Goatriders of the Apocalypse

A June Boon might lead into a Sky-High July

 

Kerry Wood, doing what he does best

With only a few more games to play, the Chicago Cubs have had a pretty awesome June. Their record currently stands at 16-10, and the team seems to be heating up at just the right time.

They are entering a three-game series against the first-place Brewers, and if they can take two-of-three, they will be a .500 team as they near the All Star Break. Can you complain? I can't complain. And the team could get even better.

Let us consider the case of Kerry Wood. Wood, who has disappeared into obscurity this year, may be back pitching with the Cubs by the end of July. While it would certainly be a mistake to count on Wood at this point, can you imagine what a healthy Wood would bring to a Cubs bullpen? No matter what role they stick him in - setup man, middle reliever, closer, left handed specialist - Wood automatically becomes the best in the pen. The Cubs are already enjoying some good pitching from guys like Howry, Wuertz, Dempster, and Marmol - imagine how lights out they might become if Wood is thrown into the mix.

Geo Soto may also be ready to join the ML team. Soto, who is currently recovering from a sore shoulder, is hitting .327 at Triple A with 10 homers and 47 RBI. He may provide a surprise bat for the team in the second half of the season.

In the outfield, the Cubs will soon hopefully be rid of Jacque Jones, if their asshole controlling interest will let them spend the money necessary to win. The removal of Jones will in fact be an addition.

With a little luck and continued perseverance, these guys just might make a surge for the division title. Wouldn't that be sweet? I can't wait to find out.

kerry wood

I assume you mean the Kerry Wood that struck out 20 Phillies back in . . . whenever, not the Kerry (how far can you hit my fast ball) Wood of recent vintage. Trade him for a new mitt and 2 vendors

20 Phillies?

Nice try, but it was 20 Astros. It's okay...we all make mistakes.

Sincerely,

In a nutsack

20 whatever

Oh, I always do that. I confuse the 20 strikeouts against the astros with Burt Hooten's no hitter against the Phillies in '58

I stand corrected

Piniella

It's just too bad the manager sucks, right Kurt? Eye-wink

Good June

The Cubs have the second-best NL record in June. Who's ahead of them, you ask? Why, the 16-8 Brewers, of course!

You must not read our website every day

I wrote a retraction, Mike. You can read it at this link:

http://www.goatriders.org/node/1452

The title of the article was "I heart Lou, or How to Flip-Flop Flawlessly."

Punk.

20 K's

Wood struck out 20 Astros in 1998, not Phillies.

We're Being Set Up for the Fall

I am a lifelong, suffering Cub fan. I wrote these guys off six weeks ago.

Now, it appears that we are in the midst of a pennant race.

This can mean only one thing: The Cubs will find a new, excruciating, heartbreaking and ridiculous way to blow it!

Get ready for it. Prepare yourselves for another mind blowing disappointment.

I prefer the years when they are out of it by June 1st. That way I don't suffer so much in September.

Oh, really?

I don't buy it. "I am a lifelong Cubs fan... I'd rather they lose early so I don't have to worry about them losing late?"

Huh?

Curses, bad luck, waiting for the other shoe to drop

I am a lifelong sports fan and athlete (though I probably look like less of an athlete than I did when I was younger), and one thing I have learned is that curses breaks are a matter of attitude. When you believe that the other team is getting all the breaks, and that you are cursed......well, things are not going to go well for you. This is because a team with confidence can take a bad situation and battle through it, and a team that believes they are cursed or jinxed just falls apart when they get a bad break.

I realize that as fans, we aren't playing the game and don't have control of that, however, the bad attitude and negative outlook starts with us.

Until the whole "world is against us" and "everyone else gets all the breaks" and "we are cursed" mindset goes out the window, this team will continue to suffer.

So, show a little optimism, and maybe the players will react with some confident play in return.

Yes, I am a Cub fan

I've lived through too many disappointments. I've had to harden my heart. I watched the 69 Cubs collapse. Saw that grounder ruin our hopes in San Diego. Ate my heart out over the Bartman game.

Besides, I live in New York now, although I grew up in Chicago. If the Cubs are 30 games out of first, I don't have any problem getting good tickets in August when I make a trip home.

Do you really think this year will be any different? About the only difference I can see is that I won't be able to get tickets this year.

This story made my day

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It was not

I agree with your comment, it wasn't phillies 1998.
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