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So, how about those Cubs?

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While the air show jets practiced over Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon, the Cubs managed to actually score enough runs to win without a home run! Amazing what a few singles can do, isn’t it?

My takeaways:

  • Javier Baez added some home run insurance late with only one strikeout (!!!) on the day and he added some showy defense in the ninth to remind us that we do really like him after all.
  • Jake Arietta had a strong game and Victor Caratini caught a guy stealing so neither had to blame their bad day on the other.
  • In true Len Kasper fashion, he decided that sometimes you don’t like having tension in the clubhouse but sometimes tension in the clubhouse is a good thing thereby absolving Miguel Montero of all sins even though he’s not even a Cub any longer.
  • Speaking of Miguel Montero, he caught someone stealing (!!!) Ben Zobrist I think.
  • I didn’t see the game, just listened. Unfortunately I listened to the TV guys.
  • Happ v. Happ didn’t live up to its hype.
  • Most of the (dull) conversation that I heard seemed to center around Montero (duly noted above) and Jose Bautista. As you know Bautista has caused a bit (!!!) of controversy in his day, and Len spend a decent amount of time explaining how some people want less bat-flipping in baseball and some people want more of it. He decided that the older generation wants less, and the younger generation (himself included) wants more. Hate to break it to you Len, but you’re my age buddy. That ship has sailed. Nevertheless it doesn’t surprise me to hear he wants more bat flipping, since he obviously doesn’t get much else out of any good game than the potential of a brawl.

Please add your thoughts to complete this hasty summary!

 

  • Bryzzo1744

    Len sucks. The end.

  • Eddie Von White

    Agree – we really do like Javy after all.

  • Doug S.

    I whined about Strop yesterday, so I’ll leave it there.

    Baez seems better at SS than Russell, who struggled this year or maybe that was injury, not sure.

    • Sherm

      He IS better. And has a much stronger arm (whether that’s Russell’s “sore” throwing shoulder or not? It was never close to as strong.)

      Russell was good at 2b. Why not make that move? Put Baez where he is most comfortable. Am I the ONLY ONE TO NOTICE THAT BAEZ IS PLAYING BETTER AND RAKING NOW THAT HE IS BACK IN HIS NATURAL POSITION? C’mon Maddon…pay attention. Russell is good. Baez is gooder!

      • Junior Von White

        I agree- when athletes play in the position that they became professionals they’re usually (90% of the time) better. I noticed this with Zobrist, Schwarber, Bryant, Contreras, Baez, and everyone else playing a weird position.

        Not quite sold on the Baez is better than Russell argument. This year, yes he certainly has been. But I still want the best Russell over the best Baez. Russell was incredible last year at short and ridiculously clutch at the plate. I think Baez will always be prone to mental lapses and such even when he is at his best. Last year when anything was hit in the near vicinity of Russell I just EXPECTED him to get it. with Baez I’m still at the hoping he gets it phase. Just my opinion.

        That being said, Russell sucks this year. Maybe it’s the injuries, maybe it’s off the field crap, maybe it’s because last year was a fluke. I don’t know, but whatever it is, Baez should be playing more until further notice.

      • cap’n realist

        I’d have to disagree about ‘best’ Russell over ‘best’ Baez. The upside potential of Baez is off the charts. What he is vs what he could be is scary. Better discipline and more hustle makes Baez a first ballot hall of famer. I doubt we’ll see it, but it’s fun to ponder.

      • Junior Von White

        Fair enough. I suppose I don’t think that Baez will ever have the mental abilities that Russell does (I think that’s as much a talent as a learned skill, too). But if he did/could then yes it would be Baez easily.

