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Whew. I’m not entirely certain, but, based on the revelry last night, I think the Cubs just sewed up a playoff spot. Thanks to DannyP, MaxM, and hardtop for a ridiculous time – well, and thanks Cubs, too. Also thanks to John and Bob for the fun before the game, and Jamie (I hope I heard the name correctly) for stopping by to say hello in the bleachers. It was a great night, and a reminder of why we watch the Cubs play, even when they’re 6 and 12.

  • If I tried to recount everything from the game, I’d surely miss a great many things, but I suppose I’ll still try. Jeff Samardzija was dominant, and we were surprised when he was pulled. Michael Bowden was on the verge of being mercilessly (and unfairly) booed in his Cubs debut, after he walked the bases loaded. Bryan LaHair’s homer came so quickly that it caught many folks by surprise – it was a, “wait, did that just happen?” moment. Tony Campana looked pretty out on his stolen base (as did David DeJesus on his early score). Soriano’s game-winning single looked pretty error-y to me, but there was no time to dwell on it, because the entire right field bleacher section (like the rest of the ballpark) was too busy losing its mind. Nowhere else can you wheel, scream, and grab an anonymous pound of flesh in celebration, and nobody thinks boo about it, because they’re all doing the same thing, too.
  • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was not thrilled about those close calls, and about being ejected from the game. “It’s a shame is all,” Matheny said. “First run was a shame and the last run was a shame. Those are my thoughts. The conversation [in the 10th] was, I thought he was out and I knew they missed the earlier call. To sit there and watch our guys get short-ended on great plays and not have something to say about it would be tragic.” Kind of feel like someone should tell Matheny what “tragic” means.
  • Dale Sveum remains confident that one of last night’s heroes will continue to hit. On Alfonso Soriano: “I think he’s still a threat. I’m not going to move him down any time soon, that’s for sure. He’s a big threat. He’s in the five-spot and he’s got people around him who can do things. The media guide doesn’t lie. When it’s all said and done, he’ll end up with his 25 to 30 home runs and we’ll look back on this and laugh at it.”
  • He’s also confident in his closer, despite Carlos Marmol’s blown save last night. “He’s been pitching good,” Sveum said. “That’s just a case to me of a 2-2 slider that [a guy] we know is one of the strongest guys in baseball hit for a home run. Did [Marmol] do anything wrong? No. It was just another guy on the other side of the fence making a lot of money that does that quite often. He’ll be right back out there and do the same thing.” Yes. We know.
  • Tony Campana wants to shut Nyjer Morgan up. “We talked and bickered about who is faster,” Campana said of conversations with Morgan, presumably friendly. “[Morgan] said we have to put something on it, so I told him to put his paycheck on it. He said his was bigger than mine, so that wasn’t fair. I said, ‘If you really think you can beat me, that shouldn’t matter.'”
  • In the fastest waiver clearance ever, Rodrigo Lopez has already cleared waivers, and accepted an assignment to AAA Iowa. He’ll return to his former role of “depth.”
  • MLBullets at BCB, wondering why Roger Clemens’ trial isn’t getting more pub.
  • If you’re at a game, and the opposing manager gets ejected, make sure you’re ready with appropriate reactions (yup, that’s us – from the left, me, MaxM, DannyP, and hardtop). The best reaction is goodbye:

  • willis

    Marmol did nothing wrong, except leave a 2-2 slider up in the zone spinning just waiting to get obliterated.

    Dude’s velocity is back, which is good. But the slider doesn’t have nearly the same bite.

    • jt

      I agree, that thing used to have the bottom drop out of it pretty violently. It’s looking like a vanilla slider these days.

  • ISU Birds

    I remember seeing that screenshot last night thinking, why are all of those guys wearing scarfs. Little did I know….

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Awesomeness was the answer.

    • MaxM1908

      It was actually one of the better Cubs’ promotions. The scarf is pretty good quality for a freebie.

    • Richard Nose

      Mid-foreplay. Pre-orgy?

  • gratefulled

    Brett, did you do a post-game interview with Dale to find out why he put in Marmol in the 8th knowing that he has not pitched a 4-out save in 2 years?

  • brittney

    I love the pic brett! You need to keep goin to the games! Let dale, theo, and jed know you’re their lucky charm! Maybe you’ll get a job to sit in their dug out to rub heads for luck!

  • Dan

    Cubs had a horseshoe up there butt yesterday, but I’m not complaining. It’s about time!

  • BD

    I like that quote from Campana. I would love to see him have a race with anybody in baseball. That sounds like an idea for a tournament next year in Spring Training.

    • Evan

      Wouldn’t be much of a tournament, Campana is by far the fastest Cub.

      • Richard Nose

        Round 1 would probably result in Soriano having one of his legs amputated. I’m indifferent.

  • TWC

    I’m sorry, Ace, but are you “raising the roof”?

    Garza’s reaction to Matheny’s ejection was priceless.

    • college of coaches

      What did Garza do? (For those of us who were unable to watch the game.)

      • TWC

        It’s hard to describe, really, but for all intents and purposed, he looked like a rabid Cubs fan there, standing up against the rail of the dugout.

        I think you can see his reaction in this video.  If that direct link doesn’t work, find the Matheny ejection clip on the MLB site.  It’s about 75 seconds long.

        • FromFenwayPahk

          Loved the video. Thanks.

