Tuesday, September 14, 2004
This Site Has Moved
We've moved this site to a new location.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 8:28 PM
Monday, September 13, 2004
Home Plate in Space
Home Plate in Space is a new Astros blog. Give it a look.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 12:24 PM
It's getting hard to write optimistically about the Cubs. Split a series with Florida. Lose 2 of 3 to Montreal. How does this team expect to have any team respect them when all they seem to do is play down to their competition?
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 7:53 AM
Friday, September 10, 2004
The following is a short story written in remembrance of September 11th, 2001
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 9:21 PM
Days Of Old
In the wake of a mistake-ridden first game against the Marlins, this nostalgic Cub fan found one shining light in the ballgame. The seventh inning stretch featured my all-time favorite Cubs player, Andre Dawson. The Hawk gave us his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," and unlike many of Wrigley's guest conductors, every note that escaped his mouth was...in tune.
Written by Andy Rutledge @ 5:10 PM
A short poem on the Cubs' offense
Written by David M. Beyer @ 1:41 PM
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Going Downs Hill
Today's game was clearly disappointing. It reminded me quite a bit like Livan Hernandez's shutout of the Cubs last week in Montreal. However, things have changed. Hurricane Frances caused the Marlins-Cubs series to be postponed, and now after Thursday, the Cubs will not rest until October 4th (for better or for worse). What can we make of this? Well, the Cubs schedule in September is designed much easier than any of the teams the Cubs will be fighting for the Wild Card berth. There's no comparison, we get to jump on the Expos, the Reds, the Pirates, and if we're lucky the Mets won't be on task come time we have to play them. So, what's the problem? If the Cubs can't beat teams they are supposed to beat, as illustrated in the recent Expos-Cubs series at Wrigley Field, they're not going to make the playoffs. Plain and simple, they need win or go home. Houston and Florida are playing great baseball. If the Cubs win all the games that they are supposed to (the Reds, Pirates of the world), and play good ball against the Atlanta's and Florida's of the world, then I don't see a reason for any other team to touch them. However, if they don't beat these teams, they're just not going to have the edge anymore, and believe me, they need the edge. It's pretty simple, this team is not in a situation where if they beat the teams they should and do decent against the good teams that they're likely going to be out in the cold. It's cut and dry this season, although that's unusual for baseball.
Written by Anthony Odarczenko @ 11:37 PM
What can you say?
I watched the game last night. I was disappointed, but I started to think about if the Cubs really deserved to win anyway. A few of the runs they did get were due to poor fielding on the part of the Expos. So, it's hard to say we should have won, but it is definitely a game we COULD have won.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 3:40 PM
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
4 days off can be a big help
For the past few days, I decided to take a break from baseball, and writing. It seemed like the perfect time, considering the Cubs were on a temporary hiatus from the game. However, I have to admit, I literally almost went insane from the lack of Cubs on TV. I am addicted and I will not deny it. Come Monday, I was so ready for the game, that it was all I was thinking about all day. I probably would have pulled my hair out waiting for it had I not been reformatting my computer in the office. That kept me busy until right up to the start of the game.
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 1:28 PM
Saturday, September 04, 2004
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Surprises of 2004
If you're like most Cubs fans, the 2004 season is not exactly what you expected. Lets face it, we all thought the Cubs would be in a more comfortable spot come September. After coming within 5 outs of the World Series in 2003, the Cubs made several acquisitions that they hoped would help them close the deal. Derrek Lee, Greg Maddux, LaTroy Hawkins - to name a few. But after injuries, and many disappointments, the Cubs have found themselves out of the division race, and fighting for their lives in the Wild Card as we head into the final month. But they should consider themselves lucky, because several players who weren't expected to hold the team together have helped to keep them from faltering. With that said, I present to you the Surprises of the 2004 Cubs..
Written by Joseph E. Aiello @ 6:24 PM
Friday, September 03, 2004
Taking A Glance Around Sports
With the Cubs idle yesterday, and idle today due to someone name Francis, I figured I would take a look at other happenings around the league and sports in general to share my thoughts with the world.