Wednesday, April 27, 2005

BASEBALL

Last night I had the opportunity to watch the Cubs. I normally don't get to do that because most of their games in Chicago are day games. Anyway, the Cubs lost 11-9. If it is true that every team will win 40 games (out of 162) and every team will lose 40 games, the diiference among teams is that remaining 82 games. Good teams go 50-32 in those games. Bad teams go 32-50. Of course, it is hard to tell which games are which. Still, when Carlos Zambrano starts and you score 9 runs, you have to think it is one of the 82. Not good to lose those.

Meanwhile, I am still getting used to Bob Brenly as the Cubs color man. Last night there was either no outs or one out, runners on first and second, and the Reds number five hitter was up. Brenly says "well I guess we can expect a bunt here." A successful bunt would leave runners on second and third, with either one or two outs. In either case, the Cubs would then walk the six hitter to load the bases (either to keep the double play in order or to have a force at every base) and pitch to the seven hitter. At that point, the question you have to ask yourself is this: do you want your five hitter trying to drive in runs, or your seven hitter? For everyone in the world EXCEPT Brenly, the answer is the five hitter. I guess this is why Brenly is no longer a manager.

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