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Alfonso Soriano is on one of his patented hot streaks, homering four times in his last four games. He’s raised his SLG 26 points in those four games (which is pretty incredible for August). The only problem? The four homers have been the only four times he’s gotten on base in those four games. I guess he really doesn’t like to run the bases.

  • Boom, LaRussa’d. You didn’t need evidence that, had the spike been on the other foot when Matt Holliday leg whipped Starlin Castro this weekend, Tony LaRussa would have ordered retribution. But you’ve got it: after Takashi Saito plunked Albert Pujols on the hand last night, LaRussa had Jason Motte throw two pitches way in on Ryan Braun (the second of which hit Braun square in the back) to “send a message.” I didn’t think I could be more angry about the whole episode. I was wrong. Do you think Lance Berkman is now going to issue a statement saying “Saito was just playing the game hard”?
  • Mike Quade appears to have finally accepted that the Cubs are out of the race, and are resigned to spoiling the seasons of other teams. “You wish you were [a contender] right now, and you’re not,” Quade said. “There’s always a little extra impetus when you’re playing contenders, especially contenders in your own division. It’s just time to make it hard on all of them.”
  • Quade, who used to say all the right things, says something right once again: “We’re talking about a guy we just brought back from Triple-A, a guy who contributed a great deal last year and a young guy who we think is a big part of the future here,” Quade said of Tyler Colvin. “So we need to see him get opportunities. Again, it’s a fine line if we’re just giving a guy something. He has to earn it. And he understands that.” That’s actually a good point. Yes, I want to see Colvin starting almost every game the rest of the way out. The Cubs need to know what they have in him. But, at the same time, there is value in telling a kid he’s got to earn it.
  • Bruce Levine had a chat yesterday, in which he came off as very defensive of Jim Hendry. Not so much, like, “Jim Hendry should not be fired, he’s done a fine job;” but, instead, like, “the Cubs either need to let him go now, or sign him to an extension – this in between stuff isn’t helping anyone.” I don’t wholly disagree, but, if the next GM is currently under contract with another team, booting Hendry now doesn’t really do anything to allow the Cubs to make moves. They’re stuck until the new guy rolls into town because there are no other “baseball guys” in the organization upon whom Tom Ricketts can lean. There might be a lesson there, Mr. Ricketts.
  • You may have heard rumors about Old Style being replaced as the official beer of Wrigley Field, which would start selling Coors Light instead. But the Chicagoist cautions they’re just rumors, and it is trying to confirm whether it’s true. I understand the history and tradition. I really do. But I have a hard time getting too riled up because (and I’m about to commit a crime) … I kind of like Coors Light. I know. I just lost a few thousand readers.
  • Speaking of corporate ways to make money, the Cubs have reached out to Arizona State to share and co-brand the new $84 million training facilities the Cubs are building in Mesa for Spring Training. It’s either a brilliant way to make some scratch from facilities that would otherwise be laying fallow part of the year, or a sign that the Cubs are desperate for cash. Allow your predisposition to decide which is true.

 

  • Fishin Phil

    You probably drink skim milk too.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Why would I want the extra fat?

      • Hogie

        Because it’s creamy delicious (and it’s good for your little one once formula/breast feeding is done)!

      • CubFan Paul

        Brett life is too short for domestic beer ..seriously Imports are the way to go. I have Pacificos in my fridge now

        “Life is too short for domestic beer” was told to me by my now dead best friend who died from war injuries

        R.I.P. SGT Gerald Joseph Cassidy II

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s be clear: Coors Light isn’t my beer of choice. I just happen to like it. Currently in my fridge, I have two beers: Newcastle and Bass.

          • Hogie

            Lienie’s in mine! Four different kinds, none of which is the original, because, well, that kind is awful!

          • CubFan Paul

            Newcastle is in my Top 5 of beers ..you earned your man-card back

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I like some Lady Gaga songs.

              How am I doing now?

              • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                Still? I thought that was sleep-deprivation induced insanity.

