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OH God...that collision scared the shit out of me! Who would have thought that it was Hoerner who ends up on the IL? Hopefully not for long... But how about today's doubleheader sweep vs. Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer at Wrigley? Just clutch performances all around. Javy's HR to tie it was phenomenal. But David Bote's 2-strike walk-off clutch hit may have been even better! Enjoy it. This may be the last year you'll ever get to see Brizzo and Javy and Wilson and J-Hey in a Cubs uniform. And you better believe KB is gonna get PAID! Just not by the Dodgers... PLEASE!!!
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What could be better than a 16-4 win over the Mets? How about a 15-2 demolition of our division rival Brewers! Omigod...the bats wake up and we fans tell ourselves that's how it's gonna be from here on! Well no, probably not. But that's baseball... ups and downs. These are the ups. Enjoy!
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Maybe you could offer them a package deal...throw in some original, collectible Cubby-Blue artwork for their printed programs! There have to be a LOT of folks in the Cubs organization who've seen your work before? Oh yeah...one last thing. In your commissioned painting, did the ballplayer in the game on the TV behind the bar have to be a NY Skanky? Early 70's...I'd think Ernie Banks would have been the perfect choice! Seriously Tim... I LOVE your artwork and I bet someone with a keen eye for team promotion would jump on the chance to have a REAL creative talent, pro-marketing guy and a genuine fan all wrapped up in one hire! Then when you and the Cubs come to AZ you can leave me a couple tickets at will-call and I'll buy you a beer (or two) after the game! Go Cubs!
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Oh yeah...one more thing. Earlier, I wrote some negative comments about what amounted to an exchange of Schwarber for Pederson. If spring training is any indication, I'll never be happier to have been so wrong! Joc hit two more today. That's 7 HR's in 16 ST games. Let's see, for a 162 game season, that would extrapolate to 70 HR's! I'd be happy with half of that. Go ahead...make me eat crow Joc!!!
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2021 on Got my first Cubs Ticket of '21! at Cubby-Blue
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Wow...36 bucks? I just checked for available tickets (from brokers) for Monday's 3/29 Dbacks @ Cubs Spring training game at Sloan Park. The only seats available are halfway down the 1B line for $260 each. This is nuts. I know there are limited numbers of fans allowed in right now. But $260.00 is World Series pricing! It's insane.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2021 on Got my first Cubs Ticket of '21! at Cubby-Blue
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I'm sooooo ready for some real baseball, with some real fans in the seats (albeit just a few thousand). It won't be me, but I'm getting my 2nd covid shot in 2 weeks and then, I'm heading up to Mesa! And yes also to your thoughts on Happ. With leaders like we have in the clubhouse (Ross, Arrieta, Heyward, Rizzo, Baez, Happ, etc.) you have to believe it's a great example for the youngsters! Makes Milton Bradley and Sammy Sosa seem like a lifetime ago. Speaking of lifetimes...now onto another subject (albeit a fantasy!) Fast forward to the year 2071, PBS Antiques Roadshow. My great grandson is there with a framed watercolor painting of "The Hope Diamond". Appraiser speaks: "What you have here is a great example of a much sought-after collectible work by the commercial artist / illustrator Tim Souers - a great Cubs fan, by the way. With the provenance you have provided, that this was given by Souers to your great grandfather (also a big Cubs fan) we would suggest an insurance value of $200,000...it's a treasured possession for any Cubs fan!" By golly, my great-grandchild might even be able to trade it for season tickets to Wrigley!
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2021 on Cubs baseball coming Monday. at Cubby-Blue
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Speaking of the Padres, they just gave 22 year-old Fernando Tatis, Jr. a 14 year, $340M contract. According to Forbes, the Padres team is worth $1.45B. Using a 2% long-term interest rate, the present value of a 14-year $340M annuity is $294M. That simply means that the Padres have given ONE player a package worth just over 20% of today's team value. Two years ago, Manny Machado got a $300M deal - another 15-20% of the enterprise value as well? Wrap your head around that. We're nearing a point where all of a team's players under contract are collectively owed MORE than the value of the team itself. The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) expires in December of 2021. How do the owners "negotiate" with their biggest debt holders (players under guaranteed contracts) who also happen to be the very product they're selling? Talk about leverage...
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2021 on It's the birth of a new Cubs Season! at Cubby-Blue
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Jake? Why not...I'm sure, at the very least he can burn some innings. And yes, this could be a move to just lower the fans' blood pressure. Still, it's hard to understand what the overall strategy is. All I can say is enjoy Bryant, Rizzo, Baez and Contreras this year...you may not see them come 2022. P.S. While we're at it...how about Carlos Zambrano? He's not 40 yet... he's got several years left (by the Tom Brady measure). Nothing would surprise me anymore... Why do I picture a guy hawking tickets while playing a kazoo with a dancing monkey outside Wrigley at Clark and Addison?... "YeeHa!!! Step right up boys and girls and getcha tickets while ya still can! We've got new Cubs! We've Got old Cubs! We've got Cubbies you never even heard of! (Sorry... Jack Daniels made me write that!)
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2021 on A Winter Smile: Jake Arrieta is Back. at Cubby-Blue
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As I've lamented here before, this constantly evolving version of our favorite team's lineup just doesn't feel right to an old timer like me. It's hard to conjure up excitement (let alone steadfast loyalty) for a team you can't even remember without a printed roster. It's almost as if we're following this years' Cub fantasy-league team...a new "draft" every year! I suppose I'll print out my 2021 Cubs roster as soon as the pseudo-draft is over. P.S. Now that I think about it, it could be worse...we could be New England Patriots fans! P.P.S. Come to think of it, if Brady can cheat Father Time, maybe Arrieta can?
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So the Cubs basically traded Kyle Schwarber for Joc Pederson. Eerily similar stats. Kyle one year younger. I didn't much care for Joc as a Dodger. And I loved Kyle as a Cub. So, I guess I have one simple question. Why?
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Rizzo...we ALL love him! I don't think I've ever read or heard a true Cubs fan saying anything negative about Anthony. How rare is that unanimity of fan appreciation for a player in any sport? (Good Lord...I mean some people actually disliked Michael Jordan!) And Lester? If he says he wants to be Cub, well guess what? Then I want him to be a Cub! There's too many "show me the money!" guys meandering through the league these days. It ought to mean as much (maybe more) for a player to BE a Cub as it means to us to be Cubs fans. Maybe more. And one more thing Tim...this painting is among your best. Just spectacular!
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2020 on Anthony Rizzo ain't going anywhere. at Cubby-Blue
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Couple thoughts: - World Series: In an era of free agency and player mobility and Scott Boras, it's hard (impossible?) for a team with a $39M payroll to beat one with a $107M payroll. That's a LOT more unfair to the game than the shift. - The shift: Unlike rampant big market team spending, this one is easy to fix. Virtually EVERY major sport has strict rules regarding player positioning. If basketball won't let you camp out in the paint, and football can require at least 7 players on the line of scrimmage, and soccer and hockey can have off sides violations, then MLB can certainly require proportional defensive alignment. Sorry to disagree with you Tim, but "rewarding" a hitter who beats a shift speaks to the very unfair nature of the shift. Let's get rid of it. - White Sox manager: Do you suppose Tony LaRussa (76) probably got the interview because Lou Pinella (77) and Bobby Cox (79) were considered too old? By the way, "young" Sparky Anderson (76) is still available. Is this the year of the old fogie? I'm younger than all of those guys (as well as both presidential candidates). Put me in coach!!!
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(Sorry Tim...if this is too "hot" for CB, just delete and I'll understand) I just realized...I missed the NBA Championship, won tonight by the Lakers. I'm watching a good Vikings @ Seahawks game. And I'm switching off to watch the Rays vs. the Ass-tros. Our team (that would be anyone playing the Ass-tros) is up 2-1 after 7 innings. Two good ballgames. Then my phone just "dinged" to alert me that the Lakers won the NBA Championship. I never watched - and the NBA playoff ratings have cratered, so it's not just me. I just wasn't interested. Now some people would accuse me of some anti-BLM motivation because I prefer to watch MLB and NFL. Sorry, but that's BS. Sports fans just want to see good games (ANY sport). Sports fans who are social activists also want to see good games. But social activists who are NOT sports fans want to turn sports into a soapbox for activism. It'll never work. Let me give you an analogy: If Donald Trump bought the Cubs and then made the players all wear MAGA hats (and the league was dumb enough to allow it) as much as I love the Cubs, I wouldn't watch. And a lot of Trump supporters would also not watch. We watch the games to ESCAPE the angst we encounter in our everyday life. It's not that we don't care about the pressing issues of everyday life. It's just that we want more (or maybe less?) from the games we watch. The NBA will make changes...I guarantee it. So will America.
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Thanks Tim... Your take on this season is the same as mine, and I suspect most of the Cubs fan base. We all needed this "season" as an escape from all the other negativity in the world today. I would have loved for our team to advance deeper into the playoffs. But I can't tell you how grateful I am to have been able to watch or listen to those 62 games that somehow transported me back to a simpler, less angst-ridden time. As for the future of the team, I'm not sure I buy into the recently proposed criticism that our bats can't handle today's pitching velocity. Just because some 22 year-old phenoms (see Tatis,Jr., Soto, Robert, et al) have faced more 99 mph pitching does not mean that gifted athletes like Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, et al can't adapt to different pitch selection and strategy. Besides, if you want to be overly-ready to jump a 97 mph 2-seamer, I know some guys like Hendricks and Darvish and Kershaw who can still tie you up in knots. Do we need different ballplayers? Maybe. Do we need a different offensive strategy? Probably. Will I be back next year to watch my Cubbies? God willing - yes! Thanks Tim...and now go Bears (with their new U-of-A QB)!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2020 on Poof. There went the Cubs season. at Cubby-Blue
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OK...I'm baaaack!!! The comments section is open for business! I have no time this morning for any in depth comments, other than that I've never felt so confused about our Cubbies as I am right now. How good (or how bad) is our offense, and now our bullpen? Injuries? / Wacky season? No fans? Maybe we can win the strangest WS Championship ever? Guess what? I'll take it!
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2020 on What the heck is going on, Cubs? at Cubby-Blue
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OK question #1: How happy are we to see the Cubs performance so far? Answer: The word ECSTATIC comes to my mind! OK now, how about question #2: How the heck are they gonna end this season and declare a champion if they don't even know how to START this season? Answer: I don't think they know. You want weird? Look at the standings today in the NL East. Miami is 2-1 in the THREE games they've played so far. Atlanta is 7-4 in the ELEVEN games they've played so far. Will Miami be able to play a "full" 60 game season? If not, how do they construct the final standings? Right now in the NL East, Miami is listed in FIRST place but is 1 game BEHIND 2nd place Atlanta...huh??? I kid you not...
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Ok...I'll say it. What in the hell is wrong with Craig Kimbrel??? Either he's still injured or after 10+ years as an all-star caliber closer he's converted himself into a batting practice pitcher. On second thought, a BP pitcher is supposed to be able to throw the ball over the plate. Oh well...so far he seems to have a better personality than Milton Bradley.
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Kyle...how good was that? I don't know that I've seen a guy step up as dramatically (and effectively) as what Mr. Hendricks delivered tonight. 1st place with just 59 games to play! Go Cubs!
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So what's worse? NO baseball? Or the Cubs dropping two meaningless "summer camp games" to the hated Sox? Well...I guess I'll take the losses compared to the last 4 months of suspended animation. But, watching Eloy Jimenez hit the grand salami off Yu in the first inning hurt pretty bad... especially when the guy we got for him is out of action trying to heal a severed nerve in his pitching hand. Prediction: the Jimenez trade will displace a certain Cubs / Cards trade made 56 years ago that is often cited as the worst trade the Cubs (or any team?) has ever made. Then again, maybe the Gleyber Torres trade will be in the running? After all, at least we still have the guy we got for Eloy (maybe).
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Yeah...that Conforto "oops slide" was probably preceded by the thought "Holy shit! I can't believe that sumbitch made that throw?!!!". Conforto made an all-star team in 2017. But when all is said and done, I think the Cubs drafted the right guy in 2014. Time will tell. How cool if they could end up as teammates?
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2020 on Cubs baseball games start in 10 days. at Cubby-Blue
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60 games...ANYTHING can happen! It's like you're playing 15 3 or 4-game playoff series to see who advances. All you need is for a pitcher to get hot (like Yu did at the end of 2019) or for a hitter to get hot (like Schwarber did at the end of 2019) and next thing you know, you've won 10 out of 12 games and you're sitting pretty! Speaking of Schwarber (and Michael Conforto) it's interesting to read that the Cubs had Conforto on their radar before they went with Schwarber in the 2014 draft. It's a small world, isn't it? Here's a video clip of Schwarbs throwing out Mr. Conforto at 2B a couple years ago. Pretty cool: https://www.mlb.com/cubs/video/schwarber-throws-out-conforto-c2104244683
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2020 on Cubs baseball games start in 10 days. at Cubby-Blue
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Half right...you guys should be detectives! Last hint: my guy was a higher draft pick. And he's younger.
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Sorry guys...he's not a Cub (yet). I'm just not sure his teammates would appreciate me "outing" him here as a guy who "loves to play at Wrigley". Suffice to say, I doubt any of us would be displeased to see him in a Cubs uniform! If you guess incorrectly, I'll tell you you're wrong. Hint: he had 33 HR's last year.
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A couple weeks ago I met an honest to goodness active MLB player (not a Cub, unfortunately). I won't mention his name here because I don't think our conversation was meant to be "on the record". But I'll just say he's one hell of a nice guy, friendly, easy to talk to, and absolutely zero attitude for a starting MLB star. So,I looked him in the eye and asked him "are you guys gonna play ball this year?" He replied "Yes, I truly believe we will...the guys all want to play". (This was just one day before Manfred declared the season would be 60 games, etc., etc.) Why do I post this? Well it's because I asked him when he'll be a free agent (2-years) and I told him I'd love to see him in a Cubs uniform! He just smiled...and then he said... "Wrigley is my favorite place to play...the fans are incredible!" Who knows?
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Is there a better day in a kid's life than when his hometown MLB team drafts him in the 1st round? I hope young Mr. Howard realizes how blessed he is - not 1 out of 10,000 kids who ever played baseball could come close to the skills that he was given by God (or whatever you believe in). As for MLB and the players impasse, we need someone more level-headed than what either side has demonstrated to step up and say:"look, we are gonna lose a shitload of fans if we piss away this season" (pardon my French). This is a tough time. Our country has been blindsided by this coronavirus, the economic meltdown that resulted, the horrible killing of George Floyd and the protests / riots that followed, and the now the potential loss of the one place we can escape from the ugliness that the world has to offer: baseball. Most of us remember the canceled 1994 season. All I can say is that I pray that, this time next year, we will be past all of our 2020 nightmares. I want to just come to Cubby-Blue again, with nothing to discuss but how well our Cubbies are doing. Play ball!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2020 on Cubs #1 pick Ed Howard at Cubby-Blue
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