I thought, damn. Lazy, selfish, overpaid outfielder with tremendous talent we see only occasionally? Who does that sound like?
Then I realized: this team has a lot of parallels to the great 1998 team that went to the playoffs (and may I remind you...I saw Game 163 back in 1998. Damn that was exciting).
|Characteristic||1998 Cubs||2008 Cubs|
|Egotistical corner outfielder:||Sammy Sosa||Alfonso Soriano|
|Goddam ex-Cardinal acquired in season but geez he's hitting pretty well for us:||Gary Gaetti||Jim Edmonds|
|Flame throwin' newcomer:||Kerry Wood||Jeff "Shark" Samardzija (I spelled that without looking)|
|Gruff closer:||Rod Beck||Kerry Wood|
|Smart aleck quote machine:||Mark Grace||Ryan Dempster|
|Obnoxious guy saying woo:||Ron Wickers||Ron Wickers|
|Native Iowan on the mound:||Kevin Tapani||Jon Lieber|
|Ex-Brave middle infielder:||Jeff "B-lousy" Blauser||Mark DeRosa|
|Hyperactive broadcaster:||Chippy Caray||Ron Santo|
|Regrettable acquistion:||Matt Karchner||Nothing that bad really...Scott Eyre I guess|
So if all this holds true, we are destined to hang on to the wild card spot, and then get summarily dismissed by the NL East winner. Could it really be?