Yesterday, there was a "1" behind the word "Cubs".
Yesterday, the "1" was an "elimination number".
Here's what an elimination number is (quoting from above link):
The Elimination Number for any team is determined by adding their number of losses to the number of wins for the team leading the wild card, and subtracting that total from 163. The Elimination Number for the second place team is the "Magic Number" for the first place team. "E" indicates that the team has been eliminated from winning the wild card.
Yesterday, I couldn't bring myself to do that simple math.
Probably because I already knew disaster was about to happen.
Luckily, we've had a little time to prepare for this, the first time in 3 years the Cubs did not make it to the playoffs.
Last night, Ryan Dempster showed he's still going strong - he threw a 9 inning shutout against the Pirates.
Final score Cubs 6.
No comment on the quality of players the Pirates had on the field last night.
Lets just say Ryan was brilliant.
Today...man if you had the day off what a day this could be.
A doubleheader with Terrible Ted and Carlos Zambrano.
So, you know, hang in there.
There are still 6 more games.
Turn on the radio and listen to Pat and Ron.
Turn on the tube and look at the park.
Watch Sam Fuld make a serious run at staying in the Bigs.
Keep that all in the back of your mind til next Spring.
I don't think later I'm gonna spend too much time sifting through the embers of 2009, but Derrek's season will definitely be something to savor.
His consistency, reflected in his personal best (so far) 109 RBI's, never wavered.
All season long.
Even with the diseased clubhouse - how do you keep your focus?
Last night he hit his 39th homer, and it went out by a couple feet over the right field wall.
So much about him can be defined in that hit - he's hit some monsters, but I always think of him as a super-intelligent batter, going with the pitch and (as he's always said) not trying to hit it out, just make good contact.
Sometimes they go out.
So...better luck? The wrist absolutely, 100% healed? Wheaties for breakfast?
I don't know, but I'm gonna watch the rest of this season to see that swing.
How about that Tyler Colvin catch?
Ho hum, I'm just a kid up here for the first time and well, take THAT Ryan Braun.
Like it was nothin'.
I feel for Reed and Sam, since Tyler's probably gonna get most of center field for the rest of the year.
But any talk about Tyler being the starting center fielder next year?
Lotta weird stuff's gotta happen before I can think like that.
Randy Wells got his 11th win in his rookie year.
The Cardinals' magic number is 2, and the Cubs remain 7.5 games out of the wild card.
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