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  It changes a man. For good.

          • MichiganGoat

            Support your local breweries! Great Lakes in Cleveland makes some stellar beer. I lived in Athens for a couple of years and really enjoyed their offerings.

            • Hogie

              Agreed! That being said though, my local brewery is Leinenkugel’s. I live just a few miles away from the original brewery in Chippewa Falls.

        • Internet Random

          While I agree with the sentiment of your friend’s remark, there’s plenty of good domestic beer. Since it’s summer, I would commend Bell’s Oberon and Lagunita’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ to your attention… though if you try one and can’t stand it, don’t bother with the other. They’re similar beers.

          • CubFan Paul

            lol@save ferris ..iv tried Oberon i think but dont really remember it ..ima “dark beer guy”, but when i go yellow, i drink Pacifico, Corona or Stella

            • MichiganGoat

              You’d like Founder’s Breakfast Stout http://www.foundersbrewing.com/the-lineup/breakfast-stout another great Michigan Brewery. They also make and amazing IPA call “All Day IPA” but I don’t think you can get it outside of Michigan.

              • CubFan Paul

                eww@the breakfast stout but the Porter & Red Rye look deeeeelicious!! thanx

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                IPA’s are, generally speaking, gross.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Man card revoked.

                • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                  What? What the hell? Are you — wait, huh? Is this for real?

                  I wake up and come in to work only to discover that what I thought was a good website has devolved into debate on the merits of Old Style vs. Coors Light. That alone is shameful enough. But to slander — nay, to cast aspersions on — the legions of glorious beers known as IPAs… well, it hurts, baby. Painful.

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    They offend my delicate palate.

                    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                      One of my biggest mistakes in life was teaching my wife the merits of IPAs. She used to hate them – too bitter, too sweet, whatevs. But now, 10 years later, I can’t keep her hands off the good beer.

                      Me: “Don’t you want a lager, dear?” Her: “No, I’ll take that Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale (105 ibu).” Me: *sigh*

                    • necubsfan

                      Coors light, Lady Gaga and cute kittens? You are clearly secure with your masculinity. Or you are an 18 year old girl.

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      Can’t it be both?

                  • MichiganGoat

                    IPA is what gets me through life.

                    • Nick

                      Gotta agree with MG and TWC. IPA is wonderful!

                      Not a huge fan of mass produced beer, but Old Style and Wrigley go together.

                      By the way, I hate that Budweiser commercial where they show Wrigley getting prepped for a game, and then there’s a flyover at Busch to end the ad. Made me cringe the first time I saw it.

              • CubFan Paul

                you da man MG! i can get it locally (indianapolis) ..im gonna call & see who the distributor distributes to ..the Imperial Stout appears to be my favorite

                “Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back, and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.”

                i love Guiness & those close to it

                • MichiganGoat

                  OMG, I’m from Indianapolis and all my family has a house on Geist and I visit there frequently. If you can’t get it in Indy I’ll have to deliver you a six sometime… My brothers require a large delivery every vist.

                  • CubFan Paul

                    awesome i’ll let u know ..i live 10mins from Geist in Castleton

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Ha I grew up on 91st street across from Sham Park, small world brought together by beer.

            • hardtop

              c’mon paul, no way you really like corona? just because it’s imported, doesnt make it good. if i have to have a lime in something to make it drinkable, i would rather have a tecate. modelo is decent mexican piss beer, that can be had without fruit.

              • CubFan Paul

                i have never put a lime in my beer/corona & if a bartender/waiter puts a lime in it I return it for a fresh beer ..i only settle for Corona when cheap restaurants only serve the Kangaroo piss (coors lite/bud/miller) & nothing import or dark ..fruit doesnt belong in beer. i tried Blue Moon once (once!) & it tasted like sun tan lotion

          • MichiganGoat

            Keep drinking those Michigan Brews like Oberon although I prefer their Two-Harted Ale. Our economy needs your support!

