Well, That’s a Change of Pace
Last year, I read through the Harry Potter series for the first time since I was a kid, back in elementary and middle school when the books were releasing every year.
My favorite book of the whole series is the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in which Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament and is crowned the winner after defeating the other wizards competing for the top prize. Harry was younger than everyone else and his youth was seen as an obstacle to his success, yet he conquered the competition in dramatic fashion after a
late-inning home run brush with death.
My least favorite book of the series is the fifth book, the book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Following the triumphal, epic ending to the fourth book, the fifth book in the series starts out depressing, in large part because Harry spends most of the first half of the book whining about how bad his life is. It was almost like he spent the first half of the fifth book on an emotional hangover from winning the
World Triwizard Tournament. The second half of the book gets a lot better, though, and it ultimately redeems itself, even if the ending wasn’t as epic as the book before.
This is a parable. Let the reader understand.
The Cubs Are Good Again?
After the Brewers were swept by the Pirates and the Cubs won six straight following the All-Star break, the Cubbies are only one game back of the Brewers as they chase the top spot in the Central division.
Since the All-Star break I have only been able to watch the Orioles series because MLB.TV blacks out Braves games here in Nashville, but I listened to a couple of those on the radio. The Cubs’ bats have awoken from hibernation and the pitching isn’t as terrible as it was before.
Mike Montgomery‘s outing the other night was great, and it was nice to see him hit his first home run into the second deck of RainTrust Ballpark. The right decision is to move him to the bullpen, which makes me sad for him, but it will work itself out. My hope is that Monty will be our Travis Wood Part 2. It would be great to have a lefty long reliever for when John Lackey inevitably has trouble getting out of a second-inning bases-loaded jam sometime in the near future.
Maybe, just maybe, the Cubs players will be able to overcome their manager and make the playoffs. Right? Jk, he’s doing fine. Sorry if I just triggered some of you.
The Cubs Are FUN Again!
Sure, I want the Cubs to be good again, and it looks like they’re headed that way. But honestly, as I have written before, I am more interested in them being fun again. I can deal with this team barely making the playoffs as long as they aren’t miserable to watch in the process.
After winning the World Series last year, of course I would love for them to win again soon, but I suppose that, this year, I am most interested in them being a fun team to watch that hopefully makes the playoffs and gives the god-like Dodgers a run for their money.
I adored last year’s team long before the playoffs, without knowing for sure what would happen in the postseason. The team was genuinely fun to watch on the field, keep track of on social media, and ride along with toward an exciting (and emotionally exhausting) playoff run.
I have not felt the same connection to this year’s team as I did last year’s, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the World Series last year or the poor first half this year. I think it has more to do with the departure of fun people like Dexter Fowler, David Ross, and Travis Wood than anything. There simply will not be another team like last year’s.
But, my hope is that the Cubs are fun enough to watch this second half that, despite what happens in the postseason, the 2017 season isn’t a bad memory we all hope to forget.