There are far too many possible jinxes to mess with regarding this game, so let's try this one:
If the Cubs win today, they will clinch their first winning month since April -- they're 12-11 so far in July.
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Z also throws well against St. Louis -- 4-4 in 14 career appearances (13 starts), a 2.46 ERA, and he was the winner in that April 8 game.
Today is also Hall of Fame induction day; Bruce Sutter and 17 Negro League players and executives will gain entry to the Hall. It's the latter of those -- the Negro League inductees, who do NOT include Buck O'Neil -- that is the subject of this excellent Jeff Passan column at Yahoo in which he suggests creating a new Hall award, the "Buck O'Neil Award for Meritorious Contribution":
I wholeheartedly agree.
Also today, our SB Nation sister site Over The Monster has a terrific post on why every baseball fan should make a pilgrimage to Cooperstown once in his or her life. I've been there twice and someday will return. Don't miss it.
Discuss amongst yourselves.