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cardinals win world seriesThe home opener is here! A reminder for folks in the Wrigleyville area today, feel free to stop by the Captain Morgan Club (southeast corner of the park) before the game, because that’s where I should be holed up with Myles and other BN’ers. At the game, I’ll be in the right field bleachers, as close to the wall and the right side corner (if looking from home plate; so next to the LED board) as possible. After the game is still slightly TBD, but the tentative plan is to go to Yak-Zies on Clark. Stop by any and all of those places to say hi. I’ll be in a blue BN shirt (likely overtop a sweatshirt) with blue and yellow shoes.

  • Good news on the roster move front: Alberto Cabrera, DFA’d at the end of Spring Training when he didn’t make the bullpen and was out of options, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Iowa. You never know when Cabrera might return to the big team – he still has a quality arm – so it’s nice to know he’s still in the organization.
  • Yesterday, Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams missed out on catching a foul ball when a fan – who didn’t reach onto the field – beat him to the catch. How did Adams deal with that frustration? By shoving the fan. What’s the punchline here? The fan should be honored by the touch? The Cardinals are the best shovers in baseball? Nope, it’s this: Adams shoved the fan the right way.
  • As Luke mentioned in this morning’s Minor League Daily (it’s back!), Jorge Soler left last night’s Tennessee opener shortly after legging out a double in his first at bat. His manager reportedly said it was due to some “hamstring tightness,” which is usually code for “he was feeling something in his hamstring short of serious pain, but we wanted to get him out of there anyway.” That’s a reasonable approach, given Soler’s hamstring issues in late Spring Training. Hopefully this is just a precaution, he misses very little time, and is back out there without issue next week. If anyone needs ample and immediate playing time, it’s Soler.
  • Carlos Villanueva is still scheduled to start on Sunday, despite pitching twice in the Pirates series (Cubs.com). Ricky Renteria and the front office are going to discuss their options in advance of Sunday’s game, though. You’d rather not have to futz with the roster, and Chris Rusin just pitched last night for Iowa (so he wouldn’t be available).
  • Best anecdote from a marathon game ever: John Baker tells Cubs.com that, because Wednesday’s game went nearly 6 hours, and into the wee hours of the morning, the movie he’d earlier rented at the team’s hotel had expired by the time the game ended. So he didn’t get to finish ‘Wolverine.’
  • Hat tip to The Wife on this one: want to propose to your lovely at a Major League ballpark? Well, dig deep, because it can be very expensive. The Cubs are fairly middle-of-the-pack, when you consider the venue ($175). Otherwise, it ranges from a modest $39 at PNC (Pirates) all the way up to an *INSANE* $2500 at Dodger Stadium (presumably because of the abundance of faux-lebrities that want the attention?). You know how much it costs to propose to your girl in the car after she’s fallen asleep on the ride back from dinner? Savvy business man right here. It’s also very hard for a groggy girlfriend to turn your proposal down at that point, too. Savvy life planner right here.
  • I knew Junior Lake was looking impressive in left field so far this year:

  • That tweet came halfway through yesterday’s game, when Lake had played a little more than two games’ worth of defense. Saving four runs in that time is absolutely insane. That’s an above average *season*.
  • Speaking of Lake, on his wardrobe malfunction yesterday, he told the Tribune how he realized he was in the wrong jersey, “[Justin Grimm] said, ‘Hey, you have the wrong jersey. I looked and said, ‘[bleep].’” Sometimes, you just gotta look down and say bleep, man.
  • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

    “Sometimes, you just gotta look down and say bleep, man.”

    I do that every day.

  • ncsujuri

    I personally like the way the dude taunted him with it after the catch. Well played random guy!

  • Picklenose

    I just read the Matt Adams link and then the story about the fan. I don’t know that it was a horrible push or anything, but Adams is a liar. He hit the tarp and fell down as he went to make the catch, and was actually laying on his chest looking at the fan for a second before pushing him. But Adams claims he just put his glove out to avoid falling into the stands.

    • Sandberg

      It sets a bad precedent. There should be a zero tolerance policy and it should cost him at least a game.

