Posted by: thescoundrel | April 1, 2008

Chicago Cubs Refuse to Go Unbeaten in 2008


WOWSER, what a season opening Cubs/Brewers Baseball game on Monday!!! The day started off with the Chicago Cubs honoring Mr. Cub, Ernie “Lets Play Two Today” Banks. The team honored him by locating a life size statue of him in uniform standing at bat, outside the entrance to Wrigley Field, a long over due event in my estimation!! In my opinion Ernie Banks represents all the best parts of baseball. Good Guys like Ernie Banks are not as plentiful in MLB as they used to be. Many of the modern baseball “it’s all about my ego” players could learn from his true love for the game. They had several dignitaries to praise Ernie at the ceremony and then Ernie got to throw out the first pitch of the season and also sing the seventh inning stretch. Woo Hoo! Sure the Cubbies lost 😦 , but if you like great pitching, the game had eight innings of pitcher dominated action. I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed that the Cubs lost. But Carlos Zambrano for the Cubs and Ben Sheets for the Brewers put on a great pitching clinic during the game. They displayed fantastic pitching ability. The bullpens also looked good up until the ninth inning. Both teams used their closers for the ninth inning and both closers had problems as each gave up three runs in the inning. In all fairness, though Eric Gagne was struggling with his command for the Brewers, I thought Kerry Wood looked better than average as the new club closer. Wood plunked the first batter (Ricky Weeks) in the back who was crowding the plate. (I am unsure if it was intentional or an accident.) Then the next batter (Tony Gwynn) moved Weeks into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Wood then intentionally walked power hitter Prince Fielder. Ryan Braun followed. He actually made a good-looking pitch to Braun, which shattered Braun’s bat. And what should have been the second out in the inning, turned into disaster as somehow the ball had just enough carry that it wound up a bloop single scoring Weeks, while also putting Fielder into scoring position. Corey Hart then doubled home both Fielder and Braun 😦 . The Hart double was the only hard-hit ball off Wood, so I am not too disappointed in Wood’s first performance as closer. The Cub hitters did look rusty except for newly acquired Kosuke Fukudome. He had a great day at the plate, including a three run homerun in the ninth inning, and played the difficult Wrigley Field Right-Field defensive position soundly. Sadly – I then got called away on personal business and missed the tenth inning. By the time I got back to the game it was all over and the Cubs had lost 4-3. Sigh!! Still I choose to look at the positive and feel overall it was a great baseball game and I choose to think that there will be many good things happen for the Chicago Cubs team this year.  😀

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  1. Oops, I forgot to post the next game information! Me bad! The Cubs will take on the Brewers again at 1:20 PM on Wednesday 04/02 at Wrigley. The game will be carried on WGN radio and on Comcast Sports Channel on Television. The pitchers scheduled are Ted Lilly for the Cubs and Jeff Suppan for the Brewers. I am hoping for better finishing results!! 😀

  2. homerun howry didn’t look all too great in the 10th. i am not a big fan of his. he reminds me of sosa… does really well when the game is already decided, and chokes when the game is close and his performance matters.

  3. I like Howry he does well as a setup man. But I feel Wood has the better potential of the two as closer. If he does not blow out his arm or his confidence, I think eventually the job will fall to Marmol. I also think that any one of the three could close if need be and that is a plus to the team.


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