That One Ridiculous Play, Contreras Wants 20 Years, Top Paid Athletes, and Other Bullets

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That One Ridiculous Play, Contreras Wants 20 Years, Top Paid Athletes, and Other Bullets

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I arrived in Chicago about 2:30am my time last night, so I’m … actually, maybe the best way to finish this sentence is to say how much trouble I’m having finishing this sentence. That pretty much sums up my level of tiredness.

  • The Marlins got what would prove to be the game-winning run last night on a truly bizarre play, where a strikeout pitch got away from Miguel Montero, who threw to first base, but then was late covering home as Dee Gordon scored all the way from second. What was especially weird about it was that it seemed Gordon was not actually trying to score at first. Instead, it looked like he forgot how many outs there were, thought the inning was over, and was headed to the dugout:

  • So, yeah. That’s a bummer. Gordon goofed (later admitting he forgot the outs), realized he was stuck and just decided to go, but then no one was there to cover the plate anyway, so he scored. Bad awareness by Gordon, and bad awareness by Montero and Brian Duensing, too, but Gordon’s speed won the day.
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  • Good news on the Dylan Cease front – the top Cubs pitching prospect, who has been out with an ankle injury, could be pitching at South Bend again as soon as next week, according to Jason McLeod (Mark Gonzales).
  • Willson Contreras was on The Score, and, in addition to talking about how his relationship with Kyle Hendricks has grown, he said that he hopes to play for the Cubs for 20 years: “I would like to stay here for this city.” Given Contreras’s potential as a plus offensive and defensive catcher, I’m sure the Cubs would love for things to work out that way, too. Although I suppose they might not expect a 44-year-old Contreras to still be holding down the fort in 2036.
  • Forbes came out with its list of the top 100 paid athletes, and there are a number of baseball players on there (no Cubs, though). What’s striking is how little baseball players get in endorsement money compared to other athletes – it’s really stark. Sure, they play a large-roster team sport, but you’d still think the biggest baseball stars would be doing a little better than a few hundred thousand a year in endorsements. Then again, with guaranteed contracts, maybe their incentives to go the extra mile for endorsements is lower?
  • Not only is this a good thing that the Cubs have done, do you see it? It’s the vague hint of an Ian Happ smile:

  • Fancy new club areas are coming to Wrigley Field, and I would like you all to donate me some money please:

  • When you’re a star, they keep comin’ for you:

My son Cole and I are on #BigStarLittleStar tonight on @USA_Network at 9/8c!

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.