Merry New Year from Obstructed View

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2016 sucked for a lot of reasons, but at least there was one extremely bright spot. The Cubs are currently on pace to win every World Series until the heat death of the universe. Enjoy it while it lasts. Or don't. We can't tell you what to do.

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  1. cerulean

    If you thought 2016 was bad, the Cubs haven’t even won a championship this year.

    They’re actually tied for last place.

    This year sucks.

    Can we just agree to do 2016 over?

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  2. SK

    berselius,

    I know it’s the coloring that’s off, but it doesn’t look like Kris Bryant anyway.

    When I try to see a Cub face in it, all I get is a faint glimmer of Lou Piniella.

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  3. GW

    Really bummed about Sam Miller leaving Effectively Wild. That the last episode was just a KG interview was salt in the wound.

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  4. Smokestack Lightning

    The Cubs are currently on pace to win every World Series until the heat death of the universe.

    Big, if true.

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  5. BVS

    Maybe it’s Mallex Smith. He wore 17 for the Braves last season.

    Shows what happens when people order from the Chinese outlets on ebay.

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  6. SK

    BVS: Or Amazon

    Or the world wide web.

    My son wanted the same winter Cubs hat that Joe Maddon wore during the WS. None of the normal outlets had it (figured out later it was the 2015 model), so I ordered it from some rando site that turned out to be Chinese and a scam. So, a black Kris Bryant ornament is better than a non-existent Chinese hat.

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  7. Ryno

    So, Bears fans, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with one of the two best players in this draft in Myles Garrett and Jon Allen.

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    berselius

    Woof, pouring bleach on my brain after being dumb enough to read the comments on a Sosa HOF thread. Mark Grace was really the player who was putting butts in the seats in the 90s, you guys.

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    berselius

    dmick89:
    berselius,

    (dying laughing) That’s about as dumb a statement as it gets.

    It’s not that surprising, the guy was a class act on and off the field. Definitely a role model that we should point to for all of our children.

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    berselius

    berselius,

    Did you know that he had the most hits in the 90s? He also holds the record for the most sac flies while Jupiter is in Venus’s seventh house.

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  11. BVS

    Edwin:
    Rice in limbo,

    I thought we already filled out the old lovable clown veteran roster spot with Jon Jay?

    Nope. Jon Jay fills the clubhouse leadership and mediator role. I hear he has a judicious personality.

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    berselius

    I saw some post(s?) at BN today that seemed to imply that Jay and Almora will get most of the playing time in CF, with no mention at all of Heyward. Has Maddon or the FO commented on any of this? It seems pretty surprising that they would cut into Baez’s playing time after the end of last season. Joe mixes and matches but I am guessing the most frequent OF alignment is War Bear, Heyward, Zobrist

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  13. dmick89

    berselius,

    I guess I assumed when they signed Jay that they intended to use the platoon in CF. I’m not sure anything has been said, but given Heyward’s issues at the plate in 2016, I’d be surprised if the Cubs ask him to play regularly in CF. I think they want him to be as comfortable as possible and that’s going to be in RF. I hope you’re right though.

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  14. SK

    If you want an example of Al’s self-centeredness, look no further than the Acknowledgements section of the book. Typically, this is where the author expresses their thanks and gratitude for help with research on the book. Al, on the other hand, notes that Rob Neyer sat at a game with him during the season and writes “I’m glad you got to experience a game with me…”
    No. Al doesn’t thank Rob for sitting with him at a game and talking a little baseball. He says Rob Freaking Meyer was lucky to have had a chance to sit with HIM, Al Yellon.
    Are you kidding me?

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  15. SK

    Joe is playing around with the word “authenticity” as part of his annual team slogan/mission statement. It’s kind of a trendy word lately. I think it originally comes from the art world, where the thought goes that “authenticity is more important than originality”. I agree with that idea, but I’d rather he came up with something else for the base ball squadron. It does not really apply in this context nor does it roll off the tongue.

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  16. dmick89

    berselius,

    I don’t know. We apparently reached Peak TV a few years ago even though the number of tv shows continues to rise. So I’m thinking Peak Alvin has at least a 5 year window. 8 years of Trump could really drive the man mad so maybe that will be the only good thing that could come from the next 4-8 years.

