Instead of reading all the angles of political commentary on today's controversy, I'm reading up on the minutia of the Cubs. With every major city daily online, I can follow the coverage of the Cubs as seen from the vantage point of the opposition. With the Mets at Wrigley this week, that means that the New York press is giving the Cubs heavy coverage.
The story for last night's game was pre-written... the opening of the completely new left field bleachers and the renovated center field bleachers. In the pic, you can see the new video board and the higher profile of the bleachers.
The New York Times led with a story about a blogger who is a long time season ticket holder in the bleachers. Here's Al Yellon's SB Nation page. Surprisingly, Yellon's page doesn't mention all the PR he got from the Times!
Kris Bryant "christened" the RF bleachers... that was the theme of just about all the press coverage of the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Mets.
The NY Post told the story, as expected, from the vantage point of Mets' homies. So, their story focused on the struggles of the Mets' young pitcher, Jacob deGrom, who gave up back to back homers to Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.
Yesterday, the Times published a nice pre-game story about Bryant's links to Ted Williams. His father actually encountered Williams as a hitting instructor in the Red Sox organization. (The Cubs are importing the entire ethos of the Sox organization under Theo Epstein.)
Kris Bryant seems to be all he was trumped up to be. The kid is probably the most exciting rookie to join the Cubs since Ernie Banks. Bryant has the tools to win a Triple Crown, and I predict that he will do that during his prime. Bryant will hit a lot of homers, drive in an astonishing number of runs and hit for high average once he is a fully mature player. He is driving in almost a run per game already! I see .340/40 HR/150 RBI numbers in his prime years! Really! The rookie drew two walks last night, in addition to his monster HR.
Starlin Castro would appear to be less secure in his future with the Cubs. Every time the Mets visit Wrigley, the Post plays up a possible Castro trade for a young Mets' pitcher story. They evidently like Castro's game a lot in New York and feel like he would flourish there. This, to me, is a damned good indication that the Cubs should keep the guy. He's a high average hitter and a very good, if a little erratic, shortstop. I wonder why the NY press is so fixed on this kid?
A new (and very useful) feature of Yahoo's baseball coverage is the "condensed game" video from yesterday's games. Go to the Cubs' (or any team's) "Team" page, and you'll find the condensed game video, which contains (I think) the replay videos compiled into a single video without voiceover or announcer comments. That's a little weird. I have a habit of falling asleep in the 8th inning of Cubs' games, so I often miss the ending of the game. The condensed game video replays the important stuff quickly.
See? Wasn't that better than obsessing over today's political controversy and outrage?