I've been light on the posting this week, but there isn't much
to say during a home stand where you're playing the Reds and the
Nationals. The Cubs need to win, preferably sweeping the Nationals
because they are the basement of the basement that is the majority
of the National League. No need to give the critics any ammunition
by not at least winning the series at home against a team like
Of course I was prompted out of my blogging nap by none other
than the focus placed on Carlos Zambrano's molar. Is this really
what it has come to? I know that Lou Piniella has never heard of a
pitcher complaining of a tooth problem when he's on the mound, but
unless it's his "elbow tooth" or a "shoulder tooth" I don't care to
hear about it this excessively.
Meanwhile, children all around Chicago are panicking that
their parents will use that as ammunition for why chewing gum is
bad, in addition to worrying how much time Carlos might have to
spend on the DL with his cracked tooth. Thank goodness there's such
a thing as sugarless gum.
The tooth of the matter is that when a team is coasting along
in first place and Zambrano is the king of creating the quirky
sports angle for reporters, stuff like this going to happen. I
suppose I'd rather that be the focus then why the Cubs lost two of
three at home to the Reds or why Zambrano had a third straight bad
start. Gladly none of those were headlines.