A Shellacking and Missing the Pain


Most people look at that and think a football score.


That was Atlanta giving the Cubs a shellacking.

I don't know about you but what I saw was the same Cubs team from last year; overconfident yet under performing pitching (this means you Z), bad base running (yes, you, Chad Tracy), bad fielding (*ahem* Theriot) and an overpriced left-fielder going 0-4 with TWO strikeouts (SORIANO!!!).

Alas, the pain of being a Cubs fan has returned and no later then on the first game of the season!

For those of you that know me, my favorite movie of ALL TIME is Swingers (so much so that I named a blog after the catch phrase...but that's neither here nor there) but there's this scene where Rob is consoling Mikey about his breakup;

Mikey: "How did you get over it? How long did it take?"
Rob:"You wake up every day and it hurts a little bit less and you wake up one day and it doesn't hurt at all. The funny thing is, and this is kinda weird, but you almost miss that pain."
Mikey: "You miss the pain?"
Rob: "Yeah for the same reason you miss her, because you lived with it for so long."

I think Rob was a Cubs fan.

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  1. At least they have good chemistry in the clubhouse...who cares about the outcome!

    Great post Will. I am doing my best to put the loss into perspective since it was the first game of the year and as we all know, it is a long season. However, the way they lost was frustrating and certainly reminded all Cub fans about the misery experienced last year.

    On a side note, I am going to predict that the Cubs will ultimately have to release Soriano in the next two years and eat millions of dollars just to avoid the pressure of having to play someone simply because he is being paid so much. I cant imagine any team trading for him even if we paid all his salary based on the stat driven decisions being made in baseball currently. His WAR was negative last year and unless he stays healthy AND changes his approach, it will be worse this year.

  2. On a side note, I am going to predict that the Cubs will ultimately have to release Soriano in the next two years...

    Earlier I made a prediction that he'd be DFA'd by the All-Star Break. I really home I'm wrong, but he possesses all the tell-tale signs of an aging slugger.

    Thanks for commenting, Adam!

    (Oh, and great quote Will!)