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Organizational Recap – The Long, Cold Dark

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Following a 90-minute rain delay, the Cubs fought through wind, misty rain, and 40-degree temperatures to lose by just eight runs to the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-2. I was at Wrigley tonight. This was my journey.

6:54pm. My friends and I reach our seats in Section 213. It is cold; it is rainy. The tarp is on the field; the right field jumbotron informs us that first pitch will be delayed due to inclement weather. Maybe a rainout is the optimal outcome here, considering that Brett Anderson is starting.

8:10pm. The tarp is off the field, which is good. I am sitting between my friend, a Cardinals fan, and another friend’s roommate, a fairly obnoxious Cubs fan. The roommate keeps leaning over me to make snide remarks to my Cardinals fan friend. They don’t know each other. This game can’t start soon enough, Brett Anderson or no Brett Anderson.

Top 1st. Brett Anderson has already given up a run as someone named Tommy Joseph steps up to the plate. A 1-run deficit? No problem, I think. Then Tommy Joseph cranks a 3-run home run into the soggy left field bleachers. 4-0. My ESPN app informs me that Tommy Joseph is a career .243 hitter. I feel sad.

Top 2nd. Aaron Altherr (who is supposedly German, but I don’t believe it) and Odubel Herrera combine to knock in three more runs, knocking out Brett Anderson in the process. Anderson leaves having surrendered 7 runs on 7 hits over 1 1/3 innings. It’s very cold and wet. Mike Montgomery, who some say should have Brett Anderson’s spot in the rotation, enters in short sleeves. A child cries a few rows behind me.

Innings 3-6. Baseball is played; I don’t know. I eat a hot dog at some point, I think. It doesn’t matter. Oh, actually, Javier Baez hits an opposite-field dinger in the 5th inning. Nice to see, I suppose. Few, though, are left at Wrigley to see it. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Top 7th. The night takes another Grimm turn as two more Phillies batsmen send baseballs deep into the cold, dark night. Justin Grimm is the pitcher. The score is 10-1. It’s very late; I stare at the garbage strewn across the cold concrete floor.

End 7th – Top 8th. It’s 40 degrees and we are cold. I go to concessions and ask for a Lemon Chill shaved ice. The concessions lady, perplexed, looks into my dead eyes. Perhaps understanding, she turns away, goes into the back, and returns with the Lemon Chill. I return to my seat to discover that Kyle Schwarber is catching, Miguel Montero is playing first, and Willson Contreras is playing third. Shaken from my stupor, I watch as Willson fields a ground ball cleanly and throws a strike to Montero to record the first out of the inning.

9th inning. I eat my Lemon Chill and shiver. The Cubs won the World Series, though.


AAA: Iowa Cubs 3, Colorado Springs SkySox 2

Victor Caratini and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits as the I-Cubs punished the SkySox for their stupid name.

AA: Tennessee Smokies 6, Mississippi Braves 3

Charcer Burks homered and Yasiel Balaguert notched two doubles as Zach Hedges recorded a quality start for the Smokies.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Frederick Keys; PPD due to rain.

A: South Bend Cubs off-day.

  • cap’n realist

    on a positive note, Duensing looked great…or maybe it was the fact that it was 40 degrees, the Cubs were trailing 8 runs, and the plate umpire expanded the strike zone to the size of a Buick in an effort to get that mess over with. I can’t be sure. At least Jeff Vuk sold some insurance.

    Early in the game Len referenced Lester’s upcoming start with this gem: John Lester, who doesn’t have a win, but HAS pitched well. Apparently no wins, less than a k per inning, a whip of around 1.4 while fielding his position like a Norwegian 3rd grader is pitching well in Len’s world.

    • Sherm

      I didn’t make it to Duensing. Thankfully, I also missed “choose your own position inning.”

      I rarely turn off a baseball game before it’s over. This one, unfortunately, was over in the top of the first. I don’t know how far I made it. Perhaps to Ian’s Lemon Chill. Perhaps not.

      Note to Ian. Well written. I enjoyed the top part. Reading it. Not re-living it.

      Note to everyone. NOT ONE Cub position player deserves to be on the All-Star team. Two pitchers do – Davis and Edwards, and Davis has been fairly lucky to get outs on hard hit balls. If the “fans” vote Schwarber on? I’m boycotting the game. Not that I don’t love the guy…the ASG needs to be more based on merit than popularity. This could change – guys could have otherworldly May’s and June’s. I’m talking about right NOW.

      I reiterate the need for the newest Maddon Madness. Introducing “The Opener” (or, the FIG – First inning guy) Creates a whole new world for the stats guys, too. Quality openings. Blown openings. The union will LOVE it, because it increases the need for roster expansion. You need an extra pitcher and an extra pinch hitter in case the FIG gets up to bat in the first.

