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It has been a while since I have had the audacity to post a blog entry. I apologize to my loyal blog followers for the absence(... I don't actually think I had any, but it makes me feel special).
To be honest, this Cubs season has been the type of vanilla that doesn't really inspire a worthwhile entry. Sure, I could write an entry about any and every issue plaguing the Cubs over the season, but that is basically what every blog/sportswriter/analyst has been doing since the third week of the season. However, something happened today during the course of the 6-5 victory over the White Sox that compelled me to jump online and write about it.
Over the course of this season the Cubs seemed to be stuck with a 2008 postseason hangover. Instead of coming out of the gate inspired and with fire/revenge, they came out defeated, slumping and uninspired. Something was just lacking; perhaps the "cubby swagger" that Lou always talks about. Back in 2008, you felt like the Cubs could come back from any deficit at any time (see, e.g. Colorado comeback game, the ATL Edmonds/Reed HBP walkoff game, etc.). I have never been labeled "cynical" when it comes to Cubs baseball: I'm always the guy in June that has to bring people down from the edge, I've never booed a Cubs player (that is another rant altogether), but at the same time I'm not a blind "kool aid" drinker. Regardless, it just felt like that belief and swagger was lost somewhere along the way by the current Cubs roster.
Today felt like a page had been turned. The Cubs were once again down by a reasonably large deficit late in the game. However, something strange happened when the 8th inning came around: the guys that were supposed to step up did.
I know that this game is just one of 162. But I came away from this game with the hope that perhaps this team may have found a bit of that swagger that seemed to be lacking earlier. Let's hope it continues.