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...


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:


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.




nevermind. :)

Sounds like a good one


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


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.


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?
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.
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


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.



Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat
Rizzo is coming. He'll join Cubs on Tuesday

Randy Peterson ‏@RandyPete
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.


Is Ratso Rizzo one of the Zooperstars?


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

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.


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  • Pitcher batting 9th.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the MLB.com article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.