I have no idea if he was really tipping his pitches, but I was in some really good seats the last time Randy Wells faced the Cardinals at Wrigley Field and man, did they ever look like they knew what was coming. A whole bunch of hits in a row, 5 runs before anybody even got a hot dog...Whatever it was, Randy fixed.
He shut down Albert Pujols completely, gave up 5 dinky hits over 7 shutout innings, and put a weird expression on my face I hadn't felt in a long time. That one where your mouth looks like a sideways "c" pointing up? LIke this:
I thought for sure that meant the Cards would score about 14 in the top of the 2nd, but it... didn't happen that way.
Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto hit 'em out too.
It does not hurt when Jeff Suppan is on the mound.
And Sean Marshall goes the final 2 innings: Cubs 5 Cards zeero.
Anyway, it's pretty weird now, right?
With Lou's retirement announcement, it feels like you're watching a fake team or something, like what they do doesn't matter. Sort of lets just get the season over and see what happens next.
Not so fast there, Speedy Gonzales!
Nobody including me thinks the Cubs can make a run - hell they're saying Terrible Ted could be gone by Sunday night. But in the meantime they CAN do some damage...
If you turn "What are you gonna do?" upside down, maybe that's a good way to think about this next part of 2010.
I mean, if you're gonna play you might as well win, correct?
So I'm still gonna pay attention to what happens on the field rather than spend all my time worrying about The Next Thing.
And on those occasions when they actually do win, I get to smile.
Today it's Tom Gorzelanny on the mound.
What are you gonna do?
Why not win?
PS: Chris Jaffe over at The Hardball Times noticed that when Aramis Ramirez had his 4th 3-homer game the other day, why he landed in the record book along with some pretty elite names...