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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Being sick sucks. Hope you feel better soon.
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That game kind of sucked. Now they've lost five in a row? I think. Well, everyone said the team would be up and down. That's what youth brings you. You always get such great pics when you go to the game. Thanks for sharing.
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So you got to see the Ump Show! That was truly bizarre. I thought one of the great things about the Cup was that each player could take it wherever he wanted to and this often ended up with fans being able to hold it. Twitter hockey fans confuse me.
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I'm with Bud. That's a great watercolor!! Cubs beat Kershaw and Greinke! Two great games!! Nine over .500
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I missed the shot of Manny. Starlin has started looking real good the last couple of days. I'm guessing that is not a coincidence. I really want him to play well and remain the Cubs shortstop. Nice rain out today so all of Chicago could pay attention to the Blackhawks. Congratulations!
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7-3 over the last ten. I see that the Cardinals and Pirates are also 7-3 over the last ten. Indians, Twins, Dodgers and Cardinals coming up. The fun should continue!! Good thing Castro is finding his bat while Rizzo is in a bit of a slump.
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That painting is awesome. This portrait series is really great. It's funny, I had already figured out that the Soler painting looked even better in a larger size than how it appears at the top of the post. Then I read that it is the largest you've done in forever. Really impressive. I think I might agree the catcher should be left out, but it is a close call. In the front row on the far left, is that the older woman who is at every game and always shown singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame? Dorothy Farrell is the name by one account in 2003 on the internets ( http://www.chicagotribune.com/cs-030428askpaulsullivan-story.html#page=1 ) Nice win against the Reds to open the series! Here's hoping that the veterans are finally getting through to the kids to not take the losing teams lightly.
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When the Cubs hired Pinella, a friend of mine insisted that Pinella would shake things up if everything wasn't going right. But Pinella reminded me of Durocher, never changing anything. Maddon does not wait around twiddling his thumbs while things may or may not get better. He makes them better. And if confidence building cds are part of his tool kit, I'm all for it. 3 out of 4 from the Nats AT Washington!! That is sweet.
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I was at that game! And after the two home ru... er... pancakes, Rizzo hit another long fly to left center that was maybe 12 inches shy of being another pancake. Span was able to jump and catch it with his glove against the wall. I guess that one was only a waffle. The Cubs played from behind the whole game, but they battled. I don't get to many games and it feels like they lose every time I do, but Friday was fun. Losing is not nearly so bad when the team has so much promise (and they won the series 3-1!!!!)
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Pop art!! Ha! I have faith that Maddon will not allow them to play down to the competition. St. Louis is playing Milwaukee. There are no days off on game days!
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I watched a few minutes of that, what is it?, hockey. Looked like the Blackhawks were going to win, so I stopped watching. Cubs go 2 and 3 in a five game home stand against two teams who are combined 16 over .500. Not great, but not bad. I would love to see a three game sweep of the Marlins.
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It is weird. Most of Strop's numbers are worse this year compared to last. But his WHIP is slightly improved to 1.000. It is my understanding that a 1.000 WHIP is considered excellent. Yet his results otherwise are so-so. I almost always cheat with mazes. It is almost always much easier to do them backwards. Maybe if Strop thinks about how to get from the strike zone to his hand? Tough game against the Royals (I almost typed A's!) but I feel the game was closer than the score.
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Russell looks like he's figuring it out and is going to join Bryant and Rizzo as a dependable bat. It is so cool seeing them hit. The Cubs can play with those guys, and that's despite the fact that the Cubs have a completely different bench than they expected to have (Alcantara, Olt, LaStella, Denorfia). And still missing Ramirez in the pen.
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This is a great series! Really looking forward to tomorrow night. Love the art! It sure is nice to have fun baseball.
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Yeah, I'm really enjoying Deshaies. I think I've heard that Vvffff, but I am going to be paying more attention now. Fantastic painting of Deshaies. I love the colors. A good team is really inspiring you. That Rizzo at the top of the page is awesome!
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Last year I watched Cubs games on five different stations on my cable (my memory is that it was six, but I can only think of five.) And even with that, there were games I could not get. This year is no improvement.
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Well, a .500 road trip. But...a .500 road trip! To the WEST! On the road, playing .500 works. This week will be quite telling. I can't wait.
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That game was FAST! Hendricks really had it going. If he can come anywhere close to that in future outings, that would be great! This is turning into quite a nice road trip. Illinois governors in jail! LOL!
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I managed to stay up for all of this one. Wada's run around the bases was eye opening. Who knew he was such a master of the base path? Are we sure he does not paint his toenails?
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I've always been an optimist when it comes to the Cubs. So crazy talk just comes naturally.
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I thought it interesting that when the Pirates ended the streak, they really did it with good outfield defense. The Cubs had chances and hit the ball hard, but the Pirates ran 'em down. Six out of seven homestand. The Cubs are now .500 on the road and .619 at home. That's a 90 win season if they maintain.
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I have no specific ideas. But I would point out that a lot more than brooms sweep. There's Swifters, and vacuums, storms, floods, armies, lovers (off his/her feet)... I bet if you let go of the broom, you will have no problem coming up with stuff.
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SWEEP!!!!!!!!!! What a great series! I'm looking forward to many more of Tim's Variations on a Broom.
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I missed Castro playing shadow ball. Then I watched the highlight and laughed and laughed. That was great! Fantastic painting of Joe!
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The Brewers series kind of sucked, but where better to turn things around than St. Louis? You think what's her name on Thrones (I've watched all of two minutes) is soon to be dead?
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