Cubs 6 - Nationals 2: Welcome Back, Baseball

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cubs 6 - Nationals 2: Welcome Back, Baseball

. Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ah, white guys awkwardly celebrating in public. A true classic.

After a half week of montages about how great baseball was, network features on how great baseball was, and columns about how great recognizing the greatness of baseball is, I was more than ready for some gritty Chicago pessimism. Lost in the 40 minute pregames and presidential pitches was the fact that the Cubs have spent half the season pissing the shit out of us. And I'll take that grim reality over the bullshit saccharine pageantry of the All Star game any day. Thankfully, the picture is wayyyyy bleaker for the Washington Nationals, newly 26-62 after an ass-stomping courtesy of our Boys in Blue. Read about it, after the jump.

I like to think every time he does this, he's thinking "Hoffpauir THIS, bitch!"

Of course, it's not to say that tonight's game was easy. For a long time, it was the Cusb leading by a run or two. It wasn't until the 9th that our hitters decided to get all unconscionable on their asses. Reed Johnson, Ryan Theriot, and Derrek Lee (ANOTHER homer! Woooo!) did most of the heavy lifting, with a timely hit and run by Sam Fuld and a solid insurance RBI by Koyie Hill. Sad Trombones all around for Bradley (0-5), A-Ram (0-3)Kevin Gregg. While Gregg only gave up 1 run to take it to 6-2, his pitch location suggested that he had earlier eaten a tuna salad sandwich left in the trunk of a car in Miami for a week.

Jim Riggleman in a Nats uni looks ... odd. He oversaw the glory days of Kevin Foster, Glenallen Hill, and Mickey Morandini.

What's encouraging is that we just took down the Nationals' ace (yes, there is apparently such a thing) and won't be seeing another Nats pitcher with an ERA under 4.50. I can dig that. A sweep would be nice - I used to remember what that felt like. Let's keep the murder train going tomorrow.