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  17. SK

    dmick89,

    It occurred to me this morning that yes, I’ll probably still be making fun of Alvin when I’m what used to be considered retirement age (I expect him to outlive us all).

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  18. dmick89

    SK,

    I hope the Cubs win the World Series every year the rest of my life and then I hope they go another 108 years without one so Alvin can actually live through 108 years without a championship. I figure he’ll write two books about that team.

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  19. EnricoPallazzo

    BVS:
    dmick89,

    Maybe after their 5th consecutive WS win Al will lose interest.

    i am curious to see what happens with people like yellon and his ilk. i think a huge number of them will lose all interest now that “tortured cubs fan” is no longer a valid archetype with which they can identify.

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  20. BVS

    Here Joe Posnanski talks about Larry Walker’s HOF case. But the fun part is the comment by Marco about 8th down, where he reports on one of the OV cons:

    One of my fondest baseball memories involves Larry Walker. On a sunny day at Wrigley, two guys sitting close to me in the bleachers brought an almanac with them to the ballpark. They spent the *entire* game quizzing Walker on facts and figures about Canada. (“Which province grows the greatest amount of Canada’s wheat? Saskatchewan, Larry, c’mon!”) Walker was good natured about the whole thing. He turned around and offered guesses, shrugged his shoulders at the ones he didn’t know, laughed along with us. He came off as a down to earth, likable guy.

    Which one of you had that great idea?

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  21. Smokestack Lightning

    Tyson Ross ——————–> Rangers

    David Ross ——————–> Cubs (Special Assistant to the Regional Manager Baseball Ops)

    This concludes all Ross-related transactions for the day.

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  22. Wenningtons Gorilla Cock

    Rice in limbo: That’s a fun story, probably one of the few perks of sitting in the bleachers.

    I sat in the bleachers for a game in 1999 against the Cardinals. JD Drew was playing CF (or RF, I can’t remember). One drunk old guy started yelling “Drew! Drew! Drew!” for every inning he was out there, over and over again, until Drew finally turned around after a few innings and yelled “WHAT?!” Everybody within hearing distance immediately shut up and waited for the old guy’s response. The old guy yelled back “You hillbilly!” There was a moment of silence as I think everybody was trying to process WTF just happened and then started laughing hysterically. That was what they guy was dying to yell at him? It was so absurd and dumb that it is my favorite experience in the bleachers.

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  23. Wenningtons Gorilla Cock

    SK: It occurred to me this morning that yes, I’ll probably still be making fun of Alvin when I’m what used to be considered retirement age (I expect him to outlive us all).

    Does Al have children?

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  24. EnricoPallazzo

    Wenningtons Gorilla Cock: I sat in the bleachers for a game in 1999 against the Cardinals. JD Drew was playing CF (or RF, I can’t remember). One drunk old guy started yelling “Drew! Drew! Drew!” for every inning he was out there, over and over again, until Drew finally turned around after a few innings and yelled “WHAT?!” Everybody within hearing distance immediately shut up and waited for the old guy’s response. The old guy yelled back “You hillbilly!” There was a moment of silence as I think everybody was trying to process WTF just happened and then started laughing hysterically. That was what they guy was dying to yell at him? It was so absurd and dumb that it is my favorite experience in the bleachers.

    this is an excellent story and i plan on stealing it.

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  25. Perkins

    So the Cubs are apparently having a contest for fans to get the chance to present a World Series ring to one of the players during the ring ceremony on April 12th.

    While I’m sure there will be many examples of grown-ass adults debasing themselves for this, I’m especially keen to see Alvin’s entry. I’m betting there’s no way he’d let something like this pass him by.

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  26. Perkins

    SK,

    Probably not. He’s already a walking caricature of all the worst traits of Cubs fans, so I guess one more thing wouldn’t be any worse.

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  27. Ryno

    Edwin:
    Is Deshaun Watson a decent NFL qb prospect?

    Haven’t started watching QBs yet, so I’m not sure. At first glance, he has a chance. Flashes good arm strength, pocket presence and can create outside structure, Questionable decisions at times.

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  28. Ryno

    berselius:
    Ryno, are there any late round DBs that you could see the Packers taking?

    I’ve only watched Tabor at this point (who’s REALLY good, btw), so I don’t have any names at the moment. I do know this is a really good draft for DBS (maybe the best in a decade), so it’s a good year to need one or two.

