2008 MLB Mid-Season Review: Magic 8 Ball says Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!
We’ve nearly reached the 2008 All-Star game, where the brilliance of big boppers and showstoppers are
expected to deliver on queue. The passionate baseball fan basks in the rays of the perennial favorites: the A-
Rods, the Jeters and the Mannys of the hardball world. While the youngsters likely find their new idols in the
Sotos and the Longorias rising to meet new acclaim and new expectations in their 1st all-star bash.
It is great time set in an equally great ballpark. The ‘Stadium’ that shone brightly while Ruth, Gehrig,
DiMaggio, Mantle and Jackson took their game to unparalleled heights. That had Larsen’s perfect game in
1956 World Series. Jackson’s three straight trips to souvenir city in 1977. Whitey Ford’s scoreless brilliance
topping Ruth’s in pitching. And 26 times saw the House rock and roll before a new one was built. The
passing of an 86-year old comrade that has shared its glory and defined a dynasty. Yankee Stadium will be
Which is why this mid-heaven classic, during Manhattanhenge, is a time to pay homage, and to destine
(possibly) whom will be in hunt for October glory.
The reigning world champions are playing to expectations (55-39) despite injuries (Schilling) and lack of
huge production from the usual 3-4 bashers of Manny and Big Papi. That aside, Youkilis, Pedrioa, Lowell,
Ellsbury and J.D. Drew have not missed a beat, supplying sabermetric prowess to The Big Bo Sox
Machine. Keeping the rhythm on the mound is the nice combo of Jon Lester (7-3) and Josh Beckett (9-5).
Each has ERAs under 4.00 throwing an average of 6.25 innings per start. (How far we’ve fallen in terms of
pitching expectations.) With ageless knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and quasi-gyroballing Daisuke Matsuzaka
(9-1), Da Sox will only get better with the addition of Big Papi and a surprising Bartolo Colon. (As the Sox
are hitting .226 with runners in scoring position w/2 outs (20th), but have 18 stolen base