09/16/2004: Thought for the Day:
There is a slightly less publicized example of a team handling late-season stresses in a more appropriate fashion. The Florida Marlins have been displaced to the Windy City to play their home games as yet another hurricane smacks into the sunshine state.
These guys are in the middle of a wild card race, they don't know if they'll have homes next weekend, and they are actually a home team from Chicago. That should be enough to send them spiraling into distracted mediocrity (the Cubs have done it without the hurricane) but apparently they got the word they were the first World Champions to play a home game in Chicago in 87 years and they're having a blast. The mascot, organist, and about 6000 unemployed Chicagoans are all there treating it like a fourth grade field trip. Florida even started the party early. Supposedly Carl Pavano left some choice tickets at the gate for a guy named Bartman and Miguel Cabrera put on a nice impression of Moises Alou out in the field. These guys have the right attitude.
--Nathanial Skinner [@stlcardinals.com]
Len on 09.16.04 @ 01:30 PM CST