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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Hector Neris 
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
* Matt Mervis
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 

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Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL: 3
Kyle Hendricks, P 
* Drew Smyly, P 
* Justin Steele, P   

60-DAY IL: 2 
Caleb Kilian, P 
Julian Merryweather, P

DFA: 1 
Garrett Cooper, 1B 

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Wild Card Game Recap: Cubs 1, Rockies 2 (13 Innings)

Tony Wolters vs. Terrance Gore for the Right To Advance in the Playoffs

W - Oberg, never-quit fans at Wrigley and Parachat

L -  Hendricks, Wednesday's work productivity

Box Score, Game Graphs, Play Log

Some Compelling Questions....

1. Was this great pitching or poor hitting?

Most of this game did not lend itself to second-guessing. After a Rockies run in the first, Lester and the bullpen (and leftover starting pitchers) shut them down.  About the only real question to debate is if Maddon ought to have pinch-run Gore for Rizzo in the eighth, but, it worked out when a stolen base and a Baez double resulted in the Cubs' run.  Other than that, one might squabble over when to pull relievers, but I won't second-guess 11+ innings of shut-out ball after the 1st. If only the bats had done... something... anything... Perhaps De La Rosa should have come in for the lefty-lefty match-up against Tony Wolters with 2 out and runners on 1 and 3 in the 13th, but Wolters is a .170 hitter and Hendricks had been cruising. Of course, Wolters hit the go-ahead single...

2.  My God, What Have I Done?

I am so tired.

3.  42 games in 43 days.

Ok, that's not a question. But it still was one heck of a grind.

4. Whither the Cubs Dynasty?

Smarter analysts than I will have to decide what 2018 means for the Cubs' long-term prospects. Let the hot stove season commence.


The grueling details...


Game Recap


1st Inning - Top

  • Fastball low and away to the Unibomber starts the game. 4 pitches later and Chuck Noland walks.
  • LeMahieu works a 3-1 count.  Showing bunt.  Lester is not missing by much.  3-2 count, crowd stands to cheer on Lester.
  • LeMahieu lines one that splits the Left-center gap, and it rolls into the vines.  Bryant immediately, smartly signals for the double, and it freezes Hagrid at third.
  • Arenado flies to center, just short of the warning track. Moses scores and LeMahieu to third, 1-0 Rockies.
  • Story K's on 3 pitches, staying away. Cutter, cutter, and a looping curve.
  • Matt Holliday is alive?  Huh.  Fossil K's at something breaking in the dirt.

1st Inning - Bottom

  • Fastball middle, and Zobrist lines it up the middle for a single.
  • Bryant K's swinging at a fastball up in the strike zone.
  • Rizzo with a short fly to Dahl in right.
  • Freeland seems to have picked Zobrist off of first.  Replay....  Safe!
  • Baez K's swinging at .... wait for it... slider in dirt.

2nd Inning - Top

  • Desmond flies to Almora.
  • Dahl flies to deep center.  Almora leaps a bit awkwardly into the vines, using his right hand to help elevate, and makes the grab, with the ball just missing the basket.  Phew.  I am told that on the national telecast, A-rod identifies him as "Almonte"
  • Iannetta swings over a curve breaking into his feet, strikes out. 8 pitch inning.

2nd Inning - Bottom

  • Almora lines a fastball to left-center for a fastball.
  • Murphy chops to Desmond at first, who tries to start the 3-6-1, but Freeland is late in covering the bag.  Force-out at 2nd.
  • Freeland fastball catches too much of the plate, down, Contreras lines it to right-center, slicing away from Sasquatch, but he makes a nice running play.
  • Bote K's on a fastball

3rd Inning - Top

  • Lester makes short work of Freeland, K's swinging.
  • Gandalf hits a sinking liner just in front of Bryant in left.
  • LeMahieu called out on strike three, high and at the outside edge of the zone.  The pitch-tracking box likes it.
  • Bote makes a nice stop on an Arenado smash, for the 5-3 putout.

3rd Inning - Bottom

  • Lester K's swinging.  I missed it finding my beer. 
  • Freeland stabs a come-back chopper from Zobrist.
  • Bryant pops out to second.  Lazy inning

4th Inning - Top

  • Story lines to Zobrist in deep right.
  • Methusela hooks one over a leaping Bote into the corner for a double.
  • Looping curve to Desmond that allegedly caught the outside corner. Desmond has warrant to disagree, but it's still strike three.
  • Dahl with a roller to Rizzo, unassisted. Nice work by Lester.

