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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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I turned the game on in the middle of the second. It seemed I could hardly have blinked before it was 2-9. I admit I got a bit grumpy about it "This team sucks!" But I kept looking at how many innings were left and decided I shouldn't be too quick to judgment. Besides, between work and the games that I don't get, this was such a treat that I could actually watch most of a game! So I was still there for the 8th! Yes, the Braves' pitchers couldn't throw a strike all of a sudden, but the Cubs batters showed great discipline and accepted their walks! What a great game! I'm glad I didn't have to actually ride the coaster!!!
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That painting is hysterical! When it came up on the screen, all I saw was the facial expression, which is classic all on its own. But then I scrolled down and the arms come into view. OMG!!! Well done! That was a great series!
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Pretty good start! Lester not so great, but everyone else! I was going to miss the game due to work, but I wasn't feeling well and went home early. I realized as I was starting the van that the Cubs were about to play and my illness was a bit too convenient. Then I get home and turn on ESPN and as soon as 12:30 hit, the program changed to some sports talk show I've never heard of. Why on earth would an ESPN broadcast of the Cubs playing in Miami be blacked out in Fort Wayne,IN?!!? Anyways, I heard a lot of it on the At Bat when I wasn't sleeping.
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I've seen almost nothing of spring training this year. I only remember one moment (seen on the At Bat app!). Kyle Hendricks started a game by striking out the first batter on three pitches with all three pitches right down the middle. Then the second batter grounded out on the first pitch. It felt right to me!!
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I have counted sheep on a few occasions. Not with any success. Maybe it requires real sheep.
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He looks like the better end of every trade he was involved in (from Baseball Reference, https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithle02.shtml): June 3, 1975: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round of the 1975 amateur draft. Player signed June 20, 1975. December 8, 1987: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi. May 4, 1990: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tom Brunansky. August 31, 1993: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Yankees for Rich Batchelor. October 25, 1993: Granted Free Agency. January 20, 1994: Signed as a Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles. October 24, 1994: Granted Free Agency. December 14, 1994: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels. May 27, 1996: Traded by the California Angels to the Cincinnati Reds for Chuck McElroy. October 29, 1996: Granted Free Agency. January 21, 1997: Signed as a Free Agent with the Montreal Expos. September 25, 1997: Released by the Montreal Expos. January 20, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the Kansas City Royals. In his eight years with the Cubs, he finished 342 games but only had 180 saves with 46 blown saves. I'm guessing that kind of ratio doesn't exist these days for a closer. I remember my Dad, while Smith walked off the field after a blown save, saying disgustedly "Look at him. He doesn't even care." I always thought that was an unfair comment.
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Yeah, those aren't seedlings being planted in Arizona this year. They are saplings. It is extremely unlikely that anyone will be worse than last year, and very likely that many will be better. This is going to be a fun year.
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And just 38 days until the games count! That may as well be tomorrow as fast as time goes anymore!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2018 on Cubs Depth Charts from 2010 - 2018. at Cubby-Blue
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HA! I DID have time to read. I finally gave up being self employed (not self disciplined enough) and took a job which is now a full time job. You may have noticed I do not comment as often as I used to (but I am always enjoying your stuff!!) I probably read less than half of what gets posted at Cubs Den these days.
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I feel like I've been reading about Dillon for years and years over at Cubs Den. It would be great to finally see him pitch more than a few innings. The last three outings last year are a nice teaser. Love the eye in the shade of the cap.
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Really nice painting of Quintana. Is that the veins in the right arm?! Aaron Rodgers says lots of nice (and deserved) things about Urlacher: cheeseheadtv.com/blog/aaron-rodgers-on-brian-urlacher-smartest-player-that-ive-ever-played-against-622
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LOL!! Thank your wife for the laugh. 45 years ago, my barber told me that if I backed in, the glasses would not fog up. My memory is that he was correct. Of course, it has been a long time since I remembered to do that.
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I've never shared your hatred of the Astros (though I do think they had the worst uniforms in history several years ago,) But it has resulted in some fun stuff... Roger Clemens went fishin' and stuck a big hook in his toe. HA! If the Cubs were not going to win the Series, then I find the Astros a perfectly acceptable alternative. If the Cubs fail to win next year, I would love to see Cleveland do so. I know it has been awhile for the Dodgers, but not nearly long enough as far as I care.
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Someone posted on Cubs Den that: Baseball Reference has 2.73 million innings in it's database. Last nights inning with an intentional walk, strike out with passed ball, catcher's interference, and a hit by a pitch is the only such inning in the database. In fact, there have been only five games that contain all of those events. What a game! I hope the entire pitching staff can recover quickly.
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Ha! I was at work and didn't get to the TV until the middle of the seventh. From there to the end was a great game all by itself! I guess we're waiting for tomorrow. As always, a great painting. I love the helmet and the hands. Nice touch leaving the blue out above the bat.
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I had to follow that game the same way you did. That was a bit of a gut punch. But they and Edward's all got back on the horse today. Edwards pitched great! He looked so fluid and effortless. Let's have Schwarber similarly get back on the horse tomorrow! English saddle? Love Edwards on the horse! Really like the NLDS banner you have up there.
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I trust the two of you enjoyed that first game! I missed the whole thing (went to work without my phone,) but I sure loved finding out about it!!! Hendricks tomorrow!
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Ha! I was fortunate to not be watching or listening at the time. By the time I heard of it, the news was that things did not seem too serious. I hope you didn't really spill the beer!
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The interesting thing about the 14-12 game is that it never felt like the Cubs were in any danger of losing. They built a lead, Milwaukee would chip away, the Cubs would build it back, etc. Rizzo is indeed a rock. He looks to be a Cub for four more seasons after this year. Plenty of time for plenty more numbers! I didn't see much of today's game, but I saw the entirety of Maples' inning. That was nice to see. I loved how he took a few seconds to look around before he set foot on the rubber and got down to business.
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All the pieces starting to fall into place. Should be an exciting September!
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At the rate he is going, Baez will soon be the God of the Diamond. Fantastic illustration! Four in a row!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2017 on Javy Baez is the God of the Glove. at Cubby-Blue
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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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