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: http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi. 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 board...band 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!

Comments

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.

crunch:
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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  • He was a big key to the crazy start, a big key to the end of last year, a big key in not beating the Mets (although lots of help from a tired inexperienced team there), so although the team as a whole can get through a series with a good Jake it will be tough with a bad Jake. I don't think it's realistic to have the insanely great Jake again, but maybe it is. Seeing today's box score it appears maybe it is - but I haven't been able to tune in yet.

    Old and Blue 3 min 10 sec ago view
  • IMO Jake is really the key to winning the World Series, but maybe I'm putting too much emphasis on one player.

    Rob Richardson 34 min 16 sec ago view
  • The reports that they offered EITHER Jimenez or Torres for Chapman are a little disconcerting. I hope 1) Those reports are wrong, and 2) if they are not wrong, that they will hold on to him, as the team could use the outfield depth. I have only seen him in the futures game, but he looks like a keeper.

    Old and Blue 56 min 38 sec ago view
  • Very nice. I saw him in Lansing in May. I'm still stunned that he hit a 400-foot foul ball onto Larch Street ... which is going the other way for a right-handed batter. It was perhaps the most amazing swing I've ever seen a minor league player take. I should also mention that it was about 40 degrees out at the time. Not that it's evidence of anything per se, but I feel his plate approach is way more advanced than Soler was at this stage in his development and that the comparisons aren't really fair to Jimenez. 50/50 chance I'll go to Midland tonight for the low-A debut of Oscar de la Cruz.

    John Beasley 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • Meanwhile, out West:

    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 8 hours 49 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 13 hours 58 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 12 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 19 hours 28 min ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 19 hours 55 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 22 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 21 hours 50 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 21 hours 58 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 23 hours 25 min ago view