4th Inning - Bottom

  • Rizzo bounces to Story, positioned just to the 1B side of 2B.
  • Baez lines right to Dahl in right.
  • Almora bounced to a drawn-in Arenado at 3rd.

5th Inning - Top

  • Iannetta K's looking at an 88 mph... something... center and down.
  • Freeland K's looking on the low inside corner.
  • Billy Gibbons grounds to Rizzo.  Lester is cruising.

5th Inning - Bottom

  • Murphy with a soft chopper to LeMahieu.
  • Freeland breaks Contreras's bat, with Arenado making a nice charging bare-handed play to get Willson at 1st.
  • Bote K's swinging at a fastball high and outside.  12 in a row set down by Freeland.

6th Inning - Top

  • LeMahieu grounds to Baez.
  • Arenado grounds to Bote.  Lester still cruising
  • Story inside-outs a high pitch to right center, bouncing over the wall for a double.
  • Lester really pitching Rip Van Winkle tough here.  Eventually K's him on a fastball up and away, Contreras pumping his fist as they run off the field.

6th Inning - Bottom

  • Happ hits for Lester, quickly down 0-2.  Chavez is up in the bullpen.  Happ works it to 3-2.  Everyone is on their feet.  Happ fouls one away at the last possible moment.
  • Happ draws the walk on a pitch inside.  Pat makes it sound much closer than what the pitch trax thingy says.  Nice work by Happ.
  • Parra in left for Abe Vigoda.
  • Zobrist K's swinging.
  • Bryant pops one down the right field line, shallow. Dahl sort of overruns and over-circles it, and it falls in.  Really ugly effort by Dahl.  Bryant at 1st, Happ at 2nd.
  • Rizzo promptly grounds into a 4-6-3.  Oww.  Oww, oww, oww.

7th Inning - Top

  • Chavez in.  Desmond lines into the right-center gap, with Almora making a nice play to keep him to a single.
  • Dahl with a lazy fly to left.  Bryant, camped under it, makes the easy play, but Desmond, inexplicably, is tagging up. He tries for the swim move, but Ian, I know Javy Baez, I root for Javy Baez, and you are no Javy Baez.  Out.
  • Iannetta flies to Bryant in left.  Pitch got too much of the plate, but no harm.

7th Inning - Bottom

  • Kerry Wood is spectacularly tone-deaf.  But we love ya, Kerry, and glad you did the Stretch.
  • 86 MPH something-or-other gets the center of the plate, and Baez pops to second.
  • Almora lines just in front of Dusty Hill, who may have been able to make a high-risk play for it, but lets it land in front of him for the single.
  • Murphy lines to Story's right, who makes a nice diving catch for the out.
  • Ottavino in to face Contreras
  • First pitch is wild, way outside, and Almora goes to second.  Conteras works a 3-1 count.  Walks on a pitch that bounces, Contreras is fired up.
  • LaStella in to hit.  First pitch, a breaker, nearly hits him. Second pitch also wild inside. Schwarber on deck
  • LaStella hits a weak chopper back to Ottavino, but starts gesturing back to home... Catcher's interference!  His bat hit Butera's glove, quite clearly.  Bases loaded.
  • Heyward, instead of Schwarber, now hitting.
  • The 1-1 pitch nearly hits Heyward in the shin.  2-1.  Crowd going nuts. 
  • Ottavino battles back, and K's Heyward on a nasty fastball, swinging, down and away.

8th Inning - Top

  • Rosario in to pitch, Heyward to Right, Zobrist to Left, Bryant to Third, Bote out.
  • Butera draws a walk.
  • Charles Darwin hits a lazy fly to Zobrist
  • Cishek in.
  • LeMahieu hits a chopper to Murphy who throws to second on a very close play. Called out, and Baez throws to first for what surprisingly seems to be a double play. It'll be reviewed... appears to be safe.... and.... everyone is astonished when Butera is called out at second.  Pat Hughes can't believe it.

