Sleep and Deprived
Chico Harlan reported in this morning's Post that the Cubs, unhappy with Thursday's 8:30 p.m. local starting time, were uncertain as to whether to fly to Los Angeles after Game 2 of the NLDS or to remain in Chicago to get a full night's rest. They even went so far as to consult a sleep specialist.
The Cubs picked the latter; I wonder how that worked out.
It's my guess that not too many people in the entire city of Chicago slept last night, with both the White Sox and Cubs losing. Certainly the Chisox falling to Tampa Bay is understandable, perhaps even expected. And if they lose tonight at least they have the luxury of knowing they're headed home to try to get back in the series. But the Cubs ... where to begin?
Sad to say, but their series is over. It ended in the second inning last night after Mark DeRosa booted a double play ball that would have gotten the Cubs out of a major jam. Instead, it took them out of the game as Los Angeles went on to score five runs.
It left the team deflated. It left all of Wrigley deflated. Every time I peeked up at the television screen from my desk in the office it was more of the same, despondent faces from the Cubs faithful.
Is there any doubt that the Cubs' demise is just as much mental as it is physical at this point? Sure, the Cubs wound up making four errors in the game, but you have to wonder what the mind-set was after the first one, setting the stage for another year of coming up short.
I picked Dodgers to win this series in five games, but would like nothing more than for Chicago to make it to the World Series. Maybe a change of scenery will help. Maybe Rich Harden and Ted Lilly (a combined 27 wins this year) somehow get it back to Chicago.
Chances are it won't happen, as only one team (the 2001 Yankees) have come back to win a division series after losing the first two games at home. Another case of history not being on the Cubs' side.
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