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Postby Gmoney08 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:42 pm

Sammy Sofa wrote:https://youtu.be/r9uizdKZAGE

Theo's much closer to making yet another costumed getaway than being able to do some laurel-resting.


He can leave in a gorilla suit and rest on his laurels easily.

He is a hall of famer if he loses 100 games the next 5 years and retires.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:16 pm

Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:https://youtu.be/r9uizdKZAGE

Theo's much closer to making yet another costumed getaway than being able to do some laurel-resting.


He can leave in a gorilla suit and rest on his laurels easily.

He is a hall of famer if he loses 100 games the next 5 years and retires.


Well, that's certainly one way to stan for this guy. A weird one, IMO.
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Postby Backtobanks » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:25 pm

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Mostly because of their enabling of a domestic abuser and partially because the owners are garbage people who support awful things politically.


Yeah, the ever escalating horsefeathers of seeking out players like Chapman and Murphy, and the ongoing enabling of Russell, all while talking out of the other side of their mouth about things like character and whatnot. Seemingly just rolling right along with the owners crying poor, and then demonstrating rather (IMO) piss-poor ability to counter that limitation via, well, anything. Underwhelming at best trades, signings and drafts for several years, unimpressively inconsistent and flawed player development (I think all of the "Cubs Way" talk has demonstrated itself to be mostly horsefeathers fluff nonsense...or the Cubs Way is a horsefeathers way to develop most players. Take your pick)...nobody is going to deny they had an incredible surge that resulted in what we all wanted...but that's now sandwiched by multiple years first of terrible tanking, and now a steady slide that demonstrates more and more that these guys repeatedly dropped the ball in terms of maintaining just how damn good this team was (and building to both maintain it and setup for the future), and they've basically had to scramble to play catch up almost from the moment the WS was won.

I think just tossing out there that they're a "top 3 FO in baseball" like that's a given is a VERY generous stretch.


They have a track record going back to 03 that is pretty phenomenal.

You can argue about bringing Russell, Chapman and Murphy in but it is very hard to argue against their baseball results.

I also wouldnt have gave a horsefeathers if they got rid of Russell, but they I absolute understand the approach to try to help him rehabilitate his life as well. His ex was even in full support of it as well.


His ex could either support the decision or collect child support from Russell's salary working at Burger King. Not a tough decision.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:26 pm

Oh god; just punch out before you shoot your other foot off, too.
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Postby Gmoney08 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:13 pm

Sammy Sofa wrote:
Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:https://youtu.be/r9uizdKZAGE

Theo's much closer to making yet another costumed getaway than being able to do some laurel-resting.


He can leave in a gorilla suit and rest on his laurels easily.

He is a hall of famer if he loses 100 games the next 5 years and retires.


Well, that's certainly one way to stan for this guy. A weird one, IMO.


Isnt a stan overexagerrating someones success, being overly stubborn?

Where did I over embelish his accomplishments? If the Cubs totally tanked now after this great 5 year stretch and Theos 17 year stretch as a head exec would he not be a hall of famer?

He can definitely rest on his laurels if he had to. Obviously im sure he would like to add to his successes..
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:16 pm

Because who gives a damn what his reputation is going to be down the line? I mean, besides you and the two guys who liked that confounding post.

Like, why would Epstein's reputation when he finally retires have anything to do with taking a long hard look at the pricey declining team and terrible farm system he's presiding over right now? Who looks at the current state of the Cubs organization and gives themselves comfort by thinking, "well, at least Theo's rep is safe and secure when he finally calls it a day, who cares how the rest of it goes?"

It's weird.
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Postby GaryWoods » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:16 am

Backtobanks wrote:
Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:
Yeah, the ever escalating horsefeathers of seeking out players like Chapman and Murphy, and the ongoing enabling of Russell, all while talking out of the other side of their mouth about things like character and whatnot. Seemingly just rolling right along with the owners crying poor, and then demonstrating rather (IMO) piss-poor ability to counter that limitation via, well, anything. Underwhelming at best trades, signings and drafts for several years, unimpressively inconsistent and flawed player development (I think all of the "Cubs Way" talk has demonstrated itself to be mostly horsefeathers fluff nonsense...or the Cubs Way is a horsefeathers way to develop most players. Take your pick)...nobody is going to deny they had an incredible surge that resulted in what we all wanted...but that's now sandwiched by multiple years first of terrible tanking, and now a steady slide that demonstrates more and more that these guys repeatedly dropped the ball in terms of maintaining just how damn good this team was (and building to both maintain it and setup for the future), and they've basically had to scramble to play catch up almost from the moment the WS was won.

