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All-Decade Team

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Stole an idea from Cardinals blog C70, an All-Decade Cubs team, this should be rather easy.

Catcher: Geovany Soto. Obviously Soto won Rookie of the Year in 2008, but more importantly he handled the pitching staff well in ’08, as well as showing the guy has some pop in his bat. After a disappointing season last year, he’s going into spring training this year with 40 pounds off his stomach.

First Base: Derrek Lee. Lee arguably could have won MVP in 2005, .335/46/107. Lee’s been the Cubs anchor at first base most of the decade, saving many shitty throws from Theriot, two time gold glover as a Cub.

Second Base: Mark Derosa, aka the best utility player ever! Second base has been a revoloving door the past decade. When Dero wasn’t playing second base you would be able to find him wherever the Cubs needed him. He always came to play. Chicago missed him in 2009.

Shortstop: Easy pick, Alex Gonzalez. I hate Theriot, plain and simple.

Third Base: Aramis Ramirez. A-Ram has been the most consistant Cub this past decade. If there was one person who I would want when we need the big hit, Ramirez is the guy to get it done.

Left Field: Moises Alou. Had a hard time with this decision, but Soriano plays a poor outfield and has yet to live up to the great expectations he came with.

Center Field: Corey Patterson. The kid had a lot of expectations as the Cubs pumped him through the system too fast. He had a remarkable first half in 2003, but had to miss the rest of the year due to an injury. In just 83 games he managed 298/13/55. Its too bad things didn’t work out for Corey.

Right Field: Sammy Sosa. There is no way I was going to pick against him. Althouht my choices were limited to Fukodome and Burnitz.

Starting Pitcher: Carlos Zambrano. Big Z is basically one of my favorite players to watch ever. Although, not being the most consistent, which is obviously Ted Lilly, when Zambrano is on he is unhittable; just ask the 2008 Houston Astros.

Relief Pitcher: Carlos Marmol. He’s the filthiest pitcher in the game.

Manager: Dusty Baker. I hate Lou, soon enough you guys will find out why.

Hawks an Expo

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The Hall of Fame really fucked up by not letting Andre Dawson in as a Cub, but as a Montreal Expo. A freakin Expo, is this some kind of lame joke? The hall messed up because there is money to be made as him going in as a Cub. Are there even still Expo fans? Okay okay, I’m sure the two who cared that their team moved to D.C. will show up to support the Hawk, compared to the millions of Cubs fan world wide.

It was no secret that Dawson wanted to go in as a Cub, so what’s the point to not honoring a great player’s request? It’s a real shame that his request wasn’t respected or granted.

The Hawk did put up slightly better numbers as an Expo but do those slightly better numbers out beat an MVP as a Cub? I don’t think so, I think an MVP award or winning a World Series destroys slightly numbers any day of the week.

You could read about the Hawks disappointment here.

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January 28, 2010 at 2:18 am

Nady a Cub

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Well Xavier Nady isn’t quite the guy I wanted the Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry to sign as a backup outfielder.

One year with potentially making 5 million after incentives, and if he could repeat his 2008 season with .305/25/97 then I guess it’s a good bargain, considering the Cubs paid Milton Bradley 10 million just to cause trouble and suck last season.

Nady could also be the Cubs a backup first baseman, something the organization currently doesn’t have, well until now.

As of now I would still take Dye or Gomes over Nady, but hopefully Hendry proves me wrong…for the record he hasn’t yet. And if this is the best Hendry could do this offseason we’re gonna be in for a long one this year.

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January 27, 2010 at 1:21 am

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Valid argument for PED users

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I’m a frequent reader of the Chicago Cubs Message Board on cubs.com, and a question was asked “Would you forgive Sammy for his steroids?”

It’s a pretty interesting question, as it seems that Cardinal fans seemed to forgive Mark McGwire at a Cardinals promotional event. But I think that is the difference between Cubs fans and Cardinal fans, well at least that’s what it seems stereotypically that they are the “classiest fans in baseball”.

I don’t mean to get sidetracked here, but obviously McGwire’s and Sosa’s names are synonymous with one another. I think Cubs fan won’t be as forgiving to Sosa if he came out to admit he took performance enhancing drugs.

However, I would forgive him. I’m not going to make the cliché argument that Sosa and McGwire saved baseball in the summer of ’98, I was only 14 then and was just as naïve as a 42 year old adult being sucked into the drama, everybody loved it.

You really can’t take Mac’s, Sosa’s, Bonds, etc. name away from the record books and here is why:

I could make the argument that Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx homeruns don’t count if one is to say that McGwire’s, Sosa’s, and Bonds homeruns don’t count. That goes the same for any record pre 1947, due to racial segregation in Major League Baseball. The white greats before 1947 weren’t really going against what could have been the best, example Satchel Paige. Paige never got a Major League opportunity until he was 42 years old to play against those greats. I’m not saying that Ruth and them wouldn’t have been great as they were, but would they have been just as good going against the Negro League pitching?

