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Salomon Torres' Reality Check means magic # 2

Posted on: September 19, 2008 6:02 am
Edited on: September 19, 2008 6:03 am

Let's go back to September 9, 2008, a week before the Brewers traveled to Chicago for a very important 3 game series.  Milwaukee was just 4 1/2 games behind the Cubs, yet maintained a 3 game lead over the Phillies for the Wild Card.  After blowing a save and picking up the loss in a 5-4 defeat against the Cincinnatti Reds, Torres opened up to the media and made the following comments.

"They are in the rearview mirror," Torres said of the Phillies, who entered Tuesday three games back of the Brewers. "If they were ahead, that's a different story. But we've still got the lead, so we cannot act like we are behind them. They need to worry, not us. And the Chicago Cubs, they need to worry, because we're going to get them. That's all I can say."  - (Source 09/09/2008 8:27 PM ET)

Now its September 18, 2008.  Milwaukee has fallen 8 games behind Chicago for the N.L. Central, and more importantly for them a 1/2 game behind the New York Mets for the Wild Card, as Philadelphia took the lead in the N.L. East standings.  Salomon Torres enters Thursday's game with a Brewers 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 9th.  After quickly retiring Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez doubled to center.  Jim Edmonds would single, scoring Ramirez, and Mark De Rosa would also single.  Suddenly the tying run would come to the plate.  On the first pitch that Geovany Soto saw, he smacked a high fastball into the left center bleachers for a 3 run homer, tying the game at 6. 

Chicago would end up winning the game 7-6 in 12 innings on Derrek Lee's walk off single that scored Jason Marquis who was pinch running for Daryle Ward.  I wonder what Salomon Torres was thinking when Soto was rounding the bases on his game-tying home run?  Did he remember his bold statements a week and a half earlier?  Not a very good week for Torres.  Instead of taking 2 of 3 from the Cubs, Milwaukee has now dropped 13 of 17 and are 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the Wild Card.  I wonder if Torres will come out and make any more bold predictions, this time involving the Mets?

 For Chicago, Thursday's win means that with 11 games remaining, any combination of 2 Cubs wins or Brewers losses will result in the Cubs clinching the division for the second straight year.  Chicago hasn't finished in first place in consecutive seasons since 1907-08, when they last won the World Series.  Cubs fans can rest easy knowing that more than likely the last series in Milwaukee won't mean much for the Cubs, but could be do or die for the Brewers. 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2008 12:13 am

Salomon Torres' Reality Check means magic # 2

Great blog Greatestshow thanks for making me aware of that little statement I find that quite hilarious now. Saloman Torres has been less then stellar lately that's for sure. Of course then again the whole Brewer team hasn't been very good. I just hope we win tomorrow and can enjoy a nice relaxing final week of the season. It would be a nice change of pace for once as with the Cubs it seems it always comes down to the final week.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2008 10:56 am

Salomon Torres' Reality Check means magic # 2

I LOVE IT!!!!  Not only the fact that the Cubs will beat the Brewers in the NL Central, but also the fact that the Brewers are putting together one of the bigger collapses in recent year (not quite Mets-like from last year, but close).  I have coworkers that are Brewers fans that always make fun of the Cubs, and it's nice to rub it in their face for a change.  Go Cubbies!!!!

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2008 6:47 am

Salomon Torres' Reality Check means magic # 2

last night's game hurt me in two ways:

1.  salomon torres is on my fantasy team.  that's going to hurt the era a

2. i want to see the brewers in the playoffs because nothing will make me happy than to see the mets falter once again.  this coming from a cardinal fan.  i would also love to see the red sox not make it too, but i know the chances of that are rather slim.

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