The Nats commence a three-game series in Chicago on Tuesday evening, and taking two is the goal. Can it be done? I mean, the Nats haven't been taking two-out-of-three from many people this season; in fact, the current 13-25 record tells the opposite story.
Then again, these are the Cubs, who are falling farther and according to a swifter reversal of fortune than Hans Gruber's rapid descent down the forty stories of Nakatomi Tower. Fourteen defeats in sixteen games isn't even something these Nats have accomplished. Yet.
[editor's note, by Basil] My hasty post has led to humiliation! I fancy myself as the possessor of a vault-full of negotiable bearer bonds of knowledge about Die Hard (so much so that, if Die Hard knowledge were currency, I could invest mine, then, in the words of the film's suave villain, "sit on a beach, earning twenty percent"). But Al provides an accurate critique and correction: Hans really didn't fall forty stories! Now, the building itself was forty story; that much is clear in the movie and was part of the film's advertising promotions. But Han's demise did not commence at the very top of the building. Instead, he was near the Nakatomi's Corporation's vault, which is described in the movie as being "on the thirtieth floor, up the stairs." (You can see this in an establishment shot near the beginning of the movie, as well as when our hero, John, climbs the stairs just before the final confrontation---and is almost hit by a falling Christmas tree.) Al links to a website that claims Hans feel from the thirty-second floor; this may be correct, as it was a very tall staircase, and we know the building had some custom-designed quirks. But the relevant point is that Hans did not in fact fall from the fortieth floor. You've shamed me, Al!
Anyway, Al, the prolific and passionate proprietor of Bleed Cubbie Blue, is preaching patience---or at least steady breathing. Al foresees three scenarios for the Derrek Lee-less Cubbies the remainder of the season:
- partially cloudy with a 70% chance of mediocrity; and
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Of note: On Wednesday, the Nats will square off against young lefty Sean Marshall. He's a graduate of Manchester High School, in Midlothian, Va. I'm also from Midlothian, though I went to the aptly-named Midlothian High. On Thursday, the Nats will face Kerry Wood, in his season debut. Is it me, or is Wood basically where John Smoltz was in about mid-season of '91, except Wood is injury-prone rather than inconsistent? Note: Harper points out in the comments that they're not really comparable. And they're not. I guess I sort of feel about Wood similarly to how I felt about Smoltz back then. Plus, I just wanted to say something stupid.