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.
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.
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.