It Was Raining Cub Home Runs: Cubs 6, Padres 4

The Cubs claimed a rain-shortened victory Wednesday night, winning behind: Ted Lilly, who pitched into the seventh inning and improved to 5-2; Alfonso Soriano, who hit his 53rd career leadoff home run; Geovany Soto, who hit his first homer of the season after 96 plate appearances; and George Herman Theriot, who banged out two home runs and now has five in the month of May. (He had seven career homers in 380 games heading into this month.)

The Cubs, now a season-high five games above .500, will go for the sweep Thursday afternoon, when Ryan Dempster (2-2, 4.98) squares off with former Cub Chad Gaudin (0-2, 4.08).

Dempster, by the way, was cleared of head-hunting charges by Major League Baseball, which determined that Dempster had not thrown at the head of Ryan Braun last Saturday at Miller Park, as the Brewers had claimed.

No closure yet on Milton Bradley's appeal to MLB, however. As Paul Sullivan points out in the Tribune, Thursday is the four-week anniversary of the Cubs/Cardinals game in which the alleged ump-bumping happened.

The Scopes Trial, pitting Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan, was decided in eight days.

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damn...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=290513109

det @ min...min ties with 2 in bottom 8th...det takes 1 run lead in the top 13th...min gets a run in the bottom 13th to tie and a walk off grand slam to win it.

b.lyons still sucks.

The Cubs are featured in today's edition of the Wall Street Journal... but not about the impending sale to Ricketts.

"The New Curse of the Cubs? Untimely Strikeouts"

If you think the Cubs strike out a lot after working the count to 3-0, YOU'RE RIGHT.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124217883823113503...

Scopes trial - wasn't that the trial about teaching evolution? Glad we got that settled!

Half game out of first ...

Cubnut: The Cubs, now a season-high five games above .500

High water mark. Woo Hoo! Let's hope we don't see all the bench players again on getaway day from Lou.

iowaCub: "Half game out of first ..."

True that, but even better we are tied in the all important loss column (of course with 3 other teams). But with the injuries and slumps thus far this season, i don't think we could have expected much better.

The final rain delay was 58 minutes...I heard some discussion on the radio that the rules the umpires have recently changed, as far as how long they have before calling a game. Anyone know the current rules?

Holy balls, the Cubs are 5 games over .500?

Fan reaction this year has been ridiculous. I understand expectations and how they haven't won in a long time and la-dee-dah, but man... Deep breaths, deep breaths. It will be okay. Will the Cubs make the playoffs? I don't know: There's well over 100 games left in the season.

I can say Milwaukee is crap with their Suppan-as-their-ace-rotation, and Cardinals are basically Albert Pujols Plus Some Other guys. The Reds are legit, but they're young, I think they will fizzle out. It's a weak division and the Cubs have a lot of thunder in lineup. Shore up the bullpen, stay healthy and this thing will happen.

Well, allow me to retort!

No actually, I won't really. Just nitpick a little. I think Milwaukee is better than crap. Sure, their rotation's nothing special but they're stacked with hitters who can carry a team and vets who can lead. Their bench and bullpen are arguably better than ours right now. If they can hold the opposition to around four runs each day, they're going to be dangerous. Especially if they pick up a Jake Peavy or something in the summer again.

The Cardinals are, well, yeah, Albert Pujols and a bunch of guys. But somehow, between him, La Russa, and Duncan, that bunch of guys always seems to overachieve. If Glaus and Carpenter return and are effective for much of the season, they're going to be in the hunt as well. They too could boost their lineup or rotation.

I agree that, all that said, the Cubs are the most talented team in the Central and should take the title. But of course, we're the Cubs and so we tend to underachieve. This could be more of a fight than it was last year. And last year could be the reason everyone's been a bit on edge this year -- we bolted out of the gate last year (12-4 start, IIRC) and never looked back. Hasn't been quite that easy this year.

If they can hold the opposition to three or four runs each day, they're going to be dangerous.

