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Pushing The Right Buttons

If you know me, I have grown up a die hard Cubs fan. I eat, sleep, read, and dream about the team constantly. Having watched this team through the tough times and the countless 90 to 100 loss seasons, seeing the Cubbies go to three straight National League Championship Series makes me realize that this is the “golden age” of Cubs baseball.

So on the night of Thursday October 12th I watched easily one of the most stressful Cubs games ever. (Besides game 7 of the World Series) While watching it there were some questionable moves by manager Joe Maddon that had me wondering, “is that the right thing to do in this situation?” Of course, Joe gets paid the big bucks to make these decisions, and despite winning the World Series and leading the Cubs to their third straight postseason, it’s easy to look at the manager and think that every move he makes is a crucial one.

I don’t know how he does it, but he’s been lucky.

Heading into game 4 against the Nationals, I never questioned Maddon’s pitching changes or decisions to remove a starting pitcher from a game. It wasn’t until midway through game 4 I started to question a few moves made by the Cubs skipper. The first decision I question was taking out Jon Lester.

Lester came out of the bullpen and helped keep the Nationals at 1 run which occurred on an infield hit to shortstop Addison Russell. Joe decided to remove Lester to go to reliever Carl Edwards Jr who had a nice bounce back appearance in game 3 after surrendering the game tying home run in game two. Lester didn’t throw a lot of pitches and besides the walk and 1 hit, could’ve easily finished that 8th inning. Joe took out Lester brought in Edwards who walked two batters, then after throwing 1 pitch to Michael Taylor. Joe decided then he’d seen enough and brought in closer Wade Davis who then allowed the grand slam that broke the game open.

Now granted, it is fair to say this all was a bad decision in hindsight, but let me tell you why it was a bad move to begin with. Before game 4, the Cubs used only relievers Carl Edwards Jr, Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop, and closer Wade Davis. He still had Justin Wilson, John Lackey, and Brian Dunning in the bullpen who had yet to make an appearance. So why bring in one of your starting pitchers, and use him in a game that if you had lost wouldn’t have ended the series. Not to mention if you did come back and win the game, he wouldn’t be able to go in the following series until game 3 at the latest. Even still, since the team lost in game 4 with a final score of 5-0 the team going back on the road one “reliever” unavailable in Jon Lester.

Joe Maddon is a successful manager, and has turned around the Cubs organization from top to bottom. Despite the success he and the team has had, his decision making when it comes down to the wire are going to be talked about on a night in night out basis. Even if the move he makes is the right one. Although it’s the ones like bringing in Aroldis Chapman in a pointless time in game 6 of the world series and bringing in Jon Lester during game 4 of the NLDS this year that makes you wonder if the pressure of the playoffs get to even the most successful managers a team has ever had.

You can listen to Curtis Koch every Monday night from 7-8 on 88.1 FM WCRX on “He and She”. You can also follow him on Twitter @CurtisK_Radio. 

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5 Things to do in Chicago for Halloween

  1. Get A Scare At Fright Flicks At Navy Pier
    Its time to be a kid again! Navy Pier’s Fright Flicks events taking place October 21st and October 28th are going to may your night scary for your Halloween traditions this year. With movies after movies each day, Friends and family halloweekend of fun by munch on some popcorn, and get ready to scream. Movies include: Monsters, Inc., Ghostbusters (2016), Monster House, and Beetlejuice.
  2. Chicago Marathon
    Cheer on or Run for the thousands of runners who will participate in the 26.2 mile run through several city neighborhoods on Sunday. Runners from all 50 states and many countries will compete in the Midwest’s largest running event of the year.
  3. Do the Monster Mash
    October is the perfect month to go and see your favorite bands and do the monster mash. There are many great concerts going on this fall in Chicago. In example, Skrillex is a very popular and well-known electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, and songwriter. Skrillex is coming to Chicago on Saturday, October 18th. He will be playing at the Navy Pier alongside A$AP Ferg.
  4. Take a Bike Tour Bobby’s Bike Tour
    RIDING IN FEAR! It is a great way to stay active while staying in the Halloween spirit and having a scary experience. The tour starts by riding through an old cemetery, then the tour will pass the Chicago River site where a bizarre occurrence took place when 844 people drowned in mid-daylight. Chicago’s infamous ghost, Resurrection Mary, will be discussed as well as many other haunted local places including the Levee District, the Columbian Exposition, and the exploits of one H. H. Holmes.
  5. Alder After Dark
    Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.)   Get SPOOK’D

 

 

 

The Ruining of the Bulls

By Tom Okkema

 

Over the weekend the Chicago Bulls were officially eliminated from playoff contention. This will be the first time the Bulls will miss the playoffs since 2008. Due to the ineptitude of the front office and certain players the Bulls have turned a perennial championship contender into a .500 team at best.

This leaves us wondering who do the Bulls need to eliminate?

We want to know what you are thinking too. Take our poll and tune in to “Sports Talk After Dark” tonight at 7p on WCRX-FM 88.1. We want to hear from you so call in (312)663-3512 or check out our Facebook page at Chicago’s Underground. We’ll read your comments on the air.