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Try Not to Suck: Fan Edition

Fresh on the heels of our last Dreamcast, and given a few of the not-so-nice things that have happened in stadiums both on the field and in the crowd, it seems inevitable that something like this would happen: Effective next season, Major League Baseball intends to implement a universal code of conduct for fans who attend games. The issue, which arose after a May 1 incident in which Baltimore...
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Dreamcast 21: Stick To Sports

Since the last time we hung out, the Cubs have opened up a slightly bigger NL Central lead, and will hopefully keep that going.  Meanwhile, folks have been telling us to stick to sports, but with what’s going on in the nation these days, we kind of can’t, and sports teams and figures can’t either…which isn’t a bad thing. Topics: Rice and fellow teacher Dabynsky talk about...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The John Lackey Game?

Remember back when the Cubs were scuffling (again) and everybody was freaking out (again)?  Well, the Cubs decided that they wanted to be good (again) and with John Lackey on the mound, they at least secured a series split with a chance to win the series on Thursday’s getaway day. It’s been a busy stretch for me as school is about to get started, so blogs and stuff are few...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 20: It’s the End of the World As We Know It

As we found out last time we did a Dreamcast, Rice isn’t so good flying solo, so we grabbed a guest while Anno is doing newlywed things and Andy tries to stop North Korea from being stupid.  Thank goodness our good friend Crawly (you may remember him from the ring ceremony episode) was able to stop by and help host.  Topics include: Baseball as an analogy to life itself Joe...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

They’re TRYING Not to Suck…

It’s always a bummer when Jon Lester pitches a great game, and Willson Contreras hits baseballs to the moon and back, and yet the Chicago Cubs just can’t win the game in the end.  Alas, that is the game we have come to love and curse at the same time, because the momentum, and our emotions, can turn on a dime.  It’s a rough go, and it’s fortunate that the Cubs (58-52) still...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 19: Back to Work

Well, Anno is getting married, and Andy is off to protect our freedoms, so it’s Rice flying solo this time around… Rice is about to go back to work, teaching dees keeds Just a bit of ranting because our mentions and comments have been flooded with negativity while the Cubs are *gasp* in first place We pay tribute to John Arguello once again.  You’ll be missed, John. Follow...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs About to Make a Trade?

We were just discussing #HugWatch Sunday before the Cubs game, and after the game finished, some minor fireworks started to go off: We all know how Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer go in hard on their targets, and this appears to be one of those leaks/rumors that has some pull.  Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis were not in Sunday’s Iowa Cubs starting lineup, so that immediately...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

#HugWatch Season

The Chicago Cubs again jumped the market on trades this year, landing Jose Quintana in a rare Chicago-to-Chicago trade.  Although I feel that the Cubs as currently constructed can get to the playoffs (especially since everyone else in the division has sucked to varying extents), the myriad quotes from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and even manager Joe Maddon suggest that they aren’t...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Ode to a Cubs Legend

I suppose in many ways, the logical side of me knew that, when he announced that the cancer had returned, and then I saw that he hadn’t really written anything in almost two months, John Arguello’s days were numbered.  Having studied biology (in particular cancer biology) most of my professional life before I decided to go into teaching, I knew how evil the disease was, but...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday night #CUBomb party as Cubs finally win the Crosstown Cup

It sure seems like it has been a while since the Crosstown Cup started, but finally, it is over for 2017, and the Chicago Cubs are your city champions of baseball again: Listen, there are way more important things to worry about right now (on this night in particular as we listen to the talks in DC).  But in terms of things that we can enjoy and that are slightly more in our immediate...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Return of UmpShow

A funny thing happened in Tuesday’s Cubs game… You don’t need technology to know that pitch was way inside, and umpire Lance Barksdale wasn’t exactly positioned properly to call that pitch regardless.  We did talk a bit about the fallibility of both umpires and technology on the Dreamcast, but here was a particularly egregious example of an umpire not doing their job properly...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Ready for the Crosstown Cup?

