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.
To all the troops, past and present, who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy, thank you.
Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press / October 4, 2008
Rich Harden is headed to the 15-Day DL. That’s never been seen before. Actually, it took longer than I expected.
Associated Press / May 21, 2009
So Lou Piniella is playing around with the idea of moving
Soriano to second base to allow for Micah Hoffpauir to play left field.
The move is seen as an effort to generate more offense to what has become
an offensively offensive team. Don’t want to panic yet, Lou. I know
Soriano originally came up as a second baseman, but there is a reason that he
no longer plays that position. He was a complete butcher at second.
Will this move really help the Cubs’s offense? I don’t know, but
it’sbeginning to look like Lou may be running out of answers.
Last night, the Cubs dropped their fifth game in a row, losing
to the Padres and Jake Peavy 4-0. In those five losses, the Cubs have
scored a grand total of seven runs. Actually, they’ve scored just 2 runs in
their last four games. The sad thing is that the Cubs pitchers have
allowed an average of a little over 3 runs a game over their current losing
streak. The pitchers, including the bullpen, have started to do their
job. Now, the hitters have gone into the tank. The thing that scares
me is that a few of the hitters have never been out of the tank at any point
this season. Soto is hitting .206, Fontenot is hitting .193, Miles is
hitting .207, Bradley is hitting .182, Johnson is hitting .232. Derrek
Lee has started bring up his average, but he’s still only hitting .240.
With stats like these, they can’t expect to score many runs.
Ramirez being out is killing them right now.
My head is going to explode. Being a sports fan in Chicago, I’ve come to have known our local teams to have a tendency to be cheap. Our owners do not have a long history of throwing money around. For example, the Cubs lost Greg Maddux at the end of 1992 over how much extra money? So I could understand signing a player like Milton Bradley if they were just going cheap. There would be a rationale there. After last October’s debacle, all I kept hearing was that the Cubs are built to win now and all they need is a left-handed power hitting outfielder with a high on base percentage. Here’s where my head is about to explode. Currently, Bobby Abreu is hitting .370 with an on base percentage of .435. Milton Bradley is hitting .043 with an on base percentage of .267. I know, I know, you can’t compare the two because Bradley has missed much of the young season. But, that’s another thing. Abreu always plays while Bradley has almost always been on the DL. And for as much as Piniella likes on base percentage, what is not to like about a career OBP of .405? Well, at least we can explain the signing of Bradley as the Cubs just being cheap. I mean, 3 years 10 million a season. The would have had to pay Abreu 5 million for one year. Oh, wait, that’s right the Cubs were not being cheap. They overpaid for Bradley. I don’t get it. The Cubs are built to win now. Abreu for one year could have helped them win. They then could let him go. Who cares? Now, Piniella says that Bradley will not play until he is 100% healthy. How many big leaguers starting in the major leagues can honestly say they are 100% healthy? I do not expect anything from Milton Bradley this year. If he comes in to pinch hit and is hit by a pitch, he would have exceeded my expectations. This is the last time I’m bringing this up. I promise. Reed Johnson and Micah Hoffpauir will do just fine.
Tonight the Cubs used productive fifth and sixth innings to topple the Reds 7-2 in a showdown for first place. The win pushes the Cubs to a game and a half over the Reds. Of course, the Cardinals won so the Cubs are still tied with them atop the division. All in all it was a good win for the Cubbies. Rich Harden went six strong innings, striking out eight. Micah Hoffpauir continues to produce when given the chance. Hoffpauir hit a homer and delivered a sacrifice fly. Even though Hoffpauir did not make it to the majors until last season when he was twenty-eight, I believe that he will be a valuable member of this team as the season rolls on. He always seems to deliver when given the chance. Aramis Ramirez was the other hitting star with his three RBIs.