The Daily DOB — Aug. 31

August 31, 2015 0 Comments
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, takes a photo as teammates pose in the background following a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The players are wearing pajamas for an overnight flight to Chicago after finishing a six-game West Coast trip. The Cubs won 2-0 after Jake Arrieta pitched his first career no-hitter. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, takes a photo as teammates pose in the background following a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. The players are wearing pajamas for an overnight flight to Chicago after finishing a six-game West Coast trip. The Cubs won 2-0 after Jake Arrieta pitched his first career no-hitter. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It’s really hard to dislike the Cubs. As a Cardinals fan, you have a bit of an automatic hatred for the North Siders because of the rivalry between the teams. When you look at the Cardinals’ success and compare it to the Cubs’ over the years, there is no rivalry. With 19 NL Championship banners and 11 World Series titles, the Cardinals are the class of the National League. The Cubs have 10 NL titles — none since 1945 — and two World Series titles, the last in 1908.

But the Cubs’ day is coming. They have a fantastic core of young players who should be with the team for years as long as the owners are willing to shell out the money to keep them all. The team’s manager, Joe Maddon, is fabulous as well. He knows how to push the right buttons. He’s so good, he even got Tampa Bay to the World Series once. The Cubs will win a World Series before the Rays get to another Fall Classic.

Will the Cubs’ day be in 2015? It’s hard to say. For all of the excitement, they are still in third place in the NL Central and are destined to play in a one-game wild card playoff. The team struggled a bit on the road last week, but has a chance to build some momentum in September when the majority of their games are against NL Central foes, including six games each with the Cardinals and second-place Pirates. It would certainly help having that winner-take-all wild card game at Wrigley Field.

On the eve of September, Cubs fans have something to look forward to for once. May they enjoy the ride.

 

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