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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Bryant has bangs?! I have never noticed! It is all different. Even when something bad happens and I think "Well, screw it," I don't think that. It is more "Well, screw...wait, there's still two more innings." I feel sure that the team is not playing at its potential yet. The hitting (with the weather) and the pitching (with health, Bosio magic, and FO intervention) will improve. That is a cool commercial.
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That was amazing. JUST over the top of the glove. Great game. Great comeback. Great illustration. Castro is BABIPing the heck out of the ball right now, .386 BABIP. So his .352 avg/.375 on base is going to come down. By that time, Russell has started picking up slack.
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And another amazing game last night! I am beginning to question reality. Is this really happening? I am blown away that Russell is already up.
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You always come away from games with lots of great pics! Thanks!! Cubs lost first series of the year. I thought that Schlitter wasn't very good. I still think so.
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This is amazing! I hope I can catch at least some of this game...
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The clutch Home painting is great! LOL! The starting pitching has been less than stellar, Rizzo has yet to get an extra base hit, Alcantara has one hit, and Kris Bryant is still in the minors... And yet the Cubs are two games over .500, apparently for the first time since the fall of Rome, and in first place. The starting pitching will be better than this. Rizzo and Alcantara will be better than this. Bryant will be on the team at some point. Small sample size, but this is looking pretty exciting so far!
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2015 on Dexter Fowler's Clutch Homer at Cubby-Blue
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Great game today! Nice for Castro to get that RBI. A split of two game with the Cardinals, I'll take it. Off to Colorado, who just swept three games for Milwaukee. Thank God baseball is back!
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Anything is possible, but my money says that Bryant does not sign an extension and gets traded six years from now, one year away from free agency. A year later, the Cubs do not offer him the most money and he signs with someone else. I plan to enjoy the six years. "A Boras Chorus/Theo Trio Production" HA!!!
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Hey, don't sell not finding the park short. Jackson should always get lost on the way to the park. At least his stats wouldn't get any worse.
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Yes, by waiting to bring him up, the Cubs will retain control through 2021. This does NOT mean that Bryant will be a Cub through 2021. My money says that when Bryant refuses to sign an extension (because that's what Boras clients do), he gets traded between the 2020 and 2021 seasons. By not bringing him up early, the Cubs are making sure he is still a Cub in 2020 (as opposed to being traded before THAT season.)
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I do not drink coffee, so I never make coffee. I do, however, often use a coffee filter in lieu of a paper towel in the microwave. I will definitely be trying that trick to get one off the stack. Lake may have given himself a whack after badly misplaying that single into an inside the park home run. Just fifteen days away and pretty much all the problems are of the "what are we gonna do with all this talent" variety. A long, long ways away from past seasons!
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Love the new header! 17 back to back jacks might be a tad optimistic. 25 days.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2015 on Soler, Baez, Bryant, Cubs. (gif) at Cubby-Blue
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Yeah, I saw the replay. But since you linked to it, I watched it about twenty more times (well, the actual swing twenty more times.) I think Schwarber is going to be a beast. I'm so excited for this year, but knowing, in all probability, that the best is still to come. Lester pitched great today. Funny how the Cubs are now 0-2-1 but nothing has happened to not make us feel pretty good about it all. 30 Days. I don't now about Chicago, but looking at the Fort Wayne forecast, tomorrow is the first day of spring!
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Holy Rizzo!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2015 on Baseball is coming gif. at Cubby-Blue
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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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