I can get used to this:
The Chicago Cubs won their third consecutive game in come-from-behind fashion, winning with walk-off hits all three times. They did it Thursday against their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox, then did it against the lowly Cleveland Indians the next two days. Indians closer Kerry Wood, who spent the past decade pitching for the Cubs, blew saves against his former team Friday and Saturday.
I said this on Twitter yesterday and I’ll repeat it here: These comeback wins may be the turning point in the thus-far disappointing Cubs season. There is still plenty of time to right the ship — the Cubs are only 2.5 games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals.
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One of my pet peeves is Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly’s propensity to say “It is what it is” when he can’t/doesn’t want to explain something. During Friday’s Cubs pregame show, analyst Todd Hollandsworth also said it, and Kerry Wood employed the annoying phrase while talking to reporters about his return to Wrigley Field.
I realize all three of those guys are jocks, but do they have to live down to the “dumb jock” stereotype? Expand your vocabularies, especially if your job involves talking and analysis!
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Since earning the win in his major-league debut a month ago, Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Clay Zavada still hasn’t given up a run in 12.1 innings of work. Zavada has struck out 13 batters, walked four and given up nine hits.
I’m following Zavada’s career closely because he hails from Streator, Ill., a city I covered for the local newspaper for seven years.