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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Pollyellon banned me on: August 26, 2014, 07:45:35 PM
Maybe we should just stop tying Pen down and forcing him to read every post.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Pollyellon banned me on: August 26, 2014, 02:25:51 PM
I try to not waste too much energy on the dumb opinions of Al, but it's really something else for him to instruct people on how to FEEL about something. It's just sports, guy. If you're not going to get irrationally excited sometimes, what the hell is the point?

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Just donít expect me to get all hyperventilated until there is actual success at the MLB level.

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I'll have fun when there's a reason to have fun.

I have a hard time reconciling these statements with the fact that they're coming from a guy who's been sitting in the fucking bleachers for nearly every home game the Cubs have played for the last what, 3 decades?

So why in the living blue fuck would you pay 4 grand or whatever the hell it is to sit 400 feet from home plate 81 days a year for, if you're not having fun?

He's doing it not for the best reasons, but for the right reasons.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs' Prospects FUTUREBONER thread on: August 25, 2014, 10:36:24 PM
Might be DRLP, I don't understand those Common Yeti posts, but Soler is coming up.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs' Prospects FUTUREBONER thread on: August 24, 2014, 02:27:20 PM
Bryant and Soler had 12 combined PAs last night. They reached base in each and every one of them.

Code:
Iowa Cubs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Junior Lake LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
Ryan Kalish CF 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236
Kris Bryant 3B 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 4 0 .311
Jorge Soler RF 5 3 5 1 1 0 2 1 0 .262
Rafael Lopez C 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 .278
Jonathan Mota 1B 5 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 .243
Andrew Ely 2B 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 .300
Elliot Soto SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .208
Chris Rusin P 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .323
Brian Schlitter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Armando Rivero P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Totals 41 10 15 2 1 2 10 9 3 .251


BATTING
2B: Mota (5, Todd), Soler (11, Paredes).
3B: Soler (1, Schultz).
HR: Ely (1, 5th inning off Todd, 1 on, 1 out), Bryant (20, 6th inning off Paredes, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Lopez, R 2; Bryant 5; Lake; Soler 8; Ely 5; Mota 4.
RBI: Soler 2 (24), Mota 3 (12), Ely 3 (4), Bryant (48), Lopez, R (27).
2-out RBI: Bryant; Mota; Ely.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mota 3; Kalish; Soto; Rusin; Lopez, R.
Team RISP: 7-for-16.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
CS: Lake (1, 2nd base by Harrell/Wilson, Bo).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Soto-Ely-Mota 2, Mota-Soto-Mota).

In Diamondbacks' ex-Cub fetish news, Ronny Cedeno had a run-scoring triple (that's bad), but Brett Jackson struck out looking to end the game (HAHA).
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Chuck Is Wrong Discussion on: August 23, 2014, 02:39:37 AM
Just getting an early start.

Won't need this thread for at least ten more seconds.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: August 21, 2014, 02:54:51 PM
Glaus hit 34 in 1997 when the HR/G rate was ~.96.

Bryant hit 31 in 2013 when the HR/G rate was ~.42.

Either Bryant would've hit 71 dongs in 1997, Glaus would've hit 15 dongs in 2013, or math is a lie.

MORE HANDSOME BABE RUTH

I'm gonna go with that third thing and just throw "math" in the bin with "science".

I concur:

7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: August 20, 2014, 04:48:05 PM
So, true story - I was doing some research to make a big deal about how I wouldn't be satisfied with Troy Glaus because Bryant's power history to date (college and minors) was really unrivaled and I wanted to set the bar higher.

AND WOULDN'T YOU FUCKING KNOW IT...

Most Homers in a season, College, Third Basemen
1. TROY FUCKING GLAUS - 34 (UCLA, 1997)
2. Kris Bryant - 31 (SDSU USD, 2013)

So I stopped there and now I hate everything.

Fighting words'd
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: August 19, 2014, 06:34:32 PM
Is there a stat person here who can give me a comp for a player who started with such a high K rate and settled down? I mean I know Baez has settled down himself just about every level he's been with after a while but is there any actual precedent for thinking a guy like this can ever actually develop true patience?

From age 21-25, Troy Glaus struck out 158 times/162 games.
From age 26-35, he settled into a 136/162 pace. 

I would love a Troy Glaus. The man could hit.

