What a night for Aramis Ramirez and the Cubs, as they beat Houston 14-7 in another high scoring game. His three, that's right, three home runs and 7 RBI's helped to clobber the Houston Astro's after they gave all of us fans a case of deja vu by scoring 4 runs early in the game. Ramirez wasn't the only Cub having fun tonight, with Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano, Geovanny Soto, and Derrek Lee all helping to secure the win tonight.
Of course, all this came on the heels of this afternoon's announcement that "Sweet Lou" Piniella will be retiring from baseball after the season. I know that this season and last season were disappointing for all Cubs fans, and I know that there where many calls for Lou to fired in the first half of this season, but it will be a very sad end to the year when Lou does hang up his hat for good. Go Cubs, let's end this season in the right way, with a ring for Lou and for all of the faithful fans.
Just like big Z, we have gone to therapy and are accepting the situation as it is. We see that the Cubs are 8 1/2 games back with less than 80 games to play. We see that the Cubs have less than a half season to play. We see that the Cubs have an uphill battle. But... The NL won the allstar game, which of course means...
CUBS NEED TO DO IT THIS YEAR!
Don't ask us how. Just ask us why. The Cubs need to do it this year because the home field advantage is with the Cubs in the World Series. The gates have been opened. Let Z lead the way!
The Chicago Cubs Magic Number is derived by the following equation: Total Number of Games + 1 - Wins by the Cubs - Losses by Best Opponent.
The Magic Number is affected by one of two events, a Cubs win or the best opponent losing. The number is 163 at the beginning of the season. When the number hits 0, the Cubs have clinched the NL Central and are in the PLAYOFFS!
This site represents the Magic Number for clinching the National League Central Division. If the Wild Card becomes relevant for getting into the postseason, this site may contain both. In that case, the Wild Card number will clearly be denoted.
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