Rich Harden arrives at Wrigley Field

With much curiosity but no ceremony, the newest Cubs, Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin arrived at Wrigley Field late yesterday afternoon to join their new team. With their gear in Oakland Athletics duffle bags, they arrived via giant SUV in time for Tuesday night’s game against the Reds of Cincinnati.

Photo of Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin arriving at Wrigley Field 7/9/08:

 Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin arrive at Wrigley

With Harden and Gaudin come high expectations and cautious hope.  Still, many Cub fans seem reluctant to express outwardly their secret, perhaps even desperate hopes for the club’s first successful post-season in 100 years.  By “successful” of course I mean to define success as bringing a World Championship to the North side of Chicago.

I was saying to a friend the other day that I want ‘the Cubs to go all the way this year, baby!’  He chided me – seriously – for saying such a thing out loud. He said that really isn’t a good idea, even not cool. Now he is a die hard fan like I am, but he feared somehow upsetting the baseball Gods, or squandering whatever karmic collateral the Cubs have built up could have an effect on the season.  Sometimes its just hard to hope – out loud.

I think it would be a mistake to assign too much responsibility to Rich Harden.  There has been talk the Cubs will go easy on him, letting him go an extra day this week so his Cubs debut will be Saturday.  Then he will reportedly get the fourth start after the All Star Break which would put him at eight days rest.  This is the right thing to do, go easy on him, keep the pressure down, cut him tons of slack… because we will need him in the playoffs, baby!

Photo of his first ever throw as a Cub, playing long toss with Larry Rothschild prior to Tuesday’s game:

Rich Harden makes his very first throw as a Cub    Harden chats with Larry

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    July 10, 2008   Posted in: observations, players

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    1. Graham - July 10, 2008

      I agree. You have to ease Harden into the fold. Great time for the break, giving him the Sat. aft. start and then pretty much a vacation.

      And he didn’t have to butt up with Lincecum. We’ll see how Dempster does on that stage.

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