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Joey Chestnut and the Pride of a Nation

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About Last Night

Warm center of the trade-talk universe Matt Garza out-dueled a hippo Bartolo Colon in the Cubs’ 3-1 victory over the A’s. Colon threw his first wild pitch in more than four years, which is particularly remarkable when you factor in all the sloshing around involved in his windup. Luis Valbuena hit his 7th home run of the season, Alfonso Soriano drove in his 37th RBI in the last 50 games, and Kevin Gregg recorded his 14th save in 15 attempts. Click through for the box score and highlights from the game. Earlier in the day, the Cubs made room for some of their new acquisitions by demoting Chris Rusin and DFA’ing Shawn Camp. Camp has played for Cubs’ manager Dale a couple times in his career, and Dale was not pleased to give him the news.

Elsewhere

Detroit’s Matt Max Scherzer is the first pitcher to start the season 13-0 in 27 years.

The Rangers took a gamble and signed Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal.

Rapper, media mogul, and burgeoning sports agent Jay-Z takes a swipe at Scott Boras in a new song. Mr. Z recently stole Robinson Cano away from Boras.

More evidence has come to light in the Aaron Hernandez case. Whether it’s the smashed phone and security system, trying to get a quickie, post-incarceration marriage to his girlfriend, or keeping a secret “flop house” apartment, it’s like he was working his way through a checklist of incredibly suspicious behavior. Even with only the limited information that’s come out so far, it’s virtually impossible to imagine a scenario in which he’s totally innocent.

Competitive eating living legend Joey Chestnut is going for his 7th consecutive win in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. With no Kobayashi again this year, it would appear Chestnut should have an easy time of it. As stomach-churningly gross as it is, I’ll be watching.

Finally

It’s the Fourth of July today, so it seems like a good time to revisit the finest snag of Rick Monday’s career. Happy Independence Day, everyone.

  • PLCB3

    237 years of freedom!!! Wooooo!!! Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.

    Such a dumb reason they won’t let Kobayashi take part. A stupid contract dispute. Free Kobayashi!

  • AC0000000

    237 years of freedom!!! Wooooo!!! Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.

    Such a dumb reason they won’t let Kobayashi take part. A stupid contract dispute. Free Kobayashi!

  • Doug S.

    Happy 4th of July everybody. Baseball all day, love it.

  • Doug S.

    Happy 4th of July everybody. Baseball all day, love it.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    1. Pretty sure that somewhere along the line, Kevin Gregg made a deal with Lucifer himself, and I, for one, don’t want to be at Wrigley on the day that the Earth’s crust opens up and swallows the entire ballpark. Just not worth it to me for a few meaningless saves in yet another 5th place season.
    2. Pretty sure Scherzer’s first name is Max. NEVER piss off a guy with 2 different colored eyes.

    • Seymour Butts

      What Gregg is doing has far greater ramifications than just the trade potential. It is now exceedingly difficult to curse on this website.

      • PLCB3

        Replace Gregg with Marmol. Such as MOTHERMAROL! Or This is Marmoling Bull-Marmol!

      • Wake the Camp up… Marmol is no longer our concern.

      • PLCB3

        Mothercamp! This is Camping Bullcamp!

      • Seymour Butts

        Seems like nor is Camp.
        Cubs who routinely disappoint may not be long for the roster with the Thed regime, we may need to go out side the club. I propose using Joe Morgan. He will always be a Morganhole.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    1. Pretty sure that somewhere along the line, Kevin Gregg made a deal with Lucifer himself, and I, for one, don’t want to be at Wrigley on the day that the Earth’s crust opens up and swallows the entire ballpark. Just not worth it to me for a few meaningless saves in yet another 5th place season.
    2. Pretty sure Scherzer’s first name is Max. NEVER piss off a guy with 2 different colored eyes.

    • Seymour Butts

      What Gregg is doing has far greater ramifications than just the trade potential. It is now exceedingly difficult to curse on this website.

      • AC0000000

        Replace Gregg with Marmol. Such as MOTHERMAROL! Or This is Marmoling Bull-Marmol!

      • Wake the Camp up… Marmol is no longer our concern.

      • AC0000000

        Mothercamp! This is Camping Bullcamp!

      • Seymour Butts

        Seems like nor is Camp.
        Cubs who routinely disappoint may not be long for the roster with the Thed regime, we may need to go out side the club. I propose using Joe Morgan. He will always be a Morganhole.

  • Doc Raker

    Happy 4th, celebrate what freedom’s you have left.

  • Doc Raker

    Happy 4th, celebrate what freedom’s you have left.

  • Doug S.

    Joey scarfs 69 dogs in 10 minutes to break his own record and win 7th year in a row.

  • Doug S.

    Joey scarfs 69 dogs in 10 minutes to break his own record and win 7th year in a row.