1. Most memorable Cub moment of 2007:
I have to go with the dirt kicking tirade that Lou went on. Yes, it was "planned" but as he kicked that dirt, threw his hat, bumped his belly, it was like he was releasing not only his frustrations, but it gave an outlet for all of us to release that emotion as well.
2. Funniest Cub moment of 2007:
Bob Howry was on the mound when a drunk fan ran across the field toward the mound and the bat boy sprints out and tackles the guy.... and Howry showed NO EMOTION whatsoever! Now, for those who haven't been to Wrigley lately, the ball boy is quite a hit for those fans who sit by where he does. Anytime he sprints out to give the umpire some more balls or to retrieve a bat, it is a dead sprint and he ususally gets a very warm applause from the crowd EVERY TIME! So to see him sprint out to save the day that night was pretty comical!
3. Happiest Cub moment of 2007:
The obvious one would be the clincher, but that wasn't near as exciting as it could have been since the Cubs didn't know until well after their game that it was time to celebrate, so I am going to go with something else.
May 19th. White Sox were at Wrigley. Saturday afternoon game on Fox. Derrek Lee had been sitting out for the past week with neck spasms. It was a HUGE sellout crowd.
The White Sox had taken a 6-5 lead in the eighth on Paul Konerko's leadoff homer off Bob Howry. But the Cubs answered right back in the bottom half. Ryan Theriot tripled to lead off against David Aardsma (2-1), and one out later, scored on Soriano's single. Aramis Ramirez then tripled to right, driving in Soriano to give the Cubs the lead. Daryle Ward was intentionally walked, and Michael Barrett was safe on an infield single that deflected off Aardsma to load the bases. Then came Lee in off the bench to replace Jones in the batting order.....Logan got Lee to swing at the first pitch, a curve, and it was a horrible swing.... he worked the count to 3-1, and then connected for the Cubs' first pinch-hit grand slam since Barrett did so May 28, 2004, against Pittsburgh! I was jumping up and down in my living room!
4. Most frustrating Cub moment:
In the last game of the playoffs, Arizona starter Livan Hernandez walked the bases loaded with one out. The crowd was deafening with DeRosa at the plate, but he hit into an inning-ending double play. Kinda summed up the whole season with one at bat.
5. Which Cub are you most proud of:
Carlos Marmol....hands down....
6. Your 2007 Mr. Cub of the year:
Lou Pinella. He took this team worst to first in a year and set a new tone for the club.
7. The most heartbreaking moment of 2007:
Watching the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate on our field
8. The Goat of the year:
9. In the future, looking back on 2007, what is ONE moment you will remember about the 2007 season?
Trailing 5-3 with one out in the Chicago ninth against Brewers closer Francisco Cordero (0-2), who had 27 saves, Alfonso Soriano and Mike Fontenot each singled. Derrek Lee hit a sacrifice fly, and Ramirez launched the first pitch, a hanging slider, into the left-field bleachers. It's the Cubs' first walkoff homer in more than two years! And Len's home run call...THERE'S A DRIVE, DEEP LEFT CENTER, CUBS WIN! OH, BABY!
10. Favorite "off field" story:
Kerry Wood and his wife holding their annual bowl-a-thon that raised money for Project 3000.
11. Most memorable seventh inning stretch singer
: The Ultimate 7th inning stretch winner.
12. Most exciting game of the year:
June 16th, even though it was a loss, it was a very very exciting game:
As a fight broke out between the Cubs and the Padres (Lee and Young) on a muggy Saturday afternoon, Carlos Zambrano was inside the clubhouse changing his jersey and undershirt, trying to stay fresh after his fourth inning of no-hit ball.
Zambrano knows a thing or two about fighting at Wrigley Field after getting into a scuffle with his own catcher earlier this month. And while he had the no-hitter going, Zambrano came running out of the clubhouse in a feisty mood. He was restrained by teammates and coaches and pushed up the third-base line as the teams squabbled behind the plate during the fourth inning. This was the day I met Ron Santo in Peoria at a Chiefs game, and Ron was SOOOOO relieved that Zambrano did NOT throw a no no because he would have not been there to see it.
I put this as the most exciting of the year because we were on the edge of our seats throughout pretty much the WHOLE game.
13. Most exciting player of the year:
14. Most bizarre moment of the year:
Zambrano vs Barrett, round 1
15. "Hats off to" award
(can be more than one!)
-Hendry for putting together a really solid team
-Lou for taking the team in a winning direction
-Lilly for stepping up and being lights out
-DeRosa for being so versitile....
-our bullpen for showing us that Chicago CAN have a reliable bullpen
-Theriot for being a workhorse and sparkplug
-my fellow fogpoggers who helped make this year so special!!