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May 2017



I’m Not Freaking Out, I’m Just Annoyed

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I, like some others from the VFTB family, was in attendance in San Diego last night for one of the most bleh games I have ever witnessed in person. I am more interested in baseball than 95% of people in my life, and even was bored watching this game—in person no less!

The Cubs lost 6-2 on Tuesday night due to a four-run fifth inning for Eddie Butler, knocking him out of the game and breaking the 2-2 tie. It was nice to see Kyle Schwarber send a ball into the right field bleachers, the first Schwarbomb I have witnessed in person, and honestly, Butler didn’t look too bad until that four-run fifth.

From what I could see, the young Padres starter Dinelson Lamet could throw some gas. I was seeing 96-97 mph fastballs on the stadium radar gun late into his outing. The Cubs couldn’t really figure him out save for Schwarber’s home run and some good contact from Jason Heyward.

The J-Hey/Cubs Hitting Conundrum

Last year, Heyward couldn’t hit and everyone else was killing the ball. This year, Heyward has rebounded and the rest of the Cubbies are struggling in varying degrees. At last check, Heyward is third in the All Star vote totals. Making the All Star game after the year he had last year would make for a great story, and I really hope it works out that way.

But how many All Stars do the Cubs really have? Heyward and Kris Bryant? Maybe Wade Davis and Carl Edwards, Jr.?

Carl: Our Shining Star in the Darkness

Oh Carl. I never thought a middle reliever would be the most reliable player on this Cubs squad, but here we are. He’s carrying the entire pitching staff (along with Wade Davis) by maintaining a sub-one ERA.

I don’t know if there is anything we can do to extend all of the good coming out of Edwards right now, but give him a bat or something The kid feels like the brightest part of this ball club right now.

Annoyed, Not Nervous

But I probably should be.

This Cubs team really could miss the playoffs, if they keep playing like they have been. But honestly, like I said at the top of this post, I am more annoyed than anything. I love watching baseball live, in a ballpark amidst peanut vendors and quirky fans, but I have never been more bored at a baseball game in my life than I was tonight.

To say this Cubs lineup is underwhelming is an understatement. I don’t get excited watching the team this year like I did last year, long before the playoffs, even. I catch most of the games on TV if I don’t have anything else going on, but I’m just annoyed. All last year, this team felt like must-watch television. Not so this year. I want the Cubs to be better on the field, but more than just being better, I want them to be fun.

They’re boring right now.

Coming Up

The Cubs finish their series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow, and Jake Arrieta will be on the mound. Then the Cubs will come home for a 10-game homestand, beginning with the Cardinals on Friday.

Here’s to hoping this team gets some pop back in the lineup, even if they continue to lose.

  • Brad Lyerla

    The last two seasons, the Cubs looked like they were having fun playing baseball. I don’t get that vibe from them at all so far this year. I hoped the dance off thing might spark them, but that works only at home. They need to begin enjoying themselves again.

    Maybe Schwarbs and Happ need to go to Iowa to loosen up a bit. You have to wonder if continuing to struggle on the big league roster is the answer.

    Joe is now blaming the HR. He says that everyone is swinging for the fences. If true, that should be an easy adjustment. We’ll see.

    • Yeah maybe we need more dance-offs.

      • Sherm

        Or coaching

    • Proof positive that Maddon is reading VFTB. But his quote seemed like this home run dependency thing was out of his hands. Please actually do some MANAGING. Tell your boys this is not what you want to see. Play those who react situationally. Sit the swinging for the fences guys. I don’t really care what he does but he needs to do something. When my friends are bored at live baseball for heavens sake, something needs to happen.

      • Brad Lyerla


  • Dork

    Heyward has been better this year but is he really an allstar?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Speaking of annoying, I now know what May showers bring. A lot of cold weather, crabby people, and bad Cub losses. We need some Joy and Happiness!

  • Dork

    I turned off the game last night after the cubs batted in the 6th so if carl pitched I wouldn’t know.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Speaking of venders, the last 2 days one of the venders in our sections has been hilarious. Hot dogs peanuts popcorn lemonade! Like your grandma made!

  • Bryzzo1744

    The more I watch this team, the more I realize that Maddon is not a good manager. He might be a very good coach, but his in game moves are just awful. He pulls Butler when it’s 4-2 and brings in his worst reliever possible in the Dunce. Really? You might as well just wave the white flag. Cap’N alerted us to some of Muskrat’s awful tweets. Maddon has found his suit for the return trip home. So what I say.

  • Guy Karafa

    Agonized over the scoreboard from Anaheim last night. Much smaller crowd , but with Pujols hitting 599 , ton of excitement until his last AB. Gotta believe the boys will be getting it done 1 night in San Diego. Guess it’s tonight!

  • Doug S.

    The boys managed to squeak out a W in the Denver series I was at earlier in May. I hope they can squeak one out in SD for the guys there.

  • Doc Raker

    Is it a coincidence that the best hitter on the team, Heyward, actually spent the off season working on his swing while everyone else celebrated the World Series and everyone else is swinging like caca? I am beginning to believe it is not a coincidence.

    We learned last night that CAPS keeps his high school ID in his wallet 11 years after graduating. I have no idea why.

    • Seymour Butts

      50 bucks says he can tell you the day of the week it was issued to him.

    • Doc, he has no use for women, science or math and bases his life around the Simpsons. Let the poor guy have his high school memories, it’s all he’s got!

