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

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80 Wins? Make It So!

Thirty-three games left.  Can the Cubs win 100 games for the first time since ’35?  I think it is well within the realm of possibility.  We still aren’t out of the woods yet as far as the NL Central race is concerned, but every day the promised land gets closer and closer.  In my opinion, the Cubs are almost a lock to win the pennant.  It’s when you start to look at how the Cubs match up with potential World Series foes that things get interesting.  But this team is certainly capable of defeating all foes, Ivan Drago style.  “I defeat all men!” Continue reading

Choose your weapon

Ever since the All-Star break, it seems that we never know which bat the Cubs hitters will swing on a particular day.  Too often it has been the ice bat, and quality starts are being wasted. Continue reading

No Rest for Marmol

I have been saving a post for my All-Star Game opinions until the break.  I had planned on discussing why I thought it was ridiculous that the Cubs have eight All-Stars and a few players, specifically Fukudome, probably did not deserve the trip to Yankee Stadium.  But I’ve read enough columns, message boards and blogs touching on this subject that I’m not going to go there in great detail. 

Blogging is somewhat new to me and that was one example that has shown me in the world of blogging that there is no time to sit on information or an opinion.  Chances are that 400 people are thinking the same thing and if they beat you to the punch, you don’t look very original. 

But as far as the All-Star game goes, this event is more than just an exhibition game.  It now determines the home-field advantage for the World Series.  As a Cubs fan, I’ve never really cared too much about home-field advantage because the World Series never seemed very attainable.  This year, I care.  I want the best players in the National League Continue reading

Look at Me; I Can Be Centerfield

I have seen some buzz about moving Fukudome to center field so Micah Hoffpauir could get in the lineup, including in this mailbag post on Cubs.com.  I realize that Hoffpauir has shown himself to be a good hitter, Continue reading

Pittsburgh

A weekend in Pittsburgh is, well, you know what happened. Although Aramis Ramirez, the Cub RBI machine got key hits in both of the Cubs’ losses, the Cubbies found ways to lose. A lost fly ball Continue reading

Do the Hustle

Soto

Geovany Soto “dashed” around the bases last night like only a catcher can.  Almost 49 years after it last happened, a Cubs catcher hit an inside the park homerun.  Soto is quickly helping me forget   Continue reading