            • Internet Random

              Bell’s Brown is damned tasty, too, but I don’t think it’s in season.

              • MichiganGoat

                Yeah it a winter brew which means Hopslam will be back and “He’ll Hath No Fury”… Awesome! Talking beer and baseball what could be better.

                • Internet Random

                  *Drinking* beer and talking baseball.

            • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

              Bells Two-Hearted Ale is a pretty great IPA. I remember coming back into Chicago a few years back, right around the time that Bells lost their Chicago distribution (they’ve since recovered it). Times were bleak, indeed. I did find that Goose Island IPA was a fairly crisp, acceptable substitute. (But now they’re owned by AB, aren’t they? I can’t drink Cardinals-owned beer.)

              But, seriously, if you want to talk good domestic beer, there’s really only two kinds: Northern and Southern California.

              • Internet Random

                “But, seriously, if you want to talk good domestic beer, there’s really only two kinds: Northern and Southern California.”

                You are horribly misinformed, Sir. Do, however, find my comment in support of Lagunita’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’.

                • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                  Naw, I know… there’s good beer everywhere. ‘Cept, St Louis. But as far as consistent, dense collections of breweries, Mendocino and San Diego counties are pretty unique.

                  • Internet Random

                    California seems to have dense collections of lots of good things… except maybe baseball teams. (And by “good”, I mean “right”, “wholesome”, and “just”. I do not mean “successful”.)

                    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                      I’ve heard rumors that there were other baseball teams in the area.

                    • Internet Random

                      Other teams that are right, wholesome, and just? Did I miss an expansion?

                  • CubFan Paul

                    i saw a MSNBC special about the marijuanna laws in Mendocino County ..lets just say, im looking to move there

              • hardtop

                ha. stick to the wine, hippie
                colorado beer is superior.

                • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                  Riiiiiiight. Must be the thin air you’re breathing..

                  Does CO have good beer/breweries? Yes. Better than CA? Um, not really. Like, at all.

                  But yeah, we win in the wine dept, too.

                  • hardtop

                    typical california snobbery ;)
                    you’d be suprised, Colorado has more breweries per capita than any other state in the U.S. Quantity doesnt always mean quality, but there is a LOT of good stuff that does not get distributed outside of the state.

                    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

                      More per capita? That’s ’cause there’s like 35 people in your whole state!

                      Meh. Anyway, I need a drink. What time is it?

                    • hardtop

                      ha, good point! im no expert on california beer, though i have drank my share. you’re probably right. when i go to CA to drink, its the wine, as im very satisfied with my local selections of beer.
                      btw, wyoming is the state with 35 people, we have like, 47.

                    • http://www.bobbyfunzone.com bobbyd

                      Good Colorado breweries include Avery, Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, Left Hand, and Great Divide. I am also a huge fan of the California breweries like Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, and Russian River. Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, and Ommegang are quality East Coast breweries. Lots of love for Midwest entrants like Surly and Bells.

                      Still, if I were marooned on a desert island and could only drink 1 label for the rest of life I’d have to go with Duvel. Those crazy Belgians sure do make some tasty barley sodas.

  • Mike Foster

    In Chicago on August 19, probably sometime before 2 PM Central Time we’ll know if Quade has rethought his decision/omission on Holliday. Just hope Quade’s a reader Bret. I’ll hold my anger till then, and hopefully celebrate right around 2:15 PM.

  • Mike Foster

    And oh BTW, it will NOT be with Coors Light! Wish I could find some Old Style here in NC….

  • philoe beddoe

    I respect Levine…in fact my wife makes fun of me when I act like a giddy school girl when he gives me a “good call” when I call in to Talkin Baseball on Saturdays. But he will never say anything bad about Jim Hendry. I think Hendry is either very likable or he knows how to schmooze the media better than most. How else can you explan Gordon Whittmeyers very supportive column a few weeks ago?

  • Internet Random

    - I might not like LaRussa, but I can’t accuse him of not knowing how to manage a baseball team.

    - If you have to drink light beer, Coors Light is one of the least offensive.