LOL... this is true about every team in baseball. Any team that can hold the opposition to 3 or 4 runs each day will win a lot of baseball games. You act like it is easy to hold the opposition to three or four runs a game.

UPDATE: I see that you have updated it, and changed to four runs a game, rather than three or four. But even still... every team in baseball would be dangerous if they only allowed four runs a game.

What about four to five runs a game? :)

Yeah, I probably goofed the numbers up. I just think the Brewers have the sluggers to overcome their pitchers' mistakes. Not every day, but enough days to keep them in it.

I just think the Brewers have the sluggers to overcome their pitchers' mistakes.

I respectfully disagree. The 2004 Boston Red Sox have enough hitting to overcome a mediocre pitching staff. The Brewers are not the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

The slugging Brewers were the 2007 team which fell short. They had the best pitcher in baseball last year and barely made the playoffs.

I don't see it.

I just am not optimistic about the Cubs making the playoffs with the current bullpen, and, Mike Fontenot playing 150+ games. Sorry, but I just don't see it.

Per last thread, Lou's "gonna rest some guys", so we are taking your best-guess lineups now!

Finally, from the Tribune, Hendry and Kenney probably stay on after the new owners come in. Sorry, MANNY TRILLO!

http://www.prosportsdaily.com/comments/cubs-chairm...

Yeah, E-Man not great news. But it is kind of expected as firstly the deal likely still is months and months, if not a year, away. Secondly, he just signed a new 4-year deal. He wouldn't get fired likely until at least after next season (after 2nd year of deal). Hopefully the Cubs can win a WS (hell one playoff game at this point would be good) and it would all be moot. I would gladly eat tons of crow. I would even change my handle to 'I<3Hendry'. :)

I fart Hendry?!
~grin~

You might have forgotten Yovani Gallardo on the Brewers? Maybe? Just a little?

And hate the Cardinals all you want but they come ready to play each and every single year and I can respect that. Their players come in and do their jobs for the most part and don't stink up the joint. Well except for Khalil Greene, remember when a bunch of people on TCR wanted to replace Theriot with Greene?!?! Because you know Greene can hit with power while hitting .220? Yeah those were good times.

MikeC: "Because you know Greene can hit with power while hitting .220?"

Kind of like our 2B now (FontNot): .218 AVG with 5 HR's

Classy! Go internets!

???

See, this is one of those times where it looks like you just went out of your way to take a shot at a Cubs player.

They don't even play the same position. No one said replace Fontenot with Greene. Fontenot's OPS is still 100 points higher than Greene's this year. Fontentot is off to a slow start, Greene has had a slow career; Fontenot's average last year was better than any season Greene has ever had. And to top off the non-comparison, you tried to cleverly make his last name into something bad: FontNot.

If you started a new comment with something like "I'm really concerned about Fontenot's slow start, I hope he gets it going." People would probably respond favorably and we'd have a good dialogue about why he is struggling, if we think it will last, etc. Instead you just take cheap shots at the Cubs all the time, then get defensive when people challenge you on them.

No, that's not it. I'm just messing with him.

If a Cubs player deserves a shot to be taken at them, then so be it. If they are playing bad, I will point it out and if they are playing good I say that too. Again, I praise players just as much when they do well, people just don't want to remember those times.

Fontenot is struggling this year and I thought it was an interesting comparison as he also currently is a middle IF, has a low average, but with pop. You didn't like the comparison, which you made valid points on, and that is cool.

And people would NOT respond favorably to me if I started it out differently. Trust Me! I intentionally tried conforming to how people wanted me to be for a few months on here 2 years ago (2007 season) and it didn't work. People want to think what they want of me, and that is cool. I just want to talk Cubs.

I am not going to to get into this conversation again. So I am done talking about me. And hopefully people don't respond to this post and carry on the needless conversation. But I do appreciate you posting what you did in a non confrontational and not personally attacking way.

Go Cubs!!

There is one major difference between Font and Greene. Font is doing what he is doing for league minimum while Greene is doing what he is doing for 6.5 million.

