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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Long Wait

No, not THAT one.  I’m talking about the long wait until 7:08pm tomorrow.  These waits with the offday in between are just so, so long.  I already spend so much overthinking things, now I have another 24 or so hours to question and re-question everything I think I’ve convinced myself to think to feel. 

Anyhow, the Cubs are in position to clinch the pennant at home.  It’s a big moment, and as much as I try, it’s impossible to ignore history.  Luckily, history doesn’t really matter; or it doesn’t matter in how the game will play out.  There’s going to be so much talk about what happened last time, and any little play that might be similar is going to be compared to then.  It’s going to be hard to ignore all of that sort of nonsense.  But like I’ve been saying all year, this team isn’t those teams; these players, aren’t those players.  Now isn’t then.

I don’t like speculating or trying to project what the players are thinking or feeling.  So this next bit is out of character, but thinking about it does make me feel a little better.  If there’s any evidence - a big *if* - of either team feeling the pressure here, or letting the pressure affect them, it sure doesn’t appear to be the Cubs.  It was a silly, pointless moment, but last night there was a pop-up Rizzo caught, and Baez got a little too close, jokingly.  Rizzo laughed and threw the ball of Baez.  It likely means absolutely nothing, but it was a neat little exchange (that still made everyone a little nervous), but showed at least how those two were feeling.  At the same time, I feel like pressure is getting to the Dodgers.  They’re making a lot of little mistakes, things that seem out of character; Roberts appears to be overthinking -the IBBs in game 1, pulling Maeda before Lester’s AB, all the empty talk about bunting and running on Lester that led nowhere.  Those aren’t the moves of a guy who feels like he’s in control as much as a guy who wants you to think he’s in control.

Obviously, most of that paragraph is probably just useless bullshit.  It would also be completely irrelevant if Kershaw comes out and is as dominant tomorrow as he was in game 2.  On the other hand, I think the Cubs were starting to get to him.  He only threw 84 pitches, but at the end he looked like he’d thrown more.  Last night Smoltz talked about the mental stress on Lester, and how he probably felt like he’d thrown a lot more pitches.  The Cubs couldn’t touch Kershaw early, but the end of the game they’d hit a bunch of rockets off him; Baez’s last flyout was the hardest hit ball of that entire game.  I’m not going to predict the Cubs are going to knock Kershaw around, but I feel like they’ll look less helpless against him.  I have faith in Hendricks, and the defense, and there really hasn’t been a lot from the Dodgers’ offense this series to scare me.  Sure, I’m a little worried about Chapman, and maybe Rondon and Strop, but for the most part Maddon has put people in the best situations to succeed possible.  It’s probably going to be another cool, wind blowing in sort of night.  The Cubs offense can, and will, scratch enough out baserunners that they won’t need to count on the big home run, but they still could hit one.

Here’s to a mostly stressless 34 hours or so until gametime…

Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 119 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Squash Posted: October 21, 2016 at 06:39 PM (#5331456)
Sounds like an epic meetup. Have fun guys. Gotta love the enthusiasm in this thread.
   102. SteveM. Posted: October 21, 2016 at 09:15 PM (#5331521)
You guys are making me jealous and wishing I could make the ten hour drive to Chicago.
   103. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 22, 2016 at 10:49 AM (#5331577)
but the old Laundry Ball/Newport Bar & Grill on Newport, just around the corner from Southport might escape the crowds because there's a salon or somesuch fronting ON southport, so if you don't know it's there, it doesn't draw in a lot of foot traffic. ...

EDIT: Scratch Newport... the interwebs inform it has recently closed. Sigh.


May be a bit of cause and effect there.
   104. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2016 at 11:08 AM (#5331584)
Is there a single fan without a rooting interest in the outcome who DOESN'T want this LCS to go the full seven games?

I do know that if the Cubs blow this one, there's a Dr. David Tracy who's going to be rubbing his hands with glee while feigning sympathy for his patients.
   105. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: October 22, 2016 at 11:10 AM (#5331585)
you guys going to bar on buena? I can't afford to go to the game, but i'd love to meet some folks and get an early start on drinking away the pain.
   106. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: October 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM (#5331587)
As of right now I think that's the plan. I can primer mail you if anything changes. As for myself, I should be in town sometime around 3:00 or 3:30.
   107. Meatwad Posted: October 22, 2016 at 11:43 AM (#5331588)
This is going to be a very long day.
   108. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: October 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM (#5331592)
Cool. No big deal for me. I live less than a mile away from bar on buena. So I might drop by around 4 or so. (After therapy, i'm working on handling disappointment.)
   109. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: October 22, 2016 at 01:35 PM (#5331616)
The concern trolling isn't welcome here.
   110. SouthSideRyan Posted: October 22, 2016 at 01:45 PM (#5331620)
So...Schwarber was added to the AFL roster today.
   111. JJ1986 Posted: October 22, 2016 at 01:45 PM (#5331621)
Is there a single fan without a rooting interest in the outcome who DOESN'T want this LCS to go the full seven games?

Yes.
   112. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 22, 2016 at 02:51 PM (#5331637)
Wrigley Field webcam, for those of us who can't be there.
   113. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: October 22, 2016 at 02:52 PM (#5331639)
So...Schwarber was added to the AFL roster today.

Holy #### you guys.
   114. Dan Posted: October 22, 2016 at 02:57 PM (#5331642)
Also, it's weird that some people pronounce the word as "thee" and some pronounce it as "thuh". It's a ####### three-letter word, probably the most common word in the English language, let's get on the same ####### page here, people.


The "thee"/"thuh" pronunciation is supposed to follow the a/an changes. "Thee" proceeds words that begin with a vowel (I guess other than words beginning with a long E like "eel").
   115. Dan Posted: October 22, 2016 at 03:00 PM (#5331644)
So...Schwarber was added to the AFL roster today.


Prepping him to DH in the World Series, obviously!
   116. PeteF3 Posted: October 22, 2016 at 03:36 PM (#5331649)
Prepping him to DH in the World Series, obviously!


Cubs say that's exactly the plan.
   117. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 22, 2016 at 04:57 PM (#5331667)
Cubs say that's exactly the plan.


I didn't/don't want to jinx it before the Cubs make it that far, but I've been hoping for that most of the season and think it would be awesome!
   118. CFiJ Posted: October 22, 2016 at 07:17 PM (#5331728)
As a Cubs fan, I feel something I can honestly say I've never felt before. The complete absence of imposter syndrome. Sure, I think we all felt confident in 2003 with Prior and Wood lined up for Games 6 and 7. But the 2003 team was an 88 win team with an 85 win pythag. Prior, Wood, and Sosa were money, but this was the team with the F-Troop and Dusty "Walks clog the bases/black people play better than whites in the sun" Baker. To be honest, it felt like a fluke just being in the playoffs, and I was hoping we'd be the beneficiaries of the typical playoff variance.

Now the Cubs are the best team in baseball. If they lose, it'll be because the Dodgers just played better and/or the crapshoot nature of the playoffs. I'm not afraid that the Cubs might be exposed as some second-rate team that just lucked into the postseason.
   119. CFiJ Posted: October 22, 2016 at 07:26 PM (#5331735)
BTW, thee/thuh has nothing to do with vowels and everything to do with stress. "The" is typically unstressed, and so its vowel is regulated to the same schwa sound of all unstressed vowels. It becomes "thee" only with stress, as in "I just saw the Anthony Rizzo riding the el." The pronunciation as "ee" instead of a purer "eh" sound is due to the same vowel shift that effected "he", "she", "me", "be" and "karate".
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