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The Cubs' Weird Week

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A lot of strange things happened in Cubland this week. Let’s recap.

1. Tarpgate

There was a LONG rain delay Tuesday night as the Cubs’ groundscrew had some issues with the tarp once rain hit. It was only about a 10-minute shower, but it dumped enough water on the field to make the surface unplayable. The grounds crew took a ton of flak for this (and they were no doubt embarrassed), but this really seems like a freak occurrence. There was no rain in the forecast – and no rain visible on the radar – so the morning crew was cut from 20 to 17 (a standard procedure). There were also reports that the tarp was put away improperly the previous time, but you have to believe that a full crew would have been able to handle it. Bruce Levine has the full story here.

In any case, after about a 4 1/2 hour delay, the game was called – and since 4.5 innings had been played, and the home team was in the lead, the game was deemed official, and the Cubs were awarded a win. The Giants were understandably upset and filed a protest. Amazingly, against every pundit’s prediction, the protest was honored and the game resumed on Thursday (after another rain delay!). It seems like a dangerous precedent to set – after all, it’s in the rules that a game is official if called after 5 innings (or 4 1/2 if the home team has the lead). To their credit, the Cubs’ did apparently offer to resume the game the next day. It all didn’t matter in the end in this particular case, as the Cubs held on to win 2-1.

2. Starlin Castro takes bereavement leave.

Starlin Castro’s cousin and three close friends were killed in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic, and Castro has taken bereavement leave. We wish Starlin and his family all the best as they try to get through this difficult time.

3. Edwin Jackson goes on the DL with a “lat injury.”

Edwin Jackson has not been good at throwing baseballs this season. His stuff is still there, but he seems to have no command or confidence. Although he’s long denied that he was hurt, he finally went on the DL with a “lat injury” this week. Call me cynical, but I think this is simply a phantom injury that accomplishes a couple of things: 1) It gives Edwin an excuse to take a breather and get his head on straight and 2) it gives the Cubs a chance to get some starts for their new pitchers Jacob Turner, Felix Doubront, and Dan Straily (and maybe others). If Jackson comes back this season, I predict he’ll pitch out of the pen. Who knows? Maybe he’ll have some value down the road as a reliever. To his credit, Jackson is making no excuses and stated that he has a lot to prove to the team and the fans. Let’s hope he finds his way back into a productive role.

4. Some rooftops sue city, but not Cubs

They’re challenging the Landmark Commission’s decision to allow for the outfield signage that blocks their views, claiming that the view of the rooftops from Wrigley is part of what makes it unique, and thus a landmark. Seems like a stretch.

5. Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, Zac Rosscup called up

Not weird, but notable. Logan Watkins was once an exciting, fast-rising prospect, but his bat has really cooled off over the last couple of years, and Arismendy Alcantara has surpassed him as the super-sub of the future.

  • Doc Raker

    Those pundits must be the same pundits that said New York City would be 15 feet under water by now due to global warming.

    I thought the Giants would win that appeal all along. You can’t have ground crews affecting game outcomes like that. If the Giants didn’t win that appeal home team ground crews would then have motivation to fail in preserving the field of play during inclement weather. If a game is rained out that is one thing but if a field becomes unplayable because a ground crew played Keystone Cops, that is unacceptable and should not be allowed. That seemed obvious to me, but then again I never bought into New York City becoming a contemporary Atlantis.

    • Dusty Baylor

      I would guess, that since it’s been 28 years since the last such protest was upheld….it was a good guess this one wouldn’t be. Oddly, MLB did the right thing.

    • Eddie Von White

      The Chicago Sun-Times is blaming Tarpgate on Obamacare. They fired low-level workers in the off season or kept their hours under the 130 per month cap so ownership doesn’t have to pay Obamacare insurance to full timers – according to columist Rick Telander.

      • Sean Powell

        Rick Telander would blame the Ricketts for the Ferguson riots, drought in TX, earthquakes in OK, planes being shot down in Ukraine, and journalists being beheaded by ISIS if he could….wait, he probably has

      • JTBarrett16

        Telander is an idiot writer. Him and trash fan Chris De Luca are why I stopped reading the Sun-Times after Jay Mariotti left.

