Well, this weekend I will make my annual pilgrimage to Shea Stadium to watch the Cubs hopefully not choke against the Metropolitans. I've got UD box seats all three games, the last two right behind the plate, which I think are some of the best seats in the house. Great bird's eye view and nice chance for a Burnitz foul ball.
I went to the first two games of the Yanks-Cubs series and found it quite warm and friendly. Yankee fans generally respect the game and respect the history of the Cubs. I believe they also appreciated the fact that we were not jerks like Met or Red Sox fans can be.
I can say with certainty that Met fans are not the same. And I would really really like to beat the living crap out of them this weekend. I recall two years ago when the Cubs were up by about 10 runs on opening day (and Patterson hit 2 homers off Glavine), that I was taunted by several teenagers behind me who compared being a Cub fan to being a homosexual, though they did not use that word. Finally I informed them that if they wanted to taunt someone, questioning their sexuality is one of the least creative avenues. Besides, I questioned, exactly how many of them had even slept with a girl. I said that a good starting point would be a hearty "1908" chant. They didn't understand the reference and I turned away in disgust.
It appears that the pitching matchups should be:
Hill v. Glavine
Maddux v. Ishi
Zambrano v. Zambrano.
Hill has pitched well and Glavine has been the epitome of inconsistency this season. Or should I say Maddux has been the epitome of inconstancy. He either blows you out of the water or gives up 7 runs in 4 innings. But he is lights out against the Mets, having shut them out once this season. Ishi is 3-9 and should be easy pickings for the middle of the lineup.
ZvZ is the match up I have been waiting for a year now. Probably Jayson Stark has too. Let's see, our Zambrano pitched 8 scoreless innings last night. They're Zambrano gave up 6 runs in 1.1 innings. That included 4 homers.
Of course I cannot count on anything. These are the Cubs anyway. With our dumb luck Victor Zambrano will throw a no-hitter and Carlos Zambrano will be out in the third inning. So goes Cubbie Blue. But I have my hopes up. Hey, at least we don't have to face Pedro.
I hope to see as much blue there as last year. Go Cubs!