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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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Great observation!
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Done.
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Woo Hoo! Not that it matters, but how big are the prints?
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2016 on Cubby Blue prints now available. at Cubby-Blue
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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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