Why is the Roundup so late? Because of a horrible, horrible thing that has come to pass. It’s with a sadness in my heart that I report that Google is discontinuing Google Reader. Since HJE has existed, Reader has been the way I do the Roundup. For years, it was the easiest way to pull articles from all the terrible websites I read. Including this one. It was a quick (or exhausting) break from work. Now, I find myself forced to move over to Feedly. Which is…ehhhh. I’m sure Reader will pop up on Google+ anyhow. Which, by the way, is such a refreshingly clean social network. Probably because none of my friends ever post anything on it. Oh, well.
Several days and 36 innings later, I’m back from Spring Training. What did I learn about the Cubs? They’re bad. In all the games I attended, they held a lead for about one inning. Neat. Even when their starting pitchers were recording outs, they were hard-hit. But, hey, I saw at least one Cub home run every game. And two by Paul Konerko! Soon, folks, we’ll have some real baseball to obsess over.
In a little over 24 hours I’ll be off to the land of awkward stretching, wind sprints, long toss, and pitch counts. EXCITEMENT. I’m going to try to report in as much as possible while I’m away, whether on Twitter or here. And we will, apparently, try to do a remote podcast/hangout from sunny Mesa. Don’t touch that dial!
I’m getting old, so I can’t remember if I announced it here or on Twitter, but if you hadn’t heard yet, Jim Essian was hired away from the Cubs. You snooze, you lose, Epstein. He’ll be the manager of the Fort Worth Cats this upcoming season. (HT: MGRW) ROAD TRIP!
I hope if you’re in a relationship your significant other likes or dislikes Valentine’s Day at the exact same level you do. Because, see, it’s generally awful and a terrible relationship stresser. But it sells cards, so there’s that. If you’re reading this, you survived it. So, well done, champ.
The moment four of you have been waiting for is almost upon us. Cubs pitchers and catchers are reporting in mere days. That means your long offseason of not being disappointed is about to come to an end. That’s terrific. It’s time to usher in a whole new preseason of agony. A precursor to the upcoming regular season of agony. I love baseball!
It’s starting to look like Carlos Marmol is a bit of a shithead. He can’t hit a catcher’s mitt, but he can allegedly hit a woman. His lawyer has said he’s innocent, because if he didn’t, his lawyer would be the worst lawyer in the history of lawyering. I certainly hope it’s not true, but it’s getting to be a case of where there’s smoke, there’s some asshole mistreating women.
Last night, we finally found something more unwatchable than Pam and Jim being cute the last few seasons of The Office. And that is Pam and Jim fighting with each other. That show can’t end quickly enough. 30 Rock, on the other hand, will be missed. What does this have to do with the Roundup? Absolutely nothing. I basically just try to fill up the wraparound text next to the pictures I post in this article.
I have to catch a train in 45 minutes to head to the 2013 Socially Awkward Cubs Meetup, so forgive the brevity of this Roundup. Actually, screw you. I should be getting ready right now instead of writing this. I’m probably going to have to run to the train now and get all sweaty and […]
Guys, Justified came back this week with more awesome one-liners and 100% more hot naked women. Archer comes back next week. That means you can stop pretending to still enjoy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and trying to figure out what the hell is going on in American Horror Story. Good television is here to save us from the winter doldrums!