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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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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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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