Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Bold Statement About the Cubs

I glanced at the Chicago Tribune's Sports section this morning and was pleased to see the Cubs and White Sox in first place in their respective divisions at the end of April. Yes, it's still early in the season so anything can happen. The Brewers certainly did a number on the Cubs last night. The final score was close, but Milwaukee pounded out a ton of hits.

Anyway, while the Cubs were having a great home stand about a week ago, a guy at work made a bold statement. When the Cubs finally claimed first place from the St. Louis Cardinals, he proclaimed that the Cubs would never look up at the Cardinals in the standings again during the 2008 season. Another coworker, who incidentally is a Cardinals fan, said that was a bold statement. At that point, the Cubs only had a half game lead.

I just know we'll be greeted this morning to comments like, "Does a look across the top of the division count?" Should be an interesting morning to say the least.


23 Comments
_DELETED_carriepassante
Yeah, it's early. Some race so far, hey? Great game last night but I'm not sure who's in charge on the schedule... 2 series at Wrigley in April? I don't think they come to Miller Park until July. Could've been a balmy 65 last night at Miller Park and Ben would not have struggled the way he did. Okay, maybe the scheduler is indeed a Cubs fan! lol.
Carrie   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
billpearch
I was surprised they played in Chicago again. That was an odd scheduling quirk. I was wondering how Sheets would hold up in the cold. His arm is so fragile. Susan is about done with Gagne. When he entered the game, it wasn't a pretty sight.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
ozthegreat
Guil,
You aren't supposed to be "pleased" with the Sox being in first place!
ozthegreat   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
billpearch
Good catch, man. I should clarify. I'm surprised the White Sox are in first place.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
caseymeyer
Yeah, the scheduling has been weird across the board so far. And it gets even worse when we get into interleague play. I'm a Cardinal fan, and I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised by them so far. On paper, we're terrible. In real life, we're doin' okay. Now if we could only learn to score runs in more than one inning.........
Casey   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
SallyPants
I hope your co-worker is right but I wouldn't put money on it. What's up with Gagne this year? I remember in the past when he would come out, my stomach would drop and the game was all but over for the Cubs.
SallyPants   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
billpearch
Gagne is off the 'roids and he had a nerve removed from his elbow. That'll do it.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
_DELETED_carriepassante
Sally,
My husband said the same thing last night. The second you saw him come out, you knew the game was done. Now, between Gagne and Turn-blow, it's a guessing game to see how many hits/runs they'll give up in one inning. So stressful for me. And yes, this is a perfect example to see what happens when a player no longer takes 'roids.
Carrie   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
billpearch
Technically, the Cubs have fallen a half game behind the Cardinals. If the Cubs can win tonight, we be back to even. All fingers are crossed over here.

Carrie, by the way I love the new nickname - Turn-blow!
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
_DELETED_carriepassante
Bill,
Looks like that might work in your favor tonight. Holy sh*t, 12-3 right now!

I owe the Turn-blow nickname to my husband...
Carrie   Wednesday, April 30, 2008
billpearch
I needed that game last night, except I thought Fukudome was going to shatter his arm when he jumped into the wall.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 1, 2008
SallyPants
Can there ever a point when the Cubs have enough insurance runs?
SallyPants   Thursday, May 1, 2008
_DELETED_carriepassante
ouch... that game was painful!
Carrie   Thursday, May 1, 2008
billpearch
Yes, when the post-game show is airing.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 1, 2008
billpearch
Carrie, even I had to look away from that mauling.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 1, 2008
SallyPants
Haha, if only there were a way to "roll over" those extra runs for the next game.
SallyPants   Thursday, May 1, 2008
_DELETED_carriepassante
Sally,
I've always agreed in this "rule"... just not for last night. :(
Carrie   Thursday, May 1, 2008
SallyPants
Carrie, unfortunately baseball doesn't let us revel in big wins too long. New day = clean slate. No matter what the scores were of the past two games, at the end of the day the series is tied 1-1. So let the best team win it today!

Bill, since you live in the Chicago area this may not apply to you but in the past a few Cubs games were always aired on WCIU, which NO ONE down here gets. It was always a sore point, especially when those games came at the end of the season when tensions were high. This year, the WCIU games have also been aired on ESPN, which have in the past been occasionally blacked but so far I've gotten them this year. Anyway, just curious if you or anyone else has noticed this and if the good times will continue to roll.
SallyPants   Thursday, May 1, 2008
billpearch
I haven't run into that problem up here. My only issue with the games on WCIU is that the image looks blurry.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 1, 2008
SallyPants
Woohoo! Big Z with a homer. You gotta love it when a pitcher can produce at the plate (as it should be). Sorry Carrie (but not so much).
SallyPants   Thursday, May 1, 2008
billpearch
Yeah, but you gotta hate it when Kerry Wood blows a save. Congrats Carrie.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 1, 2008
RickMonday
Unbelievable...throws a wild curveball fist pitch to hit the Brewers leadoff batter and gives up 3 runs....just like opening day....deja vu all over again!
RickMonday   Thursday, May 1, 2008
SallyPants
Ugh, that was painful. What a demoralizing way to go.
SallyPants   Thursday, May 1, 2008
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