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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Scott's may hold the rights to that color of green. Yeah, I already love Maddon. I liked Zimmer a lot. All the others I really did not care much one way or the other (though I did not like Dusty or Pinella). Maddon is going to be working with more talent than Zimmer did. But that won't stop me from liking him best.
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I notice (belatedly?) you are back to the knife to the heart at the top of the page. Trying to temper your expectations? Maybe the World Series is a reach. But I will be surprised if this team does not seriously contend for a playoff spot. I think that is this season's floor. Make the playoffs? I think they have a good shot at that. This is my expectation. But I do tend to always have an optimistic outlook. At least this year I do not have to imagine all kinds of unlikely events to occur for it to happen. World Series? I do not consider this beyond the pale. Once one is in the playoffs, anything can happen. But I am not going to be gnashing my teeth if it doesn't. I definitely agree with you on this: HURRY UP BASEBALL!
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It is funny how many comments on the internet I've seen saying "Trade Castro." My understanding is that the front office consistently says that Castro is their shortstop. But, of course, if a team blows them away with a great offer... There is no such think as an untouchable player if another GM is ready to highly overpay. This does not happen all that often, so I don't think Castro is going anywhere yet. For a couple years, Castro's at bats were all there was to watch! Then Rizzo. Then Soler and Baez. Alcantara. This year the whole freaking team, practically. And 2016? Good God. Not even the late sixties compares with what we will likely be watching. Every at bat is going to be a must watch. Commercials will be more important than ever for the purpose of getting something to eat or attend to whatever. "What's that, Honey? The house is on fire? I'll call 911 soon as the innings over." Even the pitching is getting like this. Lester, Arietta, Hendricks and Hammel all are guys worth watching. It seems there's a good chance the fifth starter might be, too. And the bullpen is full of guys worth watching. Soon, the entire bench will be guys that are must watch. Even Maddon's press conferences are almost must watch (at least, judging from his first one.) 38 days.
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This may speed up the games a bit, but it will hurt offense, which I understand has already been hurting. Fans like offense. Fans like faster games. Good luck MLB. This certainly will make for an interesting side show to the performance of the Cubs!
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Ha! This is why I do not do Twitter. I don't tweet. I don't follow. Yeah, I was not so keen on Shields, either. Maybe for a one year deal. Last year, before trading Samardzija and Hammels away, Fangraphs said the Cubs had the best starting rotation in the NL. How many of us even bothered to fantasize that going into the season? Not me. I think the rotation going into this year is better than last years. I'm just not worried about it. The only player I worry about is Baez. But he can still take a couple of years at AAA to get it figured out if he needs to. So it's too early to worry about him. So many years it has been "if this, if that the Cubs might win." I feel like we've crossed a line and now it is no longer "if this, if that." We have left the "if years" behind and have entered the "unless years!" Unless this and that and this goes wrong, there's going to be a lot of good winning baseball played by the Cubs this year. Pitchers and catchers report in 8 days (though I think I read that Lester is already there.)
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I'll never understand why anyone ever listened to that Peanut Butter Jelly time thing. I just let the full 1:46 play, which is the most of that I've heard at a shot, ever. I've only heard bits of it previously because a customer had it for a ring tone. That was the longest 1:46 of my life. I think this has been the longest off season of my life. I am so excited about what is to come. Ten days to pitchers and catchers report day. One day less than 8 weeks to opening night at Wrigley. Followed by a day off...arghhhh! I hope things work out great for Castillo. The present situation is so weird.
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I'm happy to wait two or three weeks for Bryant. I think the Cubs are improved considerably from last year even without him. It is not like they will be throwing the first several games away. Continued safe travels to you.
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Not necessarily. I believe his agent is Boras.
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Ha! That gif from last year's meetings is still funny. That old man's right. I want 26 in a row! Safe travels to you.
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I love the Theo drawing(?). "Pitch framing is a bitch." Ha!! I've thought so much about what has been going through Castillo's head this winter. "What the *^%#@& happened? Wasn't I just the young future to be? I called a good game. I held the running game in check. I blocked all those pitches in the dirt. Suddenly it's all about pitch framing, whatever that is. And now no one even wants to trade for me!!"
