Thursday, October 13, 2011

First Order of Business: Sign Chet Steadman!

Fudgesicles > Pudding Pops
Is it possible to talk about baseball doins-a-transpirin’ without mentioning either of the two championship series? Well, we’re going to give it a shot because the off-field is more interesting and also no one of significance still cares about the games. There are two topics that I want to discuss today actually. First up is how much Brad Penny and Judson Birdshit look alike. They are practically twins! I’m sorry, that wasn’t one of them.

*Theo Epstein is leaving one terrible franchise for another
I guess him leaving Boston should come as no surprise since he is the guy that signed JD Drew, Crawford, and John Lackey. The luster was starting to wear off the “delicate genius”. He had to pay for those deals. But taking your talents to Wrigley? Whew, that is sort of a lot to digest. I mean, he had to make a move soon. You don’t want to end up like Billy Beane where after a few years, no one wants you anymore. Theo couldn’t really accomplish much more in Boston anyway. He won 2 f’n World Series in that town! He’d done enough. I sort of get the feeling, as the dysfunction of the 2011 Red Sox keeps trickling out (drinking beers during games!), Theo is right to get out of there now. By the way, the Red Sox are about to be a dumpster fire again because there is NO ONE out there that can compare to Francona and Theo. Eat shit, Jeff.

So why take the Cubs job? Clearly, he has an ego and believes that his magic touch can cure all. Maybe he’s right, I don’t know. If he were able to field a team that ended curses in both Boston and Chicago, holy shit, he would be God. Not a God, THEE God. And it’s not like Jim Hendry left big shoes to fill anyway…except for maybe his clown shoes that he’d worn everyday for years.

But the Cubs GM gig is an awful job. It really is. There are MAYBE 5 guys on the roster that you can build a successful team around. The dead weight on that team could (insert snappy analogy that currently escapes me). Other than Castro, there are zero prospects in the organization. I mean, seriously, have the Cubs put a dime into development over the past decade? Once they brought up Kerry Wood and Mark Prior it’s like they decided to call it quits. They are pretty much stuck with their roster until these god awful contracts run out. Mike Quade still needs to be fired, too (maybe hire Paul Konerko!). This franchise, even with good management now, is still going to SUCK for another 4 or 5 years. That is a fact. I would suggest for Cubs fans to be patient but what’s another 5 years when you’ve waited 103 (and counting!) anyway? In conclusion, great hire…but still mountains of shit to blow up on the north side of town.

*Wait—what? The Reds are shopping Joey Votto?
This is one of the sad realizations in baseball: a small market team hits a home run in the draft, cultivates that guy into an MVP, but ultimately can’t afford him beyond his rookie contract. It sucks, but that’s life. Votto is due for a massive pay raise soon (18-20 mill per year) but the Reds can’t do that with their 75-80 million budget. It makes no sense for them financially but at least they have that Alonso guy coming up as a replacement. Buster Olney (who I love by the way) doesn’t say that the Reds are actively seeking trade partners, but they are listening to those that call. Interesting. It’s not everyday when a guy with that kind of talent comes available. I heard Buster say that the Yankees are interested in him as a RF. WTF? You know though, there isn’t that much room out there in right and with Posada’s 10 mill coming off the books and possibly not picking up Swish’s option, there’s your Votto money/extension. The Reds would probably want Montero, Banuelos, and Nova though. I don’t think so, Tim. I’m one of the few Yankees fans out there that wants us to stop spending money and start developing the next CORE FOUR. But here are a few destinations where I think Votto could land along with trade scenarios:

Anaheim: Ervin Santana, Mike Trout, etc.
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner, Jonathan Sanchez, and Brandon Belt
Washington: They have an assload of sick prospects…maybe something based around Drew Storen
Toronto: Ricky Romero and Brett Lawrie, etc.

I think the Jays deal is almost too perfect. Joey is Canadian. The Jays have a ton of money to spend in a 4th largest market. Lawrie is going to be a stud 3B and thus makes Rolen expendable. Votto and Bautista back-to-back would be a goddamn nightmare. Romero and Cueto is a pretty nasty young front end of the rotation (could go toe-to-toe with Carpenter/Wainwright). Tell me how this doesn’t make sense, I dare you! Yeah, that about covers it for today. If you want to talk about either series, fire away. I don’t particularly give a shit. I just wanted to hit a few relatively huge stories in the world of baseball.

