Cubs’ John Baker Unleashes Epic Celebration After Drawing Walk (GIF)

After seeing John Baker’s celebration, it’s safe to say that walks aren’t celebrated nearly enough in the sport of baseball. Tensions ran high during Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds matchup after Reds closer Arnoldis Chapman tossed consecutive pitches near the head of Nate Schierholtz, culminating in a benches-clearing incident in the ninth inning of a...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

John Baker Was Way Too Excited About Getting Walked By Aroldis Chapman

Listen, I understand that Aroldis Chapman is a great closer so getting on base against him in the ninth inning of a tie game is a pretty big deal for your club but calm yo self, John Baker. It’s a walk for god’s sake, you didn’t rip a base hit off of him. If you’re going to celebrate a walk, choose one celebration…not every single one you know. .embed-container {position...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Cubs catcher hilariously celebrates drawing walk versus Aroldis Chapman

Your browser does not support iframes.It's no easy task to reach base against the likes of Aroldis Chapman. After all, the Reds closer is arguably the hardest-throwing pitcher in baseball.This probably explains why Cubs catcher John Baker was so psyched about drawing a walk against the Cuban southpaw on Thursday. Watch as Baker gives a fist pump and then a point to the sky immediately...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs C John Baker Mocks Aroldis Chapman GIF

Posted to Brant Brown's GloveMany things led up to the bench clearing “brawl” between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, but one thing that snuck under the rug was the hilarity that was John Baker’s BB celebration. Baker decided to celebrate his walk as emphatically as Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman celebrates getting a big out, or a small out, or...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

John Baker shows up Aroldis Chapman with great celebration after walk (GIF)

If Aroldis Chapman vs. Nate Schierholtz was the prelude to the Reds-Cubs bench-clearing incident on Thursday, then John Baker’s walk celebration was certainly the star of the undercard. Baker worked a 2-out walk off Chapman in the top of the 9th inning and celebrated like he hit a walk-off home run. Baker did a big […]
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds-Cubs game delayed after benches clear

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens emptied in the middle of the ninth inning of Chicago's game against Cincinnati on Thursday after Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo apparently took exception to the Reds' inside pitches. Rizzo, who was hit by Homer Bailey's pitch in the first inning, seemed to have words with somebody in the Reds dugout and approached it while...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Baker’s Books, Barney’s Leather, Buehrle’s Bullets & More

John Baker isn’t a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn’t read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees parallels between pitchers and a character in American Psycho. Baker attended Cal Berkeley, but the foundation for his pitch-calling […]
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

John Baker, Cubs Hero

Friday afternoon’s Cubs game had plenty of the unexpected.  Let’s start with the lineup and my snarky assessment thereof…   #Cubs lineup today… Auto-outs: Baker, Barney, Sweeney, Coghlan Maybe he gets on: Ruggiano You’re our only hope: Rizzo, Castro, Valbuena — Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) June 27, 2014 And naturally, the Cubs “auto-outs” would SHUT ME RIGHT UP....
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 7, Washington 2; 27 June 2014 (Washington 41-38, Chicago 34-44)

Photo Credit: The Nationals lost on a weird, foggy night in Wrigley Field. Friday, day baseball was back in Chicago. Tanner Roark took the mound to help Washington get back in the win column. Veteran Jason Hammel started for the Cubs. Hammel held Washington at bay for six-plus innings, and catcher John Baker drove in four runs & threw out an attempted base...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Great News, The Chicago Cubs Sign 35-Year Old Catcher

Posted to Chicago CubsThe Chicago Cubs signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract Thursday. He’s expected to head to the team’s spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz., before moving on to the Cubs minor league system. With Welington Castillo on the DL, the Cubs have terrible options in John Baker (currently hitting .153) and Eli Whiteside (yet to get...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs sign catcher Yorvit Torrealba to minor league deal

getty images The Chicago Cubs have added some depth to catcher signing veteran Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal. Torrealba, 35, failed to make the roster of the Los Angeles Angels out of spring training after which he elected for free agency. With Welington Castillo out of action the Cubs have been using John Baker and Eli Whiteside behind the plate. Neither player has performed...
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: John Baker out a few days

The Chicago Cubs enter a weekend series against the Miami Marlins coming off a 7-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday. The win improved the Cubs to 23-34, eleven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Cubs were without catcher John Baker, who took a foul ball off his throat on Wednesday.#450120082 / gettyimages.comAs reported by Mark Gonzales...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

