I am fortunate that I am able to get off work at 2PM everyday. This enables me to watch the Cubs as much as I want to. Usually, the game is in the 2nd or 3rd inning when I start heading home. Today, I was at home watching the game and the Cubs fell behind 4 to 1 against the Florida Marlins. I figured I would try and take a nap since the Cubs weren’t doing that well, but I was smart enough to keep the tv on just in case something happened. And sure enough, Ryan Theriot’s Grand Slam was enough to wake me up. I was excited and very relieved that the Cubs were in the lead. I haven’t seen much of that lately!
I became a fan of Theriot instantly probably due to the spelling of his last name, Theriot or The-Riot. It’s possibly the best name in the game today. Anyway, I became more of a fan when I watched how he hustled and always seemed to play as hard as he could. He’s not afraid to get his uniform dirty unlike some players in the big leagues today.
I know he probably won’t ever win a gold glove, or hit more than 5 homers in a season, but he plays the game the right way. He plays aggressive, runs out routine groundouts, takes the ball the opposite way, and provides a spark that the Cubs need.
Maybe his Grand Slam will provide the Cubs with the spark they need to start winning more games.
If you’ve ever been around a Cubs fan, you may have heard the phrase “Wait til Next Year”. Over the last couple of years there has been a new motto,”It’s Gonna Happen.” To a person who’s not a Cubs fan, I doubt you would understand…..with Red Sox fans being an exception. Think about it. The Cubs have not won a Championship in a century. Heck, they haven’t even been to the fall classic since 1945. It’s frustrating. Unitl last year, I could count the number of times the Cubs have been to the post-season on one hand in my life time. I remember 1984. The Cubs seemed destined to finally win. Ryne Sandberg was the MVP that season and Rick Sutcliffe won the Cy Young. We had a great closer in Lee Smith. It was a sad way to lose. Then there was 1989. The Giants were just too much. Will “the Thrill” Clark was a beast that series and the Cubs lost again. I knew we didn’t have a chance in 1998, but that was a fun season to be a Cubs fan. I remember where I was when I watched Kerry Woods 20 strikeout performance in May of that year. Plus, there was a magical pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record. Then came my heartache. 2003! Heck, that fall my wife, a Yankees fan, my buddies from grade school, Dave-Reds fan and Marty-Cardinals fan, were all rooting for the Cubs as they seemed certain to finish off the Florida Marlins. But most anyone knows what happened. I won’t mention his name. That moment seemed to define the heartache of being a Cubs fan. The last 2 seasons have been great and both were followed with major disappointment in the post-season.
This year the Cubs have revamped their roster in hopes of winning in October. I think that’s great, but we have to get their first. As long as sweet Lou is managing I think we have a chance. Maybe, just maybe, the Cubs will find a Pot of Gold in the form of a World Series Trophy this October. It’s Gonna Happen!