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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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I missed most of the game. I tuned in just in time to see Morse tie it in the eighth. I saw the rest of the game, but was unaware of the back story you just gave on Ishikawa. That is very cool. He is now "forever" a legend in San Francisco. I'm rooting for the Royals, but I won't lose any sleep over the Giants winning. I guess I have a soft spot for them since they beat the Cards.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Poof go the Cardinals. Morans! at Cubby-Blue
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There have been times in my life when that would have qualified as the good clothes. I swear if I went to a black tie presidential state dinner I'd come home with paint on my tux. It does suck when a good article of clothing bites the dust.
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As long as they, enamored with his 0.00 ERA and 1.000 WHIP, don't make him the pitching coach. I'm guessing you have one of those step stools in your house, yes? Welcome back to Wrigley, Doug!!!
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The Cards were certainly in his head before he got pulled! I guess I'm just rooting for the Cards/Dodgers to go five games, preferably with the next four going extra innings. Come to think of it, I guess that's my preference for the Nats/Giants!
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That was a great outfield play. And I'm rooting hard for the Royals. And the Cardinals 111 mil beat the Dodgers 229 mil!! I'm really torn over that one...hating to see the Cardinals win, but at least they build their team the "right" way! The Dodgers left Kershaw in too long, I could not believe it. The A's did the same thing with Lester against the Royals. I do not understand it. I can't believe I'm all for the American League in the playoffs. Royals or Baltimore, please!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2014 on Nori Aoki's lucky glove. (cartoon) at Cubby-Blue
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Pittsburgh just got beat. It was not all that fun a game to watch (unless you're a Giants fan). The A's/Royals game was fantastic!!! (though it kept me up too late.) One of the memorable (for me) scenes in Money Ball is when Bean is telling the players if the other team wants to give us an out (sacrifice bunt), take it; don't try and do too much with it. I find it ironic that the Royals bunted successfully four times (two times leading to a run) and won the game. It might have been even more ironic if Oakland had won 8-7 in the twelth. They got that eighth run with the help of a sac bunt! Great painting! I look forward to hearing about "shooting" that guy.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2014 on A's and Pirates are done. at Cubby-Blue
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I am pretty sure I have seen balks called and when the tv ran the replay I could see it. I am certain that more often I have not been able to. Yesterday was such a one. Even in replay, I have no idea how or where or when Strop balked. I think balks are even more mysterious that balls and strikes. I love your depiction. Seems about right (and Twilight Zoneish.) A nice win. And Baez went 3-5 (and only struck out once Saturday!) May tomorrow give us a great football game with no injuries! Beyond that, I assume we disagree.
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That was a great game! A great way to finish the home season. I've been waiting for next year for a long time. It can not get here soon enough. I hope your face has grown back by then!
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Oh yeah. That throwing the ball into the stands with only two outs remains the worst defensive play I have ever seen. Lillibridge fielding a ground ball and then just holding on to it is the second worst. I am very thankful that this FO cares about the mental make up of the players. This is such a great group of guys to watch.
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I sure hope you had a chance to at least partly pay attention to today's game. Great come back! Cubs starter (Doubront) gives up six runs in 2.1 innings to the Dodgers and the Cubs still win!!! Coghlan with two home runs, a double, a single, a walk, 3 rbi, 3 runs scored. And people think the Cubs need a left fielder for next year..... Today's game was not on TV for me, so I listened to the At Bat radio feed on my phone (At Bat premium free the last month...smart move, I might actually buy it next year). Completely meaningless, but fun!!! https://twitter.com/CespedesBBQ/status/512275095789010944/photo/1
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Rizzo is amazing. And such a good guy! Kershaw v. Jackson = bloodbath was my thought before today's game. Then I heard someone saying that Jackson was probably on a pitch limit of 75 pitches or so. I thought "Man, if he gets to 75 pitches, that would be great!" I think he lasted 35 pitches.
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Best wishes to Stanton for a full recovery. Hopefully, next year the Cubs will not have a September swoon. That illustration 'bout qualifies as "serious art." Well done.
