another misAdventure

"We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan."

Monday, October 06, 2008

I Blame Crane Kenny and Eddie Vedder

The Cubs choked in the post-season. There's no other way to put it. When you see a multiple Gold Glove-winning first-baseman have an easy groundball bounce off his glove, on the potential third out of the inning, that could just be bad luck. When it's the third error of the inning, third of four for the night, one for each infielder, it's choking.

That was game two.

In game one, it was the 17-game winning pitcher, 13 at home, who winds up with pitches all around the plate but walking seven batters. That's choking - can't get the ball across.

So, back to my title. I mainly blame Crane Kenney. Kenney is the president of the Cubs. He decided that he needed to try to remove the curse of the Billy Goat -- even though it has been "removed" at many times in the past. So, he hired a Greek Orthodox priest to remove the curse, sprinkling holy water around the dugout and the locker room.

OMG, I am SO tired of hearing about that damn goat! Get over it, people! It's talk of curses, and the pressure of breaking a long streak, that gets players tight -- at least these players.

And, I also blame Eddy Vedder for writing the maudlin "Someday We'll Go All The Way". I first heard that when the Cubs clinched the division, though I didn't know it at the time since I couldn't hear over the cheering. I heard it later in full, and it's more of a lament rather than a fight song or anthem. Something written for a last place team, not for a division champion that has designs on the World Series. God, I hate that song.

But, in the end, it was the total lack of any timely hitting, and particularly the totally dead bats of Soriano and Ramirez, that did in this Cubs team.

Wait 'til next year. Bah.

3 Comments:

  • I liked the song...

    By Blogger Kamie, at 10/06/2008 10:22 PM  

  • I probably would have liked the song had it come out earlier in the season, had a chance to grow on me. As it was, it didn't seem appropriate for the circumstances -- as if the expectation was that the team wasn't going anywhere this year.

    There's too much of a future longing vibe to the song. Not what I wanted this year.

    By Blogger Tim Tjarks, at 10/06/2008 11:04 PM  

  • Blaming Eddie Vedder is always a good idea.

    When I first heard that song, I thought that it was an older song. I was surprised when I heard it was new.

    Plus Eddie Vedder has an annoying voice.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/07/2008 8:50 PM  

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