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2020-12-04 1:02:58 PM  
I miss Ed Farmer.
 
151
2020-12-04 1:03:37 PM  
Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?
 
2020-12-04 2:07:50 PM  

151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?


2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.
 
2020-12-04 3:09:12 PM  
Kasper's a decent announcer, but this Cubs fan isn't going to miss him terribly. DeShaies was the best part of that booth. Curious that he's moving from tv to radio, which would be a step backwards for most people.
 
2020-12-04 3:16:51 PM  

151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?


2005 when they won the World Series. The last year he was on the team.
 
2020-12-04 3:17:37 PM  
Len is now dead to me. fark you Len.
 
2020-12-04 3:20:14 PM  

Trainspotr: Kasper's a decent announcer, but this Cubs fan isn't going to miss him terribly. DeShaies was the best part of that booth. Curious that he's moving from tv to radio, which would be a step backwards for most people.


at least we've still got Pat Hughes. <3
 
2020-12-04 3:24:15 PM  

virulent_loser: Trainspotr: Kasper's a decent announcer, but this Cubs fan isn't going to miss him terribly. DeShaies was the best part of that booth. Curious that he's moving from tv to radio, which would be a step backwards for most people.

at least we've still got Pat Hughes. <3


True. And if Sinclair keeps Marquee off Hulu, I'll be listening to a lot more of him.
 
2020-12-04 3:27:23 PM  

Trainspotr: Kasper's a decent announcer, but this Cubs fan isn't going to miss him terribly. DeShaies was the best part of that booth. Curious that he's moving from tv to radio, which would be a step backwards for most people.


I read part of the reason for the switch to radio is due to wanting to call the world series. On TV, the WS has national announcers for all games. Radio would still let him announce that.

No big loss for this Cubs fan, but never didn't like the guy. He was just there.
 
2020-12-04 4:00:37 PM  

NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.


That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.
 
2020-12-04 4:14:43 PM  
They shouldn't even replace them. Just simulcast Pat & Ron
 
2020-12-04 4:41:49 PM  
I wouldn't want to work for Sinclair either. I'm a Cubs fan, I will never pay a penny for that service.

151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?


But the Sox should have won the Central this year and did win the division in 2008 after the WS win in '05. And their roster is looking strong for the next few years.

Not a bad place to be.

Good for you, Len. Best of luck.
 
2020-12-04 4:53:47 PM  
One rumor out there is Fox C-team NFL announcer Chris Myers could get the job. No, just... no. He makes me think of bad Bears football, not baseball. Since it is 2020, we probably will get him and he will become the voice of mediocre Cubs baseball too.
 
151
2020-12-04 5:08:42 PM  

paswa17: I wouldn't want to work for Sinclair either. I'm a Cubs fan, I will never pay a penny for that service.

151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

But the Sox should have won the Central this year and did win the division in 2008 after the WS win in '05. And their roster is looking strong for the next few years.

Not a bad place to be.

Good for you, Len. Best of luck.


Reasonable points all around.

As a tigers fan you'd think I'd pay more attention to the the AL central. Baseball was just a bummer this year.
 
2020-12-04 5:18:54 PM  

JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.


The history of both clubs in Chicago goes back 119 years. The majority of those years the Sox outdrew them.

/remind you of anything germ? :-D
 
2020-12-04 6:02:28 PM  

abhorrent1: They shouldn't even replace them. Just simulcast Pat & Ron


gaaah how about Pat and JD team up. Ron isn't terrible, but his constant "ya know"s and nicknames are grating, plus he uses lots more words than necessary to get his point across.

/ya know
//Johnny Lester, ya know
///ya know
 
2020-12-04 6:04:41 PM  

JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.


Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.
 
2020-12-04 6:13:59 PM  

Outshined_One: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.


As a sox fan I was super stoked to get Stoney on the broadcasts. Right when WGN stopped national baseball broadcasts after I'd moved out of state.
 
2020-12-04 6:22:36 PM  

NINEv2: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

The history of both clubs in Chicago goes back 119 years. The majority of those years the Sox outdrew them.

/remind you of anything germ? :-D



You know people can look up things like that? We don't all have to get our facts from people who call in to sports radio, you know.

Here's a list of the number of seasons leading in attendance by decades. I bolded the Sox's decades.