I think just tossing out there that they're a "top 3 FO in baseball" like that's a given is a VERY generous stretch.


They have a track record going back to 03 that is pretty phenomenal.

You can argue about bringing Russell, Chapman and Murphy in but it is very hard to argue against their baseball results.

I also wouldnt have gave a horsefeathers if they got rid of Russell, but they I absolute understand the approach to try to help him rehabilitate his life as well. His ex was even in full support of it as well.


His ex could either support the decision or collect child support from Russell's salary working at Burger King. Not a tough decision.


That's just what I was thinking. She has a vested interest in him not being in jail.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:35 am

Jesus horsefeathering Christ.
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Postby CoolHandLuke » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:56 am

If a rich retired guy got divorced with a young child would he pay child support based on the zero dollars per year income, or would it be based on his worth derived from previously earned money?
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Postby Bryant's Disco Ball » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:57 am

Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.
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Not saying it will happen, but the Cubs coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series does seem like the appropriate way to cap off this season and make the 30-for-30 even better.

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Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:01 am

Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.


It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.
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Postby Bryant's Disco Ball » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:04 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:
Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.


It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.


Opps. I only got in on the end of the convo. My bad.
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Not saying it will happen, but the Cubs coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series does seem like the appropriate way to cap off this season and make the 30-for-30 even better.

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Postby GaryWoods » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:07 am

CoolHandLuke wrote:If a rich retired guy got divorced with a young child would he pay child support based on the zero dollars per year income, or would it be based on his worth derived from previously earned money?


Varies by state. In my state, the formula for child support is based on the income differential. If he had no income and she had any income at all, the formula would require her to pay him child support (provided they shared custody).

That doesn't mean that she can't demand a chunk of his wealth to take care of the kid or that the court wouldn't order it, but that falls under division of assets rather than child support.
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Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:02 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:
Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.


It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.


You were the one with the stupid comment implying he cant rest on his "laurels."

I simply replied, that yes.. yes he can. His career speaks for himself..

No I dont want him to, nor does any Cubs fan but he clearly can easily never do a positive thing in baseball again and have had an amazing career.
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Postby squally1313 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:03 am

Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:
Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.


It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.


You were the one with the stupid comment implying he cant rest on his "laurels."

I simply replied, that yes.. yes he can. His career speaks for himself..

No I dont want him to, nor does any Cubs fan but he clearly can easily never do a positive thing in baseball again and have had an amazing career.


Yes, that's accurate. The same goes for Jon Lester. Do you think Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now?

The game caught up to Theo.
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Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:10 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:
Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:Theo punched his ticket to the Hall of Fame the night the Cubs won Game 7.

Now, whether someone thinks he should be a Hall of Famer certainly can be a discussion, but he's still already in.


It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.


It wasnt non-sequitur at all, it was in reply to your asinine "laurels" comment.

And again you are embelishing, who in the hell said we would be fine with the Cubs being terrible. All that was said is Theo's career is solidified as pretty successful no matter what happens going forward.

Since you have trouble with reading comprehension Ill use an example. Jon Lester has had a hell of a career, even if his ERA is 6+ the next five years.

That statement, just like the Theo statement does not imply that any of us want Lester to get rocked the next 5 years.

You are being dramatic.. which I guess is your nsbb persona of the last 2 years.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:10 am

Because I was pretty obviously talking about him being more likely to leave Chicago a la his flaming parachute jump from Boston as opposed to him being able to spend the rest of his time with the Cubs in a victory lap or resting on his laurels; the state of both the team and the farm system are clearly demonstrating that the former are obviously not the case. The Cubs haven't been operating from a position of strength for some time on either level, so to trot out that they're still run by a "top 3 FO" just because someday people will look fondly on Old Man Boy Genius going into the Hall doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot right now.

This whole, "I don't care how things go going forward because of the past" shtick is pretty goofy. That you think anyone here was arguing against Epstein's overall legacy or that it needed defending is even goofier.
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Postby squally1313 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:12 am

Gmoney08 wrote:
You are being dramatic.. which I guess is your nsbb persona of the last 2 years.


Oh, just the last two years?
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Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:13 am

squally1313 wrote:
Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:
It wasn't a debate or discussion anyone was actually having; it was an odd non-sequitur reply to people pointing out that the job Epstein and co. are currently doing is looking pretty shaky at best.

Let's not ignore the weirder part that multiple people would apparently be fine with their favorite baseball team being terrible for years because their favorite baseball executive is HoF-worthy.


You were the one with the stupid comment implying he cant rest on his "laurels."

