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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Monday, April 06, 2009

Chicago Cubs Opening Day

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
OK, it's been a LONG offseason. We lost the great writings of Cub Town and all of the Baseball Toaster. The Cubs lost the playoff series with the Dodgers in less than impressive fashion. And we still seem to have Alfonso Soriano leading off (OK, at least he went 3-4 yesterday with AB's vs. Pettitte and Burnett).

But, this is the day we put our losses behind us. This is the day we say This Is The Year. This is the day we start our long journey toward a goal not seen since 1945 and not won since 1908. this is the day, we saddle up that steed once again, and charge right at that World Series ring. This is the day, we sit and watch our Beloved Cubbies with hearts and arms open, hopes abound with joy, and smile while Big Z gets the big win and goes 2 for 4, and Derrek Lee hits one on Waveland.

Ah, this is the life. Cub Fans days have very few of these precious moments to cherish. So, grab your favorite beverage, grab your comfiest chair (or get to Wrigley if you are a lucky one!) and let's watch the beauty that is the Chicago Cub Franchise. Today, at 6:05pm CDT we watch the first pitch breeze in there for a strike, and cheer with glee. Today we stand arm and arm and sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame together. We hold our heads up high and see that unattainable dream within our grasp. Today, we beat Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros and we high five and talk about where we were when it all began.

For one single solitary day, we, the Chicago Cubs, are the greatest team in the Universe.

"Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendar of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it... Make it the best day of your year." - Og Mandino

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