I remember Game 1 of the 2007 NLDS like it was yesterday.
Up and coming Chicago facing the surprise Arizona D-Backs.
I watch the game standing up, to nervous to sit on my favorite comfy chair!
Arizona scores first, a fourth inning home run by Stephen Drew.
I’m deflated, but confident the Cubs rebound.
They do when Ryan Theriot singles in a run in the top of the sixth.
Big Z’ and Brandon Webb match each other pitch-for-pitch through six innings. It’s a 1-1 game. Zambrano’s looking strong. He’s an 18-game winner. Going the distance would be no problem.
Lou Piniella feels otherwise. He lifts Zambrano after 85-pitches, believing Z will be fresher for his second postseason start. This decision, perhaps, is the single worst move Piniella makes during his tenure with the Cubs.