Chicago Cubs Tuesday: Raise your hand if you remember this

I considered using “The Dog Days are Over” as a title of today’s post, but, if I’m being brutally honest, the dog days are still here in full force. Please bear with Carl and me as we do our best to slog across the finish line of the Chicago Cubs 2013 season. We knew from the beginning it was going to be bad, but knowing it’s going to be bad and having to write about the bad every single day are two totally different things. May God have mercy on our souls.

For some reason this morning, I started singing (rapping?) this in the shower, and I came to the realization that I still know every. damn. word. to this song (rap). I’m not sure what that says about me, but at the very lease it ought to get me my own “Committed” commercial.



God, 1989. Not only was I into every single game that year, but I was into every pitch. Granted, all I had to do was come home from school and flip on the television (no job, mortgage, blog, etc), but even so. Also, it’s nice to see Mark Grace before life beat him down and sent him to a tent prison in the Arizona desert. Wasn’t having to try to haul in Shawon Dunston’s throws from short punishment enough? I’d start drinking, too.

Hey, Scott Baker (remember that guy?) is finally healthy and wants to pitch for the Cubs this season:

CHICAGO — Scott Baker made his final rehab start with Class A Kane County on Monday. What’s next for the Cubs right-hander? They’re not sure.

Baker has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and he would like to pitch in a Cubs game this season. The Minor League season ends for Kane County and Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and the Cubs have three Minor League teams in the playoffs.

On Monday against Peoria, Baker served up hits to the first three batters he faced, including a two-run homer to Nick Martini. The right-hander was pulled after giving up two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. He did not walk any of the 23 batters faced.

Although Baker has been a starter, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Monday that if the right-hander were added, he’d pitch out of the bullpen.

Given that I had to be reminded pretty much weekly that Scott Baker was still on the roster, I have no opinion on this news. Sure, let him pitch. Why not? What’s he going to do, blow their post-season chances?

Even though he was  . .  . re-distributed . . .  to another position in the organization, Tim Wilken feels good about what he accomplished during the brief time Jim Hendry let him go hog wild down on the farm:

But as the Cubs trudge through another unwatchable season, that foundation Epstein spoke of is starting to look quite sturdy, with Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee combining to go 82-47 in their second halves en route to playoff berths.

Daytona begins its quest for the Florida State League title against Dunedin on Tuesday night with Cory Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, taking the mound in the opener of the best-of-five series. C.J. Edwards, whom the Cubs acquired in the multiplayer deal that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers, will start for the Cubs in Game 2.

Meanwhile, Tennessee travels to Birmingham on Thursday to begin its Southern League playoffs against the White Sox affiliate, and Class A Boise, the Cubs’ short-season team, takes on Salem-Keizer on Tuesday in its Northwest League playoff opener.

“It’s a very big compliment to our player development department that it kept to their plans and didn’t deviate a lot,” said Tim Wilken, the former scouting director who now is a special assistant to Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. “It’s part of the attitude ‘We want to win everywhere,’ including here (in the majors).

I don’t mean to laugh, but only the Cubs would not have a “we want to win everywhere” attitude. Even if your focus is on developing players and honing certain skills, you should still want to win. How else do you know your players are developing and their skills are being honed? I just . . I can’t . .  I . .  . (sigh).

The newly-motivated to win Chicago Cubs are back facing the hapless Marlins tonight at 7:05 pm at Wrigley. One source told me he counted 28 Marlins fans at Wrigley yesterday. Total. Twenty-eight.

23 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Tuesday: Raise your hand if you remember this

  1. Doc Blume says:

    Wow. 28 Marlins fans at Wrigley?

    Why can’t the Marlins get 28 fans at their own ballpark?

  2. Doc Blume says:

    Watching that clip above…I kinda wish our current highly touted shortstop that isn’t living up to expectations was as fun to watch play as the highly touted shortstop from the mid-80′s who never quite lived up to expectations.

  3. NotAgain says:

    We went to the Cougars game yesterday, season finale. Unbelievably perfect day! Anywho, it’s the 2nd time we saw Baker start and he didn’t get hammered into oblivion this time so that’s a plus. However, A-ball guys were hitting him pretty hard even on the outs. Last time we saw him prior to yesterday was his 6 ER over 2.2 IP gem of an outing! Man, it was ugly.

    Also, Rafael Dolis pitched in relief at one point, facing 2 batters with 1 BB and 1 hit. He appeared to injure/re-injure something or other and came out of the game after he gave up the walk.

    So… yeah…

    1. NotAgain says:

      And funny, we were joking at the game about how we have to show up at more games next season and maybe catch Gretzky at the game watching his kid who got called up to the Cougars a few weeks ago. I just read an article about how he and his wife were at the game yesterday sitting in the next section over from us!! No idea HOW people missed him, there weren’t many people in the stands at all!

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The highlight of the games this weekend was having Johhny Bravo sing the national anthem/god bless america. I have been so sick from the heat, that I kept falling asleep during the Cubs games I did watch…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I would have to agree with you on the highlight of the weekend.

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I know I always am complaining about the heat, but the last 7 or 8 days have been the worst due to the high humidity. CA is not supposed to have 70% humidity. Even the weather idiots can’t say anything but about how hot it is,a nd to stay inside if you can.Any ideas on how not to pass out if I go outside?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’d take that over what we have around here in December, January and February (and part of March).

  6. Doc Blume says:

    I’m seriously thinking about dumping my TV service at the end of baseball season (after the world series). No satellite, no cable. It just doesn’t seem worth it to pay for the service over the winter months.

    1. J says: through a VPN service is pretty easy and less expensive than a live TV service.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I plan to pick up dish network again when baseball season starts…though the VPN option may be considered as an alternative.

    2. juliedicaro says:

      You don’t watch TV during the winter? WTF do you do?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Sit on my couch and bitch about how much I hate winter in Wisconsin.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          That’s insane. Winter is when all the good tv shows are on.

          1. Doc Blume says:

            I don’t watch TV shows for the most part. The only shows I do watch are ones that are on networks that I don’t currently get anyway…so there really isn’t any loss.

            The only think I will miss is football…and I can put an antenna on top of my house and get most of those games anyway.

        2. Doc Blume says:

          (And we will start getting Netflix…since most of what we watch are movies and TV shows that are available through that service.)

  7. Doc Blume says:

    Sappelt has been DFAd.

  8. gidard says:

    Thanx Julie for the video.
    Got to watch “Catching Hell” for the 1st time after the video.

  9. juliedicaro says:

    Hey guys, I just got home from soccer, so this is our game thread.


  10. juliedicaro says:

    Looks like even Comcast has thrown in the towel:

    1. Doc Blume says:


      I’m laughing more at the caption than the picture.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        This game is bruuuuuutal.

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