Originally posted on World Series Dreaming  |  Last updated 2/16/13
With Tony Campana being designated for assignment, he was removed from this year’s Buntfest, and a spot opened up. What did the Chicago Cubs decide to do with their open spot? They had a play-in tournament with all the front office and PR personal. The play-in round was today and has just concluded. The winner of the 64th seed in this year’s Buntfest belongs to Nate “The Video Guy” Halm. If you have never heard of him, don’t feel bad, I doubt many have. He is likely to be a first round out as soon as he faces someone who actually has some experience laying down a bunt, and not someone who has been wearing a suit sitting in an office for a few years. All the same, good luck to him. The bigger news coming out of the play-in tournament was Theo Epstein beat out Jed Hoyer in the first round, only to get eliminated himself by fellow front office member Scott Harris. From reports from those who watched the tournament play-in, Harris appeared to be trying to throw the contest, which is a smart business move. If you ever are playing against your boss in any sporting event, the smart thing to do would be to lose to him. You do not want to show up the man who holds your career in his hands. I do not think that Epstein is so petty that he would fire Harris for his victory, but you never know. Everyone currently in Cubs training camp will participate in the Buntfest, the early favorite has got to be last year’s winner David DeJesus who beat out last year’s favorite Campana in the first round. Even though he is currently not in camp due to being placed on waivers, I wish Campana was still here and participating in the Buntfest. I rooted for him last year, and would have been doing the same this year if he had still been here. After all, if he could ever learn how to hit (or in this case bunt) he would have been an unstoppable leadoff hitter. With the field of 64 now filled, the real tournament will begin early next week. Good luck to all involved.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 unheralded NFL players set to make a major impact in Week 12

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

Tyrann Mathieu says Blaine Gabbert has a ‘better grip on what’s going on’

NCAA frees Kansas blue chipper Cheick Diallo

Rockets hold in-season training camp in attempt to rebound from disastrous start

Kansas City Chiefs: No Jamaal Charles, no problem


How the Warriors can win 72 games

Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family announces

Syracuse basketball gets one scholarship per year back

LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

5 outrageous predictions for Week 12 of the NFL season

How the Detroit Lions became the face of football on Thanksgiving Day

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 college football season

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

What’s next for Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns?

Gisele Bundchen asks Tom Brady ‘all the time’ why he still plays football

Highlighting the biggest NFL games of Week 12

Greg Olsen calls Jason Witten 'the epitome of a pro'

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Stop sleeping on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Worst-case scenarios for end of college football season

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 CFB season

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker