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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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A 7 for 7 week! The Nationals did not want to get swept. They put up a good fight in the third game. And when that didn't work, they put up a great fight in the last game. But to no avail. Amazing! I feel like I've discovered baseball this year. I don't know what I've been watching all these years, but it wasn't this!
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Soler is not as lost as all that. His strike out rate is 22.6% with a walk rate of 10.7%. Not great, but better than Baez. His BABIP is .208. His time is coming.
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Len and J.D. talked about whether a utility player could win a Gold Glove. They figured not, but maybe he could win the Platinum Glove. But the Platinum Glove must be chosen from among the Gold Gloves. Assuming he keeps this stuff up, Baez certainly looks to deserve something. I cannot remember seeing anyone this good before. He is a fielding genius.
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I feel like I've mentioned this before, but if not... When the Cubs win the World Series, there will be a boom market for books. I think a great book would be a selection of your posts. From angst to joy. I bet you have contacts, or contacts who have contacts. Not too soon to start sending out feelers. Love the tiles! Love what the offense did to Cole. He did not look happy.
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I'm a big fan of Soler, but it never occurred to me to wish that Soler was still in there. I had confidence that Szczur would deliver (though I wasn't thinking slam!) One of the many things I love about this team is that there really are no weak spots. Just some spots stronger than others. Heck, even the pitchers have been hitting pretty good. When he hit that slam I just laughed and laughed.
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That slide was amazing! Baez is so much fun to watch. The gif is great. That's just how it happened! Sorry about the Blackhawks.
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Ha! That's probably what pitchers see when they look in with Rizzo at the bat. This is so much fun! After 14 Games, Rizzo's numbers .163/.339/.388/.726 8 hits, 3 HR, 1 triple, 0 doubles, 11 RBI After 19 games .203/.360/.580/.940 14 hits, 8 HR, 1 triple, 0 doubles,21 RBI In just five games he raised his numbers that much. It boggles my brain over just what this season might bring.
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Ha, Ha! You could've used that same drawing for Arrieta's no hitter! (with some changes to the wording).
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I was not able to watch it. CSN+. The + means I'm screwed. But I was paying attention with Gameday and the At Bat Ap. I swear Pay was probably more stressed out late in the game than anyone on the field. Arrieta keeps this up and he is going to have one heck of an historic season. Just like the team! Last night snapped the Reds streak of not being no-hit at 7109, thus insuring the Cubs MLB record of not being no-hit for 7920 games (7951 including the post season) will be safe for at least the next 24+ seasons. "It's the most runs scored by a winning team in a no-hitter since the pitching distance was moved to 60 feet, six inches in 1893." http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2016/4/21/11485052/cubs-reds-recap-jake-arrieta-kris-bryant-mlb-scores
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on No Hittarrieta. Cubs 16 Reds nothin'. at Cubby-Blue
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Jake throws a no hitter! Cubs offense EXPLODES!! And I know you are thrilled that Kane scored that 2nd overtime goal to win the game and force another game!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2016 on The Cubs infield: we're in good hands. at Cubby-Blue
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That was an amazing inning. Great, great gif! I just love the frequent camera shots of the opposition's manager while the Cubs hitter takes another ball. Sometimes you can read the Cubs curse on their lips.
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So this is what it is like to root for a championship contender. It's even better than I dreamed.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2016 on Russell Mania is sweeping Chicago. at Cubby-Blue
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Beautiful painting, fantastic game!! I heard ESPN refer to Addison Muscle. Ha! The Reds starter did a great job, but the constant pressure of the Cubs lineup is telling. God, what a team!
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Yeah, that sucked. Winning or losing, we will miss him. Then he will be back. He'll kick rehabs butt. Great illustration.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2016 on I am so sad for Kyle Schwarber. at Cubby-Blue
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Seemed like after every Cubs hit, there is a close up of Greinke who looks like he's thinking "Who are these guys?" I'm thinking a lot of pitchers are going to be wondering that this year.
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If the Cubs keep this up, managers are going to hate playing a four game series against them. There are going to be times when the Cubs leave the opponents bullpen in shambles. Fantastic gif. That's how it felt last night. No letup. I wonder if Lackey's rough start was a "first game for the Cubs adrenalin and pressure."Kudos to Maddon to let him work though it and to the offense for giving Maddon the cushion he needed to let Lackey work through it. Every pitch counts and the Cubs look like they are playing that way.
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Great gif! Should be a great series with the Diamondbacks! I see the one game I would get to see is Saturday night and we will be out of town. So the next game I get to watch is next Thursday. Which will be the 2nd game of the season I get to watch. Just when the Cubs get really good... I can't wait until the Cubs have a TV package that isn't spread out over a bunch of poorly distributed stations, half of which I don't get.
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The Cubs made the Angel pitchers throw 188 pitches. Cub pitchers threw 101 I believe. I believe I saw Scioscia cursing as a Cub batter fouled off yet another pitch. This is already fun!
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23 hours. Real Cubs baseball! Real baseball played by the Cubs!! Real good baseball played by the Cubs!!! Whether they go all the way or not, I will be shocked if this is not the best and most fun Cubs season of my life. That banner is sure a nice change from the knife to the heart!
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Fowler also answers the question of who is batting lead-off. 8 days!!!
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Hands down, that is the BEST argument I have ever heard for Daylight Savings Time. It is one less hour to wait for first pitch of opening day. Well done!
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Cubs playing the Brewers in just about an hour from now!!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2016 on Reminder: Jake Arrieta is an ace. at Cubby-Blue
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I don't think you should sell yourself short on the cool meter. I love the line up gif. I think you could have added Bryant to the outfield and 1st base. Nevertheless, Joe can't be complaining to Theo and Jed about much, if anything. Getting closer!
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"Almost got caught off base." Ha! I'll be laughing all day at that. Finally! I actually made one accurate prediction last fall. I said Coghlan would not be with the team in 2017. He publicly complained about playing time and there was little chance he would see more this year. I like Coghlan, I appreciate the play he gave the Cubs, and I hope he has a great time in Oakland. If Fowler bats this year as he did the second half of last year, this is a big improvement. Chris can hit, but the Cubs are full of guys that can hit. Fowler is a lead off guy. Cubs don't have a lot (any?) of those. Plus they got another pitcher for AAA bullpen depth! Oh, and they are paying Fowler quite a bit less than what they offered him in the Qualifying Offer. Improve the team, save money. The front office is amazing.
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