OK, so am I the only person who just watched a Catholic priest spread Holy Water across the bow of the Cubs' dugout, then immediately thought, "Thank the good Lord the game is finally here?"
Oh, I understand that the reason many people are attracted to the Cubs — clergymen and religious types included — is because of their incredible record of failure and the faith involved in following such a team, but can we just start focusing on the on-field product and what they're about to do? Can we put all the silliness — the blessings, the unjinxings, the unhexings — on the side and simply enjoy what is probably the best Cubs team of most of our lifetimes? Maybe I'm being a baseball snob and maybe I'm shooting the blogging side of myself in the face, but I think an awful good baseball team is getting lost in the shuffle of goat curses, articles about Steve Bartman and 104-year-olds who want to throw out the first pitch. Thankfully they have at least the next three hours to shine before they're overshadowed again.
Anyway, game time at Wrigley Field is about 10 minutes away and it's Ryan Dempster vs. Derek Lowe. I'll be out there for tomorrow night's game 2, but I'll be enjoying Game 1 from the couch during my three-game blogging marathon that continues on ... The chat continues in the comments below.