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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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That slide was amazing! Baez is so much fun to watch. The gif is great. That's just how it happened! Sorry about the Blackhawks.
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Ha! That's probably what pitchers see when they look in with Rizzo at the bat. This is so much fun! After 14 Games, Rizzo's numbers .163/.339/.388/.726 8 hits, 3 HR, 1 triple, 0 doubles, 11 RBI After 19 games .203/.360/.580/.940 14 hits, 8 HR, 1 triple, 0 doubles,21 RBI In just five games he raised his numbers that much. It boggles my brain over just what this season might bring.
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Ha, Ha! You could've used that same drawing for Arrieta's no hitter! (with some changes to the wording).
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I was not able to watch it. CSN+. The + means I'm screwed. But I was paying attention with Gameday and the At Bat Ap. I swear Pay was probably more stressed out late in the game than anyone on the field. Arrieta keeps this up and he is going to have one heck of an historic season. Just like the team! Last night snapped the Reds streak of not being no-hit at 7109, thus insuring the Cubs MLB record of not being no-hit for 7920 games (7951 including the post season) will be safe for at least the next 24+ seasons. "It's the most runs scored by a winning team in a no-hitter since the pitching distance was moved to 60 feet, six inches in 1893." http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2016/4/21/11485052/cubs-reds-recap-jake-arrieta-kris-bryant-mlb-scores
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on No Hittarrieta. Cubs 16 Reds nothin'. at Cubby-Blue
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Jake throws a no hitter! Cubs offense EXPLODES!! And I know you are thrilled that Kane scored that 2nd overtime goal to win the game and force another game!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on The Cubs infield: we're in good hands. at Cubby-Blue
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That was an amazing inning. Great, great gif! I just love the frequent camera shots of the opposition's manager while the Cubs hitter takes another ball. Sometimes you can read the Cubs curse on their lips.
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So this is what it is like to root for a championship contender. It's even better than I dreamed.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2016 on Russell Mania is sweeping Chicago. at Cubby-Blue
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Beautiful painting, fantastic game!! I heard ESPN refer to Addison Muscle. Ha! The Reds starter did a great job, but the constant pressure of the Cubs lineup is telling. God, what a team!
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Yeah, that sucked. Winning or losing, we will miss him. Then he will be back. He'll kick rehabs butt. Great illustration.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2016 on I am so sad for Kyle Schwarber. at Cubby-Blue
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Seemed like after every Cubs hit, there is a close up of Greinke who looks like he's thinking "Who are these guys?" I'm thinking a lot of pitchers are going to be wondering that this year.
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If the Cubs keep this up, managers are going to hate playing a four game series against them. There are going to be times when the Cubs leave the opponents bullpen in shambles. Fantastic gif. That's how it felt last night. No letup. I wonder if Lackey's rough start was a "first game for the Cubs adrenalin and pressure."Kudos to Maddon to let him work though it and to the offense for giving Maddon the cushion he needed to let Lackey work through it. Every pitch counts and the Cubs look like they are playing that way.
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Great gif! Should be a great series with the Diamondbacks! I see the one game I would get to see is Saturday night and we will be out of town. So the next game I get to watch is next Thursday. Which will be the 2nd game of the season I get to watch. Just when the Cubs get really good... I can't wait until the Cubs have a TV package that isn't spread out over a bunch of poorly distributed stations, half of which I don't get.
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The Cubs made the Angel pitchers throw 188 pitches. Cub pitchers threw 101 I believe. I believe I saw Scioscia cursing as a Cub batter fouled off yet another pitch. This is already fun!
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23 hours. Real Cubs baseball! Real baseball played by the Cubs!! Real good baseball played by the Cubs!!! Whether they go all the way or not, I will be shocked if this is not the best and most fun Cubs season of my life. That banner is sure a nice change from the knife to the heart!
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Fowler also answers the question of who is batting lead-off. 8 days!!!
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Hands down, that is the BEST argument I have ever heard for Daylight Savings Time. It is one less hour to wait for first pitch of opening day. Well done!
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Cubs playing the Brewers in just about an hour from now!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Reminder: Jake Arrieta is an ace. at Cubby-Blue
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I don't think you should sell yourself short on the cool meter. I love the line up gif. I think you could have added Bryant to the outfield and 1st base. Nevertheless, Joe can't be complaining to Theo and Jed about much, if anything. Getting closer!
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"Almost got caught off base." Ha! I'll be laughing all day at that. Finally! I actually made one accurate prediction last fall. I said Coghlan would not be with the team in 2017. He publicly complained about playing time and there was little chance he would see more this year. I like Coghlan, I appreciate the play he gave the Cubs, and I hope he has a great time in Oakland. If Fowler bats this year as he did the second half of last year, this is a big improvement. Chris can hit, but the Cubs are full of guys that can hit. Fowler is a lead off guy. Cubs don't have a lot (any?) of those. Plus they got another pitcher for AAA bullpen depth! Oh, and they are paying Fowler quite a bit less than what they offered him in the Qualifying Offer. Improve the team, save money. The front office is amazing.
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The ballflowers are in bloom. The crocus can't be far behind (or were they ahead?) 39 days until Opening Day! Cubs sign Dexter Fowler and trade Chris Coghlan. So one (and only one) of my predictions was correct. Chris Coghlan will not be with the Cubs in 2016. Nice to see Fowler back. He had a great second half last year. If he does that the entire season....
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Oh, yeah. Maddon looks like he's in top form already!
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Won't be long now! No matter the final outcome, I am certain I will have more fun this year than any previous Cubs season has ever brought me. I'm really enjoying the feeling.
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PLEASE BRING YOUR MITT HA! Does the front office read this blog? This is actually a great idea. Just the kind of thing a first class organization does. Of course, the phone calls and texts should still be made and sent. One does not want someone to not show because the invite got lost in the mail.
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This does not bother me at all. The sky's the limit. If one is doing predictions and has to come up with a number, I think the 101 is restrained. As you say, it is February. If we can't dream big now, then when can we. And I'm dreaming HUUUUGE! Sure, any number of things could get in the way, but I have a great feeling about this season. Man, is it going to be fun.
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I still would rather not see the DH come to the NL. I really do like the occasional pitcher contributing to offense. I do understand that today's pitchers have had considerably less experience in the batter's box, and that pitchers often represent considerable investment on the club's part but are much more vulnerable to career ending/altering injuries than are position players. To me the answer is not to bring the DH to the NL, but to drop it altogether!! Despite all that, when it happens I will remain a devoted Cubs fan. I can't imagine what could change that. Great GIFF! Safe travels!!
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