First and foremost, congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals on winning the 2011 World Series. It feels weird to say this, but Game 6 was one of the best baseball games I have ever seen. I just thank goodness that it was the Rangers and not the Cubs, who were one strike away from winning the series TWICE only to give up a game tying hit.
Secondly, since a man named Theo Epstein came along, does anyone else around here feel that feeling I feel? You know, that feeling that hasn't been around here since mid-way through the 2009 season? The feeling of hope? That is a nice feeling! This particular feeling doesn't feel like it's going to be here and go away in a year or two. This time, this feeling of hope feels like it's going to stay for a while and grow little by little, year after year. It gets me amped up for Cubs baseball again, and I'm pretty sure it does the same for you as well. Wait, what time of year is it? Oh yeah, it's
Christmas time, Thanksgiving time. Sorry, I got confused. It's the first weekend of November, but apparently all the shopping centers around town have gone from Halloween, to Christmas, and have skipped Thanksgiving completely. Can we just skip Christmas too? In fact, lets just skip the entire winter season and move right on into Spring 2012!
I tell you what, there are some Cubs youtube video's I've run into recently that I'd like to share. If you don't have that feeling of hope yet, or if you're just bored and want to watch some cool Cubs video's, click on the links for a trip down memory lane. This trip, is a happy trip, or at least that's what I intended it to be. Now, these video's aren't just a compilation of pictures set to the song "Go Cubs Go". These video's are archival footage of some happy moments in Cubs history. Some video's are just clips of what we used to watch everyday until it changed.
Also, since I've been so darn busy with my college school work. Instead of turning this post into a "Holy Cow!" novel of a recap, I've decided to leave you with a link to Carrie Muskat's recap of the 2011 Chicago Cubs. But I will say this: congratulations to Aramis Ramirez on achieving the Silver Slugger Award, and on that note, happy trails to Aramis, Quade, Zambrano, Reed, Wood, Pena, Grabow, Ortiz and Lopez.
Below is a list of the top 18 Cubs games that you guys voted for throughout the season in my monthly polls. Plus, there's two "wild-card" selections I made. I'm not indicating which two games are the "wild-card" games, but I picked the two games because personally, I think these games were good despite the low amount of votes they received in the monthly polls.
I know this season wasn't much fun to watch... at all. But, there are some good games in this poll. Thank you for your votes. Heck on New Year's Eve we can celebrate with a "Worst Cubs Loss" poll just like we did last year. Also, after you've voted, check out some of these Cubs archival youtube video's I've found. They're pretty cool.
What was your favorite Cubs win in 2011?
Mon 4/18: Colvin's clutch hit gives Wrigley the chills in a 1-0 win over the Padres in 10 innings. (0 votes)
Wed 4/20 (DH Gm.1): Walk-off Johnson: Cubs zap Padres 2-1 in 11 innings. (0 votes)
Sat 4/23: Cubs' 5-run 8th leads to a 10-8 win over Dodgers with the top of the lineup combining for 6 RBI. (0 votes)
Sat 4/30: Barney Burner: Clutch hit gets Garza first win 5-3 in Arizona. (0 votes)
Sat 5/7: Twice as nice: Pena ties it with a homer in the 9th. Cubs walk off on Fukudome hit after a bizarre ground-rule double. Cubs beat Reds 3-2. (3 votes)
Sat 5/21: Cubs' rally in eighth a keeper on throwback night. Cubs win at Boston 9-3. (2 votes)
Thu 6/9: Rolling rally: Cubs show grit with 4-3, 11-inning win in Philadelphia. (0 votes)
Fri 6/17: Veteran's Day: Reed Johnson makes a spectacular catch in 9th, Doug Davis tops Yanks for his first Cubs victory 3-1. (3 votes)
Wed 6/29: Aramis Ramirez comes through in pinch for 2-1 walk-off win vs. Giants. (0 votes)
Thu 6/30: Cubs get homers in nick of time: Geo Soto hits walk-off 3-run HR for 5-2 13-inning win vs. Giants. (7 votes)
Thu 7/7: Cubs turn National deficit into amazing 10-9 comeback win in Washington, D.C. (10 votes)
Mon 7/18: Survival of the fittest in sweltering heat: Rodrigo Lopez beats Roy Halladay and Phillies 6-1. (0 votes)
Sun 7/24: Thrice as nice: Cubs walk-off in 10th for 5-4 win vs. Astros for first sweep and first three-game winning streak of 2011. (1 vote)
Wed 8/3: Starring Castro and Garza: Cubs top Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh. (3 votes)
Fri 8/5: Tony Campana makes HR history, then flashes leather. Cubs beat Reds 4-3. (2 votes)
Wed 8/10: This one's for Ron: Cubs power up to zap Nats 4-2. (3 votes)
Fri 8/19: Clutch Colvin delivers in a pinch in extras. Cubs beat Cardinals 5-4. (1 vote)
Mon 8/29: Cubs' bats go big vs. Lincecum. Giants' bats do nothing vs. Wells. Cubs win in San Francisco 7-0. (2 votes)
Wed 9/21: Complete game by Garza completes Cubs' home slate. Cubs beat Brewers 7-1. (3 votes)
Fri 9/23: Cubs deal Cards a losing hand in hunt for playoffs (at the time it did). Cubs win in St. Louis 5-1. (0 votes)
40 total votes