    The CB pairs from Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and Washington all look good at first glance. At least a handful of intriguing S options also.

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  29. Ryno

    Meanwhile the 49ers are about to get dissed by Josh McDaniels, leaving them a 50-50 chance of having Tom Cable as a coach next year. And if they hire cable, I’ll totally turn my back on them like I did the Cubs until last season.

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  30. Ryno

    Ryno:
    Meanwhile the 49ers are about to get dissed by Josh McDaniels, leaving them a 50-50 chance of having Tom Cable as a coach next year.

    If Kyle Shanahan “bows out” of the search too…

    What does it say when two offensive coordinators say “Thanks but no thanks” to your head coaching job?

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  31. Wenningtons Gorilla Cock

    Ryno: What does it say when two offensive coordinators say “Thanks but no thanks” to your head coaching job?

    Your organization is wonderful and I am not worthy of it?

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  32. Perkins

    Danny Duffy ——> 5/$65MM extension from the Royals

    I’d have been interested to see the Cubs make a push for him if he’d hit free agency.

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  33. Ryno

    Edwin: DeShaun Watson

    I still haven’t watched him closely yet, but I did want to give my current opinion on him…

    I scouted Dak last year and saw flashes of what he was this season for Dallas. He also looked undraftable at times. I think what made him successful (besides having a top OL and the best rushing attack to lean on) is football instincts. I know it’s a vague-sounding quality, but it covers how quickly he picked up the DAL offense and how intelligently he plays QB. That and the fact that the DAL coaches worked a miracle on his mechanics.

    Anyway, I feel like Watson has that quality also. I think he makes more questionable decisions at times, but he seems to know what he needs to do to make his team successful. I also think he has a better arm than Dak.

    So in limited viewing, I still think Watson is the top QB in this draft and I’d probably take him over anyone in last year’s draft also. We’ll see if that holds up after a closer look.

    I’m also really interested in seeing more of Kizer. I only watched him play against Texas, but the anticipation he showed was unbelievable. Add in the measurables and he looked like the best QB prospect in a few years. Apparently that’s the only time he looked like that this year, though.

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  34. Wenningtons Gorilla Cock

    SK: First and last time I ever watched the WH.gov video channel

    After 10:00 it’s 18 and over, as programming gets a little blue.

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  35. Ryno

    berselius:
    Ryno,

    Sounds like they are going to offer Shanahan.

    There’s still time for ownership to fuck it up, but I’m optimistic. He was, I think, the best available coaching candidate. I like the GM options reported as well.

    berselius:
    Ryno,

    Wasn’t Cable a disaster in Oakland, or am I misremembering?

    I think Cable was pretty much a disaster as a coach and a human being.

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  36. Perkins

    EnricoPallazzo,

    The maximum time on the ballot was changed a few years back from 15 to 10. Anyone already on the ballot for 10 or more years got grandfathered, but people with less than 10 on the ballot at that point were subject to the new rule.

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  37. EnricoPallazzo

    eh even if you remove PEDs, corked bat, etc from the equation, i still don’t think the case for sosa is all that strong. i could be convinced either way but i also don’t really give a fuck about the HOF anymore.

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  38. Edwin

    EnricoPallazzo,

    Seriously though, I understand the case for him not being in. As a player who ended up being mostly a Bat First corner OF, his bat probably wasn’t good enough, compared to his peers. But I feel like the one thing he has going in his favor is that he did reach 600+ career HR, and is (I think) the only player to hit 60+ HR in a season 3 times. I know that steroids or some other substance might have played a part, but since I find it impossible to know how much of an impact it actually made, I tend to just accept everyone’s numbers as they are.

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  39. Ryno

    So it sounds like SF asked CHI if they could try to bring Vic Fangio back as DC.

    It’s also been reported that Adam Gase agreed to replace Harbauch as SF’s coach in 2015, but apparently he backed out when SF’s owner told him Tomsula would replace Fangio as DC.

    I keep telling myself that this kind of thing happens when your team’s owner is 5 years old and that things will get better when he grows up.

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    berselius

    Rice in limbo:
    Edwin,

    I’m okay with Sammy not being in HOF, but feel his number should be retired regardless.

    Same here, though I don’t really care about the HOF anymore anyway. I’d much rather see him at Wrigley Field.

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