Server problems are not fun, and not my wheelhouse. We’ve been experiencing them since last night, and although I’ve worked with our host to get them resolved, I can’t say for certain they are just yet. My apologies if you experience site troubles or weirdness right now. It makes me sad and frustrated, and it’s carried me throughout the morning on into today’s first game.
If you are able to read this, however, enjoy some Bullets between innings …
- Jeimer Candelario is joining the Cubs today as their 26th man, and Joe Maddon talked about how impressed he’s been with Candelario going back to Spring Training (Tribune), noting that “guys like [Candelario] can force you to make moves or do different things.” No one will tell you that Candelario is likely to stick around as a starter right now, but eventually, he’s going to be able to contribute to the big league team one way or another. It’s not always easy for a young player to come up and mostly sit on the bench while also developing, but if the roster can accommodate it, that time might come soon for Candelario, who has shown he can dominate at AAA between this and last season.. All that said, Maddon cautioned that you don’t want to go too nuts too quickly about a good month or two of minor league performance.
- One last pat on the head about the Cubs being swept by the Yankees (with two games that easily could have gone the other way): Jeff Sullivan dug in, and teams that start out like the Yankees have, even if they came into the season without top tier projections, are usually very good teams.
- The Mets’ PR battle with suspended pitcher Matt Harvey continues, as there’s a report out now that Harvey was out partying until the wee hours of the morning late last week, which is why he was a no-show on Saturday, and thus got suspended. Harvey’s story is that he had a migraine and texted in sick, effectively. Glad not to have these kinds of stories going around the Cubs’ world right now.
- The Cubs created a really impressive and fun video from their trip to Boston:
Behind the scenes and mic'd up, watch players' unique perspective on our last road trip to Boston.
Posted by Chicago Cubs on Monday, May 8, 2017
- Joe Maddon has a better car-house than you:
— Danny Ecker (@DannyEcker) May 8, 2017
- Anthony Rizzo and his Family Foundation have done a whole lot of good:
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo gives $3.5 million to Lurie Children's Hospital https://t.co/C0XvU4icjj
— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) May 8, 2017
- Earlier, we looked at David Ross’s latest performances on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Luke introduced us to the newest Cubs prospect, and Ian Happ went deep once again.
- My public service announcement/advertisement to you: Mother’s Day is this weekend, and you do not want to incur the wrath of a mother who goes unhonored. To that end, I have two Mother’s Day collections of stuff you can peruse for gifts: the official MLB Shop has a selection here, and Amazon has a whole Mother’s Day shop right here.