Calling the Cubs "lucky" is a lot like calling ESPN "unbiased." Yeah, well, sometimes...
But that's exactly what the Cubs have been, winning their third extra inning game of the season on Sunday after winning only two all of last year.
Let's consider how this new-found Cubs luck worked Sunday in Philly:
- Mark DeRosa hit a home run that wasn't a home run. It was clearly a foul ball, a point that didn't escape the attention of the fans and the Phillies manager, even if it escaped the attention of the umps.
- Carlos Zambrano was forced to pinch hit when the Cubs ran out of position players in the 10th inning. He hit a routine double-play grounder that the normally sure-handed Chase Utley threw away, allowing Ronny Cedeno to score what turned out to be the winning run.
- Cedeno tried a risky steal attempt of third base with one out in the 8th inning. He was safe, but not by much. He eventually scored the tying run.
- The same Chase Utley who threw the ball away in the top half of the inning tried to make amends in the bottom half of the 10th. Instead, his well hit ball missed being a home run by a few inches as it hit the wall above the glove of Kosuke Fukudome for a double.
- Cedeno (when was the last time we used his name so often without anything turning out badly?) made a diving stop of So Taguchi's hard hit grounder on the right side of second base, throwing the runner out in the bottom of the 10th inning.
- Geo Soto didn't mean to swing at a pitch when he was pinch hitting in the 8th inning. His "excuse me" single drove in the tying run.
So what if the problems continue and the winning is ugly. Hey, we'll take it. Come to think of it, after 99 years, imagine all the pent up luck the Cubs have coming to them. So I say don't look a gift goat in the mouth.
Now on to Cincinnati and Dusty Baker...Go Cubs!