Quick lameness check

Just wanted to check real quick to see if it’s lame to leave a longer comment than a person has blogged on their page. Yes: Lame. No: OK. See: http://phils.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/09/postseason.html

Game rises to occasion on memorable night is top headline on MLB.com now pointing to my (very late in the) nightly article about the races this final week. See if you agree. That was mind-blowing all night. I hope I gave you lots of blogging fodder there, and vice-versa, I always like to read MLBlogs and see everyone else’s perspectives. I can tell you that my own work schedule has just reached high-velocity insanity mode and will become only moreso when I head for Chicago next midweek. I’ll be with the Cubs as far as they go, and my life will be talking to Cubs fans and living and breathing their ongoing hope of glory.

I will be writing this article again tonight well past midnight so feel free to drop a line and keep me company with any great thoughts about the day/night in baseball.

I just have to say that I will never forget what it was like in late October of 2004. I lived in St. Louis then, and I remember seeing all the Red Sox fans taking over the town. Hearing them tell me their stories was remarkable. I remember that night of Game 4 talking to many of them inside old Busch Stadium, and even in the eighth inning, they would tell me they can’t jinx anything and won’t talk yet about what it would be like to win it all. If we get to that point in late October with the Cubs, the exact same thing will happen. Cub fans will shut up before they go wild, trust me. It was starting to get like that in the 2003 NLCS before the disaster…everyone was talking about what-if…and more and more thoughtful about it instead of braggadocio. If the Cubs are in the World Series, I predict that Cub fans will swallow their tongues for several days first, hold their breath like never before, fear a jinx they have never feared in their lifetimes (unless they were around for the 1945 World Series), and only exhale upon Derrek Lee or someone catching the final out. If the Cubs are eliminated early, I move on to wherever there is another wonderful story in October, maybe in Florida or Massachusetts or Los Angeles or Milwaukee…who knows.

What do you think is going to happen next month? I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities.


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I wish I had your job, Mark!


Ah, if only I could see Papelbon strike out Manny for the final out of the World Series. That would be justice.
You never know…

Steve T

I can’t wait for the magical mystery tour to start again. It always blows your mind. Will I see the steam rise from the silvery wrap of a hot Dodger Dog out of the oven? Will I sing “Sweet Caroline” with a crowd again? Will it be drinks at Murphy’s and stories about Cub seasons gone by? Maybe my first trip to Milwaukee since I was an NBA beat writer? Ah, the possibilities…

Long comments are awesome, not lame.

I have to admit that the best story of the year is the Rays, but I wouldn’t call them the best story of the postseason yet because the postseason is a mythical place where anything is possible. Just look at Cubs and Red Sox history for proof of that. The Bartman ball ruining everything? A lot of times the best team DOESN’T win in the postseason, it’s just the luckiest team, which is why everything depends on each pitch, each hit, each out and each catch (or non-catch).

Sox fans shut up towards the end of game 4 because they knew the Sox would blow it. I didn’t believe Mientkiewicz caught that final out because it was simply impossible that the Red Sox could actually win. I mean, we were cursed.
It’s one of the best things about baseball – things can change in a second and there is no time limiting anything. The only true timekeeper is the actual play, and a 9 run inning in the ninth to win a game 9-8 is just as possible as no rally. Nothing is safe because nothing can be stopped.

If you want some good postseason though, definitely head to ChiTown or Boston. Nothing matches the fan passion here (and there). I go to school down the street from Fenway and we can literally hear the fans some nights from a long way away. It’s incredible.


1. No, I don’t think it’s lame to leave a long comment. Sometimes it’s necessary in fact.
2. Hope you have fun here in Chicago, Mark, but I do hope they send you down here to the Southside in lieu of that being the bigger story. In other words, as a Cardinal loyalist, I hope the Cubs drop three straight in the first round… again. Just my own little personal hope.
3. Hands down, the dark horse story this postseason should be the Rays. As has been the case the last several years, the Cubs are supposed to be good. They spend a lot of money and bring in top-tier talent and they play the Pirates and Reds often. The Rays… now that’s a surprise. No huge free agent signings (unless you consider Pena) and they’ve done it on a budget with homegrown players.

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