Very good point Mike. Also, the Cubs would of had to trade for Greene, while they already had Fontenot on the team. But I agree that thinking Greene would have been an upgrade over Theriot (even before his unforeseen power surge) doesn't jive with me.

fontenot is a good 2nd baseman with a good swing and 15-20hr power.

meh.

Fontenot is also batting .220-ish over the course of a month, not going on a year. If Fontenot finishes the season under .260, I'll be shocked. That is unless Lou decides he's a bench player. On the other hand, Greene has once finished a season with a batting average higher than .254.

i don't see the guy as some 200-hit .300 hitter with all the poise and flash of roberto "hiv wut" alomar.

i do think he's a .270/.350 avg/ob% 30double, 15+hr 2nd baseman, though...and i don't mind his D at 2nd at all. i like his footwork there.

It's no secret that I am probably the biggest (non-gay) lover of TheRiot (ok, I do have a bromance) on TCR, but I kept my mouth shut while a lot of people in the off season talked about him not being good or what have you. Right now, he's our man, and he's doing one hell of a job. Hopefully he can keep it up, and most importantly learn to incorporate his new found power with what he did before in providing a slap-happy lead-off type hitter.

I've always liked Theriot -- who doesn't? But I've always thought he was just a supersub type. He's proven me wrong. I like being proven wrong in this way. It's really quite enjoyable. I may just keep calling him a supersub for superstition's sake. Like that whole sucky lineup thing people do here.

The Cincinnati Reds... #2. Possible wildcard. Believe it.

And Andrew, excellent work on the Pulp Fiction reference. Great movie. But regarding Milwaukee: Pitching is what wins. Milwaukee goes nowhere.

The Cardinals have that look of a team that is on the verge of rebuilding. Who is their second best player not injured? I couldn't even tell you. Duncan maybe? F'real, they are one Albert Pujols injury away from fighting the Astros for last in the division. La Russa is nice, but he doesn't take the field every day.

MikeC: Yea, Gallardo. He's good.

Ya, gotta give LaRussa his props but Pujols is the key. Any team with Pujols on it has at least a chance to contend. Unfortunately, I don't think he's a roider, either.

Uh oh, Soto on WSCR interview right now...

WSCR: "What's gotten into Theriot?"
Soto: "Ohh, you know, he's always had a little juice uhh a little pop, you know..."

Theriot's secret revealed.

He's always had a little pop? Really? Where and When did he have it?

I think Soto is just saying what you say about your teammates. But now that Theriot has a few years under his belt of batting righty and has established himself as an opposite field hitter, is it unreasonable to think that it is possible (only possible, not likely our inevitable) that he might adjust to how he is pitched by pulling a few pitches and maybe even learning a little bit (only a little, not a lot or a ton) about how to drive the ball? The guy is 5'11" and listed at 175 pounds. That's plenty big enough to hit a few homeruns, if he decides to not slap the ball during EVERY at bat.

I have stated many times here that imo, LaRussa is the best in the business. A baseball innovator - and somehow, with injuries, DEATHS, DUIs, and lower money to play around with from the GM - his teams are always in it. I am jealous, and I hate him - but its a fact.

Duncan has taken "washed-up" pitchers and made them servicable, or "good".

The Cubs have a $140MM payroll, and I believe, based on this, should damn well finish in the upper division of the Central - at least!

Still, from 1-5, our starting pitching staff - even without Jake Peavy - is the best in the NL. It is beyond that which is scary: Neal Cotts! Patton. Up-Down-Heilman. Gregg.

Still a long season. And, do not forget who manages the Reds.

Ya, gotta give LaRussa his props but Pujols is the key.
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Agreed. It reminds me of Dusty's (pre-Cub) managerial experience riding BB. Not implying Pujols drinking apple juice, just that he's the most dangerous hitter of the time. It can go a long way (so to speak).

but LaRussa/Duncan does get a lot out of castoffs and less talent than almost all other managers/pitching coaches.

