Cubs Ready to Turn It On in Game Four
October 6, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – The Cubs are headed back to Chicago a little earlier than expected, after a disappointing weekend that saw them lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS for the third straight game. But the team is in surprisingly good spirits, all things considered.
The team says it’s because they’re really excited and geared up for Game 4 of the series.
“We’re off to a slow start, that’s all,” Game 1 starter Ryan Dempster said Sunday. “But we’re headed back to Chicago, and we’re going to do something really special. I can feel it.”
“I don’t want to say we’ve been saving our best for when our backs were against the wall, but we kind of have. So we’re really ready to turn it on now.”
“The series has been a disaster so far,” manager Lou Piniella said. “I’ll admit that. But things are about to change. Everything is different now. You’ll see. I kept my hottest starter [Ted Lilly] for this game. I fiddled with the lineup, even including the worst hitter in baseball [Kosuke Fukudome] for the first couple of games. But I’ve got it figured out now, and we’re ready to start winning.”
Dempster’s and Piniella’s positivity is enviable. But the main problem with their plan, is that the NLDS is but a five-game series. With their third loss, the Cubs have been eliminated.
“Wait, wait, wait. You cannot be suggesting that the first round of the baseball playoffs is shorter than all other sports,” Piniella said. “The baseball season is 162 games, but the hockey or basketball seasons are half that. Thus, it would be absurd for their first round playoffs to be longer than baseball, and it cannot be true.”
“No. No, we’re playing a fourth game. It’s gonna happen.”