The Cubs lost in extra innings last night 6-4 to the Cincinnati Reds but the real star of the night was Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks. In November, Banks will receive his Medal of Freedom.
“I didn’t play in a World Series, I didn’t play in the playoffs, but this takes the place for me,” Banks said.
The “Let’s play two’ Hall of Famer is the stuff that any Cubs player has to follow. He is the perfect embodiment of the way players should play the game today. He played in an era before steroids and he’s played on some truly awful Cubs teams but he’s endured. His optimism and his talent for the game is breathtaking and I only wish I could have been alive when he played. A truly remarkable man. We have a photo of Ernie in our basement among other Cubs paraphernalia. Every time our three year old son Darcy is down in the basement playing he asks me who that guy is on the wall, I tell him it’s Mr. Cub. Years from now, if he’s reading up on the rich glorious history of the Chicago Cubs, I hope he turns to me and says, “I want to be like him.”
There was also a ball game too. It also could have been a home run derby for the Cubs. Dioner Navarro, Nate Schierholtz and Donnie Murphy each sent some fans home with a souvenir but the Cubs fell in extra innings 6-4.
Despite the loss, it was good to see the team break a scoreless drought in 33 innings at Wrigley Field. it might have brought back some confidence to the team.
“We have the fourth best road record in the National League, but we have one of the worst home records in a place where we should take advantage of it,” Dale Sveum said. “It hasn’t worked out too well.”
Which goes back to the peculiarity of the season. Statistics matched with their record doesn’t make sense with the team and as the season winds down, the Cubs will be looking to rectify things and try some new things for next year.
It’s an afternoon game today as Chris Rusin and the Cubs try to take one from the Reds. Game time is 2:20pm