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What A Weekend

"Come on red birds and face your fears, show up with courage, but ya leave in tears."

By Tim Sheridan
May 6, 2019

That was one fantastic Cubs weekend, sweeping the Cardinals and taking over first place in the Central! What fun to see Professor Hendricks’ 81-pitch masterpiece, longtime Cubs farm-hand Taylor Davis hit a game tying grand-slam, and tagging the birds for 13 runs last night – great stuff. The only way I would have enjoyed it more was to have been in exciting Chicago and The Friendly Confines for any of those games.

A gem by the Prof

All that angst from Cub fans, seems to have quickly vanished with the recent trend of stellar play from the North Siders.  According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the Cubs are the first team in 24 seasons to start the year at least five games under .500 and reach six games over by their 30th contest. What a difference a month can make!

This type of weekend with the Cubs and Cards playing for first place, seems to perfectly fit some of the lyrics of Clear The Way – Cubs Anthem. How appropriate – “Come on red birds and face your fears, show up with courage, but ya leave in tears.”  You can hear that line at :31 seconds into the song.

“Clear The Way” is a tune that was first played in the spring of 2016. Yes, 2016! Some of the lyrics were recorded using a microphone Harry Caray sang Take Me Out To The Ball Game on! It even uses actual sirens recorded from the fire trucks next to Wrigley Field (Engine Company 78) on the track. That, my friends, is some serious Cubs mojo.

Not sure if you had a chance to view last week’s CubTalks Episode #11? It was a struggle to produce, as my main editing computer went belly up. Along with that, my back-up laptop also gave me grief and I hadn’t set-up my office yet after I recently moved. All of which, led me to pull my hair out in chunks. OK, I’m kidding on that, I like my hair too much. However, the frustration level was certainly there. In the end, #11 was more spontaneous and I touch upon a variety of topics, including fame, and why one big Cub personality has largely been forgotten. Here’s the link. 

Certainly hope the Cubs don’t have a let-down with the lowly Marlins coming to Wrigley tonight stating a four game series, followed by the Brewers on Friday with a three-game set. Here’s to a great week of Cubs baseball!  Go Cubs!

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