Do any of the good doctors out there have any thoughts on the implications of the fact that ARam is still in pain? Baseball Prospectus is saying that this means surgery is almost inevitable. I don't know if Sheehan has any medical basis for this, but if it's accurate, his time out could be extended. Thanks.

Is that the expert medical analysis of Will Carroll?

*rolls eyes*

Yes, it was Carroll, not Sheehan. I agree with you - he acts like he's a medical expert. Just wondering if the much better sources that posted about the injury here think that the continued pain changes anything.

That's funny, I don't remember signing in earlier and replying. MikeVail no space between first and last name?
Two Mike Vails and no Herman Franks? Something's wacky here. Go Cubs!!

HA! Sorry about that - I haven't posted in awhile and didn't know there was another Mike Vail. Perhaps I'll change it to Hector Cruz....

Here's the Will Carroll comment on ARam (also I did reply briefly with post #37). It's clear WC is just a reporter and when I read some of his writings, I'm not so sure that he does justice to the details regarding the medical terminology, anatomy or surgical concepts in what his sources tell him. It reminds me of trying to describe surgical anatomy to lawyers, there is just something that often gets lost in translation. I'm sure he tries to understand this material as his niche is that of a sports-medical reporter, it's just that he seems to jump the tracks at times.

I remember some back and forth stuff with him on TCR when I wrote about #22's shoulder surgery. I mentioned capsular thermal shrinking for a congenitally lax capsule but that isn't done as the primary procedure when the anterior capsule is torn off the front of the socket/glenoid (aka a Bankart lesion). Back then he was trying to describe capsular shifts (there are several techniques) vs Bankart repairs (also several techniques) if I recall it correctly. Now he's talking thermal capsular tightening for ARam (in the offseason) which is quite a stretch of speculation (pun intended). Thermal shrinking of the shoulder only makes sense after repairing any torn Bankart anatomy (ie, what is torn off the glenoid) and the shoulder capsule remains very lax. Saying it has it's downside (doesn't any operation?), does it imply that the other options don't have downside (or consider it a no comment on them having more/less downside)? They all obviously have risk/downside. Any of the options that tighten a shoulder capsule can be over-tightened or stretch out or re-tear. Number 22 is now a case in point as most all of the above happened unfortunately.

I'm pretty confident to say that there is no literature that indicates pain leaving in less than (or more than) a week (Friday will be 1 week) has any predictive value for future instability or time to recovery. Although a younger person who has had multiple dislocations does have a high rate of recurrence, that doesn't mean he will have a recurrence, especially if he's compliant with appropriate exercises for the front of the shoulder from here on out. Of course if he returns and has another hyperextension trauma it can re-dislocate but as the capsule gets more stretched out (and easier to reduce in subsequent dislocations, as the tissues are "pre-stretched" and less new tissue damage occurs) from repeat dislocations the shoulder can get progressively less stable and therefore becomes more reasonable to offer surgical stabilization procedures. Also, if he has a bony defect (Bankart or Hill-Sachs) the anatomy can be less stable but the media reporting on his post-reduction MRI didn't say there was any associated bony lesions. There is some recent literature that suggests to position the shoulder in slight external rotation (with a modified sling) rather than the conventional arm sling position as this reapproximates the anterior shoulder tissues to a more anatomic location for healing, although that data is still soft.

http://tinyurl.com/pcdrw3

I think the severity of pain may be more of an indicator that ARam's shoulder injury was more reminiscent of a first time dislocation (since it was almost 9-10 years since the previous episode). But again, it's not been shown that intensity of (subjective) pain correlates with any prognostic value as to time to heal or type of surgical considerations down the road.
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Aramis Ramirez (60 DXL)
Ramirez is still in pain, and that says a lot about how serious the dislocation that he suffered last Friday actually was. He is eventually going to need some sort of capsular tightening, a surgical procedure that's exactly what it sounds like, though there are several ways to accomplish that goal. Surgeons differ on how they prefer to do it, with the "thermal" version being the most popular, but it has its downsides. The Cubs still believe that he'll be back in six weeks, but all signs point to a more extensive stay unless the pain leaves quickly and some reasonable stability returns to the joint. At this stage, the likelihood of a recurrence is through the roof.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?arti...

