Cubs make a deal in the 4th dimension. Welcome back Dontrelle Willis.
In 2002 the Cubs traded Dontrelle Willis, Julian Tavarez and two minor leaguers for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.
11 years later, they get Willis back.
What does it mean in the cosmic scheme?
The big picture?
The Cubs got Alfonseca and Clement for Tavarez!
And that is crafty, my friend.
A deal made in the 4th dimension.
Way back when, I took a class called "3-D Design" right at the time the art department bought some new video cameras.
The teacher was so excited he had us do a film - it was of me getting my pocket picked for some reason.
The next day we looked at it and the teacher goes, "You all realize we've just done an experiment in the 4th dimension."
"What you talkin' bout, Willis?" said the class.
He says, "This little act happened yesterday in the hallway."
"And yet today we're looking at it in a completely different time and space."
Totally aced that class, btw.
Those old drawings are from 2003.
The Matt Clement one from late in that amazing season, and the Alfonseca was a reaction to June 27th and 28th.
When the Cubs dropped 2 in a row at Comisky.
When Antonio gave up a homer in the bottom of the 9th to Jose Valentin, Cubs lose 3-4.
And the next day a 2-run homer to Aaron Rowand to tie the game in the 8th (Juan Cruz would be charged with the 6-7 loss).
I was just kidding about the class saying, "What you talkin' bout, Willis?"
That show wasn't even on yet.
Yeah Schwarber would have still gone out I think. Fowler's was aided but hey if the wind is blowing out nothing wrong with just trying to get the ball in the air.
Schwarber's was hit hard, into cross wind
Fowler's was straight up, heyward followed it until it went out
Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.
Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.
It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.
Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.
Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.
I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.
Benji Molina is out of lineup
Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.
Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.
If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.
No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.
I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.
Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!
BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.
AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?
Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?
CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!