Harry Canary Unmasked

Knowing the end of his reign here is near, I braved the heat and the Zooperstars today and went to Principal Park in search of something to remember Anthony Rizzo by.

Normally I perch behind the plate in the shade of the mezzanine. Today I transplanted myself to the rightfield bleachers where I'd be positioned to fetch long balls aimed in that direction. There's a fountain out there that was spraying those young enough to frolick in it without drawing stares. I was tempted.

Rodrigo Lopez retired the first 11 hitters he faced but a scoreless tie was broken when Round Rock's Brad Nelson connected on his 12th career homer against the I-Cubs in the top of the 6th, this one a granny. Despite that it wasn't Rizzo who hit it, I gave chase out the rightfield gate just to test my route of pursuit. Homers to center at PP are automatically out of there since there are no seats in that area. Sure enough, when I arrived at the scene the ball was waiting for me just shy of the street that runs between the wall and the river. Unfortunately, a couple of young ballhawks who watched me from their seats in right center beat me to the ball when Brett Jackson brought the home team within two with a solo blast to the same area in the bottom of the 7th. 

Jackson's day was a synopsis of his scouting report. He drew a walk, stole a base, hit a homer and fanned, among other things. His walk came after getting down in the count 0-2. He doesn't whiff so much because he's a chaser. He just misses a lot of strikes he swings at.

Alas, Rizzo was hitless for the second consecutive game. Today was the first time I've seen him that he didn't hit at least one ball hard. He did draw a walk in his first trip.

Before I segue to the dreaded Zooperstars I should mention that Josh (JV) Vitters hit third today and singled once to extend his modest hitting streak to seven games. Earlier in the year he'd dropped as low as eighth in the lineup. He's been on a steady burn this month but I still ain't buying.

As for the extra-curricular entertainment, the dressing room for those zany inflatables was beneath the section where I was sitting. When I saw Shark McGwire, Mackerel Jordan, Tiger Woodchuck, Harry Canary, et. al changing costumes between innings I felt like a kid watching Bozo have a smoke. They're really just young guys, carneys working the summer circuit. Oh, the disillusionment!

I've got another day off to use up before the fiscal year ends next week so I think I'll cash it on tomorrow's matinee. Will Scrabble Rizzo be in the lineup? All I know for sure is the Zooperstars will still be in town. They're worth the price of admission only because there is none, not counting the last of my discretionary days. I can't imagine that I'll end up wishing I'd gone to the rock pile. Until tomorrow afternoon...

Comments

c'mon you gotta at least like the clam zooperstar. heh...did he eat an ump, coach, or player? =p

woo...minor league baseball.

glad you asked...he 'ate' one of the ringers from the troupe dressed in a faux i-cub uni who sneaked into the home dugout a half inning before that particular shtick

i am now disillusioned and the magic has been torn from my life.

fyi, the 'clam' is mackerel jordan...

Not Clammy Sosa?

i know, right...

i'd settle for roger clamens.

Cubs find yet another way to make money at Wrigley:

http://lockerz.com/s/219695538

I pooped today.

edit:I also love yoga pants.

Candelario homers again, as does Marco Hernandez and Shawon Jr. 3-1 early for Boise.

billy hamilton (CIN, A+) gets his 90th sb in his 70th game.

Damn, didn't he just hurt his leg?

Trough Sauce *shudders*

Last year he only had 107 SB's in 610 plate appearances.

This year he is at 90 with a little under 300 PA's.

180+ at his current pace would shatter Vince Coleman's minor league record of 145.

I would trade Garza, Demp anyone to get him in our farm system.

Shark McGwire, Mackerel Jordan, Tiger Woodchuck, Harry Canary,

Let's see a drug abuser cheater, three philanders, and a drunk.

But kids love them!

At least they didn't have Jerry Clamdusky.

Shrug

zing

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nevermind. :)

Sounds like a good one

C'mon!!

Just tell me the guy and I'll guess the character name

I couldn't come up with one for OJ

Oh... I was just wondering aloud and unedited what a Jerry Clamdusky mascot would be like.

I said I thought they could have mid-inning entertainment, a race, where they pick boys out of the stands and Jerry Clamdusky chases them around the base paths. The winner of the race wins a wiener from the concession stand.

But I thought the joke was too low brow and decided to remove it so as to not ehh... soil TCR's comments section.

Does anyone know much about Tim Saundsers and Justin Marra? Both off to good starts. Mliniscule sample.

Here's an article on him that I saw linked at NSBB. I didn't make it through the first paragraph, I'll admit

http://www.mariettatimes.com/page/content.det...

Wow, that dude is a HOMER. Nice to read enthusiasm about a Cubs prospect, but very hard to separate reality from homerism... We'll have to wait and see how he is doing after a couple of years in the system...

Link showed up in the twitter feed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4Gqa2CQcs&fe...

Footage of Boise Hawks and a few shots of Candelario (footage of his homer and him high-fiving teamates after the win). We've heard that there's some question of whether he can stay at 3rd base, and, though I have no comments on his actual defense, I notice that he's got very broad, heavy shoulders--but he doesn't look heavy through the mid-section or the legs. I also notice that he has a power-hitter's follow through on his swing. 4 homeruns in his last 5 games. He's going to be higher on the prospect lists next time around--wouldn't be surprised to see him behind only Baez and Jackson (assuming Rizzo loses his rookie status) and maybe Almora, cause everybody loves to rank high draft picks in the top 3. I'm guessing Soler will be up there somewhere too.

