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Former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo came up five votes shy of being inducted by the Veterans Committee into the Hall of Fame.
Santo’s family could not be reached for comment, as they were packing up all of the sharp objects in Santo’s home, cutting all rope into 3-foot lengths, throwing away their toasters, permanently disabling their garage door opener with the door stuck in an open position, and throwing away all DVD copies of This Old Cub.
The Veterans Committee, made up of colossal douchebags like Joe Morgan and Mike Schmidt, did not elect anyone into the 2007 Hall of Fame class. Santo received the most votes (57) of any players on the ballot for 69.5% of the vote. He was 5 votes shy of the requisite 75%.
MLB.com writer Jim Molony thinks that Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano has the potential to win 20 games in 2007. Upon hearing the news Zambrano, who has spent the offseason living at the rim of Mauna Loa, an active volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, scoffed. “Thinks?” Zambrano asked, shifting from one foot to another to alleviate the intense heat rising from the molten rock flowing just underground. “He’s full of Molony. He must ‘think’ that the earth is round and that the sun rises in the east,” Zambrano continued, crunching on a piece of volcanic rock for nutrition.
“I will win 33 games in 2007, not including the playoffs,” Zambrano declared as a bird flying overhead dropped dead at his feet from the intense heat. Zambrano quickly devoured the bird. “If there is one thing that living on this volcano has taught me, it’s that I haven’t been tough enough in the past, which has caused me to lose games,” Zambrano continued, deeply inhaling the toxic mixture of hydrogen sulphide and hydrogen chloride spewing from the mouth of the volcano.
“In 2007, I will not lose,” Zambrano concluded, wiping a bit of sweat from his brow as one reporter’s eyeballs melted in their sockets. “I guarantee it.”
MLB.com’s Alex Cushing suggests that Cubs left-hander Rich Hill is one of several young pitchers who may emerge in 2007. The Cubs expect Hill, who put up excellent numbers in the second half of the 2006 season, to emerge at the beginning of Spring Training. If Hill sees his shadow, he is expected to disappear until 2008.
“Rich really had a breakout year,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “I really hope when he emerges that he doesn’t see his shadow. We’re counting on having him in the rotation this year, not having him hibernating.”
At the beginning of Spring Training, Hill will greet the crowd that has gathered in front of his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob to determine whether he will emerge and be a dominant pitcher or whether he will retreat to his home for the 2007 season.
Rich Hill emerges on Gobbler’s Knob.
“The other guys are already calling him ‘Punxsutawney Hill’,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “If he’s honestly scared of his own shadow, I’m going to take to calling him p#$$y.”
Jim Street suggests that new Cubs manager Lou Piniella might have the biggest impact of any new manager. Like that movie Deep Impact. Only with more screaming.
DENVER–Imagine a world where Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, and Dante Bichette are in the same Hall of Fame class. Can’t imagine it? Okay. Pull back a little bit and imagine a world where Dante Bichette is in the Hall of Fame. Still tough? Pull back a little bit more and imagine Dante Bichette getting a single vote for enshrinement in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Still nothing? How about imagining Dante Bichette being allowed to visit the Hall of Fame. Getting closer? No? Okay, imagine a world where you will ever mention Dante Bichette’s name again without referencing this article. There we go.
“Yo, Castilla, did you just fart?”
Dante Bichette thinks he deserves to be in Cooperstown. (wait for laughter to die down before suggesting campaign slogan “Bichette. The Best a Man Can Get”) That’s right. Dante Bichette. A guy whose best numbers outside of his Coors-inflated totals were 23 homers and 90 RBI with Cincinnati and Boston in 2000. A guy who could have his own blooper reel filled with his wacky misadventures in the outfield.
If Bichette’s former teammate Larry Walker is considered a borderline Hall of Famer, then Bichette isn’t even close. Walker did everything better than Bichette, and if his Coors-inflated numbers aren’t good enough for the Hall, Bichette’s aren’t even good enough for my hall. The one right outside of my bathroom. After I ate eggs and drank Old Style all day.
By the way, keep your fingers crossed for Andre Dawson. The dude deserves to be in the Hall, and turds like Joe Morgan are keeping him out.
EDIT: I just noticed that Bichette sort of looks like Bertier from Remember the Titans. Yes?
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Robert Fick, who achieved notoriety during the 2003 NLDS when he maliciously slapped at the wrist of Cubs first baseman Eric Karros, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. The deal came after Fick was told by the Minotaur that the seventh circle of hell was “all full up.”
Violent offender. Probable sodomite.
Fick had been condemned to the river Phlegethon after his dastardly act against Karros, but there was no room for him in the river of blood. Fick was instead sent back to earth to suffer the second-worst punishment for his violent deed. He will now toil away in the Nationals’ minor league system, reminded every day that he is not as good as Brian Schneider.