Category: Non-Cubs Baseball

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Rice Cube's Road Trip: AT&T Park

Rice Cube's Road Trip: AT&T Park
This is the last week we will spend in California as I have to go back home to Chicago to start up work again.  On Wednesday, we decided to head up to the Bay Area one last time to visit my side of the family, and on our way we elected to go through San... Read more »

My First Baseball Game

My First Baseball Game
My first direct memory of baseball was not with the Chicago Cubs, but with the Oakland Athletics, one of the teams in my home territory of Northern California.  This probably explains why I was so disappointed when the A’s crapped out in the 2014 playoffs, and also why I was thrilled when the San Francisco... Read more »

Jon Lester will learn to crochet before he decides on a team

Jon Lester will learn to crochet before he decides on a team
In between teaching (finals are coming up) and the lack of news (other than the Chicago Cubs basically giving the rooftops the finger again), and Dabs actually blogging for the first time in OMG I LOST COUNT, we’re still no closer to seeing who will win the epic poker game between the Cubs and the... Read more »
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As the Shark Turns....(Update: Or not?)

As the Shark Turns....(Update: Or not?)
Mere months after being traded to the Oakland Athletics to drive that club’s failed postseason push, former Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija looks to be on the move again:   AL source says A’s are involved in multi-player deal. On verge of trading big piece for three or four players. — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) November 29,... Read more »

We sure could use some news, eh?

We sure could use some news, eh?
Today actually didn’t suck, and in many ways I think the school I work for does things so much better than other schools in Chicago.  Obviously things could be better (I’d prefer not to have to keep students from trying to kill each other) but compared to some other stories I’ve hard in CPS schools,... Read more »

Oscar Taveras and the Infinite Sadness

Oscar Taveras and the Infinite Sadness
I’ll admit that I was going to make my triumphant return the other night. I had what the world really needed which was yet another blistering hot take about Joe Maddon, but thankfully I left it unfinished before going to bed. Sadly I was busy during game 5 of the World Series, and so I... Read more »
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What the what? Joe Maddon leaves the Tampa Bay Rays (Update)

What the what? Joe Maddon leaves the Tampa Bay Rays (Update)
My goodness, how the small market mighty have fallen. Just a couple weeks after Andrew Friedman left the Tampa Bay Rays to become the new head of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rays manager, Joe Maddon, decided he didn’t want to stick around in Florida either:   Hmmm. Wonder where he’s going.... Read more »

The World of Possibility

The World of Possibility
The Kansas City Royals are a win away from the World Series. Take a breath, collect your thoughts, and then ponder that with a clearer mind.  The Kansas City Royals are a win away from the World Series. They were built on prospects, ultimately shrewd trades and signings, and a plan that general manager Dayton... Read more »

The One Where the Dodgers Hit the Jackpot

The One Where the Dodgers Hit the Jackpot
Yeah, so the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have swimming pools full of cash to dive into, found their new head of baseball operations in Andrew Friedman.  Here’s a sampling of the bajillion tweets about the big get:   BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. —... Read more »
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Random baseball thoughts

Random baseball thoughts
The American League Championship Series will feature the Kansas City Royals (first time since 1985) and Baltimore Orioles (first time since 1997) as both teams swept their opponents in the “second” round of the playoffs.  Future Cub James Shields pitched strong ball, while the Orioles scored just enough to squeak by. As many have noted,... Read more »