submitted on July 31, 2006, 2:59 PM
There are few things greater in life than watching the Cubs complete a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley field. I reached a point some time during the game where I also made the realization that the Cubs have to be the most inconsistent team in baseball. I've always felt like the Cubs had the talent to compete with pretty much anyone in the NL, and they certainly started out that way, until Derrek Lee's injury derailed all of that. And even still, it was like they had the talent, but they felt the need to underacheive. That leads to weeks like this, where the Cubs managed to win six of seven from the two best teams in the National League. With three of their starting pitchers and their team MVP on the DL. I just don't get it. At all.
On a side note, I'd like to wish Todd Walker and especially Greg Maddux well on their new respective teams. Todd's on his way to San Diego, while Maddux will be a Dodger for the rest of the season. I like both guys a lot, and it won't be the same without them. I hope the young guys we got in return will pay some dividends.
I had fun trying to battle the Cardinals fan next to me over the rights to the shared armrest between our chairs. He was bigger than me (and by bigger I mean fatter), but I had to have been at least five years older, so I took my opportunities to slide the arm onto the 'rest, and didn't back down at any time. Definitely one of my better showings, as I dominated control of the armrest for most of the game.
By the way, the Cubs are only 15 games behind the Cards now, so I fully expect to be in playoff contention within three weeks. And if not, there's always next year, right?
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