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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Wasn't the weather bad when Tanaka (sp?) visited last year?
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The day will come, no doubt, when we see a player we like get moved. But I don't think that day is here yet. Maybe towards the middle of the season. In the meantime, it will take a lot of middle infielders to change a light bulb. You know, because I am so in touch with the Cubs inner offices...
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Tired of reading your stuff!?!?! Ha! Not likely. And yeah, now that you mention it, it does feel a bit awesome to unsubscribe.
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In my memory, all the great coaches of old were very stone faced during the game. You'd never know how things were going by looking at them. But you had no difficulty sensing that they had no trouble getting the team to play with passion and heart. Trestman has the stone face down pretty good (well, at least early on), but there was no passion on the field. I will be shocked if he returns as the coach next year.
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I have to admit, I feel pretty good about tonight. But as you say, when everyone thinks the Bears will lose....
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There's this: http://www.cubby-blue.com/my_weblog/2014/04/what-would-it-be-like-to-be-rick-renteria-today.html
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It is hard to imagine a better press conference. I liked Renteria, but this guy appears to be light years beyond anyone that has ever managed the Cubs (well, in my memory). Speaking in a completely relaxed and unguarded manner, he hit all the points and said all the right things and failed to misspeak. Then he buys the next round. He is one impressive individual. This is really getting REAL. Another first (great) drawing of how many to come....
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I guess you would not like me as a neighbor. The city posts the schedule of when they will pick up leaves. I rake the weekend before (three days ago, and more today). I see no point in raking up piles of leaves that then sit for a week or two (still getting blown around.) I do love the poem though! For as long as I wait, other neighbors miss the city pickup entirely.....
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on Raking leaves is a team sport. at Cubby-Blue
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I hate day light savings time. And I sure do not want to turn back the Cubs' clock! Great post and painting no matter who T Rex is.
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Here is the Google ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSGHZ4YHP54
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Yeah, if the Giants win it, I think Madison wins MVP. Maybe Lincecum will come up huge in one of the next two. Then you can say your Spidey Sense is just getting ahead of itself.
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Yeah, this is a good World Series. Last night was great. And game 4 tonight had, for me, a strong feeling of a game 7. San Fran seemed to play like it was an elimination game. This is the most attention I've paid to the post season in awhile. I think it is because I expect to see the Cubs there soon.... I do not know anything about Maddon, but lots of people seem to consider him the best manager in baseball. So I guess I would be happy to see him manage the Cubs. It is hard for me to see someone like Renteria lose his job. I think he did pretty good for his first year...but Maddon is hard to pass up if they can get him. Sorry, but I do not understand your illustration. Off topic.... I swear the first several times the Bedweiser ad (with the guy coming home to his dog) ran with me in the room, I had the impression that the ad was a PETA (or similar org) ad trying to get people to not leave their poor dog at home alone all night just so they could party. Even after understanding the point of the ad, it still comes across to me as "Why would you not come home to your poor dog?" Another ad that I am amused by is Google's "How big is the Grand Canyon" ad. The guy asks Google "How big is the grand canyon?" Google answers with "The Grand Canyon National Park is....." The man did not ask how big the Park is, he asked how big the canyon is and Google gets it wrong. Then they feature that in an ad!! Ha!
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That was awesome baseball. And that is an awesome painting! I cannot wait to see what heights you are inspired to when the Cubs are playing awesome post season baseball.
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I missed most of the game. I tuned in just in time to see Morse tie it in the eighth. I saw the rest of the game, but was unaware of the back story you just gave on Ishikawa. That is very cool. He is now "forever" a legend in San Francisco. I'm rooting for the Royals, but I won't lose any sleep over the Giants winning. I guess I have a soft spot for them since they beat the Cards.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2014 on Poof go the Cardinals. Morans! at Cubby-Blue
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There have been times in my life when that would have qualified as the good clothes. I swear if I went to a black tie presidential state dinner I'd come home with paint on my tux. It does suck when a good article of clothing bites the dust.
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As long as they, enamored with his 0.00 ERA and 1.000 WHIP, don't make him the pitching coach. I'm guessing you have one of those step stools in your house, yes? Welcome back to Wrigley, Doug!!!
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The Cards were certainly in his head before he got pulled! I guess I'm just rooting for the Cards/Dodgers to go five games, preferably with the next four going extra innings. Come to think of it, I guess that's my preference for the Nats/Giants!
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That was a great outfield play. And I'm rooting hard for the Royals. And the Cardinals 111 mil beat the Dodgers 229 mil!! I'm really torn over that one...hating to see the Cardinals win, but at least they build their team the "right" way! The Dodgers left Kershaw in too long, I could not believe it. The A's did the same thing with Lester against the Royals. I do not understand it. I can't believe I'm all for the American League in the playoffs. Royals or Baltimore, please!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2014 on Nori Aoki's lucky glove. (cartoon) at Cubby-Blue
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Pittsburgh just got beat. It was not all that fun a game to watch (unless you're a Giants fan). The A's/Royals game was fantastic!!! (though it kept me up too late.) One of the memorable (for me) scenes in Money Ball is when Bean is telling the players if the other team wants to give us an out (sacrifice bunt), take it; don't try and do too much with it. I find it ironic that the Royals bunted successfully four times (two times leading to a run) and won the game. It might have been even more ironic if Oakland had won 8-7 in the twelth. They got that eighth run with the help of a sac bunt! Great painting! I look forward to hearing about "shooting" that guy.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2014 on A's and Pirates are done. at Cubby-Blue
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I am pretty sure I have seen balks called and when the tv ran the replay I could see it. I am certain that more often I have not been able to. Yesterday was such a one. Even in replay, I have no idea how or where or when Strop balked. I think balks are even more mysterious that balls and strikes. I love your depiction. Seems about right (and Twilight Zoneish.) A nice win. And Baez went 3-5 (and only struck out once Saturday!) May tomorrow give us a great football game with no injuries! Beyond that, I assume we disagree.
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That was a great game! A great way to finish the home season. I've been waiting for next year for a long time. It can not get here soon enough. I hope your face has grown back by then!
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Oh yeah. That throwing the ball into the stands with only two outs remains the worst defensive play I have ever seen. Lillibridge fielding a ground ball and then just holding on to it is the second worst. I am very thankful that this FO cares about the mental make up of the players. This is such a great group of guys to watch.
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I sure hope you had a chance to at least partly pay attention to today's game. Great come back! Cubs starter (Doubront) gives up six runs in 2.1 innings to the Dodgers and the Cubs still win!!! Coghlan with two home runs, a double, a single, a walk, 3 rbi, 3 runs scored. And people think the Cubs need a left fielder for next year..... Today's game was not on TV for me, so I listened to the At Bat radio feed on my phone (At Bat premium free the last month...smart move, I might actually buy it next year). Completely meaningless, but fun!!! https://twitter.com/CespedesBBQ/status/512275095789010944/photo/1
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Rizzo is amazing. And such a good guy! Kershaw v. Jackson = bloodbath was my thought before today's game. Then I heard someone saying that Jackson was probably on a pitch limit of 75 pitches or so. I thought "Man, if he gets to 75 pitches, that would be great!" I think he lasted 35 pitches.
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Best wishes to Stanton for a full recovery. Hopefully, next year the Cubs will not have a September swoon. That illustration 'bout qualifies as "serious art." Well done.
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