      • Doc Raker

        Is the Sun-Times still in print? Don’t get me started on Obamacare.

      • Eddie Von White

        I thought you’d take the bait. Don’t know anything about the Sun-Times – saw the link on another post. What’s interesting is this Telander guy seems to like Obamacare and he’s ripping Ricketts for trying to get around it.

      • Doc Raker

        Of course he is ripping Ricketts, that is what liberals do when you legally avoid their hair brain laws that don’t work. They love to demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

  • Doc Raker

    Those pundits must be the same pundits that said New York City would be 15 feet under water by now due to global warming.

    I thought the Giants would win that appeal all along. You can’t have ground crews affecting game outcomes like that. If the Giants didn’t win that appeal home team ground crews would then have motivation to fail in preserving the field of play during inclement weather. If a game is rained out that is one thing but if a field becomes unplayable because a ground crew played Keystone Cops, that is unacceptable and should not be allowed. That seemed obvious to me, but then again I never bought into New York City becoming a contemporary Atlantis.

    • Dusty Baylor

      I would guess, that since it’s been 28 years since the last such protest was upheld….it was a good guess this one wouldn’t be. Oddly, MLB did the right thing.

    • Eddie Von White

      The Chicago Sun-Times is blaming Tarpgate on Obamacare. They fired low-level workers in the off season or kept their hours under the 130 per month cap so ownership doesn’t have to pay Obamacare insurance to full timers – according to columist Rick Telander.

      • Sean Powell

        Rick Telander would blame the Ricketts for the Ferguson riots, drought in TX, earthquakes in OK, planes being shot down in Ukraine, and journalists being beheaded by ISIS if he could….wait, he probably has

      • AC0000000

        Telander is an idiot writer. Him and trash fan Chris De Luca are why I stopped reading the Sun-Times after Jay Mariotti left.

      • Doc Raker

        Is the Sun-Times still in print? Don’t get me started on Obamacare.

      • Eddie Von White

        I thought you’d take the bait. Don’t know anything about the Sun-Times – saw the link on another post. What’s interesting is this Telander guy seems to like Obamacare and he’s ripping Ricketts for trying to get around it.

      • Doc Raker

        Of course he is ripping Ricketts, that is what liberals do when you legally avoid their hair brain laws that don’t work. They love to demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I think the weird week was summed up best by of all people Len Kasper after the completion of the suspended game yesterday, when he said something to the effect: “Cubs win, Giants win tomorrow, and the rubber match is coming up shortly”

    • Doug S.

      I’m betting Doc missed that little Len gem.

      • Doc Raker

        I think Len was misquoted- it went like this- “Cubs Win, Giants win tomorrow, the rubber match is coming up shortly and Triumph, the other 3 piece rock band from Canada, will entertain us during the break.”

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I think the weird week was summed up best by of all people Len Kasper after the completion of the suspended game yesterday, when he said something to the effect: “Cubs win, Giants win tomorrow, and the rubber match is coming up shortly”

    • Doug S.

      I’m betting Doc missed that little Len gem.

      • Doc Raker

        I think Len was misquoted- it went like this- “Cubs Win, Giants win tomorrow, the rubber match is coming up shortly and Triumph, the other 3 piece rock band from Canada, will entertain us during the break.”

  • Seymour Butts

    Love the combination of grounds and crew into “groundscrew”.

    • Sean Powell

      I was hoping someone would catch that.

  • Seymour Butts

    Love the combination of grounds and crew into “groundscrew”.

    • Sean Powell

      I was hoping someone would catch that.

  • flyslinger2

    http://www.suntimes.com/m/29402134-773/the-cubs-a-franchise-stuck-in-the-mud.html

    Too funny! My Cubs TShirt is in mothballs along with my cubs hat. I have lots of Nats paraphernalia hanging in my closet.

