Hello again, everybody. It has been a few weeks, but Ramblings is back with a vengeance and ready to dole out some accurate, awesome, amazing and awe-inspiring thoughts about the Cubs and baseball and maybe some other stuff. Also, I might, just MIGHT, reference something I wrote five months ago regarding predictions. Like I said, that might happen. Just maybe.
It is September 4, and the Cubs are seven games clear of their nearest pursuer for the final playoff spot today. If you told me on March 31 that I would write that sentence today, I would not have believed you. Not even close. I did not think this team had the playoffs in their sight, or in their future, and I was so wrong about that, but so right about a few other things. Today, there are reasons to be excited, and excited we are. So with that, let’s go. #LetsGo
• Hey guys … the Cubs are playing meaningful games in September! That was my only “hope” or “wish” back in March, and this team made it happen. How about that!?!?!
• Addison Russell can really play shortstop. It is pretty to watch and just plain fun to see. You can just tell he is having a blast.
• Jake Arrieta … thank you. I am going to be selfish now. I was on a plane when Zambrano threw his no-no in 2008. Last Sunday night was the first time I got to watch the Cubs throw a no-hitter as it happened. It was simply awesome! In fact, it was better than that and no grouping of words properly or accurately captures my feelings. It was that good.
• I really enjoy Barry Rozner making fun of all those who were calling Kris Bryant a bust. Bryant is going to finish his rookie campaign with 25+ homers and 100+ RBIs. That is just a horrible rookie year.
• While Arrieta’s no-no was great, it was the only quality start by the Cubs in eight or nine games. That is not good, and the Cubs will need their pitching to improve to hold on to the final Wild Card spot.
• It would have been REAL nice had the Cubs not lost two of three to the lowly Reds. Real friggin’ nice.
• I have a lot of things to say about the Cubs pajama plane trip, but I think pretty much every one of them has been said. I could not escape Rizzo’s selfie on social media. It was just everywhere!
• Though I must ask everyone … how many adults do you know own a “onesie,” or something they would actually refer to as pajamas. I have not owned pajamas for, well, since I was in about third grade … if that. I am not trying to share too much with you, I just found it funny.
• However, please let me be clear. I am not ripping it. I thought it was absolutely hilarious.
• Now to get serious … if the Cubs play three games in the playoffs, who starts the third game? I mean, seriously? Who starts the third game? I am not sure I can tell you that I feel definitively that I am positive about any of the options regarding who would definitely start the third game. Yes, definitely. So totally definitely. I definitively have no idea. Definitely definitively. Or maybe just a bit.
• Either way, no matter what … the next seven years are going to be very enjoyable, and so much fun. Think about that statement, please. When was the last time, as a Cubs fan, you sat back and said, “The next SEVEN years are going to be so much fun!”
• Might I guess with pure certainty that the answer to that question is “NEVER. ABSOLUTELY NEVER!”
• Fine, maybe a decade ago when we are all drinking the “Prior, Wood, Zambrano” kool-aid, but this just seems so much different. And so much more sustainable. To me, it definitively and definitely does.
• I think the Austin Jackson pick-up is going to prove to be very wise. It was under the radar, but I really do think he will make an impact. I liken it to picking up Randall Simon in 2003. That was also under the radar, but turned out to be a smart addition.
• And yes, I am referring to that Randall Simon, the Sausage King of Chicago. If you need me to explain the “sausage-king” reference, please “google” Randall Simon and sausages.
• I am going to do this because I just have to. I truly cannot stop myself. I have no choice. It is what I must do at this point. Back in April, two days before the season began, I wrote the following bullet, and I am going to put it in italics because, well because I can, and I just need to:
Rizzo will be in the hunt for the MVP (not too crazy), and Arietta will win the Cy Young. (Off my rocker kind of crazy. Please accept the absence of hyphens.)
(I provided this link to prove I am not pulling a rabbit out of a hat here, I really predicted this)
• It was the very last bullet I wrote before the season started. No, I am not an idiot, and no, the Ricketts family is not broke. Sorry, sometimes I just cannot help myself, and in this case, I should not. Because this is awesome.
• What is the saying about blind squirrels and nuts? It might apply here and it might not, but what I am happiest about is that the performances of Rizzo and Arrieta have the Cubs prepared for a playoff birth 30 days before the end of the sesason. And again, if you told me in March that I would be able to write that declarative statement, I would have laughed you. But no one, not one Cubs fan is laughing now. And that is all that matters!
That is all for now folks. I hope everyone is prepared for a great weekend. If college football is your kind of thing, well, it is like Christmas Eve! Go Cubs and Go Irish! And for me, I am learning a new team and developing a new allegiance. So I will say this: Woo Pig Sooie!
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!