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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Kris Bryant Firehose of Splooge Thread on: July 26, 2015, 10:50:01 AM
My homie Bryant has been having a tough go lately, but a timely single yesterday and some more contact during both games yesterday hopefully means some obliterated baseballs in the future.

By the way, does anyone else notice that Bryant gives the best AB's along with Rizzo in the lineup? I feel like, maybe even to his own detriment, that Bryant more often than not falls behind in the count only to battle back to 3-2...and he does it a lot. I don't have data or really know how to look that up (it's probably not hard, I'm just lazy)...but it FEELS like it...nah mean?

ETA: What I mean by "his own detriment" is that it feels like he misses a lot of hittable pitches early in counts...he'll get a 2-1 FB right where he wants it only to foul it off. He will make it rain baseballs soon my friends.

That's usually the sign of a guy who is overthinking. If that's the case, I'm sure someone will get him out of his own head pretty soon.

According to my source (Dan Bernstein), Kris has been out drinking late too many times. I'd say that explains everything. Kids, man.

They don't make them like *Mickey Mantle any more.

* The All-American Boy

For starters, I thought Bryant didn't drink.  Or is that just a lie?  Or did he start drinking and just can't handle it?

For another, not to go all Fork-with-an-ACL-tear but I used to play on a Sunday morning softball team when I was in my 20's and used to have my best games after a long night of boozing.  Conversely, when I would stay in and rest up--like before a playoff game--I never played as well. Couldn't really explain it other than when you're fatigued and hungover you think less and react more.  I dunno.  I think even if you're a lightweight, as long as you're in your 20's, being hungover shouldn't really effect your play, unless you have the shits or something.

In short, I think this suggestion is as wrong as it is malicious.  Knock it off, fucksticks.  All players struggle, even exceptional rookies.

Waitwaitwait.

Huey makes this hilarious comparison between his boozing/softball antics and those of a major league baseball player and not one of you says a fucking thing?

I mean COME ON.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unreadable on: July 26, 2015, 10:43:52 AM
MLBTR's constant fellating of Peter Gammons as if contractually mandated.

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In his latest column at GammonsDaily.com, legendary journalist Peter Gammons writes that

lol

I don't see anything wrong with that.
Who doesn't like Peter Gammons?

Legendary journalism critic Sterling Archer, I guess.

He's a fine baseball reporter but that's hardly the stuff of legends.

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However, Gammons notes that the Sox have considered the move, thinking that he could help them make a run and that a rental might give them an inside edge on signing him in free agency. Gammons is the second journalist to mention this today, as WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford offered a similar take earlier.

Only legends are redundant!

Semantics, sure. But if you have to call any baseball reporter legendary (and I realize no one is making us do that), Gammons is probably about as qualified as it gets.

Fair enough.

I've always thought Gammons was a guy. He was on ESPN so he got more face time than every other baseball reporter. He never really pissed me off by writing/saying ludicrous shit and I always felt like he kept his hot takes to himself which made him the anti-Costas. So he's had this really incredible run of being heard from a lot and not making me mad. That's got to count for something at some point. Legendary, I guess, by default.

Peter Gammons was the baseball guy for Sports Illustrated in the 80s, and before the Intertubes you would keep up on baseball this way:

1) SI subscription, where you would read a good baseball featch, something good in the Scorecard section and Gammons' Diamond Notes
2) Antenna that pulled in WGN for Cubs games, WVTV for Brewers games, WFLD for the occasional Sox game, ABC for Monday or Thursday Night Baseball, NBC for the Game of the Week, and if you had a really kickin' antenna, you'd pull in some Grand Rapids station that carried Tigers games. Otherwise, you'd just get cable and get the Braves of Dale Murphy-Bob Horner-Phil Neikro brought to you by Skip Caray and Ernie Johnson Sr, and the Mets who were worse than Brezhnev, brought to you by Ralph Kiner and Tim McCarver.
3) This Week in Baseball, which would be on from 12 to 12:30  on Saturdays before the Game of the Week
4) USA Today Sports page, which had every team's cumulative individual stats. Add the Tribune to that, which had the Sunday notebook columns from Jerome Holtzman and the two beat writers as well as complete Cubs and Sox statistics, what else would you need?

Really, there were only a few important baseball writers: Gammons; Tracy Ringolsby, who made his rep in Denver before the Rockies; Hal Bodley; Jayson Stark; Bill Madden; Tom Boswell; Jerome Holtzman; and very few others.

