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Cubs Clinch NL Central!

By bullpenbrian at 09.21.2008 Leave a comment.

  • Saturday September 20th – Wrigley Field
  • Game (153): Cubs 5 – Cards 4
  • Record (93-60) – Chicago Clinches NL Central!
  • Magic No. – 0!!!

The skinny: For the first time in 100 years the Cubs have managed to reach the post season in consecutive seasons.

What a celebration after the game…players showering each other with champagne, the victory lap around the outfield, the block party on Clark and Addison!

And, as DeRosa said afterwards, “it never gets old.”

Yes, it’s a beautiful thing, indeed!

I talked about it Friday, Ted Lilly has been a big game pitcher for the Cubs all season, and he was again this afternoon too.

The lefty gets over-looked on a staff with Z, Harden and Dempster.

Zambrano always stirs our emotions, both good and bad, Harden’s stuff is electric and Dempster’s return to the rotation has been nothing short of spectacular.

Then, there’s Lilly, the definition of a crafty left-hander, nothing out worldly, nothing flashy, but the guy wins big games.

Lilly was spot-on after the game too, saying this is what the team had in mind since spring training: win the division in front of the home crowd at Wrigley.

St. Louis‘ two errors cost them the game, Ramirez’s stab on Pujols’ liner in the fourth helped seal the division crown.

And, give credit to Lee’s tag on the backend of that play as well.

DEFENSE MATTERS!

Lou is right to point out that this Cubs team shouldn’t burden the load of the Cubs’ championship drought.

Sorry Lou, but there’s no getting around it, you certainly can’t live in the past, and you can’t change it either.

And, until this organization goes all the way, the last 100 years will stick to the Cubs like a summer shadow.

However, I believe this Cubs team is up to the challenge of ending the championship curse.

Yes, Chicago winning the World Series can happen, it’s is not impossible, despite what some Cubs fans might think.

Boston dealt with similar issues, similar pressures to win, yet has come out with two rings in the last four years.

No reason the Cubs can’t do the same.

And, if the Cubs mimic its formula for success from this afternoon: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and solid defense; there’s no doubt the club plays the last series in October.

During the post game interviews several Cubs mentioned the presence of Jim Edmonds in the clubhouse this season.

Like him or not, the guy is a true leader.

Edmonds gathered the team in the clubhouse after the game to remind them to keep their collective eyes on the prize.

When you’ve been to the summit and played to the level Edmonds has for the past two decades, your voice is heard.

And, Jim’s left-handed bat will play a huge part in the Cubs’ post season lineup as well.

Soriano, Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Soto and DeRosa: all right-handed hitters.

Time to celebrate!!! See you tomorrow!

W – Lilly (16-9) – Wood (32)

L – Pineiro (6-7)

  • Notes: For the first time since 1989 (93-69) the Cubs have won 93 games.
  • Lilly’s 16th win is a career-high.
  • The lefty is also (3-0) vs. St. Louis this season.
  • Great quote from LaRussa after the game: “They played the best all year, so they’re the winners.”
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