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This whole thing bites. There's plenty of blame to go around and plenty of places where nobody can be blamed at all, but I am gonna miss Joe a lot and I'm sure the team will too. Da Bears. I was really in a low mood yesterday because of goings-on with our favorite baseball team. Better half put the Bears game on, goaded me onto the couch, and said "Now you're gonna watch Khalil Mack break stuff for a couple hours." It helped.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2019 on Gonna miss Joe Maddon. at Cubby-Blue
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Shame that it won’t end up mattering. I’m officially done with the 2019 Cubs. I’ll see you on the other side.
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1. Snooty beer is great, though. I'm the biggest beer snob on the planet. 2. When I heard about Javy, I think I dropped my phone and just screamed. And then I curled up in a ball (wearing my favorite Cubs shirt of all time, I note) and took a nap. I just can't, with this season anymore. The injuries, the random bullpen implosions, the inability to score a runner from third, the lineups that look like some kind of Dadaist art project, and my favorite game - "Hide-and-go-give-Yu Darvish-another-No-Decision" - ENOUGH. Pardon my rant. I'm sick, and I had such an unholy bad week that I even slept through my fantasy football draft. I'm the motherfarking league commissioner. 3. LOL at the laxative tea. I'd imagine the results looked like the Cubs: a whole lot of crap.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2019 on Buy me some peanuts and crack. at Cubby-Blue
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Yeah. I also have had a terrible year. Several people close to me died, I’ve had numerous health problems, and I just lost my job on Friday. Had been doing that for fourteen years. The Cubs and all of their horrendous inconsistency have just been a tiny dinky cherry on top of this already enormous sundae of suck. Nothing more, nothing less. I will never be a Cards fan, though. And yes, Brad Wieck’s spike curve is outrageous.
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Love the portrait, and LOVE Castellanos. I know there’s been a lot of talk here about “just enjoying it”, etc, but everyone has different opinions, and I’m ready for this miserable chain-jerking season to end. I haven’t enjoyed it. Except Castellanos, maybe.
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I used to run a football blog, and you wouldn't believe the spam/porn/links to homophobic/racist shit I'd get in the comments. Comes with the territory. Honestly, I think the friction between Joe and Theo torpedoed this season below the waterline pretty early, and they both need to jump into Lake Michigan at this point. Hoyer and McLeod can join them. I've seen enough of the bad decisions, enough passiveness, enough doublespeak, enough subterfuge, enough empty language. It's not fine, it hasn't been fine all season. It's hard to just let the kids play when Mommy and Daddy are fighting.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on Cubs swept at home. at Cubby-Blue
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Tim, I like your optimism, but let's be realistic here. This season is over. There is no heart, no magic, accountability, no discipline, no development. As much as I like Joe Maddon, he's not the man for the job anymore. The clubhouse is lost, and Ben Zobrist and his 0.18 batting average won't do anything. Theo Epstein is an egomaniacal, over-paid frat boy wannabe who talks a good game but can't back it up and this season is proof. This is the same shit that got him run out of Boston and I knew I had good reason to be skeptical when they hired him. He can't draft, can't evaluate, can't scout. If I'm the Ricketts, I'm going to whoever runs the Dodgers, and paying them two billion dollars if they want it. That's what we were promised. Instead, we got what looks like a half-finished rebuild of the Phillies. You can delete this if you want, but it's really the truth. There are no corners to turn: this window is closed.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2019 on Cubs swept at home. at Cubby-Blue
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That was a good one. A wacky, hurl-inducing ride where I ran the full gauntlet of emotions from pure euphoria to dread to just plain wanting a Xanax, but a good one. Better half refers to a shootout game where nobody can pitch as a "trash war". THAT was an epic trash war. I called my dad this morning and he says (facetiously), "man, it's a real shame Kris Bryant has lost all his power." (I've watched that video like 54 times just to hear Len Kasper's voice go to hell calling it, and I still don't know where that baseball landed. A total Howitzer shot). Also, Nicholas Castellanos appears to be in Infinity Gauntlet mode. The guy's a screaming ball of adrenaline and slugging average and I AM HERE FOR IT.
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LOL your painting is me this morning. I want to take my giant W flag and straight-up spear someone with it. I didn't get to see much of the games this weekend because I was watching my friends' dogs, but can we have a serious conversation about Jose Quintana? People keep maligning him, not what he used to be, all of this piss and vinegar about Eloy Jimenez, etc. and the guy hasn't taken a loss in two freaking months despite having like five different guys catching him. I realize it's the Pirates, but Q just made them look foolish last night, and he straight-up embarrassed Philadelphia. That was Judgment-Of-God stuff. Also: is there anyone as good at getting himself out of messes as Jon Lester? The bit where he had the bases loaded with nobody out and the Pirates didn't get squat was pure wizardry.
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That game legitimately made me curl up in a ball and cry. It’s been a horrible week to begin with, and that was just the last straw. Mostly because we should be alone in first today and aren’t, and because I felt so bad for Yu Darvish. He just pitched his behind off. He deserved better. Big Boss Quintana deserved better. Rizzo and Schwarber deserved better than this utter bungled abortion of a road trip. Today is Yu’s birthday. He is exactly ten days older than I am.