    • Bryzzo1744

      Blago signed it. That’s why. And so I can show people what I used to look like. The photo was from 2004.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I thought the only people keeping a blago signature were his jailers.

  • Buddy

    I’m with you…annoyed buy not worried. The Cubs are hitting .215 with runners in scoring position so far this year. That obviously won’t last. The starting pitchers have a combined 4.71 ERA so far this year. That also won’t last. Either the current group of starters will come around, or Theo and company will make a deal. The more I think about it, a trade for a starter is probably coming soon no matter what.

  • cap’n realist

    Day 2 by the numbers:
    34-number of times I was disgusted by the team on the field
    14-number of Jack and cokes I had swallow to make the pain of watching this team go away.
    8-number of stupid Carrie Muskat tweets I looked at on my phone because the game was horrifying to look at.

    I’m not panicked. I’m at peace. This is just not a very good ballclub right now.

    On a positive note, the view of San Diego bay from my hotel window is pretty sweet, and helping me get a couple hours work in before todays forthcoming letdown.

  • Sherm

    I’m just freaking annoyed. By the Cubs. By Caps. By poor situational baseball.

  • Adam Peters

    Last year I always had the feeling that even if the Cubs were down they were going to come back and win. This year as soon as they fall behind it feels like the game is over.

    • Bryzzo1744

      This. They scored single runs in the 2nd and 5th last night and last year they would have piled on. This year, it’s who can kill the rally.

  • cap’n realist

    Caps is rocking his fire Len Kasper sign. If you’re watching at home, look for the disheveled bespectacled Homer wannabe with the sign that looks like it was scrawled by a 6 year old.

    • cap’n realist
      • Buddy

        Is the guy in the back Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch?

      • cap’n realist

        that’s Sherm.

      • Sherm

        No it isn’t. That’s Raker.

      • Doug S.

        Cap’n is correct. CAPS’ penmanship has improved.

      • When did you guys bump into Paul Reiser?

      • cap’n realist

        He gravitated toward caps…it was inexplicable, really.

      • Dork

        can you give us a who’s who? Rakers in the back and caps is holding the sign? who is everyone else? Good picture, hope you guys had fun even if the results weren’t what we wanted.

      • cap’n realist

        guy in front is a stoner friend of Raker, we called him Juan Gigante. No idea why. Chubby guy in the white oakley sweatshirt is yours truly. Guy behind me that looks like Beeker the Muppet is Seymour. Guy in the back with the fuzzy penis extension on his chin is Sherm. Raker and Berg to his right. The guy with the sign photobombed us. The 5 rows behind us were packed, but after a half inning of Caps’ act, they pelted us with trash and moved to right field.

      • You look annoyed. Though I probably know why.

    • just noticed how awesome that sign is.. got a bit ambitious with the first two words CAPS

  • Doug S.

    I’m hoping the guys in SD had fun, are out for some post game pops & discussing ways to right the ship.

    • cap’n realist

      Berg and I are on the northbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. No pops. Beer is pricier on the train than at the ballpark. I had plenty of jack last night. To right the ship, Joe and the staff need to stop managing these kids. They are young. They still lack experience. They need to be coached. Coached to do the little things. Hit behind runners. Bunt away from the shift. Don’t make the 3rd out at 3rd base. Travel like businessmen, not a fraternity.

      • My expense reports clear with the frat approach.. it’s the only way to go.

    • Seymour Butts

      In the airport waiting to get back to the PNW. Trip was good because of the company (with exceptions). I mentioned to Sherm that had I made the trip alone, I may well have been suicidal.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Great to meet you this time Seymour. Safe travels home. Next year Swan, Brad, Dork, Joe, Eddie, Jerry, and Lizzie need to join us.

      • Got the green light after the Vegas dealio.. be nice to your fam and friends CAPS.. catch you next year.

      • Bryzzo1744

        See you then Swan. Then we can talk about the Simpsons. Or not. D’oh!

  • Doc Raker

    Always good to hang with my Cub buddies, much fun was had except for the lousy boring bad baseball. The Padre dude that hit the jack off Arrieta, Sherm says, “Look at this guys numbers, he is hitting .163 with 13 jacks, 25 hits in total with 13 jacks.” Next pitch, 26 hits, 14 jacks- boom just like that. At the same time I said, with the Cubs leading 1-0 after just scoring a run, “Let’s see if the Cubs can hold a lead for more than an out”, Nope boom. 1-1.

    Then the Capn said, “Carrie Muskrat just tweeted out that Joe Maddon has his funny looking suit picked out for the flight home.” When you are 20 games up wearing funny suits is funny and relaxing for the team. When you just went 0-6 on a road trip wearing funny suits is embarrassing.

    The Cubs scored 9 runs on their 6 game road trip. They scored 5 runs in their 3 games in San Diego. Seymour spent $425 on 3 tickets, that’s $85 per run.

    The Capn daughter hit a bases loaded walk off triple and he had the video to prove it and we were able to view it, over and over and over hear the Capn screech, “There it is, there it is……..ahhhhhhhhh………my daughter is gifted……….ahhhhh.”

    • Sherm

      I saw that video 14 times in 3 days. But in the child’s defense, it was the best swing we saw all week.

      • Seymour Butts

        Only saw it 3 times. In Seattle awaiting connection. Anyone know if I can find it online to watch again?

        Also met Rakers daughter. Did not see any video of her sports heroics. Score one for Raker.

      • cap’n realist

        she can Rake. Off of human pitching.