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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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I heard on the WGN radio pregame that the MLB agreed with the Giants and the game will be completed tomorrow at, I think, 4:00. That was the worse roll out of the tarp I have ever seen. Don't the umpires get weather reports? Have access to radar? All he had to do was call for the tarp just a couple of minutes sooner. Surely the radar indicated a deluge was imminent. There was at least two minutes, probably closer to three, between the last out and the call for the tarp.
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Another truly inspired gif! I love it. I missposted here the other day. There's Arrieta and Hendricks to watch, too! So when they pitch, one must watch a lot more of the game! Things are a lot more fun of late, but still, I can't wait for April. For me, 2015 is the most anticipated season since 1969.
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Javier draws his first walk and the Cubs manage to get him around to score. Good positive reinforcement!
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Yeah, 20 strikeouts and no walks in 53 plate appearances. And yet he is hitting .245, slugging .509 with an OPS of .755. I finally got to see a full at bat yesterday, the pop up with the bases loaded. He does look ready to destroy the ball when he stands in. I remember not too long ago when Castro's at bats were the only ones I stopped what I was doing to watch. Now it's Castro, Rizzo, and Baez (and Coghlan!) Next year we will have to pay attention the whole game!!!
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I'm still on vacation, but when a game has been in progress, I have been paying as much attention as I can via the At Bat app or MLB's Gameday. I sure had a stupid fone face when Gameday posted Baez's home run! Remember when WGN radio had a contest revolving around Back to Back Jacks?? Pat and Ron had to mention it every day, but it did not happen very often. Baez has now played in nine games and Back to Back Jacks have happened twice.
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Are you sure it is legal for a grocery to sell cold beer in California? It is not legal in Indiana for grocers AND convenience stores. Only liquor stores can sell cold beer. The convenience stores currently have the state in court over that. Hendricks is so much fun to watch. I love the painting!
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There are going to be a lot of Double Javys. There are going to be a lot of illustrations of Javy. Check this out. It is amazing: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/javier-baez-and-the-anomalous-dinger/
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Baez did OK Thursday night, too! I remember my nephew (a White Sox fan) being in awe of the Cubs pitching (Wood, Prior, Z...). I can't wait until he is in awe of the entire team! It will be nice to get some respect!
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Great selfie! When you do it your way, you can really include a lot around you. The game is on CSN+ (the most negative use of a plus sign imaginable, the ONLY broadcast option that excludes me) so I bet lots of Cub fans will not be watching. I won't be. I will follow along with MLB's Game Day or whatever it is called. And tomorrow we leave on vacation, so I won't be seeing any games for a couple of weeks. Oh well, as Bud says, "It's not how you start..." I do think the Front Office is often not completely upfront with the public.* They very much are aware of the need to manage expectations. In this case, I do not think he actually ever said Baez would not be called up. He said things like "that has no effect when Baez is called up." At least, that is my understanding. So, in this case they allowed people to believe he wasn't coming when he was. "Underpromise and overdeliver" is a very powerful business technique. *I still think they are not going to be signing any big time position player free agents this off season although there seem to be plenty of people who have been led to believe they will. Pitchers, yes. Position players, only more guy like in previous seasons. You do not fill holes until you know where they are and it is to soon to know.
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That was a great series. The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball, the Cubs...don't. It was on the WEST COAST, where there has been nothing but trouble for the Cubs all my life. The Cubs take two out of three and anyone who had no preconceived ideas would have watched and said the Cubs were a better team. And yeah, Alcantara is a good reason to watch the game. Coghlan is figuring it out. Word is that Olt is suddenly hitting in Iowa... It's weird, I had no trouble making it through the last couple of years knowing that there was a payoff ahead. But now that I think the payoff begins next April, suddenly this year is crawling along, despite the continued glimpses of what is to come. I think this is the longest baseball season I've ever experienced. Just eight months!!!
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I've said it before, I think Bosio is the best pitching coach the Cubs have ever had. That throw by Fuld was amazing. The announcers give Fuld credit but completely ignore that Fuld clearly put everything he had into it (ending up rolling on the grass!) and still managed to be accurate enough to get the out. Amazing. Great gif! Love the Bosio hand wave.