        • Kev

          Garza’s reaction is PRICELESS there!

      • EB

        He got pretty pumped and gave a few fist pumps in the air from his typical cheering spot on the rail of the dugout. The funniest part was that on the Cardinals post game show, the show host was pissed about it!

        • TWC

          Ha.  More tears from Cardinal fan asshats.  Waaaah.

          • EB

            Ha yeah I know. The cards announcers were complaining during the game again, this time cause they can’t hear the PA at Wrigley field. They also love to critique every Cubs player. Once again Starlin Castro looked “disinterested” and David DeJesus is lazy cause he lobbed the ball into the infield one time

          • Ogyu

            Tragic.

  • djriz

    Man, Brett is going to be the reason the Cubs don’t get the first draft choice.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

    nice to finally take a series. cubs just beat the world champs y’all

  • Chris Margetis

    I remember seeing that BN t shirt on camera after the ejection. Too funny.

  • Cubs Dude

    LaHair = Stud. I am pretty sure that was a lefty he went yard against yesterday too… The .480 obp is just insane, even in a small sample size.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Now that you are a tv celebrity, can I still come on the site?
    Don’t you love it when the Birdies go into their crybaby routine. And watch out today, because they will try and start some crap. They get all indignant when other teams actually try and compete. Don’t these other teams know how great we Cardinals are? Waaa. That voodoo is wearing off as we speak.

  • Jeremy

    Is anyone else really enjoying the speed that Campana brings to this team? He seems to be really hitting a stride in the 2 hole. I know he has only been up for 4 games but I love the excitement he brings to the top of the order. He seems to be showing some more patience and making more contact with the ball as well just from what I’ve been watching. I’m a big Campy fan so I’m hoping he continues his success.

    • Cubs Dude

      Campana definitely adds an element of excitement to the Cubs that they have missed in recent years. When he bunted thru that ball and got DeJesus picked was a bit frustrating, but he does seem like he would be irritating as hell to play against.

  • BleedBlueinWNeb

    just for fun some numbers from former and new cubs…

    tyler colvin: 31 abs / .323 avg / .704 ops / 1 hr / 5 rbi…couple hits off a lefty last week.
    dj lemahieu (AAA colorado springs) 78 ab / .333 avg / .807 ops / 1 hr / 12 rbi / 7 bb / 10 k / 4 sb

    vs.

    Ian Stewart: 56 ab / .196 avg / .262. obp / .566 ops / 1 hr / 6 rbi / 5 bb / 14 k

    Carlos Zambrano: 3 starts / 19 ip / 8 bb / 16 k / .95 whip / 2.84 era / 0-1 on season

    vs.

    Chris Volstad: 3 starts / 16 ip / 4 bb / 14 k / 1.38 whip / 6.19 era / 0-2…i know there was more to this trade than the numbers, but as of now these are the numbers.

    Sean Marshall : 6 gms / 0-1 / 3 sv / 2 bb / 9 k / 1.50 whip / 3.38 era

    vs.

    Travis Wood (AAA iowa): 4 gms / 1-2 / 7 bb / 26 k / 1.50 whip / 4.24 era (best outing yesterday)

    Dave Sappelt (AAA iowa): 71 ab / .225 avg / .643 ops / .276 obp

    Ronald Torreyes: getting busy at work…lol. but by all accounts he’s been easy on the eye this season.

    just some numbers to chew on

  • Dan

    Hey commenters, the difference between “there”, “their”, and “they’re” is really not that difficult to figure out (and for that reason, you look like an uneducated boob when you get it wrong.) If you don’t know it, Google “there vs their” and take a 5 minute refresher.

    there – refers to a place (physical or abstract)
    their – refers to possession
    they’re – contraction of “they are” (Only used when “they are” would fit in the same place.)

    • TWC

      Your write, Dan!

    • Spencer

      i like boobs.

      • Caleb

        Lol

      • 1908Blues

        Uneducated boobs are the best. They don’t no any better.

    • MaxM1908

      I think its the funnest thing ever to correct peoples grammar. There often using they’re words wrong. Some people just can’t right good.

      • Richard Nose

        No doubt. Makes me thankful I have so many delightful hobbies.

    • JustSwain

      Hey Dan, punctuation is placed outside the parentheses. If you are going to criticize grammar, get everything right in your paragraph. Periods go inside the parentheses if an entire sentence is inside the parentheses. Since you started your phrase with “and” it is clearly not an entire sentence.

      • JulioZuleta

        Boom

  • gratefulled

    Hey Dan,

    My young son reads this message board and I don’t think he needs to be introduced to women’s body parts through insulting language.

    Clean it up.

    • MaxM1908

      Let’s not go overboard there, Ed. Words can and do have multiple meanings. Boob — a stupid, awkward person. A simpleton. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boob. I appreciate your sentiment, but the traditional usage of “boob” has a much longer history than the slang word for the female chest. Your son should recognize that Dan used the term in its traditional sense. No need to chastise him for using the word correctly.

    • theNOOGE

      Ace said it himself this site was never meant for all ages.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I could be mistaken, but I think Ed is making a joke/taking a swipe at a comment from a couple days ago.

  • bartmans headphones

    yankees lose pineda for the year. does anyone think there’s a chance we deal garza to the yanks?

    • JulioZuleta

      They couldn’t offer a package that makes a whole lot of sense.

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