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Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
UPDATE: 10:13 PM Central Time

The Cubs run their record to 2-0 in the Nomar Garciappara (correctly spelled Garciaparra) era, with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

In one of the more suprising turn of events since acquiring Nomar, neither team scored a run after the second inning AT COORS FIELD. This must be some kind of a record!

Despite allowing a 2-run home run in the first inning to Todd Helton, then walking Vinny Castilla and allowing a triple to Todd Walker, Kerry Wood kept the Rockies to only 3 runs through 8 innings. 6 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. In other recurring themes, Kerry kept the pitch count down, allowing him to go 8, while 'only' throwing 110 pitches.

LaTroy Hawkins got his 17th save of the season, and actually retired all three men he faced, without allowing a runner to reach base.

On the offensive side of things, Derrek Lee's 2 run homer in the 2nd inning got things going, and 3 runs later, he struck out with the bases jammed to end the inning. Suprisingly, Jeff Fassero shut down the Cubs offense the rest of the way finishing with 7 ip. Tim Harikkala (funny name and all) finished the game for Colorado.

The Wild-Card lead is down to .5 game, but San Diego is currently winning. Still, we have a 3 game series coming up against San Diego... and we swept them last time.

Its currently the second inning of Tonight's game being played at Coors. Both teams have already posted 3 runs on the scoreboard, and the inning is not over, (C Pat just stole his 16th base... he is running with increasing regularity.) NOMAR! A bloop and make that 4-3. Anyhow, with a completely healthy lineup, playing in Coors, I am just going to enjoy the outburst, and trust that the final score will be about 16-12. ALOUUUU!!!

On a personal note, the blog is going to be rather sporadic this month as I have 7 more days of an insane project to finish up, followed rather quickly by a trip to LA, where I will be getting my first peek at Chavez Ravine. SAMMYYYY!!!! Cubs 5, Rockies 3!

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

Anyhow, not terribly much has changed in Cubdom after my last post. The Cubs won 6-3 on Sunday, Maddux' first shot at 300, and Nomar's Cubs debut. (Greg left the game after six innings, down a run, and got a no-decision. Frankly, in view of the fact that the Cubs won, I am glad that Greg didn't get #300 on Sunday because it wouldn't have been fair to have his special day completely overshadowed by Nomar's arrival... which it was.

The Cubs have closed the gap in the wild-card race to 1 game, and are still 10.5 back of the Cardinals, who don't really show any signs of slowing down.

Excerpt from: "Cubs hit home run; Yankees strike out
by Chris DeLuca - Chicago Sun-Times, 8/1/04

Though the Mariners reportedly were listening to trade offers, they weren't aggressive in shopping the former Minnesota Twins closer. Did Guardado ever consider pushing for a deal?

"No, that would be selfish," he said. "I'm not the only one on this team who wants to win; all of us want to win. It would be selfish for me to say, 'Get me out of here,' because we're losing."

Way to Go Everyday Eddie. Nothing turns my stomach quite so much as watching pro athletes who have held their teams hostage for untold millions of dollars refuse to stick out the tough times and demand trades. This isn't just a baseball thing, but basketball (Tracy McGrady, Shaq, and a few more), football (Terrell Owens), and other sports.

Posted by Byron at August 3, 2004 8:35 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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