Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

My hotel is plenty nice, and I’m overall satisfied. But if you’re going to do heavy construction in the room areas, you could probably wait until after 6:30am.

  • There were a couple of roster moves last night, the first of which you saw late in the game. Scott Maine was called up to replace Lendy Castillo, who hit the disabled list with a sore groin. Remember, if the Cubs want to keep Castillo, a Rule 5 pick, he’s got to spend at least 90 days on the active roster (not on the DL), so the team is only about halfway there. Perhaps he’ll come back in a month or so, when the Cubs decide they’re more able to have a guy stashed in the pen whom they can’t actually trust to put in the game.
  • The other roster move was a 40-man move, as Blake DeWitt – who was designated for assignment about 10 days ago – cleared waivers, and was outrighted to AAA Iowa. He now has to decide, once again, if he’ll accept the assignment (and keep his $1.1 million contract), or reject it, and become a free agent (and lose his contract). He’ll probably swallow his pride and accept the assignment. By my count, the Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.

  • Matt Garza has the yips. He just does. Ever since throwing away a shutout into the stands a while back, Garza can’t throw the ball to first base. I’ve counted no fewer than four throws to first directly into the ground since then, and it’s obviously in Garza’s head. But you wouldn’t know it by listening to Garza. “The first one, I had no time,” Garza said. “[Pierre] was out of the box I think before I even released the ball so I just picked it up and flipped it over as quick as I could. The second one, I get up and I’m about to throw it, and [Geovany Soto] tells me, ‘Don’t throw it, don’t throw it,’ and I was like, ‘I’m already going forward.’ Right there, if you’re thinking about ‘don’t throw it’ and you’re going, you’re not going to throw it where it needs to go …. It’s not a big thing. I’ll keep going. If all teams are going to do is bunt against me, we’re going to have some quick games. I’m not too worried about that. They’ll have to hit a single to score.”
  • Steve Clevenger is swinging the bat pain-free, and is hoping to return to the Cubs by May 25. “We are going to take it lightly over the next day or two and then increase the workload,” he said. “The medical staff is surprised. This was supposed to be a four- to six- week injury, and I’m ahead of that timetable.” If all goes well, he’ll go on a minor league rehab stint next week.
  • Dale Sveum reads Bleacher Nation? Well, not according to the man, himself, who told Patrick Mooney last evening, “I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you call that thing. I’m not a big computer guy. I don’t read the news.” But when discussing the Cubs’ hard-luck, walk-off loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday, Dale said: “You know somebody’s got to lose that night. Put it that way. [When you do], you dwell on it for a little while. Maybe [it’s] ‘should-a, would-a, could-a,’ but I don’t take it home with me. That would … drive you crazy.” From the Series Preview yesterday morning: “The Cubs head home to Chicago after a 1-1 series split in St. Louis (coulda, woulda, shoulda) to take on the Phillies for two games….” Ah ha! Proof positive! (I kid this time. I think that was probably just a coincidence. It’s not quite like using the same phrase “yukking it up.”)

  • I enjoyed the panel discussion by Carrie Muskat, Bears kicker (and heavy Twitter user) Robbie Gould, and Cubs’ PR and Marketing Specialist Kevin Saghy at last evening’s Social Media Night. Carrie was candid and funny.
  • Finally, some very sad news to pass along. Regular commenter, member of the community, and friend, Ty, has passed away. We all appreciated his thoughts and his passion for the game. He will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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