Monday Funnies: the agony of watching the 5-minute replay.
Surely that's not the average amount of time it takes to review a call that's been challenged by a manager, but it sure seems like it.
Maybe about 3 weeks ago Cubs were playing the Cards.
Matt Carpenter hits one to center, and Arismendy Alcantara makes an awesome toss to nail him at 2nd base.
Alcantara’s throw beats Carpenter by 10 feet, but Carpenter has a goofy head-first slide and bounces a little, then argues that Emilio Bonifacio missed the tag.
The next 5 minutes?
We’re mostly looking at two umps with their headphones on doing nothing.
5 freaking minutes.
They had it uploaded straight on the MLB video highlights.
I can't find it any more, but they left that entire part on the clip - the announcers (wasn’t Len and Jim) babbling on about nothing while umps looked at each other.
I timed it.
From the time Carpenter holds up his hand to say he wasn’t tagged until the time the ump sticks up his thumb is about 5 minutes.
You know what my wife did that day?
Sees a sign that says something like “Free cheese with the purchase of this bacon”.
So she gets the bacon, but of course the cheese isn’t conveniently there so she has to walk over to the cheese area, and duh - they’re out of the free cheese.
These people never learn - you can't do that to my wife or she will hunt you down.
Which she did.
Guy in uniform says, “Um...okay, pick another cheese.”
When she told me the story, I asked her how much time that little episode took out of her life?
I go, "Really? I spent five minutes watching a couple umps stand around waiting for somebody in New York to look at a replay so they can tell the umps that when they called a guy out, they were right. And I didn't get any freaking cheese.”
She still doesn’t know what that was about.
But I’m here to tell you that MLB has created a giant turd that needs polishing..
If they’re going to waste even more time in the middle of a baseball game, even if the call is super-important, then please - figure out something to entertain us with.
Start by showing Homer Number Two from The Ryno Game (go to about 34 minutes in... this game was being called by Bob Costas on tv but this vid lines up Harry's radio broadcast).
Or how about a little Marla Collins?
Or maybe some video of my son in T-Ball when he was 5.
Next season they'll figure out the replay is the perfect spot to make money.
Next season we'll be hearing... "This second look is brought to you by Buick, who invite you to take a second look at the new Yada Yada."
And we'll be seeing a still shot of a Yada Yada on top of a couple umps waiting for somebody in NY to...
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!