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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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And two days later, still at .500. But Rizzo may be leading off for quite awhile! Here's hoping the pain goes away quickly. I hope you had a good Father's Day. At least the Cubs gave us a win!
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This is great! You (or Adam?) seem to have inspired the Cubs. 22 runs in three games. Probably would've been more if DeGrom(sp?) hadn't pitched one of them.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Come ON, Cubs. Bat, man! at Cubby-Blue
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That was one sweet sweep! And one rare bird sighting! Now four in a row and in first place! Winning is more fun!
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BTW, is that a Clutch Cargo reference!?!?!?!
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I hope you didn't lose it too badly this evening. Historically, West Coast road trips are never easy, as I am sure you well know. Pretty much the entire team is under performing. I can't believe they don't figure it out while there is still time to win the division. In the meantime, the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series Champions!
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Not to mention the bullet that was dodged when Schwarber did not crack his head open going over that wall! And that beer that did not get knocked over!!! Nice "hidden camera" work there.
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Good call!
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I guess the sweep was not to be, but sooo close! Coghlan's leap over Molina was fantastic! Good for Coghlan! I've often thought that the leap over the fielder is not done enough. I'm sure it is only a minority of players who could pull it off, but there must be some (I would never have thought of Coghlan as someone to put on such a list!.) And yet we hardly ever see it.
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Yes! Heyward's bat has really started to show up. Can you imagine the weight he is feeling lifted off of him? A laugher and a squeaker! Now for the sweep! Lester (2.66 era) v Glasnow (7.94 era)
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It's great to see Theo continuing to get that recognition. He certainly knows how to lead. I love that Castro is doing so well! Good for him!!
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What a great game that was! I had to listen to the radio on the At Bat app, but Pat eases the pain of not being able to see it on TV. Russell hit that slam and I just laughed and laughed. Off to Cincinnati, hopefully to take over first place!
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2017 on Walk. Off. Addison. Cubs 7, Brewers 4. at Cubby-Blue
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That's a great painting of Ross. It's not easy to cover half the face and still have it be clear who it is. That Pittsburgh series was weird. But it looks like they are beginning to find their way again.
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I learned (from Pat and Ron I think) that Wrigley is the only remaining ball park that Jackie Robinson ever played in.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2017 on It's Jackie Robinson Day. at Cubby-Blue
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Ha! I love that illustration!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on Cubs 11 Brewers 6. The bats woke up! at Cubby-Blue
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It's funny. Zobrist's hit is not burned into my retinas. Not at all. But Almora taking second on that fly ball is. What a heady play that was. And by a rookie whose post season line (11 plate appearances) was .000/.000/.000 and had not been in the game until that moment. He sure found a way to contribute!
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The primary purpose of the slide is to stop at the bag from a sprint. The close you are to the bag when you start the slide, the quicker you get there (as soon as you start sliding, you are slowing down). The legs are usually more powerful than the arms and are able to absorb the shock of the stopping which allows one to start the slide later than if going in hands first. Players who are good at it are standing upright on the base at the end of the slide. Also, it complicates the fielder's play since the runner is coming in spikes first.
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I still believe that at some point, one of the regulars on the MLB team will be traded for a boatload of prospects and Happ (or some other phenom) will be brought up to fill the vacancy. The team doesn't lose much, if anything, and the minors stay stocked. If I haven't said it before, the watercolor of Edwards, Jr. at the top of the page is awesome.
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That video of Schwarber was followed by a video of quick answers to various questions by various players. All with lots of laughter. If you were lost in the wilderness, which teammate would guarantee you would never get out if he was with you. Consensus, Bryant "that hair, he's not an outdoor guy" "would walk in circle" Which teammate would you want as partner in a fight competition> Consensus: Schwarber "what a body" Schwarber's answer: Contreras Something about his eyes when he gets mad. This is going to be a fun year.
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I always thought (feared) that Cutler would figure it out and stop throwing interceptions at critical points late in the game. But he just never got there. It will be interesting to see how Glennon works out. You never know.
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Ha!! May you never turn your genius to evil. Yeah, I've been in Heaven all winter. I've said "The Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series Champions" many times. Always with a big grin on my face. And yet, it does kind of feel like last year was just experience for this year. There could be a lot of improvement. April 2. One month.
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In the ancient days, I took a film class in high school. The final project was to make a short movie. My rather uninspired group's movie was a bicycle race. At one point we had a rider fake a crash. I was the cameraman. The kid did such a good job of it, that I thought it had gone wrong and he was really wrecking. In the middle of the "crash," my surprise caused me to release the button for just a fraction of a second. That really made the wreck look bad. Baez's tags remind me of that. It's like someone clipped out a couple of frames so his glove goes from here to there instantaneously. I am sure that I never thought one day I would look forward to the opponent base runner taking off with the pitch. And yet, here we are. Great painting. I love the spray behind his finger, ripping a tear in space, creating a new reality.
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Five days til pitchers and hatchers report!
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I'm sorry, but when Davis hit that homer, I was not at all perturbed. The game was only tied. This was not any of the previous Cubs teams in my lifetime. Also, I am an optimist. I have never given up until it was over . As in it ain't over til it's over, over. I think 1969 was so traumatic that I was inoculated against despair.
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One of the late night talk shows ran a video of various celebrities (I think, could have been people on the street, like I would know the difference) giving the finger to 2016. I kept waiting for a guy in a Cubs hate to appear and be unable to follow suit. He never showed. I would have laughed and laughed. Oh, well. It's January 2 and the Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series Champs! That is why 2016 will always be a great year as far as I'm concerned. I received my prints (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CubbyBlue) and enjoyed showing them off to family over the holidays! Thanks so much for making them available. Happy New Year, Everybody!! It's going to be another great summer I feel sure! Almora taking 2nd on Bryant's flyout may be my favorite moment of the entire year.
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I'm sad to see Dexter go, but we've always known he would. I wish him a great career on a team that never quite wins the division (or the wildcard game). Your retrospectives are always such great reminders of the tremendous body of work you compiled here. The Chicago Cubs are the reigning World Series Champions.
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