The Hound has hung around the ballpark long enough not to get his tail in a tizzy over the Chicago Cubs. But as the magic number gets closer, maybe next year is here.
We've all been burned before by the hapless Cubbies, most recently in 2003 when a guy named Bartman became a part of Cubs lore, along with Lou Brock and the "Curse of the Goat." The Hound wonders if they'll let young Bartman out of the witness protection program long enough to be in Wrigley Field if the Cubs manage to squeak into the playoffs. Of course, he'd have to have bodyguards.
Speaking of manage, Lou Pinella has surprised this dog. At first, he seemed he was lost in the ozone, babbling at post-game press conferences like Casey Stengel. Guess he was just rope-a-doping. He's got the boys in blue humming along so we'll see how this season plays out with a week to go.
Until then, go Cubs!