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Heartbreak Hotel

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Heartbreaker. And nothing short of it tonight for the loser of the Pirates-Cubs wildcard game. I’m pulling for Pittsburgh because they’ve been good for a couple of years now and, hell, I wouldn’t mind seeing Cervelli get back to the Whirled Serious with them. On the other hand, I feel constitutionally unable to be pissed if the Cubs win.

It’s the Cubs, man. The ultimate losers. I think about watching them on WGN after school when I was a teenager in the ’80s. Watched them with my friend Will Plummer whose father was a Cubs fan. Got to know a bunch about the Cubs and their fans. And they have Joe Maddon? I love that guy. Yeah, they will be obnoxious when they win because that’s part of it with every team that wins. Of course, the Cubs will trade in what makes them special when they win but that’s part of it too. o. ┬áStill…it’s the Cubs. I know too many people who never thought they’d see the day–and some who didn’t.

No, can’t be mad if the Cubs win.

So I’m going for the Pirates but think Jake Arrieta and the Cubs will be too much.

Heartbreak hotel, I’m telling you.

I’ll be rooting for the winner against St. Louis, but I’ll really feel for the loser.

Listen, the Yanks are out of it, but I’m excited about the rest of these playoffs. My biggest wish is for the Rangers to upset the Blue Jays in the NLDS. If they don’t, my second biggest wish will be for the winner of the Royals-Astros to beast the Blue Jays in the ALCS. And so on.

Really psyched for Mets-Dodgers. I’d love to see Clayton Kershaw just go out there and dominate–don’t really care if the Dodgers win otherwise. Not that I dislike them at all. How could I when Don Mattingly is their manager? But this is is a pretty likably Mets team, easier to root for than most. As a Yankee fan, it’s hard to root for them, but some of my favorite people in the world root for the Mets so of course I’d be thrilled for them. (Curtis Grandson is the key.)

Settle in you guys, this promises to be fun.

Let’s Go Base-ball!

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21 comments

1 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:05 pm

That would be news if the Rangers beat the Blue Jays in the NDLS.

Both Soxes have won, so why not the Cubs?

2 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:05 pm

Oh, and go baseball!

3 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:17 pm

Cubs waste no time

4 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:38 pm

Frankie Brains time

5 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:41 pm

Arreita looks like a Brawny Man who is coming to give you a spanking and it's coming whether you like it or not. His beard accentuates the sculpted lines of his muscular face.

6 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 7:54 pm

Hmm bullpen action for the Swashbucklers already.

7 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 8:03 pm

Thank you sir, may I have another

8 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 8:23 pm

That's a Fowler, not a foul. Getting late early for the Buccaneers

9 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 8:52 pm

See, that extree two weeks in the minors helped Bryant

10 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 8:55 pm

Game got interesting

11 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 8:56 pm

DP!

12 rbj   ~  Oct 7, 2015 9:01 pm

I'm just going to enjoy the last of this game. Night

13 knuckles   ~  Oct 7, 2015 9:08 pm

Wee bit of roid rage going on in the Buccos dugout.

14 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 7, 2015 9:43 pm

Arreita is a mother.

15 bp1   ~  Oct 7, 2015 10:31 pm

Not a Joe Maddon fan. Hoping the Cubbies get swept in unmerciful fashion by the cards. I don't think I could survive another series of stories about the genius of quirky Joe. Blech.

16 MSM35   ~  Oct 8, 2015 10:53 am

Should be best of three. Baseball is about series not one pitcher domination.

17 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 9, 2015 5:31 am

How can you guys root for Theo Epstein and the Cubs? He is Public Enemy No.1 for Yankee fans.

18 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 9, 2015 10:38 am

17) Why is Theo Epstein Public Enemy Number 1 for the Yanks? He's in the National League. And he's a fucking executive. Who cares about him?

How can you be so cold-hearted as to root against a team that hasn't won a title in over a century? Because you are pissed that some yuppie help led a team past the Yankees?

19 coleman42   ~  Oct 9, 2015 1:12 pm

[18] I agree. I'd root for the Cubs just because they're the Cubs and I have no problem with Joe or Theo.

20 bp1   ~  Oct 9, 2015 2:54 pm

[18] When ya got no other rootin' interest, you gotta find something to hang your hat on. Theo or Joe aren't really in my peripheral vision anymore except for if they play Yankees in (foolish overblown) interleague games, but now that they're in our face .... just sayin'

NY Post has had three "Genius Joe" headlines so far - it's too much. Almost as bad as the articles about saintly Buck Showalter last year just before his team got swept in the ALCS by the manager they were all sorta laughing at.

I think I'm rootin' for a KC vs Mets world series, but not with much passion. I feel like AB's deflated balloon.

21 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 11, 2015 7:21 am

[18] Cold hearted? Why should I care about the Cubs? They mean nothing to me and Theo gives me a reason to hate them.

The Mets I rooted for as a kid. I lived on Long Island in the late 60s. Dad used to take us to Shea in the early 70s. It would be cold hearted to root against the METS for a team from some city that I've never ventured out of the airport in.

Also, the fans of the teams that missed the play-offs 50-80 years ago are long gone. There's no carry-over for fandom. It's not a thing it's an idea. When people say "we've been waiting 80 years for this" I call bullshit on that.

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