Being a Cubs fan in the DC area is often just one more reason for anyone (and pretty much everyone) to take jabs at me. I have even been in situations, especially at my job at the Old Studio, where my co-workers (that couldn’t tell you the difference between a Homerun and a Touchdown) would make fun of my beloved Cubbies. Even people that have never watched a game and have never once opened a sports page know enough to exploit my pain. But unlike the Bandwagon fandom that is the DC area, I have always stuck by my Cubbies and Caps through thick and thin….but unfortunately it is mostly thin. Once again the cold of winter recedes and April is upon us; full of hope and promise as we enter another season of Cubbies baseball and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With only 4 games left on the schedule and a 7 point separation between the Caps and the Sharks the President’s Trophy is pretty much a done deal. The Caps have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs wrapped up and The Great 8, if not for his 2 suspensions, would be have been a lock for both the Hart and the Art Ross trophies.
This is such a great time to be a Capitals fan too. It used to suck when the Pens, Ranger and Flyers were in town as half of the crowd or more would be fans from those opposing teams. It doesn’t happen anymore. The Phone booth is almost entirely Red now no matter who is here to play. Even weekday games against shitty teams like Atlanta are sold out and the fans are going crazy during the entire game. We are ready for the playoffs…and after two years in a row of really heartbreaking exits from the tournament…we are ready for it all. Lord Stanley is coming to DC this year.
But the Caps take a back seat today because….
Hey, Hey Whatta ya say? Opening day is finally here!!!
Is this finally the end of our motto being “Wait til next year”? I seriously doubt it. But with 162 games ahead of us you really never know. The Cubbies have 13 new faces on the 25 man opening day roster. Pretty hard to imagine going the distance with over half of your players new to the team. But on the bright side…one of those 25 isn’t that waste of space Milton Bradley.
I can’t believe that the games here in DC aren’t until the last week of August though. I really do hope they are games that still mean something that late into the season to make the games even more fun than usual. It has been great having the Nationals here the last few years and getting those 3 or 4 games every year. You would be amazed at the amount of Cubs fans in the metro area.
With the first pitch being just 5 hours away I could not help but try to start the indoctrination of my nephew:
Eamus Catuli! Let’s make this a great year.