It proved to be a surprisingly busy weekend over the holiday, so if you were out on the boat or lighting off fireworks, see what you may have missed …
Friday, July 3
- The Cubs’ sweep of the Mets was actually historic.
- The Eugene Emeralds are loaded with prospect talent.
- Jake Arrieta came in for some well-earned love.
- The Cubs were reportedly among four teams scouting Scott Kazmir’s latest start.
- He doesn’t have the title, but Jason Motte sure gets used like the closer these days.
- A small trade helped the Cubs pick up some IFA money and a low-level pitching prospect.
- Despite a great outing from Jason Hammel, the Cubs couldn’t put together enough offense to win.
- The Cubs picked up a new pitcher from the Pirates, and he started on Saturday.
Saturday, July 4
- If you missed it on Friday, there’s video of Harry Caray singing the 7th Inning Stretch on the video board at Wrigley.
- The Bullets for the holiday.
- The Smokies walked off and Kyle Schwarber had a huge game, among other things in the minors.
- Clayton Richard readied himself to start for the Cubs and I talked about the rotation.
- It was the one-year anniversary of the huge trade with the A’s.
- David Ross headed to the 7-day concussion disabled list and Taylor Teagarden came up to take his place.
- The Cubs sent Tommy La Stella to the 60-day DL and DFA’d Gonzalez Germen.
- Kris Bryant went off on the Marlins and the Cubs won big on the 4th.
Sunday, July 5
- The scores and highlights and what-have-you from the minor leagues.
- Re-living Kris Bryant’s two homers was fun.
- Jorge Soler finally returned to the Cubs after his ankle injury.
- Matt Szczur headed back to AAA Iowa to accommodate the return of Soler.
- Clayton Richard was great on Saturday, but with Tsuyoshi Wada heading for a rehab stint, his future with the Cubs is unclear.
- The Cubs took the series from the Marlins behind a stellar Kyle Hendricks outing. That made Luis’s post on Hendricks’ increasing dominance all the more prescient and well-timed.
- The starters for the All-Star Game were announced, and there were no Cubs.