There's alot of extreme old school stuff that I'm not a fan of any more.
But the values that Jon Lester wears on his Cubs jersey sleeve are just so like.. honest or true or... just the right way.
Hey Jon, how are the back spasms?
"It's doing fine," Lester said. "Like I say, good drugs and good docs. We're all good."
Not that many athletes talk like that.
Just the fact that he took his turn without missing anything took me by surprise.
And he didn't just take his turn - he threw 7 innings of 2-hit ball.
And no Reds touched the plate.
The Reds, by the way, have a better team OPS than Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
The Cubs lead the NL with 1331 hits.
The Reds are third with 1319.
Say what you want about Cincinnati, but the bats are quite real.
I've been gone for a week.
Got back yesterday and... I'm a little aghast at what I'm hearing literally everywhere.
The Chicago Cubs are in first place with 2 weeks to go, and yet the whole city is in some giant funk.
Yeah you can freak out at a loss, we all do.
But when I wake up in the morning and it's a new day, I get on my knees and kiss Theo's Cubby Blue Earth.
The obstacles this team has battled through from very very significant injury to headcasing to Baseball Gods Messing Around to scheduling, it's a miracle they're in first.
And it's because of the make-up of the team - they find a way.
Hey, Ian Happ strikes out too much?
You think other teams wouldn't kill to have him?
Guy turned 24 a month ago.
Joe Maddon's lineups are crazy?
Have you forgotten Lou Piniella and the SAME THING day after day after day followed by "Fellas, what can you do?"
And... except for Mark DeRosa, those teams were designed for that.
This team is designed to be deep and fluid, so when the 2016 MVP goes on the DL, there's David Bote to step in.
Yeah it would be GREAT if every game was a laugher and the Cubs won by 10 runs, but the season hasn't allowed that to happen.
Every season has a personality, and this one's a little mean.
6 months in, we should be used to it.
Anyway... all that is why Jon Lester's gorgeous 1-0 nailbit W over the last place Reds is so precious.
Thank you, Mr. Lester.
And sorry for the mini rant.