The Uncomfortable Reunion
(Hallway somewhere in Wrigley Field, two players emerge from the visiting team's clubhouse dressed to the nines in their gray road uniforms)
KW: Man, I sure miss this place...this city.
MD: Well, when you move to Cleveland, there's a good chance you'd miss living in Kazakhstan.
(They share a laugh as a portly gentleman comes towards them, head down, cell phone glued to ear)
JH: Yes, Andy...I'll be sure to pick up the dry cleaning, and pick-up dinner...glad you're flying in this weekend. How's Rich and Felix doing? They ever ask about me?
(Lost in conversation, the two parties bump into each other)
JH: Oh sorry, excuse me...
(He looks up, his heart stopping for a moment, he puts the phone away before finishing his conversation on the other line)
JH: I got to go Andy...
KW: Oh hey...
JH: Hey guys....wow, didn't expect to see you...figured you'd be busy visiting old friends and family and stuff.
MD: Um yeah, got the game today and all (gesturing towards the field).
JH: Right, right...yeah...so how are things going? I haven't been really able to keep up...you guys look great.
KW: Oh thanks...(forcing a compliment) you too.
JH: So are they treating you good in Cleveland?
MD: Sure, not the season we expected, but they've been good to us.
JH: Yeah, not the season we expected either, I can relate.
(they share an uncomfortable laugh...you can see KW and MD itching to say more but they resist...an uncomfortable silence fills the air...JH finally fakes like his cell phone is vibrating)
JH: Oh look at there, got a call, I got to take this...
KW: Oh, alright...well it was great to see you.
JH: You guys too...it was really great to see you..
(they slowly walk away in opposite directions, KW and MD towards the field, JH sulks to inner bowels of Wrigley...as he reaches the end of the corridor he looks back, hoping they look back to, trying to muster the courage to say something...a small tear wells up in his eye)
JH: (under his breath) I miss you guys...
KW & MD: (walking onto the field, the buzz of the stadium making it too loud to hear JH) Jack-ass!
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?
Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!
Just freakin love it!
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."
"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).