Cubs Fans= AYWKUBTTOD
If Cubs fans were a band, we’d have to be “And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead“.
Last night against the Tigers, the Cubs took the lead in the 8th inning with a DLee walk and a Micah Hoffpauir homer of Joel Zumaya. Marmol came in and K’d the side in the bottom of the inning. The Cubs did not score in the top of the ninth. In came Gregg and he walked the first batter, Don Kelly. I don’t even know who that is. Then he allowed a homerun to Rayburn, who was 4 for his last 24. Maybe he was due.
“I could have hit that ball out of the park,” Gregg said. “It slipped out of my hand. One of those you kind of hope he pops up. He popped it up right over the fence. It sucks.” Yeah it does.
I’ve been rough on Gregg because I’ve never thought of him as a closer. He’s a closer in name only, not stuff. I would have rather lived and died with Marmol, who is mostly unhittable, though he has had control issues.
You look at Gregg’s current numbers and they pretty much mirror his career numbers. He’s now allowed 6 home runs and his ERA is over 4.
“Things happen,” Carlos Zambrano said. “Not even K-Rod or Mariano Rivera can save every opportunity. They struggle, too, the best. Gregg is a human. Sometimes he’ll give it up, and sometimes he’ll be there for us.”
Notice how he did not include Gregg among the best. And the ‘Sometimes he’ll give it up, and sometimes he’ll be there for us’ line indicates the amount of confidence Zambrano has in him.
So after some very exciting wins the Cubs dump 2 straight — shutout by the Braves on Monday and then the soul-crusher last night. How there are any old Cubs fans is a mystery. This season is killing me.