The Cubs had their first scheduled double header since 1983 and now have their first Sunday off since the 1930's. And they can use that day off because after winning the first two games of the series Thursday and Friday, the Cubs came out trying, ended up folding, and wound up getting swept in the double header and tied in the series. Let's sift through the ashes of a lost day in an otherwise interesting season.
Game 1- THE KID IS IMMEDIATELY ESCORTED OUT OF THE PICTURE
There was actually some hype going into this game. Dallas Beeler was making his first professional start for the Cubs. Theo Epstien say that whether he was throwing a complete game shutout or getting lit up like Marshall Fields windows at Christmas, he was being returned to Iowa after the game. It was meant as a "just calm down and throw your game" pep talk. And it worked. Beeler matched Cub-Nemisis for 6 innings. However, a tiring Beeler allowed his one and only run after a wild pitch. The Nats would add two more on the Cubs bullpen and since Gio Gonzalez was Gio Gonzalez that was kind of it for the ball game.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DALLAS FROM A DC-9 AT NIGHT?
The big story was Dallas Beeler. And why not. Standing 6'5" Beeler has a presence on the mound. MASN, whose broadcast I was shoved into watching, showed a side by side of Beeler's delivery next to Roy Halladay. Perfect match. Now that's a totally unfair comparison for Beeler, but Halladay seemed to do okay, and he was a big ol 6'5" pitcher too. Anyway it was a very encouraging start. And since Samardzija and Hammel both could be…….wait for it……..PITCHING THEIR LAST GAMES AS CHICAGO CUBS…… It's nice to know someone like Beeler will be down in Iowa ready to take over. Speaking of which.
THE REVIEW OF THE BAND'S ALBUM SHARK SANDWICH WAS MERELY TWO WORDS...
So classic second guess and all but but Jeff Samardzija comes out and pitches the 6th inning after a 45 minute rain delay. Of course, Shark thinks he can do it. He's Notre Dame- USC 24/7 he always wants the ball. But What is the next stage of this rebuild? It's this trade deadline right? Isn't Samardzija the Cubs biggest asset for this deadline. If I'm an opposing GM I certainly don't want to see him go out there after calcium has been building up in the arm for 45 minutes. How does Renterria send him out there? How does Epstoyer let him? ridiculous.
THE JOY OF YOUTH
Dallas Beeler has done it. Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson did it two years ago. Mike Olt did it in April. Fans are simply encouraged/interested to see prospects from the farm team play. And while I agree that we don't give the fans "Cookies"- I bristle at the idea of Cub fans needing a treat to stay interested, I sure as heck wouldn't mind seeing more players from Iowa playing on the roster right now. Kris Bryant too valuable, needs to develop? Fine. What about Alcantarra? I'd rather see Vitters or Zcsrucr than Coghlan while we're at it. If this rebuild is gonna be successful, doesn't the farm system have to pump out more than a star player every two…make that three…..quite possibly four years? Shouldn't the farm system be producing players on a yearly basis. So far the only place the farm system has produced players is with the Cubs bullpen. AND HELLO, IT'S THE BEST ASPECT OF THE TEAM…… Not asking for a cookie, just would rather use our own soda machine when getting the Soda.
GAME 2 -LORD, ITS A MIRACLE. BATS UP AND VANISHED LIKE A FART IN THE WIND
So Cubs don't hit Gio Gonzalez….I get that. He's Gio Gonzalez.But Blake Trienen? Asking for a friend.
BEETLES MUSIC SUNDAY
Kind of anti-rainbow going with the WHite Album. But "I'm So Tired" has been a very true song for me recently. Anyone who red Thursday's wrap where I went the whole article referring to the Nationals as the Senators can testify. All Star Break can't get here soon enough. Anyway, Disc 1 of the White Album. Gay Pride will just have to work white into their rainbow….
By the way, my animosity towards this parade is strictly logistical. Today and that damn air show the city is in gridlock. You can't get anywhere. Yick….