Do not sit there and tell me you do not know what I am talking about. I know you sat there and watched Paula Abdul dance around the screen with a cartoon cat belting out the following lyrics, “I take two steps forward, I take two steps back, we come together because Opposites Attract.” Well, that is exactly how I feel about the Cubs, and I will take full advantage of any opportunity to use an egregious Paula Abdul reference in the process.
The bullpen has been the weakest link this year and Michael Wuertz proved that again on Monday night. He had been off to a hot start, but Jason Bay cooled the flame rather quickly with his game winning blast over Clemente’s wall. With Eyre and Howry struggling, Cotts’ ineptitude to throw strikes and the roller coaster that is Will Ohman, it is more important than ever that Dempster perform at a high level. After Pujols hit a ball into Lake Michigan off of Dempster 10 days ago, I was very nervous for his psyche. Heck, Brad Lidge was the most dominant closer in the game and since Pujols hit his fastball into the Gulf of Mexico, Lidge fell apart and is now being shopped around the league. As I mentioned above, I have seen this movie before, so when Dempster saved the game, not only did he execute a five out save, he proved what he made of along the way. Last season he reiterated multiple times that he was fine and would recover, but nobody believed him, including myself. Friday night he finally ‘walked the walk.’
Even though the Cubs are 10-14, the last two weeks have been full of positive strides. Lou is striving to put a consistent lineup on the field day after day and for the most part, the bats are coming alive. Zambrano returned to form and Soriano’s bat is heating up to the point where his first at bat of the month was a home run to centerfield. Derrek Lee has recaptured his 2005 form and A-Ram quelled worries of another slow start. With Lilly, Marquis and Hill keeping hitters at bay, the next five months could get real interesting. Yes, the Cubs may be six games out, but there is so much more baseball to be played. Heck before the season ends I plan to turn 28, fall in and out of love no less than 3 times and will watch 5 different friends get married.
If the Cubs cannot get it turned around in that amount of time, I will have to start getting much more enjoyment out of the bad 90’s music that I cannot get out of my head.
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Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!!