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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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 6 days ago 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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At midnight, MLB posted that Rizzo had taken the lead! http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/final-vote-ends-today-as-chris-sale-anthony-rizzo-lead?ymd=20140709&content_id=83832716&vkey=news_mlb I suspect the guys in your drawing have an advantage. I've noticed that after clicking "Submit Your Vote" that the numbers for the next vote come up immediately, but the cursor for entering delays. I've no idea how many times I've clicked to vote only to realize that the first two numbers of the code had not been entered! I'm guessing if I was high, I would consistently fail to be so quick.
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Great look into Jeff's brain. Maybe you should be illustrating for The Journal of Neuroscience. What I think will be interesting is who will pitch better for Oakland: Samardzija or Hammel? I'm not sure which side of that I would bet on. I feel confident that Hammel will give them many great games through the season and playoffs. I can see Jeff really stepping up for the occasion, but I'm not sure he will.
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I had to laugh when the white hair popped out!! As soon as Arietta arrived, he looked great but inconsistent. If he keeps it together... Outside of the front office, I think Chris Bosio may be the most valuable employee on the team. According to Fangraphs, the Cubs starting pitching has the highest WAR in the National League.
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The consensus at Cubs Den is that we will see Alcantara this year. Bryant next year after a couple of weeks (something about days of service....) Baez later in the year, after the super two thing. Next year will be fun. Maybe even get the wild card. If someone takes up your brilliant idea, they are going to give away a ton of gum in the coming years, starting next year.
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Great game from Beeler. A 41st round pick!! I hope he gets another shot at it. I assume he will. Sure looking forward to an offense next year.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2014 on Dallas Beeler's tiny cup of coffee. at Cubby-Blue
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I missed the beginning of the fog game. Greatly relieved to see that Lake got up and wanted to stay in the game. I did not like him much at first, he looks like he will never learn, swinging out of his shoes every time. And yet, somehow he has improved. If they are going to play like this, the FO better trade who their going to trade soon so we can get back to losing. Otherwise, fans are going to start getting excited (only 8 games out of the wildcard!) and people will get pissed if the team is weakened by trades and goes back to losing. I predict that Arismendy Alcantara (I love his first name) will be the first Cub to take a World Series at bat in 72 years.
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I just today bought a live animal trap to catch a ground hog. Not nearly as exciting as your prey, but in the interests of a someday harvest. May we both catch what the traps are set for!!!
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on I give you: The Cubs Dreamcatcher. at Cubby-Blue
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It is amazing how thin the line is in baseball between winning and losing. Fans who think they are never going to win forget this. This team is better than last years. Next years team will be better than this years. That line is going to be well cleared soon enough. I never liked 7-11's. But I am rather fond of 11-7's.
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Ok. Ok. I'll stop. I can't have you having heart attacks. I want to be reading Cubby Blue when that lineup is at Wrigley winning big.
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Another interesting recent development is Arismendy's numbers have gone up. His on base percentage is in danger of being good. When the lineup is Alcantara, Castro, Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Soler, Schwarber, Castillo and the pitcher, do you think Ricky will be calling for very many bunts?
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Ha! I'm 58 and hoping to hell my best is still to come!
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I was watching it when it happened and I did not see him catch it. I thought it was over the fence. Yeah, he sure seemed to have big hands to pull that in! Great game!
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Yeah, a good day for Travis. Then he comes out and pinch hits the winning run today!!!
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In his 20 year career, Gwynn struck out fewer times than Castro has in his four and a half years. Gwynn's highest strike out total for a year was 40. Castro has 46 so far this year. Gwynn was amazing.
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"Emilio's Rib Cage" That does sound like a cool rib joint!! And what a logo!! I just glanced at the standings. Oakland's run differential is +123!! Over just 67 games. Next best is the Giants with +55. I look forward to the Cubs having that kind of run differential.
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Hopefully, at the end of the season, we will not be remembering this last week as the high point.
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Yeah, Lennie Merullo was great!! In my wildest dreams I am still alive and that sharp at 97. That streak was amazing. It's kind of sad that we should get so excited about five games, but I think it is indicative of some improvement in the team. I believe the next 16 games are against sub .500 teams. It will be interesting if they can manage to keep winning on the road.
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