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My Afternoon In The Middle Of A Baseball Brawl

I had the incredible good fortune to watch Saturday’s Cubs-Padres game from the second row behind home plate, from a seat in nearly a direct line with the plate and the left field corner. In other words, I was about 25-30 feet from much of the brouhaha. (I have seen myself in the ESPN replays of the brawl. I’m wearing a light green polo shirt and I’m right behind the woman with the white shirt and the white hat who appears in the left part of the screen just after Derrek Lee throws the first punch.) A few thoughts on a remarkable game as seen from a perspective I won't enjoy again anytime soon:

Game 66 Thread/Padres @ Cubs (#1 of 3)

Game Chat Ted Lilly (4-4, 3.96) v. David Wells (3-3, 4.76) After taking the Mariners two out of three, the Cubs have climbed to within five games of .500. It’s hardly the sort of accomplishment Cub fans dreamed of this past off-season, but still, it’s the first time the team has been this close to breakeven since May 28th.

[email protected] Preview Of Tonight’s 7th Inning

(THE SOUNDS OF A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME ARE AUDIBLE IN THE BACKGROUND THROUGHOUT. OCCASIONALLY, CROWD REACTION SWELLS, BUT THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES MOSTLY UNINTERRUPTED) PAT: Pat Hughes and Ron Santo back at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs behind the pitching of Rich Hill are leading the Mariners 3-0, and on “Country Music Night,” we’re pleased to welcome in country recording artist and former American Idol contestant, Kellie Pickler. Kellie, welcome. KELLIE: Why thank you, it’s wonderful to be here. PAT: Now Kellie, is this your first time at Wrigley Field? KELLIE: Yes it is. It’s my first time in Chicago. (SHE LAUGHS)

Cubs Look Unbeatable In Atlanta

I can’t say this with certainty, not having checked all the numbers, but I’m pretty sure the Cubs are unbeaten this year in games in which Alfonso Soriano clubs three home runs in the first four innings, every starting position player gets at least one hit, the starting pitcher allows one earned run or fewer in six innings or more, and our catcher steals a base.

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  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 6 hours 46 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 10 hours 10 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 10 hours 10 min ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 10 hours 10 min ago view