I can't help but get a pain in my stomach every time I see Josh Hamilton come to bat or make a play in center field. Just knowing that the Cubs gave him away only 3 short years ago for $50k, is an absolute thorn in my side. I am very happy for him and what he has accomplished since his battle with addiction, but I can't help but wonder what could have been. The solid left handed bat in the middle of the lineup. Great speed and arm in center field. Inspirational story and leader in the clubhouse. With all of the misses the Cubs have had over the years, this one has to be near the top of my list. Yes, both Sori and Zambrano have contracts today that are unbearable, but at least we got a couple good years out of them. We never even gave Hamilton a chance.
Well, I hope Texas turns the Series around tonight. They play baseball the right way, something I would love to see in Chicago some day. The hit for average and power from both sides of the plate. Good starting pitching. Run the bases aggessive and play good defense (hmmm, all things that when put together get you to the World Series....). Any way, there was one play inparticular that made me start rooting for Texas. Game 4 (maybe 3, not important) of the ALCS and Nelson Cruz is on first base with one out. High fly ball to left center. What does Cruz do? Go half way and retreat lazily back to first? NO!!! He tags up to get into scoring position with 2 outs. This forces an intentional walk to the next batter, Bengie Molina, who hits a 3-run bomb. All started by a heads up play on the bases with oen out. I'd love to see that out of the Cubs some day!!!