Think. Think. Talk. Think. Dream. Think. Talk. Think. Eat. Think. Sleep.
If you're Brandon Kintzler, you're thinking about inducing ground balls so much, you might start writing it out longhand like a grade school punishment.
Not really sure what happened with Kintzler, but you know.. not unusual to see bullpen guys fluctuate and we'll just have to hope he gets his "ground ball specialist" reputation back as a Cub.
Cole Hamels is still a Cub.
Related to that was Drew Smyly and a player traded to Texas for a player.
Honestly when I tried to keep up with this little trade as it was happening, I just found it confusing.
But the Cubs and Rangers work together on trades often and I imagine Theo said something like, "We're picking up Hamels option for 20 mil, but need to keep an eye on luxury tax and also a little help with Hamels' salary."
Smyly's a Ranger.
Are you dreaming about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado?
Me too, but not like that.
In the whole history of me personally being a Cub Fan, it's easy to come up with a list of Cubs to dislike because they lacked talent.
(Of course, you forgave them because the Lovable Losers thing.)
But it is not easy to list Cubs I disliked because they were assholes.
Milton Bradley's about it, and in hindsight that's probably not fair because... while I can't find anything specifically about it online, you have to think he's got head issues that you or I don't have to deal with.
Owners don't count, or Sam Zell would be there.
Anyway, there was this player, an Atlanta Brave, named Robert Fick.
In game 4 of the 2003 NLDS, Fick bunts and was easily out at first except... as Cub 1st baseman Eric Karros was reaching for the throw, Fick slammed into his extended arm so hard he knocked Karros' glove off and easily could have broken his wrist.
From an ESPN story back then, Fick said: "It's an elimination game and you've got to do what you've got to do," Fick said in a profanity-laced tirade Saturday. "I'm not saying I did it on purpose. But it's ... baseball."
At the time, I just said it was bush:
But now I'll go ahead and say... that's an asshole.
It was basically the same kind of play that Manny Machado did when he kicked the Brewers' Jesus Aguilar in this last NLCS.
Go to about 1:06 of this video:
"That's just baseball."
And that is an asshole.
I know he's supremely gifted.
But I'm sick of reading about people defending this guy because he's good.
Let him go to the Phillies and good luck to them.
The first time Machado didn't respect 90 would be the worst kind of chop block on Joe Maddon.
Because no matter how he tries to smooth that over, it's one guy getting to play by a different set of rules than the rest of the team.
And then, it all goes to hell.
Ahhh. That felt good to get off my chest.
I'm also not the biggest fan of Harper but feel nowhere near as strongly about him as I do Machado.
At least Harper's not dirty.
Okay, I've written enough today.
Let's see if the Bears can stay in first place and have a nice Sunday.