Note: My favorite graphic Novel ended with “the Tempest”. My Religion, Literature, and Philosophy Class, where I read close to 20,000 pages in a year, ended with “The Tempest” Even Shakespeare’s career ended with “The Tempest”. So when it came time to wrap up this incredibly tragic and somewhat comedic season….
There were two ways game 162 could have gone down for the Chicago Cubs and their fans. They could have won and given their fans a smile in a season with far too few of them. Or they could pass out in their food and been swept by the worst team in baseball and leave with one final kick to the rocks. Fortunately, Brian LaHair, Travis Wood and the rest chose the former, beating the Astros 5-4 in the 9th inning for their 61st win. LaHair drove in pinch runner Darwin Barney, who replaced Anthony Recker who led off the inning with a walk. Tony Campana would advance him to second by bunting for a base hit. Yes, in the 9th inning of game 162 Tony Campana realized his best option was to put the ball on the ground and run... Castro would work a walk until LaHair sent everyone home happy. It was fitting that LaHair end the scoring as he also started the Cubs onslaught with a second inning home run. The Cubs would add three more runs that inning when Travis Wood, who happened to pitch a hell of a game, drove in two runs with a line shot to left. So for the final time, Let us cram these words into mine ears against the stomach of my sense.
YOUR TALE SIR WOULD CURE DEAFNESS.
Travis Wood ended his season on high note. 6 1/3rd innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 4 K’s. Yeah, the walks are a bit of an eyebrow raiser but for the most part he was in control (55 strikes out of 93 pitches). I still would rate Wood’s season as a skosh more miss than hit, but he showed enough that I’m eager to see how he improves. The hope is he starts 13 as the 5th starter. Jaye Chapman came in and closed the door in the 7th. Shawn Camp, who was the most reliable pitcher all year, picked an inopportune time to go brown in the 8th, and Marmol was fine in the 9th.
NOW I WILL BELIEVE THERE ARE UNICORNS
Good for Brian LaHair. The ride from “AAAA” player to all star, to outfielder, to bench guy, to forgotten, all in one year, must have been taxing. But the truth is he slugged through the minors for 10 years to earn a shot in the majors and he played the whole year and made the All Star team to boot. From his quotes earlier it sounds like he’s had some pretty “honest” talks with management, and he’s probably wearing an Indians jersey or a Chibe Latte Tigers jersey next year. But He surpassed everyone’s expectations and to see him swarmed after the game winner was good to see.
O BRAVE NEW WORLD THAT HAS SUCH PEOPLE IN’T
Twitter was all abuzz before the game from Cub beat writers about how sad the Cubs “B” lineup was. Here’s a question, why wasn’t this lineup written 4 or 5 more times this September? Frankly I enjoyed watching the kids battle as a team. And people who read me regularly know I love Sori, Kim Dejesus’ husband and Barney. But would a “Sunday” lineup such as this one have been just as productive, been just as “competitive”. This was Sveum’s first worthless September and most likely won’t be his last. Hopefully he saw some things in today’s game (as opposed to the previous two where the “A” team got shut out) and will be a little more active in letting the kids play come September.
So…. that’s that. Adopt some teams for the playoffs (Mighty Elephants of East Bay! Everyone do the Bernie Lean and support the A’s), get ready for a very interesting off-season and we’ll see you here next April. I can’t thank John Arguello and Tom Loxas enough for letting me do these wraps. This blog is a true oasis and I enjoy every visit, post and thought on it. I hope I added some dimension, and laughter and pulse, to the brains and passion that was already here. And I have to thank everyone who’s posted on my wraps. Cubstalk, SinisterUrge, Marcel, Hoosier Daddy, Caldwell and a list of others that’s too long to write here. Thank you. Even the people who posted to say I suck and even Emartinezjr and his constant wailing of Matt Garza not being traded. I’ve enjoyed every word. I’ll have one or two more posts I hope before Arguello takes away my key. But this has been great. I’ll let the Bard take us out…
“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”