A pretty full boat for an off day and that's even before all those amazing stories from last night's game!
From Comcast SportsNet
- Cubs versus Red Sox is a family business for Boston manager John Farrell.
- Even with a couple wins at Fenway, the Cubs need to do more than copy the Red Sox way.
- David Kaplan posed the "Javier Baez versus Kris Bryant" question to a couple scouts.
- Mr. Cub is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
- Rick Renteria is sticking with Junior Lake.
- Manny Ramirez has the chance to change his legacy.
- And so far, he's setting quite the example.
- For his part, Theo Epstein isn't worried about his legacy.
- In case you missed it, Jim Deshaies made a neat grab of a foul ball in game one against the Red Sox.
From Cubs Den
- The prospect count up continues with numbers 7 through 15.
- Then you can keep counting with the 11 up and coming prospects.
- Chris Coghlan got very familiar with the Green Monster.
- Despite being on the short end, the Fenway faithful appreciated Jake Arrieta's stellar performance.
- Here are some "Did you know?" bits about Jake's run at history.
- Chris Bosio knows what it's like to pitch a no-no at Fenway.
- Contact issues are plaguing Junior Lake. Duh.
- The stats confirm what we know: the young Cubs have bounced back from some disappointing 2013 performances.
- Hector Rondon was composed for back-to-back saves.
- Boston DH David Ortiz knows what's wrong with the Cubs: it's all the day games. I've heard this argument several times and I still don't really get it. The Cubs play roughly 20 more day games than most other teams. I struggle to see how this is a bigger impediment to the Cubs than to visiting teams. And while Ortiz has talked to some players about how taxing it is, others say it isn't a factor. But let's get some more night games and not worry about.
- (Audio) Ortiz also joined the podcast to talk about the Cubs' consistency.
- Arismendy Alcantara is getting closer to a promotion.
- Here's a fantasy baseball look (Insider) at whether you should buy or sell on Jake Arrieta.
- Manny Ramirez is an idol and a role model for Kris Bryant.
- Ramirez believes he will grow as a mentor.
- Some sad news to pass along. The 100 year-old fan who was brought back to Wrigley Field after missing a ceremony earlier in the season has passed away. Rest in peace, Louis Reinhart.
- Jason McLeod is sticking around to see the rebuild through.
- A trip to Boston was one down memory lane for Jed Hoyer.
- Manny Ramirez has no regrets.
- Jake Peavy has been in Jeff Samardzija's shoes.
- June has often been unkind to the Cubs. But there was no swoon this year.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- From the "I simply must crap on everything" file, Gordo reports a trip to Boston reminds us of Manny Ramirez' antics.
- Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo is going strong after being denied the chance to interview with the Cubs.
- Travis Wood is an example who shows advanced metrics don't always tell the same tale.
From the Daily Herald
- Cub outfielders played Boston's tricky wall well.
- A trip to Fenway was a bit of a homecoming for Anthony Rizzo, as well as Jed Hoyer.
Today's food for thought