Cubs and the US Open

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All this brew-ha-ha over his slide into homeplate. It’s baseball. It’s supposed to be a man’s sport. Give me a break with the coddling. Also we’re talking about the most heavily padded player on the field. No, I’m not wishing him injury but this is just being blown way out of proportion. It’s the baseball that I grew up watching. Catching is a tough business.

Now let’s get a bit technical. Tell me the rules and I can play the game.

The issue, obviously, is whether the collision was legal under the rules. The rule in question is 7.13, which holds thusly:

(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).  If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).  In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.

As is always the case in the rules, the official comment provides illumination:

Rule 7.13 Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 7.13.  If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 7.13.  A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher.  In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher

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MLB talked with him and Rizzo had this quote about this conversation

“It was not like I was going in with a cheap shot. I did not go in with my shoulder lowered like a linebacker and really took a shot. I went in like a last-second slide. I was not really sure what to do or where to go. That was (Torre’s) understanding of it, as well. I was not going in trying to end Austin Hedges’ career. We were both trying to make a play to win ballgames for our team. It was not like I was going in trying to hurt him.” – Anthony Rizzo

The whole thing is definitely being overblown. It was good hard baseball. A good throw from the center fielder. Good play by the catcher. Rizzo trying his best to score. This is what baseball is about.

Madden appeared on the Score 760 to discuss it.

US Open – Fox Screws Up Again

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I’m not sure why they feel it’s necessary to comment on who his girl friend is. Just say ‘there is his special lady…’ or even ,”I’m not sure who that is!” But why would you want to guess wrong on a nationally televised broadcast. At least Brad Faxon was there to correct it.

Video below of the incident:

Yes, his actual girl friend is Jena Sims. You may have seen her in some terrible films such as Sharnado 3: Oh Hell No.

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Cubs Lose Another and Covfefe

Holy Cow. Cubs lose another. Their worst road trip in five years. Argh. I don’t even want to discuss this any further and lets hope things turn around when they go back to Wrigley.

President Trump and his Covfefe

Exactly why Trump shouldn’t be allowed to just off-the-cuff tweet.

For those unsure of why this is happening. People screenshot the tweet long before he took it down.

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Anderson Cooper actually broke it down well.

It is a bit humorous. Then of course the internet got a hold of it….

My favorites are below.

The Oscar winner is…

Batman –

A little Harry Potter…

A little Star Wars….

Hope everyone has an excellent Thursday…..

Cubs Lose 5 in a Row

Nope. Not a dream. Definitely not a joke either. We have to suck it up and get thru it.

With this loss the Cubs drop to below 500. Below is some video I took of the overenthusiastic Cubs fan near me. I tried to get video of him screaming but everytime I started to record he got a little silent.

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Jake Arrietta, today’s pitcher that will hopefully stop the Chicago Cubs skid at five games, had an excellent interview with ‘The Score AM 670’ where he was just stating that he welcomes brawls in baseball.

Jake – we need you today buddy.

Back to last night’s dismal performance. I’ll sum it up like this.

  • No hits with runners in scoring position. This whole series – too many runners left on base. 2nd to last in MLB with runners in scoring position. Cmon
  • Pitchers are giving up too many runs. We’re a better pitching rotation that this.

Maddon had this to say about the game. Spot on. Not a productive offense.

Kyle Schwarber, who’s still trying to find his way, with his batting .179 but did have a dinger last night – needs to find some consistency.

Finally…..

Jon Jay in the lineup. I understand Maddon was going for a contact hitter to try and bring in some runs but the dude struck out three flippin times. Just the kind of luck the Cubs are having of late.

Cubs and Golf

Thursday morning and it’s rise and shine. Another day to get rolling.

Cubs Get Hot

Chicago Cubs offense got fired up and they took two out of the three games in Pittsburgh. I was discussing this yesterday, it’s tough when a team loses their star player and even tougher when they lose their team to steroids. Out 80 games! Yikes! 14-3 is a lot of offense.

Golf the Last Few Days

I’m starting to prep for the Member-Guest tournament coming up. But more importantly, I think I talked my buddy Dillon to play in to play the Member-Guest with another friend of mine. It’ll be a nice addition. Below is a photo that I just posted to Instagram. Find Bob Madsen on Instagram.

Here is Graham (Dillon) and Bob Madsen before yesterdays round. #madsengolf #golf⛳️

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Golf Funny Moment

Jason Day having a little bit of fun with his partner, Rickie Fowler, at the Zurich Classic. Day was talking about a team meeting that they were having to discuss their strategies for the tournament. Quick catch-up for you – Rickie Fowler has a new girlfriend.

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Here’s the video:

Cubs Win World Series

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I woke up this morning and I still can’t believe it. I’ve been a Cubs fan since I was in elementary school. Growing up in the Chicagoland, I kind of had my choice of teams in the White Sox or the Cubs. My first actual game was to the old Comiskey Park to see the White Sox and Carlton Fisk. But I never felt an attachment or for that matter a care for the team. I grew to like some of the players like Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas, and Bo Jackson. But then I went to my first Cubs game and it was more my style. Maybe it was the feeling of being an underdog. I’d like to say it was sweet sweet feeling of Wrigley Field. But I definitely fell in love with baseball and being a Cubs fan.

I saw good Cubs players come and go throughout the years. Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Jerome Walton, Andrea Dawson,  – yes I on purpose am leaving out Sammy Sosa.

The game was nerve wracking to watch. My Facebook Chicago fans that I grew up with kept me confident but I had a buddy that I golf that was being the eternal pessimist.

“Madden will be fried forever”

Nope I kept thinking to myself. I’m happy with the season. I’m happy even if we lose tonight. Everything else is just extra. Boy is that World Series extra.

I still can’t believe it. So well deserved for a city that deserves it.

I’m a believer in good things happening together. Ironically yesterday I won my first tournament playing in the A-flight. I had tied for first on one in the B-flight but this was my first solo win.

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