8th Inning - Bottom

  • Zobrist rolls out to 2nd.
  • Strop and Hendricks up in the bullpen
  • 96 MPH on the low outside corner, Bryant K's swinging.
  • Rizzo lines an outside fastball to center for a single.
  • Gore pinch-runs for Rizzo. Steals on the first pitch, uncontested.  I can't even describe how fast he looks, in slow-motion.
  • Javy is 0-5 with 4 Ks against Ottavino, and promptly lines a double over Gore's head and into left-center for a double.  1-1 tie game.
  • Wade Davis in to pitch
  • Baez steals third on a swinging strike in the dirt.
  • Almora K's swinging.

9th Inning - Top

  • Gore in at left, Murphy to 1st, Bryant to 3rd, Zobrist to 2nd.  I think that covers it?
  • Strop (!!!) is in.
  • Strop K's Arenado on a couple of nasty sliders.  Looks sharp.
  • Fastball catches too much of the plate, Story bounces one through the left side hole, for a single.
  • Parra bounces to Murphy, who is playing in and on the line.  Makes a nice-yet-awkward stumbling play and steps on the base. Not in a position to try for a double play.  Story to second.
  • Strop K's Desmond on a hanging curve down the center of the plate that Desmond clearly wasn't expecting. Crowd continues to be bonkers.

9th Inning - Bottom

  • Murphy K's on a check-swing at a knuckle-curve in the dirt.
  • Hamels warming up.
  • Contreras works a full-count walk, real nice AB.
  • Schwarber hits for Strop.  2-1 count, a pitch slightly outside gets called strike 2.  Ooof.  Swinging strike 3.
  • Heyward bounces back to Davis, and we go to extras

10th Inning - Top

  • Cole Hamels, 10th Inning Relief Pitcher.
  • Dahl with a slow chopper in front of Zobrist at second, who just does get him at 1st. Right-side defense looks rickety, but gets it done.
  • CarGo came in at some point (just now?  It's late and I am tired) and singles to left.
  • Butera with a soft pop just behind the infield dirt near 1st.  Murphy has a bad angle on it, but Zobrist is there for the out.
  • Pat Valaika is pinch-hitting for... someone.... listening to Pat and Ron with TV muted and trying to recap and contribute to parachat is hard, DON'T JUDGE ME.
  • Ah.  Looks like Dumbledore got taken out when Davis came in, and now this is PH for Davis.
  • Somewhere in that confusion, Valaika K's.

10th Inning - Bottom

  • Seung Hwan Oh in to pitch
  • Zobrist bounces out to Story.
  • Bryant hits a smash to the left-side hole, but Arenado makes a nice diving grab to get the out at first.
  • Gore up... sees a couple of balls, but K's swinging at a fastball up in the zone

11th Inning - Top

  • Hamels still pitching.  You owe it to me to comment on this recap. Then maybe throw some money at TCR. We'll use it to buy Pogs.
  • LeMahieu bounces the first pitch to Bryant for the 5-3.
  • Arenado singles back up through the middle.
  • More first-pitch swinging, and story pops to shallow right-center where Zobrist has it.
  • Full Count to Parra... just misses for the walk.  Runners on 1st and 2nd.
  • Chopper to Bryant's right, and he goes to second. Parra however gets a big jump and beats the throw.  Probably had a play on Desmond at first.
  • Next pitch, Dahl bounces to Murphy who makes a nice feed to Hamels to get us out of the jam.

11th Inning - Bottom

  • Baez watches five straight pitches from Oh, and walks.
  • Almora bunts to Arenado, charging in.  Throw to first for the out. Baez rounds second and inquires about taking third, but finds Butera has hustled down to cover third, so Baez stays put at second.
  • Murphy intentionally walked.  Right about now I wish they still had to throw four balls.
  • Contreras seems to have hurt himself fouling off a pitch.  Caratini had been on deck to pinch hit, so.... Ron thinks it may be a cramp, and indeed they have him drinking something on the field. Crew chief being generous giving Willson some time.
  • Thought we had ball three, but time evidently was called, so count remains 2-2.  Maddon uses this as a chance to freeze the pitcher and sneak Contreras a juice box, but no luck on that.
  • Contreras chops to Arenado, who tags Baez on his way to third. Baez hits the breaks, forcing Arenado to come tag him, and Baes then bear-hugs Arenado when he comes in for the tag, because Javy. Arenado seemed to enjoy it and hugged back, may have even initiated it. Bud Black comes out to object that this is interference, and now we're interpreting the intent of a hug. But clearly, Arenado had given up on any effort at also going for the play at first, because, hey, who would turn down a chance to bear-hug Javy Baez?
  • Chris Rusin in to pitch, Caratini to hit. McMahon in at first
  • Caratini promptly grounds to McMahon, unassisted.

