A few seasons back, we had a term for the “good Chicago Cubs,” you know, the Chicago Cubs that showed patience at the plate, executed fundamentals on defense and the base paths, and managed not to give up 37 runs in the 9th inning. We called them the “Pod Cubs.” You know, as in the real Cubs are being kept in a pod somewhere by aliens (or something) and these are the fake Cubs who have been sent to play in their place.
(Actually, I’m not even sure what the original plot is that “pod” is supposed to suggest. Did the real people get kept in pods? Did the aliens come from pods? What movie is this even referencing?)
Anyway, the point of all this is that yesterday the Pod Cubs showed up:
Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano homered, Welington Castillo knocked out a career-high four hits and Carlos Villanueva earned his first victory with the Cubs, allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings in his third straight quality start.
“It was ugly,” Villanueva said, referring to the weather. “We had no idea (if we would play). We heard (Wednesday) we weren’t going to get the game in, and it was going to be tough. I tried to keep my guard up. You never want to drop your guard and then all of a sudden, ‘Hey, the game starts in 20 minutes and I’m just sitting at my locker not thinking about the game.’
Hey, that’s kind of like me. I was sitting here, watching TV and reading when Doc said “By the way, the Cubs are playing baseball right now.” Carlos Villanueva and I have so much in common, though he does have a way better mustache than I do. I’m working on it.
The weather today is pretty miserable again, so perhaps we’ll see the Pod Cubs again? Maybe they’re activated by water, like Gremlins?