DPD.  Boring but true story: When I was working in the minor leagues Glaus was assigned to my team's opponent for a rehab stint.  He drove himself to the stadium ahead of the team bus and was sitting in the clubhouse alone when I went to see if lineups had been posted.  I said hi since he was sitting all by himself on a bench staring off into space in the middle of an empty clubhouse and he asked if I knew who he was, and I didn't, not without his jersey or hat on.  He was offended that I didn't recognize his face.  That's my Troy Glaus story.  You're welcome.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: August 19, 2014, 06:31:54 PM
Why do we need to spend so many words saying something that's so obvious? Javy should learn to lay off bad pitches. If he does, he will be unstoppable.

I said that back in the spring and was tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.  Or maybe that was just because I'm me... not sure.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs' Prospects FUTUREBONER thread on: August 19, 2014, 06:31:04 PM
I don't know if he qualifies as a prospect at 27 years old, but on the one hand we have this:



But then, this:



So now, once again, we know nothing.

The only question is: Will his locker in the Cubs clubhouse be next to Tanaka?
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Twatheads Twittering on: August 19, 2014, 06:29:36 PM
https://twitter.com/DAVIDMDRAIMAN/status/501689986115457026

Counter-point: Slak interacting with him is fantastic

I scrolled for 10 minutes looking for any interaction with Slak and never got there.

Great way to sell a story. 

Maybe a screen cap next time? Direct link to the interaction?

SOMETHING?

here: https://twitter.com/AndrewCieslak

Fine: https://twitter.com/AndrewCieslak/status/501709468032569344


Much better storytelling.

Basically, the guy from Disturbed is a fucking moron. Also he loves it when you tell him he was in other nu metal bands that sucked as badly as his.

Never heard of him before just now. I learned that all the above is true and that he's married to the Japanese-American model and ex-WWE diva Lena Yeda.

God. Damnit.

Then she's an idiot too.

Turns out there's no panty-dropper like OOH WA AH AH AH!
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: August 17, 2014, 08:14:05 PM

He isn't coming up this year and their season is two weeks from being over plus playoffs. Sit him down. Who cares.

At least it's not his wrist or hand.

Now they can cite missed development time as a reason to keep him down to start next season.

How do we know Theo didn't sneak into his room while he was sleeping and break his toe with a hammer?  Does Bryant's apartment complex have surveillance footage?

We don't know that. I think we have to assume he did, actually, until he proves otherwise.

Agreed.  I for one am glad Theo will stop at nothing to win.  Edwin Jackson had better invest in a really great lock.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: August 17, 2014, 01:28:54 PM

He isn't coming up this year and their season is two weeks from being over plus playoffs. Sit him down. Who cares.

At least it's not his wrist or hand.

Now they can cite missed development time as a reason to keep him down to start next season.

How do we know Theo didn't sneak into his room while he was sleeping and break his toe with a hammer?  Does Bryant's apartment complex have surveillance footage?
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: August 15, 2014, 02:23:32 PM
It could be worse. At least they don't shout "who dat" like inbred fanboat enthusiasts taking their chant from old blackface minstrels. obnoxious fake-Southern rapping white girls from Australia

Iggy'd
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: August 15, 2014, 11:04:28 AM
I went to the Bears game last night and noticed the game operations people came up with this unnerving sound bite that played whenever the Bears got a first down. There's a drumbeat and then a bunch of Grabowskis yell, "Bear Down!" while a cheap looking blue graphic shows up on the big board. I think they want us to automatically yell, "Bear Down" and then shut the fuck up whenever the offense is moving. Anyway, it looks and sounds horrible and no I don't think I will.

My hope is that they're just trying this out in the preseason and will trash it if it doesn't work. I hate that they actually had to come up with a gimmick to get Bears fans to shut the fuck up when the offense is moving and that the one they thought of was executed this poorly. It looked and felt very small market to me.

The fireworks when the run out are worse than what the Chicago Wolves do.

The announcer goes "There's a time out...." Fans reply, "Where?" Announcer: "On the field!"  Fans, "Oh..." is also insanely stupid.

Watching the Bears in person feels very minor league.

It's a lot of the same nonsense in Indy and Cincinnati, the only other NFL cities I've experienced. I don't know if it's an NFL thing or just midwest. But I think they want you to feel like you're at a high school game and a part of something local and intimate, which is strange because the NFL is anything but that.

And I may be mistaken but I feel like they didn't do, "There's a timeout..." last year and might have brought it back. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I thought "There's a timeout..." was a University of Illinois/Memorial Stadium thing, because that's the only place I've heard it.  When the Bears played there during that embarrassment of a season they did it then, too.
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