Inning 12 - Top

  • Justin Wilson in.
  • CarGo bounces out to Second.
  • Kyle Hendricks, Relief Pitcher, in for Wilson.
  • Butera lines sharply to center, right at Almora.
  • McMahon flies out to Gore, an easy time of it for Hendricks.

Inning 12 - Bottom

  • Heyward grounds to first.
  • Zobrist pops one to shallow right.  CarGo comes in and LeMahieu goes out, and LeMahieu makes a very difficult catch, avoiding CarGo.
  • Oberg in to face Bryant. Wolters in for Butera.  That's three catchers used by Colorado tonight.
  • Why not just walk Bryant to get to Gore? Pat and Ron wonder, and so do I...
  • That's why.  Bryant chances some sliders and then watches strike three.

Inning 13 - Top

  • I hate everyone.  It's 12:40 am.
  • LaMahieu hits a lazy fly to Almora.
  • Arenado with a sharp grounder to Zobrist, for the out.  Hendricks having no trouble.  Wrigley still totally packed.
  • Story bounces one through the left-side hole for a hit.
  • Parra reaches for a change-up and singles it into right.  First and third, two outs, for Wolters.
  • .170 hitting Tony Wolters singles up the middle, past Hendricks' glove-hand, for the rbi single.  2-1 Rockies.
  • De La Rosa in to face Dahl. A bouncer gets away from Contreras and Wolters advances, but De La Rosa comes back for the strikeout.

Inning 13 - Bottom

  • Leading off with the season on the line in the Wild Card... Terrance Gore. Not how we drew the season up.
  • Oberg throws a fastball running inside and it..... hits?  Gore? It definitely got the home plate umpire somewhere up around the collarbone, and we go to the review to decide if it hit Gore. Really hard to tell both live and in replay. I suspect the answer is no.
  • Nope, not HBP, just ball three.  The whole season winds up being about Terrance Gore. He chases a slider down out of the zone for the strikeout.
  • Baez K's swinging at a 90 mph pitch down the middle
  • Almora K's to end the season.


Parachat Recap

1st Inning

  • I somehow am in a Parachat room with no one else in it, wondering why I am alone. I invite people to join me and realize I'm the one who is missing out.  People taunt me when I arrive in the right room.
  • Woo Girls
  • Ronnie Woo-Woo
  • Who is at work?
  • Parachat vs. helping kid with Math.  Parachat wins.
  • Where is CT Steve?  Biz, Block, 'los, Crunch, JAG, Whip, Sonic and me here.
  • Infinite Hits.  Michael Jackson.
  • The Zobrist pick-off: what was he thinking?  (Answer: his wholesome Christian wife.)
  • Off goes Mister Whipple to help kid with the math.  Good whip.
  • People listening to the national TV telecast are annoyed with A-rod.  Pat and Ron overlaid for me, so life is good.

2nd Inning

  • Are the Cubs the least-rootable team for a non-fan this year?  (Answer - why would non-fans be rooting?  Dumb question.)
  • But, JAG and I agree we aren't going to be too bothered if we lose to the Rockies.
  • Huh:  So we're even less popular than the Yankees.  Cool.
  • Evaluating Mendoza, Glanville, Arod as broadcasters.  Tough crowd.  I like all of them.  I am in the minority.
  • Ditching partners for the Cubs game.
  • Blockhead - Almora is LaStella but thinks he's Baez.
  • The exploits of one of my cats, Iggy Cat.
  • Marlins Man
  • PJ Franklin. (Huh?)
  • Crunch joins.
  • Whipple returns from helping the kid with math.  Good whipple

3rd Inning

  • Parachat sounds.  Ip still is not Ip.
  • ESPN vs ESPN 2 telecast
  • Block points out just how different we'd be handling tonight if we had lost game 7 in 2016.  I made a similar observation to my department chair earlier today. He pointed out that Philly fans would not be so chill.
  • Wow, we're really chill in Parachat about the prospect of losing. We're so chill....
  • I break the news:  JAG and I are officially BEST FRIENDS in Pokemon Go.  The Parachat crew celebrates our happiness.
  • Crunch is a Poke-vegan.
  • Free Willy Contreras. (With purchase.)
  • Laminating Ben Zobrist
  • Lamination and Mummification as kinks.

4th Inning

  • When was this season lost?  (Wow, we're a defeated bunch.)
  • Bin Laden, who is a huge improvement over Arod, bombed Pearl Harbor.  With the Maine.
  • Swearing in Parachat, and new ways to prank Carlos
  • What we're drinking and eating.  (Dogfish Head Midas Touch, and Trader Joe's Ghost Pepper Potato Chips, for me.)
  • Ground habanero and ghost pepper spices.
  • We love the new TCR banner photo. Thanks, CT Steve.
  • Bees on the Tweets Liked by TCR
  • Life Updates from JAG, Carlos, Whip, Me.

5th Inning

  • Wait, did I miss Charlie joining?  Sorry Charlie, there's a lot going on.
  • Cost of Living around the 50 states
  • Carlos impersonates POTUS tweeting about Crunch.  I ~punch2~ Carlos. 
  • Carlos impersonates POTUS tweeting about Whipple
  • The result of all these POTUS tweets is.... "Carlos has left."  Good work, jerks.
  • Pussy Crabbing.

6th Inning

  • Actively recruiting Whipple
  • Police encounters.  Whip and JAG and Charlie have good perspective for me.
  • Police impugnity. Parachat turns serious at a particularly important moment in the ballgame...
  • Parachat turns very serious.  Woke Parachat.
  • Our bullpen concerns.
  • I do not know who Pink Hat Guy is behind home plate. This evidently is a failing of mine.
  • Crunch, JAG, whip, et. al, are  convinved I am a Russian Bot in on the long con.

7th inning

  • I confess I've never seen The Office.
  • Murphy's retrograde remarks.
  • Big Lowitzki joins us. From Wrigley.
  • How does everyone here know of Pink Hat Guy?
  • Phew, Charlie also doesn't know of him.
  • Worst ways to win this game.
  • Rizzo's aggressiveness at the plate today
  • Grap.
  • Bowl-grapers.
  • Stinky Cat Food.
  • Intensely following the game.
  • Disappointment.

8th Inning

  • "This is a lot like my kidney stone surgery, only with more Randy Rosario." - Biz
  • Amazement at the "out" call at second.
  • Justin Verlander has OCD?
  • The bad call that helped the Cubs in this game.
  • Debating whether or not it's right to pinch-run Gore for Rizzo.  Carlos: No.  Me: Yes.
  • Woo.
  • "Our sweet, sweet chaos muppet" - Whipple
  • Family members who are asking if we are watching.

9th Inning

  • We're going to be more frustrated with this team, now, if they lose.
  • Bedtimes?
  • Piglatin Romance Novels
  • The pitch Desmond took to end the half-inning
  • disappointment

10th Inning

  • We like Hamels.
  • We have.... other thoughts.... about POTUS.
  • Waiting for our Gore walk-off.
  • Coloardo's quality infield D.
  • Still waiting for that walk-off.

11th Inning

  • Discussing the Bryant fielder's choice.
  • Absinthe with Lime Seltzer = dinner.  Counts as fruit.
  • Cheering the bunt...
  • Dealing with cramps.
  • Dealing with bear hugs.
  • Some incident with Ozzie Guillen throwing Geo Soto's mask, and Soto finding it hilarious, which I do not remember.

12th Inning

  • Is now the time for Celine Dion lyrics?
  • No, it's time for Personal Jesus as the lead-in song for Cubs radio...
  • Ron Coomer's thong (song), brought to you by Fifth Third Bank.
  • Korn Coffee.
  • Who is where?
  • What we'd do to have this game over and won.
  • An "I'll hit for Heyward" shirt.  That's just mean.

