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cheeses_h_rice
09-26-2001, 02:15 PM
I keep cracking up re-reading this Moron column from July 31...it's *so* prophetic. *****.

I just wonder how "intoxicated" Jay is by the day-to-day ride these days...

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It might be, it could be, it is. . .
July 31, 2001
BY JAY MARIOTTI SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
Holy Harry, they're going for it. I never thought I'd see the day when the Cubs tried their damnedest to reach a World Series, but unless there's a punchline coming, that's exactly what is happening as summer veers toward fall. We keep waiting for them to crack, gag, unravel and discombobulate, all the sorry things Cubbies traditionally do. Instead, they keep living charmed lives. They take a wild flyer on Fred McGriff and end up hearing yes. They near the two-thirds pole still looking as strong as any other National League ballclub. They answer potential crises with convincing streaks. They add a Michael Tucker here, a Delino DeShields there, and now a David Weathers--say, what happened to the goofs who wanted David Wells?--to bolster a crackling bullpen. Usually, Wrigleyville optimism is advanced with considerable trepidation, knowing how easily hexes lurk and hearts break.

But this year, too much is going right to expect the worst. When a certain Robert Machado graciously hands jersey No. 29 to the Crime Dog, then proceeds to jack a home run on the same night McGriff contributes to victory in his Cubs debut, you know something nice is happening in the den of the lovable losers. I gave it to the big guy, but I don't think the number matters,'' Machado said. It's what you do in the uniform.''

Such are the tales of winners, so convincing that I dare make a bold statement on the final day of July: The Cubs are going to be just fine. Do not confuse it as a World Series forecast or anything outlandish, but simply as a vote of confidence that they won't screw up these last two months. This is what the dance is about, isn't it, proving the Cubs can sustain a wonderfully overachieving season for a change without choking in the end? No one could detect a looming crash in 1969, of course, but the difference is in the competition. Do you sense the rise of the Miracle Astros? Do you see a black cat walking across Enron Field in two weeks? Me, neither. With the McGriff deal, the Cubs now have enough offense to definitively say they are a better all-around club than Houston. They have a better starting rotation, a better bullpen and a better bench, which should compensate for the Astros' offensive outbursts in the 10 games left between the lone contenders in the NL Central.

If no one has taken Andy MacPhail on a bar crawl down Sheffield, let me extend the celebratory invite. He has done his job magnificently, adding when we asked him to add and pulling off a McGriff deal that rates among the all-time trade deadline heists. Even if the Cubs were to sputter and fold, you sure can't blame Dandy Andy. Since rescuing the front office from the Ed Lynch disaster last summer, his eye for talent and chemistry has been nothing short of brilliant. And more remarkably, what has he relinquished? MacPhail must have pictures, having talked Tampa Bay into trading McGriff for scraps. The Yankees and others might have dealt for him, but MacPhail made inroads early and waited patiently for the Father of the Year until he reached his no-brainer conclusion to come. Better, MacPhail spent a slice of Tribune Co.'s fortune to sweeten Crime Dog's mood, guaranteeing his 2002 option year at $6.75 million. Weathers doesn't come cheaply, either, all of which finally silences concerns that MacPhail would continue his cheapness when the moment called for spending and upgrading.

It is the crowning achievement for MacPhail, who has amazed his peers by piecing together a serious contender from the ashes while protecting his farm system. Other than Ruben Quevedo, who went to Milwaukee in the Weathers deal Monday and may or may not become a productive major-league pitcher, he has managed to keep his cherished prospects. He gave away scraps for Rondell White last July. He followed by landing Bill Mueller, Ron Coomer and Matt Stairs at bargain prices and Julian Tavarez in a tidy deal. We have criticized him mercilessly for his cost-efficient ways amid the stinking wealth of Tribune Tower, and most of the time, the piecemeal route doesn't work in baseball. But it has worked this year, to the chagrin of teams like the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox that have spent upwards of $30 million more.

Encouraged by the big boss, Dennis FitzSimons, the romantic in MacPhail senses a sweet story. The stands are jammed, the town is abuzz, the sports nation is curious. Why not live a little, spike the payroll, try to do the impossible and win a world championship on the North Side of Chicago? If it ever happened, MacPhail would be an instant legend, a quick reversal from six years of wearing goat horns.

