Tuesday Funnies: Josh McCown's life just changed a little...

Maybe an over reaction.
But 10 years from now if I'm sitting at Jake's Pub and Josh McCown walks in?
I'm buying the guy a beer.


Buy him one for me, too.

Well, I didn't know much about McCown really. Even after seeing a little bit of him with the Bears. You're right though. Your humorous way of saying he now is a lock for a job next year no matter what happens is right on I think. Last night Gruden was comping McCown to Rich Gannon under Trestman. Whatever. All I know is that I saw some good stuff yesterday:

1) From an offense perspective at least, we have a football coach, it seems. Not only do they go for the first down at fourth-and-1 from *their own* 32-yard line with 7:50 remaining and leading - LEADING, 24-20, but they run the clock like, well, a modern NFL football team and eat up more time in that same run-oriented drive with some nice blocking patterns than any team has this year, @to the ESPN announcer.
2) McCown, who deserves that nice phone call from Kate. Made some killer passes, missed some stuff but most QBs not named Rodgers do.
3) Forte, who looks as good as I have ever seen him. He was really finding holes and moving quick.
4) Alshon Jeffery. That ball he pulled in in the endzone was amazing. Reached up and it was like his hands were vice grips and nobody could have pried that ball away from him.
5) Peppers. My hope has been the slow start was because of an unannounced injury. He looked really good last night
6) Shea McClellin even looked good. I try to pay attention to what's happening on the line as much as I can because I know that is where games are won and lost, usually, but I couldn't tell what he was doing differently. He seemed quicker but you always seem quicker when you manage to get through so I dunno.
7) I'd like to see Richie Incognito try to push around Kyle Long. Long would eat him for lunch and put his bones in the fireplace and burn them with his swastikas.
8) I know they gave up a lot of rushing yards but I still think the D did okay everything considered. They still may have gotten destroyed by Rodgers but the linebackers did some good stuff, and they did start to shut down - Lacey was it? The guy who burned them. At the end of the game the LBs were closingin around him and he wasn't able to move forward. Not sure what changed there but it was good to see.

I was so sure the Bears would be crushed so that was fun.

It's late in the next afternoon and I'm still in a great mood because just like you, I figured it was gonna be a massacre too.
What a nice surprise.

rangers give g.soto 1/3m

navarro's value just went up a bit.

"Cubs signed OF Aaron Cunningham to a minor league contract."

CF/RF/LF organizational filler...turns 28 next april.

CRUNCH: Man, the Cubs were all-over Aaron Cunningham. He was just declared a free-agent yesterday, and they signed him less than 24 hours later.

I would think he will certainly get an NRI to Spring Training, and will be given a shot to win the RH-hitting LF or RF platoon gig. 

It almost seems as though TheoCorp knows something the rest of the league doesn't. One clear example: The magic that was Dale Sveum.

Wscr saying

Renteria to be manager

I'm sure this was an AZ Phil post, but list from BA on Cubs minor league free agents


RHP: Alex Burnett (AAA), Yeiper Castillo (AA), Jaye Chapman (AAA), Johermyn Chavez (R), Rafael Dolis (AAA), Zach Putnam (AAA), Henry Rodriguez (AAA), Casey Weathers* (AA)
LHP: Jeffry Antigua (AAA), Kyler Burke (HI A)
C: Nathan Maldonado (Lo A)
1B: Brad Nelson (AAA)
2B: Nate Samson (AA)
SS: Edwin Maysonet (AAA), Tim Torres (AAA)
OF: Cole Gillespie (AAA), Ty Wright (AAA)


no bryant for tonight's only televised Mesa game on MLB network. mad lame.

almora and soler (batting 1st and 3rd) in the game. d.beller SP.

...they could have at least let w.darvill play 2nd...he didn't play last night.

CRUNCH: Wes Darvill can't play tonight because he is on the Solar Sox "taxi squad" and taxi squad members can only play in games on Wednesdays and Saturdays (or on Friday when there are no games scheduled on Saturday, which has happened twice this season, once because of the Bowman Hitting Challenge at Salt River Fields the first Saturday of the season, and once because of the AFL Stars game played last Saturday).

ah, thanks...i thought he was on the full roster.

guess they name finalists now for the awards....

MVP: Cabrera, C. Davis, Trout & Y.Molina, McCutchen, Goldschmidt

CY: Scherzer, Darvish, Iwakuma & Kershaw, Wainwright, Fernandez

ROY: Myers, Iglesias, Archer & Fernandez, Miller, Puig

Manager: Francona, Farrell, Melvin & Mattingly, Hurdle, F. Gonzalez

weak AL ROY class...talented with myers/archer, but they only put in a half-season and still are better options than iglesias.

NL rookies who would've been AL ROY finalists. Teheran, Ryu, Rosenthal, Adams, Gyorko, Gattis, Cole, Cingrani, Arenado. Maybe Justin Wilson, Paco Rodriguez. Just a totally one-leagued competition this year.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.