GAME 60 PREVIEW
BOSTON RED SOX (32-28) at CHICAGO CUBS (32-27)
Wrigley Field, 2:15pm CT, TV: FOX
Greetings from Hannover Germany, where beer and cigarettes are the order of the day! Well, just the beer for me, actually, though I feel like I've been smoking for the last week.
I'm checking in from my business trip to deliver some important breaking news. It seems that the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. Not only that, but they're in the middle of a series with the Boston Red Sox, who a) won the World Series last year, and b) before that, hadn't won one since 1918. Why, I had no idea! And apparently neither did anyone else in the country, since that seems to be the only storyline surrounding this series. OK, not the only
storyline -- there's also the "Nomar gets his ring, sort of" story.
But there's a whole lot more going on in Cub- and Red Sox-land. So here are seven other things that the national media should
be talking about:
1. The Cubs have won 11 of their last 13 and are currently 1/2 game out of the wildcard spot.
2. With Kerry Wood
and Mark Prior
missing significant time with injuries, Carlos Zambrano
(4-3, 2.94, 75K/31 BB) has emerged as the ace of the staff and one of the best young pitchers in baseball.
3. Zambrano isn't the best starter on the Cubs this year -- that honor goes to Glendon Rusch
(5-1, 2.07, 42/27), who's gunning for the Mr. Unsung Award two years running.
4. Derrek Lee
:hitting::German guys:beer drinking
6. The Red Sox are looking up at the Orioles, which is strange, but not as strange as the fact that they're looking down at the Yankees, and can't even see them because the Blue Jays are in the way.
7. Just like the Cubs, the Red Sox are weathering pitching injuries (to David Wells
and Curt Schilling
), though they're doing it mostly by climbing on Big Papi's back and letting him drag them over .500.
I was going to go for ten, but I ran out of steam after two Red Sox ones and, honestly, I don't care enough about them to find three more. Go see what Evan has to say at Fire Brand of the American League
if you want more Carmines info.
Truth be told, the Red Sox are one of my favorite teams and I was really happy to see them win the Series last year. But I'll be even happier once El Toro shuts them down this afternoon on national TV, thereby verifying his All-Star bona fides
, and Rusch does the same on ESPN tomorrow night.