I talked to Mark on the day of the division clinch and asked him, as he was dripping head-to-toe with champagne, what fueled him for this season.
I mentioned to him the double play into which he grounded last year in Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS at Wrigley Field. I didn’t bring it up to remind he failed in a situation, but knowing the competitor he is I wondered if that one play fueled him this year. The double play effectively ended any chances of the Cubs coming back in that game.
“Sure I remember that,” he said. “Absolutely it fueled me, but it’s not like I replayed that in my head all year.”
Tonight, with Ronnie Cedeno on second and two outs, DeRosa fought off Jonathan Broxton’s 95-mph fastballs but fell prey to a nasty slider.
I wonder if he is going remember the bottom of the eighth of this year’s Game 3 NLDS.
Putting together the November issue of Vine Line, a couple colleagues of mine chided me at first when I gave them two production schedules–one in case we made it through the NLCS and one if we didn’t make it through the NLDS.
“That’s as far as you think we’re going to go?”
I said we had to proceed assuming they wouldn’t make it through the NLDS only because it was the earliest deadline. If we made to the NLCS, we’d push everything a week back. If we made it to the World Series, we’d wait until the whole shebang was over.
Alas, we will be sticking to that early deadline. There will be no champagne flowing tonight.
Alfonso Soriano just struck out–half swinging, half-hearted. Fitting considering the way the Cubs played this series.
Ironically, like last year in Game 2 of the NLDS, the normally placid Derrek Lee slammed his helmet down in frustration after striking out in the seventh, so uncharacteristic of a great character guy. After Game 2 the other night, he snapped at me saying he wasn’t even thinking about last year.
Well, now we have all off-season to think about next year.
It’s a sickening feeling. Tell me how you all are feeling….