2010s: Cubs 10/Sox 0
2000s: 10/0
1990s: 8/2
1980s: 6/4
1970s: 8/2
1960s: 2/8
1950s: 2/8

1940s: 7/3
1930s: 10/0
1920s: 6/4
1910s: 1/9
1900s: 4/5
(nine seasons because no White Sox in 1900)

Total: Cubs 74/Sox 45

Even if you take out the last 27 straight seasons the Cubs have outdrawn the Sox, the Cubs have the advantage 47-45. And for the majority of seasons before Your Naming Rights Here Field, the Sox had a considerably larger stadium than the Cubs.

But if I'm betting on who's winning their division next year, I'd put more money on the Sox right now.
 
2020-12-04 6:24:26 PM  

NINEv2: Outshined_One: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.

As a sox fan I was super stoked to get Stoney on the broadcasts. Right when WGN stopped national baseball broadcasts after I'd moved out of state.


Hell, at this point, I'll listen to Benetti on ESPN for college football/basketball games when he's on.

I know he is definitely a polarizing figure among especially older Sox fans because he replaced Hawk.  I think he's OK, but my uncles don't get him.  He was on with Walton for one of the basketball tournaments yesterday - man is Walton a space cadet.
 
2020-12-04 6:29:24 PM  
Ughhh. Ready for the dumpster fire that is Chris Myers.
 
2020-12-04 7:12:14 PM  

virulent_loser: abhorrent1: They shouldn't even replace them. Just simulcast Pat & Ron

gaaah how about Pat and JD team up. Ron isn't terrible, but his constant "ya know"s and nicknames are grating, plus he uses lots more words than necessary to get his point across.

/ya know
//Johnny Lester, ya know
///ya know


Pat and JD would work for me.
 
2020-12-04 8:03:23 PM  

Trainspotr: Kasper's a decent announcer, but this Cubs fan isn't going to miss him terribly. DeShaies was the best part of that booth. Curious that he's moving from tv to radio, which would be a step backwards for most people.


He said he really wanted to be a radio broadcaster.

I like Len, but I'm not that attached to him. I hope they do better than Chris Meyers for a replacement.
 
2020-12-04 8:21:36 PM  

gregz18: NINEv2: Outshined_One: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.

As a sox fan I was super stoked to get Stoney on the broadcasts. Right when WGN stopped national baseball broadcasts after I'd moved out of state.

Hell, at this point, I'll listen to Benetti on ESPN for college football/basketball games when he's on.

I know he is definitely a polarizing figure among especially older Sox fans because he replaced Hawk.  I think he's OK, but my uncles don't get him.  He was on with Walton for one of the basketball tournaments yesterday - man is Walton a space cadet.


the Hawk is Andre Dawson. Ken Harrelson is not fit to carry Dawson's jock strap. not even the marvelous Steve Stone could mitigate the urgent need to pierce my eardrums with a spork.
 
2020-12-04 10:23:20 PM  

virulent_loser: gregz18: NINEv2: Outshined_One: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.

As a sox fan I was super stoked to get Stoney on the broadcasts. Right when WGN stopped national baseball broadcasts after I'd moved out of state.

Hell, at this point, I'll listen to Benetti on ESPN for college football/basketball games when he's on.

I know he is definitely a polarizing figure among especially older Sox fans because he replaced Hawk.  I think he's OK, but my uncles don't get him.  He was on with Walton for one of the basketball tournaments yesterday - man is Walton a space cadet.

the Hawk is Andre Dawson. Ken Harrelson is not fit to carry Dawson's jock strap. not even the marvelous Steve Stone could mitigate the urgent need to pierce my eardrums with a spork.


Name checks.

/I keed
 
2020-12-04 10:49:19 PM  

NINEv2: virulent_loser: gregz18: NINEv2: Outshined_One: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

Considering this city still has a ridiculous degree of hero worship for the '85 Bears and still compares every single Bears player to their '85 counterparts, 30 years ago is nothing. I get it, they were a great team. They've mostly sucked since then and there have been a lot of other great teams since then.

As for Len, he was a welcome change after that awful slate of post-Harry Caray TV announcers for the Cubs. He never got in the way of the game or tried to make the telecast about himself, plus he was usually quite knowledgeable, so I can see radio being a great fit for him.

As a sox fan I was super stoked to get Stoney on the broadcasts. Right when WGN stopped national baseball broadcasts after I'd moved out of state.

Hell, at this point, I'll listen to Benetti on ESPN for college football/basketball games when he's on.

