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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Get stuff! I, too, really like the one with Soler finishing the swing. I still love the "absence" of the catcher. When Soler connects, the catcher is superfluous. Looking forward to the art! I see all the Cubs World Series merchandise in the stores, but I walk right by. Saving my money for something from you.
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Every now and then I look at whoever I am with (usually my wife,) smile and say "The Cubs won the World Series!" The Sports Illustrated arrived today. I carried it into the other room, held it up to my wife and said it. I feel strongly that I am walking around with a stupid grin on my face even more than I was...(it seems I started during this season, or at least no one ever commented on it before this season....) Your employer must really appreciate you. Not just as an employee, and not just as a Cubs fan, but as an artist. Looking forward to prints. I have a job now, I might even be able to buy something!
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2016 on Cubby Blue art on the wall. at Cubby-Blue
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I do not recall seeing or having a discussion anywhere about Bryant's habit of having a big grin on his face when he sees a pitch he likes. I feel sure that most of his home runs were hit while grinning ear to ear. That was the first time (I think, what with my feeble memory) that I noticed he was grinning as he was about to make a play in the field. But I knew it meant something good was about to happen. Love the painting of the moment! I love how Almora played such an important part in the last game. Up to that point, he had briefly appeared in only two of the previous six with just one plate appearance, but he was ready to be great when he was called upon. I confess that when the Indians tied the game, I briefly thought that we'd have to wait one more year. But then I realized it was only tied, Cleveland was running out of the good pitchers, and this was not the Cubs of old. I love how Joe Maddon managed the first Cubs team to win the World Series in 108 years yet I have heard a lot of criticism of the "crappy" managing job he did. Honestly, I wasn't all that excited about his use of Chapman. But he knows more than I do. AND THE CUBS WON!!! A manager has to make the moves he thinks need to be made. If one is going to lose, one needs to have the courage to lose doing what he believes is right. It sucks to lose when one managed as the "pundits" would have one manage. So good on Maddon to make the moves he thought needed made. Yes, it has all changed. The Greatest Summer Ever will do that!
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Best post in the best season ever!* The only thing better than watching a Cubs player hit a slam is watching him do it against a pitcher that had been brought in to face him. Great painting! A D SLAM Russell! And...since I'm a day late as usual.... Happy World Series Championship!! *At least for a day.
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I love the pic of your feet! Great job! Even when one knows intellectually that the superstitions are nothing, there remains the emotional attachment. I'm pretty sure the only superstition I have had for forever is to not bet because that was the kiss of death for whoever I bet on. I have a friendly wager for a meal with a good friend who's a Cleveland fan. The Cubs are so good that we can toss out our superstitions! That's a good team!
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Sorry you did not get to see a win, but it looks and sounds like you had a great experience. Cubs looked a lot better on Sunday, and now back to Cleveland where, perhaps, some of the younger players might not feel so much pressure. With Arrieta and Hendricks due up, anything can happen! I wonder if one reason Lester was pulled a bit early was in case he was needed in relief on Wednesday.... Great pics and I love the Rizzo painting! He is intense.
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That was such a great game! So many stories...good stories...which is why this team is so great. There are just so many players writing good stories. There's no telling which players will write some good stories on Friday, but it is a good bet there will be a few. But yes, Schwarber's story looms large. Before Schwarber's career is through, you'll be painting him from memory! The Cubs are playing a World Series game in Wrigley on Friday! It is a new universe we live in.
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It's gotta suck to get whipped by a guy who appears to not even break a swear or to even care if he beats you or not. Hendricks just stands out there and calmly pitches, sometimes it feels like he might be bored. Great painting with an excellent parenthetical. The Cubs are in the World Series. I've been walking around saying this to myself, but I don't think it has sunk in yet. It's like I'm speaking in tongues and I can't understand a word of it. It's weird because I was sure they would get here. Yes, I wondered a bit after the losses to Kershaw and Hill, but the Cubs bounced back and my confidence did also. Anyways, before the series starts, I want to take a moment to thank-you, Tim, for sharing your angst and joy over the years . All of the wonderful art, great stories, and humor. This blog enhances my experience as a Cubs fan. Being able to visit here through the Series is a silver lining in the long wait for the Series. Thank-you.
