Chicago Cubs Monday morning warm fuzzies

If your idea of a good time isn’t watching another team celebrate a playoff run on your field, you probably didn’t love watching the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 yesterday. As we come to the end of a loooooong season, I’m hell bent on making you feel better this morning. We only have one week of Cubs baseball left, we might as well enjoy it, right?

Let’s start here:

Personally, I wouldn’t have let a little water stop me from celebrating, but the Braves aren’t as cool as I am. Obvs.

If you’re still feeling like all is lost, head on over to Cubs Den, where John Arguello has put together a list of the Top 10 Cubs prospects:

1, Javier Baez, SS, 20 Tennessee (AA):

While he may not yet be a finished product and his approach isn’t as good as it needs to be quite yet, it’s hard to deny the upside here.  After a slow start in Daytona, things seemed to click for Baez.  He caught fire in the pitcher-friendly FSL, earned a promotion to AA and then stepped it up even more.  The first thing that stands out with Baez is his bat speed, which some call the best in the minors and perhaps among the best in all of baseball.   The swing is violent yet Baez is able to maintain surprisingly good balance for the most part.   He also improved his approach, showing the ability to go the other way, work counts, and even an increased willingness to take walks (a solid 8.1% rate in AA).   Where Baez is underrated is his instincts for all facets of the game.  He plays up average speed and quickness into above average base running and defense.  He still needs to cut down on things like errors and strikeouts, but given his age, level, performance, and solid defense at a premium position, Baez gets the nod for the top spot.

The mere fact that this list doesn’t contain the names Felix Pie, Ronny Cedeno, or Mike Harkey should make you jump for joy. It gets better.

If you missed the big news over the weekend, you’ll be happy to know that Ryne Sandberg is now the non-interim manager of the Phillies:

Philadelphia, PA — The Philadelphia Phillies took the interim tag off manager Ryne Sandberg and signed him to a three-year contract through 2016 with a club option for 2017.

Struggling through a tough season, the Phillies decided to make a managerial change on Aug. 16 and replaced Charlie Manuel with the Hall of Fame second baseman. Since then, the team has posted an 18-16 record entering Sunday.

“We are pleased to announce that Ryne Sandberg will be our major league manager,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said. “We feel that Ryne has the qualities and leadership skills that are essential to move our club and our organization forward. Ryne’s six years as a minor league manager, Hall of Fame credentials and work ethic warrant this opportunity.”

Okay, so I know many of you wanted Sandberg to manage the Cubs, but let’s be honest, do we really want Golden Boy anywhere near this shitshow of a team? I don’t think we do.  Perhaps Golden Boy can return in the future, just in time to manage the Cubs to a World Series.

Finally, let’s just remember that, even when the team is terrible, and even when concrete is falling on our heads, and even when the food is awful and it’s late September and the Cubs are 108 games out of first place, we get to watch baseball in a cathedral of a ballpark, that may or may not need a video board.

Take it away, Vin:


Cubs and Pirates tonight at Wrigley at 7:05 pm CT.

14 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Monday morning warm fuzzies

  1. Doc Blume says:

    As the game headed into the late innings yesterday, I decided I’d rather go mow the grass…so that’s just what I did.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I was at a soccer game. I don’t think I checked the score even once.

      I can’t wait until I start to care again. It’s gonna be awesome.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        If you live that long.

  2. gidard says:

    (sigh) Need 2 of last 3 home games to avoid record 50 Wrigley losses.
    Before our last 7 games against the Brewers i was kind of hopeful.

  3. gravedigger says:

    you misspelled “dump” of a ballpark

  4. cubbydon says:

    I have always gotten a little depressed when the baseball season ends. Not this year. I forced myself to watch the whole game yesterday, but afterwards I realized that the season could have ended yesterday and it wouldn’t have bothered me a bit. In fact, I would have preferred it. Let’s just drive a wooden stake through this season’s heart and kill it.

    Of course, this feeling will go away the first time it snows, and I’ll be ready for next year.

  5. Doc Blume says:

    If Wrigley Field is a “Cathedral of a ballpark”…then a revival tent is a cathedral.

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I think everyone is referring to the history of Wrigley rather than it’s current condition. However, I think the Oakland A’s would trade their stadium for Wrigley in a heartbeat,especially after the sewage flood of yesterday. And yet, they are going to the playoffs…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Actually, I don’t think they would…they’d probably take the sewage over the player facilities at Wrigley any day of the week.

    2. J says:

      The A’s had issues this weekend at Stadium because someone with the A’s organization tried flushing a towel down the toilet (as in only the A’s had access to the toilet in question.) I know Lew Wolff wants to do everything he can to make it seem like Oakland isn’t a baseball town. but he’s got no viable alternatives, especially since Selig isn’t going to make a call on San Jose.

      And no, Lew Wolff isn’t giving up his ballpark advertising revenue (jumbotrons in each end zone) to get rid of the County’s plumbing problems. If Wrigley was owned by the City/county/State that Herr Ricketts would be just as vocal if not more vocal than Wolff. Fact is Wrigley is a financial albatross around the neck of the Cubs. Plus what Doc said about player facilities. If things get bad in the baseball clubhouses, then the players can always go use the football locker rooms in Mt Davis.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    So when does LOHO pick a team to root for in the playoffs?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      You all can cheer for whoever you want, if the Pirates win the play-in game, I’m cheering for them. If they don’t win the play-in game…A’s.

  8. juliedicaro says:

    This is the perfect soundbyte for the last two days:

    1. NotAgain says:

      My monitor thanks you for the coffee spit-take

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