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THE CORRECT TEAM IS IN FIRST PLACE. (I don't know why your wording of this was so funny, but it was. Like one of those logic puzzles they give to small kids where it's like "arrange the teams in order from first to last!") Yu Darvish has been so, so, so good. His breaking stuff was just outstanding yesterday. All sorts of funky movement on those pitches. Apparently he was sick yesterday and didn't give his postgame interviews because he was that unwell (was apparently very tired after 5 innings). Anyone who questions Yu's toughness needs to go take a long walk off a short pier. Also, since July 1 his K/BB ratio is literally 44/2, which is completely insane. Also, may we have a moment of silence for all the unfortunate batters to chase Rowan Wick's curveball? Filthy nasty. Let's hope Willy is okay...
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2019 on What a weekend for the Chicago Cubs. at Cubby-Blue
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Kyle Hendricks just straight-up owns St. Louis. I saw some stat last night about how he's pitched 23 innings against them this year and his ERA is 0.39. They just have no clue what to do with him. Last night, his command was flawless, he put it exactly where Contreras wanted it, and guys were swinging at his stuff so hard that their bats were flying out of their hands. I also loved Kimbrel burying Yairo Munoz with a nasty curve to end the game. Whoa. Also, can we get some more love for Yu Darvish? Guy just killed it in July. Love Heyward in the leadoff spot (I mean, when don't I love Heyward?) Apparently Castellanos is insane batting second, so Heyward-Castellanos-Bryant-Rizzo-Baez-Contreras looks like a whole lot of Cleanup On Aisle Nine.
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SO EXCITED for the upcoming Cards series! Re: Carrotcake, my girlfriend calls him "Victory Carrot". I also think Rowan Wick should get some more looks in later innings or higher-leverage situations. Struggles with command sometimes but his curveball is NASTY nasty. I didn't see Holland either, because when the game got sewn up, I went to work on a manuscript that's like 140 pages and dragging on forever.
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Schwarber just had an out-of-body-screaming-exorcism revenge game and that could not have come at a better time. He tore the Brewers apart limb by limb. And then more home runs! And Carrotcake did a thing! And Kyle Ryan was really good! And the Cards lost, so we're back in first. Fly it!
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Hendricks' changeup...man, is that a thing of beauty or what? Brewers worked some deep counts and he ended up being less-than-efficient but he's just a joy to watch. Strop...honestly it looks like there is some sort of injury. Or he's psyched out and doesn't trust his stuff (which doesn't seem to be an issue with him, usually). His velocity is way down and he's got no movement at all there, and waiting on 92 and right down the can is a pretty easy proposition. Age, unfortunately, rearing his ugly head? This morning, all I can think of is one of the concluding lines from Romeo and Juliet: A glooming peace, this morning, with it brings The sun, for sorrow, does not show his head. Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. Some shall be pardoned, and some punished.
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This, all of this. I've been a salty lump of shit about the Cubs this entire week. It's been an exercise in shameless, self-pitying masochism. Monday was the worst. After watching Strop blow up in the eighth inning AGAIN, I slept in on Tuesday and didn't get to work until 11. It felt *that* bad. Then Brach blew it. Then Strop blew it again tonight! Kyle Hendricks currently can't buy a win right now. It's absolutely infuriating. The Cubs aren't good enough to be captivating, they aren't bad enough to be hilarious, they're just average - and wildly inconsistent enough to be distressing and borderline traumatic at times. And St. Louis just refuses to lose. I need a hug.
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Thanks - I've got the summer head cold from Hell, basically now my sinuses and ears are just full of gunk (TMI!), causing headaches, vertigo, nausea, just the whole shebang. Need tons of Unisom to sleep. Woke up at 2AM to see the Giants walk off and legit thought I was having a nightmare for a while. The next seven days (or so) are basically THE SEASON. I don't have a whole lot of hope regardless of what Theo does (If he does anything. Should he do anything? I think Theo's more part of the problem than the solution at this point. Caveat: I was ever much of a Theo apologist to begin with.) I've heard Castellanos' name bounced around as a potential solution, but I think his crappy outfield defense makes things worse. There's a lot of "putting a band-aid over a gunshot wound" kinda stuff here. This is setting up to be a 2004-esque finish, maybe.
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(Maris here. Can't log in on Google). I dunno, Tim. I just...I dunno. The past few days have felt pretty rough, Cubs-wise (and I've been really sick, which is just making it all worse). Fixing this team is like a multi-headed hydra - chop off one head, three more grow in its place. Can't win on the road. Joe Maddon knows he's gone at the end of the year. Spots 6-9 in the lineup are a black hole, offensively. Our setup man seems to have lost it completely. There are certain guys (whom I won't name) who are on this roster...why, exactly? Starting to feel like 2018 reruns, only with crappy, how-are-they-winning?-AAAA St. Louis playing the role of Milwaukee. Any magic they had in 2016, 2017, even in May - is just...gone. The Dodgers and the Yankees go out there and kill it every single night, while the Cubs feel like the baseball equivalent of "the wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead." I will gladly eat the crow if they pull out some miracle in the next 61 games, but right now I don't even get the indication that crow is anywhere on the menu. Change my mind.
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