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   1. Bobby Savoy Posted: May 10, 2006 at 02:40 PM (#2012624)
This is off-topic, but since we're talking about Cub awfulness...Could someone refresh my memory and point out the game (or which opponent it was against) last year when Cubs pitchers forgot to cover first base three times in the same game?
   2. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 10, 2006 at 02:41 PM (#2012628)
It was at Philly in late July/early August -- I'm sure someone will point out the exact date.
   3. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 10, 2006 at 02:50 PM (#2012634)
I think it must have been August 3rd. I thought I remembered Glendon Rusch being one of the pitchers who failed to cover first, and that looks like the only game he pitched in Philly last year.
   4. Bobby Savoy Posted: May 10, 2006 at 03:46 PM (#2012698)
dJf & Kiko, thanks. Yeah, it was Aug. 3. Nice thing about PBP is that you get to relive it. I completely forgot that they lost the game on a strike out/passed ball. Ironically, it was also the start of another 8 game slide. Good times.
   5. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: May 10, 2006 at 04:23 PM (#2012759)
Wow, Rusch pitched great in that game. Two IP, 5 K, all looking.
   6. Neil M Posted: May 10, 2006 at 04:34 PM (#2012777)
Ruz, over at TCR has himself a little rant today which includes the following. I think he hits the nail squarely on the head.

We're veering into speculation here, but I believe that the first two years of Dusty's tenure as manager were a battle over the direction of the team. Again, I'm not going to rehash all the posts that TCR writers, past and present, have made on this subject. I'll simply point out that there have been multiple occasions where Hendry has acquired, or called up, players and Dusty has basically just not played them. Eventually, instead of trying to find the best players available, Hendry had to adopt a strategy of trying to find the best players available that fit into Dusty's system. One only need to look at the difference in manager's attitude and playing time with respect to Todd Walker and Neifi Perez to see what I'm talking about, but the Cubs rosters of the last few seasons are littered with other examples (Jose Macias, Ramon Martinez, Tom Goodwin, Lenny Harris, and Tony Womack, to name only five.) Now, after three years, Dusty has succeeded in putting together a team that has exactly the type of players he wants, both on the field (speed guys and free swingers) and off (strong work ethic guys who are good in the clubhouse).

And that's the problem.
   7. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 11, 2006 at 01:03 AM (#2013765)
Ruz, over at TCR has himself a little rant today which includes the following. I think he hits the nail squarely on the head.

But is it true? Is Walker a Dusty guy? He's hitting third. Cedeno? I thought Neifi was a Dusty guy, and even after the Lee injury he's been used spottily.

I'm not sure what's gone on this season, but I don't think it's that simple.

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