Yep, totally supposed to do this last night. But as the faithful readers of my hockey blog know, sometimes things just get away from me at night. Especially when I attend the event, and especially as fascinating of one as last night was. Yes, a 1-0 game might not interest most, but Jason Hammel staring down what might be the NL's best pitcher so far this year certainly holds the attention of most of us.
When this week started, looking the most brutal week of what's been the hardest part of the Cubs schedule, seeing Kershaw and Greinke at the top probably had most Cubs fans in a bargaining state. Let's maybe get one of these, or just split the series with wins on the back half of it, and if we finish the week 3-4 that really won't be the worst thing in the world when things get easier in July. Well, the Cubs beat both of them, and now have a chance to kickstart this season into a frenzy. Yeah, I know, baseball doesn't work that way, but you know how you'll feel if the Cubs come out of this week 5-2 or something.
Let's get to the minutiae, shall we...
I was talking to some hockey friends Jay Zawaski of The Score 670 and James Neveau of NBCChicago.com on Monday as we were in the Score studios (boy if you're going to go the name-dropper route you should probably go a whole lot bigger than this, huh?). Both of them are big Cubs fans as well. We were watching the beginning of the game against the Reds that night, you may remember it as this season's Soler Game (of which there will be many because I said so). And we were talking about how just slightly more than a week into the season we were already pulled in to the Cubs just like we were in 2008. We couldn't miss an inning. We're reacting to every AB. It no longer was just background noise to the spring and summer.
I tried to assure them that iwas just the excitement over the new season, and once the rhythm of summer hit it wouldn't quite be so bad until August or so if the Cubs are in contention. And I bet, for maybe a second there, I actually believed that...
I should have known with the amount of excitement following both Chicago teams into this season. I didn't think it could be like this, but I should have. And it dawns on me that baseball will simply never be compatible with the digital/social media age.
This week has not been the Chicago sports scene's best. Everyone freaked out about the White Sox's 0-4 start, even though their best pitcher had yet to take the mound and the kid who will probably be their third best (if not second) is toiling in Triple-A now. On our side of town, I saw more than an acceptable amount of fans lose their mud over the Cubs inability to score or hit with runners in scoring position, as if that was some sort of actual skill (and I'm sure majority of the readers of this blog know that it's not)...
Last year Baseball Prospectus ran an advance scouting series towards the end of the season that focused on specific players. The work was tremendous and it inspired me to do something similar for Cubs Den. You can read the BP series archives here. Special thanks to John Arguello, Joe Hamrahi, Jason Parks, Nick Faleris and Chris... Read more »
Jordan Gorosh of Baseball Prospectus once again joined me to talk Javier Baez, Cubs’ MiLB pitchers and Trea Turner.
Yeah, I like Florence And The Machine. Do your worst.
By this point this week, you've read all the "the end of the beginning" or "beginning of the new beginning" pieces and posts that you can handle that Javier Baez's call-up has generated. It's clear that out of however many phases it's going to take, the Cubs have exited one and moved onto another. Or maybe shedded one skin like a snake is the better metaphor. Make up your own, I'm flexible...
Per Keith Law, it is a done deal, Cubs acquire RHP Jacob Turner from Marlins for a couple of minor leaguers. Love this pickup for Chicago. While we don’t yet know who those prospects are, the fact that Law loves this trade suggests that they aren’t major prospects – and I don’t think he’s one... Read more »
Ahh, good to have ol’ Cub Baseball back. Anthony Rizzo pelting the pea all over the field, youngster Asmirendy Alcantra flying a hole in the wind………..Edwin Jackson……doing…..whatever it is he does. The Cubs started “The second half” of the season very much the way they played the first half- A very kaleptic bag of confidence... Read more »
half the Cubs played like they were double parked and way too eager to get going on their 5 day All-Star Break. Some Cubs stuck around and tried to make a game of it. But a 7-0 lead is a hard hole to dig out of and the Cubs simply didn’t have enough paws on... Read more »
So it was a very infant Friday night. The Cubs were putting the finishing touches on a very exciting win. Justin Ruggiano, who has been stuffing it up my giggy since I called him one of the worst players in the game…Ooops. Mea culpa, just drove in Asmirendy Alcantara and the Cubs had a victory... Read more »