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The Father's Day Weekend Hangover

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Let’t start by wishing all the applicable men out there a happy Father’s Day. I had meant to recap both Saturday and Sunday’s game, but sometimes, when you have kids, things get busier than you had planned. Such was the case with my weekend. Saturday I had a very important meeting during the day and then we went out as a family for a Father’s Day meal. Sunday I played golf, followed by 50 minutes of insanity workout. Before I knew it, the day was done and my body felt like it had been hit by a train. As a result, no recaps for you. Instead, I’d like to get some discussion going on a topic that has been on my mind lately.

Who is the Cub’s All Star Rep? – Based on where we are in the standings, it’s pretty hard to fathom having more than one representative in the All Star game, which lends itself nicely to the conversation on who the rep would be. Looking at the roster, you could make the case for four guys who have a shot.

  • James Russell
  • Kevin Gregg
  • Travis Wood
  • Scott Feldman

Raise your hand if you foresaw any of those names as potential all stars before the season started. If you just raised your hand, you’re a total liar. The fact is that the players who should be on that list (Rizzo, Castro, Samardzija, etc) are not. Take that as encouragement that this team is capable of more or as discouragement that perhaps some of the guys we’re counting on may not have as high of a cieling as we had hoped. Either way, who should the rep be, and why?

  • Doug S.

    Was thinking about this the other day and struggled making a case for anybody. But looking at your list, I’d choose Travis Wood. Consistent and solid starter, has had some nice at bats and has pinch run as well. An all around ball player having a very good year.

    • Timo

      From the list: clearly Travis Wood.

      Actually I think the only other “competitor” on the team would be Jeff Samardzija.

  • Doug S.

    Was thinking about this the other day and struggled making a case for anybody. But looking at your list, I’d choose Travis Wood. Consistent and solid starter, has had some nice at bats and has pinch run as well. An all around ball player having a very good year.

    • Timo

      From the list: clearly Travis Wood.

      Actually I think the only other “competitor” on the team would be Jeff Samardzija.

  • Doug S.

    Strange dream last night. Spurs up by double digits over Heat with about a minute to go. Then Marmol comes off the bench for San Antonio…

    • BLPCB

      And then carLos marmoL scores the winning basket for Miami

  • Doug S.

    Strange dream last night. Spurs up by double digits over Heat with about a minute to go. Then Marmol comes off the bench for San Antonio…

    • AC0000000

      And then carLos marmoL scores the winning basket for Miami

  • Doc Raker

    I didn’t even listen to the rest of the 9th inning after Marlon Byrd went yard, I just knew the Cubs would lose it was just a matter of how many pitches it took Carlos Marmol to give up 4 runs. When I caught the replay lowlights it turned out not to many pitches were needed, at least Carlos respects our time and gets his job done quickly. Travis Wood or Scott Feldman for the All Star team.

    On a better note the Ocean View Little League Marlins won the District 62 Championship Saturday 3-2. The OVLL Marlins won 7 post season games in a row to win the Championship. Jr Raker will now move on to the OVLL All Star team where will see what the baseball Gods have in store for the last chapter of his Little League career.

    • BLPCB

      Is OVLL going to make the LLWS again? Will Jr. Raker go on to play Pony League baseball?

      • Doc Raker

        The LLWS is the farthest thing from my mind, I just want to make a good showing in districts. Jr Raker will play travel ball after all stars and continue playing hockey in the fall. As we move toward high school he needs to figure out which sport he will play seriously, he may do both but we will see.

    • Joe Aiello

      What kind of bizzaro world are we living in when the words “Marlon Byrd went yard” are still being uttered?

      • The one where we were upset to not see Kevin Gregg on the bump.

      • Eddie Von White

        And one where Kevin Gregg is on our list of All Star candidates.

      • Also where last year’s representative is battling hams in Asia.

    • Seymour Butts

      To those Marmol apologists who are cowering today. Move to Washington State (or Colorado)! At least then the dope you are smoking will be legal.

      • Jedi

        You didn’t strike me as someone who had a particular concern for legality.

      • Seymour Butts

        Point taken

      • Eddie Von White

        My Marmol glass is half empty.

      • Jedi

        You should dump it out…don’t drink it.

      • Eddie Von White

        It would be like drinking from the cesspool of what is known as the Cubs bullpen. Did I hear Shawn Camp is back?