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And lead the way he did!! The Cubs have won the National League Pennant!!! Next stop for the Chicago Cubs is the World Series!! I'm sure it has not really hit me yet. There are hints that Schwarber may end up on the World Series roster.... Greatest Season Ever. I am really enjoying your paintings this year. Another good one today!
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Yeah, that was a pretty bleak two games, but it ain't over til it's over. Last night was a lot of fun! If I'm the Dodgers, I'm a bit worried. If Russell and Rizzo are hitting, the Dodgers prospects are bleak. I love your observation on the logo. I always wonder..."How many people signed off on that?" My current favorite bad logo is MetroPCS. Everytime I see the storefront sign, the only thing I see is POS (piece of...something) https://www.metropcs.com
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2016 on Cub Fans. DON'T JUMP! at Cubby-Blue
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BTW, your choice of viewing venue and company is way, way cool.
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HA! Happy NLCS!!! I agree with Donna, that is a beautiful rendering of Wrigley. Amazing game tonight! Baez steals home! (1st steal of home in the post season since 1907 I believe). Montero hits a pinch hit slam! (only third post season pinch slam ever) Hendricks vs Kershaw tomorrow. I feel good about our chances! Greatest Season Ever!
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I have to admit, I was resigned to this going five games. Then the ninth happened. I'm sure glad I was awake and paying attention since that all happened seemingly in an instant, and that was with all those pitching changes!! I feel like I've watched Baez grow up over the past season and a half. I look forward to watching him and Contreras (I'd forgotten he's only been around since mid June!) for many years (I still find myself saying "au contraire" every time Willson throws someone out) Looking forward to Saturday! As usual, I love the art! That was Willson's 75th MLB hit.
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Ha! Clearly there are exceptions, but it does seem like the "obvious, easy" ideas take a long time to bubble up from wherever they come from. It's just weird.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2016 on Cardinals lose. Cubs Clinch. at Cubby-Blue
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I was not able to see or listen to the game. I enjoyed the highlights! Love the "Clinch" illustration. Easily adapted to "Champs".... Such an amazing team!
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2016 on Cardinals lose. Cubs Clinch. at Cubby-Blue
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Nice painting of Kyle!! Great game! Hendricks was masterful! Remember when he was the #5 starter? Losing the no hitter sucked, but I was just as upset about losing the shutout. I believe his ERA would be under 2 if he had kept the shutout. And tonight, Lester looks like an athlete! I have to keep reminding myself to not look ahead too much. Enjoy the present!! I can't believe it would be very difficult to find a publisher. You know when the Cubs win the World Series, publishers will be shoveling out all kinds of drek on the theory the Cub fans will buy anything. Your work would easily be in the upper echelon of what gets published.
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Last year, in Washington on June 5th, Rizzo had two home runs and would have had a third but for Span doing what Broxton did. That has to suck to have that happen to you, hit it all that way, over the fence!, only to have someone jump that high at just the right moment. That was an amazing double play!
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When Baez makes those tags, I feel like I am witnessing something never before seen in the history of the world. Pretty sure I've never felt that way about anything before.
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I missed the first five innings so I only know that Lackey didn't do badly. Bullpen delivers 8 shutout innings! When Baez tagged that runner out I laughed and laughed and laughed. Unbelievable!!! Magic number is now 11! Home Field Advantage Magic Number is 19! Amazing season!!!
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Four game sweep! I got the impression that Rizzo maybe has taken a few practice jumps up onto that ledge when no one was looking.
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This is the greatest summer!!
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I was at work. And my phone battery has been weird lately and my phone was dead. I had no idea what would be happening when I turned on the TV when I got home. They were just back from the commercial break in the middle of the ninth. It's all in the timing. Great win!!
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Holy Crap! From the linked Camden Chat post: "For sanity’s sake, the only thing I can do tonight is root for Matusz to give up six runs in three innings."
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Lester's perfect bunt. Wood's great catch in left. What a game! When the wild pitch allowed the Cubs to tie, I laughed. When Heyward slid safe for the win, I just laughed and laughed.
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