I feel like I've spent a great deal of time, both here and in my own forums, writing about there are a lot of firsts (or return to things after a long hiatus) this season. Or preparing for firsts, or trying to remember how things go when your team is actually competitive again and trying to head things off before they happen. And so it is again this week.
We knew with a team this young that there would be bumps and stretches where they looked like utter garbage. That's what young, incomplete teams do. It's rather amazing that it took this long, which is probably why most of us are so bummed. That it took place in yet another trip into hell down I-55 makes it particularly sting...
This time I didn't forget. This past Sunday I was flying back from Arizona, so I have at least a half-legitimate excuse for missing the brunch. I was just prepping the ground for Arguello's arrival. Making sure the bunting was in place, the residents made aware to not look him in the eye, all that stuff. Needless to say, Mesa is as ready as I can get it for him.
So, moving on. If you're a Joe Sheehan Newsletter subscriber, and I'm guessing a fair amount of you are, today's email was concerning Kris Bryant and the whole service time "debate." There's no need to go over it again because we've all seen enough of it, but it's obvious to anyone who hasn't suffered a major brain injury that 12 days in the minors isn't going to kill whatever the Cubs hope to accomplish this year and the extra year of control is well worth it.
Oh look, another hand me down from my big brother. Just like three-quarters of my wardrobe from the ages of 11 to 19. How joyous...
On a cloudy yet wonderful day, the Cubs managed to put all the flotsam and jetsam of “trades” and “plans” and actually play a ball game. Battlefield appointed Ace Jake Arrieta took the mound and didn’t look out of place. Meanwhile the Cubs actually filed some offense. Throw in the fact that there wasn’t a... Read more »
Jake Arrieta is pitching like he not only wants a spot in the rotation for the Cubs foreseeable future, but he might soon be throwing around words like “Homer Bailey money” and “TOR pitcher” Arrieta was a six pack of Hops Stoopid last night, keeping Red Sox batters, off balance, frustrated and most importantly... Read more »
The Cubs found enough paste at the bottom of the jar to glue enough offense together to back one of the better pitching performances into a win last night at Wrigley Field. Very similar to Monday Night, last night’s game was delayed by rain. But where Billy Hamilton did a 360 foot sprint around the... Read more »
Jake Arrieta was the over hyped puppy dog and the Marlins line up was the old slimy tennis ball that Arrieta slobbered on, bit, slapped from side to side and pretty much whatever else he wanted. Meanwhile, Nate Schierholtz 3 run home run turned a close game into a much needed and much earned laugher... Read more »
Another Milton Berle game for the Cubs as they got just enough offense to defeat the Phillies 2-1. The offense was supplied by Starlin Castro, who hit a two run home run in the 4th inning. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta possibly could have had an “arrival” game as he held the the Phillies to just two... Read more »
In a game that would have made Uncle Milton Berle very proud, the Cubs pulled out just enough to win last night. Chris Coghlan, the right handed Ryan Kalish, smacked a tying home run in the 8th inning. And Nate Schierholtz, who’s name is popping up more recently in good ways, drove in the winning... Read more »
We will Eschew our regular wrap format this morning. Because there’s one thing and one thing only you needed to know about last night’s game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. The San Francisco Giants started Tim Hudson. The Chicago Cubs didn’t. The Cubs started Jake Arrieta. Stakes horse vs. Allowance horse.... Read more »