Myles Monday Meltdown: Bote and We Raised $5,586 for NVRQT

This is going to be short and sweet.

First, I can't remember and more exciting non-playoff homerun for the Cubs. I'm sure there are contenders, but this one was What else can you say? So instead, do what I've been doing and watch this video like 20 times.

We did it. With all of your support and in just two short weeks, we raised $5586 in John Arguello's name. That money will be sent immediately to NVRQT which helps raise awareness and funds to end pediatric cancer. Personally, I'm blown away by the support. And, as promised, I'll be shaving my head (!). I'll make sure to post a video this week so you all don't think I cheat on bets. We also promised a cubs poster for one lucky individual. I'll be reaching out to that person soon.

Thanks again for all your help and for your continued readership to Cubs Den. I know it means the world to John's family and it certainly means the world to us. Honoring John this way I know would make him feel so happy and incredibly humbled.

Thank you!

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    The Bote HR was amazing, but the money we raised will help people in life or death situations. I'm so happy we all came through--and can't wait for the head shaving!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Both it and the Heyward slam earlier this year were just pretty much out of the blue.

  • Members in the 2018, game ending, grand slam club! Population: 2

  • I bet Bryce Harper wished he played for the Cubs ! The Cubs announced 36,000 plus attendance last night but I didn't see an empty seat in the house. What's with that ?

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    Cardinals just won 6th in a row. There is no stopping that juggernaut now and they will past the cubs in the standings before august is over and the cubs will be left fighting for a wildcard spot. . Terrible starting pitching and no closer=recipe for massive choke. And it will be sweet to see this team collapse and all these johnny-come-lately cub fans can go back to watching netflix,playing video games or doing whatever they were doing before it was cool to being a cub fan. It will be nice to go to a game and not have some idiot fan sitting next to me telling me how it was a great trade by Epstein to get quintana for Eloy and Cease because Quintana was under cost controlled and had a great WAR..... blah blah frickin blah. Every GM in the national league should send Theo Epstein a thank you card for trading Eloy and Cease to the AL. What a bleeping moron!!

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Your mom said it's time to get off her computer and clean your room.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Well at least after he played charades for a long time trying to act like a cub fan, he doesn't even try that BS anymore.

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    In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Dude I get that you’re a cards fan, and that’s all good..but why waste the energy and time to talk trash to cubs fan on their blog site? Do you physically play for the cardinals? If not, trash talk makes zero sense. I don’t trash the cardinals because I don’t play for the cubs..bragging about what other grown men are doing from the confines of your couch is silly bud. That said, nice win by the cards. Take it easy Greg

  • In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Well, that's an interesting take Greg. Do you have any predictions on this cubs-brewers series?

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    In reply to Greg Simmons:

    Let's have some fun.

    I am confused by your first 2 sentences. In one you insist "there is no stopping this juggernaut" and then, in the next sentence, point out that "terrible starting pitching and no closer=massive choke." How can there be "no stopping [the Cards] juggernaut" AND "terrible starting pitching and no closer=massive choke." Are the Cards and "unstoppable juggernaut" or do they have "no terrible starting pitching and no closer"? Are they an unstoppable force or an immovable object? Discuss.

    In all seriousness, there is an old adage saying that "You are never as bad as when you are on a losing streak and never as good as when you are on a winning streak." By your admission the Cards are "red-hot" right now. The Cubs are in a relatively mediocre to positive state (a split with SDP, took 2/3 from KCR and WAS). Notably, the Cubs won a game vs WAS started by Scherzer. Did the Cardinals face such an opponent. To be sure Scherzer did not take the loss, and no rational look at the game would say that they "beat" him. But the fact that, at the end of the game the Cubs were victorious in a game that Scherzer started is notable. If you want to blame that loss on an "imploding bullpen" then how do you explain the Cards win last night?

    The Cards have won 10 out of 12 games. That is red-hot to say the least. But recall during this stretch of REALLY hot play they have gained 2.5 games on the Cubs since, when this stretch began they trailed CHC by 7.5 games.

    So, while Chicago went 7-4 (0.636) since Aug 1 and STL has gone 10-2 (0.833) they have gained only 2 games. Since .636 is far closer to the Cubs overall W-L percentage (.581) than .833 is to STL W-L pct (0.538) I can sense a "correction" or "regression to the mean" coming for STL.

    Finally, there is the "ticking clock" problem for the Cardinals. They have played 119 games. The Cubs have played 117 to this point. The difference between them is that the Cubs have 5 additional W in 2 fewer games. But FAR more importantly they have 6 FEWER losses. If you are up in the W column the team behind can make that up. But being behind in the loss column means that those games cannot be made up. So in the last 45 games as long as the Cubs have <6 more losses than STL they will still be ahead of STL.

