A Great Game!

Last night’s game was one of the best games I’ve ever seen!    A real pitcher’s fest.  Ryan Dempster was incredible.  Tim Lincecum was amazing.  Nope, you couldn’t have asked for a better game. 

So, here’s how I look at it.  Mike Quade pulled Dempster because he had no choice.  If the Cubs were playing .500 ball Dempster would have stayed in the game for sure.  Hell, if the Cubs were up a few more runs, he would have stayed in the game.  Unfortunately, the Cubs needed that win real bad and it couldn’t have been against any other team except the champs.

Carlos Marmol feels bad for the win but what are you going to do?  We know how great the game was and that’s all that matters.  Did anyone see the look on Dempster’s face when Marmol got that strikeout?  A real team player.

Kudos to Kelsey Grammer for the best version of  Take Me out To The Ball Game.

What about Tony Campana?  When he was at third and it looked like nobody was going to stop him  from reaching home.  I have to admit, I was ready to go to bed at the end of the eighth but seeing Aramis Ramirez crack that ball out to the field was priceless. 

Last night, the Cubs played like they were in the World Series.  Hell, they played like champions.

—Mark Gauthier


“Everything Happened So Danged Quick”

The World Series champs San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs in both games of a beautiful double header day(does that make sense?)  On a day when Mike Quade was named to the National League All Star coaching staff, the Cubs were humiliated.

“Everything happened so danged quick” said Doug Davis. 

On the bright side, Carlos Pena got his 17th homer of the season. 

Nuff said.

—Mark Gauthier


What took place yesterday?  Not only did the Cubs destroy the Rockies but Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez hit two home runs each.  That’s right, two home runs each!  Count em!

However, don’t start the celebration yet, Mike Quade says there’s plenty of work still needed to be done.  I a gree.  The Rockies just stopped over for the game that was a make up game.  After playing the Yankees, you would say that the Rockies were tired.  This doesn’t change the fact that the Cubs showed what kind of firepower they have and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.

The Cubs still play sloppy ball but Aramis Ramirez is on a roll hitting six homers in his last 26 games.  This is good news since Marlon Byrd is due back soon.

I’m not talking bad about anyone elses teams but the NL Central isn’t the strongest of divisions.  The Astros and the Cubs are sitting in the basement of the division.  Now, does that mean that the rest of the teams are just that good?  I can’t believe the Pirates.  Well, I have to say that I’m happy for them, it’s about time.

It’s not going to get any easier for the Cubs when they play the World Series champs, the Giants today.  Here’s my prediction:  If the Cubs can get by the Giants, then they’re going to tear up the Central.

—Mark Gauthier

Starlin Castro an All Star?

There’s no question that Starlin Castro should be voted into the All Star game.  in fact, if I had my way I’d choose Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro and yeah, Carlos Pena to represent the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 game.

Starlin Castro is on a nine game hitting streak.   Sure, overall consitency and numbers count when measuring up to consideration for an all star, but the kid is only 21 and he’s been playing like a wily veteran.

The kid needs to work on his defensive skills.  For example, he twists his body when throwing to first base.  As a rule of thumb, the ball goes to wherever your toe is pointing.  I don’t know if Castro is too busy hot dogging it but these mistakes are really fixable.  as for his offence, there’s no question he demands respect everytime he warms up in the batter’s circle.

The Cubs are sitting 12 back of the otherwise close Central standings.  It’s definitely do-able for the Cubs to catch up in the standings.  The way Castro has been playing, they still have a (long) shot at capturing first.

—Mark Gauthier

He makes mistakes but he has 103 hits this season.  The kid can do it all

Cubs Are On a Royal

Cubs 6

Royals 4

It’s taken almost mid season, but the Chicago Cubs have finally come out of hibernation.  I caught most of the game but went to bed during the eith inning when things were tied. 

The young guns are hitting the ball and getting it done.  Starlin Castro recorded his 102 hit of the year which is remarkable.  He’s still reckless, I should say careless when on base but at the plate he’s unstoppable.  Starlin Castro puts fear in pitchers everytime he steps up to the plate. 

DJ LeMahieu got two hits and is progressing well.  Once Rookie of the Year hopeful, Darwin Barney gets back off the injured list, things will really heat up.

Jeff Baker got a triple on a really good play.

Mike Quade hit the nail on the head by saying there were a lot of agressive things that happened last night.

You know, this time of year, the Cubs need to get a little agressive if they want to keep playing through October.

—Mark Gauthier

There’s No Place like A Homer

So the $10 million dollar man Carlos Pena, hit his third home run in the Crosstown series.  So why can’t they win the close ones?  I don’t know.  Get ready for the rematch because not only do they play by NL rules, but I’m expecting some more players to come off the DL list.  So, here’s the quote of the week:

“We’re winning as a team and losing as a team.” Doug Davis said. 

