One of my fillings came out, so I have to get that fixed today. That seems … not good? I’ll let you know how it goes …
- Good teams beat bad teams, especially at home. So there’s no reason not to celebrate the Cubs’ mini-sweep over the Mariners this week – as we’ve seen, the Cubs don’t always win those games/series, even when they should.
- Thankfully, it’s an entirely academic discussion, because the run didn’t matter in the final accounting, but that one Mariners run last night was super weird. On a single to left, Kyle Schwarber wound up back-picking a runner at second base, with Ben Zobrist applying a very nice quick tag to get the guy for the third out of the inning. And it came a fraction of a second before Dee Gordon stepped on home plate for the run (I watched a lot of replays to sync up this screen shot to the moment the tag was definitely on):
Tag is already on, runner clearly not on home yet. pic.twitter.com/DOGdqaMD0m
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 4, 2019
- The Mariners challenged the tag at second, and ultimately, the call of out was upheld. Joe Maddon then tried to confirm that, for that reason, the run did not score … but was told that he was too late to challenge, because he didn’t challenge THAT part within the first 30 seconds, per the rule. But if the Mariners dude had been safe at second, there was no challenge to be had at home. Yet, that’s the way the umps handle it:
Confirmed—Cubs had to provisionally challenge run scoring immediately. Weren’t allowed to challenge the call after the initial 30 second window closed.
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) September 4, 2019
- I do get it, but on the other hand, you’re already reviewing the dang play. Why intentionally leave the call wrong? Can you imagine if this happened with a decisive run in a big game? It’s a really rare situation, but it just feels like there is a better way to handle this. Then again, maybe calling it to everyone’s attention right now will ensure that managers provisionally challenge more often.
- When Kyle Schwarber’s mammoth homer ricocheted around the back row of the right field bleachers, it wound up between two women taking in the game – presumably not expecting a home run to reach them – and they became stars of the night:
—Checks in on her friend who took the ball to the back
—Gave the ball to friend
—Back to keeping score pic.twitter.com/3X1xo8uHTi
— Ⓜ️arcusD ▶️ (@_MarcusD3_) September 4, 2019
- End-of-summer deals, duffel bags, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today.
- I love this picture because it kinda looks like Willson Contreras is having to hold Nick Castellanos back from flipping out, shirt flying open and everything:
- In reality, if shit was going down and those two were out there, I would be freaking terrified to be on the other side. They might be the two most high-energy dudes on the team.
- Both of those guys homered last night, with Contreras’s being his 20th of the season. If we count Castellanos (23 on the season overall, 12 with the Cubs), the team now has SIX guys with at least 20 homers, with the other four being Kyle Schwarber (33), Javy Baez (29), Kris Bryant (26), and Anthony Rizzo (25).
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 4, 2019
- Love this shot:
- Well this is very sweet and nice:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) September 4, 2019
- Eric Thames and Nick Castellanos should get together for a Philosophy of Baseball TED Talk:
- Good for him, man. Hip, Hip, Jorge:
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 4, 2019
Want a wild stat?
Jorge Soler leads the league in games played
— Cooper (@RushingBaseball) September 4, 2019
- A reminder that Tim McCarver has been done for a long time:
Hey Tim McCarver. It wasn’t a bad read. It was an excellent catch. Remind me to mute you when im watching from home. pic.twitter.com/s1LjvRGhSD
— Aliya Fowler (@aliyafowler) September 4, 2019
- Bonus flashback:
Remember that time Tim McCarver said there was no way Jon Lester was going to throw over to first, and Tommy Pham believed it? pic.twitter.com/v2vWbLhrps
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 22, 2017
Rizzo gear: BACK IN STOCK.
— OBVIOUS SHIRTS® (@obvious_shirts) September 4, 2019
- Thanks so much to Michael for having me on for the first episode of his podcast (I’ve gotten a sneak peek of the other guests, and I am by far the least interesting). It was really nice to talk about meta stuff and life stuff, and not just Cubs stuff:
Introducing episode 1 of … MICHAEL CERAMI'S PODCAST!
Ep. 1: Brett Taylor of @BleacherNation
Brett sat down to discuss our evolving fandom, mental health, his family, the rise of Tik Tok and more!
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) September 3, 2019
- If you’re gonna be around on Monday, September 16, go to Social Media Night before the game and we can hang out:
Just signed up for one of the best nights of the year if you are Extremely Online in #CubsTwitter. Hope to see lots of fun folks there, including the inimitable #AtCubs, who have asked me to play shortstop that night. True commitment to social media. Here: https://t.co/bOc9tsGXE6 pic.twitter.com/A6w4AKku80
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 3, 2019
- Bears fun and NFL news as we wait just one more day …
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 4, 2019
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 3, 2019
- And if you haven’t seen it yet, META notes on the coming front page and category changes.