    • Sean Powell

      The Sun-Times has been so blatantly, aggressively anti-Cubs this year, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even pretending to do objective reporting anymore. It’s a farce.

      • JTBarrett16

        What do you expect when the sports editor is a trash fan? (De Luca)

  • flyslinger2

    http://www.suntimes.com/m/29402134-773/the-cubs-a-franchise-stuck-in-the-mud.html

    Too funny! My Cubs TShirt is in mothballs along with my cubs hat. I have lots of Nats paraphernalia hanging in my closet.

    • Sean Powell

      The Sun-Times has been so blatantly, aggressively anti-Cubs this year, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even pretending to do objective reporting anymore. It’s a farce.

      • AC0000000

        What do you expect when the sports editor is a trash fan? (De Luca)

  • Doc Raker

    I was listening to the Orioles broadcast with Gary Thorn and Jim Palmer for a few innings. Palmer is pretty good, he pays close attention to what the pitcher is doing. Since Arrieta was an Oriole he had insightful comments about the Orioles pitcher , Gausman, and the Cubs pitcher Arrieta.

    They were also commenting on how dangerous it is for an organization to tag a group of minor leaguers as an organizations future like the Cubs are doing. It is good for marketing to the fans but puts a lot of pressure on unproven players and demotivates the prospects that aren’t being marketed. They noted Baez’s flaws in his swing and his 30’k’s in 70 AB’s and how his swing off the earth (because his feet leave the ground) might work in the minors but probably not in the big leagues. Shortly after that comment Baez went yard with Palmer explaining it was a hanging slider that was hit. Gausman was upset he hung the slider knowing if he goes up with heat Baez takes a K since he has an upper cut in his swing.

    They also discussed how the Cubs are going prospect heavy with hitters and have very little pitching in the system. Since the era of steroids seems to be over the Cubs are trying to find real hitters and then find pitching. Thorn and Palmer didn’t seem sold on the Cubs rebuild. Funny how some opposing announcers like the Reds and Brewers seem impressed with the Cubs rebuild and some don’t.

    I enjoyed the Orioles broadcast, Thorn has that distinctive voice and Palmer gives some good pitcher hitter matchup insight.

    When I switched over to Len he was mentioning how many outs there were and what the count was which I already knew since it is on the graphic on the screen.

    Pat Hughes called the game the best played game by the Cubs all year.

  • Doc Raker

    I was listening to the Orioles broadcast with Gary Thorn and Jim Palmer for a few innings. Palmer is pretty good, he pays close attention to what the pitcher is doing. Since Arrieta was an Oriole he had insightful comments about the Orioles pitcher , Gausman, and the Cubs pitcher Arrieta.

    They were also commenting on how dangerous it is for an organization to tag a group of minor leaguers as an organizations future like the Cubs are doing. It is good for marketing to the fans but puts a lot of pressure on unproven players and demotivates the prospects that aren’t being marketed. They noted Baez’s flaws in his swing and his 30’k’s in 70 AB’s and how his swing off the earth (because his feet leave the ground) might work in the minors but probably not in the big leagues. Shortly after that comment Baez went yard with Palmer explaining it was a hanging slider that was hit. Gausman was upset he hung the slider knowing if he goes up with heat Baez takes a K since he has an upper cut in his swing.

    They also discussed how the Cubs are going prospect heavy with hitters and have very little pitching in the system. Since the era of steroids seems to be over the Cubs are trying to find real hitters and then find pitching. Thorn and Palmer didn’t seem sold on the Cubs rebuild. Funny how some opposing announcers like the Reds and Brewers seem impressed with the Cubs rebuild and some don’t.

    I enjoyed the Orioles broadcast, Thorn has that distinctive voice and Palmer gives some good pitcher hitter matchup insight.

    When I switched over to Len he was mentioning how many outs there were and what the count was which I already knew since it is on the graphic on the screen.

    Pat Hughes called the game the best played game by the Cubs all year.

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs sweep the AL East leading Orioles and Len Kasper jams with Deep Purple.

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs sweep the AL East leading Orioles and Len Kasper jams with Deep Purple.