      Anderson’s starts have gone from “Decent” to “Lucky” to “What the fuck was that?”

      Say what you will about Norwegian third graders, but I think THEY put up at least a three spot on Anderson last night.

      Schwarber should not have even been playing in that weather – coming off the knee surgery he did? Wet outfield grass is NOT his friend. (Neither are fly balls, but I digress…)

      • Bryzzo1744

        I like your idea of the FIG. If his last name was Newton, Lame Len would call him a FIG Newton and start talking about cookies. Another sidebar for Lame Len.

      • Sherm

        Umm…YOU just did that, Lame CAPS.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I don’t make the news, I just report it

      • Sherm

        Actually, you don’t do either, so…

      • Adam Peters

        “Come off the knee surgery, he did.” — Sherm von Yoda

      • Sherm

        Comma added, you did

        Sherm von Particular

      • Adam Peters

        Yeah, I know, but that’s the way I read it in my head the first time & I thought it was funny.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a grammatically correct sentence.

      • Sherm

        So what? is a perfect question, too.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        It looks like you were buffaloed into replying.

    • Adam Peters

      Have Thed been scouting these Norwegians?

      • cap’n realist

        That’s where he got Bozo the pitching coach.

  • Doc Raker

    BA .196 OBP .322 OR BA .366 OPB .469 Who would you lead off?

    “You know he is going to swing and turn off the ball, why would you throw him an 0-2 strike? That pitch should be off the plate.” Phillies announcers after the bAez home run on an 0-2 count.

    How many first inning runs have the Cubs given up this past week? 438?

  • Brad Lyerla

    Ian, I love it. Nice reporting.

    • Ian Hansen

      glad you enjoyed it. it was actually a really fun night.

      • Brad Lyerla

        I believe it. And you won’t forget it.

  • Eddie Von White

    I turned it off in the top of the 3rd thinking I might not turn it back on until October. But I’m sure I will. What time does the game start tonight? I was feeling sorry for the fans who were there last night, now I see it was Ian I was feeling sorry for. Sorry Ian.

    • Ian Hansen

      thanks for your warmth.

    • Doug S.

      Yeah, who knows how long many fans got there before the scheduled start time? Then faithfully waiting 90 minutes in the cold and rain to go down 7-0 in the top of the 2nd? I’d be thinking warm bar, sorry if that seems unfaithful. Just saw Ian’s post above that he had fun, glad he did

  • Bryzzo1744

    Lame Len line of the day: Joe Maddon decided to go with the 3 catchers in the game lineup

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      You mean Len actually watched part of the game, miracles do happen.

  • Bryzzo1744
    • Sherm

      I’m proud of him. He did it the right way – way to go, Miggy! Congratulations!

    • cap’n realist

      as a person of color yourself, Caps, you should be offended by your own comment…I’m with Sherm, those who do it the right way are to be commended and not beat down. This is a great accomplishment by Montero. Perhaps you’ve been in Boston too long. Was that you in the bleachers heckling Adam Jones last night, too?

      • Bryzzo1744

        That was a Simpsons joke. Apu said that about the welfare office after becoming a citizen. I think it’s despicable what the fans did to Jones. And it is an accomplishment what Montero did.

      • Doc Raker

        It’s not funny, it’s bankrupting

      • Bryzzo1744
      • cap’n realist

        It’s time someone told you, Caps. The Simpsons aren’t always funny. Simpsons rehash jokes are rarely funny. This is a very good example.

      • Almost never, in fact. Not the first time around, or the 1,376,912th.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Are the SkySox required to play the game on their heads if they are playing a game near sea level?

  • So funny Ian, I loved it and I’m sorry. (For the record I’d have left as soon as the obnoxious Cub fan started leaning over. You’re a good man!)

  • Seymour Butts

    So last night was the first game for the over 50 swinging Seymours softball team. A windy night meant yours truly was given the starting pitching nod. Gave up 2 hits and no runs over a complete game 16-0 victory.
    That is the only game last night I care to recap, though agree that Ian did yeoman’s work.

    • Eddie Von White

      I’m assuming your team is co-ed.

      • Sherm

        The other team must be

      • Eddie Von White

        Swingers?

      • cap’n realist

        The cardiac medical practitioners vs the cardiac patients, clearly.

    • Doug S.

      Seymour von Cy Young.

    • Doc Raker

      Was it bobble head night? The first 3 in attendance get Seymour’s used bobble heads he has accumulated over the years. An altercation ensued when the park janitor took Seymour’s Dave Parker bobble head and Seymour claimed that was just for viewing and not a give away.

      • Seymour Butts

        Attendance was not that high, bobble-heads safe.

  • Dork

    I was trying to ignore the game yesterday after I saw the 1st inning 4 spot – but I just kept looking back expecting better. It never came.