Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Unreal. Just unrealPosted by Chris Jaffe
A little bit ago, I checked today's scoreboard and noticed:
1) the Cubs beat the eminently beatable Pirates
2) the Cards trailed in the ninth inning against Milwaukee.
This was news, you see, because the Cubs haven't gained a game in the standing on St. Louis since August 3. Yes, really. That was 37 frickin' days ago!
So, I got all hyped up to do a little blurb here noting that and placing this streak in context by listing some events that took place in history which didn't take as long as 37 days: for example, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the papacy of Pope John Paul I, every Olympiad, the presidency of William Henry Harrison, etc.
However, after logging in here, I checked back and - surprise, surprise - found out that the Cards now led the Brewers. They came back in the ninth in the time it took me to merely think up this idea.
The game just ended. St. Louis won. They're 25-7 since August 3. The Cubs are 14-19 in that time. This is now the sixth consecutive week St. Louis hasn't conceded any ground. Jesus H. Christ.
History instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His new book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.