As much as I am a fan of Alyssa Milano, I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying watching my Cubs beat up on her Dodgers. Two back-to-back 3-1 wins kicking off this three game series…good times. The Dodgers are no slouches this year either, 3.5 games back in the West behind the Dbacks, a decent measure of how the Cubs are doing in playing such a talented squad. And judging by the results, we are doing REALLY well.
Fukudome was amazing again this evening and on his Bobblehead Night, mind you. Kosuke may be the most impressive signing by any ballclub in a LONG time. Fukudome had two terrific plays in the outfield tonight and a key double in tonight’s victory, but think about what a huge impact he has had on this ballclub this year. Unbelievable. And between Fukudome, Ramirez and Wood tonight…the Cubs were awesome. I was initially concerned about how signing Edmonds was going to effect the overall chemistry of the ballclub. I must say, I’m glad to have his bat and ability in the clubhouse. Granted, his bat has been less present than his ability lately, but I’m sure it will come around. In the meantime, we have Johnson. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I don’t even miss Pie. I was perhaps his biggest supporter in the land of the MLBlogs and now…well, first place in the Central at the end of May at 31-21 speaks for itself. Edmonds better start hitting though, otherwise, I’m sure my tune will change once more.
Soriano continues to be a factor with his occasional home run leading off and seeing that he hasn’t hurt himself jumping around in left field, he’s back to helping make this lineup a big threat against all opponents once again. I haven’t had a chance to read Derosa’s blog where he and Theriot do their teammate Q&A but I’m looking forward to it. This team is full of a bunch of good guys who try night in and night out, day in and day out where its nearly impossible to not root for each and every one of them with all your heart.
Chris Berman made a comment tonight about what a big story it would be if the Cubs were to do the unthinkable and end the 100 year championship drought this year with Wood, the once ‘ace starter’ as their now ‘ace closer’. I believe that’s true and appropriate seeing that we’re in the 10 year anniversary month of his 20 K game…but the same could be said for Dempster. What a great experiment he’s turned out to be so far this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if either of them are playing in Yankee Stadium come July over the All-Star break. I wonder how many Cubs will be representing Chicago on the National League team. You could make a case for a lot of them…Lee, Zambrano, Soriano, Fukudome, Dempster, Wood. Could be a big year for the Cubs in the off, regular, mid, and postseason this year.
Tomorrow night’s game is on ESPN 2 for all of you who only catch them when they’re on national television and it should a great pitchers’ duel between Lowe and Zambrano at Wrigley.
Anyone else surprised our biggest competition for the Central so far has been the Cardinals and the Astros? I am. Before the season I figured it would be the Brewers and the Reds…so far…not so much. Not that I’m complaining mind you, just surprised.
I haven’t been able to blog in a while as things have been pretty crazy with a number of stand up dates and a couple of television and film productions. One thing I was starting to have some fun with was the idea of the most appealing aspect of facing any of the teams in the AL in the World Series this year and why any of them would be fun to face (and let’s face it, what would we care who we face?) Last time I did so, I wrote the aspects of the AL East. Since it’s been a while, here is my take on why I’d be psyched to face anyone in:
The AL Central
White Sox: Seriously. Crosstown rivals. What could be more fun than this matchup? The White Sox are currently in first place in the AL Central and have put a huge push on to get there lately going 8-2 in their last 10 games. Bring it on ChiSox. Bring it on.
Twins: No Santana? No Problem. Santana’s in NY and while he won tonight, that team is a disaster. Meanwhile, the team he left is thriving with their young talent. A Series featuring the young talent of the Twins in ‘Sota against the young talent here in Chicago…that definitely sounds like a good time to me.
Indians: These fans think they’ve waited a long time since the last time they won a Championship. Puh-lease! It would be a big story though and only one could end the streak. 100 years. Chicago Wins. Better story, better team, better outcome (if you ask me that is).
Tigers: The way they started their season, the fans in Detroit are probably feeling like they’ve been waiting forever to see a winner. If the Tigers do in fact turn this thing around and show up in the postseason at all, that momentum would be pretty scary. Then again, if the Cubs are there as well that means they did it all year long. Now that’s momentum and no matter how much Pudge, Cabrera and Willis you throw it at…forget the Dtrain, this team’s momentum would be too much for Detroit to handle. A great Series though with great storylines too. Fun, fun, fun…indeed.
Royals: 7 games back on May 27th. If they end up in the World Series you can bet the stories won’t be about KC or the Chicago Cubs. It will be about 80% of the AL’s managers being fired after letting the ROYALS tear up the league with their ridiculous payroll and low expectations. Teams like this that have a magical year are normally scary to play against. But please…low expectations…magical years…wrap it altogether and we’re talking 100 seasons of Cubbie history. I don’t care what kind of voodoo KC has going on. The Cubs/Royals would probably go seven games just to drive us all crazy too…now that would definitely be interesting.
Get out there and do your thing tomorrow night Zambrano and sweep these Dodgers. It’s the least you guys can do after letting Pittsburgh steal a few from us. I guess I spoke to soon a few weeks back, huh?