Last night I got a text from Cardinal Fan Dickie.
"Guess who's in first place?"
I pictured his smirk. But...
Not so fast there, Dickie.
The Cubs are still in first by POINT OH OH ONE PERCENT!
That's not to say that yesterday's lackluster loss to the D-Backs wasn't completely revolting, or that the Cardinals' 8-game winning streak doesn't make my soul vomit.
But I always like this kind of a setup towards the end of the season.
If it comes down to a regular season game between the Bears and Packers to see who goes to the playoffs, buddy that's living the fan dream. (Okay, sorry for saying "Bears" and "Playoffs" in same sentence.)
Here's how the Cubs' schedule looks at the end of September on my awesome Fridge Magnet from Opening Day:
This season is backloaded with Cards and Brewer action and a 4-gamer vs the Pirates thrown in for good measure.
If it all works out perfectly, one Willson Contreras will be back swinging right about the 15th, a Cubs/Cards series.
Bring it, Redbirds.
In the meantime, there's one more game vs the D Backs today with Jake Arrieta on the mound.
I would so enjoy evening-up this season series today, since the team from Arizona is up 3-2.
I would so enjoy the Cubs not leaving 97 guys on base.
I would so enjoy the opportunity to get my face about an inch from yesterday's home plate umpire Mark Wegner's face and just scream at the top of my lungs and hope little droplets of spit attached to his nose.
So go bats, go Jake, go Cubs.
Bryce Harper's knee injury.
This sounds really weird but they say it's just a bad bone bruise (huh?) and not ligament damage, so good for Harper.
Anyway, I hate it when it happens to a Cub, and Karma is whispering in my ear as I write this.
It says, "Don't be happy when the enemy goes down or I will get you back, my friend."