Remember when I said baseball’s a funny game? Well, the least likely team to play spoiler to the Cubs dulled the claws of the ferocious bears of baseball. Yesterday, the Philedelphia Phillies walked away with a 7-4 win resulting in the Cubs falling a bit back of the Pirates.
Despite the loss, Chris Coghlan played a game for the ages. He recorded two triples, one which should have been a home run and he notched a home run to answer the one that should have been a home run.
“Every game matters, so that’s why when you split here, it feels terrible,” Coghlan said. “As good as we’ve been playing, it’s a disappointment. … We just have to take one game at a time. I think everybody in here is excited about facing the Pirates, myself included, because these are big games. Any time you play somebody ahead of you it’s two games for one you win.”
The Cubs have the day off today before facing the Pirates in Pittsburgh. It’s an unlikely scenario of a must win situation for the Cubs. In order to catch up to the Cardinals, the Cubs must sweep the Pirates( providing the Cardinals get swept in their own series against the Brewers)
No pressure, right?
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of fun for everybody,” Joe Maddon said. “This is why you work, this is why you do this thing to be in that position to play those games. It’s exciting for everybody — us, the fan base, baseball fans.”
So, it’s been quite some time when games in September mattered at all for Cubs fans. This time every year, my attention shifts solely to the CFL. The Canadian Football League. Usually, baseball doesn’t mean that much to me in September. Sure, I dabble in the fall classic, but most of the time it’s, “Meh?” I’m a one sport kind of guy, even I don’t watch hockey until December really, after baseball and then the Grey Cup.
This fall is going to be different. The Cubs are doing well, the Blue Jays are on fire and the second year Ottawa REDBLACKS (It’s annoying their name is in all caps) are doing amazing. Hey, you’d do great in a nine team league too.