Schedule Leaves Cubs with Say in Wild Card, Cubs Choose San Diego Padres
September 26, 2008
(New York, NY) – As the Cubs wrapped up their series with the New York Mets and headed off for a series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team realized that thanks to the schedule, the Cubs were having a pretty substantial say in which team wins the National League Wild Card.
That’s because the Cubs play the Wild Card-leading Mets and Brewers in two of their last three series of the year. How the Cubs play will have no effect on the Cubs, but will have a dramatic effect on the Wild Card winner.
And with this responsibility in mind, the Cubs made an interesting choice Thursday night.
“We were trying to decide between the Brewers and the Mets, because as everyone has been saying, it’s like the choice is up to us,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella explained. “And we kept going back and forth on it, until eventually we decided we were going to have to go with the San Diego Padres. We’ve had a lot of success against them, we match up really well with their pitching. Oh, and they’re incredibly bad at baseball.”
It seems that the Cubs took media reports that they were going to have a say in who takes the Wild Card a little too literally. Major League Baseball has yet to comment on the Cubs’ selection, but sources indicate it is expected to be rejected unless it would increase television revenues for the playoffs.
But even if they thought they could literally choose any team for the Wild Card, why the Padres?
The Cubs know the Washington Nationals have a worse record, but the team has not handled the Nats quite as well as the Padres. And selecting a team in the NL Central would result in a first round matchup with a team from another division anyway.
Other finalists for the NL Wild Card according to the Cubs included the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees, the Chesterton Fields Seventh Grade Girls softball team, and the Chesterton Fields Seventh Grade Girls field hockey team. Ultimately, the Cubs felt they stood the best chance in the playoffs against the Padres.
“Everybody kept saying that we were going to decide the Wild Card,” Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot said. “And so we thought we could choose any team we wanted, probably because we were drunk with power. Power, and gallons of cheap, victory champagne. Oh, and a couple handles of Wild Turkey, a keg of Old Style, and a hell of a lot of saki.”
Understandable that the Cubs would still be celebrating.
“Celebrating what?” Theriot asked, taking another swig of Wild Turkey.