40 Days and 40 Nights of Lossless Cubs Series

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40 Days and 40 Nights of Lossless Cubs Series

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The last time the Chicago Cubs lost a series, Richard M. Nixon was president, you could get your shirt pressed for a haypenny, and dinosaurs still roamed the vast plains of the Dakota Territory.

Early April was so very long ago, you see.

The last series the Cubs lost wrapped up on April 7 in Milwaukee (where, hey, taking one of three against that home offense is not too shabby). That was 40 days ago. That’s more than 1/5 of the entire baseball season. And the Cubs did not lose a dang series for that entire time.

Appropriate, perhaps, that after 40 days and 40 nights, the rains came, and the Cubs finally lost another series.

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What that means, on the occasion of them finally losing a series, as they did last night to the Reds, is that you’re going to feel especially perturbed – you’d temporary lost this headspace – and you’re going to be especially inclined to describe *THIS* series as the *ONE* that was just inexcusable to lose. The Reds! THE REDSSSSS?!?!?!?

I get it, and I don’t blame you. Go off. It’s been a really long time since you got to do it!

I’ll agree, too, that blowing Wednesday’s game sucked. I know it happens sometimes, but it is way more frustrating to me than the Cubs losing last night in a game started by a guy who might win the Cy Young in Luis Castillo (btw, don’t look ahead on the schedule at the other guys the Cubs are facing this weekend … ).

But I suppose, that’s some modest comfort? The first series loss in 40 days came on the road, against an actually-not-that-bad team, and required the bullpen blowing a late lead AND the other team walking it off in 10 (AND no Anthony Rizzo against a bunch of righties who are much worse against lefties). That could be more of a reason to be frustrated – it was so close! – or more of a reason to feel heartened that even with the Cubs not playing at their best, they were so close to taking this road series.

Given the last 40 days, I say what the heck … GO WITH ANGER! You never know when you might get the chance again, because I still reckon this team is pretty darn good.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.