  • Doc Raker

    LEN: I love the bat flip partner.
    JD; Not so much, pitchers don’t like bat flips, it tends to upset us.
    LEN: But it is so exciting, watching the bat twirl around in the air like that.
    JD: A guy goes 1 for 9 against you and the 1 hit is a bomb and he flips his bat. That doesn’t go over well with us pitchers.
    LEN: I love it on mothers day weekend when they are all using pink bats. When the pink bat goes flipping into the air, so exciting.
    JD: Something is wrong with Lester, he is getting hit and doesn’t seem comfortable.
    LEN: I wish I flipped the bat in Little League.
    JD; Lester just called out for the trainer. This doesn’t look good.
    LEN: I only had that 1 home run in Minor C and it wasn’t over the fence. It was a 4 base error but back then you called it a home run. I should of flipped the bat but how was I to know I would get a 4 base error.
    JD: Lester is coming out of the game. This doesn’t look good.
    LEN: I ‘m bored. When is this game going to be over. No one has even flipped a bat yet.
    JD; Looks like Maddon is bringing in Mr Mike Montgomery. We will need him to stretch out a little bit today.
    LEN: I like when Pete Townshend would flip his guitar, he was so cool. The first guitar flipper I ever saw.
    JD: 8-0 Reds, lots of game left and the wind is howling out so we aren’t out of it yet.
    LEN: Baba ORielly, it’s just a teenage waste land. What’s a lat? Oh never mind. I am so bored.

    • Doug S.

      See – here’s the thing….I don’t know if you made that up or those numbskulls actually said it.

      • Hard telling.

      • Doc Raker

        LEN: Doug S just tweeted out that Dred Zeppelin is playing at Legends tonight. They cover all the Zeppelin tunes in a Reggae beat. I love reggae Stairway to Heaven. Thanks Doug S, see you there.
        JD: Baez just made another unbelievable play. He is so athletic, truly amazing.
        LEN: Love Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust. Great stuff.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Len just can’t wait to announce a triple lindy bat flip with a perfect landing.

  • Sherm

    Good morning! Good coffee!

    I love Javier Baez. There. I said it. Call it a man-crush, or whatever you want, but this guy is on his way to becoming a great baseball player. His natural skills surpass those of almost anyone else in the game today, and perhaps everyone else. Recently, Ron Darling said “this kid has Ozzie Smith type skills at short – we just haven’t seen him there enough and he need more experience.” Ya think? Did you see that play in the ninth yesterday? Holy shit, people – google it if you didn’t. It’s ridiculous. Even JD’s voice got really high and stupid and giggly. This following another rope. Seems like when Javy hits them? They are clutch.

    One more Baez comment (and that could be a lie, because I really am in love) and that has to do with the “wild swings.” I don’t think he’s as much as wild swinger as we thought. I just think he’s so FREAKIN’ strong that that is HOW he swings the bat. With tremendous power – so when he misses, the follow through pulls him off balance.

    Okay. One more. Why is he hitting 8th still? I mean, Schwarber and Zobrist seem to populate the top of the order a LOT. Imagine now, if you will, that Baez isn’t hitting 8 with a pitcher behind him and they actually have to throw him strikes. He’s at .272 with 20 bombs and 58 runs batted in batting 8th. Getting shit to swing at and only really getting to hit mistakes. Imagine if they had to pitch to him because Rizzo or Bryant were next. Frame of reference here? Heyward? 40 RBI. Bryant? 55. Yeah. Baez is #3 on the team in that category. In conclusion? Maddon is still an idiot.

    I LIKE Caratini. He gives you good at bats, and seems like a solid catcher. It’s too soon to suggest Contreras become the everyday left fielder, but…

    Montero did catch Zobrist stealing. Third. WTF was Slobrist thinking there? For one thing? I’m faster than Ben Zobrist. And I’m slower than fuck. He’s a human treadmill. If he was a race horse? They’d shoot him. He should have scored on the Caratini double, too, but goes to first to third on a Tuesday.

    I don’t care about Montero. I didn’t care about him when he WITH the Cubs. In a weird “inner-head” fantasy, I thought it would have been interesting for Jake to go all “Marichal/Roseboro” yesterday, but I guess I’m glad he didn’t.

    Len is a turd in a public toilet.

    I’m sitting at a wine bar last night, having a nice snack and a drink, and the LLWS is on, and who do I see? Jessica! Thankfully, it was muted, so I didn’t have to hear her. Small things that make me happy.

    One final thought. Probably. I don’t pull Arrieta in the 7th with 88 pitches. I know Edwards got it done, but to me? Jake at that point is still better than anyone in the pen. I leave him in. Edwards gets the 8th and Strop can save his energy for Baez’s homer dance.

