The Cubs Are Not Good posted by Richard Kagan
Yippee, The Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 behind the solid right arm of Ryan Dempster (2-3), who may be on the trading block. Dempster bolstered his status with an excellent outing, his second win in a row. I have been a long-time cubs fans. I was there for Don Cardwell's no-hitter in the second game of a DH. I fell asleep and missed most of the game, as a child. I was more alert for Kenny Holtzman's gem vs. the Atlanta Braves in 1969, when the Cubs looked so good. I was sure they were going to win the pennant. But....stuff happens, if you're a Cubs fan.
What still surprises me is that 32,000 fans come of the park every home game if the weather is decent. The Cubs draw well over 2.5 million. In a good season, it could be 2.8 million. In this tiny ballpark in Wrigleyville...The fans still come out and root for the Cubbies. Who are as lovable as ever, even if they are on pace to lose 100 games this season. And, that is not a laughing matter. How do you get paid, and get up in the morning and come to the park?
The Cubs were picked by most baseball experts to finish 4th or 5th in the division. Unfortunately, they make the Pittsburgh Pirates look good. Manager Dale Sveum looks like he is on an out of control train in that Denzel Washington thriller. That train threatened to cause disruption all over the landscape. It's a stretch to say this team could win 4 or 5 games in a row. They don't have the players to do that. And, coming from a fan, that is a sad thing to say.Continue reading "The Cubs Are Not Good"