A good friend of mine is the brains behind the In Dusty We Trusty t-shirts, part of the Festa Stuff empire. He calls me whenever he starts getting antsy about the direction the Cubs are taking, or after a tough loss, or whenever LaTroy Hawkins is warming up in the bullpen, etc. etc... you get the idea. And I'm usually able to calm him down by explaining to him that Hendry has a plan, this is why Dusty gets paid the big bucks, just wait until we get Wood and Prior healthy at the same time, etc. etc. He calls me his Cubs psychiatrist. I don't know about that, but I'm happy whenever I'm able to bring some good Cubs chi back into his life.
So it gave me great pleasure to call him earlier today and break the news that Nomar Garciaparra was about to become a Cub, and that we wouldn't have to give up Matt Clement in the process. My friend was absolutely giddy. Of course, maybe that was because he was in the middle of a streetfest at the time - you never know...
Still, I think he shares what many Cub fans are feeling today - a renewed sense of optimism and a big bolt of confidence that once again the Cubs will be playing in October. And I ain't talking about the regular season series finale with Atlanta (Oct 1-3). Nope, I expect we will be going much farther into October this year.
So in keeping with the In Dusty We Trusty tradition, I present to you the new Cubs mantra for the rest of this season:
"With Nomar, We GoFar"
Look for it soon on a t-shirt near you...
Saturday, July 31: BP-5 [W-5,S-0], Roof-1 [A-1,C-0], Foul-0, HR-0