As far as dirt kickin and arm flailing and eyes bulging and just overall knowing how to get in an umpires face, there was nobody more entertaining than Don Zimmer.
Remember the other day when I said that charm left the game soon as instant replay became a baseball reality?
Zim was the first guy I thought of when I imagined what IR would do to the game, how it'll erode passion.
This season, when I watch Ricky Renteria (or any manager) run out onto the field not to argue, but to waste time while some guy can watch the replay and tell Ricky that he should either appeal or not, well you know that's the price of technology.
Anyway, Zim was the absolute best at passion.
Nah - he'd lost that particular fire by the time he came to the Cubs.
Zim also managed the '89 Cubs.
Joe Girardi's first year as a player.
Andre, Grace, Dunston, Sandberg, Luis Salazar, Vance Law, Sutcliffe, Scott Sanderson, Assenmacher.
Mike Bielecki won 18 games that year and had a 3.14 ERA.
That other guy Maddux had 19 and 2.95.
Mitch Williams on the mound with the line shot bouncing off his temple and the noise even out in the bleachers making me want to hurl.
They lost to the Giants in the NLCS.
But what a great year to be a Cub Fan.
Zim got canned a couple years later, and never really left the game.
Anyway, here's to Don Zimmer, pretty much a Cub immortal.
The Cubs beat the Mets last night 5-4, but Edwin Jackson gave up 3 runs in the first and so... I've been trying to catch up on Game of Thrones.
And last night I got to the end of season 3 instead of watching the Cubs.
Sorry, I'm only human.
That show, however, well I was totally aware of a hugely talked-about episode that happened last year and I had no idea I was watching it.
The Red Wedding one.
If you watch that show you know what I mean.
Everything is as wrong on that show as there is on the Cubs.
Why do I watch?
Well, tonight it'll be back to the Cubs for a SWEEP!
(I don't think it's possible to jinx this year's team)
And then on Friday we'll have the Marlins and freaky good batting god Giancarlo Stanton.
What does a guy look like who's got an OPS of over a thousand?
Who does that?
Finally, it's draft day and the Cubs get #4.
Who they gonna get?
I just found this link from Rob G over at The Cub Reporter, the newspaper account of 3rd base coach Zim calling for a triple steal vs the Cards in '84. Awesome.