finally, a Cubs win
an 11-4 victory over the NL Central division leading Cardinals. Maddux threw a complete game, and with the win ended up tying Gaylord Perry at 16th on the all-time wins list with 314 career wins. Derrek Lee added two home runs to his total, keeping his Triple Crown dream alive, but realistically speaking, this season is pretty much over for the Cubs. I'm going to go watch them play the Astros next week, and I'll be rooting for them, but they're 7.5 games back from the Astros for the wild card and 5 other teams _besides_ the Astros are standing in the way. I did find a pretty funny Cubs joke, though, at the WGN Sports Cubs Baseball Blog. It goes like this:
A Chicagoan dies and is sent to the great below. He had been a horrible man throughout life and even the devil wanted to punish him, so he puts him to work breaking up rocks with a sledgehammer. To make it worse he cranks up the temperature and the humidity. "Love my kingdom!" laughs the devil. After a couple of days the devil checks in on his victim to see if he is suffering adequately. The devil is aghast as he looks at the Chicagoan happily swinging his hammer and whistling a happy tune. The devil walks up to him and says, "I don't understand this. I've turned the heat way up, it's humid, you're crushing rocks; why are you so happy?" The Chicagoan, smiling big, looks at the devil and replies, "This is great! It reminds me of August in Chicago. Hot, humid, a good place to work. It reminds me of home. This is fantastic!" The devil, extremely perplexed, walks away to ponder the Chicagoan's remarks. Then he decides to drop the temperature, send down driving rain and torrential wind. Soon, hell is a wet, muddy mess. Walking in mud up to his knees with dust blowing into his eyes, the Chicagoan is happily slogging through the mud pushing a wheelbarrow full of crushed rocks. Again, the devil asks how he can be happy in such conditions. The Chicagoan replies, "This is great! Just like April in Chicago. It reminds me of working out in the fields with spring planting!" The devil is now completely baffled. Angry, and desperate to make things really awful, he tries one last ditch effort. He makes the temperature plummet. Suddenly the devil's lair is blanketed in snow and ice. Confident that this will surely make the Chicagoan unhappy, the devil checks in on the Chicagoan. He is aghast at what he sees. The Chicagoan is dancing, singing, and twirling his sledgehammer as he cavorts in glee. "How can you be so happy? Don't you know its 40 below zero?" screams the devil. Jumping up and down, the Chicagoan throws a snowball at the devil and yells, "Hell's frozen over!! This means the Cubs are in the World Series!!!