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Judging from what I've seen on the internet, there is no shortage of heartbroken and angry Green Bay fans. For myself, I was disappointed that the Packers gave it up in the end, but I got over it. Maybe being a Cubs fan teaches a valuable lesson. I've watched my Packers win four Super Bowls in my lifetime. There are only three teams that have won more. Even the Patriots, who have been to seven Super Bowls, have "only" won three of them. Maybe they will catch up to the Giants and Packers this year. Rogers will still be Rogers next year. I think it is quite possible that the team will be better. I'm not thrilled with the Super Bowl match up. I guess I have to root for the Seahawks. Pitchers and catchers report in 31 days!
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I hate beards. Leave 'em for the Amish, I say. I like the catch rule. To me it is the only way to have it that allows consistency. It's funny though, because the catch that Johnson "did not make" that resulted in some calling the rule the Calvin Johnson rule, to me, was a catch. In that play, it looks exactly as if Johnson intentionally set the football down. If I'm a football player today, I never do anything with the ball but hand it to a ref.
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Pitchers and catchers report in 38 days.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on Should the Cardinals go get Scherzer? at Cubby-Blue
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This is the definition of ambivalence. On the one hand, I want the Cardinals (and the Braves and the Pirates and the Reds) to be great so when the Cubs win the division it means something. So let them sign Scherzer so the Cubs can beat him, too. But there is a part of me that would love to see the Cardinals spend huge on Scherzer and have it go bad and handicap them for a couple of years (if the cardinal in the drawing went for that worm, it might find itself getting pulled into the ground.) God knows they have seen the Cubs do this enough.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on Should the Cardinals go get Scherzer? at Cubby-Blue
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Why is Ditka wearing roller skates?!?
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I love the Bloody Cutler and the Bloody Trestman!!! HA!! At least quick turnarounds are far easier in football than in baseball.
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It will be quite interesting what happens from here. I am most curious about the future of Cutler. Will he be on the roster next year? Will a new coach get better play out of him?
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The Cubs will break the routine in 2015. I'm so looking forward to good baseball from the Cubs and the upside down Cubby Blue posts inspired by it. Merry Christmas, Tim. edit: I love the snowy logo.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2014 on Happy Holidays from Cubby Blue. at Cubby-Blue
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Yes sir. Yes sir.
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I love that little blurb there on the right about the World Series logo on the scoreboard with Yankees vs. Cubs, game 7. That's ballsy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0CXOnJsM4o
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Hang in there, Tim! Baseball is just around the corner!
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2014 on It could be worse, Bears Fans. at Cubby-Blue
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I may have this wrong, but it is how I remember it... During the second half (I believe) of the Bears/Saints game, Gruden (whom I can't stand) gave a short rant of how the coaches have to stand behind Cutler and win with him, just like the Packers coaches had to figure out how to win with Favre. A few minutes later the play by play guy asks Gruden what the Bears should do. Gruden says, I would see what Clausen can do. It sure would be awesome if the Bears beat the Lions.
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Jeff's in the middle of a two year contract with the Marlins. He makes 2.1 mil next year. The player we got for Jeff (along with some cash) was Marcelo Carreno. Marcelo is 23 and pitched in this fall's Arizona rookie league where he started 3 games pitching 5.2 innings with a 4.76 era and a 1.765 whip. The Cubs got Jeff by trading Al Alburquerque to the Rockies. A year and four months later, the Rockies granted him free agency. In 2014 he was 28 years old in the Tiger's bullpen pitching 57.1 innings with a 2.51 era and a 1.169 whip. Just three and a half months to go!
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I think a case can be made that, up to this point of the rebuild, Bosio has been the Most Valuable Person. I still think he is the best pitching coach the Cubs have had in the last fifty years. When they hired Maddon, my first thought was "Do we still get to keep Bosio?" The Wizard of Bos!! I love it.
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Ha! I'd forgotten all about the camper. WS? Not yet. But serious contention for playoffs. I believe. (they might still miss the playoffs...the problem with sports is that there are a bunch of other teams that may have something to say about it...but they will seriously contend) Definitely an exciting season ahead wherein the young guys get serious schooling in what it takes to achieve serious winning.
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