I worked in restaurants for 8 years.
Probably made maybe... thousands of pots of coffee?
A busboy showed me this trick one time.
You know how you get a stack of coffee filters and they're all stuck together and it's a giant pain to peel one out at a time?
Then when you finally get one out, you realize you bent it but you put it in there anyway and load up the coffee and then while brewing the water knocks down the side you bent and then some coffee grounds leak out and BLOCK THE LITTLE HOLE AND NOW LOOK. COFFEE ALL OVER THE COUNTER!
Here's the solution.
Take the whole, brand new stack and whack it on the side of the counter first.
I knocks all of them apart and now they're easy to separate.
Kinda like what's happening right now in AZ.
All these players got knocked against the counter and they're becoming easier to separate.
This is kinda cruel to say, but Javier Baez is probably separating himself to Iowa.
Sure there's a school of thought (pointed out by Jesse Rogers) that he should "figure it out" in the Bigs, but I think the pressure will make it worse.
He should go down and continue to work on that swing in the semi-privacy of the minors.
As Rogers says, the Cubs really are a work in progress, but I don't know a single Cub Fan who doesn't have high hopes for this season, and striking out again and again this year will bring out boos that Baez just doesn't need to hear.
Welington Castillo on the other hand could not be doing himself a bigger favor than what he's doing.
Yeah, he's got the bad pitch framing stain, but .333/.417/.571 with a couple doubles and a homer looks great, plus his arm has been awesome.
Probably not a Cub, but playing well right now should make it easy for someone in need of catching help to pay the Cubs something worthwhile. That's good for everybody. (I don't buy the 3-catcher scenario)
The outfield's got Soler and Fowler and Coghlan locked, right?
Alcantara is Mr. Versatility.
So what about Sweeney and Lake and Szczur and Denorfia?
Might be four filters stuck together and they need another whack.
And it's about time to draw the king of the hill illustration.
It's so interesting this year with all the "5th starters" around.
Who knows what the hell's gonna happen with the infield.
No Bryant for a couple weeks?
Olt backing up 3rd and 1st? LaStella or Alcantara at 2nd or 3rd?
Addison Russell is a freakshow of talent but he's only 21 and inexperienced and yet Starlin Castro was younger (only 20) when he was called up in early May of 2010.
Head spinning crazy stuff going on there.
Anyway, hope you try the coffee filter smack next time you get a new stack.