Somewhere in the game of life is a saying,”As long as you can get the job done, it doesn’t matter how you do it.” All right, maybe there isn’t a saying that goes like that and the Cubs were beaten by the Phillies 11-5. For a moment though, Cubs catcher David Ross gave fans a chance to believe “Dreams can come true”
I’m just full of them today.
Yesterday, David Ross pitched in his second game and recorded a shutout in the ninth inning, but there’s more. He went on to hit a home run.
“I don’t really want to be out there, first of all,” Ross said. “It doesn’t mean a whole lot to me other than it was a lot of fun. It helped our bullpen save an inning down there and put a smile on a couple guys’ faces, as well as mine.”
Yes, we all know that baseball is a fun sport. Practically the only sport where the common man can put on a glove, grab a bat and become a legend. In my world, it’s a coffee maker. I can take our Cuisinart and become a Barista.
Once the dust settles, the Cubs have to look at each other in the dressing room and come to grips with the fact that they were swept by the Phillies, they’re 2.5 back in the Wild Card chase and now they have to face the dismal Colorado Rockies.
“We’re almost into August and bodies are weak and minds are fatigued, and you have to find a way to get through it,” Jason Hammel said. “We’ll battle our way to the end.”
He’s right. Baseball isn’t really any longer than other professional sports. The NHL is just as long but what differentiates it from others is they play just about everyday. Although there’s been discussions on shortening the season, I believe it would take away the magic and mystique of the game.
Yesterday, David Ross provided that magic.
“It was good to lighten the mood there at the end because nobody was feeling good about today,” Maddon said.
Only thing better would have been Jon Lester catching.