As the belief goes, the only Chicago sports fantasy that could top the '85 Bears and the Jordan dynasty would be the Cubs winning the World Series. Only a White Sox fan--remember the White Sox?--isn't intoxicated by the day-to-day ride. Even McGriff noticed immediately, seeing filled seats and excited faces for a change and saying, The fans are awesome. You can feel the electricity.'' If nothing else now, we know the Cubs are going to make a run for mid-October. Who's better? The Braves would have more savvy and experience in a postseason series, but they have holes. The Dodgers are living too large and will crash with a decimated starting rotation. The Diamondbacks have Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, but are showing their age. The Giants made a good deal to get Jason Schmidt and John Vander Wal and might be the sleepers--with Barry Bonds, Rich Aurilia and closer Robb Nen--but their rotation isn't of Cubs quality. As you've read here since, oh, the third week of April, the league is quite winnable.

Pennants aren't won only in October. They also are won in July. The Yankees have proved it over time, and now here are the Cubs, finally acting like a major-market operation in a city's time of need. I will wipe my eyes once more.

Yes, they are in first place by 41/2 games.

Chisox353014
09-26-2001, 03:06 PM
That's hilarious. He sounds like a 10-year old kid or a troll board poster LOL! So, since the Mcgriff deal they have dropped what, 13.5 games in the standings?!? Start printing those Series tickets now, the Flubs are going for it! *****!

BTW, I just stumbled across this infamous Moron quote which I clipped and saved at the beginning of the year:

"That the bumbling, feuding Sox have drifted off the radar screen, detectable only by the big rump and bigger mouth of David Wells, only makes the North Side turnabout more delicious."

I think the 2nd "North Side turnabout" this year is the more delicious one!
:moron
"I definitely do not. The whole world needs Cubbly-Wubbly happiness right now."

FarWestChicago
09-26-2001, 03:22 PM
Moronotti at his finest. He is the equivalent of a ten year old, Troll Board poster. LOL!!

HootieMcBoob
09-26-2001, 05:29 PM
cubbly-wubbly happiness...LOL!!!

stosh
09-26-2001, 07:44 PM
cheeses, excellent job. Too bad we all couldn't sign it and have it e-mailed to him. In fact I kinda remember the Sox and also the fact that our last championship wasn't in 89. Wow going on two decades of non title ball for the Flubs. That's delicious!!

FarWestChicago
09-26-2001, 07:59 PM
As you've read here since, oh, the third week of April, the league is quite winnable.
Classic Moronotti.

:moron

I am a genius. I predicted in April the Cubs would win the National League pennant.

:baylor

Hey, Dipstick. The only problem is we're getting our asses handed to us. You ain't no Cleo, Moron.

Jerry_Manuel
09-26-2001, 08:01 PM
No one could detect a looming crash in 1969, of course, but the difference is in the competition. Do you sense the rise of the Miracle Astros? Do you see a black cat walking across Enron Field in two weeks? Me, neither. With the McGriff deal, the Cubs now have enough offense to definitively say they are a better all-around club than Houston. They have a better starting rotation, a better bullpen and a better bench, which should compensate for the Astros' offensive outbursts in the 10 games left between the lone contenders in the NL Central.

Yes I do sense the rise of the Miracle Astros.
:)

GASHWOUND
09-26-2001, 09:25 PM
That column makes me sick everytime I read it. Thats just as worse than that coulumn he wrote after the Chubs-Sox game where the high spikes incident occured. You know, where he called everybody in the Sox lowlife's and and crap like that. As you can noticed, he hasn't wrtten any coulumns about the sCrubs lately. What a surprise! I wonder what sort of spin he'll put on the sCrubs demise. He'll find a way to blame the Sox some how. I wonder if anyone has called him out on his stupd radio show. I can't believe somebody actually gave him his own radio show.

But this idiot needs to be called out.

Tragg
09-26-2001, 11:02 PM
Excellent cheeses. Please repost as often as necessary.

I hope you have that column about sammy "the delightful sportsman" in your archives - i can always use another giggle.