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Help Respect Bald With Danny Rockett and the Cubs

February 25, 2018

By Danny Rockett

Joe Maddon and the Cubs are throwing their annual Spring Training charity event "Respect Bald" which benefits pediatric cancer research and programs on Saturday March 3rd. For a donation of at least $100, donors can have their heads shaved along side participating Cubs players. And I'd like to pool as many small donations from Cubs fans into a large donation from The Son Ranto Ranters so I can shave MY head next Saturday! 

AND I will raffle off the "Respect Bald" T-Shirt I get to one of the people that donate!

Give as much as you can and I'll donate on behalf of all of us on Wednesday Night! Lets do this together! 

Check out what it looked like in 2015 when I participated in this event! And yes! That's Wellington Castillo!

Home Home on the Rangers

February 24, 2018

By Danny Rockett

Impressive Ass Stat of the day....the Cubs have never lost while I have been in attendance at a game in 2018. Remember that when I'm looking for tickets in July, and also today when the Cubs play the Giants in their stadium in Scottsdale. I'll be back in action with the Cubs tomorrow.

Javy made 2 amazing defensive plays. Rizzo and Contreras went back to back (which I of course missed because I had to pee and then decided to kill myself with a cigarette), and Rizzo almost made a tarp catch. Well, not really, but 10 more feet and he's on the tarp. Either way it looked kinda like a tarp catch. And check out the pics I took of some "Javy Tag Porn" aftermath.

One Out Bitch!

So...the Cubs came to play. The defense looked to be in mid-season form. While one of the minor leaguers that took the mound was pitching...ie...all of them...Butler, Mazzoni, Farrell, Maples, Mills, Underwood, or De La Cruz, I was thinking to myself how much these young pitchers must enjoy having a stellar defense behind them. That's some FIPPY Shit right there...

The Cubs scored 3 in the 4th on the aforementioned Rizz-Willson back to backs after Bryant singled. And they scored a couple more in the 6th on 2 errors by the Texas minor leaguers after the game got sloppy with youth. The Rangers only run was on a Wild Pitch that was eventually ruled a Passed Ball according to the box score.

A couple of takeaways from the pitching. Butler couldn't get through the 2nd and took himself out after 2 singles and 2 walks. Meh...he's our 6th starter. And Dillon Maples can really wing it up there! He struck out the first batter and made him look kind of silly by changing speeds effectively. But after giving up a double and a walk, Maples kind of looked like a video game pitcher when he gets tired. I could almost see the exhaustion marks coming off his head complete with labored breathing and slumping shoulders. He was helped tremendously by a nifty double play started by camera junkie catcher Taylor Davis that went 2-5-3. 

Photo gallery of the game available here! Oh...and Reebok is having a $29 sale on walking shoes with code "Feb29"

It was nice to be back and see everyone again. Fly the Double Yu!

 

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Phoenix I Am In You

February 24, 2018

By Danny Rockett

We made it! After a long winter of complaining to my landlord who turns down the heat during the day when she thinks everyone is at work because she is old and doesn't realize that people work at home these days, Nicole and I are going to a baseball game today. Luckily, our 8:35 PM Southwest Flight was happily uneventful. And even though we were in boarding group C (not a good thing on SW), I managed to get my acoustic guitar into an overhead bin and even managed to snag an exit row seat. I slept the entire time due to lack of available oxygen on the plane. 

Rant time! Why in the fuck do people crowd around the baggage carousel when they have no control over what order the bags come out? If everyone took a step or 2 back we could all see what bags are coming and not have to elbow our way through the throng. It's pathetic and every time it happens, which is every time, I think that humans are too stupid to deserve this earth. It's also unseasonably balls cold here. Ah well...

Yesterday there was a baseball game (hooray!) against the Brewers who won the ONLY game against us they will win all year. Luckily it didn't count. A couple of takeaways...Mike Freeman makes a lot of errors (he only made 1 yesterday, but that was my impression from last year and he didn't disappoint my assumptions). Dario Alvarez is a lot like Dario Argento who makes B horror movies. 2 runs 2 hits and 2 walks. But hey...that's more hits than Dario Argento ever had making movies! Dario's spring ERA is now 18.00. Robby Zastryzny got out of a jam after Freeman's error, helped by one of the 3 Cubs double plays they turned on Friday. A new skinny Schwarber, who looks like a reverse Russian Doll, walked and struck out. And Happ lead off for the Cubs, which we may see a lot of this year according to Joe Maddon. The Cubs lost 2-1 and no one cared.

I might add at this point that the Brewers allowed their starters to have 3 AB's instead of 2 like the Cubs did which contributed to the loss. I sense that they are hoping to have a good Spring to excite the fans about the season, and entice them to buy tickets. I remember when Cubs fans used to think that! Oh look! The Cubs went 17-16 in 2012! We are a .500 team! We were not. We lost 101 games that year. Either way, their major leaguers beat our minor leaguers on Friday.

So what's on the docket for today? 

The Cubs play the Rangers in Texas's first Spring game and the Cubs first Spring home game at Sloan. Clayton Blackburn a 25 year old minor leaguer goes for the Rangers and Eddie "Munster" Butler for the Cubs. Although they will probably only pitch an inning or two this early in Spring. 

Here is todays lineup. First string for the most part! And our first look at Peter Bourjos who is signed to a minor league deal and should provide veteran outfield depth in case anything goes terribly wrong.

Almora CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Baez 2b

Gimenez DH

Bourjos LF

(Butler)

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The Brewers are Whiny Little Ticket Bitches

February 8, 2018

By Danny Rockett

 

What a bunch of cheese curd crunching whiny Wisconsinites we've got 100 miles to the north of Chicago! A pre-sale for Wisconsin addresses only? Puhhll-Fuckin'-EEEZE!

And look at Craig Counsell...Arms crossed, trying to look bad assed. He looks like my high school math teacher telling me he's disappointed in my lack of effort recently. Looks like the worst thing he could possible do to you is bag your groceries and crack an egg. Nerd!!!! 

What?! Our Chicago money not green enough to sit in your shitty stadium that looks like a cross between the Emerald City and a furniture warehouse to watch the Cubs whoop yo ass on the regs? If it wasn't for Cubs fans dough, you'd be down to 3 employed sausages for your stupid ass wiener race. Who's on the bubble Brewers? Chorizo? Fucking racists...

The Brewers Trumpian Ticket Wall will never stand in Cubs country. A Call To Arms!! Wisconsin Cubs fans!! Buy up the pre-sale and sell tickets to us down here in Chicago! No!! Not just Cubs fans from Chicago!! From all over the world!!

Cause that's how WE roll Brewers...Cubs fans welcome anyone in our ballpark, Wrigley Field, the Friendly Confines. Well...maybe not Sammy Sosa anymore...but that's another story. Cubs fans welcome everyone (except Sammy Sosa) regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation and ADDRESS! 

So...I'll see you all at Wrigley North on April 5th when the Cubs begin their sweep of a 4 game set. But sorry...I won't be able to make your little Ed Sheeran concert during the World Series...

 

PS. Check out the Laverne and Shirley parody posted below from one of my many fun trips to Wrigley North!

 

With Lackey Gone, Rizzo Will Eat More Kids

February 4, 2018

By Danny Rockett

With John Lackey unlikely to be re-signed by the Cubs this year, Anthony Rizzo will find himself filling in a new role for the 2018 season. Eating Children. John Lackey ate 4.2 children per start last year, the highest mark of his career according to this screen shot and Anthony now moves up as the highest consumer of kids on the Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo was not quoted as saying, "Someone's gotta pick up the slack for Lack this next year. The Brewers got off to a great start, eating orphans, crack babies, and children with incurable diseases. I'm training on eating babies right now, and hope to be eating underweight sickly kids that I find in the hospitals I visit by April, and be in shape to be eating obese youngsters and rich kids with high protein organic diets by the All Star Break. 

