Monday, April 03, 2006

Opening Day Baby!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Opening Day and the start of a new baseball season. I don't know how the Cubs will do this year, and anyone who thinks they can predict baseball (or any sport for that matter) is full of crap.

The 2004 Cubs were predicted by Sports Illustrated to win the World Series. They didn't make the playoffs.

The 2005 White Sox were predicted by many to finish in second place behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. And once they got into the playoffs, not one ESPN 'expert' out of twelve predicted they'd win it all. And they won the World Series.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Do I expect the Cubs to make the playoffs? Not necessarily. But that doesn't mean I'm willing to surrender hope before the first pitch of the first game. Hell, the Astros got off to a 15-30 start last year and ended up in the World Series. Anything can happen.

This doesn't mean I won't criticize the team. Few things annoy me more than a Cub fan who refuses to take a hard look at the North Siders. And what I really hate are fans who act like they know baseball but really have NO idea what they're talking about.

So I will try to walk the line between critic and fanatic. Choosing hope while at the same time acknowledging the shortcomings and failings of the team.

Should be an interesting ride.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew, I seem to remember Greg predicting the two teams in the World Series last year -- the White Sox and the Astros. He was right on target.

April 03, 2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger vbt said...

opening day has a whole new meaning when your home team is the rockies :-(

the only time that is worth to go to coors field is when the cubbies are in town - the game is sold out and only 25% of the crowd is wearing purple. the rest is covered in blue with hints of red.

to you fan and critic - an ode to the cubbies from a distance.

April 03, 2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger dbrown said...

I thought Greg said he wanted to see the Sox and Astros when the playoffs started. I don't remember him predicting that. I could be wrong.

April 03, 2006 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know anything about baseball, and I am willing to admit it. I think the games are super fun to go to, and I would refer to myself as a cubs fan...but claim no expert knowledge on the subject.
Just trying to be honest here.
on the flip side, I am trying to be a little bit more knowledgeable on the subject. We will see.

April 03, 2006 5:42 PM  

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