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Catcher Carlos Ruiz pitched in last night’s rout of the Mariners

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Last night we had an ugly game in Minnesota as the Twins blasted the Seattle Mariners, 20-7. While it’s always fun to read the box scores after one of these things, there isn’t much that can salvage an ugly game as it’s happening. It’s just a lot of dejected guys on one team and a lot of guys laughing on the other, the outcome no longer in doubt.

But one saving grace of such games is the possibility of a position player pitching. It’s usually a utility infielder or a backup catcher. Last night M’s manager Scott Servais called on his backup catcher: Carlos Ruiz.

Chooch got off to a rough start when he entered the game in the bottom of the eighth, giving up a 450-foot homer to Eddie Rosario on his third pitch. Not that that’s so terrible given that Rosario hit three homers last night. Credit to Ruiz for at least going 1-1 on him first.

And heck, credit to Ruiz for shaking that off. He walked two guys and gave up a double, but no more runs scored. Andrew Miller is one of the best pitchers on the planet and he gave up a run to the Dodgers last night. Advantage: Chooch.

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We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.