To me, this baby Anthony is eating in the photo below looks kind of small, more like a snack. But we are still almost 2 months until Opening Day. I'm sure Rizzo will be consuming at least 2 children per start by the Miami opener. Especially because it's Anthony's hometown, so he is used to the local hot and spicy Cuban kids.

Get ready for Opening Day and buy a Rizzo Baby Eating Jersey!

 

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Rick Sutcliffe Climbs a Bridge!

February 3, 2018

by Danny Rockett

Sure....you can see this on Twitter if you follow the Red Baron, but wouldn't you rather me tell you about it? Rick Sutcliffe climbed a bridge in Australia with a bunch of other people! Some of who probably don't know that Rick Sutcliffe helped the Cubs to the playoffs for the first time since 1945 in 1984 with a Cy Young season. 

One thing is for sure. When Rick got up there, he drank two Fosters and nearly fell and died on the way back down. But that's baseball and bridge climbing for ya...the guy next to Suts left looks like a pre-hairclub Sandberg too.

 

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A Baseball Fan's Collusion Solution

February 3, 2018

by Danny Rockett

Yesterday, Brodie Van Wagenen, a head baseball agent with a fake sounding name, took to Twitter to accuse baseball owners of collusion for not bestowing enormous contracts in terms of dollars and years to this years somewhat thin class of free agents. He cites an average player salary that has only risen from $3.2 million to $4.1 million within the last 5 years,in his Twitter memo to decry the owners cheapness. So let me help you with another number Brodie to get you even more pissed off.

Franchise values for the 30 MLB owners have more than doubled in the past 5 years. From $18.1 billion to $46.1 billion. So not only are Brodie's players not getting signed to exorbitant contracts for the declining portion of their aging career, but they are getting a smaller piece of the profit pie. Sounds like a shit deal for the players doesn't it? Well, excuse me if I don't boo hoo for a guy making $4.1 million a year which is over 136 times what I make. Here's why.

I'm not writing this to go into all of the reasons the owners don't want to sign these players; because they are one of the 10 teams choosing to tank; because they are waiting for next years better class of free agents; because they want to stay under the soft luxury tax; because they don't want to pay an aging player for past performance. The list goes on. No. I'm not going to step into a fight between millionaires and billionaires who are sad that they can't buy an extra house, yacht or airplane. I'm writing this because I could live 136 years at my current lifestyle on one year of the average player salary. And if I had an owner's money? Well, hell I might just go get my head cryogenically frozen like Ted Williams and try to live forever! 

This squabble between the 1% and the 1%tier only has to do with me in one very important way. I am one of the millions of people who give them the money they are fighting over in the first place. The teams get the money from us and every year they want a bit more. 

Average MLB ticket prices, which of course vary from team to team, are up 13% in the last 5 years. Wrigley Field beer prices are up 25% and totally screw the vendors. I used to buy an 8$ goose island and pay with a 10. Now that it's 10$, we're making change. I still tip, but when beer was 9$, I started only tipping a dollar. A 50% cut for hard working vendors. Fans buy hats and buttons and pennants and shirts and hoodies and purses and bracelets and flip flops with our favorite teams logo emblazoned on them. The record profits and 25% player wage increase is paid for by us.  We give them the money. 

But now the agents are crying collusion and the players are grumbling about a boycott of Spring Training with whisperings of a strike. It would certainly be a shame if a strike were to occur, but hey, the average player has the dough to wait it out. So do the billionaire owners. Others, like the vendors, t-shirt sellers, writers, podcasters, ushers, announcers, anthem singers, mascots, and in most cases minor league baseball players, do not have the funds to last a lost season of baseball. The shame of a strike would hurt all of those who surround the game and we'd all lose our jobs while the millionaires and billionaires duke it out over their fair share of our money. The fans will suffer too of course, not financially though, in fact, think of all the money we'll save by not buying tickets and beer! The billionaires and millionaires will posture and pose about arbitration years and luxury taxes and the fans will all go do something else and be pissed that there's no baseball. This would suck and a generation of baseball fans could be lost.

