The Cubs Came Back Quicker Than Tiger, Jackie Robinson Day, Darvish Start, and Other Bullets

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The Cubs Came Back Quicker Than Tiger, Jackie Robinson Day, Darvish Start, and Other Bullets

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It was a pretty surreal exercise playing the “where was I” game yesterday as Tiger Woods won his first major in over a decade. The last time Tiger was Tiger, the Cubs were dominating all comers in the 2008 season, and hadn’t yet been swept out of the NLDS for the second straight year. (CURSE YOU, MANNY RAMIREZ!) The Cubs’ comeback took much less time than Tiger’s.

It doesn’t feel like he was coming back for that long, but it really has been such a long time I was still a lawyer in my 20s. Bleacher Nation was just an idea for a site I’d wanted to do for a long time, but it wouldn’t exist for a few more months. I had no kids. I was only barely married. I had never heard of ‘Game of Thrones.’

What a comeback, and what a GIF opportunity.

And the Bullets …

  • Yu Darvish is getting the ball for the Cubs tonight in Miami. You know the story with Darvish at this point: each start this year has offered you opportunities to be positive and dream on what could come next, but the final results have left you wanting much more. The Marlins suck, but they are still professional baseball players. You can’t just presume to go in and dominate them without effective execution of your pitches, and neither should you be discouraged by a mere “good” start in Miami. I would take it, man. I would so take it.
  • Today is Jackie Robinson Day around MLB, and you can’t give it too much attention any time, let alone today:

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • A periodic check in on Ian Happ at Iowa. The sample is still only 43 plate appearances, but we’re approaching a point where there’s at least a little bit of signal in some of the peripherals. I don’t love the very modest .125 ISO and the enormous 30.2% K rate (for a semi-established big leaguer playing at AAA, you should see a very reduced strikeout rate; for now, I’ll presume it’s related to what he’s working on, since he’s not just down there to produce).
  • A fair question about the Wrigley Field concert situation:

  • The Cubs say it’s just a matter of who is touring, where the schedules align, etc., and there hasn’t been any change in interest – either by acts or by the Cubs – in having a solid slate of concerts at Wrigley, typically. It just hasn’t filled up this year in the same way it has in recent years. It could be a revenue hit, relative to years with a more robust slate.
  • Toys, robo vacuums, Dockers, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon. Also, Echo devices are on a spring sale.
  • And Fanatics has extra clearance running last night through today:

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.