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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
Are dark clouds already swirling over Wrigley? I mean, if it were any other franchise but the Cubs losing Game One, it wouldn't be a huge deal, but.....

The Milwaukee CCs should win today, but man, their offense just looked pathetic against Hamels. It's not like Hamels is a jobber or anything, but the Brewers barely even had any good swings out there.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.28
Losing Game 1 wasn't such a big deal.

But losing the first two games...and going back to Dodger Stadium? Yeah, I can see those dark clouds hovering over Wrigley right about now...




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I couldn't be happier with the way these series are going. I may have been wrong predicting the Cubs to make the World Series, but I'll get over it.
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Last night's performance with 4 errors which led to the huge 2nd inning for the Dodgers wasn't a curse; it was terrible baseball. Everybody showed up to suck last night.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.49
Has the division series ever started with 4 teams going up 2-0 before?



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    Has the division series ever started with 4 teams going up 2-0 before?


Way, Way back in '07.

Cubs Vs Diamondbacks - Arizona wins series 3-0
Angels Vs Red Sox - Boston wins series 3-0
Yankees Vs Indians - Cleveland wins series 3-1
Rockies Vs Phillies - Colorado wins series 3-0



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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

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    Originally posted by MUTigermask
    I couldn't be happier with the way these series are going. I may have been wrong predicting the Cubs to make the World Series, but I'll get over it.


START THE BUSES (clap clap clapclapclap)
START THE BUSES (clap clap clapclapclap)

So whose fault this time, everyone's?



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.28
    Originally posted by drjayphd
    So whose fault this time, everyone's?


Not to point fingers, but...there's always this thread that might have created a jinx.

For all the talk about the Cubs' hopelessness, the Dodgers put an end to their own run of pathetic futility. These are some of the more staggering factoids.

-This is the first postseason series win for the Dodgers in 20 years.
-The Dodgers have more postseason wins this year (3) than they've had in the last 20 years combined (1).

If you had told me at the start of the year that the Dodgers would knock out the NL favorites and go to the NLCS while the Angels would win 100 regular season games and be on the verge of getting pasted right out of the playoffs, I'd have slapped you silly.

Not bad for a team that apparently didn't deserve to be in the playoffs. Nice call there, Hank.

(edited by It's False on 4.10.08 2322)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
    Originally posted by drjayphd

    So whose fault this time, everyone's?


Well, there's plenty of blame to go around. But a good place to start would be to target Soriano. Ever since I saw him start out with the Yanks, I thought he was the most overrated player in the majors. And he did it again with his pathetic 0-5 performance tonight. For all of his supposed 'talent', he can't ever seem to get a hit in a clutch situation. ESPN pointed out that he has the worst active batting avg. among 39 players who have at least 100 at-bats in the postseason (.219 entering tonight). Get rid of him while you can, Chi-town.




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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by supersalvadoran

    Well, there's plenty of blame to go around. But a good place to start would be to target Soriano.

I only saw 1 at bat from him.
First pitch fly out with 2 men on.
The announcers almost couldn't believe he swung at the first pitch in that situation, but then quoted the BA stat and said "He hasn't helped that at all tonight either"
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
The SPF Whammy Strikes Again.
0-9 for the Cubs since they went up 3-1 on the Marlins in '03.
Difference between the Cubs and the pre championship Red Sox: The Red Sox used to at least put up a fight before finding a way to lose.
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Welcome home, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard! Good luck to those down south.

The Brewers' lack of offense and SWINGING AT EVERY FIRST F'N PITCH EVERY GODD*MN TIME makes me a sad panda.

Farewell, CC, we hardly knew ye. What a workhorse.

Probably Ben Sheets, too.

Seems to me the Brew Crew won't be sniffing playoffs again for a long time. Sure was nice while it lasted.

Go Red Sox. *sigh*









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I gotta say, I do feel sorry for Cubs fans. The ones who got roped into being a fan at an early age by a parent/grandparent/uncle. They had no chance. The parents who do influence their children to be Cubs fan should get a visit from the CPS.
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I was listening to the postgame show on WGN after Game 3 of Cubs/Dodgers. The first guy who called in compared raising your kid to be a Cubs fan to raising your kid to be a heroin addict. Sure you're hooked, and you can never get off the horse, but don't do that to the younger generation.

Of course, in 2003 a Red Sox or White Sox fan could have said the same thing. One day the Cubs day will come, and their fans will get to feel the same joy we have felt, only it will come a little sweeter for having yet more pain beforehand. Keep the faith.



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#15 Posted on
    Originally posted by MUTigermask
    I gotta say, I do feel sorry for Cubs fans. The ones who got roped into being a fan at an early age by a parent/grandparent/uncle. They had no chance. The parents who do influence their children to be Cubs fan should get a visit from the CPS.


You know, I have heard this before, and I don't agree. I was born in Chicago back in 1965, and yes, my father had a Cubs cap for me when I got home for the hospital. But, it was my hometown team, and I rooted (passionately) for them. I still do.

I have many great memories and disappointments from following the Cubs all my life, but I wouldn't trade them
just to switch to another team.

I still remember Burt Hooton pitching a no-hitter on my birthday when I turned 7 and thinking it was the coolest thing ever.

I also remember punching a wall when Steve Garvey hit the home run in 1984 to beat us,a and then the ball going through Durham's legs in Game 5.

