TCR Friday Notes

...just a few notes promoted from the comments and other site fun.

- Rich Hill will get his next start skipped with the day off Monday. 10 or so days off should really help him with his control problems.

- Another gem from ex-Cub, now blossoming writer Doug Glanville; that includes this gem:
And I recall seeing an electric young pitcher, Kerry Wood,
when he was the ripe old age of 19. He had yet to set foot in a major
league stadium when we watched him pitch in an instructional league
game in Arizona. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me and everyone else
from realizing that he was a man among boys. Years later, he would set
the record for most strikeouts in a game. He just had something that
made his blank sheet of experience rise to the top of a pile of
bullet-point-riddled résumés.
- So what do you think Joba Chamberlain said to Erin Andrews before the interview to solicit the look of disgust at the end of this video? (Hat tip to Deadspin for the link)

- Another Deadspin find, Joe Smith heckling with the fans at Wrigley earlier this week. Note to all cameraman though, let the pictures and sound tell the story. You do not need to do the play-by-play that Smith is heckling with the fans, while he's, you know, heckling the fans.The part where him and the fans are going back and forth, is enough of a tell that heckling is indeed going on, and you jabbering that this is Joe Smith heckling with the fans at Wrigley, doesn't let us hear what is actually being heckled.

- Rotoauthority has a nice piece using Pitch F/x that examines Kosuke Fukudome's at-bats. .

- We broke out a mobile version of the site last week for you hardcore readers. Unfortunately the automatic redirect was messing things up for some people, so just bookmark the mobile site at: I hope to be adding an RSS feed of the comments soon.

- Let's all welcome the Just One Bad Century girl to the website (on the right sidebar). That should class up the joint a little. They do have a neat site over there and some fun apparel and other goodies at their store. Buy some stuff and she stays!

- And finally, an update on our TCR Donation Drive. Drumroll please! (Numbers flip on the big starts playing) We're up to 35 donations and $820. Woo! Thanks for all your support and we'll make one last push on Wednesday before announcing the final total. Remember, there's gifts for the top 3 pledges.

Enjoy the weekend!


It's pretty clear you don't read the comments from us plebes.

you're not that special, dude.

no offense, but you're pretty competitive.

fwiw...we got a phrase around here called "3/44" that's a bit more tactful than your centrist post above.

hell, it don't matter how you say it, but i doubt even you read every word of every post. i know i don't.

you're not that special, dude.

lol... comedy gold.

it's also pretty clear that I wrote

 "just a few notes promoted from the comments"

wtf did you think that meant?

a lot, (I would say most) of our readers don't even read the comments and definitely not all of them, so if I think it's noteworthy I'll mention it. 

hey folks, we have navigator over here in a heckling battle with RobG... i said navigator is heckling RobG...ok we got navigator heckling with RobG

well-played sir...well-played

Watch out Rob or he might call you racist...

A lot, maybe even most, readers don't read the comments? You mean some people look here to read the articles?

and then there's some that don't read the articles and just read the comments.  :)

nice signature btw

They got articles here?

A mobile site? Sweet! iPhone rendering it beautifully.

I like Glanville's writing a lot, but his memory is a little faulty in this case:

I recall seeing an electric young pitcher, Kerry Wood, when he was the ripe old age of 19.... Years later, he would set the record for most strikeouts in a game.

Years later? Wood was 20 when he faced the Astros that day, and he didn't set the record he tied it.

Maybe he meant that other guy Kerry Woods.

for a start and call up Tiggy to give us a second loogy and then when Hill's turn comes up whatever member of the pen is pitching worse have a "shoulder injury" that needs some DL time. I agree with Rob the time off isnt a good thing for him.

I would've loved to have had some vid of the times when Lenny Dykstra was playing for the Mets and regularly got into it during warm - ups at Wrigley. I witnessed a few back then, and it was mostly just funning around, no nasty stuff.

I remember being in the left field bleachers one day long ago and during pre-game warmups we were on the Reds outfielders pretty good. One of them (can't remember that well, was busy killing teen brain cells that day) turned around eventually and just said "yell anything you want, I make a hundred bucks for every dollar you get."

I think the shirt on the Just One Bad Century girl is a photoshop job...disappointing.

Good, cause I hate the shirt. For real. It's a losers shirt and I wouldn't be caught dead wearing it. There for I say we post a picture of that girl NOT wearing a shirt instead. Who's with me?

I second Chad's shirtless version motion. Besides, the Cubs have really only had a bad half-century plus. Up until the 40's they were pretty damn good. Even though he grew up on the north side, my dad became a Sox fan (that's HIS problem) just because he was sick of all the obnoxious Cubs bandwagoners back then who knew nothing about the game. Kind of like how every other person you see suddenly owns a Red Sox hat.

lol... The Joe Smith video is pretty sweet.

Never thought I'd say this, but Red Sox Nation really sucks - almost as bad as Patriot Nation. Not that they're any worse than some Cubs fans, though.

"...just said "yell anything you want, I make a hundred bucks for every dollar you get."

Roger Maris was always getting into it with the fans, and his typical retort was "oh yeah? How much money do you make?" After awhile his teammates starting yelling at Maris to "hit 'em with your wallet, Rog!"

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • 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.