Man, 1989. Remember that? The Boys of Zimmer won the National League whatever it was called in those days only to got beat in the playoffs. (Sound familiar?) Doug Collins led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals only to be fired. Hair Metal ruled the earth. It was a dark, dark time.
But that's basketball and this is baseball.
The Cubs, now the best team in baseball (record-wise) thanks to, of all people, the White Sox, who beat the Tampa Bay Deviled Eggs last night, take on the injury-riddled Colorado Rockies today from rainy Chicago.
Ted Lilly, who's won four straight starts to improve to Ted Lilly (5-4, 5.23) goes against Aaron Cook, who's a quite a respectable 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA this season.
Paul Sullivan writes that Aramis Ramirez has the day off. In his place in the clean-up spot is Geovany Soto. Here are the lineups for both teams.
Non Spoiler Alert: This time I'll try not to ruin last night's "Lost" season finale for those who haven't watched it yet. I won't mention things that were revealed, like it was Brad Sellers sleeping in that coffin.
But I did think their last-minute tribute to Harvey Korman was a nice touch. It's Hedley!
"...mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits..."
Speaking of which, welcome to everyone in the comments section. Happy Friday. Let's hope it doesn't rain. Baseball hopefully sooner rather than later.
Update: We're in some sort of rain delay but with no official start time. Mark DeRosa just said on the pregame show they're hoping for a 2:00 or 2:30 start. Lunch time.
Another update: Comcast's Gail Fischer says we're looking at a 1:40 start time. Well, which is it?
OK, 1:40 it is and thanks to the first 50 people on the message board for pointing out my idiotic error about the 1989 playoffs. Thank you. I blame the intern who wrote that lede for me. And no Max Orient today. I've gone with an egg salad sandwich from the cafeteria that I hope was made sometime since the Cubs took a game off the Giants in 1989.
And to answer "off topic's" question on the message board, no self-respecting male should be subjected to the "Sex
And we're off after a 23-minute delay. Gametime temps at 72 degrees with winds in the low 20-mph range blowing from the south, which means out to left. Willy Taveras bunts for a hit. Close play at first but replays show he arrived at the base at the same time as the throw. Jonathan Herrera fouls off a few pitches to make the count 2-2. Taveras runs on each pitch and Herrera fouls each pitch off. It's safe to say the hit and run is on. Taveras doesn't run but Herrera pokes a single to center. Taveras doesn't slow down and beats Jim Edmonds' throw to third. Ryan Spilborghs lines one to the left side but it's right at Mark DeRosa, who's playing third today for Ramirez. Garrett Atkins flies to shallow right, too shallow for Taveras to even think about tagging. Todd Helton hit's a three run homer to left-center and the Rockies take a 3-0 lead right quick. Chris Iannetta hits a two-out double to the right-field gap. Lester Strode, today's Walgreens celebrity pitching coach, strolls out to talk to Lilly. Strode's moved in from the bullpen today because Larry Rothschild is at his daughter's graduation in Florida. Whatever Strode said it didn't work because Ian Baker rips a fastball off the left-field wall for an RBI double. Omar Quintanilla lines out to second to end a four-run first.
Rockies 4, Cubs 0
Soriano grounds out to second. Getting a little ahead of myself on the innnigs. It's still the first. Fontenot grounds out to short. Derrek Lee bounces one off the pitcher's glove for an infield single. Soto hits it hard but right at the second baseman.