Goatriders of the Apocalypse

What would it take?

Imagine, if you will, the following scenario:

  • The Cubs sweep the Reds at home this weekend.
  • The Cubs take 3 of 4 from the Brewers
  • The Cubs take 2 of 3 from the Cardinals in St. Louis
  • The Cubs take 2 of 3 from the Brewers in Milwaukee
  • The Cubs take 3 of 4 from the Giants in San Francisco
  • The Cubs take 3 of 4 from the Pirates in Chicago
  • The Cubs sweep the Diamondbacks to finish the season.

I know, it's crazy.  I don't believe it could happen.  If it did happen, then the Cubs would be a 25-8 team from September 1st until the end of the season.  It would also give the Cubs a finishing record of 90-72.

Presently, the Wild Card team is the Rockies.  For them to finish with a 90-72 record or worse, they would need to go 10-12 from here on out against juggernauts of talent like the Reds, Padres (twice), Diamondbacks, and Brewers.  To even think they could manage that would mean ignoring their 7-1 record since September 1st.

So, to answer my own question, what would it take? It would take a sodding miracle.  An act of divine intervention.  And the baseball gods proved a long time ago that they are not interested in intervening in favor of the Cubs.

There You Go!

THAT'S the spirit! Despite your many qualifiers, and I'm sure that intellectually you stand behind them, somewhere deep down inside your Cubby-loving heart you haven't given up yet. I applaud you -- it's what I love about Cubs fans. Although the odds are WAY against your scenario, as you admit, if it happened it would be exciting beyond belief and WAY more fun than anything else this year. If it doesn't pan out, well, how much extra pain is that really going to cause you?

It's always human nature to

It's always human nature to say "what would it take," but I do try to stick by my expectations model ... before Sept. a team has to be 10 games out or 10 games under .500 for me to consider them hopeless. The Cubs are 7 games out of the WC in the loss column and it's nearly mid-Sept ... they are essentially toast. Still, it's fun to follow their progress.

rolling my eyes

TCF, you DO realize that Kurt's post is part of the "humor" segment of our charter?

There's nothing wrong with

There's nothing wrong with spending a few minutes a day living in a fantasy world, Rob.

I took an even bigger, vaguer stab with Milton today. I'm wondering how many people will get the sarcasm/irony of it.

Not Enough Smiley Emoticons

Well, I realized Kurt was just laying out the Hollywood ending he would love to see, not betting the farm on any of it coming true, but I got more wistfulness than humor out of his post. Of course, I'm pretty new to GROTA, I'm sure you read him more accurately than I could.

I guess the point of being a fan of a particular team is how much enjoyment you get out of it. For some people this means giving up when you decide the game/season is lost, to minimize the pain; for others it means hanging in there until the last second, because the payoff of a comeback is such an unbelievable high. Of course, people can define "the last second" in different ways, too.

I suppose it helps if the baseball gods OCCASIONALLY intervene on your behalf, like they did for the Cardinals in 2006.

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