Kellen King's Chicago Cubs Fan Profile
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I am a recent college graduate. I spent my entire childhood in Illinois, but I now live in Phoenix. I will write many blogs on the Chicago Cubs. I also plan on giving some small player biographies in my blogs every once in a while.
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Thanks Milwaukee posted on 09/03/2008
Cub fans, please say thank you to any Milwaukee Brewers fans you may know. Their team is struggling just as much as the Cubs right now. It could have been disastrous if Milwaukee would have gone on a winning streak this week as the Cubs were skidding against the Phillies and Astros. The Cubs still have a cushion in the NL Central, but they need to try to get Zambrano and Harden healthy before they make this final playoff push. Don't panic, the Cubs will be fine. They have a solid line-up all the way through the batting order, and even if they are sluggish, they will get enough wins to enter the 08 playoffs. Sorry this post is short and I haven't posted in a while, but I have been working on numerous websites. I will try to put the Cubs blog first from now on, and trust me, I will be much more talkative once these Cubbies get closer to the playoffs.
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Team Effort posted on 08/12/2008
Team effort...the reason I love the Cubs. They are a great group of athletes, but they are also a great group of friends. Every game it's obvious that the players like each other and all understand what they could accomplish this year. I don't see any one man show out there....I see a team. Theriot slapping balls up the middle and to right fields...Lee hitting sac flies...Harden hustling down the first base line for an infield single...Blanco with a clutch game-ending hit. The list goes on. Never before have I seen a Cubs team get along so well. After every hit the player will put his two index fingers up and point to the bench as one of his fellow teammates is standing at the front of the dugout cheering him on. I love to see that.
Not only is this team unselfish, but they are very deep. The pitching is better than expected this year with the surprising success of Ryan Dempster, the mid-season addition of Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin, and the presence of the long-time Cub, Kerry Wood, closing out the games. In addition, the fielding has been excellent with at least one diving catch per game by the outfielders, no matter who is out there. Everyone is putting their body and heart on the line to try to accomplish something special this year.
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If He Stays Hot... posted on 08/05/2008
What a day for Alfonso Soriano. He came up with a huge 3-run home run in the 7th inning with 2 on and 2 out to put the Cubs up 10 to 7 over the Astros. Soriano also had a single and a double to give him 4 RBI on the day. He touched home twice.
Watch out if Soriano continues to stay hot. He is 6 for his last 14 at-bats and has raised his batting average from .274 on July 26th to .297 on August 5th. This is the highest batting average Soriano has had all year, with the closest coming way back on the 18th of May when he was sitting on .296. He is batting .321 since the All-Star break.
The Cubs are a dangerous team when Soriano is hitting the ball the way he is right now. It seems as though his performance boosts many of the other players performance as well. They say hitting is contagious, and I believe it. The Cubs were 24-22 when Soriano was on the DL during April, June, and July. When Soriano is off the DL, the Cubs are an impressive 45-23. So, just having him on the field appears to give the Cubs a huge boost. Add a Soriano that is on fire, and the Cubs are even more deadly.
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LIVE game talk Cubs-Astros 8/4 posted on 08/04/2008
(FYI -- All my times are Pacific Time)
It's Monday, August 4th. The Cubs and Astros are about to face off. The wind is always something to pay attention to at Wrigley....and it looks like it is blowing at around 10-15 mph from right to left field, straight across. Sweet outfits and hair on many of the fans tonight. It's 70s night...
2B Kazuo Matsui
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Lance Berkman
LF Carlos Lee
RF Hunter Pence
3B Ty Wiggington
CF Darin Erstad
C Humberto Quintero
P Brian Moehler
Top 1st Inning ---- As I figured, Edmonds and Ward are playing tonight, considering Edmonds and Ward have great numbers against Moehler. So, Lee has the night off since he has been struggling and the Cubs have a day game tomorrow. Daryle Ward just made a great backhanded snag and toss to Dempster for an out at first. (And I thought Derrek Lee was on the bench?!)
CUBS vs. ASTROS Game Preview -- (Mon. August 4th 6:05 p.m. CT) posted on 08/04/2008
(67-45) ||Chicago Cubs|| vs. ||Houston Astros|| (53-57)
Monday, August 4th, 6:05 p.m. CT