Well, Cubs, how 'bout picking off these next 4 games?

Ahhh, just a little something to make you smile.

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aaron judge passes mark "i lied about roiding and tried to destroy the careers of various sportswriters yet people still hired me to coach younger players" mcgwire for the rookie HR record with HRs #49 and #50.

Not that you're bitter.

He was first hired by LaRussa, who, along with Joe Torre, benefited the most from steroid cheats. Torre's list: Clemens, Pettitte, A-Rod, Giambi. Probably more that I am forgetting. Both men now work for MLB, in part to protect the integrity of the game. The players are kept out of the HOF, but their managers who benefited from their cheating go in. What the hell?

i can think of a dozen+ other things that have pissed me off about this game more than mcgwire's roid escapades, but having a slew of guys who are financially set before the age of 40 try to destroy the careers of people who's jobs intersect their world is screwed up. i can deal with the cheaters. i can deal with the liars. however, the guys that tried to take others down to cover themselves, naw...especially those who don't have the financial security or resources of their attacker. that's not cool on a level beyond the game.

So how do you REALLY feel about Ryan Braun?

He is terrible and deserves every last bit of booing in his own ballpark he gets

oddly enough (or not), it was just a week or 2 ago a few of us on a TCR post piled onto braun for this very thing. it was not very positive concerning braun. poor guy.

TIM: Nice motion graphic! I kept trying to click on one of the logos to "shoot" the birds. Guess there is no interactive element (or javascript) which is fine. I just wanted to shoot "em!

I tried the same thing when I first saw it too, E-man!!

I tried the same thing when I first saw it too, E-man!!

Thanks E-Man.
Hopefully I'll at least be able to animate one bird being picked off at a time.
But interactive is a skill set from.. not me. 

Happiness is watching Addison Russell dive-kick a plate of nachos out of a Cardinals fans' hands.

Sent sound [Bruce Lee]

The Cardinals domination of the NL Central was 24 years old.

What a thing of beauty tonight's game is so far.

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  • Cubster 4 hours 17 min ago (view)

    per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 37 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).  

     

  • crunch 20 hours 3 min ago (view)

    rizzo takes another day off (lower back).  ross says the club is "exercising caution."

    klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.

     

  • Ryno 20 hours 40 min ago (view)

    Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"?  Isn't it just a sinker?

     

  • Ryno 20 hours 48 min ago (view)

    In other words:  This lineup sucks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 21 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).  

    Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23. 

     

  • Eric S 21 hours 10 min ago (view)

    There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.

     July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually. 

     

  • Cubster 21 hours 16 min ago (view)

    On the bright side regarding Kimbrel. It doesn't have the lasting bad side as the Mets arrangement with Bobby Bonilla. Unless they want to re-negotiate Kimbrel's terms.

     

  • Eric S 22 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Yep

    Watching the last night's highlight clip was not encouraging either as discussed here:  https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/07/08/craig-kimbrels-intrasquad-performance-is-a-reminder-of-the-concerns-that-already-existed/

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i still can't believe this front office paid anyone 16m a year to throw 60-70ip...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately, Kimbrel in Cub mid season form as well, giving up a two out, two run oppo homer to Willson. 

    Kimbrel Cub stats which I tried to bury but were dug up again: gave up a career high 9 home runs in only 20 2/3 inning, averaged a career high 9.1 hits allowed per 9 innings and served up a 6.53 ERA for his troubles. And no full spring training build up period again.  Still hopeful he's got something left in the tank this year and next but man, he's got my full attention going into the season

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Hmm. Never thought about it that way. Maybe it is a very stable genius? 

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    maybe he's hoping it'll be bad enough to flip the population odometer over to 0 after humanity is wiped from the planet.  let's give him more time to see if he's right before we get too down on him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    "Shohei Ohtani threw just 15 of his 50 pitches for strikes in an intrasquad game Tuesday.  Trent Rush had him at eight walks, a hit by pitch and six wild pitches before he was shut down for a day. "

    ow.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    anthony rizzo is in mid-season form.

    he sat out today with lower back tightness.

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Well, back in February (I think; that was about 17 years ago now), our diaper staining commander in his own mind declared we had 15 cases in the U.S. and that would quickly go to zero. 130k dead and rapidly rising now 4 months later I still have brain dead neighbors in SoCal saying if Biden gets elected we're screwed. I wonder what they think screwed looks like.