Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the jazz club for night owls, early risers, new parents and Bear cubs supporters abroad. Get out of the storm. Bring your own bottle. Make yourself at home. You’re probably home anyway. The hostess will seat you shortly.
BCB after dark is where you can talk about baseball, music, movies, or whatever else you need to relax, as long as it follows the site rules. Nightlife is encouraged to start the party, but everyone is welcome to join you when you wake up the next morning and in the afternoon.
Tonight, the Cubs lost to the Brewers, 10-0. We won’t talk about it again.
Last time around, I asked you two questions about Cubs rookie southpaw Justin Steele, who had just made his first major league start. On the first question, 65% of you gave Steele a solid ‘B’ for his performance in Tuesday afternoon’s game. Another 26% gave it a “C” and 5% gave it an “A”.
But you’re more excited about Steele’s chances of moving forward. At least 86% of you thought Steele could settle into a regular role in the Cubs’ starting rotation for this year and next year at least.
Here is the part where I talk about jazz and cinema. Feel free to skip to the baseball question at the end. You won’t hurt my feelings. But I’ll tell my therapist what you did.
I don’t have anything quite as great as the clip I got of Bud Powell at a little Parisian club I had yesterday, although there is at least one other Bud Powell clip like that on YouTube. and I’ll save it for another night.
Tonight I’m sharing a 2017 clip from bassist Dave Holland. Holland played with Miles Davis on In a silent way and Bitches Brew in the late 60s and still plays today. His Big Band recordings are a way of taking a modern twist on the big band sounds of the 1940s.
I only do one movie tryout per week with the minor league season keeping me so busy, but I like to throw a movie question up for discussion on Wednesday evenings / Thursday mornings.
I’m stealing today’s question on Twitter, where someone asked people to name a movie they’ve seen five or more times. I’m not going to ask you to respond with a gif or a picture, the words are fine. I still find it depressing that civilization has spent 3000 years developing a written language with a written alphabet and in 20 years we have thrown everything in favor of communication between us through excerpts from The simpsons.
As for me, I can think of several films that I have seen at least as many times. I don’t think I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a decade, but in high school, a bunch of us went every Saturday night for about a year. I’m not sure it matters, though, as we went for the party to the theater more than the movie. (And to answer your question, nobody cared that this was an R-rated movie and we weren’t 17.) That was a long time ago.
I’m sure I saw The Godfather and The Godfather II at least five times. i know i saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python and the life of Brian much more than five times each. I saw the first six Star Trek movies (those with the original cast) at least five times. Well maybe not Star Trek V: The Last Frontier. This one is difficult to pass.
Have i seen the Star wars photos five times? Maybe the first and The empire strikes back. It was a very long time ago. Those after left me with little reason to look at them several times.
Then there are the movies I watch on vacation. I mentioned 1776 during the week of July 4. I was looking Bad santa claus every Christmas day after seeing It’s a wonderful life every Christmas for years. You can probably guess which movie I usually watch on Groundhog Day.
The good the bad and the ugly is another movie that I have seen at least five times. There are probably Marvel movies that I’ve seen five times, but I don’t know which ones. Probably Infinity war and End of Game.
Would sit with my then preschool daughter while she watched Frozen count over and over again?
Either way, the point of this discussion is to figure out which movie you always stop watching when you get the chance. What movie do you love so much that you would watch it five or more times.
Welcome those of you who skip jazz and the movies. Today’s question was something I thought I would save for a separate article, but I only have a number of ideas in me and I need one now.
The first season I wrote a full-time minor league summary was 2008. The Cubs had hired 30-year-old outfielder Andres Torres for a minor league contract the previous winter. Torres was one of the best I-Cubs players that year, but in case you forgot, the 2008 Cubs were pretty good and there was no room for him on the major league roster. . He left as a free agent after the season and signed with the San Francisco Giants for 2009.
The 2009 Giants were good, but not as good as the 2008 Cubs, and Torres quickly found his way into the majors. It had a good year in 2009 and then a fantastic year in 2010. The Giants won their first World Series in San Francisco that year and Torres, 32, had the team’s second-highest bWAR. Torres only had a few good seasons before suffering a series of injuries that would end his career, but he was pretty good before that.
The reason I’m talking about this is because the Cubs signed a 30-year-old outfielder named Rafael Ortega to a minor league contract last offseason. But unlike Torres, the 2021 Cubs had room for Ortega on the major league roster and he made the most of it. After tonight’s game, Ortega is hitting .331 / .382 .517 in 59 games this year. He also has six home runs after hitting just three in his entire major league career leading up to this season.
As I mentioned, Ortega is already 30 years old. It is probably not a long term solution. But if you go through bWAR, Ortega is currently enjoying the fourth best season of all the Cubs.
Is it just fluke, or is Ortega worth keeping for a few years? If the Cubs are surprising contenders next season (and we don’t know what the offseason will be like, then don’t laugh), can Ortega be a big player in that? Or could it be someone who has a great first semester next year and brings something back by the deadline?
Or maybe you think the clock will strike midnight and it will turn back to a pumpkin.
So what’s your take on Rafael Ortega’s future for 2022 or maybe beyond?
Will Rafael Ortega’s career continue over the next two years?
We will see you again next week at BCB after dark.