"It reminds me of trying to describe surgical anatomy to lawyers, there is just something that often gets lost in translation."

Dr. Hecht --

Having formerly worked as an attorney in personal injury and Worker's Comp. cases, I know there was a lot that got lost in the translation for me, and I generally understood more than many attorneys about these things. I always found shoulder injuries and their surgical procedures more difficult to get my head around than those for knees, elbows, wrists and spinal joints. Thus, my frustration with some of the simplistic and conclusory statements made by many people about the condition of Kerry Wood's and #22's shoulder joints. It just ain't that simple, folks.

I struck me that Will Carroll's statement, "He is eventually going to need some sort of capsular tightening" without more supporting evidence or authority to be quite a leap. I.e., I can't tell if that is Will Carroll's opinion, the opinion of a particular doctor, or the conclusion Will Carroll came to after consulting with a doctor(s) or otherwise. Personally, I'd like to know what he bases this statement on.

Just my thoughts.

Of course Pujols juices. And of course, everyone will express the commensurate amount of shock and horror when he's found out. The act is getting old.

Of course, saying something is true doesn't make it so.

I would definitely not be shocked if it came out that Pujols has used or does use PEDs. But your continual assertions that he juices is getting old.

You have no idea if he is juicing. Stop pretending that you do.

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Okay.

The internet Sheriff strikes again.

Looks like Milt, Lee and Fonty will be rested today. Sori, Riot, K-Fuk, Hoff, Johnson, Soto, Scales, Miles and Dempster in the lineup.

Oh that is not bad. I was expecting one of those lineups he through out there the other week vs. the SFG.

Yeah. given that Aram is out anyway, and Lee probably should be sitting every third day anyway, this seems pretty reasonable...

Now we just need SD to jump out to a 2-0 lead and me bitch about the Cubs falling behind early and we are guaranteed another win. :)

I just hate it when Lou sits Bradley like this. The guy has already had plenty of rest (more rest than a guy like Abreu typically has in an entire season), so I see no reason to sit him. Especially when he's finally starting to hit and get on a bit of a hot streak. And they're facing Chad Gaudin! If ever there was a time to play Bradley it's today. Let him continue his streak and feast on poor pitching.

some remaining pain is still normal 1 week after a shoulder dislocation that needed a doc to reduce it... I doubt it implies a longer timeframe to recovery.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090514&c...

ump shoves Ordonez...okay kind of moves him along, but damn.

Rob G.,
I have a problem when I click to reply to a post and I click down in the text box to start typing but it either doesn't let me type sometimes or depending on what keys I am hitting it does some funky stuff like go back to a previous page or something. It is really annoying and am just wondering if it is only me (if it is no jokes anyone!) or if other peep have the same problem. Thanks!

not sure...I can say I have no problems using Firefox on a Mac OS Leopard...

beyond that, it's up to the other readers.

I am using Firefox on a PC. Maybe others are having the issue...

I've had that the same problem as Manny. Also using Firefox on a PC. Seems to be that if the page is not completely loaded yet and I hit backspace, I'll go back to the previous page. I hit the "Go forward" icon in Firefox and I go back to where I was with no text lost, but it is very annoying. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

not much I can do about it then...does seem like a Firefox bug. Now that i tried to hit backspace before the page fully loaded it did the same for me...and Andrew has kindly provided the workaround. Either wait for the page to load fully or just hit the forward button on your browser if it happens. Or type slower and don't make mistakes....

Fair enough.

Maybe someone is trying to tell you something.

Sorry! Couldn't resist!

This lefty pitching for SD is pretty good. Cubs could use someone like that in the pen.

Huh? What lefty?

I don't know. Gaudin is not a lefty, apparently. Bah, I quit.

...and Ron Santo just pronounced it "Go-dad".