Remember when WFLD sued the White Sox to get out of their contract on the grounds that the Sox were so bad?

Good times.

Vaguely do. Here's the recap in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, which rips the "miserly" Heat, just one year into existence.

The Sox behavior in 1986-1988 shows just how their move to St.Pete-Tampa-Clearwater was a fait accompli in the minds of many in their front office.

It's amazing how close they came.  In late June of '88 our family was on vacation on the keys near Sarasota.  I still remember my dad flipping through the channels as all the local networks broke into their programming to announce the breaking news that the White Sox were staying in Chicago.  You would have thought there was an assassination.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 16, 2015, 06:43:29 PM
I'm in for Parsons Saturday.

Saturday Parsons Yes.

RT if you're down with me.

Even if Pex is there, I'd go.  What time were we thinking?  I probably can't go between the hours of 11-2 or so, but after that I'm down to clown for a little bit at least.

We're going to do the boat tour and, I'd guess, lunch with Bill and TJ, so we probably won't be able to get until mid-afternoon.

Went to that Rock Bottom place yesterday, as you suggested.  On a hot day it would have been bliss, but it was actually a little cool up there, especially in the shade.  Food and beer were pretty good, though, and not unreasonably priced.

Wait...somehow I missed this.  Someone suggested you go to Rock Bottom?  You know we have one of those in Denver.  It's not even in Denver.  It's in a fucking suburb of Denver.  Jesus.  What's happened to this board?

There's one in Iowa, too. Way to find some hidden jewels for Tonk to visit, people. Has he ever been to Applebee's?

They also have them in Omaha and Nashville, so maybe Tonk can just tour them all and let us know which locations are best.

I guess you guys missed the episode of House Hunters where TDubbs moved to the suburbs.

Ah, well if Tonk gets homesick then TDubbs can direct him to the nearest Outback Steakhouse I guess.

Look, I've never heard of the dump. I'll go wherever Butthead tells me to go.

Blame TDubbs for the bad Rock Bottom suggestion. I'll take credit for his good Parsons suggestion though.

I was lost. Somebody told him to go to Rock Bottom and I figured it must be something different than what they have in Indy. Nope. Very mediocre but I used to go there to watch basketball games sometimes.

So Parsons is not a chain? And we're going there Saturday at 4 p.m. to listen to TDubbs talk? Ok!

Honestly, it was fine.  Geographically speaking, it was pretty much exactly where I needed to be that lunchtime, and they had ridiculously good value kids' meals.  The beer was genuinely pretty good, too.

I'm missing the point, though, aren't I?

I dunno, I'm conflicted.  While I enjoy TDubbs getting dogpiled, I also feel everyone being so quick to display their sophistication (ugh...a chain restaurant...how gross and uncool!) to be some rather annoyingly heavy-handed hipsterism. 

You're on vacation, go wherever the hell you want, I won't judge.

I don't even know what this place is anymore.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 16, 2015, 10:01:42 AM
I'm in for Parsons Saturday.

Saturday Parsons Yes.

RT if you're down with me.

Even if Pex is there, I'd go.  What time were we thinking?  I probably can't go between the hours of 11-2 or so, but after that I'm down to clown for a little bit at least.

We're going to do the boat tour and, I'd guess, lunch with Bill and TJ, so we probably won't be able to get until mid-afternoon.

Went to that Rock Bottom place yesterday, as you suggested.  On a hot day it would have been bliss, but it was actually a little cool up there, especially in the shade.  Food and beer were pretty good, though, and not unreasonably priced.

Wait...somehow I missed this.  Someone suggested you go to Rock Bottom?  You know we have one of those in Denver.  It's not even in Denver.  It's in a fucking suburb of Denver.  Jesus.  What's happened to this board?

There's one in Iowa, too. Way to find some hidden jewels for Tonk to visit, people. Has he ever been to Applebee's?

They also have them in Omaha and Nashville, so maybe Tonk can just tour them all and let us know which locations are best.

I guess you guys missed the episode of House Hunters where TDubbs moved to the suburbs.
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 15, 2015, 11:16:48 AM
I'd suggest the Art Institute, but that may be pricey and not to everyone's taste.  The Lego Store is fun for all. 

Well and given that Tonk's stated goal is to try and find purely "american" things to do, I doubt he's interest in looking at a lot of art from Europe. I do love the Art Institute, though.

