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...
So Kershaw is opening the series for the Dodgers. How, then, does Greinke get the Cy Young? Not even the best pitcher on his team!
You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.
Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.
Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.
Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December
So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.
He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".
I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?
Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!
Just freakin love it!
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."