Game 113 – Campanamania
Cubs 4, Reds 3
I’m on limited internet connection so I want to make this short and sweet. In case you missed it, Tony Campana is all the rage on Twitter. I even saw him compared to Cool Papa Bell. That’s a stretch, but if you’re looking at straight speed, we’ll go with it. Here’s the important thing to remember. As exciting as it is to see an inside the park home run, it needs to be taken for what it is…a ball that got by the left fielder and allowed Campana to turn on the burners. I don’t mean to rain on the parade, but things like this have a tendency with Cub fans, and even management, to cause them to value a guy more than he’s worth. I like watching Campana play. I like it a lot. He brings an energy and excitement with his speed. I saw it for the first time in person a few years ago in the Southern League. He’s exciting. Let’s just not get the delusions that he’s an every day player. He’s a weapon in the arsenal. He’s a tool in the tool belt. He has a specific role to play on a team and he plays it well. That is all. You’re not free to continue to drool and be excited about a six game winning streak. Sure is fun.
Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Ryan Dempster (.177 WPA)
2nd Star – Carlos Marmol (.172WPA)
3rd Star – Tony Campana (.169 WPA)