Across Michigan Ave. from the Art Institute is the old Public Library Building. It is worth a trip to just climb the marble staircase to see the magnificent stained glass skylight.

Thank you Stew, for reminding me to take advantage of being downtown every day.  I walk past (or in bad weather, scuttle beneath it in the tunnels like a CHUD) the Public Library building on a daily basis but have never ventured inside. 
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 15, 2015, 09:44:45 AM
Okay, guys: we're going shopping on State Street this morning and bearing in mind that it may take STonk a little longer than the rest of us to locate what she's looking for (women need more than shirseys, it turns out), is there something around there where I can take the kids for an hour to amuse them?

This morning?  Like before bars/restaurants are open?  It's nice out you could sit on the rooftop of Rock Bottom and have lunch before the work crowd gets there.  If you're by the river, they're almost done over here with the riverfront walkway thing, so that's kind of cool now.  You can probably see a body floating around if you look thru the murkiness.  

I can't wait until you have your kid.  Your world will be turned upside down.

Tonk--I'd suggest walking them over to Millenium Park, not even two blacks east of State Street between Lake and Jackson or thereabouts. Don't  cost nothin' and you may well be able to stretch your time to an hour or even an hour-and-a-half just walking around.  Also what Dubbs said about the Riverwalk, which is kind of in the other direction north but if your woman be shoppin' for like 3 hours you can do both.

Dubbs may have underestimated what it takes to amuse a child, but the lunch tip sounds good.  Millennium Park seems like the answer to my prayers, indeed, although I probably should have been able to come up with that idea myself by this point in my Chicago-visiting career.  Thanks, Mike.

I'm not sure how Huey passes himself off as a local guy when he doesn't know that Millennium Park is between Randolph and Monroe, not Lake and Jackson.
 

I included a caveat that I was being approximate.

A CHICAGO GUY would never use a caveat like that. At least not one who I'm sure has at some point bragged about his savant-like ability to navigate the city thanks to its excellent grid system.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 15, 2015, 09:18:11 AM
Okay, guys: we're going shopping on State Street this morning and bearing in mind that it may take STonk a little longer than the rest of us to locate what she's looking for (women need more than shirseys, it turns out), is there something around there where I can take the kids for an hour to amuse them?

This morning?  Like before bars/restaurants are open?  It's nice out you could sit on the rooftop of Rock Bottom and have lunch before the work crowd gets there.  If you're by the river, they're almost done over here with the riverfront walkway thing, so that's kind of cool now.  You can probably see a body floating around if you look thru the murkiness.  

I can't wait until you have your kid.  Your world will be turned upside down.

Tonk--I'd suggest walking them over to Millenium Park, not even two blacks east of State Street between Lake and Jackson or thereabouts. Don't  cost nothin' and you may well be able to stretch your time to an hour or even an hour-and-a-half just walking around.  Also what Dubbs said about the Riverwalk, which is kind of in the other direction north but if your woman be shoppin' for like 3 hours you can do both.

Dubbs may have underestimated what it takes to amuse a child, but the lunch tip sounds good.  Millennium Park seems like the answer to my prayers, indeed, although I probably should have been able to come up with that idea myself by this point in my Chicago-visiting career.  Thanks, Mike.

I'm not sure how Huey passes himself off as a local guy when he doesn't know that Millennium Park is between Randolph and Monroe, not Lake and Jackson.

Anyway, since you're with the kids, keep going east of Millennium Park and cross Columbus Drive using either the BP (ugh) Bridge on the south side or via upper Randolph Street on the north end.  This will land you in Maggie Daley Park which has all kinds of crazy crap geared towards children.

Also, if your kids want a quick tour of soul-crushing corporate America, let me know and I'll put your names in at the security desk of the Aon Center.  Some say the building is still haunted by the ghost of RV...
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Reasonable Trade Discussion on: July 13, 2015, 06:55:53 PM
Papelbon is now just openly asking to be traded to the Cubs.

https://twitter.com/TonyAndracki23/status/620665440902234112

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Papelbon said he would love to reunite with Lester on #Cubs. "But the decision is not up to me. Believe me, I wish it was."


Huey just wants to say he's okay with this as long as Schwarber or Baez aren't involved.

I don't understand this SticKpOke at all.

It's a stickpoke to you repeating three or four times that you aren't cool with trading Schwarber or Baez for Snork, which no sane person has ever or would ever suggest.

Someone's blood sugar must be getting low, as he's gettin' all jumpy and trigger-fingery.

