Author: Desipio

Two decades of morans

And they said it wouldn’t last. Actually, nobody said that because nobody knew it was around.  On July 24, 1997 a little website popped up in an obscure corner of a still obscure thing called the Internet.  The site wasn’t yet called Desipio, it was still called by its original, and really clever name: Balls! I couldn’t get the URL because somebody already owned it and tried to sell it to me for a sum that was laughable and out of reach for me at the time.  Though to be fair, anything over $40 back then was more than...

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Parades over prospects

There are many great traditions that Cubs fans have.  Flying the W flag after wins.  Throwing opponents’ home runs back onto the field.  Checking out each other’s dongs at the troughs.1 And overvaluing prospects they’ve never seen play. Granted, the last one has been reinforced by the steady stream of really good young players who have arrived on the North Side over the past few seasons.  So, it hurt when the Cubs traded shortstop Gleyber Torres to the Yankees last year for three months of Aroldis Chapman.  But it hurt a lot less when Aroldis was a crucial part...

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What the hell is wrong with the Cubs?

The Cubs…wait…the World Champion Chicago Cubs…are a whopping 32-33.  They have perfected mediocrity a year after posting one of the best seasons in MLB history.  They’ve managed to do it without a serious injury.  Why it’s happened is a series of unanswerable questions. So let’s answer them! Why didn’t the Cubs re-sign Dexter Fowler? Well, Dexter signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cardinals, and so far that contract has been a terrible move, as Dex is hitting only .235/.327/.441 in 60 games.  He’s 31, has never been a top notch defender and there’s no way the Cubs...

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Welcome back, Starlin

Every few years baseball’s schedule rolls around and the New York Yankees play the Cubs.  It’s a big deal, because, let’s be honest, it’s the Yankees.  Twenty-seven World Series championships and a boatload of Hall of Famers in your history will make your arrival in town an event.  But this time, there’s even more buzz. There are plenty of connections between the two teams.  Former Cubs player Joe Girardi is the Yankees manager.  Longtime Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild is the Yankees pitching coach.  Two Yankees are going to get their Cubs World Series rings. You might have forgotten...

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Let’s go to the video tape

I’ve seen a lot of supercuts of game seven of the World Series.  They’re all good, but the one Start Kyle Orton posted on his Facebook feed today is the best I’ve seen.  Enjoy. And, the Cubs really stepped it up with this year’s Bryzzo’s “commercial.”  That’s some quality stuff. Your browser does not support iframes. Enjoy it.  Real baseball is just around the...

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