Well, well, well…not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but after an 8-1 run to start the second half, the Chicago Cubs are where we thought they’d be: On the other side of town, the in-city rival Chicago White Sox are heading in the other direction, having decided to orchestrate a rebuild effort similar to what the Cubs did for a few years before reaching ultimate glory.  They...
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July 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 18: Don’t Welcome Our Robot Overlords Just Yet

Now that Rice has a job, it’s just a waiting game for both the Chicago Cubs to get back to first place (and stay there), and for the new job to begin.  Thanks a ton to special guest Harry Pavlidis (@harrypav) for stopping by and having a conversation: We talk a bunch about existing baseball tracking technology, their advantages and their limitations; Harry explains why technology...
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July 23, 2017  |  Discuss

Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

News from the wire about this coming offseason’s qualifying offer: This is about a million dollars more than last year’s qualifying offer, and remember that the rules have changed.  Here are the parts relating directly to the Chicago Cubs: For signing a player who rejected a qualifying offer: A team that neither exceeded the luxury tax in the preceding season nor receives revenue...
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July 20, 2017  |  Discuss

The Cubs Clubhouse

There’s not much to do on an off day other than hoping that certain teams keep losing, so this seems like a good opportunity to talk about a rather nebulous topic.  See, I didn’t used to believe in clubhouse chemistry, as I figured that the most talented team would win out anyway and that’s what a front office should focus on.  But as the Chicago Cubs kept grabbing guys like...
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July 20, 2017  |  Discuss

And the Cubs Never Lost Again

Well, the second half is underway, and methinks the Chicago Cubs are doing okay for now… As we’ve talked about on the Dreamcast before, there was probably going to be an adjustment period for the young Cubs core, and for the historically great pitching and defense from last year’s World Series team.  We just didn’t expect the Cubs to be this mediocre, and we always had confidence...
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July 19, 2017  |  Discuss

The Adventures of Anthony Rizzo, Fantasy Second Baseman

On the latest Dreamcast, Anno asked if there was an actual rule that mandated a glove change for when exaggerated shifts occurred.  As far as I could tell from scanning the rules, there are only a few stipulations on gloves that can be used by fielders on defense: The catcher can obviously use a specialized mitt, dictated in Rule 3.04. 3.06 and 3.07 cover all other glove usages...
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July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 17: Hot or Not?

Now that we are back and rested from the All-Star break and experienced a very fun sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, let’s see whether the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs can give us something fun to look forward to come October… Rice got a job!  Yay! The new guy as the Cubs once again jumped the market Are the Cubs actually good again? (for like the 50th time this...
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July 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Risk, Reward, and Regret

After a crummy first half, we talked on the Dreamcast about how the Chicago Cubs might go about turning their season around to win the division as most of us thought they would this year.  I think most of us figured that the Cubs had a lot of position player depth, and would therefore use their surplus to somehow bolster their one glaring weakness in starting pitching. As you can...
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July 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Say, Everybody, Have You Seen My (Base)Balls?

While we have all been lamenting the fact that John Lackey is now older and possibly broken, what is strange, even for him, was the fact that he gave up way more home runs than expected given a normal decline.  And on that same vein, most fans, players, and team personnel have probably surmised that the baseball is “juiced” to the point where it seems anyone can pop a ball...
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July 12, 2017  |  Discuss

An All-Star Event Without Too Many Cubs

The 2017 All-Star Game would be played with but one Chicago Cubs player, and that guy (Wade Davis) wasn’t even on the 2016 World Series-winning roster. But that doesn’t mean the game was no fun, especially when the Cubs got what one could perceive as much-needed rest as they try to figure out how to stop sucking. Thank goodness for the Home Run Derby, which I think might be even...
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July 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Dreamcast 16: The Fault In Our Stars

After a not-so-good first half, we arrive at the All-Star break needing a rest from the Chicago Cubs, and even the Cubs themselves need a rest from the grind of baseball before they reset for the second half.  Guest host Dabynsky drops by to talk Cubs… Rice and family open up the Sports Crate, which came two weeks late and was again underwhelming but not as bad as the last time…...
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July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

The Battle For Midsummer Bragging Rights

With the first half mercifully over, most Chicago Cubs not named Wade Davis will get to rest over the next few days before jumping back into the grind of the regular season.  Meanwhile, the mighty Giancarlo Stanton will get to defend his Home Run Derby title on his home turf against a pretty formidable set of sluggers… I just don’t see how anyone, not even Aaron Judge, can beat...
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July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Rock Bottom

Just a few days after the beatdown on Bobblehead Day, the Chicago Cubs ended the nominal first half of the season with a clunker against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Last season, the Cubs of course played like a juggernaut en route to the World Series.  This year?  Not so much, with the way bad luck and negative regression in performances have sapped what we thought would be at least...
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July 09, 2017  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Major Draft Picks Just Under the Deadline

I am pretty sure that the Chicago Cubs had deals for all their draft picks set up in advance, but they just did not announce every single one.  Even last week, we knew that the major draft picks from the first ten rounds were going to join the organization.  We just did not know exactly how much money it would cost the Cubs, or which guys would get deals over or under the hard...
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July 07, 2017  |  Discuss
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