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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

Finally made it over to "the temple" today. It was loyal Cubdom.com reader Myles' birthday, and so I threw him an impromptu party up at Wrigley.

We got up early and drove out to Wrigley to stand in line at 8:50 am to get standing room only tickets. Then, we waited around Wrigleyville until the gates opened four hours later. Watched BP, and then took in a 2 hour and 5 minute game.

The game was awesome. The weather was just perfect, if not a bit chilly from the wind blowing straight in from left field. Maddux was cruising right from the start when he got a double play in the first to get him out of his typically troublesome first inning.

Three double plays and nine innings later, Maddux had completed the game with a five six hit shutout. He was quite efficient with his pitches and just cruised.

Despite the aforementioned wind conditions, the Cubs' hitters went yard three times. A Sammy solo in the first to get things started, an Alou solo, and a two-run shot from C-Pat. Add in a run scoring on a wild pitch and the Cubs won 5-0 over the Brew Crew.

I'll have some more reflections later, but for now, I'm just going to say that you have to see Derrek Lee in person to appreciate just how large and strong he is. This guy is a monster, and when he swings, the ball absolutely rockets off his bat. I couldn't help but think about what the scouts were saying about him... as in "Moneyball" where the scouts dream about what a player will become. Frankly, I think the man is too big to play baseball... its not really fair.

Following Saturday's game, the Cubs were back to trailing the Cardinals by 7 games, as the Reds defeated the Cards.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

Only caught bits and pieces of the game on the radio, but the story is that Matt Clement got another loss on a poor offensive showing. Although only allowing three runs, Clement got tagged with the loss in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the mighty Brewers.

After Friday's game, the Cubs dropped to their season worst, 8 games behind the St. Louis Yankees, who won on Friday over the Reds.

Posted by Byron at July 17, 2004 11:59 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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