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August 2011



Game 113 – Campanamania

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Cubs 4, Reds 3

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

I’m on limited internet connection so I want to make this short and sweet. In case you missed it, Tony Campana is all the rage on Twitter. I even saw him compared to Cool Papa Bell. That’s a stretch, but if you’re looking at straight speed, we’ll go with it. Here’s the important thing to remember. As exciting as it is to see an inside the park home run, it needs to be taken for what it is…a ball that got by the left fielder and allowed Campana to turn on the burners. I don’t mean to rain on the parade, but things like this have a tendency with Cub fans, and even management, to cause them to value a guy more than he’s worth. I like watching Campana play. I like it a lot. He brings an energy and excitement with his speed. I saw it for the first time in person a few years ago in the Southern League. He’s exciting. Let’s just not get the delusions that he’s an every day player. He’s a weapon in the arsenal. He’s a tool in the tool belt. He has a specific role to play on a team and he plays it well. That is all. You’re not free to continue to drool and be excited about a six game winning streak. Sure is fun.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Ryan Dempster (.177 WPA)

2nd Star – Carlos Marmol (.172WPA)

3rd Star – Tony Campana (.169 WPA)


    He had 2 spots on SportCenter’s top 10 plays last night.

  • Buddy

    Did Cool Papa Bell also have a terrible onbase percentage?

  • That was a fun week to watch Cubs baseball!

    I’ll take Unexpected Words for $500 please Alex.

  • Eddie Von White

    Say what you want, Tony Campana is playing on a major league baseball team (even if it is the Cubs)and making ESPN’s top ten – twice in one day.

    He’s fun to watch. When he comes up to bat, you expect some unexpected wonder to happen. Sure, it takes miscues and such to get an inside the parker, but that’s the whole story of baseball. It takes miscues to hit one onto Waveland Ave too.

    Tony Campana is the epitome of desire and hustle. I’ll take a roster full of Tonys anyday – you can have Zambrano, Soriano and Ramirez.

  • Norm

    A team full of Campana’s would win about 50 games a year. I’ll happily take the Zambrano’s and Ramirez’s.

  • Larry Sproul

    It was nice to see another W yesterday . Maybe this dismal team does have some spark and spirit . At any rate Campana had a good day at the plate and field . Not sure if he fits into Jimbos 2012 roster .

    Hope they can take another one from the Reds today !!

  • Joe

    I would too, Norm

  • Katie

    I like Campana. Sure, he’s not the best player on the team, but this is his first year in the Majors. He has time to adjust and develop and get better. It’s not like he’s been in the Majors for a few years already and this is as good as he’s gonna be. His speed is a great weapon, and I believe that with a little work, he’ll get his OBP and batting average up.

  • Katie

    Norm, we haven’t even won 50 games as it is. I don’t think it matters who we have on the field or in the batter’s box. If we can barely win 50 games with the team we have now, we sure as heck can barely win 50 games with anybody else.

  • Buddy

    I don’t even want one Campana on my roster, let alone a bunch of them. It’s nothing personal. I’m sure he’s a nice guy who loves his country, enjoys the Hallmark Channel, feeds stray animals, etc. He just hits like a pitcher.

  • Bryan

    I agree that Campana probably won’t be an everyday player, but the way he hit the ball yesterday was a nice sign…very Juan Pierre-esque. If I was a betting man, I would say Campana will have a short career as a bench guy, but wouldn’t it be great if he proved me wrong?

    *On a side note, I was a little upset with Campana. I have been trying to get the concept of a home run across to my 3-year-old daughter. She yells “home run” every time a player hits the ball. I had finally got the point across that a home run goes over the fence. Thanks, Tony Campana, now I have to start all over again.

  • Buddy

    Ugh. Just the thought of Juan Pierre turns my stomach.

  • Eddie Von White

    August 2, 2011 at 1:17 p.m. I quote Buddy, “If Campana goes yard I’ll eat my keyboard.”

  • Mark P.

    Sam Fuld pt. 2???

