Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the last place for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad to go after all the other Cubs bars close. So glad you could join us tonight. Sit down and enjoy the show. Tip you waitstaff generously. I hope you’ve arranged a ride home.
BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get off your chest, as long as it is within the rules of the site. The late-nighters are encouraged to get the party started, but everyone else is invited to join in as you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.
Tonight the Cubs lost to the Reds, 7-4 despite home runs from Anthony Rizzo, Patrick Wisdom and Kris Bryant. Was it the last home run that Bryant or Rizzo will hit in a Cubs uniform? The other issue in tonight’s game is that Adbert Alzolay continued to get rocked for home runs by left-handed hitters.
You’re free to continue to discuss tonight’s game in the comments.
Last time I asked you what you thought of the Cleveland Guardians new name. While 31% of you liked it and 25% of you didn’t like it, fully 43% of you said “Meh,” which I had argued earlier is a perfectly fine response to a new name. Within a few years, we’ll all be used to it and it will sound normal.
Tuesday night is the abbreviated version of After Dark and I also have an announcement to make about tomorrow. I’m taking my daughter to the beach tomorrow so she can go surfing, because that’s what any good California Girl should do. So I’m really not going to have to time to do an After Dark tomorrow. I’m just hoping that I’ll be able to get the Minor League Wrap done. So while there will be no AD tomorrow, we’ll be back to three again next week.
So while I don’t discuss movies on Tuesdays, I can give you a jazz track. George Benson was always too diverse to limit himself to just jazz, but at heart he was a jazz guitarist. Besides, I’ve always argued that there is nothing more “jazz” than “doing your own thing.”
Benson’s cover of “On Broadway” was a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Pop Charts when I was a kid and I’m pretty sure that I was familiar with Benson’s jazz version before I heard the original version by The Drifters. Benson’s version was also used in the movie All That Jazz, so I suppose could look back at that film one day. I don’t think I’ve seen it in 35 years.
So I’m going to indulge the nostalgic memories of my childhood and present Benson playing “On Broadway” live in 2011. [VIDEO] I think I still like it better than The Drifters R&B version.
Tonight’s baseball poll question is a sad one. As I wrote above, I was wondering if Kris Bryant’s home run tonight was his last one in a Cub uniform. If it was, it’s been a good ride.
It seems inevitable that the Cubs are going to trade Bryant this week. Javier Báez and Anthony Rizzo may or may not get dealt, but Bryant appears to be as good as gone.
So my question for tonight is which do you want team president Jed Hoyer to deal Bryant to? Obviously most of you would say you want him to go to the team that makes the best offer, but what team do you want to make that best offer.
You can look at it a couple of different ways. You can say you want Bryant to play for the Giants next week because you think they’ll make the best offer. Or you can say you want him to play for the Rays next week because they’re your second-favorite team. Perhaps you want him to play for the White Sox so you can see him play on the South Side. Or maybe you’d like him to play for the Red Sox because you think they have the best chance of winning the World Series and you want Bryant to get another ring.
The point is, you can vote for which ever team you want for whatever reason you want. It would be great if you explained your choice in the comments. But please tell us: which team do you want to see Kris Bryant play for next week?
And I’m sorry, it just doesn’t sound like it’s going to be the Cubs.
To which team would you like to see the Cubs trade Kris Bryant?
This poll is closed
I’m including all teams within 4½ games of a playoff spot, even if some of them are pretty unlikely destinations. But Bryant’s versatility this year means that pretty much every team can find a place to play him.
We’ll see you again next week. By then, we’ll know which of you got your sad wish to come true. I also hope you all appreciated my nod to The Carol Burnett Show.