. The night manager on duty, Laura, had this to say "I thought it was going to jump over the sneezeguard and attack us. It was foaming at the mouth like it had rabies or something." Customers in the store at the time just sat staring with bulging eyes and screaming. The whole store was in a fit of confusion. Store manager and musician Stephen Corbett had this to say "at first, we thought it was a fat lady throwing a brick through the window, since we got rid of the 3 footlongs for $10.99 deal." The local newspaper also showed up to report the story.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:54 AM
Monday, April 05, 2004
Opening Day Recap
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 5:14 PM
Opening day is here (hope springs eternal)
Well after long last, Opening day is finally here. I don't think that I have ever been this excited about any upcoming sports season. So, on this opening day, I am offering up my 2004 MLB predictions.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 11:33 AM
Sunday, April 04, 2004
This is wrong
If your last name is Amigone, you really shouldn't open up a funeral home.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 10:06 PM
Friday, April 02, 2004
Prior reacts to steroid accusation
Thursday Jack McDowell (former Cy Young Award winnner for the White Sox) told Sporting News Radio that he thinks the reason for Priors slow recovery from his tendon injury is steroid related.