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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Getting The Bandstink Back TogetheróBlackhawks 2013-?? Dynastink Thread on: April 18, 2014, 02:11:15 AM
St. Louis is the worst. Time to come storming back from that nutpunch (or nutgrab if you're Q).
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Score some fucking runs thread on: April 17, 2014, 04:31:24 PM
Go Cubes.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 16, 2014, 11:52:10 AM
What on earth are we talking about?

About how the Cubs apparently have 30 Javier Baezs in the minor leagues.

But really, there's a big leap from "it's too early to worry about Baez" to "it's not even that big of a deal if Baez somehow doesn't work out." Those are two very different things.

Will it be disappointing if Baez is a complete flop? Absolutely.  But I think I'm less inclined to "worry" about him simply because he was a draft pick under the Hendry's regime, which proved itself to be completely inept at drafting.  So I guess if Baez develops into a very good major leaguer, I'm viewing it as found money.  If Baez had been drafted by Epstein and flopped, well then I'd be disturbed.

That's reasonable enough. In general, I'm not worried about him because he was insanely awesome last year and I'd be surprised if he flopped. If he somehow does, my disappointment would primarily be because he's the closest prospect to the majors and it'd make it that much harder for the Cubs field a good major-league team in the near future.

But to -- hopefully -- wrap this up, I see no reason to actually be concerned about that yet.

Agreed. He'll probably come off the DL mashing and even if he doesn't, he's young. Epstink is .... not terrible?
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 16, 2014, 11:01:58 AM
I think y'all who are worrying about or not worrying or whatever about Baez are missing the point a bit.  The Cubs have a ton of amazing minor league talent.  7 of the top BP101 and that doesn't really include all the international talent they signed last year (top two available, per BA).  Plus they have the fourth pick in June.

So, take it easy, Tonker and Pen.

I, too, am excited about the talent that the Cubs have, and am confident that some or all of it is going to make a significant difference to their fortunes in the very near future.  Huzzah!  Indeed, it's precisely because of this that getting one's knickers in a knot about Baez' performance after a couple of weeks of a new season at a higher level is utterly, utterly, UTTERLY FUCKING RIDICULOUS.

Yeah. And if there was anyone here reacting to the last couple weeks I'm sure this great point would have changed his mind.

If Baez had started in AAA the way he finished in AA, there's no fucking way we're having this conversation now.

No.  I hinted at a similar point during Spring Training and it's something I've been thinking about for at least a year.  When he went on the DL last week we started talking about him and since every prospect analyst I've read is ready to induct him into the Hall of Fame I figured I'd ask if anyone else shares the same concern.  It's not like I said he's not going to be a good player, which is clear if you go back and read the original post.  Just, he might not reach the ceiling everyone is talking about if this little problem isn't fixed, or am I off-base here and this is not as big of a problem as I thought?"  The stats comparing him to Vlad Guerrero addressed the last part of it and put a lot of this concern to rest.  For some reason you care more about the timing of the question than the question itself.  I guess I don't understand this Tonk complaint at all.
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 16, 2014, 02:44:08 AM
I think y'all who are worrying about or not worrying or whatever about Baez are missing the point a bit.  The Cubs have a ton of amazing minor league talent.  7 of the top BP101 and that doesn't really include all the international talent they signed last year (top two available, per BA).  Plus they have the fourth pick in June.

So, take it easy, Tonker and Pen.

I, too, am excited about the talent that the Cubs have, and am confident that some or all of it is going to make a significant difference to their fortunes in the very near future.  Huzzah!  Indeed, it's precisely because of this that getting one's knickers in a knot about Baez' performance after a couple of weeks of a new season at a higher level is utterly, utterly, UTTERLY FUCKING RIDICULOUS.

Yeah. And if there was anyone here reacting to the last couple weeks I'm sure this great point would have changed his mind.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Twatheads Twittering on: April 14, 2014, 04:58:57 PM
This takes the thread title literally and is also extremely, extremely NSFW.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 14, 2014, 04:42:18 PM
Is anybody else a little worried about his plate approach translating to a negative in the majors and potentially interfering with him reaching his ceiling? Not saying he's going to be a bust, but just think how dominant he could be if he insisted on hitting his pitch and refusing to swing at pitches he can't do anything with. I'm no less turgid, despite this concern.

Look, if we have to start worrying about Javier Baez, I don't want to do any of this anymore.

Yeah. Given how the attempt at making Castro more patient turned out last year (which, tentatively, seems to have been reversed), maybe we should all just see how this one plays out and let Baez be Baez for a while.

I think the Cubs were overthinking a little last year. Some guys (Bryant) will hit and be OPB machines, and other guys (Baez) will just hit and strike out more.

Either way, they're hitting the ever loving fuck out of the ball.

