Sunday Gif Funnies: Only Dicks do the wave at Wrigley

 

So it's the 9th inning of an admittedly meaningless, end of the season game.
The 22-games-out Cubs are beating the 100-loss Houston Astros two to one.
This is nothing, right?
But if you actually paid money to get in the game, this is hopefully why you came:
Sean Marshall's on the mound with his wicked hook, the bases are loaded with Astros and there's only one out - it's all the baseball drama you could hope for.
But as Crunch pointed out yesterday, there in the background are Cub fans gleefully doing the wave.


At Wrigley Field.
The freaking wave
And all I could think was: what a buncha...well now you know where the idea for this cartoon gif came from.
It's not like Cub Fans need any help with the ditzy "they don't know about baseball" reputation.
And it's not like there are signs up around the park prohibiting it.
But the wave has been vehemently banned at Wrigley Field forever.
By fans.
Now, I am not saying you can't go have fun at the ballpark - I try to make that my business.
But for Harry's sake, man: can we please not see the wave at Wrigley again?
If only for the simple reason that even if the Cubs are terrible, I can take solace in the fans being cool enough to not. Do. The. Wave.
Okay?
If you absolutely feel like you have to dance at a baseball game, do that stupid YMCA thing.
But leave the wave at the door.
That's all.

Jesus, I need a Budweiser and a nice loud Gary Fencik helmet to helmet.

By the way, Marshall struck out Jose Altuve, and then got Humberto Quintero to ground out to Barney, and it was glorious baseball.

I apologize to all the Dicks I used in the illustration: Dick Nixon, Dick Allen, Dick Cheney, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Tracy, and Dick Jauron. 
And I apologize for my obscene double entendre.
But not really.

Comments

awesome.

I saw it live, then read your comment. I was compelled to stay up late after a movie to do the gif. "My stupid brother", btw, is stupid.

I would only do the wave in a mocking exhibition of my contempt for anyone who would do the wave.

I wholeheartedly agree with the no wave thing. I was dumbfounded when going to Fenway for the first time and all they did was the wave from innings 3-6, and then did a sing along of Sweet Caroline. Whatever the worst guest 7th inning stretch singer the Cubs have ever had, it was still better than Neil effing Diamond. The "best" fans in baseball doing the wave repeatedly and singing Neil Diamond.

Castro SS, Campy RF, LaHair LF, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, DeWitt 2B, LeMahieu 3B, Hill C, Dempster P ...also from Carrie M's twitter yesterday "Tourists back at Wrigley. They're doing the wave. Sit down." ...and george "give me your money and shut up" lucus and his army of fact checkers are deploying "Star Wars Day" upon Wrigley like they've done about a dozen other ballparks lately. hate this kinda stuff...

trying to earn his new deal... officials playing for the Bears so far.

Drew Brees is good at football.

bees?!?!?

Still a little sketchy on how that hit when he speared our receiver in the chest with his helmet wasn't a 15 yarder. Officials were definitely sipping on the Saints Kool-Aid (Hurricanes?) before the game was over.

Football 101 says there are at least four tried & true ways to counteract the blitz: 1) run the football; 2) use the shotgun; 3) keep your tight ends in to block; 4) have your receivers break off routes Mike Martz is the most stubborn man alive.

Actually, that is why Lovie and he are very well suited: stubborn as mules.

Asses.

lahair pregame interview... he's seeing extensive work in the OF doing drills pre-game. the rest sounds like usual "safe topics/answers" interview stuff...

Castro #195

PENA!!!! wow. hell of a 3 games so far. play under review...bounced off the yellow line on the basket and back on the field...it's either a tie or a 1 run lead.

ruled a double...and castro placed at 3rd rather than scoring BECAUSE HIS ASS DIDN'T RUN...2 outs castro...run, don't watch. wow. cubs still down by 1...men at 2nd/3rd, 2 out.

...and quade ejected

and that's out 3...to the 9th. bleh.

rain delay? ugg...this game and the past 10 minutes can lick my balls.

...and the cubs lose.

Dildos?

Two shitty running plays by Castro this week. Hey Starlin, when you swing at strike three that bounces 8 feet in front of home plate, go ahead and jog up to first.

While it is nearly inconcievable that Castro stopped running on Pena's almost HR, when reaching the bag at 3rd, the replay showed that the ump was signalling HR when Castro was between 2nd and 3rd. Then, Castro slowed down and trotted. That isnwhy Quade got tossed. But it makes one think, wtf was asshole 3rd base "De Crap-Ass" doing? Was he not screaming and waving him home yelling "RUN!"? I guess not.

i just hate it when castro has to learn so many lessons on this level. we're in year 2 of it and it's still not pretty, though you can see he's got it in him to be a complete player.

Meh....he was running....the ump called it an HR...he slowed down. This isn't a Cedeno over sliding the bag moment....I'd imagine a bunch of players would have done the exact same thing.

Indeed. That's how I saw it too.

Yeah, ump signals homerun, the play is over. If the ump calls you out at second you don't make the turn and go to third, and the third base coach doesn't wave you home.

Only 9 more games of Quade as manager.

I wouldn't be so sure...the Cubs historically have never been quick at firing managers merely for having a bad season.

Being that the Cubs are under new ownership and soon to be new management, how is the Cubs history at all relevant on this issue?

