HEY CHICAGO WHADDYA SAY!?!?!: Cubs freaking WON TODAY. Go Cubs Go!!!
I’m kinda excited right now. I had to work this evening, and at break the only tv in the breakroom was turned on to some dumbass show I’ve never seen before because two ladies were watching it and I couldn’t switch it to the game. Thankfully I had my phone out and was checking Twitter like a fiend, where I was able to see Dexter Fowler’s moon shot and nearly wet myself from the excitement. I swear, though, it was hard not to come down with a “cough” and say I had a sudden onset of Schwarber Syndrome.
I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together: With the Pirates’ loss, we say goodbye to yet another old timer. AJ Burnett will be retiring. Burnett pitched a no-hitter in 2001, and was an All-Star selection this year, as well as a World Series champion for the Yankees in 2009. An interesting fellow to watch – he was wild, and his control was wonky at times, but he pitched with such passion and intensity that it was sometimes really fun to watch him let it fly.
This Is Gonna Be Good: There are very few rivalries in sports that are as long standing as the Cubs vs. the Cardinals. In the decades that these two teams have been playing against each other (and fanbases loathing every second of the others’ existence), this will be the first time ever that they play against one another in the postseason. Who woulda thunk it? Joe Maddon probably can’t believe it, either.
I’m not going to get cocky, but I feel really confident about the Cubs’ chances to get to the NLDS. No one has a winning record against the Cardinals this year, but the only two teams that had any sort of success against them were the Pirates and the Cubs. The Cubs’ record against the Cards this season is currently 8-11. I’ll take those chances, especially with Arrieta on the upswing and Wacha on the decline.
Game One – Lackey vs. Lester on the mound. Two former Red Sox, veterans of the Chicken and Beer scandal, and mighty fine pitchers who will set the tone for what will be some exciting baseball. I can’t wait.