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On Monday evening, as happens so often during any edition of the Boers and Bernstein Show, there was a caller on the line with a stupid question. Well, actually, the question itself wasn’t entirely stupid, but the voice and delivery of the man asking it made it seem stupid.
The man wanted to know, with Paul Konerko retiring after this season, if the White Sox should move Conor Gillaspie to first base to allow Matt Davidson to take over at third. It was at this point that Dan Bernstein said something that caught my attention, because as often as I disagree with Bernstein on many different topics, he’s normally much smarter when it comes to baseball.
The MLB Amateur Draft will begin on Thursday night, and since I pay little to no attention to high school and college baseball, I’m not going to bother trying to break down possible picks for either the Cubs or Sox. Instead I’ll look at history to give us an idea of the future. So, much like I did with the Bears a few weeks ago, I’m going to rank the first round draft picks of both our franchises over the last 20 years. You can read the White Sox rankings here, or you could just continue reading the list of Cubs picks.
I was going to write about the Cubs and White Sox starting their series tonight, but I figured you didn’t need to read another column about somebody who isn’t all that excited about it this year. You’ve read or heard that a hundred times already in the last few days.
Instead I’ve decided I’ll “preview” tonight’s series by taking a look at Anthony Rizzo’s hot start, and trying to figure out if it’s something he can maintain.
I know that the Cubs played 16 innings into the wee morning hours and then had a quick turnaround to this morning’s game, but is putting on the right jersey something you need a full night’s sleep for?
Is this Junior Lake’s formal protest against the new road jerseys?
Is wearing different uniforms in the same game the new market inefficiency that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are exploiting?
THESE MYSTERIES AND MORE ALL SOLVED WITH ONE WORD: CUBS.
Maybe you didn’t notice it on Wednesday night against the Rangers, but Marcus Kruger got some time as the second-line center with Patrick Kane. Well, on Thursday it was announced that Kruger would be on the second line with Kane again against Montreal on Saturday, as Quenneville said he’s going to get a shot at the job.