13th Inning

  • The Gore AB.
  • Farewells


Thanks, Trans. Sorry I missed the chat. I had tickets for a concert in NYC: I didn't plan on having a game tonight. I got to listen to the last three innings on the way home, though. *Joy*

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In reply to by CTSteve

I assume Joe stays -- 95 wins with injuries to Darvish, Morrow and Bryant and bizarre 2nd half meltdowns from Contreras and Edwards, plus the year-long Tyler Chatwood Experierce, is impressive.  Of course, the mid-season saviors (Hamels, Chavez, Murphy) really helped.  On the other hand -- scoring two runs in two home games with a chance to advance in the playoffs, plus some of Joe's usual bizarre in-game decisions, might make Theo ponder a change.

But, with all the above question marks for next year -- what can be expected from Darvish, Morrow, Chatwood, Bryant, Contreras and Edwards, and what happens with Hamels, Chavez and Murphy -- Theo will have a lot on his plate.  Brewers, Cards and Pirates should all be good next year.  Next year could be great or very frustrating.

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In reply to by billybucks

Probably an unpopular take, but:  Once I set aside how disappointed I am in what amounts to Joe's "He said, she said" take on Addison, I think he did a really nice job this year with the hand he got dealt.  He got every last bit he could get out of that bullpen, and I can't assign any of the ineffectiveness or injuries on him.  Basically I am willing to give him no fault on the injuries and fluke meltdowns while crediting him for keeping the team playing hard and squeezing value out of an over-worked and under-staffed bullpen...

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In reply to by CTSteve

I'm fine with any decision but beware what you ask for in firing Joe. He has this team playing the best basic fundamental baseball I've seen in 50 years of watching this team. Now, of course, I realize someone is gonna jump in and point to KB boofing a play or some such, but all in all, the team plays crisp baseball. It's been a joy to behold for the last 4 years seeing a team play really good, sound, fundamental baseball day in and day out. 

So I'd rather he stay. After reviewing replies to comments I made in favor of Chili Davis the other day and after seeing this collapse, and the fact they've had 40 games in which they've scored one or fewer runs, I'd fire Chili today. He can't hit for these guys. But. It's a results business, as they say. I felt like he was trying to get them to hit to the opposite field, etc., but there was no small ball to speak of. That may speak more to the limitations of the players. I really don't know. But either way, his results stunk and it's just something that needs to change.

I'd let Joe finish out his contract. See what happens when and if Theo adds a bat to anchor the middle of the lineup. As for the core, whatever has to be done is fine with me, but I have really enjoyed watching these guys come up through the system and become who they are, warts and all. Excpet Addison, if the league finds against him. Those warts need to get lanced. Bummer there. 

One thing to remember:  this is the Golden Age of being a Cubs fan.  We will look back on this era with great fondness.  Let's enjoy it!

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In reply to by billybucks

Speaking of golden ages, I think the Bears might be entering one, based on my sixty years of observation. This is shaping up as the first innovative (let alone competent) offense wearing Bear uniforms since Halas was a young coach and Luckman his QB. And on defense--unlike at QB--where they've had some studs in my time, I don't think I've seen anyone quite like Mack.

From time to time, the Bears win an award for best uniform in football, or even the best sports uniform. Talk about rooting for laundry: apart from a couple of talented defensive units that jelled under superior coaches, one in 1963 and another in 1985, the Bears have been pretty consistently awful. I've been more embarrassed over the years to be a Bear fan than a Cub fan. There must be some overlap, but Bear fans seem dumber than Cub fans. They fall easily for this "storied history" business. Those storied teams were real, but much longer ago than most people realize.

The low-water mark for a Bear fan of my vintage was a 66-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in a showcase game (albeit in preseason) when KC was in the other league.

We swiped Nagy from KC, so maybe that will even the score. Imagine the Bears with the kind of offense that a Matt Nagy would concoct!

There are some decisions Joe makes that I have trouble getting over...but the guy has won an average of what, 96 games per year in 4 years.  Unless he has lost the clubhouse that we don't know about, or there is some internal fighting behind the scenes, it would make no sense to fire him this year.  If nothing else, let him finish out his contract.

Kudos on such a great recap, Trans. As JAG said, it was a horrible and frustrating couple of games but the company wasn't so bad. Fellow Parachatters, you were amazing these past few days. Thanks for being there when the bats weren't.

I never would've thought we'd someday see woke parachat, but here we are. Nice recapping, Trans!

