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Friday, Jul 15, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* All that for an 8-0 blowout


I had fun, but I kinda doubt I’ll be back soon.

       

47 Comments
  1. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:09 am:

    Fire David.

    Fire Tony too. With a twist. Let the Sox fire him as manager rest of this year, then the Cardinals pick him back up in an honorary coaching role the rest of the season. Then he can “retire” again as a Cardinal along with Pujols and Molina the end of this season.


  2. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:11 am:

    Ambiance aside, not much of a game.


  3. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:12 am:

    I posted a late reply to the state park foodware law early this morning (and then the sidebar about how poorly run the historic sites have gotten under DNR), but bringing this idea back for discussion as I think it’s something the state should consider:

    “Is it time for all of Illinois’ presidential-related sites, anything related to Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama (plus Hillary Clinton’s childhood home in Park Ridge) to come entirely under the control of the National Park Service? In addition to the Lincoln Home as NPS has run for over 50 years. This includes everything from the non-State Historical Library portion of the ALPLM, to New Salem, the Galena Grant sites, all the way down to something as small as Lincoln’s Log Cabin and the childhood home in Monmouth that Reagan lived in for about a year around 1918. Everything presidential-related in Illinois under the Feds and NPS and not run by DNR, the ALPLM as an independent agency, or in private hands.”


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:17 am:

    Rich, kinda-sorta, in the “Ferris Bueller Section”

    I’ve said it very often, can’t stand bad politics played or bad baseball played, and the thing is about the Cubs ball club is that they aren’t losing, losing is a part of the game, it’s that this club is bad. They play bad baseball, top to bottom, and from ownership to bench coach, the leadership is lacking too.

    The Cubs want to tell me they are a small market club with billion dollar assets and millions in actual profits. The magic of baseball is that for 162 games anything can happen, winning included.

    The 8-0 shellacking? Yeah, that was embarrassing. The club wasn’t competitive, they lacked aggressiveness, they also lack baseball “smarts”

    You can have glittering gold wrapping paper and jeweled decorations, but if inside the packaging… it’s “garbage”…

    It’s a shame. It’ll be a while before the club competes, but the bottom line will show another “winning season”


  5. - Bruce( no not him) - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:17 am:

    But was the beer good?


  6. - Downstate - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:20 am:

    In the shade. Nice seats.


  7. - Unionman - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:24 am:

    So are the Feds right or wrong on the ADA issues?


  8. - The Magnificent Purple Walnut - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:27 am:

    ” I hope you enjoyed the game, I KNOW you enjoyed the outcome”.


  9. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:28 am:

    Didn’t anyone tell you that Left Field sucks? Or was it Right Field, I can’t remember.


  10. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:29 am:

    Who did you “root” for? Since they were playing the Mets and considering the bitter history between the New York National League Baseball Team and our local NL teams.


  11. - Siualum - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:31 am:

    Cubs have been the team I’ve followed over the years over any other, but am not a fan of the political leanings of current owner.


  12. - PublicServant - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:32 am:

    You’re in the Bartman section. Any foul balls land nearby?


  13. - Barton Lorimor - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:32 am:

    Hopefully being back at the old ball yard brought back a few memories.


  14. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:35 am:

    ==You’re in the Bartman section. Any foul balls land nearby?==

    Did you also get the “temptation” to grab a foul ball before a Met or Cub left fielder could get to it?


  15. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:41 am:

    OW, have you thought about switching your allegiance to the Sox, like Rich did years ago? Just wondered.


  16. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:43 am:

    For the record, the Sox actually smoked the Twins last night, 12-2.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:46 am:

    ===have you thought about===

    Around 2009-2011 there was a great deal of angst, it’s tough to switch allegiances in the long run, for me.

    However, I’m far more likely to be enjoying “west coast baseball” these past couple years so, scratching the itch for good baseball, or trying to catch other games when available is my option.


  18. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:55 am:

    The Cubs being 16 games back in July is nothing the fans or club cannot bear.

    It’s their 17-30 record at Wrigley that sucks the life out of a ball club and its fans.

    Teams are supposed to look forward to returning home from a road trip, and fans want to go to the stadium believing they are gonna see a W today.


  19. - Regular democrat - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:59 am:

    Is that oswego willy to your left?


  20. - Vader - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:03 am:

    The Cubs are hard to watch this year, but at least being at the game you don’t have to listen to the inane conversation of Boog Sciambi. I’ve turned off more games due to him than poor baseball.


  21. - SaulGoodman - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:04 am:

    **at least being at the game you don’t have to listen to the inane conversation of Boog Sciambi**

    Huh. I think that Boog is one of the best in the game.


  22. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:06 am:

    ===Who did you “root” for?===

    I just watched the game. I did slip up though when the Cubs loaded the bases in the 9th and *may* have cheered once. But that wasn’t for a win, but to get some freaking runs on the board for crying out loud with so many Mets fans in the stands.


  23. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:08 am:

    Help is on the way- 3 tier one prospects should be playing soon

    Baez, Bryant and Kimbrell have all proven they weren’t worth re signing last year

    As bad as they are this year the fans are still turning out- they are #7 in attendance this year and only Washington has won less games.


  24. - Sports Stooge - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:09 am:

    I recently watched “Rookie of the Year” with one of my kids. The movie still holds up and was just as funny now as it was when I was a kid. “Runamoker!”


