Friday, November 10, 2017
Last year the Cubs had several. This year, not a single one.
The entire list of 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners is below:
Catcher: Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
First base: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Jose Ramirez (Indians)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor (Indians)
Outfield: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Outfield: Justin Upton (Angels)
Outfield: George Springer (Astros)
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz (Mariners)
Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants)
First base: Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Shortstop: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
Among the officers his approval rating is only 31%. That's lower than the population at large.
These numbers are almost impossible for a Republican. The military traditionally votes Republican 3-1.
Judge Roy Moore (running for Senate in Alabama) allegedly fondled a 14-year-old girl.
Louis CK has allegedly masturbated in front of numerous women (who obviously didn't ask for that)
I had no idea there were this many creeps out there.
There's also a cool back story about Colin's family. His father was one of the guys that the movie "The Great Escape" was based on (he was one of the forgers). Another of the prisoners in that camp was Chicago's very own Ray Rayner. I had never heard that about Ray, so I researched it when I got home, and sure enough--it's true. Amazing.
Anyway, thanks so much to everyone who came out. Bobby will have one more signing in December. We'll get you the details as the date approaches.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
I've reported on most of them, but there are least a half dozen or so new ones.
The delta between Trump’s imagination of himself and the brand image that he desperately wants to sell is always wide; he’s the “billionaire” lout playing the Manhattan sophisticate who gorges on fast food. He’s a man with a lemur wig and a five-pound bolus of chin-wattle who think’s he’s irresistible to women. He’s the serially bankrupt master of the Art of the Deal. The TV talk show character who snuck into the Oval Office on a tide of Russian influence and now thinks he won on the merits.
Five pound bolus of chin-wattle. That's some good shit right there.
Looking forward to tonight's Bobby Skafish book signing. It's from 7-9pm at the Red Lion Pub at 2446 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. I used to go there quite often when I lived in the neighborhood. If you come up to me tonight and tell me a German beer that has the word "Lion" (in German) in the name, I'll buy you one.* (*Offer not valid to any of my German-speaking friends)
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Thursday night (11/9) from 7-9pm we'll be at the Red Lion in Chicago with Bobby Skafish! The Red Lion is located at 2446 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. This will be your last chance to get a Bobby autograph on the north side of Chicago. We will have one more event with Skafish in December on the south side.
(We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters)
Saturday morning (11/11) we will be in Atlanta to cheer on Mark Gelinas, the keynote speaker for this year's Purple Stride--a 5K race to benefit pancreatic cancer research. Eckhartz Press has donated 25 copies of Mark's book "GelStrong" which will be available at the event. The proceeds go to the great cause.
Friday afternoon (11/17) we'll be at Galveston Steakhouse in Michigan City Indiana (10 Commerce Square) with John Records Landecker from noon to 4 pm. John and Mike Dempsey will be doing their regular radio show during the party. Galveston doesn't open until 4 pm but they will be open for us and have a bartender on duty. John's HOF book will be available there.
(Records Truly Is My Middle Name/Hall of Fame Edition)
Sunday morning (11/19) we'll be with Mitch Michaels from 8:45AM until noon at the Chicagoland Record Collectors Show in Hillside (at the Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road)
Mitch's buddy Jim Peterik (Ides of March/Survivor) will be there too.
(Doin the Cruise: Memories From a Lifetime in Rock and Roll and Radio)
Thursday night (11/30) we'll be at the Frisbie Center at 6pm in Des Plaines (52 Northwest Hwy) with Bruce Bohrer. Bruce will talk about his days as a Wrigley Field Usher.
(Best Seat in the House: Diary of a Wrigley Field Usher)
Swing by one or all of these events. Meet our authors. Meet me and Dave. Pick up a stocking stuffer or two.
See you there!
This week he took a look at the Mueller investigation and has an interesting take on it: "WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A MAFIA INVESTIGATION"
Terrible news across the wires yesterday. Former Cy Young Award winning pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash.
The Washington Post has the details.
He was only 40 years old.
Fergie Jenkins just tweeted this out...
Only one Cub on the list (Jason Heyward), but I can't complain too much about this list. I would expect to see Contreras, Baez, Rizzo, and Russell on this list again before they retire.
