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   1. UCCF Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4098256)
Cubs!
   2. Stevens Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4098291)
Well, here we go again. Am I crazy to think the Cubs can go .500?
   3. Cabbage Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4098319)
yup. If everything breaks right for the Cubs, Byrd/Dempster/etc will be having good seasons. If they're having good seasons, they'll be flipped for young talent.
   4. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4098334)
Woo baseball
   5. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM (#4098364)
Well, here we go again. Am I crazy to think the Cubs can go .500?

Yes.
   6. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4098371)
14 freakin pitches!
   7. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4098377)
Dempster took 6 pitches while the rest of the lineup used up 16 pitches.
   8. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM (#4098401)
Hey fellow Cubs chatterers.

I'm saying 73-89.
   9. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4098421)
Last 10 Cubs to hit the team's first homer of the season:

2011: Soriano
2010: Byrd
2009: Soriano
2008: Fukudome
2007: DeRosa
2006: Murton
2005: Lee
2004: Patterson
2003: Patterson
2002: Hundley

Check back in a week or so, when we learn who this year's first will be.
   10. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4098422)
Cubs could actually score a run without ever even getting the ball out of the infield.
   11. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4098427)
Soriano looked safe.
   12. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4098429)
What the hell was Soriano thinking!
   13. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4098434)
It looked like he was safe but the Zimmerman was there with the glove well before Soriano got there.
   14. Sebastian Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4098444)
Better than nothing, but damn you, Soriano.
   15. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4098493)
Second time Dempster broke his bat.
   16. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4098528)
seven strikeouts for dempster so far.
   17. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM (#4098534)
Strasburg's only at three. Hmm...
   18. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4098555)
Or five.
   19. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4098604)
Rally!
   20. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4098641)
This Bill Murray interview is a little awkward. Seems like Len and Bob are struggling to find things to talk about, and Murray's trying to fill the dead air for them.
   21. Stevens Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4098676)
Did Dempster get hurt or something? Cruising along and lifted after a K?
   22. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4098688)
Damn, I miss almost all of opening day. Of course I get home for the nerve racking inning.
   23. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4098692)
No, I think he was lifted just because Sveum didn't want him facing Zimmerman again. Zimmerman had already hit two balls that would have been out on a non-windy day.
   24. fra paolo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4098698)
LaRoche dicing with goat-status there.
   25. Stevens Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4098706)
Zimmerman had already hit two balls that would have been out on a non-windy day.

Ah, thanks.
   26. fra paolo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4098711)
"A walk is as good as a hit."®
   27. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4098717)
Thank you for sliding.
   28. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4098718)
Has the home plate ump's strike zone been that squeezed all day? Those were some eyebrow raising calls on the last walk.
   29. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4098724)
Yep. The ump has called a pretty tight game all day.
   30. Stevens Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4098727)
Alas Kerru.
   31. fra paolo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4098728)
LaRoche gets the first Nats' RBI for the game, and is immediately benched. Mind you, he was one called strike away from a golden sombrero.
   32. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4098733)
Rally!
   33. fra paolo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4098734)
Another dodgy scoring decision.
   34. fra paolo Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4098737)
Oh, they fixed it. Now an E4.
   35. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4098739)
Every time I hear DeJesus I keep thinking I've gone back in time and Ivan is playing shortstop.
   36. Stevens Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4098740)
I know it's not so sabr, but I might have bunted Barney there.
   37. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4098745)
Well, at least they didn't score and set Wood up for the win.
   38. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM (#4098748)
Soriano hurts himself stealing third base?
   39. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4098750)
trying to, I should say



Great, just what we need another pitcher that can throw a strike with 2 strikes on the hitter.
   40. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4098753)
Wind has kept 2 balls in the yard so far for Marmol in this inning. This isn't going to be a fun year.
   41. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4098757)
Only getting to see bits and pieces since I was watching the Tigers game with some others. Dempster looked like he was laboring early, but finished nicely.

Can't see I didn't see this coming right here. You knew Wood was giving up the lead and Marmol was giving this up. Oh well.
   42. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4098758)
Its game 1 and I am already sick and tired of the Carlos Marmol tightrope act.
   43. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4098761)
Great, just what we need another pitcher that can throw a strike with 2 strikes on the hitter.

As much as everyone always loved Rothschild, this was one thing that bugged me the entire time he was the Cubs' pitching coach. As soon as there were two strikes, pitchers always started nibbling, and would waste a couple of pitches if the hitter didn't bite. Seemed like a philosophical approach and it always drove me nuts.
   44. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM (#4098768)
As much as everyone always loved Rothschild, this was one thing that bugged me the entire time he was the Cubs' pitching coach. As soon as there were two strikes, pitchers always started nibbling, and would waste a couple of pitches if the hitter didn't bite. Seemed like a philosophical approach and it always drove me nuts.


Semmed like it reached it's pinnacle in the 2003 NLCS.
   45. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4098770)
At least they aren't giving us any false hope.
   46. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4098779)
Cruel fate.
   47. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4098781)
Damn, that was so close. He ripped that ball.
   48. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4098782)
Stupid baseball.
   49. Brian C Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4098783)
You were saying, Walks?
   50. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4098784)
Should have made that patio closer to home plate.
   51. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4098788)
Why did they need a pinch runner for THAT?
   52. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4098790)
Jesus, this Cubs team is determined to wipe all hope out real fast. This is going to be a LONG year.
   53. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4098798)
I haven't seen much of today's game but based on what fragments I've seen and following this chatter, it sounds like they've been doing a lot of stupid stuff on the basepaths tonight.
   54. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4098799)
Or today. Whatever. I'm too distraught, guys!
   55. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4098802)
Marlon's eye must still suck.
   56. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4098805)
Theo Epstein's sure like the Jim Hendry Cubs.
   57. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4098808)
Well, there haven't been many runners on the basepath today. Soriano tried to steal third in Strasburg's only rough inning and gave Strasburg a free out and this last goof.
   58. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM (#4098809)
I mean look like.
   59. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM (#4098813)
Well, there haven't been many runners on the basepath today. Soriano tried to steal third in Strasburg's only rough inning and gave Strasburg a free out and this last goof.


So he is already in midseason form?
   60. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4098820)
So he is already in midseason form?

Yep, he's injured.
   61. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4098821)
At any rate, glad to see you guys again, even if it's while watching a terrible on-field product.
   62. SteveM. Posted: April 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4098829)
What would Cubs baseball be like without our moaning and ########?

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