We had a fresh (long) BN Podcast episode yesterday. It’s rumor/trade heavy, and you should check it out if you haven’t already.
- I just got my ticket to the Cubs’ annual Social Media Night on Wednesday, August 21. Basically there’s an event/panel before the game at the Captain Morgan Club, and then everyone there for the Social Media Night sits together in the bleachers (and hopefully talks to each other in person, rather than just tweeting). You have to get your ticket through Cubs.com here, and it comes with a t-shirt. No, this is not an advertisement. It’s just an event that I’m looking forward to going to, and I hope to meet some of you there.
- Frank Marek turned 100 last month, and he’s still waiting on his first Chicago Cubs championship. A good piece here by CSN.
- Bruce Miles on the Cubs’ first half, and where they go from here. In contrasting the Cubs’ woes with runners in scoring position, Miles sums up the voodoo magic: “Compare that with the Cardinals, who are batting .337 with runners in scoring position after going 8-for-16 Sunday. Now that’s just plain crazy and probably unsustainable, but the Cardinals always find a way to get it done.”
- Jon Greenberg writes about the impact the Cubs’ attendance/enthusiasm decline has had on the vendors that work at Wrigley Field. (Reading that, I instantly feel even more grateful that you all are interested in reading about the Cubs, even as the organization rebuilds (and struggles at the big league level).) I still believe there are good days ahead for the Cubs, for Wrigley Field, for attendance, and for the folks who work at Wrigley.
- Jesse Rogers takes a look at the story lines for the second half, and there’s a heavy focus on what the team looks like after July 31. While I don’t expect the Cubs to win a lot of games after the Trade Deadline, I will find it very interesting to see how various players – particularly possible 2014 players
- Carrie Muskat looks at the numbers behind the Cubs’ record in the first half, and notes that, yeah, the Cubs should probably be better than they have been. That could mean better things for the second half (subject, of course, to the sell-off).
- Enjoy: the worst (or best of the worst) wild swings of the first half of the year, from FanGraphs.