    • Bryzzo1744

      I like the way Baez plays the game. He’s always going 110, he doesn’t know how to scale it back, which can be a benefit but at times a detriment as well. His bat speed reminds me of Gary Sheffield. The difference though is Sheff was a very smart hitter, and he was very disciplined. I really think Baez could be an MVP if he could harness his talent at the plate. I also agree with you Baez should be in front of Bryzzo. I don’t like seeing them hit 2-3. I’d prefer they hit 3-4.

    • cap’n realist

      Jessica is where she belongs. Calling little league games.

      • Doug S.

        She should be calling “Cold beer, get your ice cold beer here”.

      • Except that I like watching little league. I suppose I could watch on mute. We have the quietest sport-watching house ever as our listening options trend from bad to worse to worser.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Why do you say that? Is it because you don’t have the option of watching the other team’s broadcast?

      • I’m speaking in general all-sports terms as the number of broadcasters I can stomach shrinks.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Yeah I can see that. I like being able to listen to the other teams broadcast.

    • Doc Raker

      Get a room

  • Ben

    Who would you rather have Len Casper or Joe Buck?

    • Bryzzo1744

      Give me a Duff, Moe

    • I don’t know, but I do know if they were on the same broadcast I’d have to poke a hole in my eardrums with a knitting needle.

  • Bryzzo1744

    So I got my car looked at today, and the transmission is on it’s way out. I have two cars to look at tomorrow. I’m going to get a Toyota Camry, but should I buy a hybrid or no?

    • cap’n realist

      What would Homer do?

      • Bryzzo1744
      • cap’n realist

        no way your dad lets you spend $82k on a car, CAPS.

      • Bryzzo1744

        1. I’m a grown man I can do what I want
        2. The only time I’m dropping 80 grand for a set of wheels is when I get a redneck truck
        3. The cars I’m looking at are between 7 and 13 grand.

      • Doug S.

        Are you a Hummer kind of guy?

      • Bryzzo1744

        Camry

      • cap’n realist

        sounds to me like your dad told you to buy a Camry and forbid you to spend more than $13k.

      • Bryzzo1744

        My parents don’t know I’m looking to replace my Honda. I haven’t spoken to them since April.

      • Eddie Von White

        You asked.

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Chastise

  • Doug S.

    GRrondon – making sure we get our daily sweat.

  • Doug S.

    Catcher carousel continues. Former Met Rivera behind the plate, Caratini down for corn.

    NL wild card not as done a deal as I once thought. I could see 1 coming from the Central.

  • Doc Raker

    Javy Baez has earned the starting short job.

  • Bryzzo1744
  • Doc Raker

    JESSICA MENDOZA: I love the nick name jersey. David Freese is Dave Human because he has a dog named Dave the Dog so his nickname is Dave the Human. We get to learn all these great things about these players with their nicknames.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #1: Mendoza is shilling the nickname jerseys very well.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #2: It’s as if she really believes that the nickname jerseys are cool.
    MLB ACCOUNTING EXEC: We are projecting $3.4 M in revenue with these new nick name jerseys in just the first week.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #1: We don’t need to tell people that.
    JESSICA MENDOZA:Line out to Dex or Dexter Fowler. His first name is Dexter so they shortened it to Dex for his nickname. It’s so cool to think he doesn’t have to use the second syllable in his name, they just use the first syllable , Dex, instead of the whole 2 syllables. If I ever made the big leagues I wanted to be called Jess, instead of Jessica which is 3 syllables. Three syllables is just too many for a big league club house. OH LOOK, the big leaguers are shaking hands like the little leaguers do. SO COOL, HISTORIC, SPECIAL.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #2; Jess is a Sap, that’s one syllable, SAP.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #1: Sap fans are our ATM’s, our Pay Pals, our cash cows.
    MLB MARKETING EXEC #2: Cash, not Johnny but payola is our nicknames, three syllables PAY O LA

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Those Marketing guys need to find a #3 and then recreate that budweiser frog comercial “pay” “o” “la”, of course they would need to wear those silly jerseys.