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Monthly Archive: July 2005

Friday

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Thru Cub Eyes: Ryne Sandberg (part 1)

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This is such a special week-end for #23, I thought weíd offer an expanded excerpt from Carrie Muskatís compilation Banks to Sandberg to Grace. Look for parts 2 and 3 tomorrow and Sunday and the rest of the series featuring Cub players through the years every Friday. Nineteen-eighty-four was one of my most fun years. I was still a young player at the time. It was my third year in the major leagues and my first experience being in a pennant race and being on a winning club. That was all new to me. I just showed up at the […]

Friday

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July 2005

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Pointing out the obvious for Dusty Baker

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Just some things I’d like to point out to our fearless leader: Jerome Williams seems to become ineffective after throwing 100 pitches. Consider taking him out before he throws 120. I know he’s young, but I think that Matt Murton could probably handle getting 4 at-bats in one game. There’s no need to lift him for a pinch hitter at every opportunity. And feel free to bat him higher than 8th. Down by 3 in the 6th inning is not the time to bunt a runner over and play for one run. Gene Clines, Gary Matthews and yourself all have […]

Thursday

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July 2005

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Stinkareeno

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Last April, in the first week of the season, I implored Dusty to walk Luis Gonzales in any and all circumstances. He obliterates the Cubs and the sooner Baker realizes this the better. Would it make any difference today? Not really. That was one of the worst games in this season thus far, a 6-0 pasting by the resurging Diamondbacks. I also said way back then this club would be vastly superior to their 51 game win performance a year ago. Luis vs the Cubs this year AB….16 R…….6 H…….8 HR…..3 RBI….6 BB…..3 AVG..500 (sigh)

Thursday

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July 2005

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Heads up!

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Lost in all the excitement, close games, anger, agony, and Neifi-Burnitz-inspired euphoria is the fact that somehow the bleak hopes of the Cubs winning the wildcard has turned from faint hope to reachable goal. The Cubs haven’t played like a playoff team, but as it stands, they’re 3 games back with 2 teams ahead of them. Last week they were 4.5 games out with 5 teams ahead of them. I can’t begin to speculate on the forces behind this change. Good fortune? Regression to the mean? Good luck? Playing the Giants? Whatever it is, for me at least, stubborn faith […]

Wednesday

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July 2005

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How Much Longer?

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After last night’s loss, I have thought of a few things that I am tired of waiting for. It’s growing very frustrating to wait and wait for a few of these things to happen. So, how much longer….? Till we see Matt Murton starting everyday? – Is there a reason Dusty has not given the everyday left field job to Matt yet? This kid just knows how to hit. After last night’s game, he is hitting .462 with an OBP of .531. He gets on more than every other at bat. Granted, he’s only had 25+ plate appearances, but his […]