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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.

By Tom Heleba  |  October 3, 2008; 9:23 AM ET
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Sorry, but, go Dodgers.

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Before I was a NATS fan, the Dodgers were my favorite NL team.

Go Dodgers.

Root for 2 teams the NATS and anyone who plays Philly!

Also, Go Tampa Bay!

Posted by: CALSGR8 | October 3, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The Dodgers also have an Expos connection, with Russell Martin's dad having been a big Expos fan.

Go Dodgers! Go Rays!

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 3, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I wonder who is really in the stands at Wrigley these days? The same guys who have been there all season, or have they been shunted outside for the Brie and Chardonnay crowd who couldn't tell you which sport HAD an infield fly rule, let alone what it was?

Posted by: BaseballinDC | October 3, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Ummmm ... the brie and chardonnay crowd IS the same guys that have been there all season ...

Posted by: Bob L. Head | October 3, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah yeah. The Cubs are done. So what? Where's the hard news stories about how the Yankees are going to shore-up their deficiencies and reclaim world domination next season? Isn't this the same newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal?? I need facts, people!!!! You give me Cubs, and I want Chien-Ming Wang ankle updates. Guess that's the liberal media.

Posted by: Tyler in Tucson | October 3, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The Cubs are not done. All they need is to win the next game. If they do that, then the pressure shifts back onto the Dodgers, who have to win at home in order to avoid going back to Wrigley. Now, the Cubs being the Cubs, spectacular failure cannot be ruled out. But if they can win the next game, anything is possible.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | October 3, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Once again Alfonso Soriano proves himself as the World's Biggest Non-Clutch Hitter.

How he managed a home run for the Yankees when they played Arizona in the WS way back when, heck, it must have been a fluke.

Posted by: Juan-John | October 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Sure, it could happen, and we could fly over Wrigley Field, too.

Posted by: pigs | October 3, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Ummmm ... the brie and chardonnay crowd IS the same guys that have been there all season ...

Posted by: Bob L. Head | October 3, 2008 11:48 AM "

Let me guess - you've never been to a game at Wrigley. When the Nats sell out a Thursday afternoon game against the Pirates in April (or sell out any game at all, for that matter), then maybe you can start criticizing the real fans who show up for the real teams. Wrigley doesn't have jumbotrons, or Clint, or racing presidents, or any other crap to take your eyes off the baseball. If you go to a game there you have no choice but to watch the game. How many fairweather DC fans would show up to a Nats game if they ran it the same way? 5?

Posted by: Andy | October 3, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Not so. One can also guzzle beer, throw various objects onto the field, boo one's own team, and carry on link a drunken frat boy.

"If you go to a game there you have no choice but to watch the game."

Posted by: NR Cubs fans | October 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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