Just how fast was Tony Campana's inside the parker?
Even the most jaded, bitter Cub Fan could find joy in Tony Campana's inside the park home run yesterday.
Of course, the guy who misplayed Camapna's ball was Reds 3rd-string first baseman Yonder Alonso.
But lets take nothing away from Campana, because this play was fantastic.
Starlin Castro leads off the bottom first with a single, the only bad thing about that was it wasn't Koyie Hill so we could have seen Campana lap him...
Uh, anyway then lefty Campana hits a liner the opposite way past 3rd base that gets by Alonso as 40 Cub Fans point and yell, "Hey, the ball's over Yonder!" (sorry, couldn't help it)
And in a flash Campana was around all the bases for his first home run in the Bigs.
I didn't see it live, but I watched the replay at Cubs.com a bunch of times and then I thought man, how fast does he really get around those bases?
Got out a stop watch.
Okay, this is SOOOOOO imperfect (did they edit it? don't think so based on Len's call), but still interesting and you can do it yourself.
About 14.4 seconds.
To run 90 feet 4 times and then suffer the indignity of having one of your team mates pick you up like a child in the dugout.
This little gif above is actually semi-accurate - it takes that dot about 14.4 seconds to move about 4 inches.
Okay so 4 into 14.4 equals...uh...3.6.
Tony Camapna takes 3.6 seconds to run 90 feet?
Is that even possible?
Considering he's got to slow down to go around the turns and everything?
Somebody at TCR knows about these things, please tell me.
I can barely lift a Budweiser from my lap to my mouth in 3.6 seconds, and that's only if I'm afraid it's getting warm.
So...Cubs 4 Reds 3.
Perhaps adding to my fear for the future, the Cubs win their 6th in a row.
But Tyler Colvin gets a homer and Starlin Castro, a Chicago Cub, gets his NL-leading 146th hit.
The kids were pretty awesome yesterday.
Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.
Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.
Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December
So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.
He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".
I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?
Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!
Just freakin love it!
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."
"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.