The 2004 Waveland Chronicles

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Oh ye of little faith...

Just because Corey is struggling at the plate, Borowski is more of an opener than a closer, and Derrek Lee doesn't even have half the homers that the player he was traded for (Hee Seop Choi) does... everybody in Cubs Nation is ready to mail it in -- the June swoon is in full bloom.

"Mule fritters!" as Col. Sherman Potter used to say on M*A*S*H.

Look - Corey's problem is in his head and that's why we spent the big bucks to get Dusty. He'll get through to Corey sooner or later and make him understand he doesn't have to hit 5 run homers all the time - he's got wheels, he might as well use them. And Borowski's problem seems to be in his arm, so he was placed on the DL after the game which ought to give him a couple weeks to straighten things out. As for Derrek Lee's problem...'s nothing that a long blast out onto Waveland Ave. won't cure. Bottom of the 8th, one man on, first pitch - CRACK! He launches one sky-high. And I mean launches one. Moe had already gone home to place his bets for the Belmont Stakes, "Dick the Bruiser" was up in the clubhouse mixing up some margaritas, Dave wasn't feeling well and had left, not sure where Butch was, so I was the only regular out there. I ran to my left, collided with one guy who was coming to his right, tried to hold him up as he fell, got my bearings again, circled around a few more people, looked up, took a couple steps over and waited and waited for that thing to come down. Finally, the welcome sound of ball plopping into leather and I had myself a Derrek Lee home run.

And I think Derrek had himself a slump-buster. Look for him to get hot and help Moises shoulder the load over the next few weeks until Sammy and his boombox are back in the house.

Saturday, June 5: BP-6 [W-5,S-1], Roof-0, Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-1 [W-1,S-0]
Season: BP-322 [W-211,S-111], Roof-12 [A-10,C-2], Foul-2 [W-0,S-2], HR-27 [W-25,S-2]

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