I don’t know what to make of this quote.  It’s not something I’d say however I guess if it’s what motivates the team then it’ll have to do.

Back to Carlos Pena.  He’s the first Cubs player to homer in three consecutive games since, you guessed it; Derrick Lee.  The man he replaced.  Isn’t that crazy?

Next up is the Royals tomorrow and I’m predicting a sweep for the Cubs.

Ozzie Guillen Gives Vote of Confidence

White Sox 3

Cubs 2

The Cubs couldn’t come up with the win.  With the rain delay in the 5th, I switched over to the Jays game and they weren’t doing well.  I have to admit I did try to stay up but either age or exhaustion, those late games are wearing out their welcome.  I fell asleep.

What I watched of the game, I saw what the Cubs could have been at the start of the season.  They played really well for the most part.  Starlin Castro has got to tighten up those mistakes.  In hockey, there’s a golden rule: Keep your stick on the ice. 

In baseball, it’s: Keep your foot on the bag!

On the plus side, Ozzie Guillen has said that the Cubs can win the NL Central.  I think they still got a shot.  I’ve said all along that once the DL gets shorter and the way the guys are playing now, there’s no reason why they can’t win the division.  Carlos pena is giving Alfonso Soriano a run for the HR lead and Starlin Castro(with the exception of the mistakes) is challenging for a spot in the all star game.  Reed Johnson is playing great as usual and of course rookies Darwin Barney and Tony Campana are doing well.


On a side note, maybe it really has something to do with age but Mike Quade managed my hometown Ottawa Lynx in 1993.  I completely forgot.  I knew he looked familiar.

—Mark Gauthier

North & South–BP Crosstown Cup Game 1

Chicago Cubs 6

Chicago White Sox 3

To say that the Cubs needed that win is an understatement and perhaps a little too cliche, but what is sports without the cliches?  Carlos Zambrano led the charge with a controlled victory with 5 strikeouts.

The future of the franchise and the money guy, Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena hit the leather from the park. 

The win probably staved off Mike Quade’s call into  the owner’s suite for a tete a tete.  Actually, this win has the Cubs turning a corner and even though that infamous third win in a row has elluded them this season, they’re starting to play more consistent.  The big bats are swinging and I’m predicting that the Cubs will win three in a row this series.

Another key to this win is the Cubs got most of their runs later in the game which has been a criticism of the team this year that they score early and fall apart late.

Emotions did flare up in this series as Ozzie Guillen got ejected from the game on a punt off Soto’s mask.  Stay tuned folks, things are getting interesting.

—Mark Gauthier


Bronx Bombers in Wrigley

Yankees 10

Cubs 4

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day, I know I did.  The game started well and I thought it would turn into a baseball classic.  Believe me, the hype was incredible and I practically declared the weekend a national holiday.

“The Yankees are coming! The Yankees are coming!”

Former Yankee Alfonso Soriano belted a three run homer over the ivy and for a split second I thought I was at Wrigley cheering alongside my fellow Cubs fans.  I was excited for the homer(and the fact I had two bucks on the series).

It was the little things that did the Cubs in last night.  Starlin Castro not putting his foot on the bag, and Carpenter’s rookie pitching all contributed to the loss.  Though, it wasn’t entirely the Cubs fault.  They played a good game and a great series but against a team like the Yankees who play such disciplined ball they have to take things slow and calculated.

It was great to see Mariano Rivera chatting it up with a young fan.  That was a moment that kid won’t soon forget.  If you didn’t see it, Rivera was warming up and talking ball with a kid and his family. they probably chatted for five minutes, he signed a ball and the kid took a picture.  A real classy moment.  For every mark that happens in baseball, there are these moments that make baseball great.

A great series.

—Mark Gauthier

Cubs attack the Brewers

Chicago Cubs 12

Millwaukee Brewers 7

I was almost going to start off the post by calling it a mauling, but thought otherwise.  Cubs fans have been waiting all season for the kind of victory the team pulled off yesterday.  it showed the kind of power, speed and sheer talent the 2011 Cubs have.

I was picking on Kosuke Fukodome a lot during the off season, I even ate crow over one of the posts.  Kosuke Fukodome is not the problem this year.  He’s playing really good baseball.  Yesterday, he was one double away from hitting for cycle.  Sorry Kosuke!!!

Carlos Pena(10) and Alfonso Soriano(13) homered each to add to the attack.

“We haven’t played good in the last 2 1/2 months,I hope our time is coming and everyone starts playing better.” said Alfonso Soriano.

Well, that’s up to you and the team.  It’s not a” hoping” kind of situation. 

They have the team and the talent to win the ball games.  The Cubs just beat up on the first place Brewers.  Well done!

—Mark Gauthier