Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Change of Pace

After Matt Clement had a masterful game on Sunday - taking a no-hitter into the seventh, the Cubs decided to get hammered by Big Bird and the Diamondbacks. I found it ironic that right after Chip Caray asked how far Steve Stone had ever pitched into a game with no hits and Stoney said 7 2/3, Clement gives up a home run after 7 2/3. Baseball superstition rule #1: Don’t talk about a no-hitter while it’s going on.

They've Got Our Number

Last night Randy Johnson improves to 12-0 lifetime against the Cubs. I think he and Ben Sheets should start up a "how to pitch against the Cubs" school for major leaguers, especially those in the Central division. Jason Vogelsong would probably pay good money to attend.

I didn't get to watch the game or listen to much of if for that matter, so I’m not going to comment about much. It just sounded like Zambrano had a rough night and the Cubs couldn’t hit the Big Unit’s slider (as usual). This was quite a different outing for Zambrano than the last time he pitched in Bank One; taking a no-hitter into the eight only to get interrupted by an infield hit where the runner was obviously out. The reminder of that really got me upset. I remember how angry I was at the umpire for missing the call when there were no hits.

Richie Sexson hit a 503 ft. bomb to center field – the longest ever hit in Bank One Ballpark. That guy is a veritable Cub-killer as well. Sexson, Sean Casey, and Fernando Vina could have a clinic teaching “how to be an offensive annoyance when playing the Cubs”.