With a 3-4 night in Pissburgh yesterday, our boy Luis Valbuena pushed his season slash line to .288/.394/.456/.850 and his OPS plus to 132. He splits his time between second and third base, and oh, by the way, he’s currently the most productive player at either position in the National League. No big deal.
So today, as though this just happened last night, Cubs fans are finally waking up to the idea that Luis is more than just a solid defender who walks some and likes to flip his bat.
The self-proclaimed arbiter of all that is important to Cubs fans even stooped to say this today:
“I’ve been tough on Luis Valbuena here in the past, but I’m going to praise him now.”
And you thought you’d never see it again! With 1989 manager of the year, and all-around beloved figure Don Zimmer passing last night, how about we turn back the clock and do a Daily Dose just for old time’s sake? Here’s the great Vin Scully on the passing of “Dodger legend” Don Zimmer.
Vin is the fucking greatest.
Two of our favorite asshats collided this week, when Al Yellon decided to give advice to Crane Kenney now that the world knows of the secret shame the Cubs have been hiding for several months…that they gave Crane a five-year contract extension. It’s probably not a good sign when your boss says, “Sure, we’ll add some years to your deal, but we’re not telling anybody.” I mean, you get the cash, which is the most important thing, but both sides are basically acknowledging that the outside world hates the idea. So basically, hiring Crane Kenney is like riding a moped. It’s all good fun until somebody sees you on it. Wait, that’s not how the jokes goes, is it? Never mind.
The Cubs are serious about this Wrigley Field renovation stuff. So serious they had their de facto chairman, Tom Ricketts stare glass eyed into a camera in all sorts of casual Friday apparel to state the case why the Cubs are tired of waiting for the rooftop owners to agree with them on their renovation plan, so screw it, the Cubs are going back to their original plans and they’re going to just do it. Probably. Perhaps.
The video, shot on location on beautiful Wrigley Field, and in its bowels, makes the case that this time, it’s really time to get started on this renovation thing, eventually, maybe, hopefully.
Don Zimmer, that baseball sage best known for having a metal plate in his head (and looking like a gerbil) used to say that 40 games into any season you have a pretty good idea of how good teams are. Any team that is .500 or better probably has a chance to contend, any team under .500 at that point is probably going to stink.
The Cubs have not played 40 games yet, but at 13-25 even if they win their 39th and 40th games they’re going to be 10 games under .500. That’s pretty awful.
If nothing else, the 2014 Cubs will be remembered for egregious use of bat flips. I say “egregious” because I like to use words that look like they’re Latin for Gregory, but in fact I’d argue that these batflips are not unnecessary at all. These Cubs need to celebrate small victories, because the big ones aren’t coming. So, if Luis Valbuena wants to bat flip a hard hit ball at the first baseman, go for it.
Last night as the Cubs pounded the White Sox, we got not one, but two great examples of how you “accept” your base on balls. Luis and Junior Lake demonstrate:
There are dozens…no, probably hundreds of people who take the time to write, at least occasionally, online about the Chicago Cubs. Some of them are entertaining, some aren’t, some are pretty good and some are terrible. But for some reason, one stands above us all when it comes to spewing opinionated nonsense about our favorite baseball team. It’s not just opinionated. Hell, anybody worth reading has an opinion, it’s especially sanctimonious opinionated nonsense in this case.
Over the years, I have taken the time to take this person to task when he’s been especially daft. If I did it every time he wrote something dumb, it would be my full-time job. Nowadays when he’s really asking for it, people on Twitter send up the Al signal, and I feel compelled to drop what I’m doing and respond.