Seven Cub pitchers combined to throw a five-hitter, as the EXST Cubs and EXST Giants played to a 1-1 12-inning tie before a Memorial Day Weekend packed house at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.
Matt Cerda drove in three runs on an RBI single and two sacrifice flies, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the EXST A's in Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Wasn't Alcantara about Jimenez's age when he signed? I don't remember that signing but his age and time spent in the minors suggest he was about that age, maybe a year older. I suspect a 17 year old won't be fast tracked. Gleyber Torres sounds like he's a bit more advanced at about the same age, but I doubt he'll be challenging for Addison Russell's position at short for the Cubs next year. Boy, this is fun!
One thing I'll give Crunch on the Ricketts front is that had they not taken a fast food franchise approach to running the team, they probably would have avoided Tarpgate. The cutting of the hours of the grounds crew to avoid Obamacare is a pretty ghastly way to run a business. I'm not a big fan of the Ricketts. I'm a pretty good fan of Theo - but I'm not convinced that Theo is still not facing considerable financial constraints. This is a very heavily leveraged team thanks to the way the finances were structured in the Zell deal.
t.ihrig had another good, yet unspectacular start for kane county (6ip 5h 2bb 3k, 1r/er). it'll be interesting to see him in AA next year (though he'll probably start in A+ and have to earn his way to AA).
yet pete ricketts has spent about 15+ million running for office (and counting) on a few occasions...the elder ricketts spent 10 million+ (that's known of) in anti-obama attack ads as well as his millions-of-dollars superPAC...and this is just an isolated political example from the ownership group.
everyone has "hobbies"...some people invest in one hobby over another. some people can afford to have multiple hobbies, pump whatever they want into it, and it still doesn't effect their quality of life or impose a risk upon their wealth.
I'm impressed with how Theo put this thing together. In hindsight, it's a simple formula- for the past two years, he would pick up cheap free agent guys who he knew would be useful to a team in a pennant race, not because they were particularly useful to the Cubs (I'm talking Bonifacio, for instance) and then, mid-year trade them for a prospect or two.
the fact the front office is talking about squirreling away money last season that will help out this season when the owners are billionaires, the team is in the 3rd largest US market, and the team has coast-to-coast national appeal is a bit "are you fucking kidding me?"
I think his point is 1. annoyance with the Ricketts' connections to some unfortunate politics- mm, okay, maybe that plays in Omaha, but in Chicago, where the people live, it's looked at as backwards and I share crunch's chagrin with the politics of the Ricketts and it's too bad the Cubs have this connection.
I'm not sure I'm getting your point unless you believe that because the Ricketts family are upper '1%rs' that their money should supplement the Cubs payroll budget. The Wrigley family never did that; the Tribune never did that (until the Cubs were up for sale); and if I wanted to take the time to research the other 29 MLB teams, I could probably come up with 5-10 more examples.
Actually, if anything, I'd say that if Baez was higher up the food chain he'd have given Castro a few words about watching that hit. If he is a successful player, I think he'll be the kind that will give players shit for that kind of move. He can't now, obviously. I base that a lot on some of what AZ Phil said about Baez when he saw him play, and also his demeanor on the field.
Daytona won last night and appear to have fought off a strong challenge from the Tampa Yankees, who had won six in a row before blowing a 9th-inning lead last night and falling 9-7 in 11. The Cubs now lead Tampa by three games with three to play in their bid for the playoffs.
The Yankees actually have four games left. I guess that's life in the rainy FSL.
In any event, the Tampa website says they have to win all four games to advance to the playoffs. Three are in Daytona.