  • Joe Cartwright

    How are we spoilers? We’ve been a doormat all season. Especially for the NL Central.

  • MichiganGoat

    COORS LIGHT! BLASPHEMY! It is a right of passage to drink Old Style at Wrigley, it is my pleasure to cross the lake, sit down at Wrigley, and get that first Old Style before the game. Now I agree that it’s not the best beer and I prefer to drink any of the fine local Michigan brew (shameless plug try Short’s Huma-Lupa-licious http://www.shortsbrewing.com/beer/our-portfolio/annual-beers/huma-lupa-licious/), but Old Style is Wrigley and I know I’m in Chicago when I see all the Old Style signs and drink that first sip. For shame Brett for shame.

    • Internet Random

      “fine local Michigan brew”

      Again, Bell’s Oberon. MMmmmm. Nummy.

      • MichiganGoat

        I agree but if you like hoppy beer Huma-Lupa is amazing, everything Shorts makes is Amazing. I only live 30 minutes from Bells and go ther frequently to fill up my growlers since some of there best can only be found in Michigan and some you can only get in their tap room. It is one of the best things about Michigan, we brew some great beer!

        • jt

          Having recently spent a week on the beaches of South Haven, I can agree with Mr. MichiganGoat that Michigan breweries do have some pretty darn good selections.

          • MichiganGoat

            Yeah were awesome at beer, please drink more our economy needs you to drink especially if you don’t drive a Detroit car, make it up to us by drinking.

        • Internet Random

          I normally don’t find the balance that I like in IPA’s (i.e., too hoppy), but I’m going to keep a lookout for Huma-Lupa.

          Living that close to Bell’s would be awesome. I’m a very short walk from Piece (http://www.piecechicago.com/beer/index.html), but their pizza is better than their beer… and their clientele is mostly the type who like to call each other “dude” way too much and wear their hats backwards… and Axe body spray. So I haven’t been there in years.

          Not too much farther, though, is the Map Room (http://www.maproom.com/beer.htm) which is heaven on earth. They don’t brew any of their own, but their on-tap selection is stellar. And they have a whole galaxy of bottled beers. If you haven’t been, swing by the next time you go to Wrigley.

          Wicker Park. What!?

  • letsplayalso

    another great post! and coors light has gotten me thru this stormy chicago july…

  • EQ

    funny… there’s like 15 points about baseball, our team’s future, development of young players, how to man up and defend team mates, etc. and all any of us heard was “BEER”. love it.

    • MichiganGoat

      It’s more enjoyable than talking about this team.

      • Internet Random

        Precisely.

  • BT

    So no one cares that LaRussa “sending a message” should have cost his team the game?

    Let me start by saying they should have drilled Holliday. But Larussa’s actions last night were utterly and completely asinine. First of all, there was no way, up by one run with 2 on and no one out, that the Brewers were throwing at Pujols. Which means there needn’t be any retribution. Secondly, LaRussa does his unnecessary tough guy routine, and puts the leadoff man on in a tie game in the bottom of the 7th. I would crucify my manager if he did that in a game as important as the game was last night to the standing in the NL Central. The Brewers proceeded to load the bases with no one out because LaRussa was standing up for his team when it clearly wasn’t necessary. It was only due to the Cub like ineptitude of Betancourt and Lucroy that they were unable to take the lead because of Larussa’s actions.

    To be clear, the Cubs should have retaliated. But I never want my manager acting like LaRussa did last night.

    And Old Style sucks.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think the St. Louis media blasted him for just that.

      Still, the point remains: the Cubs pussed out. Tony didn’t. And wouldn’t have, if the rolls were reversed.

      • BT

        I agree. I think the Cubs totally pussed out. But I prefer pussing out over potentially losing games due to “toughness”.

