Saturday Funnies: Rizzo's Monster Homer

Well, that was an impressive homer.
Easy to mistake it for something else...



Thanks and Happy Saturday, John.


today's MIA@NYM is a straight double header...rare these 1 ticket, get 2 games.

AWESOME, hahahahahaha long way to go for that one CubbyBlue. Love it!

well played sir...

g.cole vs the cubs lineup...

...and the cubs take a 1 run lead...and for some f'n reason rizzo sureholds is sent to 3rd and rizzo home (running from 1st) and is thrown out by 4-5 steps at home for the 2nd out.

at least sureholds is on 3rd...though it should be 2nd/3rd sureholds/rizzo with 1 out.

can we quit with this aggressive baserunning already?

s.baker throwing steady 88mph fastballs, btw....87-89 range. hit 90mph with his 18th pitch of the game.

slider ranging around 82mph...heavy fastball mix, though.

lot of fly outs through the 3rd...working 88-90 range as the game goes on...still heavily favoring the fastball.

The glove is really popping though. If I didn't see the gun, I'd say they were all 95 mph. Seriously ... weird.

10 outs recorded in the OF via popup out of 15 so far after 5ip.

65 pitches...2h 0bb 4K

Weird how the kids were killing him in A-ball and now he looks like a serviceable MLB pitcher again all of a sudden. No change in velocity or anything, either. Small sample size, etc., but WTF?

*shrug* who knows...

also, 2 more fly outs to the OF + a HR.

tie game after 6.

...and baker is done after 6...pinch hit for w/ navarro with 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd...and he strikes out.

6ip 3h 0bb 4k, 1 r/er ...75 pitches

...and russell gives up a solo HR with his 3rd pitch in relief.

awesome job, bro.

One thing about the Cubs is they seem a bit more competitive this year than last. I can't think of many games they haven't been in. There HAVE been a fair number of games that they've been in if you only look at the box score, but haven't really been in, I guess, because they have been so inept on offense, especially the first half of the year. But really, if I'm a contender, I know that it's not an automatic W with this team. My biggest concern with the Sveum era now that he's got almost 2 years under his belt is that his team has a habit of finding ways to lose.

As a Cub fan I would more likely believe it was drone due to the infrequency of Rizzo homeruns.

22 HRs not bad for an age-23-season player, especially one who also hits so many hard line drives. Don't hate for no reason.

And 35 doubles or so, good for 5th in the league. Plenty to work on, but you're right, we need to keep it in perspective with his age.

Also, if you bump his BABIP up to .300, his batting average goes to .275. Considering how hard he hits the ball, that's not unreasonable at all. So a large part of what we've seen this year in terms of batting average is just plain bad luck.

Everybody wants instant gratification. They want Manny Machado, so they complain about loopy swings from a 23 year old first baseman who beat cancer, and a subpar season from a shortstop who started his career with some serious awesomeness for his age. This is a good year for these guys to work through their shit. It's not like they've got veteran stars sandwiching them in the lineup. I understand the frustration of being a Cubs fan as well as anybody, but really?

Fox has blessed us with Thom Brenneman for the Bears game...lovely.

no-hitter through 5 for Liriano...Cubs no-hit streak in jeopardy.

Lake single in 7th ends it and Welington hits a HR to tie it.

w.balentien finally breaks Oh's japanese HR record.

these days managers/players are more prone to let "outsiders" go for it by not pitching around them or intentionally walking them for no reason.

the fans loved it. his mom was in attendance at the game, btw.

he did it 1 better with his 57th HR later in the game...he's got 41 more HR on his team than lastings milledge, who's the #2 best HR hitter on the team.

...he's got 17 more games (if he plays them all) to blow the record out of the water.

Sign him!!!!

On a completely unrelated note, this Trestman fellow seems to know what he's doing. One sack in two weeks? And that sack was really on Cutler, not the O-line. For the last few years I've been practically begging for an offensive line. Nice to see a little imagination on play calling, too, and (slaps forehead) - short passes by Cutler. It's almost like watching NFL football.

You did not "practically" beg, you actually begged.

