BCB After Dark: good surprises
Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the nightclub for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. In honor of the Cubs sweep, we’re waiving the cover charge tonight. Bring your own drink. Make sure you tip your servers.
BCB After Dark is the perfect place to talk about baseball, music, movies, or whatever else you need to get off your chest, as long as it’s within the site’s rules. Nightlife is encouraged to start the party, but everyone is welcome to join in when you wake up the next morning and in the afternoon.
Anyone who thought the Cubs would sweep the Dodgers, Raise your hand. Look around you. Everyone with the raised hand is a liar. But I have to say it was an awesome sight against the defense World events the Champions. Too, this Zach Kram post from April 22 looks pretty silly now as the Dodgers are just two games over .500 and in third place.
Last night I asked you what you thought of the seven-innings doubles match. The vote was tighter than I thought. Forty-six percent of you said “No!” shorter games, but 35% said “Yeah!” and 19% were ambivalent like me.
Here is where I talk about jazz and cinema. Like I said last night, with the return of Minor League games and the return of the Minor League Wrap, I won’t have time to go into the same kind of depth that I had been. Maybe Monday when there are no minor league games.
You are free to move on to the baseball stuff now. You won’t hurt my feelings.
Minneapolis jazz band The Bad Plus is known for two things: playing jazz covers of standard rock (although they also write their own material) and playing some really loud jazz music. It was this second thing that kept me from presenting them before now. Their normal volume does not go very well with a “late night” vibe.
But this live version of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” from 2008 is sober enough for them. It starts out soft and slow and slowly increases in tempo and volume until a crescendo at the end which is still not as loud as in the studio.
I don’t really have a movie to recommend tonight. I watched the 1949s The establishment last night to relax before going to bed, with Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. (The Criterion Channel is presenting a collection of Robert Ryan movies this month, if you’re wondering why I’m talking about him in two back-to-back movies.) I thought the movie was just OK. Ryan plays an aging boxer who is supposed to be fighting. It’s a story that can be done right or wrong and this one is just “meh”. The problem here is that the boxer’s manager is so sure he’s going to lose anyway that he doesn’t bother to inform him that he’s supposed to dive. Of course, he wins the fight anyway and the mobsters who arranged the fight are not happy.
Totter plays his wife, who is also convinced that he will lose the fight, so she wanders the city alone and refuses to enter the arena to see her husband pummeled.
I watched Totter’s career, and had no idea she was playing a nurse on the Seventies TV show “Medical Center”. Then it hit me. When was the last time you thought of “Medical Center”? If ever? It was a CBS show for seven seasons and one of the top ten shows at the start of its run. Yet, as far as I know, no one talks about a “medical center” on the Internet. If it works on an obscure digital subchannel, I haven’t heard of it. I remember it starring Chad Everett and that’s about it. I was too young at the time to be interested in it. Other than that, in a modern culture where nothing ever seems to go away, the “Medical Center” seems to have fallen into a black hole.
Can you think of another TV show like this? I’m not talking about a show that got canceled after 13 episodes. I’m talking about TV shows that have lasted for several seasons with good ratings on the number one network and that have been absolutely forgotten in modern culture. I can’t think of others, but of course I guess if I could think of them they wouldn’t be forgotten.
Welcome all baseball fans who skip things in the middle. I think everyone’s in a really good mood today after taking three in a row from the Dodgers. The Cubs are still a game under .500, but they have Pittsburgh this weekend and they could definitely be back above .500 on Saturday. Even two out of three over the weekend would put the Cubs at 0.500.
So I’m going to ask you to be positive. I’m going to ask you which Cubs player was the most pleasant surprise for you today. By that I mean the player from whom you had little or no expectations for the season but who has so far exceeded your expectations the most.
So if you thought Kris Bryant was going to have a rebound season, then that’s no pleasant surprise. But I’m pretty sure few of you had high expectations for Jake Marisnick, for example.
So which Cubs player has been the most pleasant surprise for you so far this season?
Which Cubs player has been the most pleasant surprise for you this year?
Someone else (leave in the comments)
53 votes in total
I’ll see you again on Monday. And keep reading the Minor League Wrap.