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:
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 22, 2013
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.