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A minor point about the game last night: everyone is getting on Jeff Baker’s case for trying to stretch a single into a double “in an eight-run game.” Why, exactly, does it matter how big the lead was at that point? It was only the 5th inning, and the Cubs had a long way to come back. No one would argue that it’s a whole lot easier to score from second than from first, and if you chip away a run here and there, you never know what might happen. You don’t have to get them all back in one chunk. I really can’t wrap my head around the criticism, and I’d love to be set straight.

  • Mike Quade summed up Matt Garza, who was in line for a blowout loss last night before the Cubs came back, and was apparently a little nutty after the win: “There’s always something wrong with him mentally. But that’s why we love him. He’s my kind of lunatic.” Does that make Carlos Zambrano not your kind of lunatic?
  • Aramis Ramirez’s value – both in trade and to the Cubs in 2012 – is skyrocketing. He’s the hottest hitter in baseball, and he’s catapulted himself, unbelievably, into the discussion of the best offensive third baseman in baseball in 2011.
  • Paul Sullivan says Crane Kenney’s time as the Cubs’ President is drawing to a close. Speaking about Red Sox President Larry Lucchino as a contrast to Kenney, Sullivan says: “Lucchino gets things done. He was instrumental in building Camden Yards, which began the retro ballpark revolution. He got a new ballpark built in San Diego, and a renovated Fenway Park in Boston. He also won a couple World Series with the Red Sox, and doesn’t put up with any garbage from players, agents, or the media for that matter. I believe his contract is up in Boston, so he should be available. Don’t know if he is the answer, but something has to happen. The current Cubs president, Crane Kenney, certainly had his shot, and failed. The only ones still defending him are his pals in the media. Time’s up.”
  • I’m not going to link it, because it deserves no more page views than the one I already gave it, but Steve Rosenbloom yesterday criticized Carlos Zambrano for planning to fly to Guatemala over the AS break to adopt a child. I wish I could say I was exaggerating.
  • Two Cubs prospects made Baseball America’s mid-season top 50 list: Brett Jackson comes in at number 32, and Matt Szczur is number 48.
  • Cubs’ DSL prospect Enyelberth Pena, a right-handed pitcher, was suspended 50 games for steroids. I hadn’t heard of him until this news, so it’s at least a fair guess that he’s not a kid to be extraordinarily worried about.
  • Prince Fielder selected, among others, his teammate Rickie Weeks to be on the NL Home Run Derby squad, rather than, say, Carlos Pena (tied for fourth in the NL in homers at 19). Weeks, however, has 16 homers himself, and is an All-Star this year. Probably not a lot of complain about, but it would have been fun to see a Cub in the Derby.
  • Curt Schilling on the prevalence of cheating in the 1990s.
  • Jelly

    I’m pretty sure the answer to Rosenbloom’s question at the beginning of the article is “Neither of them is dumber than Steve Rosenbloom.”

    • RoughRiider

      Does anyone really care what Rosenboob says ?

  • CubFan Paul

    i dont know if i buy into Brett Jackson as a “top” prospect, he’s batting .273 in AA… i’d like to see him dominate AA a little more, but then again he does have 42BB:70K ..i doubt if he’s the type of hitter that can jump from AA to the Bigs like castro so why the hell hasnt he been promoted to AAA yet to see if he stays consistent. I know he had that hand injury recently but im not buying in until he shows it at a higher level

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      There’s a lot to like about Jackson, but also a lot of concerns. He strikes out a TON, and he relies on a very high BABIP to succeed. The power isn’t really developing, and his defense in CF is reportedly just so-so. I think the Cubs still have to give him a shot to be the CF of the future, but, yeah. I have some concerns.

  • RoughRiider

    If we could only use the Star Trek transporter to make Campana, Pena and Johnson into one player.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      We have the technology…

    • hardtop

      what? come-on man! thats not how it works! if you want to combine DNA you need to use one of Dr. Seth Brundles matter transmission booths… make sure there are no insects in it though… and by insects i mean koyie hill.

  • hardtop

    I like weeks a lot, or should I say, I hate weeks a slot, because he’s really good and plays in our division. Point is, he has some power, he’s athletic, but it’s a stupid pick by his home run homeboy. You know who I would have liked to see? Mike Stanton! If you haven’t seen him take BP, get to the park early on Thursday. He reigns in his swing dramatically for game play yet he still hits into the 2nd and 3rd tiers in most ball parks. When he lets it rip, opens up to launcha few..well, its one of the more Awesome things I’ve seen. I had goose bumps…. really. The guy is a specimen.

    • Jeff

      I agree, I would like to see Stanton as well as Jason Heyward(when healthy) taking swings. I don’t like watching Weeks play with Milwuakee, don’t have any desire to see him or Fielder hack at any more baseballs, and no desire to listen to Chris Berman call them. I will be skipping the derby.

  • jim

    If we can get anything decent in trade, REBUILD!

  • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

    You think Dennis Eckersley is still available? I’d let him close, anyday.

    “Chalk up another save for the EcK!”

    • RoughRiider

      He’d probably spend all his time on Rush St. Like he did before.

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