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May 2017



Organizational Recap – Walking Off A Winner

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“If Chewbacca had walked more, he would have been named Wookie of the Year.”  —  Jim Deshaies

It was a cold day in Chicago Thursday and the wind was howling in off the lake, promising to make the contest between the Cubs and the Phillies a low scoring one.  In the top of the first John Lackey showed off his veteran craftiness by baiting Odubel Herrera into blasting a hanging curveball into the teeth of that chilly gale to deal a crushing blow to his ego when the ball came to rest in the ivy at the foot of the centerfield wall rather up in the upper bleachers by the scoreboard where it would have had the wind been blowing out.  Lackey would exit the frame unscathed, and Herrera’s sense of self was never the same.

J.D. was in rare form early as after the Herrera wannabe bomb he remarked how Maikel Franco was “getting his feet wet at the big league level.  But you don’t want to get your feet wet today.” Because, you see, it was cold, and if you got your feet wet they would be cold as well.  Maybe very cold.  And that would be uncomfortable.

In the bottom of the first the Cubs youth served them well, as it often does.  After old geezer Jon Jay got picked off first, Kris Bryant floated a broken bat single to left, and then scored from first on Addison Russell’s opposite field double.  Then in the bottom of the second, Albert Almora, Jr. singled, and after advancing to second on Javier Baez’s trying-for-a-hit sacrifice bunt he scored on Matt Szczur’s double.

Lackey would surrender runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to hand the lead over to their guests from the east.  But in response the Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the 5th, and Mr. Clutch, Miguel Montero, came through with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.

In the top of the 7th Cesar Hernandez smoked a line drive into left-center off of Justin Grimm, but Jon Jay cut it off and, assisted by a trademark Javy Baez tag, nailed Hernandez at second.  Next up Aaron Alther walked, and promptly stole second.  J.D., fountain of knowledge that he is, remarked that Montero’s throw was “not strong and offline,” which, coincidentally, I believe is the title of the autobiographical off-Broadway musical that Miggy wrote and produced this off season.

Grimm would escape the 7th unscathed but, tragically, Carl Edwards, Jr’s scoreless innings streak came to an end when Cameron Rupp drove a line drive through the wind into the right field bleachers to give the Phillies the lead.  But not to be outdone, Miggy continued to move on from his thespian debacle with a drive of his own into the basket in centerfield to knot up the score again.

The next five innings were a grind.  The Cubs would put several runners on the bases but none could circle around to put an end to this protracted duel.  But then in the bottom of the thirteenth it appeared that someone found a bit of 2016 fairy dust.  Almora hooked a ball into the left field corner and when the Phil’s left fielder bobbled the ball slightly he busted it into second for a double.  After a bounce out and an intentional walk, Matt Szczur grounded hard to Casar Hernandez at second base.  This may have caused a Caesar overload that caused Freddy Galvis to make a wild throw to first as he attempted to complete the double play and when the ball ricocheted around foul territory Almora ran home to secure the victory.

As the Cubs celebrated on the field J.D. put a cherry on it by stating, “That was a ball Galvis would have done well to eat.  But sometimes you try to be a hero, and you end up being a zero.”

Mic drop.

My MLB Extra Innings cut out.


AAA – Iowa Cubs

Game 1

SP – Jake Buchanan – 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO

3B – Chris Dominguez – 3 for 4, HR, 4 RBI

Game 2

SP – Dylan Floro – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

3B – Jeimer Candelario – 2 for 3, 2 RBI

AA – Tennessee Smokies

SP – Preston Morrison – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

3B – Jason Vosler – 3 for 4, 2B

A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans

SP – Tom Hatch – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

1B – Matt Rose – 3 for 3, 2B, RBI, 2 R



  • Eddie Von White

    Very entertaining – both the game and the wrap up. Nice job, Adam.

    • Adam Peters

      Thanks, Eddie Von Complimentary.

  • Brad Lyerla

    Deshaies is a poet.

    • Bryzzo1744

      13th inning, pop-up to Baez, Len: Baez camped under it so long he could have had lunch.
      JD: Fans who got here early can have 3 meals at the park. Late breakfast, lunch, and it’s almost dinner time.

    • You misspelled ‘dipshit.’

      • Dork

        You seem edgy lately are you doing ok?

      • PTSD from a week in Iowa.

  • Doug S.

    I’ll take and be happy with the gift win.

    What’s the deal in the 9th with Zobrist? Nice lead off hit, makes it to 2nd on the sacrifice and represents the winning run with 1 out. Looking good, right? Uh-uh, gets picked off, not even close. Add that to the fielding gaffs the night before. Is his mind elsewhere?

    • Kyle

      Have you seen his wife? My mind would be elsewhere, too. The dude out-kicked his coverage.

      • Eddie Von White

        I’m tired of all the announcers making excuses for his lackluster play. He needs to get focused. He’s been around long enough to know how.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Last year the last game before the All-Star break, him and Baez botched a rundown and only got one out. 1st and 2nd no one out. Ground ball hit to Baez. He froze. Then threw to Zobrist for an out at 2nd. Threw to Rizzo at first. Safe. Rizzo threw to 3rd. Safe. The Pirates announcers blamed both Baez and Zobrist. Baez for his indecision, and Zobrist for not going to 3rd.

