Tuesday Funnies: Josh McCown's life just changed a little...

OK.
Maybe an over reaction.
But 10 years from now if I'm sitting at Jake's Pub and Josh McCown walks in?
I'm buying the guy a beer.

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Buy him one for me, too.

Well, I didn't know much about McCown really. Even after seeing a little bit of him with the Bears. You're right though. Your humorous way of saying he now is a lock for a job next year no matter what happens is right on I think. Last night Gruden was comping McCown to Rich Gannon under Trestman. Whatever. All I know is that I saw some good stuff yesterday:

1) From an offense perspective at least, we have a football coach, it seems. Not only do they go for the first down at fourth-and-1 from *their own* 32-yard line with 7:50 remaining and leading - LEADING, 24-20, but they run the clock like, well, a modern NFL football team and eat up more time in that same run-oriented drive with some nice blocking patterns than any team has this year, @to the ESPN announcer.
2) McCown, who deserves that nice phone call from Kate. Made some killer passes, missed some stuff but most QBs not named Rodgers do.
3) Forte, who looks as good as I have ever seen him. He was really finding holes and moving quick.
4) Alshon Jeffery. That ball he pulled in in the endzone was amazing. Reached up and it was like his hands were vice grips and nobody could have pried that ball away from him.
5) Peppers. My hope has been the slow start was because of an unannounced injury. He looked really good last night
6) Shea McClellin even looked good. I try to pay attention to what's happening on the line as much as I can because I know that is where games are won and lost, usually, but I couldn't tell what he was doing differently. He seemed quicker but you always seem quicker when you manage to get through so I dunno.
7) I'd like to see Richie Incognito try to push around Kyle Long. Long would eat him for lunch and put his bones in the fireplace and burn them with his swastikas.
8) I know they gave up a lot of rushing yards but I still think the D did okay everything considered. They still may have gotten destroyed by Rodgers but the linebackers did some good stuff, and they did start to shut down - Lacey was it? The guy who burned them. At the end of the game the LBs were closingin around him and he wasn't able to move forward. Not sure what changed there but it was good to see.

I was so sure the Bears would be crushed so that was fun.

It's late in the next afternoon and I'm still in a great mood because just like you, I figured it was gonna be a massacre too.
What a nice surprise.

rangers give g.soto 1/3m

navarro's value just went up a bit.

"Cubs signed OF Aaron Cunningham to a minor league contract."

CF/RF/LF organizational filler...turns 28 next april.

CRUNCH: Man, the Cubs were all-over Aaron Cunningham. He was just declared a free-agent yesterday, and they signed him less than 24 hours later.

I would think he will certainly get an NRI to Spring Training, and will be given a shot to win the RH-hitting LF or RF platoon gig. 

It almost seems as though TheoCorp knows something the rest of the league doesn't. One clear example: The magic that was Dale Sveum.

Wscr saying

Renteria to be manager

I'm sure this was an AZ Phil post, but list from BA on Cubs minor league free agents

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/minor-league-free-agents-2013/

RHP: Alex Burnett (AAA), Yeiper Castillo (AA), Jaye Chapman (AAA), Johermyn Chavez (R), Rafael Dolis (AAA), Zach Putnam (AAA), Henry Rodriguez (AAA), Casey Weathers* (AA)
LHP: Jeffry Antigua (AAA), Kyler Burke (HI A)
C: Nathan Maldonado (Lo A)
1B: Brad Nelson (AAA)
2B: Nate Samson (AA)
SS: Edwin Maysonet (AAA), Tim Torres (AAA)
OF: Cole Gillespie (AAA), Ty Wright (AAA)

 

no bryant for tonight's only televised Mesa game on MLB network. mad lame.

almora and soler (batting 1st and 3rd) in the game. d.beller SP.

...they could have at least let w.darvill play 2nd...he didn't play last night.

CRUNCH: Wes Darvill can't play tonight because he is on the Solar Sox "taxi squad" and taxi squad members can only play in games on Wednesdays and Saturdays (or on Friday when there are no games scheduled on Saturday, which has happened twice this season, once because of the Bowman Hitting Challenge at Salt River Fields the first Saturday of the season, and once because of the AFL Stars game played last Saturday).

ah, thanks...i thought he was on the full roster.

guess they name finalists now for the awards....

MVP: Cabrera, C. Davis, Trout & Y.Molina, McCutchen, Goldschmidt

CY: Scherzer, Darvish, Iwakuma & Kershaw, Wainwright, Fernandez

ROY: Myers, Iglesias, Archer & Fernandez, Miller, Puig

Manager: Francona, Farrell, Melvin & Mattingly, Hurdle, F. Gonzalez

weak AL ROY class...talented with myers/archer, but they only put in a half-season and still are better options than iglesias.

NL rookies who would've been AL ROY finalists. Teheran, Ryu, Rosenthal, Adams, Gyorko, Gattis, Cole, Cingrani, Arenado. Maybe Justin Wilson, Paco Rodriguez. Just a totally one-leagued competition this year.

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    Arizona Phil 32 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 34 min 34 sec ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 44 min 25 sec ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • 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 18 hours 52 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 19 hours 4 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 19 hours 13 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 19 hours 19 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 19 hours 37 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 20 hours 13 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 20 hours 31 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 20 hours 33 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 20 hours 51 min ago view