As the regular season draws closer and closer, the big bats of the Chicago Cubs are coming out of the wood work in more prevelant ways. Yesterday, it was Anthony Rizzo that took one yard in a 9-6 defeat of divisional rivals Cincinnati Reds.
But despite the veteran presence yesterday, it was another veteran that took the spotlight, the surprising, yet not-so surprising performance of Jason Hammel that took front and centre. He pitched five innings allowing one earned and three hits. Not bad at all.
“I feel pretty crisp, I feel good, I feel like everything I worked on and the things I was focusing on this spring have really started to translate,” Jason Hammel said. “My arm felt real good today.”
Things started getting a little weird in the Cubs’ camp. First Manager Joe Maddon, known for his tendencies to keep things light and loose in the clubhouse, brought in mimes.
“We like to keep it loose,” Hammel said. “We talk about embracing the target all the time. There is really no pressure. We have fun with it. It was hilarious. Everything is on the table. Who knows what’s going on with that tornado in his mind? I’m sure he’ll come up with something else that blows us away.”
“If everybody’s entertained, so be it,” Maddon said. “That’s our way to start the day. We did it last year without nearly as much attention. I would never want to not do those things. I’m an advocate of the morning joke. If people misinterpret it, honestly, that’s their fault. It’s really about the esprit de corps of the day, it has nothing to do with your work except that I think your work can be better because you get off to a good start.”
I think it’s great that he does this. Sometimes the length and struggle of the season needs to be brought down a notch and if spring training can lighten the load with a few mimes, well so be it.
This quote got me a little concerned with Donald Trump. Again, It’s not my place to butt my nose into American politics but this quote had me a little concerned, what do you think?
“Well, it means that I’ll start spending on them,” Trump said. “I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. … I’ll start doing ads about their baseball team. That it’s not properly run or that they haven’t done a good job in the brokerage business lately.”
That was in response to the Rickett family funding Super PAC targeting him.
“Maybe Mr. Trump did not follow the team last year,” Maddon said. “I have no idea.”
I have no idea either,