Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of the Home Run Derby.
Too much regret later with competitors saying, "The Derby messed up my swing."
So hopefully Kyle Schwarber just got a little tired after hitting 55 homers in one night.
And that's all...
In 1961, Mickey Mantle had his best year hittin' dingers, with 54.
Yeah, that comparison doesn't mean anything, but I can't do 55 perfect drawings in a night.
Think about all the mechanics and energy that goes into one of Schwarber's swings, and multiply by 55 perfect ones.
It's a shame he lost to Bryce Harper after all that.
And if I haven't said it here before, I'll say it now: as a fan I have no interest at all in the Cubs somehow acquiring Harper after his contract expires.
He just doesn't seem conceptually correct according to Theo and Jed's plan.
Yeah he did a nice shout out for Dave Martinez at the Derby, but the vast majority of stuff I've seen/read over his career makes me think 24 Cubs would have to adjust to 1 rather than the other way around.
Tonight begins a 5 game series against the New Cardinals.
I say that because usually a manager change will immediately shake a team up, then they either go back to normal (not good) or actually respond to the new guy and change for the better.
And the Cards do have talent that may respond.
We all love Dexter Fowler (I really do, forever), but man I hope he doesn't wake up now - just 5 more games, dude.
It's time for the Cubs to step on the neck of the Milwaukee Brewers.
This particular moment in the 2018 season is just like the 5th inning of any game.
The Cubs just scored some runs and they're up by a couple, and now is the time to not let the other team back in.
So winning this series is kind of huge.
It's also Baseball Nirvana.
Beginning with tonight's game - the only one tonight by the way - with a fully rested Kyle Hendricks on the mound vs the Cards Carlos Martinez.
Albert Almora and Carl Edwards Jr will both be re-joining the team after family and baby time off.
There may be rain but whatever, it's the Cubs Cardinals series.
Tonight through Sunday with a double header on Saturday.
Here's what it looks like overall:
And when we last saw our heroes they were on a kind of tear with the Padres sweep, while the Brewers dropped 6 In. A. Row.
Including the soul crushing 1-2 loss to the Pirates in the last game of that series.
PS: I can't simplify my work schedule, and this summer is insane. All I can do is post when I can.