I know he is definitely a polarizing figure among especially older Sox fans because he replaced Hawk.  I think he's OK, but my uncles don't get him.  He was on with Walton for one of the basketball tournaments yesterday - man is Walton a space cadet.

the Hawk is Andre Dawson. Ken Harrelson is not fit to carry Dawson's jock strap. not even the marvelous Steve Stone could mitigate the urgent need to pierce my eardrums with a spork.

Name checks.

/I keed


oh it does. just not in this instance. ;)
 
2020-12-05 10:32:21 AM  

Trainspotr: NINEv2: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

The history of both clubs in Chicago goes back 119 years. The majority of those years the Sox outdrew them.

/remind you of anything germ? :-D


You know people can look up things like that? We don't all have to get our facts from people who call in to sports radio, you know.

Here's a list of the number of seasons leading in attendance by decades. I bolded the Sox's decades.

2010s: Cubs 10/Sox 0
2000s: 10/0
1990s: 8/2
1980s: 6/4
1970s: 8/2
1960s: 2/8
1950s: 2/8
1940s: 7/3
1930s: 10/0
1920s: 6/4
1910s: 1/9
1900s: 4/5 (nine seasons because no White Sox in 1900)

Total: Cubs 74/Sox 45

Even if you take out the last 27 straight seasons the Cubs have outdrawn the Sox, the Cubs have the advantage 47-45. And for the majority of seasons before Your Naming Rights Here Field, the Sox had a considerably larger stadium than the Cubs.

But if I'm betting on who's winning their division next year, I'd put more money on the Sox right now.


And that's what I get for taking the trib writers words seriously.
 
2020-12-05 3:52:55 PM  

NINEv2: Trainspotr: NINEv2: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

The history of both clubs in Chicago goes back 119 years. The majority of those years the Sox outdrew them.

/remind you of anything germ? :-D


You know people can look up things like that? We don't all have to get our facts from people who call in to sports radio, you know.

Here's a list of the number of seasons leading in attendance by decades. I bolded the Sox's decades.

2010s: Cubs 10/Sox 0
2000s: 10/0
1990s: 8/2
1980s: 6/4
1970s: 8/2
1960s: 2/8
1950s: 2/8
1940s: 7/3
1930s: 10/0
1920s: 6/4
1910s: 1/9
1900s: 4/5 (nine seasons because no White Sox in 1900)

Total: Cubs 74/Sox 45

Even if you take out the last 27 straight seasons the Cubs have outdrawn the Sox, the Cubs have the advantage 47-45. And for the majority of seasons before Your Naming Rights Here Field, the Sox had a considerably larger stadium than the Cubs.

But if I'm betting on who's winning their division next year, I'd put more money on the Sox right now.

And that's what I get for taking the trib writers words seriously.


The Trib has always been the Cubs rag since TribCo owned the Cubs. Though a little less so since they sold the team.
 
2020-12-05 5:15:35 PM  

germ78: NINEv2: Trainspotr: NINEv2: JimmyFartpants: NINEv2: 151: Remind me again the last time the Sox mattered at all? Frank thomas era?

2005 was amazing. And the next few years are going to be a helluva ride too. I'll also remind you that the Sox consistently outdrew the flubs until old Comiskey was torn down.

That was 30 years ago my dude. Not really relevant anymore.

The history of both clubs in Chicago goes back 119 years. The majority of those years the Sox outdrew them.

/remind you of anything germ? :-D


You know people can look up things like that? We don't all have to get our facts from people who call in to sports radio, you know.

Here's a list of the number of seasons leading in attendance by decades. I bolded the Sox's decades.

2010s: Cubs 10/Sox 0
2000s: 10/0
1990s: 8/2
1980s: 6/4
1970s: 8/2
1960s: 2/8
1950s: 2/8
1940s: 7/3
1930s: 10/0
1920s: 6/4
1910s: 1/9
1900s: 4/5 (nine seasons because no White Sox in 1900)

Total: Cubs 74/Sox 45

Even if you take out the last 27 straight seasons the Cubs have outdrawn the Sox, the Cubs have the advantage 47-45. And for the majority of seasons before Your Naming Rights Here Field, the Sox had a considerably larger stadium than the Cubs.

But if I'm betting on who's winning their division next year, I'd put more money on the Sox right now.

And that's what I get for taking the trib writers words seriously.

The Trib has always been the Cubs rag since TribCo owned the Cubs. Though a little less so since they sold the team.


True, but it's not like I can get a daily copy of the good old side printed sun times anymore. Hell the trib bought the times.  Bummer too. That rag kept me sane at the gas station many a shift.
 
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