by Celeste Johnson
Swinging strike three against the Enemy in Blue
The Beloved Slight One finds himself amid Giants.
Standing above King Carl with only
The Christian Gentleman, The Dominican Dandy
And Rusie of Ancient Name as company.
All hallowed in the Hall. In this, at least, he stands among.
The Slight Beloved names this a “Good day for the Giants”
And a good day for him, Apologetic Pride
On display from one who need never apologize
by Michael Shevick
Ever the optimist,
Ernie might have said, “The Cubs will come alive
The Cubs do look good, I say,
But I can’t forget yesterday.
Hey say, that history will re-Pete (Lacock).
The Cubs history is replete with defeat,
They are in the elite of defeat.
It was 1908 when they last won the Big Dance,
The captain of that team was the peerless Frank Chance,
Of course Tinkers and Evers were there, too,
And Ronnie Wicker was not, but he would say, “Woo Woo.”
There were many that followed, but to think about it causes me strain.
At least it was the White Sox who had a player nicknamed “Old Aches and Pains”.
Many were crummy, some were downright bad.
There was Lou Novikoff, who was just mad.
I had the displeasure of seeing Moe Thacker and Andre Rogers play,
And Boots Day, who had a short stay.
I saw the ’69 team which gave their all,
Ernie, Ronnie, Billy and Fergie all made the Hall,
Leo ran that team into the ground,
Randy the Rebel couldn’t lose another pound,
’69 should have caused me to push the button,
Still, I am a glutton.
1984 was quite a blow, Watched Sarge, Ryno and Sutcliffe put on a show,
That damn Garvey and the bircher were loathsome foes.
Still, the Pods to the series did go,
But the Tigers and Kirk Gibson sent them home with a No.
Then there was ’89, ’98 and 2003.
The result was the same.
At least in 2003, we had the fat guy to blame.
Any reaonsble person would flee,
Do you think Harry Caray would agree?
Still, I think the guys in the front office now are smarter,
They even are talking about signing a number-one starter.
Optimism about the Cubs has always been wrong,
But Soler, Bryant and Baez are better than Dale Long,
And Bub Buhl and Scott Thompson, those two get the gong.
If Steve Goodman were alive, he’d write another song.
Kevn Orie, was oh-so-sorry.
Arrieta and Hendricks looked great last season,
If they add an ace, there might be a reason–
Ok, again, I’m drinking that Cubs Kool-Aid,
In 2015, we’ve got it made.
by Stephen Jones
Four-game home streak snapped
Throwback unies didn’t work
Detroit won the game
by Hilary Barta
Oh, the friendly confinement is great
Hot dog vendors, the vines — both first rate
But the sport has a history,
And support is a mystery
When the end of the line is, “Just wait.”