I mentioned in two separate posts that I was opposed to them dealing a blue-chip prospect, though they were part of the same conversation.  One might even say I was merely reiterating my original point--but hey don't let these facts get in the way of your desire to get all chippy for no apparent reason.

It's nice and sunny outside.  Why don't you go throw your kid in a stroller and go for a walk, champ?  get some fresh air, eh?




De-chip-io again today I see.

It really is the essence of this place.

Embrace it.


NICE

Also, why is Huey assuming that because it's a nice, sunny day in Chicago that it's also a nice, sunny day in Iowa?
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: I admit it... on: July 13, 2015, 09:46:32 AM





I'd still take Snork back at the deadline if the price was right.

The point of this thread is to boldly come clean.  Don't be a wuss about your confession, even if it means Bort'll literally put some fire to your ass with his barn-burning torch.

If anyone should use this thread for Samardzija purposes, it should be the people who wouldn't want him back this year.

*folds arms, sit back in chair*

My caveat is I'd prefer not to give up a top prospect for him.  If they jumped at a collection of flotsam that included Alcantara and Vogelbach etc. then yeah do it, but if we're talking Baez or Schwarber I'd rather roll the dice with what we have.  Would Samardzija be that much of an improvement over Hammel (or any kind of improvement)?

I don't think anyone is talking Baez or Schwarber. They wouldn't trade those guys for a rental. But they have plenty of prospect depth to trade for a Snork without having to give up a big guy (well, a really high level prospect, Vogelbach is huge and I'd gladly hand him over for Snork), especially since the Sox don't have that much leverage with him being a free agent.

This all belongs in the "Reasonable Trade Discussion" thread.

FOR SHAME HUEY
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Single Greatest Thread Ever on: July 10, 2015, 02:40:58 PM
http://www.sporcle.com/games/htimsetan/cubs_opening_day_lineups I got 217/225. 

Missed the starting pitcher for 1996, the starting LF for 93-94, CF for 1993, SS for 2000, RF for 2012, CF for 2013, and 2B for 2013.

WHO CAN TOP ME.

Damn, that is impressive. I came in at a measly 134. This season was the only one where I got the full lineup.

Huey really needs to take this test and smoke you with a perfect score. The 2B for 2013 is definitely hilarious - it's amazing how quickly I've wiped the 2012-2014 teams from my memory.

You seriously got a 217?  Wow.

I got 188.  Memory is a funny thing--at least mine is.  I had a harder time recalling players from 2006-2010 than I did from 1991-1995. 

Yeah, basically this. I ended up with 172. Ran the table on 1991-1995 once I figured out how to spell Buechele. No problems remembering Damon Berryhill and Hector Villanueva. But then I forgot about guys like Pena, Izturis and DeJesus. 1999-2002 was my worst section. Who the hell is Jose Nieves?



You don't remember Joe Snow?
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bill Murray on: July 10, 2015, 02:01:00 PM
Bump for saying what we all feel.

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But he also found time for almost everyone who approached him Wednesday, especially if you were a little kid or a pretty girl.

If you were a St. Louis Cardinals fan? Well, maybe not.

Murray, wearing a floppy hat and a blue and gold paisley shirt that was perpetually untucked, began bantering with the masses before he took his first swing.

He asked if any fans saw his beloved Cubs sweep St. Louis in a double-header Tuesday. One woman behind the ropes said she was a Cardinals fan.

“Satan’s messengers on Earth," was the way Murray described the Cardinals.

“And then it turns out your team is cheaters, too,’’ he added.

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A few steps away, a boy with a Cardinals hat asked for an autograph. Murray signed, then noticed the red cap. “Are you a Cardinals fan? Get out of here. Rotten kid."

How great would watching a Cubs game with Bill Murray be? I don't geek out in the presence of celebrity but sitting in box seats with Bill while the Cubs mercilessly choked the last dying breath out of the Cardinals' dynasty, it would be hard not to. Slak and Neyer's Sworn Enemy Eli are our Twitter bigfoots (bigfeet?), so I'm begging you to make a Desipio/Bill Murray outing happen.

I'm hurt that you didn't mention me. I'm no Slak, but I'm a pretty big wheel at the Twitter Cracker Factory.


Talk to me when you've run a shithead Cardinals fan off Twitter in fewer than 8 hours.

Also I don't think Bort posts here nearly enough to be on this Mount Rushmore.

You're taking my picture off of Mt. Lushmore?

