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Topic: Commentary: Ranting about the Cubs? Pick your battles
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Commentary: Ranting about the Cubs? Pick your battles


Posted: Apr 13, 2019 9:01 PM
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Commentary: Ranting about the Cubs? Pick your battles

Much to the surprise (and dismay) of those who think that all I do is moan and complain about the Cubs, the majority of this rant is directed toward some of the fan-base. Full Story »


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Posted: Apr 14, 2019 8:12 AM
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My experience with the Cubs fan base is that they are extremely supportive of you when you express even the slightest fresh idea or different viewpoint then they do.

In particular they love to read anything about their favorite player that says he needs to improve his game in some area. They also love it when you point out the teams uniforms or ballpark might need some improvements.

Overall I'm sure this column was met with positive responses on social media.

Thanks for taking the pressure off me and the other writers.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2019 10:16 AM
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Agreed...they are a very rationale bunch.

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One of the big reasons I love Wrigley is the lack of moaning


Posted: Apr 15, 2019 8:08 AM
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on every call by an umpire. Cubs fans have the most baseball sense and know that not every single thing needs to be complained about, at least at the game. It's a baseball game in the most beautiful stadium in the world. You can't win them all.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 9:47 AM
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But we certainly need to be winning more than 5 out of every 14.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 9:47 AM
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LOL, anytime Dan. but it actually received no "hate mail" that I saw.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 8:42 AM
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I agree with all 8 of your rants. The bullpen has been flat out horrible. You cannot come into a game and issue walks to the 1st or 2nd batter you face.

Almora should play everyday, he'll never hit right handed pitching if he doesn't face any righties. He's the best defensive center fielder in our division.

Schwarber has had 2+ years to prove that he can hit and he has failed miserably. Time to sit. Put Bote in left. I don't understand why Maddon can't stick with the same line-up for two days in a row.

We need a legitimate leadoff hitter. There is too much talent on this team to be in the position they are in. We score 10 runs and give up 11, so frustrating

The starters need to go at the very least 6 innings, regardless of how effective they are, it's no worse than bringing in someone from the ineffective bullpen.

Need to get back to playing fundamental baseball, there is no excuse not to at this level and their salaries.

I'm a believer in the concept of if you ain't hitting, you ain't playing.

I get the feeling that the chemistry we've had just isn't as present as it has been.

Seems to be too much focus on individual success rather than situational hitting as a team.

It's a long season and yes it's early, but two months into the season you can no longer use that's as an excuse

I don't see the hunger to win. If you don't have that hunger to win you will most definitely be a loser

No reason to panic, but don't dig yourself into a hole that you can't get out of. We are better than that.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 9:01 AM
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Those are some interesting comments about the Cubs...Hopefully, they can right the ship at win at least 2 out of 3 against the crappy Marlins...

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 10:03 AM
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Hi Brusch- thanks for joining the message boards, and thanks for the insightful reply.

I agree with everything you said with the exception of Schwarber. I do agree that he's not been overly functional at the plate this year, but he's not doing much worse than Bryant (which is scary in itself). Both of those guys need a 3 for game to break out of that slump, or the Cubs will be in some serious trouble as they proceed (not that there isn't signs of serious trouble now).

With the bullpen in shambles (save for Kintzler, Strop and to some extent Brach), the starters need to be chewing up every inning and getting every out that they possibly can. Maddon has been pulling guys WAY too early in a lot of cases (specifically Darvish and Hendricks), to replace them with guys who are pitching worse. Darvish got himself into some jams during his last start (vs Pittsburgh), but I think he had a lot better chance of getting out of the final jam (when he was removed in the third), than did Kyle Ryan who ended up allowing both of the inherited runners to score.

There is plenty of relief talent in the Iowa, and I don't think Webster was the smartest choice. Granted, he has a little MLB experience, but I think Mekkes or Maples should have been brought up ahead of Webster. I'm also still shaking my head on the release of Tazawa.

Anyway, thanks again for the reply, and lets hope the Cubs can land themselves some Marlin.

-Ken

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 11:15 AM
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Agree with you regarding Bryant, he hasn't been the same since he got married. Let's hope it doesn't happen to Rizzo.

Maddon uses the excuse by pulling the starter too soon as "I want to save their arms for the long haul." Sometimes, if not always you need to win today's game. Saving an arm for late season has some validity, but if you are out of the race then it doesn't. These are big, strong, young men. It's rare to see a pitcher pitch a complete game these days. Guess I'm just old, but baseball has drastically changed from what I grew up with. There so much money involved that if they stub a toe they go on the DL or now IL. I've never witnessed so many injuries over the past 5-7 years. Imo players today are babied. It all started with free agency and big $$$$

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 11:23 AM
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It certainly is a different game for sure...nowadays its about getting to your bullpen guys that can throw 100 MPH and mow guys down. Unfortunately, Cubs don't have much of that in the later innings.

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more like they're scared of getting a call from their agent


Posted: Apr 15, 2019 12:03 PM
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since long term for the team is the time until the next contract.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 1:10 PM
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I completely agree. I did some research- the last team to win a WS that started 5-9 was back in 2002 (Angels). There won't be a long haul if the Cubs don't start getting after it.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2019 5:02 PM
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Why are you doing research when Marianne specifically asked you to finish the bathroom project you started?

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Posted: Apr 16, 2019 1:31 AM
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Almost done. Just need to hang some trim and figure out how in the #### to raise the toilet drain pipe so that it flushes properly. #DayInTheCrawlSpace

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