I simply replied, that yes.. yes he can. His career speaks for himself..

No I dont want him to, nor does any Cubs fan but he clearly can easily never do a positive thing in baseball again and have had an amazing career.


Yes, that's accurate. The same goes for Jon Lester. Do you think Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now?

The game caught up to Theo.


I still dont think the game has caught up to Theo. He has evolved before. I think there is ebbs and flows to building a franchise and all FO will make some mistakes. If we have a few year spiral where Theo and company add on with even more mistakee then Ill agree that maybe be lost it.

Only time.will tell.
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Postby squally1313 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:18 am

Gmoney08 wrote:
squally1313 wrote:
Gmoney08 wrote:
You were the one with the stupid comment implying he cant rest on his "laurels."

I simply replied, that yes.. yes he can. His career speaks for himself..

No I dont want him to, nor does any Cubs fan but he clearly can easily never do a positive thing in baseball again and have had an amazing career.


Yes, that's accurate. The same goes for Jon Lester. Do you think Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now?

The game caught up to Theo.


I still dont think the game has caught up to Theo. He has evolved before. I think there is ebbs and flows to building a franchise and all FO will make some mistakes. If we have a few year spiral where Theo and company add on with even more mistakee then Ill agree that maybe be lost it.

Only time.will tell.


So you need a few more years AFTER the last two years? And I thought we were the idiots talking about him being terrible for five years in a row.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:18 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:That you think anyone here was arguing against Epstein's overall legacy or that it needed defending is even goofier.


Well you have plenty of goofy takes so why would I assume otherwise.

Also considering Laurel is synomous with past achievements and awards, aka legacy in baseball.. it would seem your quote was in direct argument to his overall legacy?
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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:20 am

You guys are selling mojo short. He's been insufferable for way longer than 2 years.





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Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:23 am

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Yes, that's accurate. The same goes for Jon Lester. Do you think Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now?

The game caught up to Theo.


I still dont think the game has caught up to Theo. He has evolved before. I think there is ebbs and flows to building a franchise and all FO will make some mistakes. If we have a few year spiral where Theo and company add on with even more mistakee then Ill agree that maybe be lost it.

Only time.will tell.



So you need a few more years AFTER the last two years? And I thought we were the idiots talking about him being terrible for five years in a row.


Yeah call me crazy for not wanting to kick him to the curb after an injury riddled 95 win season.

I trust his track record and his general intelligence. He has built at 3 to 4 phenomenal cores in 17 years. Even if this one tanks I would give the dude another shot to build another core.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:28 am

Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:That you think anyone here was arguing against Epstein's overall legacy or that it needed defending is even goofier.


Well you have plenty of goofy takes so why would I assume otherwise.

Also considering Laurel is synomous with past achievements and awards, aka legacy in baseball.. it would seem your quote was in direct argument to his overall legacy?


Yes, again, I'm saying Epstein is in a position where he can't effectively just ride out his success to the end of his tenure with the Cubs. The moves his FO have made have left the team and farm system in shaky positions where they're seemingly constantly having to patch holes and fill pretty urgent needs and work off of their heels. All of their talk was like they were setting up a player drafting and development system that was going to keep them flush, and that has most certainly not even remotely come to pass after the main surge that led to the WS win. Couple that with some key bust/disappointing trades and FA signings and we're looking at an org that is on a downward trend without much relief in sight.
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Postby Gmoney08 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:33 am

Sammy Sofa wrote:
Gmoney08 wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:That you think anyone here was arguing against Epstein's overall legacy or that it needed defending is even goofier.


Well you have plenty of goofy takes so why would I assume otherwise.

Also considering Laurel is synomous with past achievements and awards, aka legacy in baseball.. it would seem your quote was in direct argument to his overall legacy?


Yes, again, I'm saying Epstein is in a position where he can't effectively just ride out his success to the end of his tenure with the Cubs. The moves his FO have made have left the team and farm system in shaky positions where they're seemingly constantly having to patch holes and fill pretty urgent needs and work off of their heels. All of their talk was like they were setting up a player drafting and development system that was going to keep them flush, and that has most certainly not even remotely come to pass after the main surge that led to the WS win. Couple that with some key bust/disappointing trades and FA signings and we're looking at an org that is on a downward trend without much relief in sight.


Sure that isnt how you phrased it. I agree they need to retool a bit and the farm hasnt been incredibly impressive since the Eloy, Gleyber, Cease crop was moved.

I still trust Epstein to right the ship. Maybe you dont.. guess we will have to agree to disagree.
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