I’m resigned to the fact that I will not win the Cubs/Cardinals wager with my Father. I’m already looking a the calendar to see when I can get over to Wrigley Field to be photographed in Cardinals attire. After yesterday’s 8-3 beating of the Cubs, the Cardinals now own a 7-3 head to head advantage. Since the teams only play 16 games head to head, if the Cardinals win one more game against the Cubs, I cannot win the bet. The best I could do is a draw. That’s if the Cubs would win the remaining five games. Yeah, that’s not happening. Have you seen the Cubs lately?
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.
Hey Cubs, could you please score a few runs Tuesday and get Randy Wells his first victory? What else can Wells do? In four starts this year, he is 0-2 with a 1.80 ERA.
While the Cubs enjoy a day off, I decided to take a look at the state of the NL Central.
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.
Right after school yesterday, my friend Packer Pete and I headed straight up I-94 to Milwaukee to catch the Cubs vs. the Brewers. This is certainly a blossoming rivalry now that both teams are among the better teams in baseball. Since the Brewers moved to the NL in the 1990’s, these games were just another set of games on the schedule. After the Cubs near World Series appearance in 2003, tickets to Wrigley Field became harder and harder to get. So many Cub fans who could not get tickets to Wrigley, started buying up the tickets to Miller Park. This started the rivalry. The Brewers were not good at this time, but their fans began to resent the F.I.B.S. that started overrunning their stadium whenever the Cubs came to town. What’s a F.I.B.? Well, the “I” stands for Illinois. The “F” and the “B” stand for two words I can’t print here because kids may be reading this. Use your imagination. Thus, the Cubs/Brewers rivalry was based more on Wisconsinites’s disdain for people from Illinois taking over their city and stadium than it was on baseball. That has changed in the past three years. The Cubs and Brewers are now rivals in the standings and these games have taken on a real spirited atmosphere. I always saw the Cubs/Cardinals as a friendly rivalry. The Cardinal fans knew their team was superior to the Cubs and the Cub fans were just happy to be out at the game and maybe see their Cubbies embarrass the Cardinals a bit. After the game, everyone would go out together. Yeah, I don’t see that happening with the Cubs and Brewers. This rivalry is a lot more jaded.
I do have “Hells Bells” by AC/DC stuck in my head as the Brewers continue the Trevor Hoffman tradition of blasting this entire song when he comes into the game.
On Friday, I’ll be making the trek over the Cheddar Curtain with my cheesehead friend Packer Pete to see the Cubbies demolish the Brew Crew. Packer Pete said he’s bringing the Brewers goat, but that won’t have any adverse affect on the Cubs. The Cubs are cursed because of a goat they wouldn’t let in to Wrigley, not some stupid stuffed animal wearing a Brewers jersey. I’m confident of a Cubs sweep this weekend, even if they will be pitching a rookie on Friday night. The Cubs will make Swiss cheese out of the Brewers.