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Oh, no. If I or someone is paying for a good hotel room, I would expect the coffee to be good. I mean, willikers, it is not like good coffee is some dark secret known only to a tiny few.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2014 on Catching the Cubs on production. at Cubby-Blue
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I'm just guessing here, but I don't imagine the agency puts you up in Best Westerns. I can't believe wherever you are is not able to see to it that the coffee is not revolting.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2014 on Catching the Cubs on production. at Cubby-Blue
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Amazing how far the team falls without Rizzo and Castro. I picture Soler looking around and thinking "Did I get promoted or demoted?" Funny how all this matters not. My one quibble with your great illustration is that I find the strikeouts to not be bitter at all. Every strikeout this year is one less next year. "Get 'em out of your system!"
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2014 on State of the Cubs right now. (cartoon) at Cubby-Blue
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There's always next week.
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So many stupid penalties in that GB/Seattle game! Oh well. Hopefully a learning experience. Still a long season ahead. The Bears should beat the Bills. I bet you will be happy tomorrow at least.
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If the Cardinals sweep the Brewers, it would make if quite difficult for the Brewers to still win the division. But if they do not... The Cubs last six are three against the Cardinals and three against the Brewers. I'm thinking the division is decided in the last six games... The Cubs also have a real shot at finishing ahead of the Reds. I'm sure that would please Reds fans to no end... If the Cubs put up a whole lot more Black Eyes without Rizzo and Castro....well, next year cannot get here soon enough! As for the Packers, starting at Seattle is not so bad. Everyone expects a loss, so a loss isn't terrible and a win is fantastic!!!
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Rizzo's last game was August 26. The Cubs have played .500 ball since then. Of course, Soler's first game was August 27. (Amazing how much fun even a .500 record can be.) The real harm of Rizzo's injury is that it put off the day we could see Rizzo and Soler in the lineup together. I am not superstitious, injuries happen. All the depth is not just because some might bust, but to back up injuries. All this talent is like a Cubby Occurrence Inoculation. Off topic, if you eliminate Hendricks first inning of work (3 earned runs against the Reds), his ERA is 1.46!!
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Great post! That was a great game to see live! Gee, there was a lot of buzz in that place by the time Soler hit his second. That first pic looks like a miniature scale model thing. I wonder if the Cardinal fans could almost hear the distant drums...boom, boom, boom, boom, doom.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2014 on A Cub Fan at Busch Stadium. (photos) at Cubby-Blue
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BTW, the gif is hysterical. I did not watch it through until after I watched several minutes of the Sandberg game, the Marla Collins video, the T-ball video, read the post, replied to the post... Just like when there is a review during a game, I find a distraction to get me through it. (although I am not sure I realized it was a gif....) Thanks for the many laughs.
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Somehow the review delay just does not bother me. But I am a big fan of getting the call right. The delay in football gets irritating (and I think the NFL could learn something from MLB). Has the NFL replay delays spawned additional advertising? That clip of your kid in t-ball is awesome!
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Did you see Chapman give Baez a pat on the butt as they passed each other after the game? Looked like respect to me. I look forward to more Chapman v Baez moments. A Fangraphs analysis of that at bat: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-watch-aroldis-chapman-and-javier-baez/ Soler is awesome. I think Castro was too soon returned from bereavement leave. You forgot the Black Eye Spoiler for the win over the Reds on Tuesday.
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I think they do contend next year. I do not expect the World Series, but I expect a wild card at the minimum. Maybe I am overly optimistic, I always have been. Rizzo is a monster. Not just at the plate, but just as a ball player in general. That baby faced polite young man is the gnarled veteran of the Chicago Cubs (him and Castro.) And yes, I loved that he said that. Thanks for celebrating it. And he's signed through 2021!! In terms of the Cubs, maybe 1969 held more promise (I was POSITIVE they would win it all.) But that was the hope of an ignorant kid. Now I'm not positive, but I do believe based on a lot more knowledge and understanding than that kid had.
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Theo and Co.'s words cannot always be taken at face value. Remember the mantra that mediocrity was worse than just flat out being bad? Win big or lose big! Suddenly, that is no longer true. I was, more or less, content for this to be another losing season to the end. But if Theo and Co. figure it is time to stop the losing, who am I to argue? The clock has sped up and I could not be happier. And yet, next year can't possible get here soon enough.
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