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A great how-to guide for fans of the 2013 Cubs

May 17, 2013, 9:34 AM EST

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Paul Sullivan of the Tribune makes a great point when he says this year’s Cubs team is “not good enough to capture our attention completely, and not bad enough to ignore totally.” Such is life for most rebuilding teams. But he provides a fantastic service today in telling Cubs fans what they should pay attention to and what they shouldn’t.

Tune in: When Anthony Rizzo bats, Travis Wood starts or Dioner Navarro pinch hits. There’s a good chance something good will happen, including the opportunity to watch Navarro run …

… Tune out: When the Budweiser patio is shown. The proliferation of patios in the Wrigley renovation suggests ownership enjoys promoting the idea of fans talking on cell phones and not paying attention to the product on the field.

And so-on.

Maybe Cubs fans know this stuff, but it’s actually pretty handy for non-Cubs fans who like to flip around the dial and take in games from random teams. Because really, there are very few truly unwatchable baseball teams. The hard part is just knowing when to watch.

  1. andreweac - May 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    2013 Cubs >>>>>>>> 2013 Angels

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Maybe Theo and Jed will pack Rizzo up in their traveling suitcase and head to Anaheim in a year or two.

  2. recoveringcubsfan - May 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    There are only 3 players on the team who would start on any other MLB squad: Rizzo, Castro, and Samardzijiaza or whatever the hell his name is. Notre Dame! The rest of the bunch is dross, which can make for entertaining chaos, but mostly it’s the same result as before, no matter if they’re trotting out Grace, Sandberg, and Dawson, or Rizzo, Castro, and the Misfits. My own personal faves are watching Travis Wood *pinch-run* because it turns out that he’s a hell of a runner, and seeing Cubs fans take a piss at Soriano even though he’s been the team’s best hitter overall for his career with them. All-time Cubs Great, as low as that bar has to be? No. But is he better than that team deserves? Heck yeah.

    As for the talking on cell phones and yammering ignorantly through games – it isn’t the fans, Peter, it’s the team. When the Cubs came to town last year, the 3-game set was distinguished by a loud buzz throughout the park, very different from any other NL series I attended. The fact seems to be that NOBODY wants to watch the Cubs play baseball, but rather take 3 hours to get some sun, drink a beer, and chat with some new friends. In other words, when the Cubs are playing, it’s like being at a AAA game in terms of the players on the field and the vibe in the stands. It just is what it is. If the team ever plays a meaningful game, folks will shut up and watch, be they in the Budweiser patio or the first row.

    • jwbiii - May 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Props to you for noting Travis Woods’ baserunning abilities. Did you see that pop-up slide in last Sunday’s game? Something executed perfectly, even a simple thing, is a thing of beauty.

    • kollin7 - May 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Obviously, there’s a lot of things wrong with this comment, but I just want to touch on one thing. There’s a reason Cubs fans hate Soriano. He was coming off of a HUGE year when the Cubs signed him.

      They did not give him 8 yrs/136 million to have a career with them of .265/.319/.495, and on average, 27 home-runs and 79 RBI. Are those good numbers? Sure. Are those 8 yrs/136 million numbers? No.

      You should know that, with the Cubs, if you sign a contract like that, you damn well better know you either live up to it, or accept your fate of being disliked by the fans.

  3. hojo20 - May 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    There should be a “tech check” at each ballpark so people can sit and watch with no phone calls, texting, etc.

    • eightyraw - May 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      I use my phone to take notes and photos of the game. I almost always have MLB At Bat open to view the pFX location of specific pitches or check on other games happening around the league. And yes, I text people and check twitter during games. This is how I enjoy baseball. Why should people have to abide by your stupid rule?

      • mazblast - May 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Because we’re trying to watch THE GAME, not watch you playing with your electronic Mommy’s nipple or listen to your inane chatter.

        As I said to a similar “fan” a week ago Monday at the Reds-Braves game, “Pardon me if my watching the actual game quietly interferes with your loud, vapid life.”

      • eightyraw - May 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Oh man, people were having conversations and fiddling with phones near you? That must’ve been horrible. I hope you’re ok. G-d forbid anyone enjoy the ballpark experience differently than you. And I didn’t realize that people using cell phones meant that you couldn’t see the game. You sound like a real treat.

      • eightyraw - May 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        There are about 15min of live action during any given baseball game. So what do you do with the three hours when “THE GAME” is not actually being played?

      • hojo20 - May 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        So what do you do with the three hours when “THE GAME” is not actually being played?

        Novel idea – How about talk with the people you’re sitting with?

  4. glink123 - May 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Hard to believe just how few big-league stars have come up through the Cubs farm system over the past decade, considering they’ve basically been drafting in the top 5 or better every year. You’d think they’d almost HAVE to accidentally draft someone decent. But sadly, no. These are the Cubs, after all.

    • jwbiii - May 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      So you’re saying that Ronny Cedeno isn’t a star?

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