Eight wins in a row. The Chicago Cubs are continuing their magnificent run with an 8-7 win over the San Diego Padres. The Cubs are tied with the 1907 Cubs for best start to their season going, 25-6.
Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s fantastic.
“Jon didn’t have his best thing going on today, but he fought through six, which we needed,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “But we played well offensively. … When you’re able to give up seven and win, that’s a pretty good thing.”
But hold on just a minute. They have to come down from that cloud soon, right? I mean, streaks don’t last forever and as every Cubs fan knows, it’s just a matter of time before things get back to normal.
“We want to stay as locked in as we are right now. The game is very humbling. We’re aware that time is coming when there are going to be great challenges, and we almost look forward to it. That’s when you find out what you’re made of, more so than the good stretches like the one we’re on now.” Team President, Theo Epstein.
And that’s the difference between this year’s historic franchise, they believe in themselves, but most importantly, they’re grounded in reality. The players take every game one at a time knowing that it’s a long season.
“You can’t stay this hot all year long,” Ben Zobrist said. “It’s such a long season, and we know we’re going to have down points. It’s the ability to pick each other up, and this team, so far, you’ve got contributions from everybody, all around the clubhouse, up and down the lineup, every pitcher, every reliever, everybody’s contributing in some way. I think the confidence as a team is just super high because of that.”
In fact, the Cubs are so steeped in reality that they’re oblivious to the Sports Illustrated cover jinx which is the equivalent of theatre’s hush hush of a certain scottish play before a performance. Not to say I’m without my own superstitions. I have a faded Cubs coffee mug that I’m almost tempted to not wash until that coveted trophy is dripping in champagne.
“We’re excited, but it’s still early May, and we have to keep that in our minds and recognize that every game is going to be tough and we have to battle every game,” Zobrist said.
Aye, there’s the rub.
Sure it’s a battle with a 162 game schedule, but the Cubs have proven that they’re strong and learned from last season’s heartbreak.
Today, the Cubs will play a double header. In honour of the Cubs crazy good season, I’m brewing up a batch of Fear The Beard English Pale Ale. Today, is my own kind of day like Ernie Banks said, “Let’s Play Two” A double header and making home-brew. Game time is 1:05 EST. One of my faves gets the start Kyle Hendricks.
Can’t get much better than that.