View From The Bleachers

July 15, 2013

We Interupt This Strech of Decent Cubs Baseball To Bring You the All Star Break

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 8:15 am

We’re always told that the All Star break brings welcomed relief from the burden of a tough and grueling schedule, which it does. What we may also see is that it very much could be a momentum killer for this Cubs team. For the last month or so, this team has played much better. While the record is still poor, you can definitely see improvements in play. My fear is that the time off may kill that, especially if the team is greeted with the news that Matt Garza and perhaps others have been dealt to the contender. There is something very deflating and defeating when your team begins the fire sale and I fear we’re on the eve of some really bad baseball as a result.

I watched most of last night’s game. I turned it off out of exhaustion after the Darwin Barney home run. Apparently that was a bad plan, but when you’re out all day on vacation with the family, you’re tired by the end of the day. Couple that with the fact that I was watching on my iPad, which always means I’m laying in bed, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. I don’t know that I went into the game hoping for a win, but the game and the series win was there for the taking and we didn’t take it.

NEWS & NOTES

  • Over the weekend, the Cubs designated Henry Rodriguez for assignment as a result of a waiver claim on Cole Gillespie from the Giants.
  • News is that the Cubs are listening to interest in David DeJesus, but feel comfortable bringing him back in 2014, if needed. I like that news. I like what DeJesus brings and I’m fine with moving him before his deal is done next year.
  • Rumors are that the two teams most involved in the Garza talks are the Rangers and the Blue Jays, but there were rumors that the Cardinals have also inquired.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    1) I know no Cub other than Travis really deserves to be an All-Star, but don’t you think fans could have put a bit more effort into voting? Last year, when we sucked even more than we do now, we sent 2 guys to the game.

    2) There was too much red at Wrigley during this last series, if you know what I mean.

  • PLCB3

    If the Tigers and Cardinals could switch cities then I could hate Detroit 100% and love St. Louis 100%. Everything in Detroit sucks except the Tigers, everything in St. Louis is cool except the Cardinals.

  • Doc Raker

    No one else deserved it.

  • Doc Raker

    The game last night was entertaining although predictable, you just knew the Cardinals were going to keep hitting. Rizzo has a baseball IQ of a Little Leaguer- I have seen him make so many bone headed base running mistakes this year and that cut off he made last night was something only a low baseball IQ would do. 1) The runner was visible to him- he should of seen that it was possible to get him out. 2) He was lined up with home plate, he should of realized the throw was on line. 3) If we get him out at home plate the inning ends and the run doesn’t score. This was an easy play to read and he cut the ball and stood there like a statue. It is hard to teach these ‘read’ plays and I have seen Rizzo misread so many plays I am beginning to believe his baseball IQ is that of a Meatball Sub with ranch dressing.

  • PLCB3

    That play was really idiotic. Was Rizzo trying to nail the batter-runner? Even if he had a play on him, don’t cut it off, because the run will still score.

  • Doug S.

    I think you’re being a little generous. Rizzo has to work his way up to the ranch dressing.

  • Eddie Von White

    The first time something like that happens, shame on the player. When it keeps happening, shame on the manager. Where is the discipline this team so sorely lacks?

  • PLCB3

    There’s always too much red at Wrigley when the Cardinals come to town. Especially with the Cubs having a down year and people not going to games. Best time I had at a Cubs-Cardinals game was in 2007 when a beer vendor poked fun at Josh Hancock’s death.
    Beer vendor: GET YOUR BEER HERE!! GET THE JOSH HANCOCK DINNER SPECIAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!! ONLY 6 DOLLAAAAAAAAAAARS!!!!!
    Cardinals fan: That’s not funny to make fun of his death
    Beer vendor: Hancock deserved his death. He was drunk, on his phone, and wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Thank god he didn’t harm anyone else. And then his father filed an idiotic lawsuit.

  • Jedi

    Too many people hopped on the bash-Detroit bandwagon after it became cool. I only have respect for people who were belittling Detroit back when Detroit was still cool…when they had Axel Foley and Kirk Gibson.

  • PLCB3

    Cool story bro. That’s before I was born.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    Axel Foley>Axl Rose
    Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker were the most overrated double play combo in the history of ever.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Classic.

  • Dusty Baylor

    Uh…how do you figure that?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    That play was unbelievable, it had my wife questioning if someone had paid him off to throw the game. I have never seen a catcher react the way Navarro did when a ball was cut off. And the most unbeleivable part was the man on second was in no position to advance, thus making any reason to stop the throw moot.

  • Doug S.

    One more quick note about the Boise Hawks. Yesterday’s game had daddy and mommy Gretz (very close seats to us) in attendance to watch their little No. 9 who was also batting 9th play. Kid got a hit and a run in a 3-0 shutout of the baby Jays. Boise looked pretty good. Catcher Brockmeyer a big kid at 6-5, 235.

  • Seymour Butts

    More like speechless.

  • Seymour Butts

    I’m hoping that our newly signed first rounder is with the hawks when they hit town next month.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    What I don’t understand is why the All Star break has to last until Friday. Do we really need 2 days after the actual All Star game before everyone is back with their teams and ready to go.

  • Jedi

    You mean to tell me that you actually watched the game?

  • PLCB3

    Yes, the rare occasion that I was able to. Because I was home and the game was on TV in Boston. Both things are rarities.

  • chet

    Really PLCB3, what do you know about Detroit? If everything sucks please inform us. I can’t wait…..

  • chet

    Yah, they were only the catalyst for a world series and a few close calls after.

  • chet

    Or some stats……Trammell and Whitaker played together from 1978 – 1991. A fielding percentage of .981, they finished third in that category over that time span. They finished first in assists and DPs too…..yah , they were overrated.

  • Doc Raker

    Poor discipline maybe but more of a poor read- sometimes you can’t hear teammates talking because it is so loud but on that play if you hear nothing you let it go, plus the play was in front of him, he should of been able to see the runner and the throw at the same time and know to let it go. That’s baseball IQ, reading plays, that is hard to teach and doesn’t involve discipline- I don’t blame Swammy because Rizzo has a low baseball IQ.

  • Eddie Von White

    The answer to your question is no… and why do they even need a break at all? They are playing a game six months out of the year. They can break the other six.

  • Joe Aiello

    How was that a fun thing to hear?

  • PLCB3

    Because I feel the same way that the vendor did. I understand you’re in the insurance business, but there is a lot of truth to what he said.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    I disagree. That is far too expensive for Old Style.

  • PLCB3

    That was the part that wasn’t the truth.

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