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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

OK folks, I have returned from visiting USC, and other California locations, such as Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, and LAX. While out in the golden state, I went hiking, built a sand castle, visited with family, and became estranged from the world of baseball.

I left the coast a few days ago, but am in a new apartment with out television, or internet, and so still haven't been able to watch a complete Cubs game in nearly 4 weeks! My Cubness is being challenged, and so I return with a vengeance for the final two months of the baseball season!

Around the league: Despite essentially missing a month of the season, not too much has changed since I left. The Cardinals still have the top record in baseball, and have a 14.5 game lead on us, which is only slightly larger than the 12 game lead they had at the beginning of the month. (They acquired Larry Walker while I was gone... and I'm not too happy about it, but not distraught either.)

In the NL West, the Dodgers continue to lead the Padres and Giants by about a 5 game margin. Despite some rumors I heard while out there, it doesnt appear that the Dodgers are going to falter enough to let the Padres or Giants back in the NL West race.

In the NL East, the Braves are running away with the division and will capture yet another pennant title. Its time for me (and the rest of the baseball world) to fess up, and say the following: John Schuerholz is the best general manager ever, and Bobby Cox could win a division title with the Curacao Little Leage team. That about wraps up the NL East for the last 12 or 13 years.

The NL wild card race stands about where it was when I left as well. Before starting tonight's game (which is in the 1st and the Cubs are down 0-4 right now), the Cubs had a .5 game lead in the race, with the Giants and the Padres right there.

Otherwise, another interesting note is that the Dodgers and the Braves have identical records. If the Braves end up winning more games than the Dodgers, and the Cubs manage to win the Wild-Card, then the Cubs will face the Braves in the first round of the playoffs, after a three game series to finish the season... resulting in a possible 8 consecutive games against the fighting Native Indians of Atlanta, Georgia.

In the AL, The Yanks, Twins, and A's lead their divisions with the BoSox leading the wild card race by 1.5 games over the Angels and 3 games over the Rangers. The AL West race remains tight.

A look back at the win/loss flags since I last updated them.

Finally, Our crack at the Expos.

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

Hammered by the Astros, missed a chance to put them away.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

Swept the Brewers!.

Get out your Nimbus 2000's, Cubs sweep the Brewers!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

Won 2 of 3 Over the Astros.

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

Won 2 of 3 Over the Brew Crew.

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Trust me, losing isn't lovable

Dropped 2 of 3 to the Dodgers.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Posted by Byron at August 31, 2004 6:19 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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