I remember crying when we finally won a playoff series in 2003 against Atlanta, raising a toast to my father who had passed away in 2000.

I remember the excitement of being 5 outs away from a World Series before Alex Gonzalez choked the DP ball (no, it was not Bartman's fault)

I moved to Phoenix when I was 13. Over time, my allegiances have changed to teams in this market, although I will ALWAYS root for the Cubs over any other team. While I am a huge sports fan, baseball has always been my passion, and to root against the Cubs seems unnatural.

I have 3 kids of my own, and both of my sons (7 and 13) root for the D-Backs first, which I have no problem with. They will root for the Cubs to make me feel better, but I never pushed them into it. I will never, ever regret my Dad raising my as a BASEBALL fan, and with that, being a Cubs fan.

I know this is a bit rambling, but I have read the above sentiment many times, and just don't agree with it. Yes, this year was heartbreaking, as I felt this was the most complete Cubs team I had seen in my days. But, I am over it, and already trying to figure out how the team could get better for next year. I am comforted by the fact that we have a good team returning, and will be a favorite next year also.

I don't believe in curses, and actually turned off the volume on the announcers because I was tired on hearing them drone on about it. This team is responsible for this year, not the past 99 years. They played poorly and didn't deserve to win.

All I know is that I enjoyed this team very much this year, and when we DO win the World Series, it will be one of the sweetest days of my life.

(edited by Java on 6.10.08 1127)
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.09
    Originally posted by Java
      Originally posted by MUTigermask
      I gotta say, I do feel sorry for Cubs fans. The ones who got roped into being a fan at an early age by a parent/grandparent/uncle. They had no chance. The parents who do influence their children to be Cubs fan should get a visit from the CPS.


    You know, I have heard this before, and I don't agree. I was born in Chicago back in 1965, and yes, my father had a Cubs cap for me when I got home for the hosptial. But, it was my hometown team, and I rooted (passionately) for them. I still do.

    I have many great memories and disappointments from following the Cubs all my life, but I wouldn't trade them just to switch to another team.
    I still remember Burt Hooton pitching a no-hitter on my birthday when I turned 7 and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. I also remember punching a wall when Steve Garvey hit the home run in 1984 to beat us. I remember crying when we finally won a playoff series in 2003 against Atlanta, raising a toast to my father who had passed away in 2000. I remember the excitement of being 5 outs away from a World Series before Alex Gonzalez choked the DP ball (no, it was not Bartman's fault)

    I moved to Phoenix when I was 13. Over time, my allegiances have changed to teams in this market, although I will ALWAYS root for the Cubs over any other team. While I am a huge sports fan, baseball has always been my passion, and to root against the Cubs seems unnatural.

    I have 3 kids of my own, and both of my sons (7 and 13) root for the D-Backs first, which I have no problem with. They will root for the Cubs to make me feel better, but I never pushed them into it.

    I know this is a bit rambling, but I have read the above sentiment many times, and just don't agree with it. Yes, this year was heartbreaking, as I felt this was the most complete Cubs team


I understand, I'm just giving Cubs fans a little shit. It is my God-given duty as a Cards fan. Hell, until two years ago I had never seen one of my teams win a championship. I have some Cub fan friends, and I will feel happy for them when/if they get to see the Cubs win it(even though I'll throw up in my mouth a little).

(edited by MUTigermask on 6.10.08 1026)
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    Originally posted by spf
    Keep the faith.


I intend to, but it doesn't make me any less pissed off. 300 hitter on the bench while Fukedome played those first two games. Soriano playing like a rookie. Keeping pitches (Dempster and Hardin) in when they have obviously lost it. Those errors - heck, that crap can happen - I though Lee's especially was a real tough hop, although it looked to me like Derosa just took his eye off it.

I agree - dump Fonzie if you can, and get Fukedome to "hit a slider" school.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by spf
      Keep the faith.


    I intend to, but it doesn't make me any less pissed off. 300 hitter on the bench while Fukedome played those first two games. Soriano playing like a rookie. Keeping pitches (Dempster and Hardin) in when they have obviously lost it. Those errors - heck, that crap can happen - I though Lee's especially was a real tough hop, although it looked to me like Derosa just took his eye off it.

    I agree - dump Fonzie if you can, and get Fukedome to "hit a slider" school.





I think you wish Soriano played like a rookie, because that was the year where he hit the go ahead home run for the Yankees in Game 7 before the Arizona comeback in the 9th. He hasn't hit in the post-season since the Red Sox shut him down in the '03 fiasco.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by spf
      Keep the faith.


    I intend to, but it doesn't make me any less pissed off. 300 hitter on the bench while Fukedome played those first two games. Soriano playing like a rookie. Keeping pitches (Dempster and Hardin) in when they have obviously lost it. Those errors - heck, that crap can happen - I though Lee's especially was a real tough hop, although it looked to me like Derosa just took his eye off it.

    I agree - dump Fonzie if you can, and get Fukedome to "hit a slider" school.


Considering Fonzie is going to be 33 on opening day next year, and is owed the following contract wise, he will be a Cub until the end of that deal, or until they eat a LOT of salary:
2009 - 16 million
2010 - 18 million
2011 - 18 million
2012 - 18 million
2013 - 18 million
2014 - 18 million





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...at least the Cubs made it to the playoffs this year... *glares in general direction of Busch Stadium The Second*



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