Welcome to the first edition of Chet’s Corner!

Yup, that’s right, we now have a name for my Wednesday column here at View From the Bleachers.  Nobody is really sure how we feel about the name, but it’s a name and that’s better then no name….right?

Anyhow, on with the important stuff……..or not important depending on your point of view.

I decided today would be a good day for Five Questions.  It has been a while and with the World Series starting tonight, I found it apropos.

Question 1: What memory sticks out the most from past World Series?

This one is easy for me; Kirk Gibson, 1984 World Series, Game 5 @ Tiger Stadium.  It was the eighth inning and Goose Gossage was on the mound.  He insisted pitching to Gibby, and why not, he had owned Gibson up to that point.  Gibson knocked a three run homer into the right field upper deck and the Tigers went on to win the World Series.  It just goes to show, a pitcher or hitter can have the upper hand historically, but all it takes is that one time when the odds are wrong.

Question 2:  Have you ever attended a World Series game?

Not yet

Question 3:  When the Cubs make it to the World Series who would you most like to see them play?

Notice I said “when” and not “if”…….My pick would be the Boston Red Sox.  I love teams with history and I think this series would be chalk full of it.  Not too mention can you think of two better stadiums and fan bases for a World Series?

Question 4: Which 2010 World Series starting pitcher would you most like to see the Cubs pursue through free agency or trade?

I have been saying Cliff Lee since May……I still say Cliff Lee.  I know it’s a pipe dream but I think he would fit well with our squad.  Then again, who wouldn’t he fit with?


Question 5: Would you like to see more teams added to the Post-Season?

This has been a hot topic over the past few days and it sounds like it has legs.  I would not mind seeing 12 teams.  I think when you have 162 games for the regular season giving a few more teams something to play for is not a  bad idea.  I hate cheering through 140 games only to see my team wither over a tough two week stretch and fall out of the race. 

Well, that’s that.  Enjoy the World Series and here’s a little tip…..if you drink enough while watching and you squint your eyes real tight, the Rangers uniforms will look a lot like Cubs uniforms.  My little tip for the week……I’m givin’ you pearls here people!


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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19