So Randy Wells went 6.2 innings and gave up only 2 hits and one run?
To the Atlanta Braves?
The Braves who had won 15 of their previous 20?
For Randy to kick it up a notch at this point in the season, you'd think the Cubs had fired their General Manager and Randy realized that holy crap! He'd better get it in gear or the next GM might toss him out or something.
But that would be crazy, right?
Besides, what really happened was this (from Cubs.com):
"It took a good kick in the butt from a teammate to finally get the right mindset to go out there and pitch and make things happen," Wells said. "Ever since that day, I felt like I've thrown the ball very well."
I got to listen sporadically, and I'd hear breathless things from Pat Hughes or Keith Moreland like, "That was the best change I've seen him throw in a long time." or "Struck him out." - weird things I hadn't heard about Randy forever.
What I did pay attention to was when Commissioner Bud Selig took a moment or 20 to chat with Pat and Keith.
I can't quote him exactly, but he's very proud of the wild card system he brought to baseball.
He gushed all over himself, in fact.
And since that worked so well, well, why the hell not get a couple more wildcard teams in the playoffs?
Conveniently, this year baseball doesn't have alot of good teams.
There aren't any races, really, except maybe Arizona/San Francisco.
So it would be great if they could add a couple more teams that really aren't any good to the playoff mix and see what happens.
Because seriously, how can you figure out who the best teams are if they only play 162 games in the regular season?
Maybe it was one of those bad ones!
Maybe some day they'll get smart and do a fan voting thing like they do for the All-Star Game so like, even if the Cubs are 23 games out we could still vote them in.
Uh, okay got that off my chest.
What else...Carlos Pena got claimed off waivers by the Yankees but the Cubs took him back.
Soriano hit a homer, Darwin Barney made a circus catch, Marmol got a save, and maybe Randy Wells made himself look better in the eyes of the next GM.