It's Pop-Up Time at Fitch Park
"Live" BP continued at Fitch Park this morning, as Cubs position players faced Cubs pitchers.
Each pitcher threw 30 pitches, and generally speaking (with a couple of exceptions) it's fairly obvious that most of the pitchers are ahead of most of the hitters at this point. Each hitter gets to look at five pitches before rotating out of the cage, and it's unusual if a hitter swings at more than one or two of the five.
The "live" BP session was preceded by infield & outfield fielding practice on Fields 2 & 3 and Pitchers Fielding Practice (PFP) on Fields 1 & 4. Then the team was divided into two squads, with "pop-up drills" on Fields 2 & 3 where the automatic pitching machines were turned upward to produce "sky-high pop-ups." The pitchers would feign a pitch and the ball would go airborne, as the infielders and outfielders would call for the catch ("I got it! I got it! I ain't got it...). Aramis Ramirez dropped at least two. And two of the pop ups that were supposed to remain around home plate went out of play, almost clunking a couple of the spectators waiting to order a drink at the concesion stand on the noggin.
Darwin Barney was the only position player who did not participate in the pre-BP fielding drills, but he did take "live" BP with his group. And Welington Castillo, Koyie Hill, and Geovany Soto did not take "live" BP today, although the three amigos did hit as a group on Field #1 (with a coach throwing BP) after the "live" BP session had concluded. (The six catchers are the busiest guys on the team during "live" BP, catching two pitchers each in a BP session, then warming up a couple more in the bullpen, and finally--if they're lucky--having a chance to hit some "live" BP.
Among the pitchers who threw today, Esmailin Caridad and Robert Coello had the best outings (Coello has really nasty stuff), Kerry Wood, Marcos Mateo, and Alberto Cabrera had control issues (one of KW's pitches ended-up behind Matt Camp), and Tyler Colvin hammered John Grabow.
Steve Clevenger (Zambrano & Grabow)
Koyie Hill (Coleman & Gaub)
Chris Robinson (Dolis & Cabrera)
GROUP 1 HITTERS (vs Zambrano & Grabow)
GROUP 2 HITTERS (vs Coleman & Gaub)
GROUP 3 HITTERS (vs Dolis & Cabrera)
Max Ramirez (Garza & Wood)
Geovany Soto (Mateo & Caridad)
Welington Castillo (Berg & Coello)
GROUP 1 HITTERS (vs Garza & Wood)
GROUP 2 HITTERS (vs Mateo & Caridad)
Fernando Perez (batting LH vs the two RHP)
GROUP 3 HITTERS (vs Berg & Coello)
Outfielder Chris Young signs "multiyear" contract w BoSox.
Wow, Dombrowski is a buffoon
Not sure I understand the logic, especially for more than one year.
well, that's the past. we're left with the present. even though that past you're seeing is some weird black/white either/or where hybridization of ideas isn't allowed...nonetheless...
the present is ice skating, movies, concerts, beer gardens, hotels, office space and other wonderful baseball activities based around a young, successful baseball team.
All money making ventures, which would have been offset with a reasonable TV contract that previous ownership screwed up
Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.
of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.
...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.
let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.
+they lost their playoff attempt
there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.
I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.
Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."
I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work
Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!
Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.
Damn wanted Zimmermann