If Josh Gibson hit 962 homeruns in the Negro Leagues I believe his name would definitely surpass Ruth in the record books.

It’s not easy to forget baseball past as it surrounds our loved sport and now my hero’s growing up names are linked to the hero’s of my dad and grandfathers, and its not fair for the older generation to say that the game was stained, when baseball at a professional level has always been stained.

Even though I may forgive Sosa and understand why he took steroids, I wouldn’t cheer and applaud the man, because deep down it hurts and feels like my favorite baseball season was all a sham.

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January 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Cubs stay in Arizona, the Cubs would Dye without help in outfield

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Well it looks like the Cubs will be staying in Mesa, Arizona for the next 25 years. Apparently Chicago will get a new $84 million dollar complex out of the deal.

What’s pretty cool out of this deal is that the Cubs will have the final say in the design. But, I wonder what the people in Arizona have to say about this, especially when it comes down to tax payer money.

Hopefully when the deal is all said and done the Cubs will start looking like a professional ball club going into April.

Chicago is also seeking a fourth outfielder. Former Cub Reed Johnson is available, for some odd reason I wasn’t a Johnson fan the past two years when he played for Chicago. I’m not into the whole “scrappy white guy” player. Yea, Johnson did play his role and got the job done, but I don’t know, just wasn’t good enough for me, I guess.

I would rather have a corner outfielder with some pop…Jermaine Dye.

Some interesting stats from last season to look at:

Jermaine Dye: .250/27/81

Alfonso Soriano: .241/20/55

Grant it that Dye did play 27 more games than Soriano last season, but hey, in the end the numbers don’t lie. Maybe if the Cubs sign Dye to a one year deal it would light some fire under Fukodome’s and Soriano’s ass.

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January 24, 2010 at 2:06 am

Cubs eyeing Sheets

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With the Cubs being 1 of 15 baseball clubs looking at Pitcher Ben Sheets, he may be quite tough to obtain this season. Sheets threw three sessions yesterday in front of scouts. The first 20 pitches he pitched fastballs topping at 92 mph, the second session he threw 20 curveballs (which a major league scout said “has plus Major League stuff”), and the third session his fastball topped just at 88 mph.

Throwing 92 mph at Major League level isn’t all that impressive, and topping just at 88 after 40 pitches isn’t anything to brag about. But, one important factor we have to remember is he is coming off elbow surgery, so to still throw a great curveballs is something to brag about. Deceiving the hitter is more important than just throwing heat, which in time Sheets will eventually gain back with arm strength.

It’s rumored Sheets is seeking between 12-15 million, not quite sure about length of contract, maybe two years tops. I believe the Cubs could afford a 15 million dollar contract, however it should all be incentive based. The Cubs can’t afford to guarantee Sheets 15 million just for him to be on the DL all season. Sheets would also give the Cubs some cushion in the rotation especially with Ted Lilly starting the season on the DL.

Chicago has also offered starting shortstop Ryan Theriot 2,600,000 which is more than enough for his awful job at shortstop. However, Theriot took the Cubs to Salary Arbitation and is asking 3,400,000. Chicago shouldn’t give him anything; he is the worst shortstop in the Major Leagues.

Theriot lacks defensive skills, arm strength, and rubs the base paths like a pregnant woman.

Isn’t Tejada a free agent? That’s who the Cubs should be looking at, and tell Theriot that a mitt the size of my (well you know) couldn’t help him with his lack of defensive capabilities.

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January 20, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Hangin’ up the flag

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It’s safe to assume that most Cub fans know the meaning behind the old ‘W’ flag. But, for those who don’t let me be the first to explain.

After every home game at Wrigley Field the Cubs hang up a flag, either a ‘W’ for a win, or an ‘L’ for a loss. It was meant for people coming home from work on the El to know the outcome of the Cubs game. The Cubs hang it high on the Wrigley Field classic scoreboard.

Hence my blogs name: The Win Flag.

My mind is constantly thinking Chicago Cubs baseball; it feels somewhat of a very painful, long lasting, never ending, why wasn’t I born a Cardinal or White Sox fan disease.

I don’t think I need to point out any credentials for my history as a Cubs fan. I’ll keep it short and sweet; this blog isn’t about me, but about the Cubs.

I was born in 1983 on the NW side of Chicago, but I feel like an old 26 year old. My family has held season tickets since the 2001 season, so I attend many games as possible, but often difficult due to work, but I watch every Cubs game, this includes attending one or two away games every year. I am also, let me stress this as much as possible, the most emotional Cubs fan I know. Emotional not like I cry after a loss, but get really angry and question Cubs management or coaching decisions any chance I get. There needs to be accountability in the organization, and in my life as a Cubs fan I have yet to see accountability.

I’ll save a rant like this for tomorrow.

A ‘W’ for myself for starting this Cubs blog.

Questions, comments, or advice is appreciated, and I look forward to being a part of the blog community.

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January 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

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