This should have happened two years ago when Lovie went 9-7.

It took shit-canning of top personnel to realize the team needed to get their offense into the 21st Century.

What is going to be problemmatic as the season goes on this year, is the absence of a formidible pass-rush with just four up front. Yu do not see this in the Championship-caliber teams.

I am optimistic, however, that they can score enough points this year to keep them in most games.

Haha, you are right, I did actually. I guess I'm kinda hoping that Peppers isn't slowing down as much as it looks so far. In other words, I'm hoping he's got some nagging but not major injury that hasn't been reported. A spunky Peppers goes a long way to a good front four. Yesterday T Jennings saved the game, in my opinion. So far, teams really are pretty much just willfully marching up and down the field on these guys.

my prediction for the season was that Bears would be far more exciting on offense at the expense of their'll be far more fun to watch, but I'm not sure if the end result will be much different this year.

If they can go 6-1 into the bye, time to get excited.

@ Steelers, @ Lions, vs. Saints, vs. Giants, @ Redskins then the bye

Schedule isn't easy at any point beyond an away game versus Cleveland in December. Not that they get any world-beaters in there, but certainly a bunch of teams that could beat them or they could beat.

It would not surprise me if they went 3-2 in the games you posted. If you saw the Giants game last night, they are beatable (although the Payton-run Bronco offense was like watching Gene Kelly go nuts - artistry in motion).

all those teams are beatable, they're also all capable of beating the Bears especially at home (Lions and Steelers)...well maybe not the Redskins...they look something awful right now. Defense hasn't stopped anyone and offense just scoring during garbage time.

So everything after the Bengals went up 21-10 in game 1 was garbage time? My thought is if that were the case, the Bengals would have won, then. TD to win with 0:10 left in game 2 is garbage time? Somehow we see things differently.

I was talking about the Redskins in regards to garbage time.

Bears offense has been good beyond the turnovers.

Now I got it. Me slow? Unpossible.

As I mentioned to E-man, teams are marching up and down the field on the Bears pretty much at will. E-man is right about the front four - they need to get better if there is any hope for a championship. I would still say that they could easily win every game that you list there. But because of the way the defense looks right now, they could also lose every one. So that's a problem.

If they go 7-1 they are almost guaranteed a playoff spot!!!!


sorry if old news...Cubs sign NC State catcher Danny Canela, was named rookie of the year of the Frontier League

37th round draft pick of Tigers in 2009

sounds like he's got some talent, but work ethic issues, NC State dropped him before his senior year, was suppose to be their cleanup hitter

he was being pushed out of C by brett austin...when he learned he was going to be a part time player he transfered to Lee University...though he probably would have been a regular DH when he wasn't catching. it did not help at all that he blew off "voluntary" fall practice last year.

btw, he killed it @ Lee...but that's not's a minor conference. .335/.443 avg/ob%...7hr...16 doubles...40bb/19k...218ab. he did even better in the frontier league...which is promising since he was using a wood bat there.

he's a rather crummy defensive catcher, fwiw.

also...while his work ethic (and conditioning, aka body weight) may be questioned, he was known to be good around his teammates and it's doubtful he's a head case.

tonight's ATL/WAS game postponed, fwiw.

For "the safety of [the] fans" ... which no one actually believes, since the incident was isolated and ceased several hours ago.

More likely to be respectful to the relatives of those who lost someone ... but is playing a game at 1 pm tomorrow really more respectful than playing at 7pm today? Maybe, I dunno, I just feel like the only reason they canceled was to avoid catching PR flak. And surely there are media types who would've crucified MLB and the Nats if they played. But really, as if tomorrow is way more respectful and/or safe than tonight? Meh.

they're also staging some stuff at the ballpark...victim and lockdown family waiting, some services, i imagine travel in/around the area isn't very easy right now.

...but yeah, "the safety of the fans" is some b/s...though technically there is a 2nd person of interest, though it's believed that 2nd dude is the guy who's ID was used to obtain access rather than being some witnessed 2nd gunman.

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  • 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.  

  • Yep

  • 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!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.