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(Major League Baseball)   Former Cubs Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez all homer in their first games with their new teams   (mlb.com) divider line
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2021-08-02 2:42:16 AM  
Geez, the Nats traded their GM too?
 
2021-08-02 8:45:30 AM  
There was a teaser bet with a profit boost on a couple of these guys to hit a home run in their first game with the new team.

I passed. Worst gambling move I made since I put $25 on the women's team to get gold.
 
2021-08-02 8:47:06 AM  
Maybe if they homered more often for the Cubs, the Cubs wouldn't be behind 13 games in the standings.
 
2021-08-02 8:48:52 AM  
Interesting.
 
2021-08-02 9:30:10 AM  
The Cubs don't have to be good.  The fans mostly show up to drink and date graduates of Big Ten universities.
 
2021-08-02 9:33:44 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The Cubs don't have to be good.  The fans mostly show up to drink and date graduates of Big Ten universities.


Guilty.
 
2021-08-02 9:54:08 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The Cubs don't have to be good.  The fans mostly show up to drink and date have condomless one night stand with graduates of Big Ten universities.


\Not a Cubs fan
\\Grad of Big Ten university
\\\Married to grad of different Big Ten university, hope she has never been to Wrigley.

 
2021-08-02 10:27:53 AM  
But Ortega hit three home runs for the Cubs in one game yesterday.

They still lost, of course.
 
2021-08-02 10:35:42 AM  

Iowan73: But Ortega hit three home runs for the Cubs in one game yesterday.

They still lost, of course.


..against the OTHER team that blew itself up at the deadline
 
2021-08-02 10:56:08 AM  

Iowan73: But Ortega hit three home runs for the Cubs in one game yesterday.

They still lost, of course.


As a life long Cubs fan, there is a certain comfort to the Cubs going back to being the Cubs.
 
2021-08-02 11:00:03 AM  
That has been one of the problems with the Cubs for decades.  People would show up to see them even if they sucked, so there was no incentive to spend the money on good players.
 
2021-08-02 11:03:43 AM  

Geotpf: That has been one of the problems with the Cubs for decades.  People would show up to see them even if they sucked, so there was no incentive to spend the money on good players.


Well, some would.

Many more have been showing up since 2015, when they became contenders. I even joked with an usher than "You know, it was a lot easier to get around the place when we sucked." They laughed.

Attendance is down this year, but there hasn't been enough games to tell what effect the Cubpocalypse had. Plus, of course, attendance is down because of the pandemic as well, they didn't start with full seating until...I want to say late June? Sometime in June. They were at 6K for the first two months, then went to 18K in early June, and full seating some time after.
 
2021-08-02 11:37:32 AM  
I'm happy for them and Inwish them nothing but the best.

The hardest part for me, so far, is the camera panning the dugout. I see faces I don't know and I keep waiting for the commentary about Baez and Rizzo and KB. I'll get used to it, it's just been weird so far.
 
2021-08-02 11:43:35 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Geotpf: That has been one of the problems with the Cubs for decades.  People would show up to see them even if they sucked, so there was no incentive to spend the money on good players.

Well, some would.

Many more have been showing up since 2015, when they became contenders. I even joked with an usher than "You know, it was a lot easier to get around the place when we sucked." They laughed.

Attendance is down this year, but there hasn't been enough games to tell what effect the Cubpocalypse had. Plus, of course, attendance is down because of the pandemic as well, they didn't start with full seating until...I want to say late June? Sometime in June. They were at 6K for the first two months, then went to 18K in early June, and full seating some time after.


Yeah, I'm mostly referring to the period in the couple decades prior to their recent World Series win.
 
2021-08-02 11:50:36 AM  
While the moves cut the heart out of a lot of Cubs fans, it was the right move move to make, albeit a shiatty move. It's a real dig at Baez, Rizzo, and Bryant, too. Management's way of telling them they're over-rated and not worth what they're paying them - so they get traded with the hopes of getting them back at a better deal after they become free agents at the end of season.  In the process the Cubs just re-stocked their farm system.

The Cubs look like they want to play Small Ball and Moneyball.  Good luck.
 
2021-08-02 12:04:32 PM  
It's the Cubs (Cubs fan here) - it's not about what's on the field, it's about what's going on in the bleachers.
 
2021-08-02 12:06:29 PM  
of course the power rankings have the dodgers back on top, despite being 3 games back in their division and under .500 against teams with winning records and having spent less than two weeks all season at #1 in the NL west.  I'm assuming they're hoping that they too can one day be anally violated by trevor bauer.

tl;dr - f$ck the dodgers
 
2021-08-02 12:08:32 PM  

Sid Vicious' Corpse: Management's way of telling them they're over-rated and not worth what they're paying them - so they get traded with the hopes of getting them back at a better deal after they become free agents at the end of season.  In the process the Cubs just re-stocked their farm system.


None of them were signing - esp. Bryant, because Scott Boras. They supposedly offered Baez $180M (no details on duration) and he said nope, he was testing free agency. (Note: This is basically rumor from a well placed source, so take that as you will.) KB clearly said "not interested" - but once again, Boras is very clear with his clients, unless they make a truly stupid offer, you want to go to Free Agency and get paid.

So, Hoyer dealt them as short-term rentals to get prospects to rebuild with. Under the baseball contract/cap system, this is the exact correct thing to do, because if you didn't do it now, all three could walk away and you get nothing.

If the Cubs were contending, you might just eat that loss for one more chance, but they weren't.

And some of them may be back next year. They're free agents. It is by no means unheard of for a team to deal a player on the verge of free agency and sign them back in the off-season. Indeed, the Cubs/Yankees did this in 2016 with Chapman, who closed for the Cubs, won the ring with them, and then resigned with the Yankees after the season.