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That was a great game! I love the reverse Cubbery, it was certainly in operation last night! Hendricks was so cool. And watching the Dodgers hitter's expressions after the pitch went by. My caption was frequently "How the &^*% did that happen!?!?" Hendricks looks like he could do that all night. I'm hoping he does it for many years. And two hits and a sacrifice bunt!! Castillo's near slam turned into the Dodger's highlight of the night as Puig held all the runners to a one base advance. And somehow, it was still great!! Maybe if the Hendricks in Control was colored in....
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I wish him the best, he has always seemed like a good guy. I have no idea if this will be enough to get me to root for the Dodgers. I rarely ever know who I will be cheering for in the absence of the Cubs.
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I think the Cubs screwing that up and allowing Maddux to go to Atlanta is every bit as epic as the trade of Brock to St. Louis. I think both can be argued to have cost the Cubs a World Series appearance. Even so, it was sure fun having Maddux as a Cub as much as we did. He certainly deserves to be in the Hall! Congrats, Greg!
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That was a fun win! Worth dancing over! Is it OK if I only do that dance in the privacy of my home?
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CSN+ Bah! I get the Cubs when on WGN,CSN,ESPN,WICU,FOX but those five stations are not enough?!?!? Is there any other team that appears on this many different stations?? So I missed tonight's game. Looked like a good one, too. Rizzo with two long balls, leading the National League, only four behind Abreu. I mean, I have been a big fan, but leading the league in home runs?!?! Holy crap!! Hendricks pitched great!! The Kyle Hendricks Experience! That could catch on. They still have ten days to swing a trade for Barney, so they may yet get something for him.
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Chocolate, Strawberry, Villanueva!! LOL! That is so natural I pronounced it Vanillanueva in my head. Then I was confused and had to look up the correct spelling to see if you had altered it for the purpose. Rizzo has become a monster. I can't wait til he's a member of a an actual, complete MLB team!
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Sounds fine to me! Let history repeat itself (up until the 109 year drought...).
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That was a much better look at his bat speed than all the youtube videos in which the bat mostly disappears though most of the swing. Wait til next year has never before meant what it means this year. Eight and one half months to opening day. I'm guessing nine and one half months until Baez and Bryant are in the lineup. What brand speedometer is that? I do not recognize the logo. edit: HA! Rawlings! Right?!?
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on The Bat Speed of Javier Baez. (gif) at Cubby-Blue
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When one has such a great name as Arismendy, what need is there of a nickname? That cup of coffee baseball cards thing is genius! And I love how you've got so many ideas popping up in your head that you probably have no choice but to give them away like this (Somewhat also the reason this blog exists I'm guessing.) Even without the cards, isn't is interesting that attendance the last two games has been 39,500 and 36,800 people? That's after trading 40% of the starting rotation. Did Arismendy do that? I would have thought there was not enough time between the announcement he would play and the game for people to be able to make such plans. And yet...!??!?!?!?!??!? Great dialogue. The Yankees have only seven more wins than the Cubs. That would be something if the Yankees would take Jackson from us.
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I love the tower of water towers! Even the second time I got a good smile out of it. Stanton only has one more home run than Rizzo?!?! Geez, over at Cubs Den there's people who insist that Castro be traded for Stanton. And I'm thinking...what do we need Stanton for? With Rizzo, Baez, Bryant and Soler on the team, Stanton seems superfluous (and expensive).
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Hendricks and Alcantara have been a real breath of fresh air! I think Alcantara goes back to AAA after the All Star Game. We can't be winning too much and lose a top draft pick. It will be interesting to see how the front office handles the roster over the rest of the season given their stated opinion that nothing is gained by mediocrity, either win or lose. At least we have good reason to believe that next year will be completely different! Is that the first Alcantara drawing? Very good. I wonder how many there will be...
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Oh yeah... Lucky Cubs hat is Looney...LOL!
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Wow! What a great trip that looks like! Which lake were you on? Looks like a lot of lakes outside of Minocqua, Wisconsin! Sorry about the Musky. But at least you still have (at least) two things to live for!
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