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Baseball the healer, cement shoes, and other bullets

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Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs
He’s probably fixable.
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Cubs lose. Yu Darvish doesn’t look good. I’m holding out for mechanical flaws, cuz I think I see a couple. Not gonna say what they are ‘til I find some corroborating evidence.

Last time around the track, Cub Tracks stepped in and caught some wayward pitches on the way to Pier One for wicker. Today, we mourn lost meatloaf and wonder about Yu. I’m watching the game now, though I already know the score, cuz I spent the day in a hospital getting treated for an infection. BCB writers deliver under all conditions. I had my laptop with me, in case I was gonna stay the night. But I never unpacked it.

Here’s some better news. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Cubs news and notes:

Willson Contreras had an error at catcher and in left field today. FROM ELIAS: The last player with an error at catcher and elsewhere was Jeff Newman of the Oakland Athletics (July 22, 1980) He had 2 errors as a catcher and 1 elsewhere. The last player with 1 as a catcher and 1 as an outfielder was Ed Ott of the Pittsburgh Pirates (August 20, 1978). — Jesse Rogers

“The ownership they have to understand that I’m a humble man, I’m not a man to have ego, when I was playing I was a little bit because I was focused on what I was trying to do. But right now I’m gonna be 50 years old. I’m a granddaddy, I’m a grandparent, so things change. So if I made a mistake, I don’t have to say that but if I made a mistake, I didn’t want to offend anybody I don’t have a problem with that, I’m sorry because you know, I was in my zone.” — Sammy Sosa

  • Doug Glanville (NBC Sports Chicago*): Cubs and Sosa can learn from Bouton and Yankees. “Baseball has the potential to be a healer through its connection to time.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times*): Joe Maddon likes Cubs’ position as team heads to St. Louis for tough series. “I don’t get too wound up on anything,” Maddon said, pointing to the early date on the baseball calendar. “I’m just happy we’re in the position we’re in right now.”
  • Jon Greenberg (The Athletic {$}): Is Maddon firing on all synapses this season? Early results are good. “At least the Maddon who is showing up to work energized and locked in.”
  • Rob Huff (The Athletic {$}): Four surprising takeaways from Cubs pitchers in April. “...some encouraging and some alarming.”
  • James Neveau (NBC Sports*): Jake Arrieta reveals how Cubs departure went down. “...the Cubs made him a final offer before they signed Yu Darvish, but that he didn’t feel that they were willing to negotiate the offer with him and that they had already decided to sign Darvish.” Building on Gordon Wittenmyer article.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Maddon looking for right combination to awaken Cubs offense. “Much of the Cubs dilemma involves Ian Happ and the need to get him more at-bats.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Darvish gets booed, the offense is MIA, but the Cubs still only have first-world problems for now. “For me, it’s way too early,” Maddon said.
  • Jeff Arnold (*): Homers plague Darvish as Cubs fall to Rockies. Despite striking out eight, Darvish departed after 4 1/3 innings and was unable to survive the fifth inning for the fourth time in six outings.
  • Jesse Rogers (ESPN*): Darvish’s fifth-inning ERA is what?? “Early May isn’t a time to jump ship on a player or team...”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Where have all the runs gone? Cubs’ struggles can be traced to three numbers. “That game belongs in Lake Michigan with some cement shoes tied around it,” Maddon said.
  • Jeff Arnold (*): Maddon: Cubs’ at-bats still quality amid slump. “The at-bats have been good,” Maddon said Wednesday. “We’ve seen some good pitching. I mean, that’s part of it also...”
  • Sahadev Sharma (The Athletic {$}): Bring out the python — Anthony Rizzo leadoff experiment fails to ignite Cubs offense. “I really thought that we needed something like a 20-foot python, a magician or a break dancer in the clubhouse,” manager Joe Maddon said prior to the game.
  • Madeleine Kenney (Chicago Sun-Times*): Anthony Rizzo reacts to Dexter Fowler’s wife moving due date for him. “That’s a good friend, that’s a good wife,” Rizzo said. Paul Sullivan says it’s a false alarm.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): How Albert Almora Jr. accepted the challenge from Cubs management and took over in center field. “I feel like last year I played a little conservative,” Almora said.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Is the time coming for the Cubs to send Happ to the minors for a Schwarber-style reboot? “I’m not even talking about that with Theo or anybody yet,” Maddon said Wednesday. Michael Cerami elaborates.
  • George Castle (Chicago Baseball Museum): Kerry Wood’s 20-K masterpiece tense to cover as baseball scribe. “Stick around baseball long enough, and you’ll see something you haven’t seen before — or will again.”

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Thanks for reading.