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Saturday, October 2, 2004

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

I have been avoiding this post for about 11 hours now. I am completely sick, there is a gaping hole where my heart should be... and I'm watching the 2004 Chicago Cubs run down the block... still beating heart in hand.

With the Cubs 5-4 loss to the Braves Friday, and the Astros and Giants winning, the Cubs elimination number is reduced to one. There are two days remaining in the season, and an Astros win, Giants win, or Cubs loss will do the season in for our beloved Cubs. In other words, the Cubs have to have 6 game outcomes go their way... in order to finish in a three way tie for the wild-card...

But, its never over til the fat lady sings... thats what I am trying to tell myself.

The Steve Stone criticism monster has reared its ugly head again. Apparently, Stoney questioned a number of Dusty Baker's extra inning moves in Thursday's loss to the Reds. He also made some comments on the radio, that have been taken negatively by the club, even causing Jim Hendry to say that the Stone's criticism was personal. According to the Chicago Tribune, Stone met with Hendry, Andy McPhail (team President) and Dusty Baker on Friday to discuss the situation.

However, before the media uproar started, I caught something during Wednesday's Cubs broadcast which made me rewind the game (I love my DVR) and write down what Stone had to say on an envelope.

From Wednesday, September 29, 2004 Cubs broadcast on WGN
Game Situation: Bottom of 5th inning, 1 ball, no strikes, 1 out, Aramis Ramirez batting, Moises Alou on 1st base.
Steve Stone: "... but on a ground ball on the infield, Alou's gonna have to break up two. (to) Keep this inning alive for Lee."
Chip Caray: "Ground ball up the middle. Six. To Four. To Three."
Steve Stone: "Well he (Alou) peeled off nicely and the double play accomplished."
Posted by Byron at October 2, 2004 3:43 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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