DPD.  I'm not saying Baez should be turned into an On Percentage Base machine.  Just saying that maybe, just maybe, he's not going to be a generational talent if he keeps swinging at every pitch, especially sliders in the dirt that not even Vladimir Guerrero would want any part of.  I think he's going to fix that and be at the least a very good player, probably more, but we haven't seen that yet is all.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 14, 2014, 04:38:59 PM
Is anybody else a little worried about his plate approach translating to a negative in the majors and potentially interfering with him reaching his ceiling? Not saying he's going to be a bust, but just think how dominant he could be if he insisted on hitting his pitch and refusing to swing at pitches he can't do anything with. I'm no less turgid, despite this concern.

Look, if we have to start worrying about Javier Baez, I don't want to do any of this anymore.

Yeah. Given how the attempt at making Castro more patient turned out last year (which, tentatively, seems to have been reversed), maybe we should all just see how this one plays out and let Baez be Baez for a while.

I think the Cubs were overthinking a little last year. Some guys (Bryant) will hit and be OPB machines, and other guys (Baez) will just hit and strike out more.

Either way, they're hitting the ever loving fuck out of the ball.

The only thing he's hitting the everloving fuck out of with his exploded ankle is all dem fine corn-fed honeys.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: A Comprehensive Glossary of Gifs on: April 14, 2014, 04:31:48 PM
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 14, 2014, 02:00:11 PM
Is anybody else a little worried about his plate approach translating to a negative in the majors and potentially interfering with him reaching his ceiling? Not saying he's going to be a bust, but just think how dominant he could be if he insisted on hitting his pitch and refusing to swing at pitches he can't do anything with. I'm no less turgid, despite this concern.

"Turgid".  Is that a "legal" word?

Depends on the jurisdiction.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Javier Baez 2014 ROY-MVP-World Series MVP Thread on: April 14, 2014, 12:37:25 PM
Is anybody else a little worried about his plate approach translating to a negative in the majors and potentially interfering with him reaching his ceiling? Not saying he's going to be a bust, but just think how dominant he could be if he insisted on hitting his pitch and refusing to swing at pitches he can't do anything with. I'm no less turgid, despite this concern.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ricketts Family Annoyance Thread on: April 14, 2014, 03:10:09 AM

Oh, man. Forgot about that one. "Theo becomes forgotten."

To review...

October 4, 2011

The Rangers eliminate the Rays from playoffs, the Cubs officially ask Boston for permission to talk to Theo

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet Chuck

October 11, 2011

The Cubs' talks with Theo are reportedly on the verge of an agreement

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet Chuck

October 12, 2011

Theo is reported to have accepted a 5-year/$15MM+ deal to helm Cubs

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet Chuck
This could be big if Tom doesn't fuck it up like Mike McCaskey. Though, when you think about it, wouldn't this hire really just further highlight Tom's incompetence and 'fear'?

October 17, 2011

As talks between Chicago and Boston drag on, Theo officially remains Red Sox GM and the internet wrings its hands over the possibility of negotiations breaking down

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet Chuck
Who among us doesn't think Tom could still truly blow this thing? The Sox would just as soon pay Theo to sit on a beach for a year than just let him walk from his contract early, so it'll probably take intervention from the commissioner to snatch him from Henry and Lucchino's neon claws.

October 25, 2011

The Cubs introduce Theo as President of Baseball Operations

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet Chuck

Two and a Half Years Later...

In the sideways timeline

Quote from: Intrepid Reader: Internet and Real Life Chuck
Sure, I like everything Theo is doing for the Cubs, but does Tom really deserve any credit for hiring him?

I mean, Theo was already nothing more than a lame duck at his old job, just sitting there like an unemployed bum on a beach somewhere, drawing checks and waiting for someone else to come along and hire him. He was clearly the best available candidate. It was both a hail mary and a no-brainer.

Just like when Mike McCaskey hired Dave Wannstedt... Basically, what I'm saying is that Tom Ricketts is Mike McCaskey.

And that he should have hired Theo in 2006. Or 2005. Or whatever.

Either way, it means that letting Crane bring in that Orthodox priest in 2008 wasn't even Tom's earliest boner as chairman.

Chuck fell asleep while tanning on Rhetorical Beach and we've never heard the end of it since.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: April 13, 2014, 02:52:25 PM

FAKE.  That video is clearly from the 1980s.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs: Let's Go 2015 Cubs! on: April 11, 2014, 11:18:05 PM
Three-run bomb off the Turdbirds' closer in extra innings BONERTIME.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs: Let's Go 2015 Cubs! on: April 11, 2014, 10:43:48 PM
Having pitched for Houston last year, Jose Veras clearly isn't used to the high stakes of Chicago Cubs baseball.
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