Sometimes you just have to take what you can get. Last night in front of a drenched crowd at Wrigley Field, the Cubs did just that winning 2-0 over the San Francisco Giants. They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing as the ground crew tried to cover the field, but after four hours, the game was called.
“We tried to wait as long as we possibly could because the Giants were in a pennant race and because we felt an obligation to do that,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I was talking to the umpires a lot tonight and [president of baseball operations Theo Epstein] was talking to MLB, trying to make it so we can play this game the way it should be played. Obviously that didn’t happen and it’s unfortunate.”
Anthony Rizzo continued to swing the hot bat, notching his 29th home run of the season. So, what do the Cubs do at this point? They could be spoiler to everyone else in the hunt or they could go for the .500. Hey, they’re only fifteen games under. That many wins under this team is certainly attainable.
“These guys are going out here every single day to try to prove to the other team that they belong here with them,” manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday. “I’ll be honest, I think I’m really happy with the way we continue to play the game — even against some of the better clubs. Have we had some hiccups along the way? Yeah. Is this a good place for us to be at right now? Damn right. We need to embrace this and play the game and show everybody that we’re moving forward and we’re growing.
Well, let’s not get carried away there Rick. These guys are professional athletes and they don’t need to prove anything to anyone. They’re in the Show! The Cubs are a good team now and they’re only going to get better. I’d argue the Baez, Rizzo, Castro order is one of the best in baseball.
I just hope the Cubs don’t do #TheIceBucketChallenge just because of those gosh darn pesky curses. Donate, but just don’t dump that bucket. You know, curses and all.