If you read Prose and Ivy regularly, then you know that I also have a podcast at BlogTalkRadio.com that compliments what you read here on-line. I’m due to record another Prose and Ivy podcast so I will set that up soon. However, as a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I also co-host a podcast occasionally for the BBA. Tonight, I was supposed to co-host the podcast with the gentleman “Web”, from the San Diego Padres blog “WebSoulSurfer”. Well, Mr. Web never showed up. So I had to host the hour all by myself. Have you ever talked about baseball to no one but yourself for an entire hour? I hadn’t either. However, now I can say I have.
Let’s say the experts are right and the Cubs are going to represent the National League in the World Series this year. And really, what better game to talk about this afterwards than today’s game. Our 4-8 hitters looked great and our pitching looked strong. Hill turned things around a bit and had a decent game giving up only 1 run on 3 hits and even erased one of those men on base by picking off a Pirate at first. It was the first win by a Cubs lefty starter this season…a nice trend to kick off, hopefully its contagious. Marmol was AMAZING facing six hitters striking out five. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite Cubs to watch, right up there with Fukudome and Zambrano. And Wood put it away for his fourth save in five opportunities. What a great late game 1-2 punch he and Marmol are becoming.
As for the ‘obnoxious’ behavior exhibited by the Cubs fans against Cincinnati…shove it Brennaman. Get a sense of humor. One ball leaves and fifteen are thrown back. Come on, that’s funny. As long as no one’s pegging Fukudome or using Derosa and Reed as target practice, I’m all for the fun. Derosa’s cocl with it too aside from the fact that its 10 minutes of his life he’ll never get back (the clean up). Where exactly does Derosa have to go? His Idol was eliminated so no phone calls to Fox to make. Don’t sweat the 10 minutes Derosa. Just keeping doing a great job backing up Hop-A-Long Cassi-D.L.
Often, with as tight as MLB competition can be, your records in one-run games are huge come the end of the season. Always great to see the Cubs take as many as they can get and especially against a team in the Central. Not that the Pirates should factor in to heavily this year, but you know what I mean. 10-6, 1 game behind the Cards. Good times.
Now, to the real business at hand. Say the experts are right and the Cubs are in the World Series…well who’s representing the AL? Does it matter? No…as long as we’re there, they could all be fun! As promised, here is my first installment of why it would be fun to play any of the teams in the American League in the World Series. And we begin with:
The AL East
Yankees: Two of the most historic, oldest ballparks in the Major Leagues. One is being demolished come the end of the season and the other may never be the same if certain people get their way. What better way to celebrate a Cubs Series after all these years than by playing every game in two of the greatest stadiums in baseball…and beating the Yankees in a four-game sweep? Sounds like fun to me.
Red Sox: As above, same goes for Fenway. Red Sox Nation got their’s four years ago and then took another for good measure last year. Cool with the Green Monster, but not with a Greed Monster. You’ve had yours, share. The story lines would be amazing and although I’m not positive…it may not be too late to bury a Lee jersey in the Fenway Park visitor’s dugout. Something to check into if the time comes. Sounds like fun to me.
Orioles: Ok, so maybe this will be the reason that oriole kept trying to fly itself into my bedroom window over and over again and not the Brian Roberts trade. 100 years since the Cubs last title and the silver anniversary of the O’s. “Derosa, Roberts. Roberts, Derosa”. Nice put a face to the trade rumors. Cubs playing in a Series involving Roberts regardless of whether the trade happened or not. Sounds like fun to me.
Rays: Could be billed as “The No-fair Bowl”. With the Rays being in existence since 1998, not exactly the same amount of suffering between the two teams’ organizations/fan base. Every where in baseball people will be talking about how money doesn’t make a difference as they try to offer contracts to ballplayers whose names sound like the other cast members of ‘Desperate Housewives’. The stories that could be written about the extra pressure the Cubs will be in to win this Series and shock the Rays would put on the baseball world. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.
Blue Jays: First World Series victory against a team that resides in another country after signing a third country’s number one free agent back by a pitching staff made up of pitchers from all over the world. Hardly simply a World Series title…that’s practically world domination. Sounds like ‘waited for a 100 years to win another’ kind of fun to me.
For now though, we’ll take these things one game at a time. AL Central to come next week (for fun, of course) and the Cubs continue their drive to make the experts look brilliant tomorrow against the Pirates. Marquis on the mound. GO CUBS GO!