Baseball from Hockeytown

Baseball from Hockeytown

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 17:31
No, the Cubs aren't in Detroit. They're in Pittsburgh, which is gaga over its Penguins, and rightly so. They're in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Red Wings. They had a downtown (pronounced "dahn-tahn" by the Pittsburghers) rally for the Pens here today. The streets are festooned (I always wanted to use "festooned" in a sentence) with Penguins banners. And on every street, people are walking around with Penguins jerseys, even those retro light blue ones. But these aren't the Penguins of Ron Schock, Ken Schinkel and Les Binkley. Heck they aren't even the Penguins of Mario Lemieux (on the ice anyway). I saw about 25 "Crosby" jerseys and a few "Malkin" jerseys. Wonder if it'll ever get this crazy about hockey in Chicago. Oh, that's right, this is a baseball blog. So let's ask a baseball player about the Finals. Ryan Dempster is my hockey pal. So, Demp, who's gonna win the Cup? "Penguins in six," Dempster said. "I just think they're good. They're kind of like the early Oilers teams when they played the Islanders. Both teams are good. I think it's going to be a great series. I think they got what it takes. Good top lines. Good chemistry. Good goaltending. They can beat you with offense and defense." And about the Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP, Demp? "I would go out on a limb and say Crosby, but I'm going to say Fleury," he said of Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. "I say he stands on his head." That's hockey talk for a goalie playing really well. The Cubs take the ice, er field, this way: Soriano, LF Theriot, SS Lee, 1B Ramirez, 3B Soto, C Cedeno, 2B DeRosa, RF Johnson, CF Zambrano, P
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