The Happ Trick

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We got ourselves a classic low-scoring game with all the nerves and frustration that goes with it, plus the elation when the game finally ends in the Cubs’ favor. I was going to just post highlights, but one Ian Happ helped me decide to not be so lazy and give him his due. While he wasn’t all that good with the bat today, Happ made three distinct catches that Kyle Schwarber might have made, but I’m glad we didn’t have to find out. Here’s one:

Here’s another:

And not to be outdone, here’s the one to end the game:

You can hear Len Kasper coin the term in that clip, and maybe it’ll trend!

In the future, I think I would be happy with Ian Happ in a corner rather than in center, which should be manned by Albert Almora as much as possible. I know Happ can adequately patrol center field, but he’s just not as good as Almora in reading the ball or taking routes, and possibly isn’t even as good as Jason Heyward (who was also hitting well and factors in the Cubs’ offensive output today). Kris Bryant was a pretty good leadoff hitter for a day, and maybe they try that again sometime. And the starter, Mike Montgomery, and his bullpen kept the Pirates at bay.

As we wait for Friday night’s games and to see whether the Warriors finally make LeBron leave Cleveland again, the Milwaukee Brewers are in Philadelphia to take on the Phillies, which coincidentally lost their series at Wrigley earlier this week. Perhaps they will take out their anger on the Brewers and give the Cubs sole possession of first place, but at least we know that the Cubs can take care of business in multiple ways.

By the way, if you haven’t already, please check out our Dreamcast for details on how to win Anno’s extra Wrigley scoreboard clock…and, you know, just to partake in some love of baseball with us.  Thanks!

 

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About Rice Cube

Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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