The Wife and I are heading to Chicago tomorrow, and will be taking in the Cubs/Red Sox game on Friday from the right field bleachers (lower corner, closest to the well/foul line). We’ll be at a Wrigleyville bar before the game (which is at 1:20), and then after the game. Any suggestions? If you’re going to be free and in the area before or after, name a (good) place, and we’ll be there. Unrelatedly, if anyone has a recommendation for a good, casual (i.e., not a fancy sit-down place) restaurant (preferably a quirky local place) in the River North area or in the Loop, we’d love to hear it.
- Yesterday, top Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo tried to make a play in foul territory for the Iowa Cubs, slid into a fence near the dugout while chasing a pop up, and was immediately pulled from the game. We all tensed. Reports from fans at the game trickled out, which ranged from abject terror to cautious optimism. Thankfully, the Cubs say Rizzo bruised his knee, and is day-to-day. No injury is good news, but, all things considered, this is a relief. Rizzo will see an orthopedist today just to fully check things out, but, ultimately, the Cubs are apparently confident that the injury isn’t serious.
- Speaking of Rizzo, Baseball America offers up some glowing thoughts on how absurdly good he’s been at the plate this year.
- Interim hitting coach James Rowson on his toughest task, being added to the big club midseason: “I feel like it’s just building relationships. While I’m here, I’m just going to start learning these guys, talking to them, getting to know them and building relationship. That’s the way it usually works. The stronger relationship you build, the better off it works.” He describes his approach to teaching players as very individualistic – different strokes for different folks, if you will. (I totally just thought of that.)
- Alfonso Soriano says he won’t participate in the Home Run Derby, even if he makes the All-Star Game. I know there’s a fair bit of silliness there, but, I can’t lie, I would have loved to see him in the Derby. He says he wants to protect his knees, though, which I can appreciate.
- Dave Kaplan offers five bright spots in this otherwise gloomy Cubs season.
- Geovany Soto could be back with the big club, following his rehab assignment at AAA Iowa, after this weekend.
- MLBullets at BCB discuss, among other things, the return of Brian Roberts (OMG BRIAN ROBERTS!), which is a great story.