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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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BTW, I watched the Bears game the other day. Your top draft pick at qb looked pretty good.
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Ha! Nice set of noses! Maybe Harper's injury is karma for a National's fan gloating over Addison and Willson..... Great game tonight! Arrieta pitched great and the Cubs gave him runs! So a .500 West Coast road trip. That's not bad at all.
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Yadier who? John Arguello was high on Contreras years ago. But I'm not sure if he saw this coming. At least he got to see Willson playing well. I still say au contraire to no one whenever he throws someone out. Right now, Willson's at bats are must see TV.
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The Caratini!!! LOL!! With a home run garnish. I love it! Thanks for starting my day with a good laugh. Great game!
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Montero certainly played a big role in 2015 and 2016 through to the World Series Championship. He will always be important in Cubs history. But his age was showing last year. I thought all along that the wrong catcher was retiring. Ross looked like he had more in the tank than Montero. Still, it is sad he goes out like that. I'm not sure the team needed to get younger, but in this case...
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2017 on Miguel Montero's hard lesson. at Cubby-Blue
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And two days later, still at .500. But Rizzo may be leading off for quite awhile! Here's hoping the pain goes away quickly. I hope you had a good Father's Day. At least the Cubs gave us a win!
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This is great! You (or Adam?) seem to have inspired the Cubs. 22 runs in three games. Probably would've been more if DeGrom(sp?) hadn't pitched one of them.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Come ON, Cubs. Bat, man! at Cubby-Blue
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That was one sweet sweep! And one rare bird sighting! Now four in a row and in first place! Winning is more fun!
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BTW, is that a Clutch Cargo reference!?!?!?!
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I hope you didn't lose it too badly this evening. Historically, West Coast road trips are never easy, as I am sure you well know. Pretty much the entire team is under performing. I can't believe they don't figure it out while there is still time to win the division. In the meantime, the Chicago Cubs are the defending World Series Champions!
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Not to mention the bullet that was dodged when Schwarber did not crack his head open going over that wall! And that beer that did not get knocked over!!! Nice "hidden camera" work there.
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Good call!
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I guess the sweep was not to be, but sooo close! Coghlan's leap over Molina was fantastic! Good for Coghlan! I've often thought that the leap over the fielder is not done enough. I'm sure it is only a minority of players who could pull it off, but there must be some (I would never have thought of Coghlan as someone to put on such a list!.) And yet we hardly ever see it.
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Yes! Heyward's bat has really started to show up. Can you imagine the weight he is feeling lifted off of him? A laugher and a squeaker! Now for the sweep! Lester (2.66 era) v Glasnow (7.94 era)
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It's great to see Theo continuing to get that recognition. He certainly knows how to lead. I love that Castro is doing so well! Good for him!!
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What a great game that was! I had to listen to the radio on the At Bat app, but Pat eases the pain of not being able to see it on TV. Russell hit that slam and I just laughed and laughed. Off to Cincinnati, hopefully to take over first place!
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2017 on Walk. Off. Addison. Cubs 7, Brewers 4. at Cubby-Blue
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That's a great painting of Ross. It's not easy to cover half the face and still have it be clear who it is. That Pittsburgh series was weird. But it looks like they are beginning to find their way again.
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I learned (from Pat and Ron I think) that Wrigley is the only remaining ball park that Jackie Robinson ever played in.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2017 on It's Jackie Robinson Day. at Cubby-Blue
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Ha! I love that illustration!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2017 on Cubs 11 Brewers 6. The bats woke up! at Cubby-Blue
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It's funny. Zobrist's hit is not burned into my retinas. Not at all. But Almora taking second on that fly ball is. What a heady play that was. And by a rookie whose post season line (11 plate appearances) was .000/.000/.000 and had not been in the game until that moment. He sure found a way to contribute!
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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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