Game Recap: Dodgers 7, Cubs 2; Dudes - maintain
Forgive me if I am going to come off as a little harsh, and if you are disturbed by this post, then I can only ask you to think back about the things you have said about the Cubs in the past couple of hours and compare them in terms of disturbedness - if that's even a word. (My spell check says it's not.)
I also want to preference* myself by saying that I am not trying to be a dick. I promise.
To the lovely, wonderful Cub fans out there who have given up on this season because of one loss, what the hell is the matter with you? What kind of fans are you? How disturbed must you be, how damaged must the Cubs have made you for you to cut and run with the team needing two losses before the season is over?
Seriously. I just saw the same game that you saw. I felt the same frustration. I cursed. I wanted to bury my head in the ground. I yelled at Dempster for reverting to the pitcher he was Pre '08. I yelled at Soriano for his hack routine. I yelled at Derrek for grounding into a double play. I didn't ridiculously give up on an entire season because of one stinkin' loss.
I know I can't expect Cub fans to be like me. I hate the Pollyannas out there who cling to the bitter end, until the very last out of the final game even if the Cubs are being blown out. Those people make me want to puke. But as much as I hate Cub Fan Pollyanna, I can't stand Cub Fan Nietzsche even more. Oh yes, the world is a dark, dank place, the Cubs will never win, good things will never happen, please do us a favor and go sodomize yourselves with a splintering broom handle. If I could quit the Nietzsches out there as readers, I would. If I could magically ban their computers from reading this blog, I'd do it.
So the Cubs lost tonight. Yes, it's devastating. Yes, any momentum they took with them into the playoffs evaporated tonight. But it's not the loss that will kill them in '08, it's the fact that tomorrow night, they will be playing in a ballpark where the fans have sucked out all the oxygen. Home field advantage doesn't exist in a place where 25 players compete in front of 40,000 sad participants who are already lamenting a lost season before it even ends. For Chrissakes, show some heart, it's the least you'd demand of the players on your favorite team!
I've predicted that if the Cubs lost Game One, they could be swept, and the negative fans are the reason why. I will stand by that prediction.
However, although the Cubs offense faltered, and although the Cubs starting pitcher failed, the biggest culprit from tonight's loss won't be out there tomorrow. Ryan Dempster will be sitting in the dugout, starring vacantly onto the field, wondering what would've happened if he hadn't soft served that pitch.
In the meantime, the fiercest, most competitive Cub in my lifetime will be on the mound. He'll be angry. He'll be ready.
As for those of you who have deep sixed the season, I only ask that you keep it that way. Don't watch the games. Don't bother, it's all over anyway, right? Don't read the blogs. Why would you, we're hopelessly devoted to the belief that anything can happen in a 5 game series. You wouldn't waste your time, right?