I just wanted, happily, to note that, as of two thirty, post-meridian, on the fourth of August, the Chicago Cubs, with a record of sixty-seven wins and forty-five losses (a point-five-ninety-eight winning per-centage!), maintain a five-game lead over the Milwaukee (read “Wrigley-North”) Brewers and a six-game margin against perfidious St. Louis. Only Tampa Bay (What?!) and the Los Angeles of Anaheim, presently, possess better records. This feels good.
From the Chicago Tribune: I’m not sure if I feel pride or shame at the violence dealt to a lone White Sox fan by a gang of three North Side loyalists, but this ridiculous, either way. Proof, though, I suppose, that not all of us Wrigley patriots are effete types. As an un-signed blurb in the 28 July issue of The American Conservative, happily, proclaims, “there is new life in the game.” Huzzah!
First, they saved civilization.
I’m only a dolphin, ma’am.
A Cubs team fiercely trying to focus on the present could get its first glimpse of a big part of its future today with the arrival of top pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija.
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The former Notre Dame football star might even start for the Cubs this weekend, though that could not be immediately confirmed. A Saturday start would push back Rich Harden’s scheduled start to his sixth day — a schedule that produced good results for Harden with Oakland earlier this year.
Well, ain’t that some-thin’?!
Update Samardzija pitched to-day, in the Cubs’ loss (*sigh*) to the Marlins:
Chicago Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Samardzija (BS, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.50
Not the most heartening performance, but not too bad, either: Twenty-seven of his thirty-nine pitches were strikes, and, although he earned a blown-save for him-self in his Major League debut, he managed not to receive credit for the loss, that going to Bob Howry, who followed him and surrendered a ninth-inning home-run to pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida. Alas, the Cubs maintain, now, only a half-game lead over the Brewers in the Central Division.
Incidentally, some years ago, my brother played against Samardzija, a multi-sport stand-out, in high school basketball. The Valparaiso Vikings obliterated the North Judson-San Pierre Blue Jays.
Introducing the Manatees. Seriously, this is awesome. But it really troubles me; we need to be discouraging, rather than encouraging, obesity. I love baseball and, despite the scandals of recent years, look forward to another year of heartbreak: Eamus Catuli!.