The first two games are in the book and it is safe to say it was good and it was bad, but boy was it fun. I must say that it is much more enjoyable to watch the game on television instead of the internet. Also, the Cubs won when I watched on TV and they lost when I was forced to check the internet. Anyone else following me here….? If everyone pools there money, I would be willing to stay at home all summer and watch every game. Seriously, I am willing to make that sacrifice for the good of the Cubs, and I digress. Two games, two outcomes, one win, one loss and one brand new set of ramblings. My thoughts….
– I said it before, I will say it again, Matt Murton is the next big star on the Chicago sports landscape.
– $20-some million spent on the bullpen and we put in Jerome Williams to stop the bleeding.
– 16 runs on only ONE homer, combo-ball, small-ball, whatever-ball, I was really starting to like it….
– 6 runs on three homers, never mind.
– If I could stand next to Dusty every time he is filling out the line-up card I would whisper slowly, “Todd Walker is good, Todd Walker is your friend, Todd Walker is the name.”
– Was I the only one who placed a bet on the World Series 14 seconds after Juan Pierre tripled to lead off the game on Monday?
– Speaking of Juan, Sergio Mitre looked pretty darn awesome the other day.
– Andy Pettitte did NOT, nor did Barry Zito.
– After Roger Clemens gets $15 million to pitch for three months, he should go teach business classes at Harvard,
– If I am Jim Hendry and I get a lucrative contract extension and the Cubs finish fourth this season, I will be “out of town” during next year’s Cubs convention.
– I love Michael Barrett, I do, but if Wednesday’s performance is any type of foreshadowing, I am signing up for the Hank White fan club.
– ….there it is, Henry Blanco….it took me a lot longer than that to figure it out
– Opening Day at Wrigley should be a National Holiday
– By the way, for those of you who listen to “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” I was the one who BARELY lost out on the free trip to Hawaii at last year’s Opening Day broadcast.
– The Defending Champs are 1-2, so sorry, but I must admit, I may have been wrong about Jim Thome not being good this year.
– Am I the only one with “Go Cubs Go” on their I-Pod?
– No, I am being serious….I also have a “Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request.”
– At this rate, Angel Pagan will be playing ever day by May.
– Let’s just say it, Sean Marshall will either take a no hitter into the eighth or he will be out after 2/3 of an inning on Sunday night
– I am the eternal optimist and the ultimate pessimist, but Greg Maddux will EARN another contract after this year.
– Speaking of Greg, I am glad he is on the bump for the Opener at Wrigley, I mean, he only gave up 13 runs to the Pirates at the Opener a few years ago. Thankfully, we are only playing the Cardinals this year.
– Albert Pujols really scares me, and I am not Brad Lidge.
– If anyone wants to learn how to turn a routine fly ball into a spectacular diving catch, just ask Jim Edmonds.
– I am not worried about Zambrano; he will come up LARGE on Saturday.
– I will admit it, I was kind of happy to see that Anna and Kris Benson are going to try to make it work.
– But as Jayson Stark said this morning, I am not as happy as the sports writers in Baltimore. “Without Anna Benson, it is going to be a long season,” or something like that.
– For the record, I did NOT buy her FHM.
– Okay, sorry for the Anna tangent.
– I do not care how you feel about politics; it is still cool when the President throws out the first pitch.
– Will Ohman missed his wake up call on Opening Day in Cincy and almost was late due to security. I would have liked to see that conversation with the Secret Service, “No, seriously man, I pitch for the Cubs!” “Sure ya do buddy.”
– Finally, the best seven words in sports, “Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the air.” Thank you Pat Hughes.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Ramblings, there are many more to come. I would also like to say thank you to some of my close friends for their advice on my columns, especially one Dan McAteer for his intellectual insight with “Hope Springs Eternal.”
If you have any ramblings of your own please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will do my best to include them next time.
Thanks for reading, and until next time….
Stay Classy Cubs Fans