  25. - James the Intolerant - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:10 am:

    I really dislike the Cubs, but how can MLB allow Steven Cohen to own the Mets. THe worst


  26. - Proud Papa Bear - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:14 am:

    I had a beer once with Steve Bartman. Quiet guy. I didn’t bring up the incident.


  27. - Sports Stooge - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:16 am:

    James - just curious but why is that?


  28. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:18 am:

    They were fairly competitive recently, winning series against the WS champs Atlanta and the Red Sox as well as the Brewers and the Cards…then they went out west to play the Dodgers and the wheels started to come off, even though they were competitive in all 4 games. A 7-game losing streak will always make a team look worse than they are…though they are currently nothing to write home about.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:18 am:

    ===Is that…to your left?===

    It is not.

    I rarely (Rich is always a gracious exception to this) get invited anywhere, especially when it comes to golf or baseball, or anything really. Living in my mom’s basement has limited me, for sure.

    Great night for a game you got, Rich.


  30. - Streator Curmudgeon - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:28 am:

    ==Living in my mom’s basement has limited me, for sure.==

    Yeah, but for a guy who doesn’t get out much, you still have the most insightful comments.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:34 am:

    - Streator Curmudgeon -

    That’s far too kind.I thank you.

    I woulda moved out awhile ago but she makes the best meatloaf. Be well. Thanks.

    ===you don’t have to listen to===

    The Marquee coverage, as a package, is truly boring and uninspired, flat even, very reflective of the product on the field.

    Plus, when these games are so bad, there’s only so much “filler talk” anyone can do.


  32. - Amalia - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 10:44 am:

    “…..with so many Mets fans in the stands.” wow, times change. One timers don’t care that their money heads to the Trump side.


  33. - Moi - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:05 am:

    Just Sayin @ 9:43 am —> That is the game Rich should’ve been at.


  34. - Blago’s Hare - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:14 am:

    Very close to Ferris Bueller seats.


  35. - Give Us Barabbas - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    Never cared for the game, growing up, but two things convinced me to look at it with fresh eyes; “Money Ball” and “Brockmire”. “Brockmire” is incredibly filthy at times and yet very obviously a love letter to the game and the people devoted to it, by people that are obviously fans.


  36. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:30 am:

    Terry Bradshaw was in Springfield last weekend with his family for a horse show at the Fairgrounds. While in town he had to get some things at the Dirksen Parkway Walmart–his video about his store experience has gone viral. Madonia talked about it earlier this week on AM Springfield but the SJR has finally gotten around to writing a story on this:

    https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/weird-news/2022/07/14/nfl-hall-of-famer-terry-bradshaw-complains-about-springfield-walmart/10047948002/


  37. - James the Intolerant - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:30 am:

    Sports stooge - Inside trader. His firm, SAC, agreed to pay $1.8B in fines for insider trading. His firm but they couldn’t get him. He knew nothing about it.
    Eddie DeBartolo can’t own a team but Cohen can?


  38. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:37 am:

    ===the SJR has finally gotten around to writing a story on this===

    I started watching the video and stopped when he said Springfield was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. lol


  39. - Amalia - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    Listening to WXRT now for the 10-2:30 slot, Lin Brehmer’s last go for a while as he takes time off for cancer treatment. He’s spinning some great tunes. Hoping to hear his voice again but at times he sounds pretty weak.


  40. - Just Sayin - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 11:51 am:

    ==Rich, kinda-sorta, in the “Ferris Bueller Section”==

    I only have Limited Basic cable so I don’t get Marquee. Anyone see the game? Like on Bueller in the movie, was there a camera shot of Rich (or could you recognize him in the crowd)?


  41. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 12:17 pm:

    Amalia, same here. Lin Brehmer is my hero, my best friend in the whole world. Wishing him nothing but positive vibes and healing prayers. I can’t imagine not hearing him on my radio and I hope his recovery is complete and quick. We need Lin now more than ever.


  42. - Amalia - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 12:40 pm:

    Aw, 47th, loving the best friend in the whole world comment. This is difficult news especially with the loss of Milne on the air and the constant concern about Aunt Terri and her own cancer. Lin is a joy and here’s hoping he’s back soon.


  43. - thisjustinagain - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:07 pm:

    TO: - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 9:17 am: Ref the Cubs being rich losers. See also the Bears, who tolerate losing teams for decades while swimming in money. Question is did Virginia finally blow her stack leading to the new coach, staff, and players, saying she’d like a winning season (at least make playoffs NOT as a wild card) before she goes to the Great Soldier Field in the Sky??


  44. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:27 pm:

    - thisjustinagain -

    That NFL business model, where every expense is covered the first day of their fiscal year (TV rights monies allocated), there’s no incentive to be competitive when every ticket, parking, licensed product dollar is all profit. A cash cow.

    The Bears are a prime example of financial windfalls discourage a want for a competitive product.

    You get it. Beats fans “get it” too…

    The mom and pop McCaskeys get it too…


  45. - New Day - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:45 pm:

    Lin did sounds pretty weak this morning. I hope he pulls through this ok.

    As for this comment? “Huh. I think that Boog is one of the best in the game.”

    Nails on a chalkboard. The TV broadcast is unwatchable with the sound on. Was with a broadcaster friend at the game recently and he agreed that the radio guys are fantastic and the TV crew, especially Boog, have to go. So awful.


  46. - wrigley - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 1:54 pm:

    still, meh.


  47. - Amalia - Friday, Jul 15, 22 @ 2:10 pm:

    @47th, Brehmer is playing Joni and now I’m crying.


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