How long did it take them to fire Hendry? Hopefully Quade will be around just long enough to have Garza and Marshall shred their rotater cuffs in meaningless games.

Here's my question: If the same guy who didn't fire Quade at the same time as Hendry is now in the selection process to hire an 'Epstein-like' person to run the Cubs baseball operations, what is your confidence level (1 to 10) that he will make the correct hire?

I can see why they're separate decisions. Mostly the reason they didn't let Quade go was probably because they didn't want to have "interim" managers in back to back seasons.

Does it have to be 1 to 10? I'd put it as a 0. Regardless, the next GM will fire Quade before he is introduced as the new GM.

I live for that day. I don't think I disliked Dusty or Lou as much as Q-less. What a disappointment he turned out to be.

By the way: Very funny Flash animation, Tim. I did not see Chaney doing the wave, until closer look. Haha! You gave VanDyke premium positioning, I see. Its hard to hate him.

Took awhile to google-image all those Dicks. Think I left about 5 out, including Tidrow. Plus, there isn't a photo anywhere of Dick Pole.

I bet there are a lot of Google image items associated with the search term "Dick Pole" though. Seriously, though, I'll never understand why someone with the last name "Pole" would go by "Dick" instead of "Richard." Once met a guy named "Dick Deuschel." Wondered the same thing about him.

That's fantastic! Jesus,what a unique name. I knew a kid in boyscouts named Happy Easter. Actually, either it was the kid or his dad, can't remember.

via rotowurld...via mlb.com/marlins "The Marlins will be big spenders over the winter, reports MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, and are expected to target Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, amongst others." along with the never-ending debate line... "Ramirez has a mutual option of $16 million in 2012. If either side declines, he will become a free agent." http://joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/2011/09/19/high...

I'll go out on a limb and say the Marlins won't draw new fans to the new ballpark. There might be a little increase to see the park at first, but then it will drop back to horrible numbers, regardless of how well the team plays. Look at Tampa, nobody goes to their games either. Florida is Siberia for MLB and both franchises need to move. Tampa is fighting for the playoffs once again this year and also fighting for the worst attendance in the majors.

When did Tampa get a new stadium?

I think Marlins will do well with retractable roof and cozy ball park.

And probably at least as important, the ability (desire) to hold on to some of their players and build some fan loyalty.

came back to win Game 3 with a 3-run rally in the 8th http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats... but lost Game 4 with McNutt and Hatley getting beat up the worst and finish in 2nd place for the third straight year http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats... Ryno's Iron Pigs lost in 4 games too.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospect... 6. Marco Hernandez, ss/2b, Cubs 9. Gioskar Amaya, inf, Cubs Clevenger and Dolis will be added to Cubs roster today

Sort of interested in Clevenger. Dolis is just Justin Berg 2.0 to me - one pitch pitcher and that one pitch isn't that great. His numbers actually look beter as a starter.

http://www.csnchicago.com/09/19/11/Wilken-Cub... no extension for Wilken (no one's come calling yet), but did meet with Ricketts and given the go-ahead to pursue business as usual. His contract runs out after 2012.

Ninja would get a shot at the rotation, Marshall is too valuable in set-up role I probably feel the opposite way. Marshall seems like the one that could possibly be a good starter, while Ninja managed to not fall of while walking a tightrope while juggling bowling pins all year. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

Right now Ninja may be the best garbage time reliever in the business. A guy who can give you a good two innings when you're starter implodes. He's invaluable on a team with a starting staff as horrible as the Cubs'. Set up man? Don't make me laf. Only good teams need one. The Cubs don't need a setup man. They need some decent starting pitching. Give Marshall a shot before he leaves town in disgust.

marshall's stamina wall screws him. dunno if it's still valid, but when he was starting he lost his stuff around pitch 80-100. i imagine it's not gotten better, anyway. it was frustrating to watch the guy cruise through 70+ pitches only to hit a wall.

Has Marshall started since living with Maddux?

He lived with Maddux? Isn't Marshall married? That would be an odd setup for a married millionaire.

So we're all rooting against the Red Sox right now, #1) because their fans are annoying and #2) if they don't make the playoffs, the interview with Epstein or his minions will happen faster?

So is Epstein more or less likely to come to the Cubs if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs?

not sure if it matters, maybe Red Sox are slightly more likely to grant permission or even let him go.

OK, I'm in.

mo going for the saves record right now.

and the greatest closer in history claims his record.

Tonites line up Castro SS Barney 2B Ramirez 3B Baker RF Soriano LF Byrd CF Pena 1B Soto C Coleman P When they retire do you think Baker and Quade will move into same apartment complex as Dusty and Neifi?

I hope the first trade of the new GM involves Jeff Baker. I NEVER EVER want to see him hitting cleanup again, let alone play more than twice a week. me hatess quuaddee, sez golem.

of all the dumb shit Q-Ball does, this seems the least offensive Baker has a career .312/361/531 line versus lefties in 559 PA's with 22 HR's for the year he's 325/355/482 (838, albeit with just 3 HR's) presuming you keep Aramis in the #3 spot, that leaves Soto(909 OPS in 2011 vs. lefties) and Soriano (804 OPS vs. lefties).

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  • crunch 8 hours 41 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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  • Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...

    https://youtu.be/X9RV6bAIIfw

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.

     

  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

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  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).