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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by craig on Today at 05:08:42 pm »
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BŠez didnít necessarily agree with Rossí assessment that heís been distracted: ďIím perfectly fine.Ē BŠez said he was surprised by the decision, but ultimately respects the managerís authority.  ďHe saw one thing, I saw another thing,Ē BŠez said.



From Mooney article in Athletic.  I didn't hear the actual interview, so hopefully he's pulling out comments out of context. 


"He saw one thing, I saw another thing."  Not sure I get what's to see? 

Mooney's article didn't include any quotes from Baez acknowledging/apologizing/regretting that he did a bad thing.  No repentance expressed. 


I assume from a player's perspective, you obviously made a mistake, everybody watching saw it and knew it.  It's obvious I wasn't paying attention and I did something dumb, do I need to say something so obvious? 
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: BBFL 2021
« Last post by JR on Today at 05:06:08 pm »
The Brats place Carson Kelly on the IL and sign Elias Diaz to replace.

I still need this one done.  Thanks!
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by CurtOne on Today at 04:33:28 pm »
"For me, I think I have some selective memory, too.  If a guy gets picked off or thrown out on the bases but they score 5 runs and win anyway, I'm not sure I remember those baserunning outs that much, I remember the run-scoring plays instead.  But when getting shut out, I tend to remember the pickoffs and failed run-and-hits.  "   

I agree, Craig.  And I think the players, humans, also find those failures more vividly.  Baez baserunning error last night had nothing to do with the loss, but try convincing him of that.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by dogstoothe on Today at 04:26:16 pm »
Letís Get Some Runs!
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by craig on Today at 04:04:45 pm »
I think our definitions of swagger is different, Craig.   To me, it's not necessarily "cocky."  It's attacking with confidence, not just sitting back waiting for the long ball.  The announcers have been pounding about that this year, which I've been glad to hear.  Hit the ball somewhere, maybe something good will happen.  For a short time, and, yes, you're correct, it's the ups and downs of hitting, the Cubs had my definition of swagger...now they don't.
I guess I'm suggesting nothing has necessarily changed in terms of mindset or approach.  Baez was swinging for the fences when they were hot, he's swinging for the fences when they were cold.  No  change.  Bryant had good AB's hot, he's giving the same types of AB's when he's cold, he's just not hitting the ball as well.  Sogard is giving the same competitive situational AB's now as when they were hot. 

Certainly when you have lots of baserunners and guys in scoring position, especially with <2 outs, there's more opportunity for small ball and situational execution. 

I'm thinking the intentions haven't really changed, it's just the results.  When hot, weak contact goes for bloop doubles, and ground balls find holes.  When cold, grounders are DP's.  When you're hot, aggressive baserunning sometimes works and looks aggressive and exciting, and maybe the Mets make a crummy throw and Marisnick scores and we love those aggressive make-things-happen Cubs.  When cold, the opponent executes and he's out; Ross's run-and-hits become DP's. 

For me, I think I have some selective memory, too.  If a guy gets picked off or thrown out on the bases but they score 5 runs and win anyway, I'm not sure I remember those baserunning outs that much, I remember the run-scoring plays instead.  But when getting shut out, I tend to remember the pickoffs and failed run-and-hits. 
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by CurtOne on Today at 03:44:43 pm »
You know a number of us have expressed concerns about the trading of Baez, Bryant, or Rizzo, but I think the first guy to go will be Happ.  Just struggling.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: BBFL 2021
« Last post by brjones on Today at 03:44:36 pm »
Shirtballs activate George Springer for tonight's game, drop Albert Pujols.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by CurtOne on Today at 03:43:20 pm »
I think our definitions of swagger is different, Craig.   To me, it's not necessarily "cocky."  It's attacking with confidence, not just sitting back waiting for the long ball.  The announcers have been pounding about that this year, which I've been glad to hear.  Hit the ball somewhere, maybe something good will happen.  For a short time, and, yes, you're correct, it's the ups and downs of hitting, the Cubs had my definition of swagger...now they don't.
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by Bennett on Today at 03:42:16 pm »
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Bleacher Bums Forum / Re: Today's Game - 2021
« Last post by craig on Today at 03:34:24 pm »
Not sure.  .... but morale and confidence seem low to me.  Hate to keep using the word "swagger," but it's what I don't see with the team right now

Beats me, but I think it's just the ups and downs of hitting in the major leagues.  Hard to swagger when you're getting shut out and you don't get hits or traffic, or drive guys in when they do get on. I'm not sure I see anything really different?  Baez is swinging hard with as much swagger as he always does, what's new?  Heyward and Bryant never swagger when they're hot; now that he's not does Bryant carry himself any different?  When Contreras gets big hits he celebrates; did he ever celebrate making outs?  Same for Joc, he has lots of fun when he's hitting, but did he ever celebrate about making outs in no-runs-scored innings?     
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