So, uh, anyone else see that Mets/Cubs game?
I decided to watch the game because, well, frankly, it was on, and I wasn’t working. I was interested to see how the Mets are looking right now as they’ll be in town for a three-game set starting on Tuesday. As El Duque started to get hit early and often, I kept thinking "Awesome, get into the bullpen, tire it out." Of course, there’s an off day tomorrow, so it won’t make that much of a difference, but hey, it’s worth a shot. And then the Mets started hitting Sean Marshall hard, and a couple of Cub errors did nothing to help. All of a sudden, the hapless Cubbies went from a 5-0 lead to a 6-5 deficit. Oh, but it wasn’t over there. 6-5 became 7-5, and then all of a sudden, it was 13-5. 17… 17! batters came to the plate for the Mets in a 41-minute, 11-run (2 grand slams!) top of the 6th.
The entire time this was going on, I was still hanging out in today’s game thread at redreporter.com, amazed at what I was witnessing, and relaying it for the benefit of those who missed it. I have never seen anything like what I saw today, and I am serious when I say that I fully expect to see someone fired directly because of this. I guess by "someone" I mean Dusty Baker. That has got to be one of if not The Most Embarassing Cubs Loss ever, and it was on ESPN. Ouch.
I wondered aloud if this was more a case of us witnessing how good the Mets are, or how awful the Cubs are… I have to go with the awful Cubs theory on this one. Multiple defensive miscues, missed scoring opportunities early, a couple of bad pitches… Yikes.
So does this mean the Mets have used up most of their offensive power for the next couple of games? Prolly not, but dammit if I’m not going to HOPE SO! 🙂
Final score: 13-7. Leave it to the Cubs to score a couple of meaningless runs late.
For some reason, I half expected Barry Bonds not to hit his Ruth-passing homer until next Tuesday.
Ehh, all kidding aside, I’m more excited by Javy’s walk-off homer. That shot won a game – the Giants lost.
It occurred to me that I rarely write about anything but situations directly affecting the Reds, or whatever team they happen to be playing that series. In an effort to broaden my horizons and to possibly appeal to a wider base of readers, I offer you… *drum-roll* Reds-less News.
Have you ever been so distracted by something that when you finally remember where you are and what your were doing before the distraction you feel like time moved on without you?
I just experienced that sensation. I was sitting here, at my computer, watching the final outs of the Braves/Padres, and then I turned my attention to a few websites that I usually visit, and then, apparently, half an hour later, I kinda turn around because I hear this music behind me, and I’m thinking what the ****? Why is the theme from "Shaft" playing during a baseball game? Oh, wait… baseball is long over, and the next program has started.
If you’re reading this and thinking "Where the heck is she going with this?" …hang in there, I have a point. Trust me.
Now I have to own up to what was distracting me to the point where I lost track of time.
Yes, ladies and gents, I have been faithfully reading and enjoying a Chicago Cubs blog.
No, I’m by no means ashamed, I’m merely surprised at myself. I am not such a big fan of the Cubbies (to put it delicately), but when I happened upon the site by chance I became absolutely hooked. I can almost guarantee, however, that if the Cubs were doing well I would not be able to stand the self-righteous drivel I am certain that would spew forth. (From the commenters, not the main bloggers.) As it stands, I am thoroughly enjoying the read. (And for the record, there are still some commenters in the Cubs Blog Army that rank the Reds with the Marlins and Pirates. I beg to differ, but we can wait to discuss that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. …to look at it a different way, as the Cubs were just swept by the Marlins, I wouldn’t mind having that in common with the Fish.)
The bottom line is this: I do not feel sorry for the fans – I doubt they give a rat’s *** what I think. I do understand their frustrations and where they are coming from. The current situation with their ballclub – rich, uncaring ownership, hated management, under-performance by richly-contracted players… injuries… I have lived the same thing. The difference? The Cubs have a $90+ mil payroll. And they’re 10 games under .500 – Fifth in the division. Yeah, I can’t tell you what a $90 million payroll feels like, but I know if I had one and was 12.5 games out of first place… It’s ugly. …Something has to happen soon. Someone, from the hitting coach, Gene Clines, to Dusty Baker himself, is going to get the boot. I know there are thousands upon thousands waiting with baited breath…
Even I’m curious to see what happens. No doubt whatever occurs, I will have some great articles to read, courtesy of Death, Pestilence, War, Famine, Chaos, and Despair. The latter being the stage of grief Cubs fans are experiencing at this point.