Better than if he pronounced it "Go-nad". Poor Ronnie! :)

I stopped checking my info on the Internet ever since I tried Googling this current pitcher "D SANCHEZ"

No falling behind early today...:) Now let's hope that doesn't jinx it and we can hold on.

Another steal of home in the bigs (Michael Bourne of HOU). I think that is #4 this year. If I heard right I think there were only 5 all of last year. Cuuld be wrong, please correct me if anyone knows.

Trivia question: Who has the most career steals of home plate in MLB history?

***See if you can get it without looking for the answer.

Rod Carew?

Good guess! But he is 14th alltime with 17. I am surprised he is so high up there.

And Go Cubs, busting this game wide open!!!!

Honus Wagner?

Ty Cobb?

Ding Ding Ding...WINNER

1. Ty Cobb - 54

Next closest was only 33. And surprisingly Ricky Henderson is not even in the top 38 (players w/ 10 or more in career)

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_stbah....

DAMN! Adrian Gonzalez a West Coast Cub Killer...Hope he doesn't get traded to our division.

What was that about hating sitting Bradley?

Its 7-1 Cubs. Big hits: Scales/Johnson

I'm perfectly fine with it.

Whoops! I mean 11-2 Cubs.

I sure am mighty disappointed Milton Bradley and DLee are resting.

They could have helped us out today. Then again, with Bobby Scales 4 RBI's, maybe not. PRobably not.

This line up sucks.

I hated sitting Bradley today mostly because his bat is starting to heat up, so why risk throwing off his timing by sitting him for a day when he's already had plenty of rest?

And it's great that RJ had some nice hits today, but for this team to succeed over the long haul, Milton Bradley needs to play a big part. If he can boost his confidence and perfect his timing against a shitty pitcher with the wind howling out, I'm all for it.

Off-topic: Bobby Scales is fucking awesome. Obviously he's not going to hit .400+ all year, but it's great to see him making the most out of this opportunity.

Kudos to Demp. TErrific game - he looked really sharp. RBI single and double as well! And, he is undergoing tremendous personal agony with his infant daughter. Very impressive win (I'm assuming) today - bottom 7 as I write.

Ascanio will get the hill in the 8th. Who knows - Cotts could even pitch!

What's up with Dempster's daughter?

recently he disclosed his newborn cannot swallow on her own.

the baby is in intensive care in AZ. So, one can imagine, he's got other things on his mind besides baseball.

wow, didn't know that...awful.

Hopes and prayers to the Dempster family.

Thanks for letting us know. How sobering...

Yeah, thanks E-Man. My sister works with people like that -- either newborns and young kids, or the elderly, people recovering from strokes, etc. Hopefully Dempster's daughter condition is treatable.

Padres Fire Sale:

If, again, IF the Pads continue to play at this rate, and a fire sale develops , one guy I wouldn't mind having is Cla (missing Y) Meredith. Side-arm, RH, effective reliever. Actually, during the run last year, I believe he was available and Hendry passed in favor of Howry.

in case anyone missed it...bradley was in the dugout in mid/late game wearing the catcher's gear. it seemed to go over well in the dugout on the humor factor...i wonder where the joke started on that one.

Kenney and Hendry think they're staying if/when this sale gets done..

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

"I'm sure they had to sign off on [my contract]," Hendry said. "In this job your role is pretty much established in what you have to do. I spent a little time with [the Ricketts] and we have some mutual friends from our past in Omaha and my Creighton [coaching] days. But we haven't had any chats at all about job descriptions."

nice 3/44 on my post this morning ROB G, re hendry/kenney with link.

btw, scott eyre is broke.

I did indeed miss that.

will serve Friday...

did MLB know they'd sit Bradley today or were they just waiting for his next day off?

Yeah, seems really shitty that they emailed Hendry the decision during the 7th inning considering Bradley was already sitting and they could have just as easily told them before the game.

Also, what a crock of shit the 1 game suspension is anyway.

Reduced from 2 to 1. The ump should serve the other game. Fuck him.

Nice little game here. The Padres are really BAD but sweeping them feels good.

