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Cubs by the Numbers: Baez rated No. 1 hitter, Hamels ranked No. 1 pitcher, more
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Cubs by the Numbers: Baez rated No. 1 hitter, Hamels ranked No. 1 pitcher, more

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Apr 29, 2019, 8:12 PM
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Cubs by the Numbers: Baez rated No. 1 hitter, Hamels ranked No. 1 pitcher, more

I enjoy doing this feature from week to week, especially as I see the Cubs continuing to improve. Full Story »


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Apr 30, 2019, 1:45 AM
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Ken, I for one, really appreciate all the hard work and effort you put into this blog. It must really be a "labor of love" .
Someone from my own social media Cub group posted about the anniversary of former manager Lee Elia's 1983 rant (IMHO, disjointed to the point of incoherence, as well as rife with gratuitous profanity).
I didn't censor the post (he found the rant hilarious) but commented that I didn't think Elia deserved to be memorialized.
What do you think ?
In Cub fanship,
Harry

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Apr 30, 2019, 6:12 AM
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The Lee Elia rant is one of the top memorable moments in Cubs history. It's 30+ years later and still being talked about. At the time it was a big deal for about two days and then everybody moved on, never dreaming that it would still be legendary today.

For many fans it was the first time they learned that a certain four letter word could be used as a noun, adverb, preposition, and pronoun. BTW, you can thank Tribune writer Paul Sullivan for taping it.

Thanks for taking the time to read Ken's story and to comment here. Keep coming back.

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Apr 30, 2019, 8:49 AM
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Thanks for the compliment and reply, Harry.

As far as Elia is concerned, I have some mixed emotions. On the one hand, he was certainly a PR nightmare for the Cubs that day, and he sort of encompassed and attacked the "15%" as a whole. He failed to take into account people, like retirees, who may have come out to support the team regularly, as they no longer had to work and wanted to spend time at the ballpark. On the other hand, for a manager to stick by his players' sides to that degree is somewhat admirable, even if he wasn't necessarily attacking the root cause of the problem. Those words, by his own admission, came from frustration. The fans weren't losing the games- the Cubs were losing them, but he certainly wasn't able to attack the players or ownership in the rant.


There's always going to be big (and dark) moments in baseball that live on in history, if not in infamy- Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire come to mind, but you don't need to look far for more examples.

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Thank you, sir.

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