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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Ha! Clearly there are exceptions, but it does seem like the "obvious, easy" ideas take a long time to bubble up from wherever they come from. It's just weird.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2016 on Cardinals lose. Cubs Clinch. at Cubby-Blue
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I was not able to see or listen to the game. I enjoyed the highlights! Love the "Clinch" illustration. Easily adapted to "Champs".... Such an amazing team!
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2016 on Cardinals lose. Cubs Clinch. at Cubby-Blue
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Nice painting of Kyle!! Great game! Hendricks was masterful! Remember when he was the #5 starter? Losing the no hitter sucked, but I was just as upset about losing the shutout. I believe his ERA would be under 2 if he had kept the shutout. And tonight, Lester looks like an athlete! I have to keep reminding myself to not look ahead too much. Enjoy the present!! I can't believe it would be very difficult to find a publisher. You know when the Cubs win the World Series, publishers will be shoveling out all kinds of drek on the theory the Cub fans will buy anything. Your work would easily be in the upper echelon of what gets published.
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Last year, in Washington on June 5th, Rizzo had two home runs and would have had a third but for Span doing what Broxton did. That has to suck to have that happen to you, hit it all that way, over the fence!, only to have someone jump that high at just the right moment. That was an amazing double play!
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When Baez makes those tags, I feel like I am witnessing something never before seen in the history of the world. Pretty sure I've never felt that way about anything before.
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I missed the first five innings so I only know that Lackey didn't do badly. Bullpen delivers 8 shutout innings! When Baez tagged that runner out I laughed and laughed and laughed. Unbelievable!!! Magic number is now 11! Home Field Advantage Magic Number is 19! Amazing season!!!
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Four game sweep! I got the impression that Rizzo maybe has taken a few practice jumps up onto that ledge when no one was looking.
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This is the greatest summer!!
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I was at work. And my phone battery has been weird lately and my phone was dead. I had no idea what would be happening when I turned on the TV when I got home. They were just back from the commercial break in the middle of the ninth. It's all in the timing. Great win!!
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Holy Crap! From the linked Camden Chat post: "For sanity’s sake, the only thing I can do tonight is root for Matusz to give up six runs in three innings."
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Lester's perfect bunt. Wood's great catch in left. What a game! When the wild pitch allowed the Cubs to tie, I laughed. When Heyward slid safe for the win, I just laughed and laughed.
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I think the Cubs are hoping that Strop will take care of the seventh and the opposition only gets 18 outs. Whether that works out or not, giving them only the 21 outs is pretty damn nifty.
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They didn't waste any time giving Chapman some work! I'm glad they won big today to give the bullpen some rest. Great video on Chapman's delivery. Thanks for putting that in. That's three in a row!
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I disliked Bradley because he was unable to keep track of how many outs there were. I would rather not have Ty Cobb. The alternative is not Hayward. There are a lot of baseball players, that you only have a choice of two is pretty rare. If you have the means to pay Cobb, you can pay whoever you want.
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It is not often I share your angst, but this is one time I do and this gif captures it perfectly. The only thing I like about this move is, as you say, Theo did it and he presumably did his homework. Also, it tells me that he is not overly concerned about the somewhat inconsistent play of late. Theo going all in makes it easier for me to remain optimistic.
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That was a hell of a throw by Heyward. The Cubs got a break on the call. The runner was safe. Montero is the anti-Baez when it comes to applying a tag. Still, it was such a great throw that the umpire blew the call. Montero is not without his virtues (he usually has a quality at bat, framing), but I'm much happier when Contreras is catching.
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I wonder if the sales of potato chips have jumped in the Chicago area. "Good Grip Potato Chips" Ha!
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I can't believe I forgot all about the "Au Contreras." It would be so cool if the crowd took to chanting that when he throws someone out.
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Great job on the portrait. It's just beautiful.
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Ha! I love that bit of animation. And that's pretty much how it went down!! I think the All-Star break was beneficial!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on Mets Matz vs Cubs Batz. at Cubby-Blue
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It is interesting that Arrieta did not pitch in the All-Star Game. Seems like I hear Len and J.D.(?) talk about pitch counts and high stress pitches. I wonder if Arrieta is treating every pitch as a high stress situation. Maybe he needs to relax and pitch, then bear down when the situation calls for it. Given the shape he keeps himself in, it is weird that he feels he needs the break. I'm still looking for a strong second half! Just a few hours away.
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Besides the outcome, my only complaint would be that all the Cubs position players started, so after the third or fourth inning, there were not going to be any more Cubs at bats. That's like a first world problem, isn't it? One more day off. Looking forward to Friday afternoon! Nice GIF!
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I think this is going to be the most interesting trading period in a long time. How much will the front office give up and for what? People want them to go all in, but they are on record as being here for the long haul (contend for ten years, you probably win at least once.) So how much of the future are they willing to part with for the present? Clearly there is talent they can spare. But equally clear, they want value back for value given. As for the team, I will certainly be watching them play Tuesday! I remain confident of a good and fun second half. And I agree that winning yesterday was nice to see!
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Ha! As long as you are not freaking out... I think part of the problem here is that Cub fans have so rarely been able to cheer for such a dominate team that we have too little experience with what a true slump looks like. Fowler will return. Heyward will be better (I understand he has always had better second halfs.) Bosio will tinker with Lester, Arrieta, Lackey and Hammel (though Hammel is historically not a second half success, so that will be interesting to see.) The front office will tinker with the bullpen (and possibly with the rotation.) In the meantime, Contreras (permanently?) and Almora and (briefly) Candelario are getting some big league experience.
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HA! Love the Lost poster!! Got to believe they will be found soon. There is no way this team is actually this bad. Those uniforms sure are ugly, even without the Steve Garvey association.
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