The MLB championship is out of our Cub reach for 2010. Time to accept that…but who cares. That trophy is overrated. Let’s be honest with ourselves…the Crosstown Cup is our coveted ark. If this season were an action film it’d be Lou Piniella Jonesin’ with the Cubbies After the Lost BP Ark. Now is the time to step up and make all of our Cub dreams come true…win the next two games in an epic fashion and tie the Chicago White Sox for the BP Crosstown Cup.
The BP Crosstown Cup awaits and we are now in a must win situation. Dave Roberts and the Red Sox in 2004? That’s nothing compared to Lou Piniella and the Chicago Cubs of 2010. Time to make history. Time to go get the greatest prize in all of sports. Get the ticker tape and the police horses ready. There’s going to be a whole lot of thrilled Cubs fans crowding the city of Chicago come Sunday night when the whole town rejoices the Cubs claiming the BP Crosstown Cup over the Chicago White Sox in a historic comeback of epic proportions.
Never in the history of baseball has any team ever come back from being in a 3-1 deficit in a Cup clinching series with two games to play and the opportunity to tie for the Cup. Never. The Cubs can be the first. Starting this weekend’s series already down 2-1, the Cubs rolled into Sox territory on Friday and lost it….and then lost it. Zambrano gave up some hits that he thought should’ve been stopped by Cub fielders. It resulted in him serving the team with all that he had for an entire 1 inning. After closing out the first and giving up four earned runs including one three-run bomb, he got to the Cubs dugout and immediately let loose on his teammates. Holding nothing back in what was probably a mixture of Spanish and English, Carlos Zambrano let his battlemates know how unhappy he was with their performance and followed up his 2009 signature game with another strong outing in the dugout destroying another Gatorade machine.
This was the type of performance that will be mentioned along side some of the greatest pitching performances of all time. Schilling’s bloody sock game? Mariano Rivera’s overall career in the post-season as an absolute shut-the-door-kinda-closer? Good luck measuring up and reaching the number one spot when the greatest moments to ever take place in the game of baseball are discussed. Carlos Zambrano went out and put forth an effort that left manager Lou Piniella nearly speechless in the post-game press conference. The team, mind-blown from their ace’s outing, have no idea what to do next with their Opening Day Ace-turned bullpen stop plug-turned best option to fill a void in the rotation. What else does he have left to achieve? What else does Carlos Zambrano have to do to prove to people his place in the game of baseball?
Soto escorted Zambrano out of the dugout after the amazing course of events took place clearly wanting to take the great one away from the mere mortals around them. Lee was so taken by the great pitcher’s display of effort, ability, passion and love of the game that he too started to yell along with Zambrano hoping to fire up his teammates and share in this historic moment with one of the greatest characters in the game. Galarraga not flipping out after a perfect game was stolen from him? Give me a break. Carlos Zambrano knows what it takes to gain respect from his teammates, manager, coaches, GM, fans and opponents. This is exactly the kind of attitude and effort the Cubs need this weekend to stake a shared claim to the sport’s biggest prize. They all need to look at how Zambrano presents himself as a winner, follow his lead, and dig out of this 3-1 hole to a victorious 3-3 games a piece in the Crosstown Cup series for 2010.
With two games to play the Cubs can tie and share the parade with the team on the South side of town. Piniella said repeatedly after the game that he is embarassed. Of course he is. It’s embarassing how good we are right now and the opportunity that’s been presented to us to tie for baseball’s prized joy, the reason players play this great game. It’s embarassing how fortunate this franchise is and has been for the past century.
Down 3-1, the Cubs are in a must win situation over the next two games in order to tie for the BP Crosstown Cup. You probably never thought the day would come. You think the Lakers’ victory in the NBA Finals brought commotion and disorder to the streets? Wait until Chicago has their Cubs at the top of the BP Crosstown Cup world, tied with the White Sox. No taxi will be safe my friends. The Cubs win the next two and history will have been made, dreams finally realized.