Dying to see video of the Cubs bunting tournament? Ask and you shall receive:
MESA, Ariz. — The first round of the Cubs’ bunting tournament got under way on Thursday, and pitcher Chris Rusin can breathe a sigh of relief.
Rusin was matched up with strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss, but the pitcher clearly had the edge and advanced.
“I think Bussy [was nervous] under the pressure,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He was really good out here at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.”
The others to advance include Jeff Beliveau, Lendy Castillo, Trey McNutt, Rafael Dolis, Dae-Eun Rhee, Scott Maine and Casey Coleman. Maine needed 40 points on his last bunt to beat Blake Parker, and got the win with a well-placed bunt into the 40-point block on the third-base side.”
Poor, poor Blake DeWitt. Not only did he have to drag himself back to Cubs camp after being placed on waivers, now he’s not even the only Blake in Mesa.
Matchup to Watch: Manager Dale Sveum takes on Kerry Wood as the first round continues today in Mesa. I continue to maintain that the Cubs are missing a golden opportunity in not streaming this contest online. I’d even PAY to watch Soriano try to bunt.
Speaking of Soriano . . . there’s this. You might want to sit down:
MESA, Ariz. — Dale Sveum said he has two spots in the order basically decided — David DeJesus as his leadoff man and Bryan LaHairin the cleanup spot.
Alfonso Soriano also could hit fourth, Sveum said.
“We obviously have a lineup that no one is cut-and-dried at any position now,” he said.
Hey Dale. How are you? How’s the weather down in Mesa? Hope you’re enjoying yourself. Look, I know you’re new around here, so let me give you a tip. If there’s one thing in this lineup that should be cut-and-dried, it’s that Soriano should NOT hit cleanup. I mean, I know we’re not exactly going to set the world on fire this season, but I’d like to actually try to win SOME games. Think about it.
I don’t even want to talk about Ryan Braun, because it’s only going to make me angry. But just remember that when Braun comes out with his whole “I’ve been vindicated” statement today, just remember that the reason he won his appeal is because some Fed Ex courier stashed his urine sample in his fridge for two days. Not because he’s clean.
Even Victor Conte doesn’t believe him:
And, in an interesting twist, SI’s Will Carroll wondered if MLB is mad enough to try to refer Braun’s case to the US Anti-Doping Agency, which could result in a suspension from baseball for two years. The problem? There’s no mechanism in MLB’s collective bargaining agreement to refer cases to the USADA, and it’s highly unlikely the MLBPA would take that laying down. But it would be fun to watch.
Hey, it’s Friday! That means Wrigley Talk Friday comes your way today at 1 pm CT on Blog Talk Radio.
Your iPod 5 assignment this Friday: Pick a winner for the bunting tournament and create a playlist for him. Go.
Here’s a photo of the bunting contest brackets as provided by Bruce Miles: