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Off and stumbling

April 8, 2010 - Ron Deuter
For the life of me, I really can’t explain why I continue to root for the Chicago Cubs.

Year after miserable year, the team finds ways to disappoint. Opening Day this year was especially hard to take. Not just because the Cubs were pasted by the Braves, but because of the way the whole afternoon unfolded on my couch.

The Cubs game didn’t start to 3 p.m. The game on ESPN ahead the Cubs was the hated Cardinals. Not only that. ESPN2 was airing the White Sox. To make matters worse, both the Cards and Sox looked just fantastic.

Albert (what aching back?) Pujols jacked two home runs to lead St. Louis, while Mark Buehrle made a one-in-a-lifetime defensive play en route to memorable opening day Sox win.

Imagine that. Two teams that know how to win baseball games right off the bat. Enough to make any Cubs fan puke.

So there I am settling in, trying to temper my enthusiasm for what I foolishly believe will be a great start to an even greater year for the Cubbies, and I’ve got to watch the Cards wrap up their blowout win over the Reds, or flip to see the Sox cruising along.

By the time ESPN decided to let me in on the Cubbies, they were already ahead 3-0, taking the field for the bottom of the first. We all know how things progressed from there.

And after getting routed on opening day, the Cubs decided to break their fans’ hearts another way on Wednesday night by blowing a one-run lead in the eighth.

I know it’s only two games, but I don’t think you could have any worse of a start. If nothing else, the Cubs have succeeded in quickly extinguishing excitement in their fandom. Only two games in and it’s back to assuming the worst and yelling at the set out of frustration.

Perhaps things can turn around just as quick and by next week the Cubs will have strung together four or five wins in a row.

Yeah, and I suppose it never snows here in April.


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