Before we get to baseball today, it’s time for one of my golden tips on men’s fashion. There is a certain stop on the train-line, which shall remain nameless, in which every other guy is dressed as if he’s headed to the golf course. Given the dearth of golf courses in the Loop, I can only assume these men are dressing this way to go to work.
If you are wearing black pleated pants and anything emblazoned with Tiger Wood’s personal logo to the office, you are doing it wrong. ”David Duval” is not the look you should be going for.
Hey, the Cubs managed to win a game last night, and Jeff Samardzija managed to look pretty decent.
Samardzija matched a career high with 11 strikeouts, and Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano each hit a two-run homer to lift the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Monday night for their second win in the last 12 games.
“Any time your eight-hole hitter is hitting two-run home runs, it’s going to be a good day,” Samardzija said.
Even so, Cubs fans were less-than-interested. Last night’s reported attendance of 31,000 was the lowest reported of the season. However, per usual, it looked like there were a whole lot less people than that there. I can’t really say I blame anyone. We went from two weeks of watching the best athletes in the world do incredible things with their bodies (400 m hurdles, anyone? Pole vaulting? 500 m butterfly?) to watching the Cubs. Kind of a drop-off in talent.
Plus, it was Shark Week.
And I wasn’t the only one sick of watching this team. Dale Sveum continues his one-man campaign to destroy Starlin Castro:
Starlin Castro was in the No. 5 hole on Monday, though Sveum said he’d probably be a No. 6 or 7 hitter in a more “prolific” offense and isn’t a top-of-the-order hitter because of his lack of patience.
Look, I get that Sveum is frustrated with Castro. Probably every manager who has ever worked with Castro has been frustrated by him. But the constant ragging on him to the media really needs to stop. I mean, there are a lot bigger problems on this team than Starlin Castro. And, what’s really bewildering is that, in the next sentence, Sveum turns around and says this:
Carlos Marmol has been on the Cubs longer than any other pitcher, turns 30 in October and will earn $9.8 million next season.
Despite those obstacles, manager Dale Sveum said Marmol is considered part of the future and should be back in 2013.
“I don’t see why not right now,” Sveum said. “Knock on wood, he’s been as good as anyone in baseball since he’s been back in the closer’s role and the save opportunities he’s had.”
Right. Because there’s no reason for anyone to think that this team might be better off down the road with someone else as closer. None whatsoever. Castro, on the other hand, is the problem child. Okay.
The Cubs and Astros are back at it tonight at 7:05. Try to stay awake for it.