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June 8, 2012

Game 57: Close Doesn’t Cut It

Filed under: Featured,General — Buddy @ 7:24 am

Cubs 3 @ Brewers 4

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Bryan LaHair went deep again. His 12th homer of the season gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead in the 8th.  His current line is .311/.390/.598. Is he heading to the All Star Game?
  • Matt Garza turned in six solid innings, allowing only two runs and punching out six Brewers.
  • Koyie Hill actually got a hit and drove in a run. What are the odds?

What Went Wrong

  • The 8th inning lead didn’t last long. The Brewers tied it up in their half and then won it in the 10th.
  • Casey Coleman is still on the roster. In case you missed it, he served up the losing homer to Norichika Aoki. I know Coleman has been decent this year, but his mediocre stuff belongs in the minors, preferably for another organization.
  • Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro were a combined 0-10. Both are sporting rotten on-base percentages these days, which makes them a perfect fit for the 2012 Cubs (team on-base percentage of .304 coming into today).
  • I’m staining my deck, and it really sucks. Why didn’t I hire somebody to do this miserable job?
  • I got invited to a party in L.A., and a bunch of terrorists crashed it. They took us hostage on the 30th floor and even shot my boss, Mr. Takagi. Luckily the guy from “Moonlighting” showed up and kicked some ass. Not sure why he wasn’t wearing shoes.                          

And The Chicago Cubs Select…

With the amateur draft taking place earlier this week, I thought it might be fun (or extremely depressing) to look back at a few of the Cubs former first-rounders. Read ΄em and weep…

  • Don Schulze, 1980: Not much to get excited about during Schulze’s six-year career. However, he was a spare part in the Rick Sutcliffe deal, so I guess that counts for something.
  • Drew Hall, 1984: Selected number three overall, Drew was a huge bust. He only lasted five seasons and put up a career ERA of 5.21. And here are a few players the Cubs said “no thank you” to that year—Cory Snyder, Jay Bell, Norm Charlton, and some guy named Mark McGwire.
  • Ty Griffin, 1988: Griffin was the “can’t miss” kid who missed big time. He never appeared in the Majors and was out of the game at age 29. I still wake up with a tear in my eye over this one.
  • Derek Wallace, 1992: Wallace knocked around the Minors for eight seasons and threw only 33 career innings as a big leaguer. In 1995 the Cubs pedaled him to Kansas City in the Brian McRae trade. One for the good guys!
  • Jon Garland, 1997: Certainly not a super star, but Garland’s career has been pretty respectable—12 seasons, 330 GS, 2,083 IP, 4.32 ERA. Of course none of that work was for the Cubs, as they dealt him to the White Sox in 1998 for the great Matt Karchner.
  • Lou Montanez, 2000: How is this guy still in baseball? He must have incriminating pictures of the commissioner. Or maybe he’s mastered the Jedi Mind Trick (not that Jedi).
  • Bobby Brownlie, 2002: Another bust, Brownlie racked up 817 mediocre Minor League innings and never sniffed Chicago. He retired from baseball in 2010.
  • Mark Pawelek, 2005: I saw him throw in A ball, and he didn’t look good. He was shut down with an injury soon after. Last I heard he was pitching in an Independent League, but I don’t know if that’s actually true. Hard to believe he’s only 25.

Now don’t you feel better about this year’s haul? Here’s wishing good health to the new draft class.

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  • flyslinger2

    Maybe we should dust these guys off and being them back. What could we loose? More games? We have a lock on that already.


    Teh White Sox passed on Barry Bonds. Instead they drafted some guy who never made it and is now a department store salesman. Can you imagine their 3-4-5 Bonds, Sosa, and Thomas

  • chet

    ….and if you really want to get depressed, take a look at who the Cubs passed up over the last decade…..when Mark Prior holds the title as your best first round pick by a landslide of the last 12 years that doesn’t bode well. 

  • Eddie Von White

    That’s why Theo is here – to correct all those mistakes. 

  • bonesinis

    So tired of looking to the past. It’s what fuels the ongoing tradition of losing today. Screw the past and all of it’s heartbreak and disappointments. I look atthe present ( mainly to the moves since Theo and Jed have arrived ) and to the near future. The future looks extremely bright and promising with the right leadership at the helm. The ghosts of the past are exactly that, ghosts. Long dead and gone.

  • LVCubFan

    I actually have a good feeling about Albert Almora, the dude kinda even looks like A-Rod circa 1997.  I can’t say I’ve had a good feeling about any of the other scrubs we have picked up in the first round the last 5 years.

  • jswanson

    Good luck with the deck.  

  • chet

    Well put, and could not agree more. A lot of people make snarky comments about how the Cubs faithful are blindly buying into the Epstein way and regime so easily…..I don’t think these people know what we went through from a leadership point of view the last 12 to…. oh…. 60 years…..

  • chet

    I just powerwashed my deck. I recommend this to anyone. Not sure a man can get a better feeling of satisfaction from doing such mundane labor around the house. 

  • jswanson

    Something about those things.  I have been talking myself out of buying one at Costco for a few years now.  

  • Jedi

    Dallas Green was pretty good.

  • Seymour Butts

    Sorry about your boss, sounds like he was a decent fellow, throwing a party for his employees and all. I had a similar experience at an airport.

  • Eddie Von White

    And they call him Captain America.

  • Eddie Von White

    Mine went on the fritz this year and I’ve been looking for a new one. Gonna go the “get what you pay for” route this time and get a good one.

  • Eddie Von White

    You should of took a pig with you to the party. I understand they hate those things. 

  • Scared Hitless

    Do you guys think it is “safer” to draft college players or should we just assume that Theo and Jed are much better at predicting which high school phenoms will translate to an MLB-caliber player?


    I’m thinking, and I wonder if anyone else thinks this too, that maybe it has to do with the way things are run on the farm, and if the Cubs had drafted a Pedroia or Longoria, they would be scrubs too.

  • Buddy

    I haven’t seen any recent studies, but my guess is it’s no safer taking college players than high school players. 

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