You're the victim of an old fashioned Huebitin'. By gum, it's been awhile!
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bill Murray on: July 10, 2015, 12:07:47 PM
Bump for saying what we all feel.

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But he also found time for almost everyone who approached him Wednesday, especially if you were a little kid or a pretty girl.

If you were a St. Louis Cardinals fan? Well, maybe not.

Murray, wearing a floppy hat and a blue and gold paisley shirt that was perpetually untucked, began bantering with the masses before he took his first swing.

He asked if any fans saw his beloved Cubs sweep St. Louis in a double-header Tuesday. One woman behind the ropes said she was a Cardinals fan.

“Satan’s messengers on Earth," was the way Murray described the Cardinals.

“And then it turns out your team is cheaters, too,’’ he added.

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A few steps away, a boy with a Cardinals hat asked for an autograph. Murray signed, then noticed the red cap. “Are you a Cardinals fan? Get out of here. Rotten kid."

How great would watching a Cubs game with Bill Murray be? I don't geek out in the presence of celebrity but sitting in box seats with Bill while the Cubs mercilessly choked the last dying breath out of the Cardinals' dynasty, it would be hard not to. Slak and Neyer's Sworn Enemy Eli are our Twitter bigfoots (bigfeet?), so I'm begging you to make a Desipio/Bill Murray outing happen.

I'm hurt that you didn't mention me. I'm no Slak, but I'm a pretty big wheel at the Twitter Cracker Factory.


Talk to me when you've run a shithead Cardinals fan off Twitter in fewer than 8 hours.

Also I don't think Bort posts here nearly enough to be on this Mount Rushmore.

Who is on this "Mount Rushmore?" Andy, the "Father of Desipio," wooden teeth and all? Kelly Dwyer, the Jeffersonian-type who broke with the founders on some weird shit, but was brilliant and has the right idea and all, and one day will be back? BC, who speaks softly but always brings something big? And Chuck, who has freed us from the slavery of being the wrongest one here?

That's all fine with me as long as there's a statue of Mike D 50 feet behind the mountain screaming at it to sit down.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bill Murray on: July 10, 2015, 09:13:50 AM
Bump for saying what we all feel.

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But he also found time for almost everyone who approached him Wednesday, especially if you were a little kid or a pretty girl.

If you were a St. Louis Cardinals fan? Well, maybe not.

Murray, wearing a floppy hat and a blue and gold paisley shirt that was perpetually untucked, began bantering with the masses before he took his first swing.

He asked if any fans saw his beloved Cubs sweep St. Louis in a double-header Tuesday. One woman behind the ropes said she was a Cardinals fan.

“Satan’s messengers on Earth," was the way Murray described the Cardinals.

“And then it turns out your team is cheaters, too,’’ he added.

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A few steps away, a boy with a Cardinals hat asked for an autograph. Murray signed, then noticed the red cap. “Are you a Cardinals fan? Get out of here. Rotten kid."

How great would watching a Cubs game with Bill Murray be? I don't geek out in the presence of celebrity but sitting in box seats with Bill while the Cubs mercilessly choked the last dying breath out of the Cardinals' dynasty, it would be hard not to. Slak and Neyer's Sworn Enemy Eli are our Twitter bigfoots (bigfeet?), so I'm begging you to make a Desipio/Bill Murray outing happen.

I'm hurt that you didn't mention me. I'm no Slak, but I'm a pretty big wheel at the Twitter Cracker Factory.


Wait a minute, I've got more followers than you!

Related: What the hell is wrong with people?
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: July 09, 2015, 04:12:52 PM
Henceforth Eli shall be known 'round these parts by his full name--"Elias".

Ah yes, like the well-known bureau of extensive sports statistics and knowledge. Thank you.

Don't play coy with me, Coblentz.

Oh damn that's a deep pull. Whatever happened to that guy? I'm guessing he tongue kissed a shotgun at some point.

Looks like he's out there on Twitter but hasn't tweeted much in the past year or so. He's a voiceover artist, which I'm sure CT would appreciate.

https://twitter.com/thefruitbowl

And Yeti follows him.

These people must be stopped (Bort's wife excepted)
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: July 08, 2015, 10:40:09 PM

Two players and the manager thrown out over the last two games?

Buy stock in Desitin.


Another satisfying episode of "When Cardinals Become Unhinged".

I could get used to this.

If your dad ever finds this place he is gonna kick your ass.
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