Ozzie Guillen pukes every time he goes to Wrigley

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I
don’t know how White Sox fans feel about things, but those of us who
don’t care if they win or lose never, ever want Ozzie Guillen to be
fired, because if he was, a true national treasure would be lost. Here’s Guillen yesterday on the Sox’ annual trek to Wrigley Field:

“But
one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there. That’s
just to be honest. And if Cub fans don’t like the way I talk about
Wrigley Field, it’s just Wrigley Field. I don’t say anything about the
fans or anything now. But Wrigley Field, they got to respect my
opinion. That’s the way I feel.”

I went to Wrigley Field and
sat in the bleachers once, and I can tell you: Many Cubs fans puke when
they go there too. Though it probably has less to do with the
architecture than it does the Old Style.

Ozzie also has an
opinion about former teammate Jack McDowell, who had some harsh words
in his blog (McDowell has a blog? Really?) for Guillen’s treatment of
rookie Gordon Beckham:

I know Chicago better than Jack
McDowell. I know Chicago better than (Gordon) Beckham. I just try to
get fans and media to let this kid alone and let him play the game.
It’s kind of funny because everyone has their opinion and you think
people who know about baseball, all of a sudden surprise you that they
don’t. When people have little knowledge about the game, all of a
sudden you turn around like, ‘oh, I guess he don’t know (bleep) about
baseball.’ “

Ozzie Guillen is totally the best.

The Cubs live for another day, but death will come soon

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The Cubs had a nice night last night. Javier Baez finally broke his hitless streak with not one but two homers. Willson Contreras hit a nearly 500-foot homer. Jake Arrieta, possibly pitching for the last time as a Cub, dug down for a gutsy performance, pitching into the seventh inning, working around some walks to allow only one run while striking out nine.

After the game, Cubs players sounded hopeful notes about believing in themselves, taking them one game at a time, getting the series back to L.A. for a Game 6 and Game 7. They’re professional athletes who know better than any of us that to achieve a thing you have to believe you can achieve that thing, so it’d be dumb to expect anything else from them in this situation. Ballplayers, quite admirably, don’t sound a note of defeat until they are actually defeated.

But let’s be realistic there: they’re still a dead team walking.

  • They’re dead because, as we have been reminded oh so many times, only once in 35 tries has a team come back to win a seven game series in which they’ve found themselves down 0-3. That team did so because Dave Roberts worked some magic. Dave Roberts is working for the other team now.
  • They’re dead because their biggest weakness this postseason — their bullpen — is not going to have its best pitcher, Wade Davis, available today in Game 5 after throwing 48 pitches in Game 4.
  • They’re dead because while the Dodgers used five relievers last night, none of them were worked particularly hard and neither Brandon Morrow nor Kenley Jansen were used at all, allowing them to come in and work hard and heavy tonight if need be.
  • They’re dead because the man on the mound to start tonight’s game is Clayton Edward Kershaw. Yes, he has had some less-than-glory-filled moments in the postseason in recent years, but all of those have come at the tail end of starts, when his managers have left him in perhaps an inning too long. See the above bullet point — and Dave Roberts’ early hook in Game 1 — if you think that’ll be a problem tonight.

The Dodgers lost last night, yes, but it was their first loss in the postseason. All teams have lost at least one postseason game since it went to the three-round format, so it was likely inevitable that L.A. would drop one. Heck, maybe they’ll drop two before the NLCS is over, but they’re not going to drop the next three in a row.

Last night’s Cubs win was nice for them, but it only delayed the inevitable.