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01-27-2013, 04:11 PM
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IU snuck past MSU. Hopefully Illinois can pull off a big upset of Michigan in a bit.

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Well, looks like it'll be #1 vs #3 Saturday night in Bloomington!

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01-28-2013, 10:18 AM
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All-Inclusive rooftop packages for the first week or so of April. Used this company for a mothers day gift for a concert, and the unlimited food and booze make it worth the cost of admission alone, not to mention taking in a game as well.


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All-Inclusive rooftop packages for the first week or so of April. Used this company for a mothers day gift for a concert, and the unlimited food and booze make it worth the cost of admission alone, not to mention taking in a game as well.


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Turn 21 in September, otherwise I'd be all over this.

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I'm at the Bulls game. Tickets were beyond reasonable. Welcome back, Lu.

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Turn 21 in September, otherwise I'd be all over this.
Past 2-3 seasons they've offered the same deal for the same price, so by the time you do, you should be able to snag one up. Just be prepared for a game earlier in the season, and during the week. I remember seeing them towards the end of the season as well once school started back up.

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Some friends of mine and I were looking into doing one last year and could find similar deals on Saturdays in June & July. Ended up not having enough interested and just sat bleachers instead.

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Umm... wow.
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According to the Miami New Times, Alex Rodriguez is among the players linked to an anti-aging clinic in Miami which distributed performance-enhancing drugs.
Big news. This clinic, run by Anthony Bosch, was reported over the weekend as being investigated by MLB and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The New Times were given patient records by an anonymous source and they suggest that Rodriguez was given HGH as recently as last year, sometimes under a nickname. Other current MLB players are listed in the report, including Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Gio Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz. Of course, Cabrera, Colon and Grandal have all been suspended for PEDs in the past year.
So first time guys like Gonzalez and Cruz are linked as well as past users like A-Rod, Colon, Grandal and Cabrera.

Guys on that list are no surprise, but being one of Gio's biggest fans (and having watched him pitch when he was in Birmingham, nice kid BTW) this is very disappointing news to hear, if true. I believe there's a couple of minor leaguers linked as well. Sucks that Cesar Carrillo was one of them as he actually lived right around me on the southeast side of Chicago back in the day and I saw him play in little league.

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I was literally on my way here to post the same exact blurb from Rotoworld.... definitely had a good laugh reading this one. Link to the full article is below.


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I was literally on my way here to post the same exact blurb from Rotoworld.... definitely had a good laugh reading this one.
A-Rod getting caught twice is all kinds of LOLZ.

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I really want to know what this nickname is that he used to get the HGH... Knowing him, I'm sure it's comedic gold.

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Umm... wow.


So first time guys like Gonzalez and Cruz are linked as well as past users like A-Rod, Colon, Grandal and Cabrera.

Guys on that list are no surprise, but being one of Gio's biggest fans (and having watched him pitch when he was in Birmingham, nice kid BTW) this is very disappointing news to hear, if true. I believe there's a couple of minor leaguers linked as well. Sucks that Cesar Carrillo was one of them as he actually lived right around me on the southeast side of Chicago back in the day and I saw him play in little league.
Met Cesar at MC baseball camp. Nice guy, but elbow problems shoot your career down the drains.

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http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/index.jsp

16 - Baez
39 - Almora
42 - Soler

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Baez so good he made it twice. I assume that was supposed to be Soler.

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Baez so good he made it twice. I assume that was supposed to be Soler.
Yes. Edited

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the Cubs have made some decent moves this year, and if their kids continue to develope I think this team will be at .500 or even slightly better this year. they will have better pitching overall this year which goes a long way to getting a team to .500. I havent said the Cubs would be .500 once in the past 3-4 years, but I can the ship heading in the right direction finally.

I am sure the haters are going to say they will suck again this year, which could definitely happen, I just see some holes being filled and youngsters maturing a bit out there. at least they should be entertaining to watch at times.

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the Cubs have made some decent moves this year, and if their kids continue to develope I think this team will be at .500 or even slightly better this year. they will have better pitching overall this year which goes a long way to getting a team to .500. I havent said the Cubs would be .500 once in the past 3-4 years, but I can the ship heading in the right direction finally.

I am sure the haters are going to say they will suck again this year, which could definitely happen, I just see some holes being filled and youngsters maturing a bit out there. at least they should be entertaining to watch at times.
Cubs ceiling is probably 75 games and thats if they don't trade a bunch of guys in July

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"I don't know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was..."

Oh, I don't know, maybe that $114M over 5 years perhaps?


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Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again, sources familiar with the Yankees’ situation with their troubled third baseman told the Daily News, no matter what happens regarding new allegations that he is again involved with performance-enhancing drugs.
According to numerous baseball sources, the hip surgery Rodriguez is now recovering from will likely derail his playing career, leaving him in such a diminished role that he may consider a settlement or an outright retirement. He still has five years and $114 million left on his contract.
“I don’t know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was, and come back to a game where nobody wants him,” said a baseball official.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...#ixzz2JZIhO69B

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"I don't know why he would want to go through the pain of rehabbing and trying to play up to the caliber of player he was..."

Oh, I don't know, maybe that $114M over 5 years perhaps?
Ya, no way he's giving up $114 mil

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Cubs ceiling is probably 75 games and thats if they don't trade a bunch of guys in July
No way, this team could finish .500, and I'd be absolutely shocked if they didn't win 70 games, even with trading a bunch of guys. IMO, floor= 70 W, ceiling= 84 W

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No way, this team could finish .500, and I'd be absolutely shocked if they didn't win 70 games, even with trading a bunch of guys. IMO, floor= 70 W, ceiling= 84 W
How are they going to score? They were 3rd worse in runs scored last year and didn't add anyone of note. Even if a few players take a modest step forward, they aren't going to score many runs. They had 0 players over a .830 OPS last year.

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How are they going to score? They were 3rd worse in runs scored last year and didn't add anyone of note. Even if a few players take a modest step forward, they aren't going to score many runs. They had 0 players over a .830 OPS last year.
RF platoon will be around .830 OPS, Sori should be around there, Rizzo should too, Castro below but close.

The offense will still be in the bottom 10, no doubt about it. The offense is a little better though. The pitching is pretty damn good though. The depth and lack of big contracts is going to allow the best players to play. They'll end up with an above average rotation and bullpen. As we know, that is enough to get you over 70 wins and possibly around .500.

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RF platoon will be around .830 OPS, Sori should be around there, Rizzo should too, Castro below but close.

The offense will still be in the bottom 10, no doubt about it. The offense is a little better though. The pitching is pretty damn good though. The depth and lack of big contracts is going to allow the best players to play. They'll end up with an above average rotation and bullpen. As we know, that is enough to get you over 70 wins and possibly around .500.
Our pitching was good for most of last year. Dempster, Garza, Malholm, Shark, Wood....pretty good. Not sure its going to be much better this year. The pen should be a bit better, but the starting pitching should be similar.

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Our pitching was good for most of last year. Dempster, Garza, Malholm, Shark, Wood....pretty good. Not sure its going to be much better this year. The pen should be a bit better, but the starting pitching should be similar.
Garza being healthier will help and the depth allows us to trade two guys and still have 5 legit starters unlike last year where once we dealt guys away, they were replaced with career AAAers who just flat out sucked.

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