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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Don't feel bad, I've had days like that. One thing goes wrong and you act to correct it and that was wrong, ad nauseum. Glad the nightmare did not continue on for the shoot. I missed the first few innings of the game. The local newspaper did not show it as on TV, and the Cubs schedule on line showed it on CSN+ which I do not get. Then later I'm flipping through the program guide and there is CSN showing the Cubs game, so I turned it on and there it is! I stayed up for the end and it was so worth it! Villanueva was not so good today. Here's to winning the first series of the year tomorrow!
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And Olt is probably thinking he'd like to face Wandy every day! They didn't win the series. I guess Renteria is still figuring out his bullpen. Still, it sure is fun to have a Cub get a hit with a runner in scoring position occasionally. Funny how ones expectations rise after such a small sample size. Over the past four games they have averaged 6.5 runs per game! Off to the Cardinals! I love how Wandy has just dropped the ball and you "got the shot" before it hit the ground! Great Sponge Bob (that is Sponge Bob, right?), shoe laces and teeth!
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Yeah, the offense has stumbled out of the gate. I do think it will be better than that, but I can imagine Samardzija wondering if the off season was a dream and it is still 2013. I've only been able to see the season opener. I keep seeing comments that Castro looks lost at the plate. I didn't think so opening day...maybe a bit rusty, but not lost. So today I finally get to see a highlight of one of his at bats, yesterdays double. Yeah, it is just one pitch, yet he looks anything but lost or rusty. This week I will get to see some games! Yay!!
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Ha! I had not noticed the guy in the stands! If you had had a mitt with you out there in the bleachers, you could have hoped it was right to you.... :) Kind of a rough start, but still a small sample size. I'm sure glad I stayed home to watch the season opener, I've only managed two innings since.
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You call this "dark and sarcastic"? People at Cubs Den are already lowering their predicted win totals (one person has it down to 21!) Now that's dark! I'm still excited for the season. It is two extra inning one run losses AT Pittsburgh. Way to early to be resigning oneself to a repeat of the last two years.
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Bonifacio is indeed sizzling! Even if you subtract the times he got picked off from his hit total he is still hitting .583! Seems like he is playing good defense, too. Because of the stupid CSN+, I could not get the game last night on TV (or the radio). So I followed it with MLB's Gameday. Even that way it was a great game. I stayed with it to the end (obviously doing other things in other windows..) Given the current popularity of bacon memes these days, if you replace BONIFACIO with BACON and put that gif up on Facebook, it would be all over the internet in a couple of days.
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I think bunting has its place. But I think one should not ask batters who cannot bunt to bunt. Yes, Lake can bunt...when no one is expecting it and he is bunting for a base hit. I do not recall that he is skilled at sacrifice bunting. Same with Samardzija. If he can bunt, I do not remember it. Funny how Sveum made a big deal our of bunting in Spring Training then never seemed to call for it. Now we have a Spring where bunting was never mentioned and it is the most used tool in the box game one. Oh well. It was a good game and that's with, as you say, Liriano dealing.
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Well, it was a good game! People think the Pirates are going to be very good this year and it took them ten innings to beat the Cubs 1-0. One of a couple of plays breaks the Cubs way would have led to a different result. It is really nice to have the season underway!
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"How much more could they possibly pay had they waited til his fa year?" I'm guessing that is a question they did not want to learn the answer to.
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Which owner couldn't even produce a decent size sample? That guy needs to drink more water. I agree that contract becomes an anchor near its end. But if the Cubs had won a World Series with Soriano, few of us would have ever made an issue with his contract. Given where salaries are going and the continuing trend of signing up players long term before free agency (making it more important to not lose top players to free agency) I do not think the Cabrera signing is completely nuts. It will be interesting to watch the Cubs juggle the contracts for all this talent as the years go by. That Mass Spectrometry video was not what I expected. No narration, just quiet piano music. It's a good thing it was short, else I'd been asleep before it ended. Two days!!!
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I'm looking forward to many renderings of Mike Olt.
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LOL!! This is brilliant!!! Major League Baseball should be promoting this for all the teams. Ha!! Yes, this year is more exciting than last year (and a whole lot of others!) I've made a note on my calendar to remind you. Sometimes I even look at my calendar....