By the way, Hulk Hogan was on The Herd yesterday (for some reason) and called the host “Colin Cowhead”. Still a legend…

21 comments:

Grumpy said...

It's football season. That is all.

GMoney said...

I just looked at the calendar and you're right!

Sit down, shut your fucking mouth, and enjoy Tigers Elimination Day.

Does Rod Allen see Nelson Cruz? Inquiring minds want to know!

By the way, I ran into Egg Lady making her breakfast again this morning. Gross.

Anonymous said...

There is honestly nothing better than watching Valverde get rocked last night - especially when it was by their 6 and 7 hitters.

Seal

Anonymous said...

Oh and Drew - save your awesome comebacks's where you call me a faggot or something else completely irrelevant to the sports world.

Seal

Anonymous said...

Seal...you know what's more awesome? Watching your own team in teh playoffs. You are like a MAC football fan...just picking which bigger badder older brother to root against cuz' you suck.

Also....you are still a faggot and last time I checked there were no out of the closet homos currently in pro sports, so that is relevant since your opinion on sports should not matter.

Grumpy's panties are in a bunch today.

Theo signing was a great move. You are correct though that their farm system is completely baren of even remotely good prospects. They should have given him a 10 year deal or something to be fair.

--Drew

GMoney said...

You are like a MAC football fan...just picking which bigger badder older brother to root against cuz' you suck.
GO ILLINI!!!

Don't worry about Drew, Seal, he is a part of a fanbase that gave Brandon Inge a curtain call last night for some reason. He's one of them REAL fans!!!

I have a tough time calling the Theo signing a great move only because the Cubs don't make great moves.

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Anonymous said...

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GMoney said...

Hmmmmm...I see the spammers got up early this morning. I guess everybody's fired up about the Tigers last game this afternoon.

The Iceman said...

Those are the wise words I expect out of a grizzled vet such as yourself, Grumpy. I concur.

Drew makes me hate the Tigers. And the Lions. And I really, really, really wanted to like the Tigers and Lions.

Prime99 said...

If the Cubs getting Theo wasn't a great move, then there really wasn't a possible hire that would be considered great. They got a relatively young GM with experience building a farm system at a big budget team that was also once "cursed." I don't think the Cubs could have signed anyone better.

It will be interesting to see if Theo can unload any of those awful contracts. Trading Zambrano to the Red Sox would be hilarious!

The Iceman said...

By the way...great Rookie of the Year reference G$. Busey is one of the worst fake pitchers of all time.

GMoney said...

Worst fake pitcher of all-time = Hog Ellis from Major League 3. He couldn't even throw.

Anonymous said...

Does Ape ever show his face around here anymore?

A Yankees fan making fun of another team for curtain calls. Now THAT is hilarious.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

Oh...and FUCK YOU GIVEAWAY SCOUT.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

On the topic of other terrible football season sports, shout out to Flyer fans for booing cancer last night.

Ide

GMoney said...

Additional props to the over 10K empty seats at Nationwide Arena last night which ended up being the smallest crowd in CBJ history. STOP BEING TERRIBLE, JACKETS, AND PEOPLE WILL SHOW UP.

0 for 20 on the PP this year...even Joe Bauserman thinks that that is awful.

Prime99 said...

Also, the Giants won't trade for Votto. They are pussies and horde pitchers like a creepy ex-military guy waiting in his bunker for the batting apocalypse. It is SHOCKING that they traded Zack Wheeler midseason, but I have to believe they think he will end up sucking.

GMoney said...

I don't think that the Reds would do it because he becomes a free agent next summer and they wouldn't be able to afford him, BUT, Votto for Matt Cain straight up makes a ton of sense if you don't care about financials (like the Mets).

By the way, all of these rumors coming out of RED SAWX NATION are hilarious. Tito was an addict! Beckett is addicted to chicken skins! Ellsbury was hated because he was the only one trying but wasn't vocal enough!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I feel like I have to comment today because you talked some Reds baseball. I think the Reds keep Votto this year. He actually has two years left on his contract. Next year they owe him $9 million. Not to bad of a contract for a MVP candidate. The next year it goes to $17 million.

I think they make a trade or a move this year to try and win it next year. (By it I mean the Central) If they do not win they definetly try and move him next year. Now if they completely suck next year they could move him at the trade deadline.

Anonymous said...

Sorry that last comment was from Hoffman