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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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I disliked Bradley because he was unable to keep track of how many outs there were. I would rather not have Ty Cobb. The alternative is not Hayward. There are a lot of baseball players, that you only have a choice of two is pretty rare. If you have the means to pay Cobb, you can pay whoever you want.
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It is not often I share your angst, but this is one time I do and this gif captures it perfectly. The only thing I like about this move is, as you say, Theo did it and he presumably did his homework. Also, it tells me that he is not overly concerned about the somewhat inconsistent play of late. Theo going all in makes it easier for me to remain optimistic.
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That was a hell of a throw by Heyward. The Cubs got a break on the call. The runner was safe. Montero is the anti-Baez when it comes to applying a tag. Still, it was such a great throw that the umpire blew the call. Montero is not without his virtues (he usually has a quality at bat, framing), but I'm much happier when Contreras is catching.
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I wonder if the sales of potato chips have jumped in the Chicago area. "Good Grip Potato Chips" Ha!
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I can't believe I forgot all about the "Au Contreras." It would be so cool if the crowd took to chanting that when he throws someone out.
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Great job on the portrait. It's just beautiful.
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Ha! I love that bit of animation. And that's pretty much how it went down!! I think the All-Star break was beneficial!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on Mets Matz vs Cubs Batz. at Cubby-Blue
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It is interesting that Arrieta did not pitch in the All-Star Game. Seems like I hear Len and J.D.(?) talk about pitch counts and high stress pitches. I wonder if Arrieta is treating every pitch as a high stress situation. Maybe he needs to relax and pitch, then bear down when the situation calls for it. Given the shape he keeps himself in, it is weird that he feels he needs the break. I'm still looking for a strong second half! Just a few hours away.
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Besides the outcome, my only complaint would be that all the Cubs position players started, so after the third or fourth inning, there were not going to be any more Cubs at bats. That's like a first world problem, isn't it? One more day off. Looking forward to Friday afternoon! Nice GIF!
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I think this is going to be the most interesting trading period in a long time. How much will the front office give up and for what? People want them to go all in, but they are on record as being here for the long haul (contend for ten years, you probably win at least once.) So how much of the future are they willing to part with for the present? Clearly there is talent they can spare. But equally clear, they want value back for value given. As for the team, I will certainly be watching them play Tuesday! I remain confident of a good and fun second half. And I agree that winning yesterday was nice to see!
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Ha! As long as you are not freaking out... I think part of the problem here is that Cub fans have so rarely been able to cheer for such a dominate team that we have too little experience with what a true slump looks like. Fowler will return. Heyward will be better (I understand he has always had better second halfs.) Bosio will tinker with Lester, Arrieta, Lackey and Hammel (though Hammel is historically not a second half success, so that will be interesting to see.) The front office will tinker with the bullpen (and possibly with the rotation.) In the meantime, Contreras (permanently?) and Almora and (briefly) Candelario are getting some big league experience.
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HA! Love the Lost poster!! Got to believe they will be found soon. There is no way this team is actually this bad. Those uniforms sure are ugly, even without the Steve Garvey association.
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The glass is 62% full. But this recent stretch has been frustrating. I'm not concerned. People will get healthy, moves will be made. I feel confident that the second half will be exciting.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2016 on The Cubs' glass: half full or empty? at Cubby-Blue
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Lord Nose! Ha! Get better soon, Tim! The winning ways will be back any day now.
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Oh yeah. That flesh wound sure looks painful!
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on Cubs swept. Just a flesh wound. at Cubby-Blue
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That series was SO much more important to the Cardinals than it was to the Cubs (as an aside, maybe it is my imagination, but I feel like opposing teams in general are taking the Cubs much more seriously than they ever have in the past.) Remember when, going into the Cardinals/Cubs playoff series the Cardinal players were all "Rivalry? There's a rivalry?" I suspect they are much more aware of the rivalry now. They certainly played like it. This year it is the Cubs who have bigger fish to fry then just beating the Cardinals in the regular season.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on Cubs swept. Just a flesh wound. at Cubby-Blue
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Great illustration!! "Where there's a Will" HA! A nice welcome to the show for Contreras! It was so cool to see the crowd giving him his due before he even batted!!! That's a knowledgeable crowd!
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It is my understanding that Contreras will be catching three of the five starters. That means Ross and Montero both get four days off between starts. I'm sure this is all about having them both healthy for the playoffs....and.... if they are not healthy come the playoffs, Contreras will have some MLB experience in his belt. In the meantime, I do not think Contreras starting will be interfering with winning games.
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I don't know about hypnotizing, but I sure find it distracting. I can't imagine why a batter would do that. I find it hard to watch, and yet I can't avert my eyes. Rizzo's movement has the same effect on me. I can't stand it. The problems of a being a fan of a good ball club!
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Ha! I thought about something like that, but I don't drink coffee so I had no idea where to go with it. Espresso sounds pretty good!
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His first start. His first outfield assist. His first hit. His first RBI. Good coffee.
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That the team is clearly having fun is, in some ways, the best part. The winning is the best part, but it is so much better that they play the game the way they do.
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Not just 7 no hit innings, 7 PERFECT innings! And Arrieta goes tonight.
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Or your fourth starter in some cases. That was great to see him get a complete game. Hopefully there will be more Hendricks starts to the 7th and beyond coming up.
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Great drawing of that stare. Being able to watch Jake pitch for the Cubs is a lot of fun. I am extremely optimistic about the Cubs fortunes this and coming years, but I am not optimistic that Jake will be pitching for the Cubs in 2018, or even 2017. Yes, a profitable TV deal will finally be in place in 2020, but it is likely to not be as good as the Yankees' (Cubs are not in New York and are not the Yankees) or Dodgers' (whoever is paying the money to the Dodgers is not finding enough buyers for the product and they are taking a bath.) Finally, someone will overpay so much for Jake that the Cubs will not be willing to match it. Given all that, I would not be surprised if Jake is traded prior to next season. He would bring quite a haul. They may keep him and settle for the draft pick they would get when he signs elsewhere as a free agent, but I am sure they would be listening to and considering serious offers.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2016 on Jake Arrieta and The 60' 6" Stare. at Cubby-Blue
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