Archive for April, 2004
For the second straight day the Cubs showed some fire in their bellies. Also, for the second straight day, that fire got someone ejected. This time in the form of Kerry Wood. I’m not hear to recount what happened. Leave that to the news reporters. I am hear to critique, compliment, and criticize. I like this fire. I like competitive drive in players and managers. I like guys who don’t like to lose. I have no problem with what Woody did today. Be the Ace of this staff and show some fire. It wasn’t like he got himself kicked out of the ballgame before Dusty was ready for him to come out. He pitched until Dusty said that it was time to be done, and then Wood let the Umpire know what he thought. I give him props for holding his tongue until the right time.
I thought we had this game today, but I guess we owed the Reds one after we got a comeback yesterday. We lose a heartbreaker, but we showed heart. If this team keeps playing with this drive and heart, the pieces will begin to fall into place.
Player of the Game
I think Woody deserves this honor. He had only given up 1 run through 8 innings. At that point, bring in Borowski. I give him credit. He did what he needed to do. I he keeps pitching like this, we’ll be fine.
Sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do. For Dusty Baker today it meant letting some fire show towards the umpire. With his team trailing in the 7th, Dusty exploded and lit a fire under their butts for the game. The Cubs end up coming back to win in the ninth. It is the second time this year that this team trails going into the 9th and comes back to win. Two times for a team who did not do it once all last year. That’s an encouraging stat.
The game, probably one of the wildest of the year, featured both managers being ejected, a walk off homerun, and an ump who had to leave with food poisoning. To quote Sean Casey “That was one of the weirdest, coolest, craziest games that I’ve ever been a part of, I’ll tell you that,” Not bad for a day’s work. I’ve been impressed with the Cubs in general these last two games. I think the bats are stating to wake up and our pitching has been solid. Now we need to keep it up and get on a nice winning streak.
Bad news for Michael Weurtz today. He got killed again today on the mound and has seen his ERA baloon to over 10. I expect the poor guy to be sent down to AAA soon. As soon as Remlinger is ready to go, Weurtz is gone.
Player of the Game
Player of the game today is Moises Alou. It’s hard not to give it to Sosa who ties the game in the 9th and ties Ernie Banks, or Ramirez who goes 4-4 with 5 RBI’s, but Alou had two HR’s, one of them a walk off. I have to give it to him.
This preview is for the Mariah Carey movie “Glitter”
Joe – Todd Walker
Shaun – Sammy Sosa
Keenan – Corey Patterson
Dave – Moises Alou
D-Trick – Derrek Lee
Don’t forget, if you wanna get in on the competition each day, either leave your pick in the comment section of a post with the date of the game you’re picking or e-mail me. I am thinking about having a prize for the end of year winner.
It looked as if the pirates just decided to use this game as a practice session for their pitchers and the Cubs hitters. The whole game it looked like the Cubs were just taking batting practice off the Pirates staff. Nothing was moving after it left the hands of the Pirate pitchers and the Cubs were hitting it hard. Really HARD!!! It was so nice to see the Cubs put up 10 runs and hold their opponent to 1 run through 7 innings on a day where the wind was blowing out.
There were some positives and negatives to this game.
1) Every position player in the lineup to start the game had a hit. (Positive)
2) Michael Barrett, who everyone is worried about hit two jacks and now is the team leader in RBI’s (Positive)
3) Zambrano pitched awesome again but this time got a win for it. (Positive)
4) The Cubs take 2 out of 3 and win their first series (Positive)
5) Weurtz got touched up again. ERA now = 5.68 (Bad)
6) Beltran got roughed up. ERA now = 10.80 (Ouch)
Player of the game today
The player of the game today is Michael Barrett. He is continuing to hit the ball hard and drive in runs. Here’s hoping he can make us forget about Pudge this year.
Joe – Carlos Zambrano
Dave – Derrek Lee
If anyone else wants to get in on this, just e-mail me your picks to click each night before the game by 8pm. If you e-mail me consistently, I’ll add you to the standings.