So what's the solution to the impasse between the 3 tiers of baseball's business community with varying financial power and conflicting interests? Well. I've got it. 

First. The billionaires and millionaires need an attitude adjustment. Be happy you're so fucking rich! Seriously.

Players, you play a kids game and we all like watching it. You make a shitload of money for playing. Congrats on winning the genetic lottery and having all your hard work and sacrifice pay off. You rock. We love you. 

Owners, you were most likely born rich. Congrats on winning the family lottery. You have so much fucking money that you could have decided to become an evil mad scientist planning the destruction of the world with a sonic death ray on your own private island, but instead you bought a shiny toy like a baseball team and doubled your money.

But the owners and players being happy and content in their attitudes is just the beginning. The next step is the most important.

Charge the fans less. Or at least stop charging us more. We're sick of paying so much. 

Baseball franchises need to freeze prices right where they are or roll them back. Because the next 300 million dollar salary is going to come directly out of our pockets. Me and you. The fans. It'll be paid for with every ticket and hot dog and beer we buy for an extra buck or five over the next decade. The agents and players and owners can squabble, position, threaten, and strike over how to divvy up our money all they want, but what will they do when we stop giving it to them? 

I'm no accountant or economist, and I don't have enough money to be a capitalist either, but I do know one thing. The accountants and capitalists with support from economists are hell bent on taking your money so that they have way more than anyone needs to live during an average lifespan or 10 lifespans. But give it a fucking break will you? For us? The fans? The ones who afford you the extra house and yacht? 

We fans are happy to fork over our hard earned pay every year for all the joy and entertainment baseball brings us. But quit gouging! Take less. You have plenty. Be happy. You are so shit ass rich!

You want to know why baseball is losing to other sports in popularity? There are many reasons I could cite, but one of the most important among them is the fact that my poor ass family wouldn't be able to afford even attending a game in 2018 on a Saturday afternoon in summer like we did in 1983. Meanwhile, y'all are arguing over pitch clocks and ruining extra innings to shorten the game. These adjustments barely matter, like the no pitch intentional walk which apparently added time this past season. Make it affordable for a family to go to a baseball game without spending a weeks salary and you'll sell hot dogs to that 6 year old kid in attendance for another 80 years. Thus, the owners and players can continue being way richer than the rest of us for decades if not centuries longer. We fans will continue spending a large percentage of our income on baseball.

Personally, I would take my nieces and nephews to a ton more games, but I can't afford to do it. These are fans MLB is losing. My passion for baseball came when parents would take me and my sisters about once a month, and I started going to games with friends with 10$ in my hand for a ticket, lunch and bus fare at about age 13. Now, for most families, it's a once a year or every other year proposition. I can't even sit in the bleachers with my friends for less than $100 on my birthday this year because the Cubs are playing the White Sox on a Saturday. I'm thinking of just watching the game at Nisei lounge rather than have all my friends be gouged at the so called Friendly Confines while getting elbowed by some fat south sider in a goat mask. 

So, stop padding your salaries with our money. Be happy you're rich. Because if you strike while fighting over our money, many of us are going to think you are all just a bunch of greedy rat bastards, knowing that any agreement you come to will end up costing us. You know, the fans, the people who pay for baseball.

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Yu Darvish is Pissing Me Off

January 7, 2018

What the fuck Yu Darvish? You're acting like pretty polly princess not deciding to come play for the Cubs. Every day that passes by with no decision from Yu pisses me off even further. I don't even want him anymore. He'd rather walk around some crappy zoo with his wife and kids in Japan than come to Cubs Convention in a week. And that...my frenzzzz does not a Cubs player make. 

This was tweeted by his wife and re tweeted by Yu. 

前もって(なるべく)予定を立てないが今の我が家のルール笑
そんな我が家に今日、練習終わって帰ってきたボスから突然の「動物園行くよ!」号令が✨
テーマパーク系嫌いなパパが、頑張ってくれた2018年晴れた日の午後でした✨
1/2にも号令ありましたが寒すぎて行ったら閉まってました笑
ありがとう

I assume in Japanese this means, "My husband Yu can't even decide if he wants fermented soy beans or dried seaweed for breakfast so we're going to the zoo. If he likes the bears better, we're signing with the Cubs, if he likes the bird house he's signing with the Cardinals, and if he likes chimpanzees, he's signing with the Astros, because they've been to space."