  • hardtop

    good god, i hate coors light. being in denver, its the one beer everyone has on tap, in a bottle, and in a can. they serve it at baseball games… how horrendous. if i have to drink light beer, which i never do, becasue im comfortable being a fatty, i drink pbr light. like MG, generally speaking i only drink local brews … and we have a ba-zillion of them. I go to great american beer festival every year as well as a “competition” in Vail, and they do have some good beers coming out of Michigan, Sconi, and other midwest states… figures, it was all milwaukee and st.louis swill when i was still living there. what was this article about anyway? Ive just read evryones opinions on beer so far.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      I gotta agree (if I haven’t gotten my point across in earlier posts). Coors Light is awful. At least regular Coors — the Banquet Beer — has a taste to it, even if that taste is “stale cornflakes”.

      My go-to hot day cheep beer? High Life. Fortunately for me, here on the foggy coast there’s only like two hot days a year, so High Life is kinda like a rare beer vacation for me.

      • MichiganGoat

        We are kindred spirits, if I can’t afford a decent IPA I always go High Life!

        • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

          Wait ’til all these other jokes figure out we’re really the same person!

          • MichiganGoat

            The question is which of us is the Bizarro us

            • Jeff

              I thought you were both Bizarro and Ian Afterbirth was the real one?

              HIgh Life is always good in a cheap pinch. I don’t like the taste of Old Style, but I started going to Wrigley in 88, at the tender age of 5, with my grandfather when he was still alive, and I would get drunk on Old Style with him. Not enough to be sloshed, but every time I went to a game, my only choice of beverage was old style or nothing. I may not like the taste, but it’s been just as much a part of the Cubs experience for me as the ballpark has, so I will miss it if it is truly gone.

              • CubFan Paul

                ..your grandpa was giving u beer when you were 5? but not enough to get sloshed on?? How high was your tolerance at the tender age of 5?

              • hardtop

                never going to happen!
                i’m with you. dont love it, dont hate it, but it’s just ‘right’ at wrigley. i’ll drink it at a local place called wyman’s which has it on tap… its where all the transplants go to watch the bears. nostalgia.

                my father-in-law, a northwest illinois resident, can only drink old style. he used to drive out to denver for visits, rather than fly, so he could bring his own old style with him! now thats dedication. no one carried it until about 4 years ago when the old shitty stuff became cool to drink by those phony hipster brats.

      • Zbo

        Ahh…the Champagne of Beers…always a fondness for the High Life!

  • hardtop

    okay, im just going to put this last beer out there becasue im a stout lover

    lefthand milk stout! get some. i’ve had it in chicago, so i know it can be found. they have it on the nitro tap at their brewery and its out of this world… but its pretty good in the bottle too. i know kuma’s has it if you like heavy metal and waiting in long lines.

    • MichiganGoat

      Great Beer! Left-Hand produces some quality and has wide distibution and Milk Stout was amazing.

  • RY

    Yep this is what winning organizations do! Cubs wouldn’t know anything about that.

  • Robbo

    76 responses so far and 75 talkin beer instead of baseball…August in Wrigleyville…wait til next beer

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. Nice.

  • jt

    not sure if this has been posted yet but….

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/126646623.html

    Summary: The Brewers are cheating because the LED ribbon board that wraps around the lower level at Miller Park shines brighter when the Crew are batting and dims when opponents hack.

    God, they say something like this every year about someone. They can’t just take responsibility for getting consistently beat by anyone.

  • jt

    If it’s not TLR it’s one of his crybaby pitchers!

  • Jerry McClellan

    Forgive me if the point I am about to make has already been made but I am getting to this late and don’t feel like reading all 81 posts to this point. Bruce Levine has a point that if Hendry is not being allowed to do anything worthwhile and will not be extended they should let him go. This lets Ricketts start lining up his candidates now. If those candidates are not employed he can interview and possibly hire them. If that happens they can start planning for the off season now instead of waiting.

    I mostly agree and enjoy what you write and see your point in the Levine bullet. I just don’t agree. Hendry should have been fired once ownership decided he wouldn’t back(that’s a big assumption at this point) and he shouldn’t make any trades.

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