Here Come The Sox, Time To Get Out The Flip Flops
Not here to talk about how awful life is for the Cub fan right now.
It's a day off, lets talk about flip flops - this'll make Cubs sense later.
They have an underdog kind of history, flip flops, especially in the midwest.
When I came to Chicago in the 80's, people didn't wear flops except in the shower.
There were sandals, sure, but sandals have that Jesus thing going on.
The real midwestern flip flop in the 80's was a hideous boat shoe called the Sperry Topsider, leather and sometimes with tassels - like little cardigan sweaters for the feet.
They made me feel silly so...I went with flops.
The kind from Walgreen's that come in all colors.
I'd get about 6 pairs for a grand total of about 10 bucks, last all summer long.
Especially fabulous in the bleachers at Wrigley, where staying cool is a must and the beer spillage is rampant.
You can just hose 'em off after.
They've come a long way since then.
Found my favorite kind about 5 years ago at a surf shop in Kona: Reefs.
I still have 'em.
I've got a pretty big collection now, including the sporty "Fannings" with the super cool beer bottle opener on the bottom (which surprisingly I've never used).
Okay, back to the White Sox, the flops, and the point of this little chat.
If I'm going to Wrigley and I put on a pair of flops, I can look at my sock drawer and say, "Fuck the socks."
And I do, every time.
Say that out loud right now.
Tim Souers is the illustrator and author of Cubby Blue and appreciates the opportunity to guest blog here at The Cub Reporter.
Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.
I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.
The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.
Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.
6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.
And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.
What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?
Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...
I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."
OK, boys -- find a way to win today.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.
He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.
draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.
filter by team.
Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79
Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.
Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?
On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!