As bad as Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol have been, the Cubs should start praying for rain in the seventh inning if they’re winning.
Tom Gorzelanny, the Cubs’s trade deadline acquisition, makes his first start tonight against the Reds. Can he close?
I find it rather interesting that Bud Selig is once again reconsidering his decision whether or not to reinstate Pete Rose. I, for one, have always felt that Rose should be in the Hall of Fame based on his play. Baseball should not let him hold a job in the game anymore. I think the reason that this is coming up again is that baseball needs to pave the way for the steroids guys to get in the Hall of Fame. Many of the greatest players of this generation may not get voted in because of steroids. Some people may say how can you let them in and not let in Pete Rose. If Pete Rose is allowed to be voted into the Hall of Fame, then the steroid guys may not seem so bad either.
Speaking of the steroid list, should all the names be listed at once? I think that they are being leaked one at a time to soften people’s reaction. There seems to be less furor each time a name comes out. It’s almost like people are like, “another player on steroids…whatever.” Leaking the names on at a time is numbing people’s reaction to the accusations. It’s a P.R. move, I think.
I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, but I’ve just been totally consumed by the Lakers. Since they clinched last Friday, I’ve been pretty much thinking and worrying day and night about how they’re going to win this title. They have to win. Well, they rewarded me tonight with their second best effort of the playoffs (the closeout of Denver was still more dominating). Apparently, the Lakers are interested again, which is good for me because I can at least sleep good the next couple of nights. I know it’s silly, but those of you that are obsessive about your teams will understand. I think. One not so humorous thing about tonight. Well, it’s something I’m sure we’ll look back and laugh about. Tonight is the eve of our fourth anniversary, the fruit anniversary. My wife went out and got her hair done. Our son was staying with my parents today, so I went to pick him up and take him home. They live 40 miles from us, so I did not get home until the player introductions for the game. My son was cute, because he knew Kobe right away (I’ve taught him well). Well, when I came in and put my son down, I became consumed with the game and did not notice my wife’s hair or make a comment about it. (She looked beautiful, but then again she always does). Finally, when the Lakers started to open it up in the second quarter, I noticed. I apologized profusely. My wife understood. She blamed Kobe. I am so sorry, honey. I did bring home a dozen roses, however. And I did plan a great outing on Saturday to celebrate. It still doesn’t excuse it, though. Why do we get so consumed by a game on TV played far away by people who don’t know us? It’s the curse of being a fan.
Randy Wells has had a pretty remarkable start to his career as a starter. In two starts this year, he has pitched 11 shutout innings. He actually has pitched 16 and a third shutout innings if you go back to his relief appearances last year.
e a series shortened sweep of the Astros. I’m thinking that Alfonso Soriano may be secretly hoping that Kevin Gregg gets to pitch the ninth inning again.
This was a game the Cubs needed to win. Having already lost the opening game of a four game series with the first place Marlins due to their imploding bullpen, the Cubs found themselves five games behind the Cardinals. This weekend, the Cardinals are padding their stats against the Nationals. So when the Cubs fell behind 5-1 to the Marlins Friday, the prospect of digging a huge hole in the division for them loomed large.
Velasquez/Chicago Tribune / May 1, 2009
Velasquez/Chicago Tribune / May 1, 2009
April has come to an end. Twenty-one games are in the books. Being a teacher, I’m used to grading my students’ performance. I’m going to take this opportunity to grade the Cubs players’ April performance.