Beatdown on Addison!
I was begrudgingly painting my daughter’s loft tonight, when the line from Bull Durham about how the world was made for people not cursed with self-awareness floated through my head. I smiled. Then I thought, “Oh crap! I have to write the VFTB post for tomorrow morning!” So I dutifully turned my recording of the game on, only to discover that the game was blacked out in my area. Now, the only games that are supposed to be blacked out in my area are the Nationals’ and Orioles’. So I was more than a little pissed. Then I saw on my ESPN app that Javy Baez stole home in the 2nd inning, and I got really pissed. Then I used the voice command feature on my XFinity to call up “Chicago Cubs,” and find what the hell channel the game was actually being broadcast on.
I turned it on as the replay of Ian Happ’s double was playing. That double had just made the score 6-2 Cubs. Next up Jason Heyward lined a single to center to score Anthony Rizzo to make it 7-2. Next Javy roped a double into the left field corner to score Happ and Heyward and make it 9-2. Then Jose Quintana lined a single to left to score Baez and make it 10-2. The Kyle Schwarber hit one into the left field bleachers to make it 12-2.
At that point I figured it wasn’t going to get any better, and whatever happened from then on out was bound to be pretty lame so I went to bed.
But as I was cleaning my paint brush I wondered, “What exactly are the Cubs, from Thed on down to Maddon, trying to accomplish with their treatment of Kyle Schwarber?” He of the .197 average, who, incidentally, started in left field and batted second–AGAIN. And I’m not just trying to stir the pot here. What do you all really think they are doing? Why didn’t they leave him in Iowa? They didn’t desperately don’t need another “outfielder.” And obviously his play hasn’t warranted the playing time he’s gotten. I mean, if you are going to play left field like Manny Ramirez, you damn well better hit like Manny Ramirez.
So, what’s going on in Cubland? Discuss…