5 days ago, USA Today ranked the Cubs as the team with the best starting pitching staff in baseball.
Ummm... what language is that?
Because I've never seen those words before.
For sure I've never said anything like that out loud.
Best minor league system, biggest bangers, smartest baseball brains, and of course the best bet to win the World Series.
I gotta learn to speak Cubs all over again.
This foreign language thing actually started when Theo Epstein first took over as President Cub and used words like "asset" instead of "player", or "control" as a way to describe years in a contract rather than something a pitcher has.
Isn't it fabulous?
I have a war that never ends going on in my head.
On one side is Luck and Superstition, and the other is Facts and Stats.
Facts and Stats have NEVER won before.
But if we were looking at an old black and white WWII movie right now there'd be a spinning newspaper flying at the screen with a bold headline that reads: "FACTS AND STATS ARE WINNING THE WAR!"
People come up to me and ask about the Cubs and I toss off "World Series" without fear - almost more like I'm talking about the weather.
Here's how big a deal that is with me.
Years ago our house got done being remodeled and I suddenly had a bathroom with a big shower surrounded by tile and glass.
The contractor or somebody said to get a squeegee for the glass, which I did.
And the next morning after my shower I squeegeed all the glass.
Now I admit I don't remember what game it was, but later that day the Cubs won big and my first thought was, "It must be the squeegee."
Every day of my life since that day starts with me squeegeeing the shower.
Sometimes in my head I go, "Today I won't do it and just see if something bad happens."
But I never have.
I just got back from a big shoot and made EVERYBODY walk on the same side of any poles on the sidewalk because splitting poles is bad luck.
Maybe it's because I was born on Friday the 13th.
I'm not like Rain Man, but I am a freak and I can't help it.
For me to be able to say out loud "Yeah, the Cubs just might win the World Series this year" is as foreign and wrong as this old commercial:
But I'm doing it.
Hell man, it's just about Spring.
Have you ever been so optimistic?