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2011 Winter Classic

The Cubs beat the Padres 1-0 in the 2011 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field last night. In the shootout, Marmol stopped four shooters and Colvin beat Qualls with a wicked top-shelf glove-side wrist shot.

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Wait, that was baseball? With temperatures in the 20s? Yikes.

Polar Bear Zambrano, he of the short sleeves, has officially earned his reprieve from my regular Zambrano Watch with the best starting performance for the Cubs this year. 8 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts. No decision, but that’s because…

Wrigley is a hitters ballpark, except, you know, when it’s not. Like last night. When the wind blows straight in at 10-15 mph, and it’s too cold to hold the bat, it’s a pitchers ballpark. The Padres should feel right at home… except for that snow of course.

Colvin’s pinch-hit walk-off double in the tenth may be FAR more important than a single win in April might suggest. Colvin has the raw talent to be an important piece of the Cubs for a long time, but now that the NL pitchers have adjusted to him – he has to adapt. When a rook starts knocking the ball around, teams start to look for a weakness. And when they find it, the entire league exploits it mercilessly, until the hitter adapts. If he adapts. The difference between a ‘AAAA’ hitter and a big league hitter is whether they can adjust. Last night may just give him the confidence that he needs to muscle his way back into the lineup. I’m pretty confident he will. Colvin will be solid. Which brings us to…

The Castro. Castro could be that extremely rare, truly elite hitter. Castro is frightening in that he has so far befuddled the attempts of the opposition to find a weakness. He uses the whole field and while he wants to hit more home runs, he takes what the pitcher gives him – and doesn’t swing for the fences on each pitch. The Castro is exciting to watch.

Congrats again to Zambrano, who appears to have thus far forced the Bad Z into remission. I’m a big fan Z. Keep it up, but…

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I’m watching you. We need you, big Z.

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