Archive for March, 2005
…but this could finally be the sign that it’s time to kill myself.
From Associated Press:
Cubs ace Mark Prior will be out indefinitely because of inflammation in his right elbow, the latest injury to one of Chicago’s star pitchers.
Has anyone ever written a suicide post on a blog before? I’m sure it’s been done, but if Prior’s out for an extended period of time I’ll be the first on this blog to do so.
“Maybe it’s nothing.” That phrase is the only thing keeping me alive right now.
As I was watching the television five minutes before the selection show, they showed a good amount of NCAA tournament highlights. I had watched a few of them live on TV as they happened, but I was not at any of them. All of the people that were in attendance were treated to a site they would never forget. Who knew that when they bought that ticket, that it would turn into a ticket almost as valuable as the Wonka ticket. That got me thinking about the greatest moments in sports that I have ever been present for, in the stands. When you buy the ticket, you always hope for a historic event, but in my case one rarely happens. Here are my top 3.
# 1 – Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta in game 1 of the NLDS (Sept. 30th, 2003)
This was a great game and I was so glad I was there. I sat in traffic far longer than I had anticipated and missed the top of the first inning, but in the end, it was worth it. Nothing is more fun than going to a visiting park and talking trash as your team wins.
# 2 – Jose Valentine Hits for the Cycle (April 27th, 2000)
This one is a funny one actually. I usually enjoy going to the White Sox games in Chicago because the tickets are cheap and easy to come by. This particular day was nice because I got to see Cal Ripkin Jr. play for the first time. On the way home, as I was totaling up my scorecard, I realized what I had actually seen.
# 3 – Cubs beat Atlanta in 15 innings (April 9th, 2004)
This game made me incredibly angry for 8 & 2/3 innings. Then Holly stepped to the plate and jacked one right over our head in the RF bleachers. Eventually, the Cubs would go on to win it in 15.
Well, that’s it. Those are my top 3 games I have been in attendance. Now, it’s your turn. Please share the best games you’ve ever been at.
Don’t forget how meaningless spring training numbers are. It’s encouraging to see the way the pitchers are going, but there are so many possible things that the batters they face are trying to do and that they themselves are trying to do at this point in the spring that the results are unimportant. They are also not predictive of success in the regular season (Scott McClain, Tuffy Rhodes, etc.).
I poo poo on the idea of getting excited about what’s happening so far this spring. That said, this year is no different for me than every other year since I turned six years old: I believe the Cubs are going to win the World Series.
Granted, I’m 0 for 27 so far on that prediction, but one right prediction equals about a thousand wrong predictions when it comes to the World Series!
Here’s how they’re going to do it:
1) Jim Edmonds will get injured in early July, forcing the Cards to play Rick Ankiel in CF. He’ll hit like a solid hitting pitcher: .210 ba, .245 obp, .315 slugging. He’ll also miss the cutoff man 3 times out of 4. This LaRussian decision will cost the Cardinals 5 wins over the remainder of the season.
2) Jeromy Burnitz’s frequent strikeouts and .188 average in late May will be forgotten when a bolt of lightning (perhaps from Zeus himself) will strike him in right field before a game, causing his brain to become scrambled. He will see it as a sign from Zeus and will call himself the Oracle of Zeus. He’ll retire from baseball and build a weird Greek-style temple in Milwaukee. Cheeseheads will flock to him and form an Olympian Revivalist movement culminating in a goat-and-cheesehead orgy in Dionysian fashion during Octoberfest.
3) Burnitz’s departure allows Dubois to play full time. He ends up with a .267/.340/.465 line, which tops Sosa’s numbers.
4) Hollandsworth will inflate his value with a high batting average thanks to a couple of hot months and Hairston will fill in effectively at LF, CF, RF, and 2B. Near season’s end he’ll rotate through the positions, playing 4 out of every 5 days, and lead off. It allows him to get 350 at-bats, steal 25 bases, and put up an un-Cub-like .370 OBP. He is seen as the second coming of Bob Dernier.
5) Aramis Ramirez will hit 40 homers. Ron Santo will fall in love with him the same way he fell in love with Gary Scott and spend time tutoring him on the finer points of defense. His range will increase.
6) Nomar Garciaparra, happy in Chicago and healthy again, will put up a .350/.385/.525 line and return to the offensive force he was in his mid-twenties.
7) Carlos Zambrano will establish himself as a Cy Young Award winner.
8) Greg Maddux and Michael Barrett will become roommates on the road. Their close proximity allows Maddux to work with him and trust him. Maddux lets Barrett catch for him. Happiness rains down upon them both and they get tattoos of each other on their ankles. Maddux’s will get infected and, like Schilling during the ALCS last year, we’ll see blood seeping onto his sock during a crucial game in September.
9) Corey Patterson will show considerable growth by only striking out 125 times. His .290 BA pushes his OBP into .345 range, making him bearable as an everyday player, but the world will say his combination of 31 stolen bases and 27 homers are the reason the Cubs are good.
10) Ronnie “Woo-Woo” Wickers will lose his voice once and for all. The ensuing peace will allow the Cubs to better concentrate during home games, allowing them to go 52-29 at home. Their 44-37 road record will give them 96 wins, edging the Cards by a single game.
The playoffs go like this:
Stomp the Dodgers in 4, Crush the Braves in 5, Obliterate the Yanks in 4! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
And why not? 1 for 28 is lookin’ pretty good right now.
I figured I would throw this out there. Here is a chance to pick your bracket against other readers of the site. So, if you read this site, and want to see how you do, go here, sign up and join private group # 19769. The password is: prior
I’d love to see at least 20 people in.