First Place Cubs In Haiku: Padres 5, Cubs 4

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Soriano's 8th inning home run brought the Cubs to within one run (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)

Cubs can't manage sweep 
And are back at .500 
For ninth time this year 

But since the Reds lost 
They are still the FIRST PLACE CUBS 
At least one more day  
Ridiculous, ain't it?  The Cubs have spent the entire (albeit young) season one game above, one game below, or right at .500.  
So far this year they've been 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8 and now 9-9.  It's great that they haven't been more than one game below, but frustrating that they haven't been more than one game above.  
My daughter's boyfriend pointed out that there's a word for this ... mediocre.  But, as much as my saying this might upset my friend Adam Kellogg, it does mean the Cubs are on pace to finish with a record of 81-81.  Given expectations, fans would be more-or-less satisfied with that. 
But, let's remember that the Cubs are tied for FIRST PLACE in the NL Central because, despite failing to win the second half of Wednesday's double header, they benefited from the Reds losing to Arizona.  
Cubs haters might make fun of this obsession with the FIRST PLACE CUBS, but Cubs fans know that we've got to get as much mileage as possible out of each day in first place.  Chances are there won't be many this year.  And by dinner time Thursday, the Reds might have won their game and taken back sole posession of first.
So let's enjoy it while we can. If somebody at work or school gives you a hard time about the Cubs, just ask them if they're talking about the FIRST PLACE CUBS. And if they laugh, just ignore them.  

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Tags: Alphonso Soriano, Cubs, First Place, Padres, Reds

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