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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Who's Kyle Schwarber? The best bat on the team for the next dozen years. Legendary career? You bet! If Rizzo is The Bear, Schwarber is The Beast.
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Nice detail with the cook smoking. This is a fun team, no doubt. Maybe more accurately a fun organization. And it is nice to finally have the Lester we thought we were getting. Not too late, either. I still think this years team has yet to play its best baseball. I do wish Castro would find his bat. Looks like he's getting warmer...
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Sheesh. It never occurred to me that there might be something serious with Hammel. I just figured his coming out was precautionary. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed. Good luck on the musky hunt.
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That definitely would've been the crazy guy. Not today!! That was a great day! We may well look back on it as the day things changed. The Cubs only manage a split, but it felt to me like the Cardinals felt lucky to get the split. And that was after being up 4-0! The Cards were up 4-0, the Cubs got only one inning from Hammel and I still felt the game was well within reach. Six days off in the next 15. Lots of sub .500 opposition. Half a season to go. Only 8.5 out. I do wish Castro would just get his head together on offense and defense at the same time.
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I wonder how many players have had this in their contract, but when it came up, there was no team willing to give a roster spot. Or was this the first such clause? What other odd clauses are sitting out there waiting for some odd set of circumstances to come into play?
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"Cubs, how about taking 2 today?" You had only to ask it would seem! Lots of deserved praise for Beeler, but I haven't heard much about his amazing baserunning. Beeler on 2nd, Fowler taps it back to the pitcher who turns and has Beeler dead to rights, but Beeler very skillfully stays in a rundown long enough for Fowler to get to 2nd!! Lester looks a bit sad in your excellent rendering. I hope before the year is out he inspires a 2nd portrait of him celebrating! This was a fun day!!
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I know last year the Cubs had the best starting pitching in baseball before they traded away Samardzja and Hammel. Didn't they have one of the best staffs at the halfway point the year before? Maybe not. I can't remember. It is amazing. But I expected it. Bosio is a wizard. Richard had some strange clause in his contract that once some condition was met (time passed I assume) the Pirates had to give him a (25 man?) roster spot and if they did not, then he could go to any team willing to give him a 25 man roster spot (for cash considerations? I think). Kind of a personal "Rule 5" clause. The Cubs were willing!
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Hope you had a great Fourth, Tim. I'm guessing it wasn't as good as Bryant's!
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What a great painting!!! Didn't the Cubs just lose five in a row? Somehow they are now 7 games over .500 They got swept by the Cards to fall back, was it 11.5 games? And now somehow they are only 8.5 back. This feels different to me. Suddenly the Cubs are that clown toy that always stands back up no matter how hard you hit it (I learn today that such a toy is called a bop bag. I do not think I have ever known that.)
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Being sick sucks. Hope you feel better soon.
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That game kind of sucked. Now they've lost five in a row? I think. Well, everyone said the team would be up and down. That's what youth brings you. You always get such great pics when you go to the game. Thanks for sharing.
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So you got to see the Ump Show! That was truly bizarre. I thought one of the great things about the Cup was that each player could take it wherever he wanted to and this often ended up with fans being able to hold it. Twitter hockey fans confuse me.
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I'm with Bud. That's a great watercolor!! Cubs beat Kershaw and Greinke! Two great games!! Nine over .500
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I missed the shot of Manny. Starlin has started looking real good the last couple of days. I'm guessing that is not a coincidence. I really want him to play well and remain the Cubs shortstop. Nice rain out today so all of Chicago could pay attention to the Blackhawks. Congratulations!
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7-3 over the last ten. I see that the Cardinals and Pirates are also 7-3 over the last ten. Indians, Twins, Dodgers and Cardinals coming up. The fun should continue!! Good thing Castro is finding his bat while Rizzo is in a bit of a slump.
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That painting is awesome. This portrait series is really great. It's funny, I had already figured out that the Soler painting looked even better in a larger size than how it appears at the top of the post. Then I read that it is the largest you've done in forever. Really impressive. I think I might agree the catcher should be left out, but it is a close call. In the front row on the far left, is that the older woman who is at every game and always shown singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame? Dorothy Farrell is the name by one account in 2003 on the internets ( http://www.chicagotribune.com/cs-030428askpaulsullivan-story.html#page=1 ) Nice win against the Reds to open the series! Here's hoping that the veterans are finally getting through to the kids to not take the losing teams lightly.
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When the Cubs hired Pinella, a friend of mine insisted that Pinella would shake things up if everything wasn't going right. But Pinella reminded me of Durocher, never changing anything. Maddon does not wait around twiddling his thumbs while things may or may not get better. He makes them better. And if confidence building cds are part of his tool kit, I'm all for it. 3 out of 4 from the Nats AT Washington!! That is sweet.
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I was at that game! And after the two home ru... er... pancakes, Rizzo hit another long fly to left center that was maybe 12 inches shy of being another pancake. Span was able to jump and catch it with his glove against the wall. I guess that one was only a waffle. The Cubs played from behind the whole game, but they battled. I don't get to many games and it feels like they lose every time I do, but Friday was fun. Losing is not nearly so bad when the team has so much promise (and they won the series 3-1!!!!)
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Pop art!! Ha! I have faith that Maddon will not allow them to play down to the competition. St. Louis is playing Milwaukee. There are no days off on game days!
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I watched a few minutes of that, what is it?, hockey. Looked like the Blackhawks were going to win, so I stopped watching. Cubs go 2 and 3 in a five game home stand against two teams who are combined 16 over .500. Not great, but not bad. I would love to see a three game sweep of the Marlins.
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It is weird. Most of Strop's numbers are worse this year compared to last. But his WHIP is slightly improved to 1.000. It is my understanding that a 1.000 WHIP is considered excellent. Yet his results otherwise are so-so. I almost always cheat with mazes. It is almost always much easier to do them backwards. Maybe if Strop thinks about how to get from the strike zone to his hand? Tough game against the Royals (I almost typed A's!) but I feel the game was closer than the score.
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Russell looks like he's figuring it out and is going to join Bryant and Rizzo as a dependable bat. It is so cool seeing them hit. The Cubs can play with those guys, and that's despite the fact that the Cubs have a completely different bench than they expected to have (Alcantara, Olt, LaStella, Denorfia). And still missing Ramirez in the pen.
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This is a great series! Really looking forward to tomorrow night. Love the art! It sure is nice to have fun baseball.
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Yeah, I'm really enjoying Deshaies. I think I've heard that Vvffff, but I am going to be paying more attention now. Fantastic painting of Deshaies. I love the colors. A good team is really inspiring you. That Rizzo at the top of the page is awesome!
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Last year I watched Cubs games on five different stations on my cable (my memory is that it was six, but I can only think of five.) And even with that, there were games I could not get. This year is no improvement.
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