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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Cubs - Called up Grieve

Chicago Cubs - Purchased the contract of OF Ben Grieve; optioned 2B Mike Fontenot to Iowa.

With Ronny Cedeno just called up and his Neifiness entrenched as a starter somewhere every damn game while he’s a Cub, Hendry got a more useful player on the team.  Dubois lucked into a start today (Dusty couldn’t figure out if it was i before e or e before i on the lineup card, so he just said #### it).  Mr. Dubois only went 2-3 (clutch players go 3-3) and will probably end up returning to being the last non-catcher pinch-hitter.  Dusty doesn’t like choices and having both Grieve and Dubois on the bench is really, really confusing.

Dan Szymborski Posted: April 24, 2005 at 01:51 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: April 24, 2005 at 03:31 AM (#1283510)
Mr. Dubois only went 2-3 (clutch players go 3-3) and will probably end up returning to being the last non-catcher pinch-hitter.

You left out the best part. With a runner on 2nd and 1 out in the 8th -- the Cubs clinging to a 3-2 lead at the time -- Dusty yanked Dubois in favor of Jose "1 for 14, so I must have pictures of someone" Macias. Who promptly hit a roller to SS that was so weak that the runner was able to advance by the time the ball reached the infielder.

Macias -- productive out king.

And I have no doubt that this pushes Dubois back toward the end of the bench, though I'm sure he's still ahead of Cedeno, who's even less proven than Dubois, by like 20 ABs. I applaud the promotion of Grieve, though, if only because he represents an actual pinch hitting threat as opposed to whatever it is Macias is supposed to be.

It doesn't mean that the Winburglar won't turn to Macias any time the game is on the line, of course. But Grieve is easy to type quickly when I'm frothing and ranting, so I appreciate that. Along those lines, I hope the Cubs never trade for Doug <strike>Mienckiwicz</strike> <strike>Meindickhurtz</strike> <strike>Makemeasandwich</strike> Minky.
   2. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 24, 2005 at 03:47 AM (#1283522)
Meindickhurtz. I like that one. I wish we came up with it last season.
   3. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: April 24, 2005 at 04:06 AM (#1283550)
Meindickhurtz. I like that one. I wish we came up with it last season.

Never would have happened. The only good Red Sox Chatter nickname from last year was Big Stupid Swing. That was a great nickname. Would have applied nicely to Ruben Sierra.
   4. Cabbage Posted: April 24, 2005 at 04:43 AM (#1283589)
My poor brother had to listen to me rant for about 5 minutes after Dusty pulled Dubois for Macias.

I was liable to kill someone.

Did anyone ask about it at the post-game press confrence?
   5. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: April 24, 2005 at 04:47 AM (#1283594)
Did anyone ask about it at the post-game press confrence?

Not that I see. All the news seems to be about Hawkins losing the closer job.
   6. Dan The Mediocre Posted: April 24, 2005 at 05:06 AM (#1283604)
I see that Winburgler has caught on for Dusty.
   7. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: April 24, 2005 at 05:19 AM (#1283615)
I see that Winburgler has caught on for Dusty.

I saw you posted that at the end of the game, and I liked it. So I'm promoting its use.

He needs the little black striped shirt, mask, and big-rimmed black hat and cape. It'd be the perfect ensemble to wear to the mound to remove Hawkins after another blown save.
   8. Dan The Mediocre Posted: April 24, 2005 at 05:25 AM (#1283618)
He needs the little black striped shirt, mask, and big-rimmed black hat and cape. It'd be the perfect ensemble to wear to the mound to remove Hawkins after another blown save.

Catch phrase: "struggle struggle"
   9. chris p Posted: April 24, 2005 at 05:49 AM (#1283625)
mient-kie-wicz. it's not that hard to spell.

Never would have happened. The only good Red Sox Chatter nickname from last year was Big Stupid Swing. That was a great nickname. Would have applied nicely to Ruben Sierra.

the most retarded thing on primer is when yankee chatterers attach ™ to all their lame nicknames.

The thing is, the Red Sox players don't really need nicknames.
   10. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 24, 2005 at 05:56 AM (#1283627)
mient-kie-wicz. it's not that hard to spell.

Uh, no kidding. It doesn't mean we can't joke about it.
   11. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:06 AM (#1283633)
The thing is, the Red Sox players don't really need nicknames.

Which is why Orlando Cabrera was referred to (terribly creatively) as "The OC" during the post-season run last year?
   12. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:12 AM (#1283635)
I tried to coin The White Flag for Pedro Astacio, but it's hard to get a nickname to stick when a guy only appears 3 or so times.
   13. chris p Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:16 AM (#1283637)
the OC was good. what's wrong with that? it's better then ICR&tradde;
   14. chris p Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:18 AM (#1283639)
the thing about nicknames, is that they have to be good. the yankee chatterers come up with dozens and dozens of lame nicknames. And becuase they know that their nicknames can't stand up on their own, they add the ™ to them to try to convince themselves that they have made a funny.
   15. chris p Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:19 AM (#1283640)
mientkiewicz mispelling jokes are more played out than steroids threads.
   16. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: April 24, 2005 at 06:27 AM (#1283641)
the thing about nicknames, is that they have to be good. the yankee chatterers come up with dozens and dozens of lame nicknames. And becuase they know that their nicknames can't stand up on their own, they add the ™ to them to try to convince themselves that they have made a funny.

I thought "The OC" was too obvious. I also just don't much care for a flat reference like that. But, really, the entire nickname thing is silly. That's the point. I think you're taking this too seriously. It's just goofin'. My initial comment wasn't meant to be taken seriously at all. I was really just trying to pick on Biff, as is my wont.
   17. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: April 24, 2005 at 11:15 PM (#1285096)
Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight Fight

Over a god damn nickname. Fun ####### stuff.
   18. Dr Love Posted: April 24, 2005 at 11:30 PM (#1285115)
I tried to coin The White Flag for Pedro Astacio

That was Rheal Cormier's nickname 3 years ago.
   19. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: April 25, 2005 at 05:00 PM (#1286233)
I'm still laughin' over a guy who called in to a radio show back in 1984 and tagged the White Sox' relief corps "Alfornia Jones and the Bullpen of Doom". They weren't really that bad, but the year after you won 99 games, you really shouldn't go under .500, so we were all depressed.
   20. Artie Ziff Posted: July 25, 2005 at 03:31 AM (#1495806)
Thank God no nicknames invented here ever stick for real. That would be sad.

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