    If it makes you feel any better the Brewers are in a similar boat. All their extra games played over CHC are losses as well.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    In addition they've played the royals, pirates, and marlins over their past 11 games or so. They now enter a stretch where they play a 4 gamer against the nats, then they have the brewers and dodgers so their schedule is going to be brutal they can thank us for allowing them to miss Scherzer as well. I give the cards credit nice revival and Matt Carpenter is playing the best baseball of his career in my view but until they come out of this next stretch in a strong position then they're not really in that good of a spot although kudos to them for reentering the playoff race.

    Honestly the cub fan side of me doesn't want to see the cardinals ever win a game but would it really be the worst thing if they go out and beat the nats and dodgers anyways? I know I don't want to have to face the nats in the playoffs with that lineup and having to deal with Scherzer/Strasburg in a short series and the dodgers are obvious NL favorites. I'd much rather have the cardinals who I look at as an inferior contender become my problem rather than some of those teams. This stretch for Stl. is win/win for me.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    These are close to must win games for the Cardinals in order to gain ground on the two in front of them, if they don’t it’s just another tick off the calendar which doesn’t favor them.
    Same with the Brewers, if they leave Chicago 5 down they are in serious trouble.
    Gonna be fun to watch....

  • Nats bullpen did it again. 5 runs in the 8th and 9th to lose 7-6. New pitcher in 9th gave up 1st man HR. Davy M will be gone at end of season.

  • Everyone, please chill out. Do not direct comments toward other users. keep it about baseball.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    There's one very easy way to improve the situation. : )

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Don't respond to him?

    As long as he is following the rules (which he is) we aren't going to block him.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    so obvious trolling is allowed?

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Well, that's interesting. Trolling USED to be against the rules. Simmons is clearly trolling. I well remember John dealing with several. Has that policy changed? Is anyone who wants to come to Cubs Den to write "Cubs suck" comments now free to do so, as long as they don't attack individual commenters?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Greg has been commenting on these boards since 2014 and John never blocked him. If there are inflammatory comments directed at specific users, or they include politics or foul language, I can ask Mike to remove them.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I want to keep the comments as civil as possible, we have managed to do that here for a long time, even from fans with different views than our own. I don't want to block anyone.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I can't speak to specific instances in the past where John removed comments other than those due to foul language or politics as he handled that on his own.

    I can say that in my 4 years writing for the website I have been forced to remove less than 5 comments from any article I have written. I know the game threads likely get more heated than the Minors coverage though so I can start doing a better job of monitoring those if need be.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Michael, I believe this community would agree that Greg's tone and demeanor in this board has changed dramatically this season. He previously acted a a disgruntled Cub fan dealing with Cards success. He is clearly now revealed himself as a Cards fan and was masquerading those previous years as Cubs fan. For the last 3 months his sole intent has been to TROLL us fans in Cubs Den. It is pretty clear. I would ask you to consider banning him. Perhaps you and the other moderators could take a look and come up with a group decision? He really serves no purpose coming into this community other than to create flame wars.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Thank you for the feedback. I will make more of an effort to police the comments section and step in if needed. I would prefer to avoid removing posts and certainly banning users. Ultimately, the site requires a certain amount of self-policing on behalf of the users, as we are unable to monitor the comments at all times, and even if we remove certain comments, readers are going to see them before we are able to get to them.

    That said, I can be more proactive. I want everyone to enjoy the time they spend here and to continue to contribute to discussions.

  • I heard the Cardinals are moving to the Philippines. They will be called the Manilla Folders !

  • I recommend Ken Rosenthal’s terrific piece in The Athletic on David Bote and his work ethic and will to get to the Cubs. Sounds like an unusual young man. Dad is an accomplished High school and college coach and David has developed some unique drills to hone his fielding skills.
    I am beginning to see a Wally Pipp scenario with Bote taking Third and Kris Bryant moving to Outfield. Schwarber or Happ will ultimately be traded for pitching, possibly Addison Russell too. The Bote ascension changes the team. I think he is the real thing. The swing is pure. His fielding is excellent. He reduces the necessity of Russell and Schwarber-Happ.

  • SSS but love Bote's impact to this years squad. Filling in for Bryant admirably and giving our position players more rest for the post-season drive. Also, if he maintains it Bote will challenge other young position players or align for other moves (looking at you Addison R) What's not to love?

    And where did I read that Bote was working on OF drills? Maybe a comment on the Den but can't remember...

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    In reply to LAX2ORD:

    Joe said after Sundays game that next spring training, Bote will be working in the OF.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    That makes sense. If Bote continues to his, the Cubs need to find a way to get him in the lineup.

  • Obviously, Maddon is the BEST Cubs Manager in a long, long time but I feel he can even be better. If he is making his lineups according to where he thinks they will succeed it is definitely not working. It is the middle of August and I feel he should be playing the players according to which players have currently the hot hands and quit experimenting with the batting order. He should make out the strongest batting order he can for each game and stick with it. If he is going to change it, do it on an individual basis, not wholesale. To be inserting players according to what he believes they will best succeed is letting the opposing team dictate the lineup. Our team is good enough to play our best players at the current time and make them adjust.

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