Bears GM Phil Emery is not one to push for spotlight time, and coach Lovie Smith has said in the past that he has no interest in inviting TV cameras and reporters deep inside the Bears whether for HBOs Hard Knocks program or any other pretext.
But Emery is not ruling out having the Bears be the Hard Knocks stars in the tradition of the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys (twice surprise), Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Jets.
The show did not happen last training camp because of the labor uncertainty and HBO is still looking for a 2012 team. As far as the Bears being that team:
To me its all about football, Emery said. Personally, no, but if that was in the best interest of the club Im sure we would all consider it.
Luis Robert has accomplished many things this season. Now he can say he took a 13-year big league vet deep.
OK, so that vet was Dioner Navarro, a catcher by trade who pitched the eighth inning in a lopsided Triple-A Charlotte win.
Robert hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 8-2 win against Columbus on Sunday. The Knights hit five home runs in the game and were up big entering the eighth inning so Navarro came in to pitch.
Robert promptly took him DEEP.
Navarro was lobbing in 72 mph pitches and was getting hit hard by every batter. He was throwing batting practice.
The best part about Robert’s bomb is Navarro’s quick head-snap after delivering the pitch and seeing Robert hit it a long way.
Throw in Robert’s home run earlier in the game and the 22-year-old outfielder is up to 11 home runs in 33 games in Triple-A. He has 27 homers on the season between three levels of the minors.
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One of the most iconic aspects of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, is the hill behind center field at Lamade Stadium. Fans bring carboard boxes with them to the ballpark, using them to slide down the hill while Little League games commence on the ball field.
Sunday, the Cubs and Pirates visited Lamade ahead of their Little League Classic matchup later in the day. Several Cubs took the opportunity to fully embrace the experience, taking turns sliding down the famous hill at the ballpark.
Anthony Rizzo and manager Joe Maddon demonstrated some A+ form, while former Cubs catcher and current ESPN broadcaster David Ross' care-free form is amazing.
Kris Bryant and Cole Hamels also took turns down the hill, and you've gotta love the pure joy on their faces.
The Little League World Series serves as a friendly reminder that baseball is a child's game. While the competitive aspect of MLB part of the game, it's nice to see the Cubs embracing the experience.
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