It’s got to be the curses.I'm sure there are plenty of Cubs fans who are a little upset right now that the Cubs didn't play well and they take an early exit from the playoffs this year. Unfortunately we have next year to fall back on!
Not goats and black cats.
Just curses. Four-letter curses. Four-letter baseball.
That’s what this 100-year anniversary postseason looked like for the Cubs — from all those walks in Game 1, to all those errors in Game 2, to all those zeroes Saturday night in Game 3, until it was too late in a 3-1 elimination loss at Dodger Stadium.
They won’t admit that the drought or the so-called curse or anything else extraneous got in their heads or in their way of playing the game.
‘‘I don’t think it has anything to do with the 100-year thing,’’ manager Lou Piniella said after the game. ‘‘I think it has to do with the fact that this team in postseason doesn’t generate enough offense to win games.’’ But there’s no denying that these World Series-favored Cubs didn’t even get down to actually competing head-on in talent-vs.-talent baseball until sometime after the first inning Saturday night.
And by then it was too late.
The butterfly walks and anxious errors in the first two games put them in a hole they had little chance to escape. By the time it struck midnight back home, their magic season was a three-and-out pumpkin.
"We just didn't hit, you have to score runs," Piniella said. "We had opportunities and you have to take advantage of them. This is six games I've managed now in the postseason and we have scored just 12 runs. That doesn't get it done." Alfonso Soriano was one of the culprits in the offensive drought.
"We have the best team in the league, and we struggle in the playoffs," Soriano said. "We did not play good, like a team. That's the reason we didn't win."
So how about those White Sox? Well they'll play today at the Cell with a 2-0 deficit against Tampa Bay in their ALDS.