By Josh Mosley
Normally I would start off this post with some witty quip or analogy about baseball’s fiercest rivalry not named the Yanks/Sox. It’d be easy for me. I’m St. Louis born and bred. That means Josh ain’t got no love for the Cubs. But I want to take this time to talk about the importance of….
WAIT!!!! I GOT IT!!!!! This is actually an anecdote about Andy that I want to pass along. As we sat around this past fall, he made an interesting comment about his college life and sports. He loves the Cubs. Loves Notre Dame. Goes to Mizzou and thusly, and correctly loathes kU. Hates the Cards. Hates the White Sox. Hates USC.
So to recap:
2004: USC wins the national title. Cards go to World Series
2005: White Sox win first title since 1919. USC wins at Notre Dame via the “Bush Push.”
2006: Cards win World Series with 83-79 regular season
2007-2008: Cubs swept in first round after winning division; kU wins national title.
Not good, right. I’d feel bad for him if not for my dislike of Notre Dame and begrudging indifference to the others. But he always said that because of his location amidst Cards fans that the 2006 World Series was the worst of them all.
And that. Makes. Me. Feel. AWESOME!!! I know there are asshatted Cards fans that wouldn’t know a squeeze bunt from a Squeeze It drink. And the thing is that there are Cubs fans that are just like that. So literally the only thing that makes me feel for Andy is that he had to go to school in such an area where he is rained on with Cards Kool Aid.
Andy can come with the annoying fans, the current disparity in talent and the back-to-back division titles. Fine by me. But back-to-back division titles does not a franchise make. Chicago has shelled out a payroll that has likely ranked in the top five for the decade and have one playoff series win to show for it. I’m no Yankee basher but that’s the best comparison I can think of.
And to close: the reason I called this the Have’s and the Have Nots is for the one thing that I HAVE seen that Cubs fans that are my age, my parents age, my grandparents age, etc. have NOT seen: a World Series. On to the match-ups:
Thursday: Sean Marshall (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (1-0, 1.74 ERA)
Friday: Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (2-0, 1.13 ERA)
Saturday: Ryan Dempster (1-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Todd Wellemayer (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
Sunday: Ted Lilly (2-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. P.J. Walters (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Let’s get it on!!!!