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I feel like the Cubs have been particularly cautious about injuries this spring. Arrieta is being brought along very slowly and they have been in no hurry with Castro. I understand that Castro is playing a minor league spring game today or tomorrow and will be playing the last few games of spring if all goes as expected. He may not play the 31st, but he will be on the bench. Nice ham. A week from Monday!!!
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My Dad used to be a Cubs fan, but he gave them up when Hack Wilson dropped those two fly balls in the World Series in 1929. I'm thinking Dad was 12 at the time. So with that hiatus, I guess my service clock does not begin until the mid sixties sometime. That is a great article at Grantland.
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Sorry about the Kane injury. Baez hit a 452 foot home run last night. He says it is the longest he has ever hit one. Eleven days.
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Speaking of disturbed naps... In high school I had a math teacher who's monotone put me right to sleep as I sat in the front of the class all year. One day, as the teacher was walking across the room and passing by my desk, someone in the back yelled out "Beckman! Wake up!" I lifted my head and squinted, looking around to see what was happening as the teacher stopped right in from of me and, gesturing to the back of the room, said "You disturbed his nap" in an accusatory tone! I put my head back down. I learned nothing in that class.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on Javier Baez to start at 2nd Cat Gif. at Cubby-Blue
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Great gif! I was expecting so much more of a reaction (not being a cat owner) so when there was no reaction and then just the slight one...Thanks for the laugh! I have not heard about Baez starting at 2nd. I assume you mean in an upcoming preseason game. In my head for what seems forever, it will be Baez at 3rd, Castro short, Alcantara 2nd, Rizzo 1st. But if Olt is going to be good, then lately in my head it is Alcantara as the odd man out and Baez plays 2nd. I have to believe that if Baez is playing 2nd this spring it is only because management wants a look at him doing it. On the other hand, I understand the Tigers have an infield injury and could live with a strong defense guy with weak offense..... I guess anything is possible. I hope you did not disturb the cats nap beyond that little eye opening.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on Javier Baez to start at 2nd Cat Gif. at Cubby-Blue
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In a couple of years, we're gonna need a BryantBaezOltMeter, and it better be well made because it will get a workout! But for this year, if Olt really has found his eyesight and is about to be the player he once was predicted to be...!!! Sounds like Bonifacio may start at 2nd, there's plenty of competition for the outfield, scouts saying good things about Rizzo, and then there's the new Castro (because I say so)...With Baez on the horizon... This year might be better than I was anticipating!!
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Ha! The moment I saw it, I knew you would want to know.
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Not just a 3-2 count, but after two (at least) foul balls after the count was full. Then he got his pitch... Cubs have hired Ted Lilly!!!! http://vineline.mlblogs.com/2014/03/04/cubs-add-former-pitcher-ted-lilly-to-front-office/
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I disagree with the tweet about Castro. He did not look like the old Castro. He looked like a new Castro. He stepped into the batters box like a man who knows what he is about. He looked like a scary (if I was the opposing pitcher) veteran. Only two at bats and maybe I was deluded, but that's what I saw. It comports with the reports that Castro has been giving encouragement to Baez. Isn't that what vets are supposed to do? Encourage the youngsters? Also, and I could be wrong about this, but that double would have been a triple if Starlin had not tripped rounding second.
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And today's game is on WGN!!! I'm totally staying home to watch!! CUBS BASEBALL IS ON THE AIR!!!!!!!!* Woo Hoo! Nice baseball! Love the stitching. *Well, an hour from now.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on A watercolor baseball talk logo. at Cubby-Blue
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All pull my finger lines should come with bunting! Your co-workers must love you in meetings. I'm guessing you only allow a small percentage of the funny stuff you think of to actually be verbalized. Does anybody ever really know how the market will react?
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Hockey Olympics NASCAR Things that Beckman pays no (well, very little) attention to! 35 days to Opening Day!!!!!!!!!!! I have mistaken a replay in lieu of a cancellation/postponement for a live broadcast. I try to keep that to myself, but since your owning up....
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Yeah, those back in 15 minutes signs are not very informative! It was weird that Ricketts said that. Maybe he let the fan in him get the better of him. At least he said "might." Besides, who knows? Olt hits, more offense from 2nd, Castro and Rizzo bounce back, the bullpen is good..... It is spring after all! I am going to be so giddy a year from now... Yeah, I love that MLB 12 the Show commercial! And I agree that Caple's reference is just lazy.
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