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Posts tagged "offseason"

Thoughts About Windows

Thoughts About Windows
Cubs Convention opened this weekend with the usual pomp and circumstance, but there was not the same substance to this celebration as years past. The team is still a very good despite the incomplete grade for the offseason. The team had a World Series trophy to show off last Cubs Convention, and the two years... Read more »

The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »

On Trading Depth for Pitching

On Trading Depth for Pitching
One of the more pervasive assumptions about this offseason is that the Cubs are going to have to trade from their major league roster in order to fill holes in the rotation and bullpen. They do have needs in both of these areas and are currently not well-equipped to address them with what’s on the... Read more »
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Anarchists' Brunch: It's Hard To Pivot

Anarchists' Brunch: It's Hard To Pivot
There are a lot of things we're getting used to for the first time. Like, seeing MLB Network is rerunning the World Series and realizing, "Hey, we played and won that!" And of course sitting down for at least 20 minutes to watch some of it. Because it doesn't get any worse upon review, whatever your feelings on how this week went in the world. And then there's the start of the hot stove season. We used to look upon this with great excitement. We couldn't wait to read the rumors of how the Cubs were going to change and try to be better for the following season. Especially the last few years when we knew we had really smart guys making the decisions (not that all of them have been perfect), reading up on what their plans might be always provided hope. But now... well it's clear I don't feel the same way...

Anarchists Lunch: Jake's Rake

Anarchists Lunch: Jake's Rake
Now that we've delved fully into free agent frenzy, we're all dreaming of what pieces are coming and awaiting the excitement of that first announcement of a Cubs move. Everyone wins in November and December, right? There certainly seems to be the equal amount of smoke around David Price as there was Jon Lester last year, but that doesn't mean he's for sure coming here (he totally is). We're throwing around trade rumors and getting prematurely heartbroken when one of our favorites feels like he's going away and already trying to talk yourself down and tell yourself that it's ok based on what's rumored to be coming back. It's like preparing for grief. It's strange, this baseball fandom thing. And yet, I'm one of those who's trying to figure out how the pieces fit (I know the pieces fit... I know the pieces fit). I wonder if we aren't in for a surprise or two, not this winter but in the ones to come. Let me try and show you...

Anarchists Brunch - The Never Ending Season

From the winter of 2002-2003, until about somewhere in 2010, feels like one constant baseball season to me. There wasn't an offseason and a regular season, it was all just one continuous din of noise. That winter, when I was a senior in college (yep, that old) is when the Cubs hired Dusty Baker. Back then, we didn't know he was a complete idiot and basically a health hazard to the Cubs' young pitchers or that he would manage the big moments with either both hands around his own neck or with a blindfold on or both. All we knew is that the Cubs were serious about winning, had a team that looked like it could compete, and enough youth in the rotation at least that they might be able to do so for more than one year. And it never stopped from there. As soon as one season ended began the furor over what the Cubs would do over the winter to be better the next season and then anticipation for spring training when those moves were made. The Cubs were seemingly never out of focus. They really only had one season completely out of it in that stretch, which was 2006, and that was followed by Dusty being whacked, the team put up for sale, the hiring of Lou, and the free agent binge to end all free agent binges. Our anticipation and angst never stopped. The World Series that went on without us was merely an obstacle until free agency and the winter meetings began. Something to be gotten out of the way. And we're there again...
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