After 161 Games, The Regular Season is Over

Today, the Chicago Cubs wrapped up their regular season in Milwaukee against the Brewers.  Earlier in the season, I expected this series to be epic, but the Cubs have had the division wrapped up for over a year.  This series was still important, especially for the Brewers.  Though the Mets have not lost yet, they trail in the 9th and it looks like the Brewers are headed to the post-season. 

It would have been satisfying for the Cubs to keep the Brewers out of the playoffs.  This also means that the Cubs will face the Dodgers in the NLDS.  I would have preferred that the Cubs played the Mets, though I would imagine one particular IvyEnvy writer is pleased that the Cubs will be in the Los Angeles area at least once in this post-season.

Since I am an Eeyore Cubs fan, potentially facing the Brewers in the playoffs concerns me.  It’s not that I think Continue reading

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Chicago Cubs, 2008 NL Central Division Champions!

Enjoy it, Cubs fans.  For the first time since that infamous year of 1908, the Cubs have back-to-back division championships.  This team is probably the best and most complete group of Cubs in my lifetime.  Until the last few weeks, they have been the most consistent Cubs team in my lifetime.  Throughout this season, if one player was down, another player was hot.  Seeing as how the whole team went cold last year in the playoffs, that was the one thing that made me more comfortable with this team.  Of course, then they went on a skid and took a lot of my confidence away. 

But I will put those fears away for a day.  All that matters right now is that the Brewers, and even more importantly, the Cardinals don’t own this division.  The Chicago Cubs do.  It makes it a little more sweet that we beat the Cardinals to clinch the division. 

It’s time to get some rest for guys like Soto.  It’s time for Fukudome to Continue reading

The Wheels are Back On and Chugging Right Along

 

I had come close to giving up on the Cubs.  I expected a monumental melt-down.  And until last Wednesday, we had no reason to not expect that meltdown.  I mean…swept by the Astros at home, then lose 2 of 3 in Cincy and then losing the opener to the Cardinals.  This is it, right?  The new ’69? 

Hell no.  These boys in blue came back with a vengeance and within days, have the magic number down to 4.  That’s right, if the Cubs can sweep the Brewers this week, we have won the division and the Brewers will be 11 games behind us and most likely out of the wild card chase.  In three consecutive games, Continue reading

My OCD standings watch

I’m just getting back in the groove after a much needed, but far too short summer vacation to Hayward, WI. Brewers country. It’s a beautiful part of the country with lakes, green space and good beer but they put Brewers logos on everything including a Titleist golf hat that was nearly purchased before I noticed it had been defaced with a Brewers logo on the side.

My time away from constant Cubs coverage and cell phone service made me realize I have a problem. Continue reading

20th Anniversary of the First Night Game

 

Today is the 20th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley Field.  Actually, tomorrow is officially the 20th anniversary of the first night game.  The game on 8/8/88 was called after 3 1/2 innings because of weather.  At that time, my parents owned a True Value, which was one of the coroporate sponsors for the evening. Well, True Value had some contest to give tickets away and there was this sweet box you put your entry into that was shaped like the Wrigley Field sign that’s on the stadium at the corner of Clark and Addison.  I should have kept that box, it’ll probably be worth something someday considering it was designed specially for the night game.  Now I wasn’t able to win this contest because I was a family member of employees of True Value.  As an 10 year old, my parents had to explain this concept to me daily throughout the summer. 

So here we are, a short 20 years later.  I could write some great comprehensive blog documenting the best 10 moments Continue reading

Is Miller Park REALLY an Away Game?

I believe I have written before that the idea that “This series is important” or “This game is important” is kind of a silly notion.  There are 162 games and though the idea is to just win series’, there are numerous opportunities to make up lost ground.  That said…this series is important.

I don’t think it’s terribly important numbers-wise, although the Cubs and Brewers were close enough last year for it to scare me.  If a few games would have gone the other way, the Cubs wouldn’t have enjoyed getting destroyed by the Arizona in the playoffs.  This series feels important because it has the potential to be a momentum-builder, especially for the Cubs.  I would think it would be kind of deflating for the Brewers Continue reading

Where The Cubs Stand Right Now

So here we are, halfway through the season.  Actually, the Cubs have played 95 games, so they are closer to 60% of the way through the season.  They sit 4.5 games ahead of the Cardinals and 5 games ahead of the Brewers.  So, at this point, it’s a 67 game season and the Cubs are spotted 4.5 games.  So what are the odds they take the division?  How safe do you feel with that lead?  I feel nervously confident.  I have a feeling that defines how most Cubs fans feel right now. 

Let’s look past all the history of failure and heartbreak, though.  Let’s set that all aside and pretend that we root for a normal baseball team.  One without jinxes or curses swirling around.  According to Baseball Prospectus, the Cubs have a 80% chance of winning the division and a 92% chance of going to the playoffs.  Am I that negative and pessimistic that 92% concerns me?  I mean, the Cubs Continue reading