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.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.
BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.