Lately it seems like some of our Cubs have decided to pack things up and walk over to the other team's dugout. Hopefully none of you have followed suit. If you're reading this than you haven't. Fortunately the Cubs got some prospects out of it instead of waiting until the end of the season and get nothing. Anyway how about those IOWA Cubs! Nice to know the future is right on deck for the CHICAGO Cubs (hint-hint on the Sandberg manager spot).
Coming out of August the Cubs sit in 5th place 21.5 games behind Cincinnati at 56-77, Starlin Castro is in the race for a batting title, Lou Piniella is gone, Derrek Lee and Mike Fontenot have moved on, and the only thing there is to hope for now is to put the finishing touches on a St. Louis Cardinals collapse, wouldn't that be nice :)!!!!. If only we can just flip-flop the Cubs' 1-run record to 30-17. Then they would be 69-64 (after Aug. 31) and would sit 7.5 games behind CIN and 2.5 games behind STL after you swap the 1-run results vs. CIN and STL and approximately 4 or 5 games out of the Wild Card give or take.
To compare this season with a more recent season would be 1997 because the Cubs finished August 2010 with a .421 winning percentage and in 1997 they finished the season with a .420 winning percentage. Translation: this season will be slipped into the "Forgotten Seasons" file after the ivy leaves fall off the red bricks in a month or so. Truly, it is sad to see so many vacant seats now during games; but it's inevitable for any losing team. The Cubs front office couldn't have picked a better time to try and fill the seats with all the ceremonies taking place this homestand (Andre's return to Wrigley, Carry Harry, Billy Williams statue, bobblehead giveaways).
Summer is coming to a close soon and I want to enjoy it as much as possible. Maybe I'll go to a park and read the Marlon Byrd article in Vineline, listen to my headset, go for a walk, then play catch. Just below is a poll of the ten Cubs victories in August and I'm interested to see which win you like best. Yes there's only ten victories and this poll might seem pointless to most of you but just think when the Cubs do start winning again someday... doing these monthly poll's will be a thrill and I'd probably get more votes. Someday, someday there will be joy in old Wrigleyville agian. Have a happy Labor Day everybody and Go Cubs Go!