Dale Sveum is gonna feel some heat by virtue of being the manager of the Chicago Cubs. But he won’t know about it if he does. Here’s what he told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com about how he spends his free time:
“I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you call that thing. I’m not a big computer guy. I don’t read the news. (During) my free time, I watch the NFL channel as much as I can…to keep up on (things) for fantasy reasons.”
It’s probably a pretty good approach for him, actually. As Mooney notes, Sveum has a pretty decent air of equanimity about him, especially compared to Lou Piniella and some of his predecessors. Chicago is not a nasty media market, necessarily. It’s not insane like Boston or New York. But there’s definitely some prickliness one can encounter there. And thus it’s probably better to ignore that noise than to obsesses on it.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: