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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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Oh, no. If I or someone is paying for a good hotel room, I would expect the coffee to be good. I mean, willikers, it is not like good coffee is some dark secret known only to a tiny few.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2014 on Catching the Cubs on production. at Cubby-Blue
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I'm just guessing here, but I don't imagine the agency puts you up in Best Westerns. I can't believe wherever you are is not able to see to it that the coffee is not revolting.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2014 on Catching the Cubs on production. at Cubby-Blue
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Amazing how far the team falls without Rizzo and Castro. I picture Soler looking around and thinking "Did I get promoted or demoted?" Funny how all this matters not. My one quibble with your great illustration is that I find the strikeouts to not be bitter at all. Every strikeout this year is one less next year. "Get 'em out of your system!"
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on State of the Cubs right now. (cartoon) at Cubby-Blue
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There's always next week.
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So many stupid penalties in that GB/Seattle game! Oh well. Hopefully a learning experience. Still a long season ahead. The Bears should beat the Bills. I bet you will be happy tomorrow at least.
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If the Cardinals sweep the Brewers, it would make if quite difficult for the Brewers to still win the division. But if they do not... The Cubs last six are three against the Cardinals and three against the Brewers. I'm thinking the division is decided in the last six games... The Cubs also have a real shot at finishing ahead of the Reds. I'm sure that would please Reds fans to no end... If the Cubs put up a whole lot more Black Eyes without Rizzo and Castro....well, next year cannot get here soon enough! As for the Packers, starting at Seattle is not so bad. Everyone expects a loss, so a loss isn't terrible and a win is fantastic!!!
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Rizzo's last game was August 26. The Cubs have played .500 ball since then. Of course, Soler's first game was August 27. (Amazing how much fun even a .500 record can be.) The real harm of Rizzo's injury is that it put off the day we could see Rizzo and Soler in the lineup together. I am not superstitious, injuries happen. All the depth is not just because some might bust, but to back up injuries. All this talent is like a Cubby Occurrence Inoculation. Off topic, if you eliminate Hendricks first inning of work (3 earned runs against the Reds), his ERA is 1.46!!
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Great post! That was a great game to see live! Gee, there was a lot of buzz in that place by the time Soler hit his second. That first pic looks like a miniature scale model thing. I wonder if the Cardinal fans could almost hear the distant drums...boom, boom, boom, boom, doom.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2014 on A Cub Fan at Busch Stadium. (photos) at Cubby-Blue
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BTW, the gif is hysterical. I did not watch it through until after I watched several minutes of the Sandberg game, the Marla Collins video, the T-ball video, read the post, replied to the post... Just like when there is a review during a game, I find a distraction to get me through it. (although I am not sure I realized it was a gif....) Thanks for the many laughs.
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Somehow the review delay just does not bother me. But I am a big fan of getting the call right. The delay in football gets irritating (and I think the NFL could learn something from MLB). Has the NFL replay delays spawned additional advertising? That clip of your kid in t-ball is awesome!
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Did you see Chapman give Baez a pat on the butt as they passed each other after the game? Looked like respect to me. I look forward to more Chapman v Baez moments. A Fangraphs analysis of that at bat: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-watch-aroldis-chapman-and-javier-baez/ Soler is awesome. I think Castro was too soon returned from bereavement leave. You forgot the Black Eye Spoiler for the win over the Reds on Tuesday.
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I think they do contend next year. I do not expect the World Series, but I expect a wild card at the minimum. Maybe I am overly optimistic, I always have been. Rizzo is a monster. Not just at the plate, but just as a ball player in general. That baby faced polite young man is the gnarled veteran of the Chicago Cubs (him and Castro.) And yes, I loved that he said that. Thanks for celebrating it. And he's signed through 2021!! In terms of the Cubs, maybe 1969 held more promise (I was POSITIVE they would win it all.) But that was the hope of an ignorant kid. Now I'm not positive, but I do believe based on a lot more knowledge and understanding than that kid had.
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Theo and Co.'s words cannot always be taken at face value. Remember the mantra that mediocrity was worse than just flat out being bad? Win big or lose big! Suddenly, that is no longer true. I was, more or less, content for this to be another losing season to the end. But if Theo and Co. figure it is time to stop the losing, who am I to argue? The clock has sped up and I could not be happier. And yet, next year can't possible get here soon enough.
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Cubs past the "best by" date on August 1 and are now spoilers! What a conceit! LOL! I understand that Soler was pulled from the Iowa game Monday after hitting his home run. Rumor is that he is joining the Cubs for the trip to Cincinnati. Cubs could be downright rotten very soon. This is fun! But I still can't wait for next year.
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Ha! Yeah, "now."
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The painting is even funnier when watching the video and I see Francoeur in just that pose on the first base line. Baez is not hitting home runs at twice the rate Bonds did when he was 21. That is both meaningless and awesome.
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I guess Arrieta showed "Dad"! That was a nice win. Always good to win the first game of the series. Starlin has had a tough personal year and a half. I think he has handled all of it really well. Yeah, I think the team is better with him than without and that will only get truer. Love the Cub Spoiler Black Eye poster!
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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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Two walks!!
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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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