It sucks, but letting them walk at the end of the season with nothing but compensation picks is far dumber than giving up the last three months of service.

I thought they would extend Rizzo's contract so they'd have a friendly face during the rebuild but apparently they couldn't agree on terms.
 
2021-08-02 12:15:04 PM  
I have always thought the Cubs home uniforms look like pajamas. Maybe that was the look they were going for.
 
2021-08-02 12:17:54 PM  

Geotpf: That has been one of the problems with the Cubs for decades.  People would show up to see them even if they sucked, so there was no incentive to spend the money on good players.


I suppose they draw more than most teams that suck (and some teams that win), but the stadium is hardly packed when they suck except for weekends.  In the not so distant past, I could walk up to the ticket window on game day and get front row seats next to the bullpen.
 
2021-08-02 12:25:05 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: of course the power rankings have the dodgers back on top, despite being 3 games back in their division and under .500 against teams with winning records and having spent less than two weeks all season at #1 in the NL west.  I'm assuming they're hoping that they too can one day be anally violated by trevor bauer.

tl;dr - f$ck the dodgers


Um, did you notice the farking trade they just pulled off?

Max Scherzer and Trea Turner for four prospects?
 
2021-08-02 12:27:12 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Sid Vicious' Corpse: Management's way of telling them they're over-rated and not worth what they're paying them - so they get traded with the hopes of getting them back at a better deal after they become free agents at the end of season.  In the process the Cubs just re-stocked their farm system.

None of them were signing - esp. Bryant, because Scott Boras. They supposedly offered Baez $180M (no details on duration) and he said nope, he was testing free agency. (Note: This is basically rumor from a well placed source, so take that as you will.) KB clearly said "not interested" - but once again, Boras is very clear with his clients, unless they make a truly stupid offer, you want to go to Free Agency and get paid.

So, Hoyer dealt them as short-term rentals to get prospects to rebuild with. Under the baseball contract/cap system, this is the exact correct thing to do, because if you didn't do it now, all three could walk away and you get nothing.

If the Cubs were contending, you might just eat that loss for one more chance, but they weren't.

And some of them may be back next year. They're free agents. It is by no means unheard of for a team to deal a player on the verge of free agency and sign them back in the off-season. Indeed, the Cubs/Yankees did this in 2016 with Chapman, who closed for the Cubs, won the ring with them, and then resigned with the Yankees after the season.

It sucks, but letting them walk at the end of the season with nothing but compensation picks is far dumber than giving up the last three months of service.

I thought they would extend Rizzo's contract so they'd have a friendly face during the rebuild but apparently they couldn't agree on terms.


KB was done with them after they played games with his service time. Baez clearly wanted to get out of Chicago and play for the Mets (he wants to be with his best friend Lindor) or sign with another team that has players that he is friends with. Rizzo wasn't going to be the lone player left, so he said goodbye also
 
2021-08-02 12:54:25 PM  

ongbok: I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Sid Vicious' Corpse: Management's way of telling them they're over-rated and not worth what they're paying them - so they get traded with the hopes of getting them back at a better deal after they become free agents at the end of season.  In the process the Cubs just re-stocked their farm system.

None of them were signing - esp. Bryant, because Scott Boras. They supposedly offered Baez $180M (no details on duration) and he said nope, he was testing free agency. (Note: This is basically rumor from a well placed source, so take that as you will.) KB clearly said "not interested" - but once again, Boras is very clear with his clients, unless they make a truly stupid offer, you want to go to Free Agency and get paid.

So, Hoyer dealt them as short-term rentals to get prospects to rebuild with. Under the baseball contract/cap system, this is the exact correct thing to do, because if you didn't do it now, all three could walk away and you get nothing.

If the Cubs were contending, you might just eat that loss for one more chance, but they weren't.

And some of them may be back next year. They're free agents. It is by no means unheard of for a team to deal a player on the verge of free agency and sign them back in the off-season. Indeed, the Cubs/Yankees did this in 2016 with Chapman, who closed for the Cubs, won the ring with them, and then resigned with the Yankees after the season.

It sucks, but letting them walk at the end of the season with nothing but compensation picks is far dumber than giving up the last three months of service.

I thought they would extend Rizzo's contract so they'd have a friendly face during the rebuild but apparently they couldn't agree on terms.

KB was done with them after they played games with his service time. Baez clearly wanted to get out of Chicago and play for the Mets (he wants to be with his best friend Lindor) or sign with another team that has players that he is friends with. Rizzo ...


Rizzo is a good fit for the Yankees.  Every time he gets a base-on-balls he can say "Hey, I'm walking here!!"
 
2021-08-02 1:10:59 PM  

Geotpf: Thank You Black Jesus!: of course the power rankings have the dodgers back on top, despite being 3 games back in their division and under .500 against teams with winning records and having spent less than two weeks all season at #1 in the NL west.  I'm assuming they're hoping that they too can one day be anally violated by trevor bauer.

tl;dr - f$ck the dodgers

Um, did you notice the farking trade they just pulled off?

Max Scherzer and Trea Turner for four prospects?


i did notice, and I don't care.  i know neither acquisition will hurt but f&ck em anyway.
 
2021-08-02 2:34:14 PM  
and Joc Pederson hit a HR in his first game with the Braves when traded earlier in the year.

I haven't looked, but I'm pretty sure Craig Kimbrel didn't or won't homer in his first game with the White Sox.
 
2021-08-02 3:41:21 PM  
Bryant was welcomed to SF like the goddammed hero he is. Big introduction, and a huge standing ovation from the Faithful. He's gonna be a very loved member of the team.
 
2021-08-02 8:58:43 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: tl;dr - f$ck the dodgers...

...and I don't care.


Narrator: And that was a lie.
 
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