All The ???? That's Fit To Print

Chicago’s favorite former Chunichi Dragon gets the attention of the New York Times today. The article talks about how Fukudome played shortstop (badly) for his first three years as a pro, and the memory of that evoked this funny, self-deprecating description of what kind of shortstop Fukudome was:

“The kind that caused my pitchers great anxiety.”

(Actually, the comment came through Fukudome’s translator. I guess that means the comment wasn’t self-deprecating...just deprecating.)

Most interesting part of the piece to me was the connection drawn between Fukudome’s move to the outfield and his emergence as a big-time hitter. Fukudome thinks it's no coincidence that the events happened in tandem; says he found playing the outfield "much more relaxing."

If Fukudome struggles early, I hope the right field bleacher creatures at Wrigley give him a break. Otherwise "relaxing" will be the last word he'll use to describe his new home.

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  • bryant is good at doing home rons.

    crunch 25 min 32 sec ago view
  • Word is Patton is refusing to report to Des Moines.

    Charlie 31 min 6 sec ago view
  • lastella's not lost the ability to play 2nd...that's for sure.

    crunch 31 min 9 sec ago view
  • I'd wait til after our last election if I was you.

    Old and Blue 34 min 2 sec ago view
  • i tried...all i got back was comments about beyonce and the walking dead. maybe this should be done in the off-season.

    crunch 36 min 46 sec ago view
  • I'm not making fun of anyone else's losing records until we're in about year 10 of the dynasty and/or Bryant hits his 700th home run.

    Old and Blue 40 min 20 sec ago view
  • The Twins lost their 47th game on June 17. That's all I got tonight. Go Cubs.

    John Beasley 42 min 5 sec ago view
  • Tweet our proposal and see what happens.

    Old and Blue 42 min 30 sec ago view
  • this makes the most sense. the team could use a replacement in the pen when chapman leaves and bryant could fetch a nice pen arm...maybe...there's a bit of concern about bryant's poor hitting in clutch situations.

    bryant has served his purpose...time to move on and let the kids play. you're next russell.

    crunch 46 min 53 sec ago view
  • I think it will be damn funny if they send Stella down after Coghlan gets back.

    Old and Blue 49 min 4 sec ago view
  • STELLA!!!!!!!

    Old and Blue 50 min 1 sec ago view
  • Trade Bryant?

    Old and Blue 50 min 42 sec ago view
  • I think Jones held up part of your sentence at third while the rest ran through the sign.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”

    crunch 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • I agree -- I think if you are a soft-tosser, you need a track record before you are taken seriously. If Kyle posts sub-3.00 ERA consistently and wins 15+ games a few times (and pitches more innings), he may have a shot at the award in a few years. Hopefully, he gets in the top 5 this year -- would be deserved and a nice boost for his confidence.

    billybucks 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • It's also possible that the Cubs have no intention of recalling Spencer Patton. Perhaps Maddon has seen enough of him, and Patton will eventually be one of the players cut to make room for others who will be added to the 40 in September.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 52 min ago view