Unbelievable. We got screwed on both counts. The first one, well, first off let me just say I hope everyone that lives in the line of fire where Hurricane Ike is concerned stays safe and unharmed by the storm. That being said, I really do not like Ike for other reasons. Ok, one. The way it could affect our Cubs.
We can only be sure to get back on course quickly by playing. Our rotation is set and everyone is on their own internal clock, ready to go every five days when needed. Throwing everybody off that course is not the ideal way to proceed with the season. The last thing we need to be doing is sitting at home, getting thrown off course where it applies, for others, sitting around drowning further in a funk that they’re in at the plate because they’re not getting the opportunity to swing their way out of it. And if Piniella’s tirade the other day was to sink in at all and light a fire under these guys to stress the importance of finishing strong, that momentum too can be lost by taking today and tomorrow off.
The only positives I see with it is perhaps Milwaukee will do us a favor by losing in the meantime, further padding our lead without us even putting on a uniform in the meantime and also, Houston is ridiculously hot right now. Their baseball team that is. I’ve read many articles where Houston is being called the 2008 version of the ’07 Rockies with this run they’re putting together. Maybe a couple days off couldn’t hurt. Maybe it’ll cool them off a bit and throw them off enough to not be so freakishly dominating in this series as they may have been otherwise with this phenomenal run they’re on. Stupid Ike. Nobody needs this right now, in the great sense of how it effects people in real life…and in the baseball sense when it comes to our Cubs. (I am glad we’re not playing in Tampa though…Lou has a point about their performance there so far this year). Mother Nature needs to sit down and shut up. Stop rockin’ the boat (remember those commercials? Classic) and be more like the guy in the 10 gallon hat, sitting in the crowd in another classic “The Bad News Bears Go To The Astrodome” blowing nothing but hot air and cheering the game on with a hearty “Let them play! Let them play! Let them play!” The season’s not over. There is still lots of work left to be done, games and divisions and pennants and championships to be won! Where is Tanner Boyle when you need him?
As for losing ground regardless? Stupid coin toss. As it turns out, IF the Cubs and Brewers end up in a tie and in need of a 1 game playoff to see who goes to the post-season…that game will be played away from Wrigley, in the belly of the beast, deep in the heart of Brewerland.
Hurricane. Coin toss. Sounds like a couple of great late season storylines in the on-going script of “The Bad News Cubs Go To Fukudome To Win The World Series” doesn’t? Well, I don’t know about the movie, but this blog could use a better ending. I’ve got a couple in mind. I’ll flip a coin on it and get back to you.
GO CUBS GO!