Cubs at loss for words describing losing ways


Cubs at loss for words describing losing ways

By Jose Romero Contributor

PHOENIX Alfonso Soriano finished his brief comments to reporters after the Cubs lost 5-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, then sat at his locker in the visiting teams clubhouse just staring into space.

So did his Cubs teammate, Starlin Castro, on a black leather recliner a few feet away.

Losing their fourth straight game and being dominated in a three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks stung. And for Soriano, it was tiring.

When were winning, I never feel tired. But when were losing and get swept, mentally you get tired. My body is OK, but losing like were losing now is tough, Soriano said.

I dont like to lose, and the way were losing is not acceptable, he added.

Soriano wasnt calling out the Cubs pitchers. He in fact mentioned that theyre keeping games close. The biggest issue is not being able to get a big hit when one is needed, as was the case at different times in each of the three losses in Arizona.

Hes looking forward to a fresher start Monday when the Cubs are home against the New York Mets. And Soriano pledges to keep fighting.

We cannot give up, because its a long season. Almost three months and one week, he said. We have to keep working hard and bringing it every day to the ballpark.

The clubhouse was silent but for the sound of attendants getting the teams equipment ready to leave the ballpark. It was an indication of a team that no longer has much to say about the mounting losses.

Pitcher Matt Garza said the Cubs continue to show up and play despite having the worst record (24-48) in the majors.

Were not quitters. Were going to keep fighting and keep clawing, because thats all we can do, Garza said Sunday. Im getting ready for the next one. Every five days Ill be ready.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.