Damn do the Cubs need some interesting pitching prospects.

Rizzo pulled after second ab today.

it begins...

What do you mean... because he is injured? Because he's getting on a plane to fly to Chicago?

on his way to Chicago

Yep. It's about time for Blake Lalli to be unshackled and reign supreme over the Pacific Coast League.

Strikeout, Flyout (F8). Apparently Rizzo's been a bit distracted the last few games.

Vitters has continued to step it up today with an rbi single and solo HR.

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/06/25/...

24 game winning streak begins tonight!!!

Sweet the road to .500 and 15th overall pick!

What do you mean...because he's injured? because he's funny? Because he's getting on a plane to fly to Chicago?
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Henry Hill: You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.
Tommy Rizzo DeVito: What do you mean I’m funny?
Henry Hill: It’s funny, you know. It’s a good story, it’s funny, you’re a funny guy.
[laughs]
Tommy DeVito: What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What?
Henry Hill: It’s just, you know. You’re just funny, it’s… funny, the way you tell the story and everything.
Tommy DeVito: [it becomes quiet] Funny how? What’s funny about it?
Anthony Stabile: Tommy no, You got it all wrong.
Tommy DeVito: Oh, oh, Anthony. He’s a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
Henry Hill: Jus…
Tommy DeVito: What?
Henry Hill: Just… ya know… you’re funny.
Tommy DeVito: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
Henry Hill: Just… you know, how you tell the story, what?
Tommy DeVito: No, no, I don’t know, you said it. How do I know? You said I’m funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what’s funny!
Henry Hill: [long pause] Get the fuck out of here, Tommy!
Tommy DeVito: [everyone laughs] Ya motherfucker! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering prick ya. Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.

Tommy DeVito: You know Spider, you’re a fuckin’ mumbling stuttering little fuck. You know that?
Spider: I thought you said I was alright Spider?

Now dance that drink over!

Witty goes after the suits for tearing up Wrigley

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

makes some good points actually, even Boras is annoyed by their greed.

‘Any executive who for a $1 million profit takes one of the grandest museums of our country and mars the dignity and appearance of that museum needs to re-examine his decision-making,’’ he said.

I'm pretty sure I bought tickets to The Wall before Theo was hired.

What does this have to do with Theo? He doesn't make the decisions on the business side.

Nah. But the perception is, and I share this, that just like the old guys the emphasis is on everything else first and then comes the baseball team.

This is undoubtedly the worst Cub team I have seen right now, since I have been watching Cubs baseball in 1968.

That says a lot. Lots of really shitty teams during that span, and this is barely above AAA - and that's only due to a few of the 25.

I thought the team would be bad. But maybe no worse than 10 games under.

Wonder how Theo feels every day looking at this team play?

I believe Ricketts may wear a suit, and the one who allows this ( his name shall not be spoken ) wears a suit and has a Cubs uniform with the number one on it.

/beetlejuice!

Twitterverse:

Carrie Muskat [email protected]
Rizzo is coming. He'll join Cubs on Tuesday

Randy Peterson [email protected]
It's officiaL: Iowa Cubs announcing AnthonyRizzo to Chicago

ESPN: The Chicago Cubs will call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo, and the slugging first baseman is expected to make his 2012 debut Tuesday against the New York Mets, according to a source. Rizzo was pulled from the Iowa Cubs game in the fourth inning on Monday and left the ballpark to make his way to Chicago. He won't be activated until Tuesday.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/809...

Is Ratso Rizzo one of the Zooperstars?

http://jwarrenpiece.files.wordpress.com/2011/...

Ratso Rizzo: You know, in my own place, my name ain't Ratso. I mean, it just so happens that in my own place my name is Enrico Salvatore Rizzo.

Joe Buck: Well, I can't say all that.

Ratso Rizzo: Rico, then.

Ex #Cubs Marlon Byrd gets 50-game suspension after testing positive for performance enhancing substance

Tamoxifen was the drug, used in breast cancer treatment among other things.

Wow. Wonder if this will end in a retirement?

He's really gone downhill since the beaning.

drug was Tamoxifen, used in breast cancer treatment
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Luteinizing hormone (LH) is produced by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. Normally, the peptide hormone regulates the level of testosterone in males and the ovulation-signaling estrogen in females. In men, excess LH or synthetic forms of LH, such as tamoxifen, boosts levels of testosterone and so produces the increased muscle mass.

Tamoxifen isn't used as a masking agent.

Does this save the Cubs money since they are paying most of his salary?

not sure how that works...

lulz...so much for that "victor conte is muh bro, i don't care about his past" support...

also, if he's taking that there's a steroid in there somewhere that's not showing on the test.

VICTOR!

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  • 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 2 hours 40 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 2 hours 52 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 3 hours 1 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 3 hours 6 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 3 hours 25 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 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 19 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 4 hours 20 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 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 4 hours 46 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 5 hours 41 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 5 hours 59 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 6 hours 4 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 7 hours 13 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 7 hours 52 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 7 hours 53 min ago view