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BCB After Dark: The Wisdom of the crowd

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The dive bar for night owls, early risers and Cubs fans abroad asks you how many home runs do you think Patrick Wisdom will hit.

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Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the night spot for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. So glad you could join us after this long day. Have yourself a beverage. We’ll waive the cover charge for you. The dress code is waived as well. Just keep your camera turned off.

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.

The Cubs split a doubleheader tonight, winning game one 5-2 and losing game two 13-10 in ten innings, despite a heroic home run by Ian Happ. I knew game two was lost when Jake Jewell took the mound, but in fairness to David Ross, what other choices did he have at that moment? I haven’t actually looked at the roster, so that’s not a rhetorical question.

Last time I asked you if you thought upcoming free agent shortstop Trevor Story would be a good target for the Cubs to sign this winter. A total of 46% of you thought that was a bad idea and another 43% were “meh” on the idea. Only 11% thought it was a good idea.

Here’s where I throw it out to jazz and movies, but I really don’t have a movie question for discussion like I normally do on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. I’d love it if one of you threw something out for discussion, but yesterday’s After Dark ran long and today was long for me in many different ways. So I think it’s balanced out.


Tonight’s song is one of my favorite Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs, “I Say A Little Prayer.” First off, don’t ask me to pick between the original by Dionne Warwick and the famous gospel-inspired Aretha Franklin cover version. They are both equally awesome and they both infuse their own meaning to the song.

But this version by jazz master Rahsaan Roland Kirk is one of the only ones that makes explicit the subtext that Hal David put into that song. Bacharach and David songs were about as apolitical as you could get, but David did intend the lyrics to “I Say A Little Prayer” to be delivered from the point of view of a woman whose man was off fighting in Vietnam. That subtext usually goes right over people’s heads, but Kirk puts it front and center in his version by starting by adding a verse that goes “The man was shot down!”

I don’t know when this was recorded, but from the clothing, I’d guess the early-70s. Kirk had a stroke in 1975 and died in 1977, so it couldn’t have been any later than that.


Today’s questions are about Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom, whose 21st home run of the year was the difference in game one.

Wisdom has hit those 21 home runs in just 80 games with the Cubs this season. That’s just one behind Javy Báez for the team lead, and Báez isn’t going to be adding to that total so it seems inevitable that he’ll lead the team in home runs. The team rookie record for home runs is 26 by Kris Bryant in 2015. That certainly seems in reach for Wisdom.

It’s funny, but near the start of the season, I had a poll in this space where I asked you who you thought would hit the most home runs for the Cubs this year. Wisdom was clearly not one of the candidates and no one suggested a guy in Iowa.

I’m confident you can do the math as to how many home runs Wisdom’s 21 home runs in 80 games would project out to a full season. It also certainly looks like Wisdom is in the Cubs plans for the 2022 season. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be.

So the two questions are this. Will Patrick Wisdom hit six more home runs over the final 33 games to set the new all-time home run record for Cubs rookies? And the second question asks how many home runs you think he’ll hit in 2022. No matter whether you think he’s going to be playing for the Cubs or not, just tell me how many you project him to hit next season. (Home runs hit for the Iowa Cubs, or any other minor league team, do not count.)

Maybe you think he’ll build on his rookie season and become one of the best power hitters in the league. Or maybe you think he’ll regress and/or get hurt and miss much of the season. Something in between those two options is possible as well.

So using the wisdom of the crowds, what does the crowd think of Patrick Wisdom?

Poll

Will Patrick Wisdom hit at least 27 home runs for the Cubs rookie record?

This poll is closed

  • 69%
    Yes
    (125 votes)
  • 30%
    No
    (56 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now

And

Poll

How many home runs will Patrick Wisdom hit in 2022?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Less than 10
    (8 votes)
  • 20%
    11 to 20
    (36 votes)
  • 59%
    21 to 30
    (105 votes)
  • 11%
    31 to 40
    (21 votes)
  • 3%
    More than 40
    (7 votes)
177 votes total Vote Now

If you want to make your exact guesses in the comments, that would be great.

Thanks again for stopping by. We’ll set up this dive bar again next week. We’d love to see you again. Be sure to tip the waitstaff your way out.