I've been trying to really hone my golf game this summer. My goal is to be able to have confidence in any shot I take. I've been playing since I was a kid, but I never really took practice seriously. I decided to change that. Typically I'll be on the range 3-4 times during the week and then I'll get in at least 18 on the weekend. Two weeks ago I was feeling really good about how I was playing. I was striking the ball well, making putts, and scoring low (for me). This weekend, however, I forgot how to play the game of golf completely. It was a complete collapse of epic proportions.
I suppose "that's just golf." But man... golf is so dumb.
But also I love it.
Yesterday, both NL and AL players were named to the MLB All-Star game. The Cubs ended up having two players crack the starting lineup in the infield: Willson Contreras and Javier Baez. Our own Jon Lester was selected for the pitching rotation. I couldn't be happier for all three of those guys. The Cubs production team put together a short video on Twitter shortly after the announcement. In it, Willy gets emotional at finding out he'd made the squad. I'd recommend watching. (I'm not crying, you're crying.)
Anytime I see good things coming Contreras' way, I always think about our fearless leader, John. He had the drop on everyone when it came to Willson Contreras. The passion that he has the game is so appealing as a fan. It's infectious. Congrats to all these guys!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 8, 2018
Votto's Uh oh:
For whatever reason, the Cubs have had trouble at times when they've faced Cincinnati this year. The last time these two teams played in late June, the Reds swept the Cubs in a four game series. It wasn't awesome. But it seems that since firing their manager Bryan Price on April 19th, the Reds are a completely different team. At any rate, each of the games this weekend were close and competitive. It was pretty fun. And it was even more fun when you consider that the Cubs completed a stellar comeback Saturday and a walk-off win on Sunday.
The game on Sunday, however, included one of the more bizarre plays that I've ever seen in professional baseball. In the 10th inning, with runners at 1st and 2nd, Addison Russell hit a grounder to Joey Votto at first. The former Gold Glove winner picked the ball clean and jogged to first for the out...or at least that's what was called initially. As Votto was stepping on first, he looked to be taking the ball out of the glove to prepare for a possible throw to third. And then he dropped the ball.
After the umpires gathered for a review, the play was overturned. The Cubs then had bases loaded with 1 out to setup the eventual game-winning walk from Cubs Superstar: David Bote. What a world.
The Cubs have now won three series in a row and sit 1.5 games back of the first place Beer Makers. It's been a really fun little run considering the Cubs are short-handed both in the pitching rotation and at the plate. Kris Bryant, it sounds, could be back soon which should help even more to get over that hump. I'll be in San Diego this weekend for all three games so I'll do my best to cheer extra loud.