Daily Facepalm, 10.14.2015 – Random NLDS Championship Observations

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(dying laughing) at the Oakland Athletics twitter account for posting this video last night. .@kschwarb12's home run just landed… in Oakland. @Cubs @MLB https://t.co/62SVMxsQ9H — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) October 13, 2015 The Cubs are in the NLCS. They defeated the Cardinals. When it mattered. This is not a drill.   We sing the praises of Thoyer and Joe, but we …

Castro: Ramirez Called Me After Benching

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Despite the fact that many Cubs fans (and mustachioed commentators) love to hate Starlin Castro in the same, definitely-not-racist-at-all way they hated Aramis Ramirez, they're two of my favorite players. So I got a little emotional when I read that Aramis reached out to encourage Starlin after his demotion to the very deep Chicago Cubs bench. I love what Ramirez …

Why MLB’s Wild Card System Is Far From Broken

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The Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates have clinched it. No matter what happens on the final day of the season, they will have the best three records in baseball. That much has been decided by the grind of the previous 161 games. What has also been decided is the brevity of their postseason existence. After the first playoff series, two of …

The 2015 Chicago Cubs: This Won’t Be a Nice Season

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2015 had a chance of being a feel-good season for the Chicago Cubs, but that can’t happen now. Back when Kris Bryant was making a long-shot case for an All-Star berth and Kyle Schwarber was pretending he could destroy American League pitching when given the chance to DH, Near the end of July, the Cubs were 5 games over .500, …

Ten Changes Rob Manfred, the MLB Players Union and Owners Should Enact Ten Years Ago

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http://gty.im/52444340 It’s been almost a month since Rob Manfred discussed the possible, out-there, well-maybe-I-would-do-this-if-I-got-really-drunk-at-a-party changes with Karl Ravech. (Don’t worry, the “Ten Changes AndCounting Should Make to His Posting Habits” post is in the works including #6: “Consider posting every four years rather than annually or just whenever a new president is sworn into office or upon the closing ceremonies …

How Far Have the Cubs Come?

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It has been almost three years, nearly three hundred losses, and three drafts since the Cubs hired Theo Epstein to save the Cubs from their sins and rescue them from eternal damnation in their permanent subterranean dwelling in the Central Division’s fiery core. And if you think that metaphor is overblown and ridiculous, it was meant to match the expectations …

DFP: Missing Game 6

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It’s funny. I deleted a post I was writing this week about appreciating the moment, appreciating what we have right now. It was about Javier Baez, the Cubs as they are, and life. Too preachy, too obvious, too blah-blah-blah. So, deleted. Obviously Robin Williams taking his own life has very little to do with Cubs baseball or even baseball at all, …

Ten Reasons I’m Watching The 2014 Cubs

In Commentary And Analysis, Facepalm by andcounting

The last time I posted here, the dinosaurs roamed the earth the Cubs were still in the hunt for the NL pennant I swore I didn’t care about the 2014 Cubs. I said there would be no reason to watch the 2014 Cubs. I pretty much made it clear I wouldn’t so much as accidentally watch 10 seconds of the 2014 …