Fans of a certain age will feel they've been here before. A 2-0 lead in a best-of-give, in two games that demonstrated all the ways the Cubs are superior to their opponents, and heading back to California. Those nightmares still come to those who remember. I know my brother never got over it. But of course, this is a different team.
These days, at sites like this and many others, we try to find reasons, analysis, and evidence grounded in reality to explain everything we're seeing. We try and look past the narratives that a still pretty lazy mainstream media gives us, especially on the national scale. We try and find statistics or analytics that not everyone uses to prove our points and why they're wrong (or sometimes right).
But being a fan isn't as enjoyable, not nearly so, unless you dabble in the unquantifiable from time to time. There are some things that are simply "feel." They're out of emotion, because that's the whole point, right...
This is not how Jeff Samardzija envisioned his night going, I’m sure of that. During a regular season game, he probably gets a few more innings to redeem himself, but after giving up four runs in the first two innings, his night was over. The damage by then was done, and the Cubs are now... Read more »
Would you believe me if I told you that tonight’s game was the craziest baseball game I’ve ever seen? That’s not some sort of narrative to draw you in. Well, I mean it totally is. But it’s also extremely true. This game was straight bananas. But first, let’s start at the very beginning. Because this... Read more »
If I were ever to create a list of teams I would rather give up baseball than root for, it would probably consist of two teams: the Cardinals and the Dodgers. I think the Cardinals you can all understand, of course, but the Dodgers comes down to a couple of things. First, moving a franchise... Read more »
This time I didn't forget. This past Sunday I was flying back from Arizona, so I have at least a half-legitimate excuse for missing the brunch. I was just prepping the ground for Arguello's arrival. Making sure the bunting was in place, the residents made aware to not look him in the eye, all that stuff. Needless to say, Mesa is as ready as I can get it for him.
So, moving on. If you're a Joe Sheehan Newsletter subscriber, and I'm guessing a fair amount of you are, today's email was concerning Kris Bryant and the whole service time "debate." There's no need to go over it again because we've all seen enough of it, but it's obvious to anyone who hasn't suffered a major brain injury that 12 days in the minors isn't going to kill whatever the Cubs hope to accomplish this year and the extra year of control is well worth it.
half the Cubs played like they were double parked and way too eager to get going on their 5 day All-Star Break. Some Cubs stuck around and tried to make a game of it. But a 7-0 lead is a hard hole to dig out of and the Cubs simply didn’t have enough paws on... Read more »
Corner turned? Happy days again back at Clark and Addison? With the major league club playing better ball and good to great news coming from the minor leagues on a daily basis, it’s actually been fun to be a Cub fan these days. Of course, there’s still the standings and the fact that these games... Read more »
Against the NL Central the Cubs have some kind of nervous tick that prevents them from playing their best baseball, overcoming adversity and finding ways to win instead of looking for ways to lose baseball games. Thankfully, the Washington Nationals play ball in the National league East. So when the Nats fought their back to... Read more »
Last night, the Pirates and Cubs waited out a two hour rain delay before eventually playing a baseball game Saturday night. Sadly fans should have been rooting for the rain. Too many old Cub mistakes- defensive lapses, thoughtless pitches, misguided at-bats etc. led the Cubs to give away a game they were leading and a... Read more »
So the Cubs, with the worst road record in the national league and starting a pitcher who has a road ERA over 7 and BA against over .300 go in to Philadelphia and just slam the door on the down trodden Phillies. That, my friends is why they play the games. On a beautiful day... Read more »