      • BLPCB

        Or the backed up sewage in Oakland

    • Chuck

      Congrats! The Pleasant Hill Pee Wee Pirates (I never name my team the Cubs for some reason) begin our quest for the league championship tonight. We just barely missed the cut for a home game. Not too bad for a team with exactly 1 2nd year Pee Wee player. Our team is made up of players that were either in T-Ball last season or have never played organized baseball before.

      • Doc Raker

        Cape and the claw, alligator hands, squash the bug! All great memories from the tee ball farm years.

      • Butts and I wished we had mascots as kids in the high desert. I played on First National Bank… our biggest league rivalry was with the town’s nicer gravel company.

  • Doc Raker

    I didn’t even listen to the rest of the 9th inning after Marlon Byrd went yard, I just knew the Cubs would lose it was just a matter of how many pitches it took Carlos Marmol to give up 4 runs. When I caught the replay lowlights it turned out not to many pitches were needed, at least Carlos respects our time and gets his job done quickly. Travis Wood or Scott Feldman for the All Star team.

    On a better note the Ocean View Little League Marlins won the District 62 Championship Saturday 3-2. The OVLL Marlins won 7 post season games in a row to win the Championship. Jr Raker will now move on to the OVLL All Star team where will see what the baseball Gods have in store for the last chapter of his Little League career.

    • AC0000000

      Is OVLL going to make the LLWS again? Will Jr. Raker go on to play Pony League baseball?

      • Doc Raker

        The LLWS is the farthest thing from my mind, I just want to make a good showing in districts. Jr Raker will play travel ball after all stars and continue playing hockey in the fall. As we move toward high school he needs to figure out which sport he will play seriously, he may do both but we will see.

    • Joe Aiello

      What kind of bizzaro world are we living in when the words “Marlon Byrd went yard” are still being uttered?

      • The one where we were upset to not see Kevin Gregg on the bump.

      • Eddie Von White

        And one where Kevin Gregg is on our list of All Star candidates.

      • Also where last year’s representative is battling hams in Asia.

    • Seymour Butts

      To those Marmol apologists who are cowering today. Move to Washington State (or Colorado)! At least then the dope you are smoking will be legal.

      • Jedi

        You didn’t strike me as someone who had a particular concern for legality.

      • Seymour Butts

        Point taken

      • Eddie Von White

        My Marmol glass is half empty.

      • Jedi

        You should dump it out…don’t drink it.

      • Eddie Von White

        It would be like drinking from the cesspool of what is known as the Cubs bullpen. Did I hear Shawn Camp is back?

      • AC0000000

        Or the backed up sewage in Oakland

    • Chuck

      Congrats! The Pleasant Hill Pee Wee Pirates (I never name my team the Cubs for some reason) begin our quest for the league championship tonight. We just barely missed the cut for a home game. Not too bad for a team with exactly 1 2nd year Pee Wee player. Our team is made up of players that were either in T-Ball last season or have never played organized baseball before.

      • Doc Raker

        Cape and the claw, alligator hands, squash the bug! All great memories from the tee ball farm years.

      • Butts and I wished we had mascots as kids in the high desert. I played on First National Bank… our biggest league rivalry was with the town’s nicer gravel company.

  • Jedi

    Other things Marmol wouldn’t be able to close victoriously:

    The toilet seat
    Child-proof medicine bottles
    A war with France

    • BLPCB

      A huge business deal

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      It is apparent that Marmol has caught the dreaded Hawkins disease, which leaves one incapable of pitching sucessfully in the 9th inning. I hope the Cubs trade him before it blooms fully, in full bloom not only does it have its effect in the ninth inning, but it also makes it impossible to sucessfully pitch in Wrigley Field.

  • Jedi

    Other things Marmol wouldn’t be able to close victoriously:

    The toilet seat
    Child-proof medicine bottles
    A war with France

    • AC0000000

      A huge business deal

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      It is apparent that Marmol has caught the dreaded Hawkins disease, which leaves one incapable of pitching sucessfully in the 9th inning. I hope the Cubs trade him before it blooms fully, in full bloom not only does it have its effect in the ninth inning, but it also makes it impossible to sucessfully pitch in Wrigley Field.

  • BLPCB

    I predict that either Wood or Russell will be our all-star, and sadly I think that they will be selected not by their peers, but because we need a rep. A lone-rep pick. In some ways, it is a good thing that that rule is in place, because it prevents a manager from stacking the team with his players.

  • AC0000000

    I predict that either Wood or Russell will be our all-star, and sadly I think that they will be selected not by their peers, but because we need a rep. A lone-rep pick. In some ways, it is a good thing that that rule is in place, because it prevents a manager from stacking the team with his players.