So game 2 at Citi Field tonight went JUST about as well as game 1. Arguably, you could say the Cubs performed even worse tonight than they did last night. Less hits, less runs and on the plus side, less errors. All of it amounted to a decent start by our ace Zambrano (as usual the starter suffers) wasted by an inept offense incapable of stringing hits together to produce runs. And let me tell you something, tonight was not Soriano’s fault so let’s give him a pass on this one.
Zambrano pitched an uneven game but maneuvered out of most jams he got himself into. A few pitches he lost his handle on coupled with some of the LUCKIEST bloop singles you’ve ever seen in your life resulted in Zambrano giving up 2 runs, although he wasn’t completely dominated by the Mets, striking out nine. Here is the box score for the game:
When is Ramirez going to start hitting? When is Lou going to find a line up that produces? When are people going to stop blaming the pitching (outside of blown saves/bullpen weaknesses)? YES…our bullpen IS an issue…BUT…it’s tough for a starter to earn a W when the offense doesn’t put any runs on the board and it’s tough for even the best relief man in baseball to hold the opposing team when given little to no room for error. And lately when they’ve come in this season, maybe we’re up one run leaving NO room for error. That’s no position to have your offense keep your pitchers in throughout an entire season. Pelfrey dominated the Mets throwing no-hit baseball through four innings and the Cubs only had three hits in total for the game. I like to think my request of folks to RT my tweet about jinxing Pelf’s no-hitter is the reason it fell apart after a few people did and Fontenot answered with the Cubs’ first hit of the game. Regardless of the reason, the offense stunk up the place again tonight, for the second night in a row at Citi Field and going on over half a dozen times now in a row in total. Something needs to be done.
It’s my tweet campaign to break up the no-hitter though that I’d like to focus on. Cubs baseball, even on the road outside of Wrigley is a way of life. Players come, players go. Managers come, managers go. Wins come, losses come, winning seasons come and go…highs and low throughout the years and new faces in the crowd to share all of this with come and go as well, just like in life and it’s all about how you deal with it and who you have to share it all with. Tonight there were many Cubs fans in the crowd to share the agony with and also a couple of moments when it looked like the Cubs may break through and make a game of it. I had the privilege of meeting up with three Cubs fans I tweet with on Twitter along with their friend at the game for the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth innings.
When you’re in another team’s stadium, it’s not like at Wrigley where it’s incredibly easy to make a new Cub friend. It makes those few that are around you sporting Cubbie blue among the heckling masses all the more important in experiencing Cubs baseball for that evening. You’re all in it together and it’s fun to have some allies in the crowd on your side when the creepy looks and heckling starts. And for the most part Cubs fans are great people! Hanging out with Megan @MOgulnick, Dana @dwags29, Angeline @ataccini and Mary @mew5h was a blast tonight! Great people to share the highs and lows with. The agony of defeat and that late game hope of possibly turning it around and coming back in the clutch.
If you’re on Twitter, follow them, they are cool people and loyal Cubs fans. I believe Dana said what I was trying to say above best (and in only 140 characters or less mind you):
“@dwag29 @MOgulnick @proseandivy @ataccini awesome to experience it with you guys. A loss doesn’t feel nearly as awful when among fellow masochists!”
Anyway, my point is, Cubs baseball like life has a ton of ups and downs. Best to be shared with fellow Cubs fans as often as possible, even in hostile territory like Citi Field, New York City. Here are photos from tonight’s game at Citi Field:
Me on the subway on the way to the game, dreaming of a Cubs win and delicious Citi Field chicken fingers:
The view of the stadium as you approach it from the seven train in Queens, NY:
Lots of Cubs fans at the game that I didn’t know too!:
The reason I believe Ron Santo always has an excuse to not make the trip to Shea/Citi:
This sign is in the subway halls. It’s an ad for Budweiser. It should be prefaced with “Beat the Cubs….”
For those that have been to Shea Stadium and remember it, here are some of the pieces still around from it…the old Shea apple, the old NYC skyline lights that were on the giant scoreboard, and today’s Shea Bridge dedicated to the old stadium:
Aside from not being very good right now, here are a couple of other things the Cubs and Mets have in common:
This guy set the tone for the evening. Fun with a chance of humiliation:
When I first met up with Megan, Dana and Angeline (L to R), Dana and Angeline blissfully in denial of the bleak situation the Cubs were in going into the bottom of the eighth. Megan, not so much. (Right after this photo a home run was blasted into the stands two rows in front of us…I think Megan may have known it was coming)
Top of the ninth, last chance…rally caps on everyone! If we’re going down, we’re going down having fun!
Unfortunately, the late game rally gods weren’t on our side and our first tweetup resulted in a loss for the Cubs. The four of us sulk as Mets fans all around heckle joyfully:
And yet the beautiful thing about baseball? It’s only 1 of 162 and tomorrow’s another game!
Final score: Mets 4, Cubs 0. More of the same. Would love to see a change of pace and get out of my week at Citi Field with one win. Tomorrow’s my last chance to see the Cubs win in person this year in NY. Silva, it’s all you buddy. Bring your A game and tell your offense to play like it’s 2008 (I’ll take 2007 for that matter, as well). (1am in NY now…rest of pics to be added in the AM) Go Cubs Go!