“Here is my Christmas speech. ‘Thank you all and Merry Christmas.'”

The Fair Base Ballist will be on a short hiatus for the holidays… I’ll see you in a few days! Merry Christmas to one and all!

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11 thoughts on ““Here is my Christmas speech. ‘Thank you all and Merry Christmas.'”

  1. Merry Christmas! This pictures reminds me of why I joined Twitter and how “great” A-Rod is:

    In case you are wondering, that is me talking. DROPPINGTHEBALL!

  2. Mhmm… we’ll have to wait and see about that one.

    I’ve heard the Yankees are interested in Reed Johnson… I suspect they just want to complete the set and have every center fielder I’ve ever loved.

  3. Laughs! I just glanced at his stats and he seems like he would be an excellent bench player for them. Did he get injured last year/do you think the Cubs are worried about his durability? His early stats look solid, but if they could get a middle level prospect in return, I wouldn’t blame the Cubs at all!

  4. Last year he spent some time on the DL with back problems. He came back strong from that, but shortly thereafter hit a foul ball off his foot and fractured it. So he didn’t get to play too much…
    Now he’s a free agent and I know the Cubs would like to have him back, however I don’t think they are going to be willing to pay him enough.
    He’s just a great, teamy sort of guy and whoever ends up with him is going to be better off. He was my #1 favorite this year, so you can be sure I’ll give him a proper sendoff (if/when?) he goes.

  5. Well I certainly hope that the Cubs at least make an attempt to resign him. I mean, if you they were willing to take a risk with Bradley, they should try with Reed. A lot of stat based fans often ignore the team chemistry/club house influence that a player brings to a team. I completely understand that players decline in their 30s, but you can’t quantify the heart (wow, that was so cliche).

  6. If I was the Cubs GM, I’d resign him for what he adds to the team chemistry alone. Injuries, schminjuries. Most other Cubs players who I consider to be important chemistry-wise have out and said, Reed Johnson is one of the most important guys on the team. (Example: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090930&content_id=7249678&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc)
    I’ll be surprised if we get him back at this point, sadly. I think a lot depends on who we end up getting to be our everyday CF’er. I don’t think the Cubs have made any really good moves for the past year. So I’m not optimistic.

  7. Sighs. The Yankees should have never let Ted Lilly go. He could have helped with the uptight atmosphere if they would have let him stick around (Thank you Nick Swisher and CC).

    Hasn’t the ownership issues really screwed the Cubs up (along with the character and injury issues)? As a Nationals fan (on top of the Yankees thing, weird right?), I really feel for the Cubs. I hope that the new year brings the Cubs better luck and a winning season!

    Wookie growl!

  8. Hehe…. Ted Lilly is the best and I love him with a passion.

    I don’t think that the ownership situation helped anything, but it wasn’t the real killer. Still, though, it’s a big relief to have that finally resolved. I’m hopeful that given a few years the Ricketts will have us going in the right direction.

    Thanks for the Cub-kind sentiments : )

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