BOUT LAST NIGHT- ALL DRESSED UP ON WEDDING DAY, STILL TRIPPIN ANYWAY.
Cubs rebounded from a God awful performance to giving you the kind of performance that inspires you both short term and long term as a Cubs fan. Taking advantage of great starting pitching from Travis Wood, the Cubs got enough offense then turned it over to two power arms who overwhelmed a Padres lineup. The offensive star was Luis Valbuena, wh scored two runs and knocked himself in with a home run to the right field "porch" in Petco Park. Hey, I didn't build it…. And Travis Wood made those three runs stand up until the 8th inning, when Carlos Quinten, perhaps the angriest man in baseball, just houndjacked a ball into left field. 3-2 Cubs. But Neil Ramirez came in and buckled some knees to get out of the 8th and Carlos Rondon threw 4 pitches to close the 9th- aided by two sensational defensive plays. One by Castro, the other by Rizzo who absolutely robbed Chase Headly of a double. The defense has been quietly very very effective and as much as we like to talk about the improvements Castro and Rizzo have made at the plate, having them be plus defenders at their positions on the field is also very welcome to see. So 2 out of 3 and a chance for the series win today before heading home and facing the NL leading San Francisco Giants.Jason Hammel vs. "Hey didn't you once use to be Ian Kennedy" for the Padres. Onwards.
ODDS AND SODDS
Is it me or are games taking on a more "extreme" tone. Loses are treated like the end of the world and wins feel like they can repel the Cubs back into…..mediocrity…..worth talking about?……relevance. I don't know. I see a team with a Pythagorym above .500, A team that, before Friday, had a plus run differential…… How can I not be happy about that? Well, other than to know it will go down like it did on Saturday? Then a game like Saturday comes and everyone acts like it was late August and we're challenging for 100 losses again. The "Edwin Jackson sucks" booze cruise is sold out and partying again even though he had a really good May, and more and more people are starting to look att Starlin's recent slide and sing "I told you so"…. I think Castro will shrug it off and start hitting again. But that's me.
But there definitely seems to be some exaggerated reactions to the Cubs both good and bad. Maybe it's just that time of year.
Is it possible a year from now we're saying the best part of the Garza trade was Neil Ramirez? Heck, is it possible we're saying that in two months? Two weeks? Really like his stuff. His future should be interesting.
If Rodon is there the Cubs have to take him. Otherwise, I trust Cubs brass. Even if they over slot the catcher.
Tom Ricketts really needs a lesson or two in PR. That ridiculous video nearly undermined a move that every Cub fan was cheering. Honestly, a one sentence statement- The cubs are moving forward with renovation plans- would have been more than enough. Remember when Jordan just sent a fax that said "I'm back"…. Instead there this awful music and Ricketts trying to explain facilities. Get out of your own way….. Anyway, nice to hear that things are moving.
Does this mean we might be able to sign an actual player or two? You know, one that isn't a 27th or 26th man somewhere else? I'll go ahead and think yes…. Should make for a sobering winter.
Blackhawks have lost two games in the third period because they're playing a younger, deeper more talented team. Been a while since I've said that. But depth and Q's reliance on veterans is something that has worried me all year. Still, get this game Monday night, bring it back to the UC to a game 5 where Q teams have excelled…..
I know it's becoming kind of Hipster-cool to root for Samardzija to pitch well and not get a win for the rest of the season. But "Samardzija on a 5 game winning streak" brings some extra stuff to the bargaining table. and don't you want opposing GM's bringing every extra they can afford to bring? Thought so.
The new Coldplay album sucks. That's probably no shock. I was a fan of their first two, maybe three albums. I thought Eno would lift them to new heights…..he didn't. Probably should have known then. Now this album- a snooze. Oh well. When does Titus Andronicus release a new album….
Johnny Cash's "Live at Folsom Prison" is my Sunday music….