Trans, it doesn't matter how many or how few games you recap.  I will always enjoy the heck out of any opportunity I have to read them.  Your humor and sharp observations make my day, any time you do this.  Feel free to pick up the old pen and crank out one of these things whenever you get the time and have the inclination.  You have a grateful reader in me whenever you do.

Have a great offseason and see you next year!

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In reply to by JoePepitone


it's a lot of work, and it's real-time work.  whether we get 1 or a few dozen a year, it's appreciated...and if we get 0, the work in the past is appreciated, too.  when digging around old posts i'll occasionally run into an old recap and grab some laughs.

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    Things I've been wrong about:

    -Tauchman is fine as a 4th OF. I knew that. I just want a better LH DH option and he was really the DH for us until Seiya got hurt. I'm glad Mervis is getting a chance at it. Caissie is coming for that job for sure. But Tauchman continues to be highly useful as a 4th OF with Seiya being hurt

    -I wanted Yency to go to get guys at Iowa a chance. Guys like Palencia and Sanders or RileyT. Maybe even Hodge! But Yency has been better the last two plus weeks. He did hit 96 the other day. He was 93 in Texas to open the season.

    -Leiter has his split working enough. It just needs to stay there

    -I was surprised Jed picked Wisdom over Cooper. I wonder if this happens if Seiya wasn't hurt. Wisdom has more power. Cooper is the better hitter. Jed picked Wisdom and Wisdom had an option left as well.

    -Palencia just doesn't miss enough bats. Similar to ManRod, just two yrs younger. ManRod is killing AAA for TB right now!

    Things I got right so far:

    -Hendricks. Sorry Kyle. You got paid though!

    Jed, you missed there.

    -Smyly. If Jed could've traded him before or during ST, then he should have and saved some cash.

    -Mastro.  Not a LH DH. Pinch runner. Defensive utility. Maybe he's better than Madrigal but didn't get a legit chance to prove it.

    -Luke Little is good. He's had one bad outing. That's it. Needs to get better entering with guys on base. But he needs to stay in MLB.

    -Oh yeah....Morel is doing fine at 3B! He'll get better as well!!

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger "right rib contusion"

  • Childersb3 (view)

    South Bend just lost the lead in the bottom of the 9th on the weirdest scenario, ever.

    It's absolutely pouring on 1st and 2nd, 1out....JPatterson asks for a new ball, but no time out was called....he throws the old ball toward the dugout (not sure if it rolled out of play).....the ump declares the runners get two bases each so one run scores. Then a single up the middle ties the game.

    The rain was coming down in buckets at this point.

    Just weird

  • crunch (view)

    ...and bellinger is gone in the 7th because of that 2nd blown chance and the wall he bounced off of...

    hopefully his rib cage/shoulder feels better tomorrow, we just got happ back.

  • Childersb3 (view)


    Any thoughts on Y. Rojas' stuff and Y. Melendez's game (I believe I've asked about him before, sorry)?

  • crunch (view)

    wow, things are moving fast.  hopefully it continues.

  • crunch (view)

    morel with 4 clean plays in 4 innings...showed off his 100000000mph arm a couple times.

    cody bellinger not having a good 4th, though...5 run leads are handy when your CF is making your pitcher have a 5-out inning.  2nd blown chance was ruled a hit even though it went in/out of his glove...1st was lost in the lights, also ruled a hit.

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back happ!  double off the wall 1st PA back.

  • crunch (view)

    oh yeah, totally, i was just chiming about why i fan like i fan.

    i would like nothing more than hendricks to keep on hendricks'ing.  guys with his stuff can throw for a long, long time as long as it works.

    he velocity is actually up a minor amount this year.  it's really "damn" when a guy like him not only has gas in the tank, but it's looking like it was years ago.  he added a curve a few years ago and it helped a little bit, but he's throwing it less and less while the fb/change combo are less effective.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    CRUNCH—There is no one person in this community I’m talking about.  My remarks were not directed at you or anyone, but at a tone I’ve noticed lately. 

    You have a great, dry sense of humor and there is thought behind your comments.   You and I don’t always agree but I always understand your position.  

    Lastly, and I’ll be quiet, I agree with you on Hendricks.  We can dislike the recent performance but still love the guy.  Lots of questions about his future.