Really the best part about the game was that Gaudin walked 7 and we don't have to hear any whining about how Gaudin should have been kept. Now its up to Vizcaino to suck in Cleveland and we won't have to hear about that.

Scales has been pretty amazing. I expected him to be on the team about 2 days, but of course the Ramirez injury happened. He reminds of me Dwight Smith who was a high energy guy and left handed hitter. Smitty was always one of my favorites.

Astute comment, Jeff Pico. Like Scales, Smith was a loose-limbed lefty (I know Scales switch hits) with a line-drive stroke. I wish I knew what happened (off the field?) to some of the key guys from the 1989 team- especially Smith and Walton- because that was the one Cubs team built from within the organization (Maddux, Girardi/Berryhill, Grace, Smith, Walton). I really thought they'd be good for a while.

By the way, given your handle and time frame, you are a true long-suffering Cub fan. Me, I got to see Jenkins/Williams/Santo/Hundley/Hands/Regan/Beckert/Kessinger/Holtzman-- so my expectations were for the Cubs to WIN. You were a Cub fan who cheered for Jeff Pico and Rick Wilkins.

Yes I guess you could call me long suffereing but I've had my share of excitement along the way, I remember most of 84, then all of 89, 98, 03 and of course 07 and 08 and hopefully 09. Sure there were really bad teams along the way but I never stopped following the Cubs day to day even in the dark days of Micah Bowie and Andrew Lorraine.

I am too young to remember the bad early 80s teams, but those 99,00, and 02 teams were pretty bad.

1989 was my first real year following as a kid. I too had great hopes for those guys. I still watch the Boys of Zimmer VHS from time-to-time.

If I recall from coverage back then, Walton got lazy, thought he didn't have to work anymore after his ROY season. I remember stories about him being cocky and out of shape, and not making adjustments. Smith was a pretty decent fourth outfielder and pinch hitter until he was 32, so he had a pretty good career, and I think that was probably reflective of his skill level. The other guy who had a career year was Bielecki. He ended up spot-starting and pitching in the pen until he was 37, but that 18-7 season was a freak of nature.

VHS?

What is that?

Luckily I still have a VHS-DVD combo machine, but the tape is getting worn. I wish they'd re-release it on DVD or something, I'm afraid it won't last for many more season or I will no longer have the technology to play it.

Time to Youtube it for posterity.

How can you leave me off your list krausened? ASS-HOLE! Eleventy !111!!

I am loving this Bobby Scales story as long as he can play it out.

Considering we have "starters" hitting barely above, or below, the Mendoza line, this 31 year old rookie, is wonderful to root for. At least that's how I feel.

Truly, it is actually inspiring to those - whatever the vocation - who want to go after the "dream".

And, they guy is a Substitute Teacher in his hometown, in the off-season!

Could you imagine?!

"Mr. Scales - why is OBP important?"

Well there's no secret to why he's had success in the big leagues. He has real nice bat control, he keeps his hands back. It's just a real sweet swing all around. He's not going to hit .400+ once pitchers adjust to him and I think he'll struggle especially against the top-notch pitchers, but he'll be a better-than-average hitter. And I said it before we even seen him play his first game with the Chicago Cubs this year: "I think we'll come to love Bobby Scales".

Also, this is a lesson on why minor league stats sometimes lie. Pie has a trainwreck of a swing that is somehow effective against AAA pitching, but once he gets to the bigs he's flailing his bat around like a little leaguer. Then you have guys like Theriot & Scales who actually know how to hit and they come up to the big leagues and survive.

I'll take that bet.

Pie hit over .300 when he got called up last September. Scales has a BABIP of .538 and has K'd 4 times in his 19 PA's. That's a 120 K's in 570 PA rate.

I doubt that we'll see enough of Scales to really know this year, and I hope he does well, but if he gets 200 PA's, I expect he'll be struggling to hit .270.

*edit - Don't forget that Pie wasn't just left alone to figure it out - the Cubs were continually fucking with his swing.

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