This is no way to choose a baseball team Yu...Yu...Yu...undecider! And that place looks more like an old west ghost town than a zoo. Yu probably changed his mind on the way to the zoo and ended up going to the ghost town!

Plus! He's not even trying to stay in shape! Look at his lunch?

That's the crappiest matzo ball soup and the bumpiest lemon I've ever seen! And where is the other half of that banana Yu?! Probably meeting with the Yankees and being eaten by that big ape Aaron Judge! 

In conclusion. Yu Darvish is a terrible person for what he's doing to Cubs fans. If he waits any longer, he's gonna be like that popular boy who waited too long to ask a girl to prom and then when all the hot girls got dates with nerds he ended up going with his friend's sister who has braces and back-ne and no date! Good luck with that Yu. 

PS. Please sign with the Cubs.

 

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A Winter Wrigley Walk

January 6, 2018

 

 

It was a cold sunny Saturday on the north side of Chicago, but that didn’t stop a couple dozen people from braving the minuscule temps, donning a pair of ice skates and enjoying a couple rounds around the rink. The clear Cubbie blue skies cast construction crane shadows over the centenarian ballpark, and Santa’s workshop, now shuttered with the shops of the Christmas market. Jake Arrieta authentic jerseys are half price on the Sports World discount rack and it had me wondering how quickly they will mark them up again if he were to sign with the Cubs. Though not even close to baseball weather, the low hanging sun’s warmth and clear skies recollected better times at plus 60 degrees from current conditions. As I peered between the chainlink and into the ballpark, Tom Waits voice droning “What is he building in there?” from Mule Variations popped into my thoughts. Whatever they’re building, I’ll see it April 9th when the 10-0 Chicago Cubs face the Pirates. 

 

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Reckless Recap: 10/21/15 Cubs 3/Mets 8 "No Crying in Baseball"

October 22, 2015

by Boutros Boutros Ghali

Home run Hammel gave up two homers in the first inning and the Mets scored four runs. The Cubs scored three runs the entire game. There's your reckless recap. 

Now that we are past that, get your heads out of your hands and quit your loser-ass whining and fucking crying! I have heard way too much of that garbage already today and it's only 9am and I live in Colorado for goat's sake. I can't imagine what it must be like in Chicago. 

If you played for the team this year and you want to feel bad this morning, feel free. This Cubs team played well all year and this loss was not for lack of trying. I'm sure it hurts a bit. FOR THE CUBS! 

I'm positive that if I was the fan that I was in 2008, which I once was, I would have been sad too. But I have evolved as a Cubs fan. You should too and it starts with not dwelling on these last four games. 

Don't allow yourself to be inundated with the casual fans crying because the stupid Back to the Future prophecy did not happen or think that Daniel Murphy is the reincarnation of a goat from 1945 (he's a goat's ass, but not THE goat). Go find Cubs fans that understand what this team is and what it is going to be. 

And guess what? Rizzo, Castro, Baez, Russell, Bryant, Soler, and Schwarber are all super young and under contracts that will keep them in Chicago for the next five years if the Cubs want to do that. Seven guys out of the nine required to play this game and they are all 26 or younger. That is a team I am excited about cheering on over the next bunch of years. Hopefully they grow together and become better and better as they do. 

Do you know why everyone still loves the '69 Cubs? Because they were good and they were all together for so long. Every year Cubs fans got to go cheer on the team that they knew from the year before and watch them get better. We have that opportunity now.

That is a rare thing in this day and age where teams turn over their rosters constantly. These guys might get traded, they might have bad years and not be what we hoped, but right now the future looks bright. I believe these guys will bring the championship we hope to see. 

This season has been fun. Let it continue to be fun. Quit crying. 

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