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
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.
cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.