What a glorious day! What a glorious weekend. Crawly Senior and I had the pleasure of wattching the Cubs pound Pittsburgh 13-3 on Sunday, completing their second straight sweep of the Buccos. Not only that, but St. Louis got crushed and Eric Gagne blew a save for Milwaukee, putting the Cubs in first place!!! Hey Hey!! The Cubs offense is just clicking on all cylanders, as the Cubs hit 29 runs in the weekend series with the Pirates. The starting pitching is still not where it needs to be, but I am sure enjoying this April a ton more than I did last season. Listening to sports talk radio, I heard people wondering if this team is real or not, claiming that they are just beating teams with losing records. Look, the Cubs didn’t make their schedule and not only that, they are winning the games they are supposed to, something that hasn’t happened over the last few years. All I am saying is that I am happy that the Cubs are in first place.
There are many things that excite me about this team. I love the 1-2 punch of Reed Johnson and Ryan Theriot. In the bottom of the fourth inning in Sunday’s game, Johnson was hit by a
pitch. Theriot was up next, showed bunt, but the pitcher threw two pitches out of the strike zone. With a 2-0 count, Johnson was running, Threriot hit the ball to the right side of the infield, and Johnson scored from first with Theriot advancing to second when Nady’s throw to home plate was late. The Cubs are also a more patient team and that is allowing them to score more runs. Do you realize the Cubs are second in MLB in runs scored, third in hits, fourth in total bases, have the fifth highest in average, second in on base percentage, and second in on base plug slugging percentage? How about the Cubs being fourth in the amount of walks drawn? Still feel like that clogs the bases Dusty? The Cubs are also seventh in stolen bases. Lou Pinella and hitting coach Gerald Perry have turn this team from a bunch of hackers into a disciplined hitting team.
Do I think all is well in the world of the Cubs? No. Are starters are struggling to get past the fifth. Are bullpen is again giving up too many walks. Questions remain on where to bat Soriano when he comes back from his injury. Will our left handed starters begin pitching
better? Is Kerry Wood going to stay healthy? These are all areas of concern for the Cubs,
but at the end of the day, there is only one stat in baseball that matters most: Wins, and right now, the Cubs keep racking them up. Now, the real test comes for the Cubs. Starting Monday, the Cubs have a two game series with the Mets, then fly to Colorado for another two game series. They travel to Washington for three (that one shouldn’t be difficult), then they play three with Milwaukee at home, travel to St Louis for three, Cincy for three, and then come back to Wrigley to fave the hottest team in baseball in the Diamondbacks and one of the toughest pitching staffs in San Diego, who will play in a four game series. The Cubs then have three more games at Wrigley, than go to Houston and Pittsburgh. When the dust clears on May 22, I believe this will really tell if the Cubs are for real or not. If they can stay close to the top of the division after this schedule, I like our chances.
Us Against The World
So, apparently Cubs fans are the most hated, obnoxious, and racist fans in baseball. All week, Cubs fans have heard how horrible they are from all sides.From old man Marty Brennaman’s crabby rant, to ironically the most hated and obnoxious columnist in Chicago, to jealous Brewer’s bloggers , people have been taking shots at us from all sides. That’s fine that we’re the target of all their jealousy and rage. Real Cubs fans know that there are no better fans in baseball. Are there idiot Cubs fans? Absolutely. Are there obnoxious Cubs fans? Of course. Are there racist Cubs fans? Unfortunately. Just like their are idiotic, obnoxious, racist fans in every ballpark in every city in the United States. Are there no drunk stupid fans in Milwaukee? OOOOhh, of course not. Everybody goes to Brewers games in suit and ties and keeps score. In fact, they don’t even sell beer at Miller Park. And there is absolutely nooooooo racist fans in Cincinnati. Everyone knows that Cincinnati is the most tolerant city in the US. So to all those haters out there, keep hatin’. Cubs fans piss people off because we will go anywhere to cheer our team on, including other teams’ ballparks. Then we really get them mad when our cheers are louder than the cheers from the home team. They hate us because we have fun, we love our ballpark, and we love our team. Do we do
stupid thing? Yeah. Are we going to do stupid things in the future? For certain. But we’re going to keep doing what we’ve always done; root, root, root for the Cubbies! And most importantly, we will follow this team anywhere in the world, and if you don’t like it, learn to deal with it.
We are everywhere!!