Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks?
That seems to be the growing sentiment by a number of folks upset about the passing of SB1070 - the new Arizona immigration law. The tie between the Diamondbacks and the law is that the owners of the Diamondbacks - the Kendrick's - are big contributors to the Arizona Republican party and the Republicans in power in Arizona are behind this new law.
This is of course relevant to the Cubs who play the Diamondbacks for the next 4 games in Wrigley and plenty of folks around the country are upset and some of them will be protesting today outside Wrigley and I assume throughout the weekend. The Cubs for their part are attempting to stay neutral by not allowing some scoreboard messages that protesters tried to buy. I can only hope that policy has always been enforced. Of course, it's a bit of slippery slope for the Ricketts who are counting on the same Arizona politicians behind this law to deliver them a new deal on their spring training complex, and I'm sure aren't interested in ruffling anymore feathers.
The law is absurd and most likely unconstitutional and I only hope the good people of Arizona vote out the people in power behind it. But the rhetoric from some of the opponents using terminology like apartheid and leading to WWII prison camps is from the same extremist fountain of bullshit that gave us President Obama is a facist and the socialism of health care reform. Different sides of the coin, but both guilty of trying to stoke the flames and frenzy up the crowd, rather than intelligent debate on the real issues.
The Cubs and sports in general are an escape to me from everyday life. And when the two worlds collide like this it's really no fun for me. And damnit, baseball is suppose to be fun as is running this blog. So I support the protesters and the boycotts, but hit them where it hurts. If you're against this bill, boycott actual Diamondback games in Arizona or boycott spring training, that's the type of stuff that worked when Arizona wouldn't honor the Martin Luther King holiday. In the meantime, let's snap this losing streak.
*Johnson, *Drew, Upton, Reynolds, *LaRoche, Young, Gillespie, Snyder, Kennedy
Theriot, *Fukudome, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soriano, *Fontenot, Soto, *Lilly
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.
Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.
Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.
He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.
He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.
Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.
Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.
That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible
I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.
at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.
anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.
Now looming VERY large. Game tied.
That Braves TOOTBLAN trying to stretch a double into a triple is looming very large.