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Curses! Cubs fail yet again

Posted on: October 5, 2008 12:47 pm
 

Even though their postseason history is, well, to put it mildly, atrocious, I really thought this was the year the Cubs at least made it to the World Series.

They seemed to have all the pieces in place, paced to the top record in the NL with strong pitching and timely hitting. I know that the playoffs are a whole different monster and I did have some worries, but deep down inside I felt the Cubs were the best team in the NL playoffs and would finally prove it.

I was actually  concerned about the Phillies the most. The Cubbies owned the Brewers during the regular season and while Los Angeles was much improved once they landed Manny Ramirez, it seemed to me they were mostly feasting on the dregs of the league.

Never did I imagine the collosal failure of Lou Pinella's club in the NLDS.

Name a facet of baseball (pitching, fielding, hitting) and the Cubs managed to screw it up. The power failure at the plate, however, was the most disheartening.

The series was basically one long, twisting knife motion in the gut. Out of 27 innings, Cubs fans had four innings of happiness, that being the 2-0 lead Mark DeRosa staked the Cubs to in Game 1 before James Loney's fifth-inning grand slam.

After that the remainder of the series was pure torture, with the Cubs never seeing a game lead again.

For the longest time I believed Steve Bartman was the root of all evil because, while Alex Gonzalez did contribute an error in that infamous eight-run eighth in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, it was the Bartman play that started the unfortunate series of events.

But it's time to face facts, even if Alou makes that catch, the Cubs still find a way to lose that game and the series. It's what they do best. Nobody can choke in the playoffs like the Cubs.

 

Category: MLB
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Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2008 1:30 am
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

I don't get it. When other teams choke and don't perform up to expectations, no one's laughing and saying they deserve it. Maybe the Yankees. But the Cubs fans don't deserve this ridicule like the Yankees do. The Yankees are just a cash cow that overpay for every free agent that hits the market. They actually win. But their fans are the epitome of what it means to be a bandwagon fan. They flock to the park whenever they're winning (which is often), and boo and curse their own players when they hit a cold streak. The Yankees are the organization that feels entitled to be the champs every year and complaining about the rules of the game when things don't go their way. I don't see how people can lump the Cubs into that same mold. The Cubs organization is the perfect example of what it means to be the underdog, even when things are going well for a change. You can't blame it on cockiness or swagger. Normally, it's seen as a good thing for a team to have confidence and expect to win. But somehow, when it's the Cubs' turn to have confidence and that winning swagger, suddenly everyone thinks the Cubs deserve to lose. Well that's just plain dumb. How can you insult the most loyal fans in the world like that? No one can truly understand what it takes to be a Cubs fan. It takes a certain character, a strong inner core, to stick with a team that hasn't won the top prize in so long. That loyalty and unfaltering hope will pay off so much sweeter when it does happen.

And it's gonna happen. The Red Sox broke their so-called "curse", and the White Sox ended their nearly 90 years of futility as well. The Cubs will end the drought too. We've had to hear this nonsense of "100 years" all season long. Next season is a clean slate. Almost all of the pieces from this awesome 97-win, Central Division winning team will be back next year. They'll probably even add a bat here or an arm there. Sabathia and Sheets likely won't be back with Milwaukee. Prince Fielder might very well be gone too. The Central will be ours for the taking once again.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2008 8:30 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

You Cubs fans and your complaining. At least you win you know like ever. I'll gladly trade you teams. C'mon you guys take the Pirates, and we'll take the Cubs. At least then I could go to a game without knowing the result ahead of time (another L).



Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2008 8:15 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

Ya the Cubs suck. By the way, as a cubs fan, i hate the stupid, idiotic, ignorant, moronic, (as many bad adjectives as possible) cubs fans who have blamed Steve Bartman. Who knows if Alou makes that catch even if bartman isint there!!!!! Then you haaaaaave to blame Alex Gonzalez for blowing it with the error.

Im personally disgraced by most other cubs fans. They are so annoying, and always find something to blame it on.

well, lets hope for a good year next year!....




Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2008 7:58 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

The Cubs deserve it.  For Cub fans to blame Bartman is atrocious. Cubs lost to the Marlins because they made too many mistakes.  Cub fans will never see the light of a World Series until all is forgiven and quite blaming others.  I guess the Cubs lost this one because of Fukadome.  Typical Cub fans.....



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2008 7:28 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

Frankdman.......you sumarize all Philli fans.....douchebags!!!!   Living in a shit hole city..eating a sandwich that makes you fat and clogs your arteries.  Last month there were posts everyday about how Jimmy Rollins is a shit bag and howard is a fat shitbum.....mcnabb is a bum...etc......things take a  turn for the best and all of a sudden your with your guys through thick and thin!!!!  I really struggles to figure out who is the bigger trash......people from philly or people from the southside of Chicago.

Fair weather bitches suck balls!!!!!

True fan!




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2008 6:27 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

I think that the Cubs need our support now more than ever. This was just a good team caught in a bad series. Nothing more, Nothing Less. How do you think the 03 Redsox felt? It's always the darkest before dawn my friend.

We all know the playoffs are a crapshoot and I think the reason that the Cubs lost this series is because they had a "It's gonna happen" mentality. It's like they thought they were on some mythical path that was going to lead them to the world series. They need to have a "Let's Make It Happen" mentality. If I can find tickets behind home plate during a ESPN televised game I will bring a "Let's Make It Happen" sign and root hard for the Cubs.

 

 




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2008 5:16 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

Pirates and Cubs -- same amount of playoff wins -- ZERO!



Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2008 5:02 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

I am a life long Cub fan, and I am completely ashamed of that fact.  Cubs fans everywhere should unite and stop supporting this failed experiment.  It's absolutely ridiculous how many ways the Chicago Cubs can screw up.  They simply don't deserve our support.  Pathetic.  I'm hoping for empty seats all next year at Wrigley.  100 years is enough.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2008 4:54 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

Now you know how the Braves felt in the 2003 NLDS when the 101-win Braves lost in five to the 88-win Cubs, thanks in no small part to Wood's fluky two-out, two-run double in game 1.



Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2008 4:45 pm
 

Curses! Cubs fail yet again

HA HA I LOVE IT WHATS THE WORLD GONNA DO THAT THE CUBBIES LOST. WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH. YOU CANT MAKE THEM THIS YEARS REDSOX GOOD FOR THEM. GO PHILS


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