If someone were to ask me five years ago, after Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro’s incredible debut where he crushed a home run on his first at bat, where would the Cubs be five years later; I would never believe they’d be in this position so late in September.
Two weeks to go in the season. Starlin Castro hits two home runs against their rivals. He collects six RBI’s. Cubs beat Cardinals 8-3 and pull within a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first Wild Card spot. Six games out of first place overall. You know what I would say?
“Yeah, you’re- you know, crazy”
And yet, the Cubs are sitting in that position.
Oh yeah, Starlin got a standing ovation.
“That’s the biggest thing today,” Castro said. “I have like six years here, and that never happened. That’s my first time and I enjoyed it so much.”
It’s playoff time around the corner. Go ask Matt Belisle and Anthony Rizzo after Belisle “knocked “Rizzo in an apparant retaliation for Dan Haren’s wild throw to Matt Holiday.
It happens. Especially when these two heated rivals get together at this time of the year. There’s an old saying in hockey,”Just let them play” when it comes to playoff time. The Refs turn their back and sometimes the results are a barnstormer.
“Right now, that really showed me a lot today in a negative way,” Joe Maddon said. “I don’t know who put out the hit. I don’t know if Tony Soprano was in the dugout, but I didn’t see him in there. But we’re not going to put up with that.”
Let’s not get excited, Joe. Carry on.
Today’s going to be a big game. Hell, every game for the next two weeks is going to be huge. Cubs fans have just been content with the way the season has been going, but suddenly the Cubs either has been watching the film Major League because they’re not just content to reach 80 wins. They just don’t want to make the playoffs. No, these Cubs want to win the whole thing.