Encarnacion was safe; but who cares?
In every successful season in sports, there are many "breaks" that help the successful team down the road. It has been a great break for us to have played Pittsburgh, Cincy and Washington after the All-Star hiatus. It has been a great break that the Cardinals lost two of three after trading for offensive missing link Matt Holliday. We have endured many injuries, but so have nearly every other contender in the division.
I still think we suck. I still don't think Fukudome and Bradley are earning their keep. Soriano seems to be on the upswing; this particular swing better be quite long, drawn out, and bloody to make up for the two months of utter suckitude he just turned in. We still don't have a second baseman, particularly against lefties, and wasn't that the key area we were supposed to be addressing this past off-season?
Oh, yeah. That's what Aaron Miles was brought here for. GUH!
I'm the 'glass half-empty' guy. While the rest of you are hootin' and hollerin' about sweeping the Reds, I'm still worried about how we laid down like panting dogs in Philly, and how we are going to do this week with the AssTrolls. This is a big series, coming up, because we have a road trip after this. And God bless those of you with enough wherewithall and foresight to make the road trips and negate the home crowds in most NL parks. (I have done my part so far in Milwaukee and the Cell this year, and I'll make an appearence in Pissburgh on Labor Day. But I myself consider my contributions to be meager, at best).
If you are a Cub fan "abroad", and the boys are coming to your town, show up! This particular Cub team is operating with the thinnest of error margins. They may hang tough the rest of the summer; they may fold like a wet taco shell, neither will surprise me. They are going to have to function at nearly full capacity in order to make the NLDS for a third consecutive year. That means that all of us can play a part in this. I think it helps when the Cubs can count on some of their fans nearly everywhere they go. That's what the Dempsters and Reed Johnsons and DLees always say when asked, and while it might sound like rah-rah hooey to the more cynical of us, what is important that THEY believe it.
So if you live in Ohio or Kentucky or Colorado or Florida, get your ass to the park next week. Help the Cubs, and help the rest of us mortgage slaves who can't make it there.
And, if you can wear catcher's gear without looking silly, and make a decent throw to second base, pack it along with you. We might need you...