Tag: Starlin Castro

Anarchists Brunch: There's A Starlin Waiting In The Sky

Anarchists Brunch: There's A Starlin Waiting In The Sky
Every year, we have the Starlin Castro debate. It's surely become tiresome for every Cubs fan, just because we've all heard it so much. For the first time though, it feels like there's a clear delineation between logic and heart. I am a Castro fan. Mostly because I don't buy into the garbage that flows around him. Starlin has never played a meaningful baseball game in five years. He had to sift through the 2010 and 2011  teams, before Anthony Rizzo even arrived, when there wasn't even a glimpse of what was coming. And I do think Starlin cares a lot. I do think he wants to be here and see it all make those years worth it. It doesn't feel like that sometimes, when he apparently doesn't learn old lessons in the field or at the plate. And if you're like me, your heart wants Starlin to shove it up all those who have seemingly made a living out of hammering him (rhymes with "Menly" and "Haplan")...

Anarchists Brunch: The Search For Legitimacy

Anarchists Brunch: The Search For Legitimacy
There are no big series in May. We all know this. Nothing will be decided in the season's fifth week. And yet you feel this upcoming four game set with the Cardinals... well, it has just a touch more spice than it might normally, and certainly more than any have had in the past five or six years. Full disclosure, my irrational and borderline psychotic hatred of all things St. Louis probably colors this is a bit. So know that at the top. But this is the first time the Cubs have bought an actual, real life baseball team to West East St. Louis since at least 2009. And while we love to talk about "THE RIVALRY," it isn't much of one when one team is competing for World Series berths and the other is having trouble not peeing down its leg. Certainly from our side, getting laughed at isn't all that pleasurable...

Anarchists Brunch: Pulled Down Under

Anarchists Brunch: Pulled Down Under
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...
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Anarchists' Brunch: Resigned To This Fate

Anarchists' Brunch: Resigned To This Fate
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)...

Anarchists Brunch - The Spring Road

Anarchists Brunch - The Spring Road
Spring training will kick into top gear this week when the games kick off. I always find it funny that people complain about the NFL's preseason, which is awful, and yet spring training by the end of March seems like it's been going for three years. Still, it only works out in baseball that the preseason lasts about 10% as long as the regular season, much like baseball and hockey. You're just dealing with more games. As you get older, these things slide into a rhythm or pattern. So here are basically all the things that will happen over the next month...

Anarchists Brunch: The Now And The Dynasty

Anarchists Brunch: The Now And The Dynasty
Sorry, a bit late today. Minor printing mishap with my day job. And it takes a while to get toner off of your fingers, believe me. Or anywhere else, as I once had it buried in my skull. True story. But I'm here now. So let's get to it. We've all been fooled by managers before. That's why you still hear some of the unwashed skeptical that Joe Maddon will be any different than what's come before. Of course, in the past there were warts we didn't know about. We didn't know the length to which Dusty Baker just wanted to be a player still, and let his team run wild (though his use of pitchers and strange tactics should have been obvious in the 2002 World Series. That, and the Giants let him walk). He had Barry Bonds as well. People mock Lou Piniella, and I get that, but he did manage two playoff teams and how many other Cub managers can make that claim? He also had another one in contention in 2009 that really had no business doing so for a long portion of that season...
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Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching

Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching
Much has been made of the Mets interested in Starlin Castro or Javier Baez.  The teams match up well in that the Mets need hitting and the Cubs need starting pitching.  Each has what the other team wants. But Mets GM Sandy Alderson has proven difficult to extract value from in the past.  The Cubs... Read more »

Readjustment: Castro, Rizzo and the 2014 step forward

Readjustment: Castro, Rizzo and the 2014 step forward
Note: There’s a lot more to this that will be rolling in as the weeks progress. I concentrated on pitch counts here but pitch recognition is big part of what I address in the following column as well. I’m working on it. Let’s consider these two things: 1. Major League Baseball as currently constructed has... Read more »

Loose lips have fallen on deaf ears. Braves 10 Cubs 7.

Loose lips have fallen on deaf ears. Braves 10 Cubs 7.
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 »
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Cubs now teeming with talent, options. Where do they go from here? Industry opinion on trade and it's ramifications

Cubs now teeming with talent, options.  Where do they go from here? Industry opinion on trade and it's ramifications
It’s hard to imagine that the Cubs could acquire a talent so significant that he can be included in the discussion as to who is the best prospect on the Cubs.  But they did exactly that. Addison Russell has been compared to Barry Larkin — but with more power —  by more than one scout.... Read more »