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Rich Beckman
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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My first thought was "that wasn't a GIF yesterday..." Great GIF! What a season, yet I still believe that the Cubs team that enters the post season will be a better team than we are seeing right now. At this point I just assume the front office will tweak something (at the minimum.)
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There certainly is no Cubby Blue jinx! Maybe just the opposite. What's the opposite of jinx? Great comic book cover!!
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The walk thing is not too surprising. I thought Theo & Co. were looking for that. It is weird though. And the base stealing is also weird AND surprising! How is Rizzo a base stealer? Schwarber?!?! I think they are 79 steals for 108 attempts.
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On Cubs Den there's a whole post and discussion on "Is this the best Cubs team in your lifetime?" THAT'S how amazing this team is playing right now. This is the most fun I've had since '69 and there are factors beyond the play on the field at work. The transparency is huge. The internet has enabled us to know what's going on in the minors and when the guys get to the Cubs, we know who they are. And, specifically, there are the two blogs I read: Cubs Den and Cubby Blue. Speaking of Cubby Blue, the Schwarber watercolor is awesome. With just the upper body you capture his relaxed stance ("Stance? I'm just standing here with a bat in my hands") but you have the intense, focused eyes looking out to the pitcher he's about to take deep.
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What I find interesting is the complaints I read of "missed opportunities" In the last four games the Cubs have scored 8,8,7 & 5 runs. "But there were all those missed opportunities." HA! If you keep getting people on base, there are going to be missed opportunities. A baseball offense is not going to average seven runs per game without missed opportunities. The existence of the missed opportunities is what makes the seven runs per game offense possibly sustainable.
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So the offense comes alive just as the pitching goes into the ditch. Hopefully just a two game deal here. It always drives me nuts when it is a hitters day at Wrigley and the visitors hit more out than the Cubs. These two days felt like old times. But as you said "It's SUCH a different world with Theo and Jed." It is indeed, so I refuse to fall into despair and look forward to the ship popping back up. This management team brings a lot more weight to the keel.
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Despite the Gaetti precedent, I would take Castro over Utley. My money says Starlin is more likely to turn his season around than Utley is (not that I would put much down on either one.) If the Cubs do trade for Utley, then I'm fine with it. This front office has plenty of capital built up with me. Whatever they want to do, I'm fine with it.
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That was amazing. I figured Ventura thought better the rookie than the vet. That was a huge hit for Kyle. When the hitter ahead of you is walked intentionally, that has got to be some pressure. Kyle is so cool. Great product placement in the gif. Diamond matches. Geez, they've been around forever.
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Great story!!! You fell down laughing! I love it.
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Today the above graphic shows: Left: Kyle Schwarber, Chris Coghlan Center: Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant (!) Short: Addison Russell, Starlin Castro Second: Coghlan, Herrera, Castro I'm betting Castro ends up backing up third before long.
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Sorry, the Goldblum loop is mildly amusing, but I'm going to be smiling all day remembering Kyle cutting into line with that grin on his face, "Hi guys."
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Kyle Schwarber = Beast. His ceiling is astronomical. His floor ain't none too shabby. The Cubs have won 60 games. There's 54 games left to play. At the end of last season, the Cubs had won 73 games.
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Seems like there are many people who have been stuck in one or another of those stages since the off season. I have finally gotten to the point that if they do trade him, I won't be too disappointed. Not because I don't like the guy, but I read over and over that Starlin will be traded to the point it feels inevitable. Castro really needs to put a good couple of months together here. Not for the Cubs sake, not for the fans sake. For his own sake. He still has a great career in front of him if he would just get it together and keep it.
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Who's Kyle Schwarber? The best bat on the team for the next dozen years. Legendary career? You bet! If Rizzo is The Bear, Schwarber is The Beast.
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Nice detail with the cook smoking. This is a fun team, no doubt. Maybe more accurately a fun organization. And it is nice to finally have the Lester we thought we were getting. Not too late, either. I still think this years team has yet to play its best baseball. I do wish Castro would find his bat. Looks like he's getting warmer...
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Sheesh. It never occurred to me that there might be something serious with Hammel. I just figured his coming out was precautionary. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed. Good luck on the musky hunt.
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That definitely would've been the crazy guy. Not today!! That was a great day! We may well look back on it as the day things changed. The Cubs only manage a split, but it felt to me like the Cardinals felt lucky to get the split. And that was after being up 4-0! The Cards were up 4-0, the Cubs got only one inning from Hammel and I still felt the game was well within reach. Six days off in the next 15. Lots of sub .500 opposition. Half a season to go. Only 8.5 out. I do wish Castro would just get his head together on offense and defense at the same time.
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I wonder how many players have had this in their contract, but when it came up, there was no team willing to give a roster spot. Or was this the first such clause? What other odd clauses are sitting out there waiting for some odd set of circumstances to come into play?
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"Cubs, how about taking 2 today?" You had only to ask it would seem! Lots of deserved praise for Beeler, but I haven't heard much about his amazing baserunning. Beeler on 2nd, Fowler taps it back to the pitcher who turns and has Beeler dead to rights, but Beeler very skillfully stays in a rundown long enough for Fowler to get to 2nd!! Lester looks a bit sad in your excellent rendering. I hope before the year is out he inspires a 2nd portrait of him celebrating! This was a fun day!!
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I know last year the Cubs had the best starting pitching in baseball before they traded away Samardzja and Hammel. Didn't they have one of the best staffs at the halfway point the year before? Maybe not. I can't remember. It is amazing. But I expected it. Bosio is a wizard. Richard had some strange clause in his contract that once some condition was met (time passed I assume) the Pirates had to give him a (25 man?) roster spot and if they did not, then he could go to any team willing to give him a 25 man roster spot (for cash considerations? I think). Kind of a personal "Rule 5" clause. The Cubs were willing!
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Hope you had a great Fourth, Tim. I'm guessing it wasn't as good as Bryant's!
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What a great painting!!! Didn't the Cubs just lose five in a row? Somehow they are now 7 games over .500 They got swept by the Cards to fall back, was it 11.5 games? And now somehow they are only 8.5 back. This feels different to me. Suddenly the Cubs are that clown toy that always stands back up no matter how hard you hit it (I learn today that such a toy is called a bop bag. I do not think I have ever known that.)
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Being sick sucks. Hope you feel better soon.
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That game kind of sucked. Now they've lost five in a row? I think. Well, everyone said the team would be up and down. That's what youth brings you. You always get such great pics when you go to the game. Thanks for sharing.
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So you got to see the Ump Show! That was truly bizarre. I thought one of the great things about the Cup was that each player could take it wherever he wanted to and this often ended up with fans being able to hold it. Twitter hockey fans confuse me.
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