This just in: the Cubs are a national joke again.

 

By a complete freak-of-American Airlines chance I ended up sitting on a plane next to Fran, an old friend.
Even though we talked alot catching up on stuff, it's a pretty long trip from Los Angeles to Chicago so, kinda numb by the time we landed.

You know that pilot voice that comes on at the end of a flight?
The one that says, "Thanks for flying our airline yada yada"?
It's automatic.
Part of the expected.
Like the sound of your computer booting up, or Bob Brenly saying, "It's another dead ass team."

So when this pilot went off the normal script and said, "Welcome to Chicago. Home of the 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs," it totally took everybody by surprise.

And it wasn't just a small laugh that resulted.

You have to think that while there's a large group of Chicago people on a plane landing in Chicago, there also has to be a significant chunk of people from other cities, too.
Not that I'm unused to the idea that the Cubs are a national joke, it was just odd that it happened live rather than on say, Conan or something.

Anyway, I laughed too.

Then I turned my phone on, hit the ESPN app.

Cubs were down zero to 2 in the first inning.

Sometimes, the Cubs imitate art.
Or maybe life imitates the Cubs.

One of those.

 

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RF Fuke, 2B Barney, SS Castro, 1B Pena, 3B Ramy, LF DeWitt, CF Colvin, C Hill, P Davis

National Joke? Why not International Joke. I'm wondering what the pilot says when landing in Tokyo.

Chicago Cubs, Harry Caray.

Tim might be able to use this pic:

http://theblackcordelias.files.wordpress.com/...

HA! Thanks, I'm always looking for inspiration.

OK, you know the drill. How many runs do the Cubs give up in the first inning today?

I go with 4.

Amazing, only 1. Could have been much more, and I have a feeling Davis isn't going to go deep in this game.

Dodgers are kind of a joke lately as well. Just got this from them. .

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Selig and MLB have to be thrilled. Blatant attempt to raise quick cash to make their next payroll (or pay for McCourt's personal bills).

I think it's time for Doug Davis to be released. Start Casey Coleman, I don't care, but Davis has nothing.

marshall's day to fuck things up...

terrible 1-2 pitch to utley

I said when the inning started that this inning was the game and Wood should have been in. Marshall could have pitched the 8th if needed, hopefully at the bottom of the order. Marshall has struggled vs. the middle of the order this series.

And why did they pitch to Howard? I thought for sure they should have walked him. I know he's a strikeout possibility, but c'mon, face Francisco instead.

well other than Marshall has pitched better than Wood this year and has better numbers versus lefties and righties than Wood, your hindsight plan sounds awesome.

It wasn't hindsight, I said it before the inning began here at home. And I know Marshall has better numbers vs lefties than Wood, but Marshall hasn't gotten these guys out in this series. Why keep doing the same thing and hoping something different happens? Try Wood there. That inning was the game, anyone with a brain could see that coming. Even Marmol in the spot would have made more sense. Pitch your best reliever(s) in the spot where the game is on the line. Then to keep us in the game, we get Rodrigo Lopez and John Grabow pitching the 8th.

Extremely poorly managed game by Quade.

They did use their best reliever. And who would you have used in the 9th if you used marmol? Unless you're grand plan involved no one getting on base in the 7th or 8th.

Either Kerry Wood is unavailable for the game or Quade is a complete idiot.

Both could be true :)

Both are true. Wood has a blister and is headed for the DL. Only god knows where MQ is headed. Too bad you can't put managers on the DL.

about to bitch about letting Hill hit here in the bottom of the 9th and he singles of course.

meh, soto misses a hr by a few feet and then pops up to end it...

C'mon, guys... Tom Ricketts isn't ready to give up on the season yet, neither am I.

There's been all this talk about moving around teams to balance out the leagues. I might suggest moving the Chicago Cubs to the Midwest League.

...to the Midwest League.
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great, so we'd have to watch the Cubs play crappy ball vs the Beloit Snappers

It's been a long time since a Cub manager outmaneuvered his opposing manager. Not much to recall on a positive front there since Piniella in 2008.

per Muskat...from the White Album

K Wood has blisters on his fingers, might be going to the DL

This Cub season is being scripted by the writers of All My Children...which will have their season end in september too. Tom Ricketts consideringnErica Kane for GM.

"We stinks" -- Susan Lucci

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 2 hours 52 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 7 hours 30 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 8 hours 51 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 9 hours 8 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 10 hours 23 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 11 hours 2 min ago view