  • Buddy

    Of course I meant “out of the park,” but I ate my keyboard anyway. It was pretty good! I’ll eat my printer if he hits another one (again, out of the park).

  • Eddie Von White

    Just curious – was it a laptop?

  • Eddie Von White

    Just imagine: Campana I leads off with a walk, steals second, then steals third. Campana II squeezes him home, while beating out the throw to first. Campana II then steals second and third. Campana III gets an infield hit scoring Campana II. All the defense moves in. Campana IV hits a blooper to center, goes over the CF head for an in the park home run. Campana V strikes out, the catcher the drops the ball, he ends up on third. Still nobody out, it’s 4 – 0 with a runner on third and we haven’t even had a real hit.

    As opposed to Soriano and Ramirez – “Let’s see, it’s 0 and 2, I know, I’ll throw low and away in the dirt.”

    Sure enough, swing and miss.

  • Buddy

    It was a desktop, so I struggled a bit. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. A lineup full of Campana’s would produce a ton of shutouts for opposing pitchers.

  • Seymour Butts

    Kool-aide anyone?

  • Drinks with Seymour.


    I think Campana will have a cup of coffee

  • I never bought into the ‘coffee stunts your growth’ wives’ tail… now I’m curious

  • Doc Raker

    Chone Figgins broke in with the Angels as a pinch runner, he couldn’t hit when he first came up. Then all of a sudden he showed up the next year seemingly stronger and ripping the ball all over the yard. That was back when baseball players could get stronger faster with chemicals but Campana has some exciting tools and if he can add some strength he may be an asset. Time will tell, no one really knows.
    I don’t understand why Quade would ever sac bunt when he is on first base.

  • Randy

    Sometimes I wonder about Cub fans. The simple fact of the matter is that Campana is proving to be an exciting young player. We keep hearing about how he cannot hit and how he is a one trick pony, but every time we see him in a game something awesome seems to happen. It is one thing to not get our hopes up, and another thing entirely to not enjoy the show while it lasts.

  • Seymour Butts

    Tony has already had (is having) a cup of coffee.
    Coffee doesn’t so much stunt your growth as does the life style of parents who let their little kids drink it. High correlation with smokers, drinkers, and your house having wheels instead of a foundation.

  • Buddy

    I think we all enjoyed that inside-the-park homer. And of course we all root for Cub players to do well, even the crappy ones. The problem is many fans look at one exciting (and kind of lucky) play and lose their minds. Suddenly a fast player who can’t hit and doesn’t get on base somehow turns into Rickey Henderson. As a side note, lots and lots of Cub fans (and members of the media for that matter) have been reacting this way for decades. Chico Walker was going to be the next great leadoff man. So was Tuffy Rhodes. And Jerome Walton. And Ced Landrum. I could go on, but you get the idea.

  • cap’n obvious

    Doug Dascenzo is Tony Campana’s shorter, slower italian uncle. Their great aunt started the short lived Rocky Roccoco pizza chain in Chicagoland. Italians…

  • Randy

    Campana was a 303/359/353 player in the minors. He isn’t going to hit for power, but I don’t think we’d be ashamed to have someone with his speed and those stats hitting in front of Castro. He isn’t the second coming, but he’s fun to watch and at minimum he is a useful tool off the bench.

  • Buddy

    A .359 onbase percentage sounds good to me.

  • Doc Raker

    Campana reminds me of a young Cap’n Obvious and we all know how he turned out.

  • Buddy

    Was Cap’n fast?

  • chris in Illinois

    First I hope Tony C turns into the best player in baseball history, that being said, a .359 minor league OB% translates into around a .300 for a player like Tony who doesn’t hit the ball with authority. MLB pitchers are already wise to the fact that you can knock the bat out of his hands and while the ITP homer was fun, Alonso was likely the only leftfielder in baseball that happens to….he’s a bad first baseman playing left.

    Go Tony!!

  • Buddy

    I agree Chris. I want all Cub players to do well. I’m just not holding my breath for Tony C. However, I’d love to be wrong about him.