      • Picklenose

        I would have no problem with a suspension, he shoved the fan (who by the way is recovering from a knee surgery) and what bothers me more, clearly lied instead of just owning up to his bad behavior.
        I disagree with any zero tolerance policy however. You really do have to consider each situation by itself. Zero tolerance policies result in things like a first grader being suspended for school for using a pencil as a pistol and pretending to be a soldier just his dad (deployed in Afghanistan). Or a girl being suspended for shaving her head in support of a friend on chemotherapy.

        • Sandberg

          Well clearly diving into stands to catch balls and making contact and self defense are legitimate reasons for players to make contact with fans. By zero tolerance, I mean same rules as for umpires.

          • Sandberg

            Ugh… wish I could fix that first sentence. ;)

  • PejaO42

    Brett, did you use a ring pop as well?

  • Coldneck

    I freakin love the glove shake of the fan. Got lightly pushed by Adams then showed him the ball.

    • Coop

      Yes, this was the most perfectly awesome way for the fan to react! Suck it, Cardinals!

    • ssckelley

      I loved it too, he was rubbing it in his nose. The little shove by Adams was dumb, if anything he should have congratulated him on a nice catch. That ball was in the stands, the fan had every right to catch it. You only get out of the way for those when it is your own team trying to make the catch.

  • David

    Off subject… in the past few weeks, I haven’t heard how the top prospects in this years draft are doing. Beede? Turner? Rondon?

    • Jon

      Really good writeup from Kiely McDaniel on that…

      http://sbb.scout.com/2/1389607.html

      • Alan Griffin

        Thanks, Jon. Interesting read. I was hoping we’d see another BPA taken at 4 this year and it looks like that will be the case. Just wish there was another Bryant around to grab. Are there any college bats worth taking at 4?

      • Chad

        That is very interesting. As Rodon continues to lose favor as the #1 pick what are the odds the cubs pick him with the 4th pick if he is there. I would guess they would carry the same concern as others.

        I’m really liking Beede, Hoffman, and then Rodon. I think I would take either of those 3 before I would take the two high school pitchers, but then again I have not seen any of them pitch live. Like the article says there is not a strong top like last year and that is probably why you hear about the cubs evaluating 10-12 guys for #4. It will be fun over the next 2 months to see how things sort themselves out. Position/pitching high school/college. Fun fun.

        Another question, if Rodon drops too far does he go back to NC State for his senior year like Appel did? Big risk at #4 if he does that.

        • Jon

          What is troublesome about Rodon his how he can only carry his A+ stuff 2-3 innings..based on that scouting report. I think I would rather have Beede and take my chances on DJ fixing his control issues.

          • C. Steadman

            or Hoffman…to me I hope the Cubs draft either Beede or Hoffman

            • nkniacc13

              The thing about Rodon is that he may pull and Appel nd if not 1 goback to school for a bigger bonus

  • Kyle

    Sure, I guess you could technically call that a shove, but I think the connotation of the word makes it sound worse than it was.

    I thought it was funny and … “friendly” isn’t the right word, but sort of playful and not done with malice or real anger.

    • Picklenose

      Kyle, I agree that Adams probably wasn’t trying to hurt the fan, but I am not so sure it was meant to be playful either. The fans around him didn’t seem to a take it as a joke. The link in that article shows that the fan, plus quite a few others from that section joined together to give Adams a “flappy bird salute” in response to the shove.
      I am not sure his shove rises to the level of a game suspension, but maybe. This is why I don’t like any no tolerance policy (see above) it assumes any player reaction to a fan comes from malice or anger without considering both sides of the question. It is pretty clear that Adams is lying about trying to catch himself from falling though, which does make me question his real motivation.

      • Kyle

        I thought the bird was *exactly* the appropriate response.

        The player and the fan exhibited the exact right amount of … I don’t know how to put it. Good-natured animosity?

        • Picklenose

          Honestly, if the situation ends right here (well, with Adams getting a lot of “good-natured ribbing” from the fans next time the Cards play in Cincinnati that would be just fine with me.

    • baldtaxguy

      I agree – it wasn’t a “shove” and looked harmless, regardless of what the fans thought or how they reacted. He certainly should not be punished for it.

    • Edwin

      This isn’t ‘Nam Kyle, this is baseball. There are rules.

    • ssckelley

      Playful? Adams should not be touching the fans at all. Even a “playful” shove could have caused this guy some pain since he just had knee surgery.