      • Dork

        Eddie Von Critical

  • Kyle

    Miggy is on a tear recently. Big Home run last night. I love watching him trot around the bases. It’s a thing of un-athletic beauty.

  • Doug S.
    • Dork

      That looks trademark infringy to me not that I know a whole lot about that stuff

  • Cap’n Hello Newman

    Really, this year’s version of the Cubs in looking a lot like the ’83 White Sox. Winning ugly. Terrible baserunnjng by veterans like Jhay and Zhobrist is inexcusable. Contreras hits into the 6-9-3 double play to end the 10th…anything in the air wins the game. His approach was horrible. Lackey looks like an all star with the wind howling in. Peter Adams is correct, in July and August, some of those Philly fly outs damage brownstones across Wavland. They just aren’t playing well, at all. And yet, despite themselves, because of the ridiculous talent, they are getting W’s. I’m hoping they crescendo at the end of the season. The W’s are nice, but this brand of baseball is tough to look at.

    • Adam Peters

      Oh BTW, that Peter Adams “joke” isn’t stale at all. Wasn’t stale in 4th grade, and it isn’t stale now.

      For a little variety might I suggest, from the Handbook of Sophomoric Low Hanging Fruit, some variant on Adam & Eve. Such as, “Hey Adam, where’s Eve?”

      • Plus, Adams Peter is way funnier.

      • Doc Raker

        Cue Seymour…..1…2…3..

      • Captain Kenny Rogers Roasters

        I’m a proud owner of said manual. It was written in the 1980’s by a handsome chap named Jon Sherman. In this case, the manual clearly states that I should change Peter Adams (a monacher previously not intended to offend, as one of my favorite mucisians is named Adams)to the newer and more appropriate Madam Peters. I can work that.

      • Eddie Von White

        I’m getting confused.There’s so many Captains on here now.

      • Cap’n man hands

        Eddie Von Discombobulated

    • Buddy

      I’ll take a regular season like the 1983 Sox had…99 wins, led the league in runs scored +150 run differential. Obviously we don’t want their postseason outcome!

      • Bryzzo1744

        I don’t like comparisons to the trash

  • Doc Raker

    Nice recap, I could feel the ugliness of the weather, the poor baseball being played and the poor broadcasting. I don’t listen to Len and JD much but the few times I do I get the sense that it is a bother to them to be there. As if the game is so uninteresting that they are the unlucky ones to have to stay there and broadcast while everyone else is lucky to be able to turn their TV’s off and go do something else. I would imagine during the broadcast in the extra innings they projected a feeling of wanting to get this game over with quickly regardless of who wins verse the feeling of tense nervousness over the possibility of falling behind in the top of an extra inning or projecting the feeling of excitement over a possible sudden death victory in the bottom of the extra inning.

    I would be willing to bet that Len and JD discussed ideas on how to make extra inning games shorter like putting a man on second base to start each half inning. As in, ‘this is boring we need to do something so we can minimize our time here.’ As a viewer it makes me feel like I want to minimize my time listening to them- which I do!

    Fire Len Kasper #cubnationdeservesbetter

    • Adam Peters

      It’s funny, Doc. But I find JD to be a much bigger idiot than Len. (In case you couldn’t tell that from my article there)

      • Doc Raker

        And that is what it comes down to, ‘who the bigger idiot is’. I miss Harry and Stoner.

  • Dork

    I’m worried about this yankees series for some reason- cubs just aren’t playing that well / pitching that well – starting pitching at least. They need a really good game from Hendricks today.

    • Eddie Von White

      And Eddie Carl Jr. needs to stop giving up runs. He has reached his quota for the year.

    • Buddy

      Saturday’s game could be trouble…Brett Anderson on the mound!

  • Kevin Rondonn strikes again.

    • Doug S.

      Why wasn’t Davis closing?
      A great game thrown away

      • Dork

        Davis pitched in the last 3 straight. Someone else should be able to pitch – I was not sure why Hendricks got pulled so early with the Pen in the shape it was after a 13 inning game.

      • Doc Raker

        Maddon loves pulling Hendricks early………………

      • It’s like clockwork now. Not awesome.

      • Bryzzo1744

        I’m starting to think Maddon is not a good manager. We should see if we can get Scoscia. He can coach players like Maddon, and he makes better moves during the game.

      • Adam Peters

        Maybe the interleague game confused him and he thought he was back in the World Series.

      • Doug S.

        I’m still steaming.
        Off to Denver early tomorrow to steam in person starting Monday.

      • Have fun Doug.. bit jealous

      • Doug S.

        Did not expect the first 2 games I go to between AZ and CO to be the NLW leaders.

    • Bryzzo1744

      Hector Gregg is really spiking my blood pressure

  • Doc Raker

    Brutal loss

  • Doc Raker

    2004 DeJavu

    • Bryzzo1744

      How is this like 2004?