American League - Martin Maldonado, Angels (1)
National League - Tucker Barnhart, Reds (1)
AL - Eric Hosmer, Royals (4)
NL - Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (3)
AL - Brian Dozier, Twins (1)
NL - DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (2)
AL - Andrelton Simmons, Angels (3)
NL - Brandon Crawford, Giants (3)
AL - Evan Longoria, Rays (3)
NL - Nolan Arenado, Rockies (5)
AL - Alex Gordon, Royals (5)
NL - Marcell Ozuna, Marlins (1)
AL - Byron Buxton, Twins (1)
NL - Ender Inciarte, Braves (2)
AL - Mookie Betts, Red Sox (2)
NL - Jason Heyward, Cubs (5)
AL - Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays (1)
NL - Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (4)
The newest NUDE HIPPO video & podcast, featuring the interview with four former journalists from DNAinfo Chicago, are now online.
You can watch the NUDE HIPPO video at: https://youtu.be/FjU0t3UIbHI
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Fellas, it's time to knock it off. (Or should I say, "Chaps, it's time to knock it off"). The 85% of men who had no idea the problem was this bad are now standing in solidarity with the women.
Your creepy life has changed forever. And it should.
I wanted my first 280 character tweet to be special. I thought about it all night, and I wrote it and rewrote it and perfected it to the point that I could present it to the world. Are you ready? Because this is some pretty pithy and witty stuff. (Clears Throat). OK, here goes: "— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) November 8, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Ervin Santana will be among the most sought-after names on the trade market for starting pitching, but it may be difficult for the improving Twins to move him coming off a postseason berth. The Tigers likely would insist on multiple young players from the Cubs' Major League roster in any deal for right-hander Michael Fulmer. Regardless, look for the Cubs to aggressively pursue starting pitching, and possibly a closer as well with Davis set to hit the market.
CNN, by the way, airs there, no problem. Put that in your pipe next you want to whine about unfair coverage of Trump.
“Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore,” he said. “Well, yeah, I shouldn’t be the guy that gets the girl. But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion fucking dollars. I don’t need money.”
In June, shortly after the birth of his twins, Ella and Alexander, Clooney sold his tequila company, Casamigos, founded with friend Rande Gerber, for what was reported to be up to $1 billion.
Even fresh off his new film, Suburbicon, which had the worst box-office opening for any film he’s directed or starred in, Clooney isn’t worried. “I’ll make money other ways if I have to. I used to do coffee commercials.”
Monday, November 06, 2017
Well he's back!
Jimmy was named as head of CBS Radio Stations in Chicago.
John Records Landecker spoke about knowing "Radio's Best Friend," Art Vuolo, since high school and that Art shared with him that Nov. 2 was the 97th anniversary of radio in the U.S., making the event more special. The late Bob Sievers' daughter Caroline accepted the award on his behalf, saying, "My father was blessed with the gift of voice, which was unmistakable and always resonated with good will and enthusiasm." Tom Barnard said, "It's about working with great people," adding he plans to be around "until I drop dead, I love [radio] so much."
Bobby Bones became the youngest-ever person inducted into the NRHOF. He was congratulated via video by iHeartMedia Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and more. Bones thanked his listeners via TuneIn and acknowledged their help in raising more than $10 million for charity over the last three years, closing with, "This is a 'we' thing, not a 'me' thing."
Pictured, (l-r): NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin, John Records Landecker, Joseph Field, Bobby Bones, Tom Barnard, Bill Handel and MBC Founder Bruce Dumont. Not pictured: Inductees Sean Hannity and Robin Quivers, who were unable to attend.
Bridget's office signed up for this a long time ago, and Sean wanted to tackle it as well. They had no way of knowing at the time how personal an event this would be.
One of Sean's friends from his soccer team, Jack Breitenstein, suffered a brain aneurysm a few months ago, and he is now a patient at Shirley Ryan. I've coached the young lad in soccer since he was seven years old.
Much to Sean's surprise, when he reached the top of the tower, there were patients handing out medals to everyone who made it. When Sean was handed his medal, he got it from none other than his buddy Jack, who is recovering thanks to the great work of the people at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. It was a wonderful moment.
The event raised more than a million dollars!