Saturday, July 14, 2007

This Post Is Not A Jinx

Stephen Hawking's editor for A Brief History of Time warned him that for every equation in the book the readership will be halved. I believe the same equation is true for baseball posts on blogs. Seeing as I have already mentioned an equation and am about to blog a little about baseball, my readership should be somewhere around .125 by the time all the math is done. Shit! I just mentioned math again.

I have just begun getting excited about the Cubs again. They have been playing great lately. The young guys and old timers have really become a joy to watch. The pitching staff seems to have their shit together and the offense has really exploded since Lou exploded and got suspended for, well, being Lou. Anyways, I am pretty happy watching them play. I have a few worries though.

The last time I got all worked up about the boys in blue, I got blind sided by the Fish. You see, I (like many other Cubs fans) don't pay attention to any team outside of the NL Central. To be honest, I often don't pay attention to anything but who's on the Cubs schedule this week. I think that this comes from a long history of being disappointed by the big picture. It's easier to just focus on today's game (maybe just the current inning) and be happy if we do good today. Ignorance is bliss. This year I have tried to not do that and so, although I am confident we can win our division and maybe even the pennant, when I look out east and sea the kind of numbers being put up by Boston or just north to Milwaukee I get worried.

I'm in sales and like baseball it's a numbers racket. No one in the NL is playing .600 ball yet and may not. Some may say that you can't rely on that because of the strngth of divisions and all that. That can't be true for every division though. It just doesn't make sense.

Can someone who knows more about baseball than I do please convince me I am totally retarded and the Cubs are going to go all the way? I'd really appreciate it. In the meantime I am going to be grinning on one of the rooftops on Monday night but I'll have a helmet on.

I almost forgot. If Bonds jacks one far enough for me to catch it on Monday, I am going to throw that shit back. I don't care how much that ball is worth.


thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

So you have an extra ticket for me... right?

Wait a minute. Are you one of those people who has to wear a helmet when he leaves his house? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I'm not going to say the Cubs will go all the way -- the moment any of us say that, the curse-that-shall-not-be-named grows stronger.

But I will say this: they got a slow start this season, but they've really come back these past few weeks. But I'm not going to get excited 'til the field crew pulls back the tarp during a World Series game.

Michael K said...

If I had one, it would be yours. I don't think you'd have much fun though since it is a work party.

Beth said...

I love you for wanting to throw back Bonds' homerun. Isn't it funny and beautiful and brilliant that he's getting no press about getting close to breaking my beloved Hank's record?

And give your heart to the Cubs! That's what makes baseball fun.

Michael K said...

That's a good plan, Beth. After last night's game, I am a true believer.