      • DarthHater

        Suspension unnecessary. The fan should just sue Adams. ;-)

        • ssckelley

          Darth, I agree that little shove doesn’t warrant a suspension. The fan appeared to be ok, no harm done, but it very well could have resulted in a injury. A ballplayer still should not be touching a fan.

    • Cyranojoe

      I agree. It was a tiny bump of a shove, more of a “gorramit you little so-and-so grumble mumble mumble”.

  • MaxM1908
  • Chad

    The most offensive part of the Adams shove was the fact that a grown man had a baseball glove at a MLB game. Grow a pair and use your bare hand man. 1 strike against your man card.

    • Edwin

      Catch a lot of bare hand fly balls, have you?

      • Chad

        actually yes.

        • Melrosepad

          Good for you. Still just seems stupid. Should the ball players on the field be doing the same thing? Are they not man enough for you?

          • Chad

            Seriously? Are you really trying to compare a spectator to a professional baseball player? They are paid to catch the ball and ones that can get hit at them like rockets. If you pay to go to the game as a spectator you shouldn’t bring a glove, unless you are a 10 year old kid. I just think it is weird to bring a glove to a game you are not actually playing in. Just me, apparently everyone else wants to try to break out into a game of catch during the middle of the 3rd inning. If you feel like you need a glove to catch a pop foul ball, then I guess that’s your call. To me seeing a grown man with a baseball glove at a ball game is like seeing anyone in socks and sandals, it’s just awkward and a bit sad.

            • ssckelley

              I am perfectly fine with men bringing their gloves to the ballpark. I used to when my kids were small and we were sitting in a lower level along the baseline. I felt I had a better chance of keeping a line drive out of one of my kids face if I had my glove on.

              Find something else to ridicule and poke fun of over masculinity, bringing a ball club to the ball park is not one of them.

              • Edwin

                Agreed.

                • Melrosepad

                  Chad, not every ball that goes into the stands is a pop foul. Personally, I’m paying close attention to the game and the glove is there so I don’t take a line drive to the face (or my wife’s face)

                  • Chad

                    I guess if you don’t think you can stop a line drive with your hand then that’s fine. I have never had an issue in which I couldn’t protect someone I was sitting next to at a game if I had to without a glove. Just my opinion, and yes I still think it is weird to bring a glove to a game when you are an adult. Even it if is to protect someone. If you’re that worried about it don’t sit in the hot zones for those type of hits because unless you pay attention 100% of the time (which nobody does) what good does the glove do you anyway?

                    • ssckelley

                      You serious? I like my chances much better with a big padded glove on my hand than have keeping them bare, not to mention it extends my reach by at least 6 inches.

                    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

                      YA MELROSE! YOU’RE LESS OF A MAN BECAUSE YOU WANT TO SIT SOMEWHERE AND BRING A PROTECTION DEVICE!!!

                      Get off the machismo dude. Some folks want to bring a glove, doesn’t make them less of a man.

                    • ssckelley

                      Not to mention catching a line drive hurts like hell!

                    • Chad

                      That’s fine bring a glove to the game. That’s up to you. I think it looks weird, and yes I equate bringing a glove to the game as an adult to be childish. That is my opinion. I was mostly joking about the mancard/growing a pair and that was probably unnecessary. No need to take it personally. By the way the odds of being hit by a line drive foul ball are very insignificant and unless you are paying attention 100% of the time and at the exact moment that it is hit at you the odds of you catching it are nearly 0 unless you have amazing reflexes which I’m guessing most on here don’t.

                      I don’t buy the I will protect my children or wife etc. If it comes down to that then you can use your hand and you won’t care about how much it hurts. But again unless you are paying attention at that exact moment it won’t matter much.

    • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

      I have begun to hate the “man card” with about as much passion as “bro-” or “man-” things.

      • DarthHater

        Stop being such a little girl.

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      • itzscott

        Just need to be clear on this….

        So “”dude” is okay then?

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          Sure. I just hate bro-mance and man-scaping and man bags.

          Just seems like a douchey way to say things.

      • Sandberg

        Where’s the “Is your ire raised” gif?

  • Crockett

    Rick Sveum looking good today.

  • nkniacc13

    So with the Cubs adding Pinero and Cabrera to Iowa I wonder what other moves that makes for minors. Releasing anyone or doing what they did last year and PTBN/$

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