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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rod Beck - Dead at 38

Just today at lunch, Tom and I were discussing Sammy Sosa's comeback this year and that fabled 1998 baseball season when Sammy and Mark McGwire saved the sport of baseball. Now comes that word that one of the reason that the 1998 season was a great one for the Cubs is dead. Rod Beck, the All-Star right handed reliever, was found dead Saturday in his home. He was only 38. I had lost track of Beck when he went to the Padres so I was surprised to learn that he had left San Diego abruptly in 2004 for a two-month drug rehab stint.

Rob Beck was an "everyman" pitcher. His Fu Manchu mustache and mullet just told you that about him. I loved the way he bent over, swung his arm and glared at home plate as he was getting ready for his next pitch.

On the heels of the death of Josh Hancock and not so long after Ken Caminiti's passing, news like this takes you aback and makes you contemplate the true meaning of "playing hard" in baseball.


Sunday, June 3, 2007

New day, same crap

Well, at least today, Lou got angry enough to get thrown out of the game:

Angry Lou



Unfortunately, now Lou is suspended indefinitely and fined too:

AP story

Saturday, June 2, 2007

What fresh hell is this?

I've been a Cubs fan for a very long time... Since the first game I went to when Billy Williams was playing first base... But this year's team is already getting on my nerves. In a crappy division like the NL Central, they look even crappier (thank goodness the Reds are worse than that and keeping the Cubbies out of the basement... for now). And now they're fighting each other in the dugout??? I thought Lou was going to smack some sense into these guys.


Friday, June 1, 2007

You know you're in trouble when...

You should know that your complaint isn't going to fly when even the ALCU thinks the organization that "wronged" you is in the right:

Though you have to think that the idea of "graduation decorum" is definitely an oxymoron.