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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 1988 -Page 11

Adam's Rib
BY ADAM SCHRAGER

Ex-Cubs hibernate when
post-season play begins

The first cardinal sin in baseball
is throwing a hanging breaking ball
a good hitter. Not far behind is
sing a former Chicago Cub in a
pressure situation.
' ?With the 1988 League
Championship Series among us, it
is necessary to comment yet again
bC the jinx of the city of Chicago on
Dlayoff baseball teams. Los Angeles
Dodger pitcher Jay Howell and
Boston Red Sox pitcher Lee Smith
are two current examples of this new
phenomenon known as "Ex-
,pubitis."
It is known throughout baseball
circles that every time a player
kaves the Cubs, instant success is
reiped. The most obvious example
of-this is Lou Brock, who the Cubs
traded for someone they soon
dropped like a bad habit. Brock went
on to compile 3,000+ hits and
be'come the most feared base stealer
4fP his time. But even Brock had
troubles in post-season play,
especially in the 1968 World Series
aginst the Detroit Tigers.
In the current Dodger-New York
Met series, Howell, the Dodgers best
reliever this season, came into game
dnt: in the ninth inning with the
Dodgers ahead. The result: A Dodger
Boss.
,,Game three also provided Howell
*with the opportunity to save a
Dodger victory. This time, after
walking the first batter, Howell was
gaught for possessing pine tar on his
glove. The result: An ejection,
suspension, and another Dodger loss.
- Game two arrived in the
American League Championship
Series between the Red Sox and the
Oakland Athletics with Boston down
in the series 1-0. The Red Sox
desperately needed a win before
going to Oakland to play the
ollowing three games. Entering the
ninth, the game was tied and former
Cub relief ace Smith was called in.
the result: A Red Sox loss.
Why does "Ex-Cubitis" strike
when the game is on the line and not
during the regular season? Coming
from one of the most devout Cub
fins of all time, it is obvious that
these players cannot shed their roots.
hey are jinxed and will continue to
forever.
It probably goes back to the early
1940's when then Cubs owner
William Wrigley started to
manufacture chewing gum as well as
Correction
SThe photo in yesterday's Daily
*as not of Tom Brock. It was of
Oreg Haeger, another Wolverine first
baseman in a contest against Western
Michigan, not Wisconsin.
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baseball players. Rumor has it that
the Freedent, Dentyne, and Rain-Blo
gum people hired a gypsy to put a
curse on their major competitor.
Since then, the Cubs have been
bageled when it comes to World
Series and their ex-players remain
haunted by this dastardly deed.
Look at Bill Buckner. You
remember Buckner. He was the
player who tried to commit suicide
by stepping in front of a bus, but it
went through his legs. He was also
the former Boston Red Sox and Cub
first baseman who allowed a ball
through his legs to lose the 1986
World Series for the Red Sox.
You're probably saying what
about Dennis Eckersley, the
Athletics' hero and the American
League Championship Series Most
Valuable Player? The ace reliever had
a short three year stint with the
Cubbies and it will show in the
upcoming World Series. Before the
end of the Series, A's fans will be
Eck-hausted of their current relief
diety.
What can be done to overcome
this debilitating curse? When
Newton was hit on the head with an
apple, did anyone ask him whether it
was a Golden delicious or Macintosh
red? These types of questions are
stupefying with their elusive
answers floating about in the air
Maybe that is why they call
Chicago the "Windy City."

Dennis Eckersley was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series when
credited with three saves in four games. Eckersley has not followed the pattern of ex-Cubs in post-season

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