The Cubs and their Nation of fans are partying like it’s 1908, and can you blame them? They officially joined the October dance over the weekend, making it two postseason appearances in a row.
Now comes the fun part — seeing if the team from the North Side of Chicago can take 100 years of close calls, disappointments and heartbreakers and turn it all into one World Series title. And why not? Their South-Side neighbors did it in 2005 and the Boston Red Sox did it in 2004. It’s the decade to end all “curses.”
Or maybe it’s just the year of the underdog.
NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, thought the Tampa Bay Rays could go from the worst record in the Major Leagues to an October clinch with a week to go in the regular season. But when you’ve got young talent all over the field, veteran role players, a great bullpen and defense and an optimistic manager who gets you to click from Day 1 in Spring Training … well, I’ll say it again. Why not?
But before we all say hello to October, we had to say goodbye to Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. I’m a grown man, but I’ll admit that my eyes watered a bit, especially when the Captain delivered the final speech.
That’s what baseball is all about. And October’s what baseball’s all about, too.
One more week and we’re there.
October Gonzo, checking in for the first time. There’s a new blog here that’s
coming to life on TV and here at MLBlogs.com. It’s going to be dedicated to
everything October Baseball Past. Present. And everything in between.
The random miracles.
The images of grownups being kids again.
I’ll be checking in with posts
about those unforgettable gems and stories that lead us to The 2008
Postseason. Plus they gave me ACCESS TO THE VIDEO VAULT!
going to put together some videos on the blog too! Check out those clips above.
They’ll be plenty more where they came from. And drop in all the