I’m taking a few days in Chicago this week, and, among other things, I can’t wait to check out Winterland at the Park at Wrigley. The only question is whether I’ll have the guts to live stream myself ice skating …
— ParkatWrigley (@parkatwrigley) November 29, 2017
- ESPN did a 30 for 30 podcast on the lights at Wrigley Field, and it’s worth a listen. Wayne Drehs wrote up his own personal experience with the lights here, which includes the very cool factoid that the Commissioner of Baseball wound up paying for his own seats to the lights’ debut on 8/8/88, since it was such a hot ticket. Four tickets for $42.
- Anthony Rizzo’s annual Walk Off for Cancer charity walk was this weekend, and it was a great success:
- And Rizzo wasn’t the only one giving back:
Today was a great first step in the Neighborhood Heroes program. Made our first 3 donations today! It was a true pleasure to donate to these charities! It wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the very generous people who helped along the way! Thank you all! #NeighborhoodHeroes pic.twitter.com/F6Tndt2AuK
— Kyle Schwarber (@kschwarb12) December 3, 2017
- It’s really heartening to see how much so many Cubs are doing with their offseasons to help other people.
- I can’t imagine why Shohei Ohtani did not want to go to New York:
STAGE FRIGHT: Shohei Otani too scared to play for the @Yankees…
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 4, 2017
- The ZiPS projections are out for the Rockies, who figure to be a contender for a playoff spot next year. What’s especially interesting is how poorly they project on offense (only Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon project to be above-average offensive contributors), and how good they project to be on the pitching side. ZiPS is really buying that young rotation, and it loves the bullpen (especially if they bring back Greg Holland and/or Pat Neshek and/or Jake McGee).
- Bonus: the under-control pitcher projected to have the best ERA on the Rockies? Former Cubs pitcher Chris Rusin, whom the Rockies snagged on waivers at the end of the 2014 season. Remember the lefty who never quite made it as a starter during his days in the Cubs’ rebuild? Well he went to Colorado and reinvented himself as a dominant reliever. The dude had a 2.65 ERA last year over 85.0 relief innings *for the ROCKIES*. D’oh.
- You wonder if Zac Rosscup, whom the Cubs traded to the Rockies this year for Matt Carasiti (who has since departed for Japan), will be the next d’oh. He’s got tremendous stuff, and he was pretty much lights out for the Rockies at AAA and in MLB after the trade (although his ERA was a touch high in his limited big league stint, it also came with a 33.3% K rate and a 0.00% BB rate).
- At least D.J. LeMahieu doesn’t pitch …
- Much less d’oh? The Rockies can also thank the Cubs for their best starting pitcher, Jon Gray, since the Cubs passed on Gray in the 2013 draft in favor of some guy named Kris Bryant.
- As the Marlins ready themselves to trade their biggest star, today is the 10-year anniversary of the day they sent a 24-year-old Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers. The Tigers also got Dontrelle Willis in the deal, but his career was basically already over by that point. The Marlins? They got Andrew Miller (who never blossomed there), Cameron Maybin (who did not succeed there), Burke Badenhop, Dallas Trahern, Frankie De La Cruz, and Mike Rabelo. We should probably be talking about this trade as one of the worst in the last 20 years, right?
- If you missed anything this weekend, catch up on the headlines here. Also, earlier today, the Cubs are in on Morrow and Minor, and more thoughts on the competition for Ohtani.
- The Bears lost again yesterday, which actually is not a bad thing when you consider the desperate need for coaching turnover and the draft pick implications. Also this:
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) December 4, 2017
- Fanatics is running a 30% off flash sale today (orders over $30) until 4pm CT.
- Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals continues, with today’s theme being home improvement and home-fun-stuff. Tons of great deals. And I’ve gotta recommend the Echo Dot for just $29.99. We love ours.