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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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I welcome the return of the Victory Chicklet. It is still a great idea. On a similar note, how is it possible that Dove Chocolate does not sell a Dove chocolate turtle during the holidays?
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Tim, is that an actual photo taken at a rest stop "just outside Illinois" (which surely must mean in Indiana, right?) It just does not look like anything I've ever seen at a rest stop (and I've browsed brochures at many a one.)
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I agree completely. My EXPECTATION for 2015 is good Cubs baseball and serious contention for a wild card at the least. With or without Lester.
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I watched the first half and figured the second half would not be all that interesting. Then I checked in on it about mid fourth quarter to see that I was right but just as the Bears started a comeback, so I kept it on. Oh well. I assume there is no way Trestman is still the coach next year. Right? Comsuck. LOL!
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Mountains at night are a trip. And you miss the scenery! I don't care a whit where Samardzija pitches next year.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Tim! Thanks for another great year of Cubby Blue.
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I think this means that since they did not get Martin, they want to give Castillo every opportunity to improve. And with that ad for Blanco, who else would you call?
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The first thing that I thought about was "'Shipload' seems kind of awkward there. Why not 'boatload'? That's the word I use. I wonder why Tim uses 'shipload' instead of 'boatload'. But then, I'm a bit slow. Either way, Lester will be wealthy. I'm still pulling for the Cubs to sign him, but if they don't, well, no one thought they had much of a staff going into last year and they were great. So who knows?!?!
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