Lets give thanks to the MLB.com hat photoshop guy
(note: this post got eaten by the internets yesterday, so re-posted today)
I went to Cubs.com just to see what the depth chart looks like.
Maybe there would be new pics in there.
Sure enough, there's Justin Ruggiano in center field complete with his new Cubs hat!
So I googled imaged him (you can look at this same page here).
See the official MLB portrait-looking photo of him with the white background?
He's wearing a Miami Marlins hat.
But if you click on it, it magically changes into a Cubs hat!
That's the miracle of photoshop.
And I bet there's an underpaid 2 years out of college design major kid working for MLB who's got to change every one of those hats every time a trade is made.
This last month had to be the busiest of the year.
I googled this: "what baseball player has been traded the most?"
(I thought it might be Kenny Lofton.)
But the answer is this guy Bobo Newsom.
Pitcher played for the Brooklyn Robins, Cubs, Browns, Senators, Red Sox, Tigers, Philladelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, Yanks, and Giants.
Lots of them on more than one occasion.
He was traded 16 (edit: either traded, purchased, or dumped and picked up by another team) times.
Anyway, if Bud Light was still doing their "Real Men of Genius" radio campaign, they could do one for our guy in the illustration:
Today we salute you, Mr. Major League Baseball dot com hat photoshopper guy.
You had the honor of switching hats for Robinson Cano
The excitement of retouching Jacoby Ellsbury's new lid
The talent to make Raul Ibanez an Angel
And while it may be a pain in the ass to bother with making Jonathan Sanchez a Cub,
You'll do it anyway because you're the Tweaker of Tops, the Fidrych of Photoshop, and...
because your boss told you to do it by May.
Harry Caray video for 7th inning at etch today! I support this completely.
Would hope so. Don't think the Cards can activate a retired player for the playoffs.
I'm curious. In your experience watching prospects at the lowest and more instructional level, what do teams teach their young players regarding takeout slides (for instance, would they teach guys to do the Coghlan/Kang type slide, discourage late slides like Utley's and Holliday's, etc.), and has what they teach changed at all in recent years?
Phil, now that instructs are over, did you see any players worthy of the title of breakout?
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.