Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

respect wrigleyThere are two major sporting events today about which I don’t really care. I don’t begrudge anyone who does, though.

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  • It’s fun when the Cubs come back from a road trip and we get to see more of the in-park progress on the bleachers at Wrigley Field:

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred was at Wrigley Field yesterday (, ESPN), and he discussed pace of play, the Wrigley renovation, service time, and the DH (he’s not into it because he believes the difference between the leagues engenders debate, which is good for the game (seems like more fair rules and more offense are also good for the game)).
  • The ESPN article notes that the left and center field bleachers are still scheduled to open on May 11, so I’ll see you there.

  • Jeff Sullivan writes about Anthony Rizzo, base thief. Through no fault of Sullivan’s, the story has become a lot less compelling since Rizzo has been thrown out – easily – the last two times he tried to steal.
  • Addison Russell hit his first big league homer yesterday, and he was happy to do it at Wrigley Field (
  • The Des Moines Register has an account of Javier Baez’s return to the Iowa Cubs.
  • Hopefully Armando Rivero is getting things straightened out at Iowa. The 27-year-old Cuban right-hander with insane strikeout totals in the minors since the Cubs signed him a couple years ago, could be a factor in the Cubs’ bullpen before the year is up, so it’s nice to see his last three appearances: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • Meanwhile, James Russell threw another clean inning for the I-Cubs with a strikeout. He’ll get another chance with the big league team at some point.
  • Alex Rodriguez continues his Troll-All-Of-Baseball reunion tour, and last night, he hit homer number 660, tying Willie Mays. Rodriguez, who missed all of last year on a PED suspension, and who turns 40 in July, is hitting¬†.243/.376/.557.

  • I know it’s only May – barely – and I know anything can happen in the next several months, but I just want to say: it’s a whole lot of fun to get to experience the Cubs being good with you people. Reading the comments during and after the games, you’re engaged, thoughtful, and enjoying yourselves.
  • If you missed it earlier this morning, I looked at Jon Lester’s great start against the Brewers. Also, Jorge Soler is leading off today.
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