RED ALERT!  RED ALERT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Seriously, they even said it…since John Baker is nursing a sore throat from the foul ball last night, Welington Castillo is on the disabled list due to a ribcage strain, leaving only Eli Whiteside as a bonafide catcher at the major league level, it’s going to be Luis Valbuena to the rescue… If necessary Luis Valbuena is emergency...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 44: The Tanaka streak ends

(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) New York Yankees 1 — Chicago Cubs 6 It took 43 starts on two sides of the world, but Masahiro Tanaka experienced his first regular season loss in almost two years. Brett Gardner would reach third base in the first inning against Jason Hammel but was unable to score. That is not how you want to start a game. The game would be scoreless until...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (5/5/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Yadier Molina owned the Cubs again off of a fluky single in the 9th, and Rizzo was the zero, not the hero. Three Up 1. The Valbuena/Olt battle is just about wrapped up at this point. Luis Luis walked, doubled and tripled. If the battle is between a guy who plays good defense and can play comfortably in the 2 hole and a guy who can’t not strikeout 33% of...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2 (4/22/14)

(A note for the reader: I’m home today with a sick little one. She’s asleep, so I’m writing this while watching Season 3: Episode 6 of Breaking Bad (titled: Sunset). There will be spoilers if you haven’t gotten this far). OSS: Hammel dominated, and Olt finally had a no-doubt home run. BBA: I like Walter’s new partner, but really what I love more is the music. Very impressive...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

With Leather’s Watch This: The Yankees And Cubs Remind Us About Rule 6.08(c)

Via MLB Way back when I was a young, ignorant pre-teen, years before I’d just become a full-blown idiot, I was obsessed with reading and learning the rules of Major League Baseball. I figured that if knowing the rules didn’t make me a better baseball player, it would at least give me a backup plan to become an umpire. Funny thing, though – I read a few pages and gave up, because...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Baseball…Barely A Step Above Triple-A!

  That’s Cubs catcher John Baker and pitcher Pedro Strop colliding during Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh. Baker has been around the league on…
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 4/4/13

Did the Cubs Win? Cubs 3 @ Pirates 2 OSS: Hammel was nails all game, and Bonifacio + Olt provided all necessary offense. Three Up 1. Jason Hammel pitched a great game. He allowed 2 hits and a walk over 6.2 innings, fanning 5. Great start for Jason. 2. Emilio Bonifacio had a double, a single, and a stolen base. Dude hates to be on first base. He did have a throwing error. 3. Darwin...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher and catcher collide on popup, still make out (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and catcher John Baker collided while fielding a popup on a bunt attempt during Thursday's game in Pittsburgh, but fortunately still managed to make the out.It happened in the top of the ninth as Pirates batter Gaby Sanchez bunted the 0-1 pitch straight up in the air in front of home plate. In an apparent...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs make routine pop-up look like anything but routine

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop clotheslined his own catcher, John Baker, during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two collided violently after they both pursued Gaby Sanchez’s harmless bunt that he popped up just a few feet in front of home plate. While it is usually the pitcher who takes the brunt of the impact in these types of situations...
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Baker wins job; Olt should be next

The Chicago Cubs named John Baker as the backup catcher and cleared two players from their 40-man roster by giving catcher George Kottaras his unconditional release and losing Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver claim. Kottaras signed a one-year deal with the Cubs over the winter after being acquired in a trade with Kansas City but lost out in the battle to be Welington...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Assume the Position: C

It's the second annual (holy ****, I've been blogging over a year) installment of Assume the Position! I don't plan on making many changes since last year, though I imagine I'll have to edit these a bit as the last few signings or so trickle in. The one thing I will do is just remove the players that aren't on the team this year (sometimes there were people that...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Are These ******* Guys?

The Chicago Cubs off season of discontent goes on, leaving several fans with a feeling of less than excitement. Moves being made that leave some fans scratching their heads and wondering just what the Cubs are doing with their time and money and one simple question.. With free agent signings of Tommy Hottovy, Liam Hendriks, Ryan Roberts, Ryan Kalish and John Baker to minor league...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Abilene Christian eclipses McMurry 60-17

Charcan West rushed for four touchdowns and John Baker threw for two and ran for one more in Abilene Christian's second blowout of the season with a 60-17 victory against McMurry Saturday night. Baker, who was 17 of 23 for 212 yards, tossed a school record seven touchdowns a week ago in the Wildcats' 84-6 drubbing of Concordia (Ala.) College. West led the Wildcats with...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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