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September 30, 2007


Clay Eals

Good to see your post mentioning "Go, Cubs, Go" by Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in an eight-year project of mine that has come to fruition -- an 800-page biography of Goodman published in May, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." Sorry to see you feel "Go, Cubs, Go" is lame, but perhaps you'll feel differently upon reading that "Go, Cubs, Go" would not exist if not for Goodman's other Cubs song, "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." Please check my Internet site below for more info on the book. Just trying to spread the word. Feel free to do the same!

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And you also picked the White Sox in the AL Central and the Rangers in the AL West...

The playoffs in both leagues look to me more wide open than they've been in years; I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. I'm still waiting for the inevitable Phillies meltdown, but I'll enjoy yesterday for a long, long time...

Dan E

Will - Yeah, I made some unfortunate choices; but I also picked the Red Sox to win the AL East, which makes me three out of eight for '07 pre-season predictions, and which I'm willing to bet is a better batting avg than most of the ESPN.com staff came away with. In any case, congrats to you and your Phils; they're a very solid team and could well go all the way.

Clay - Best of luck with your book! I have a lot of respect for the late Mr. Goodman, but - whatever the circumstances of its creation - "Go Cubs Go" sounds like he cranked it out in three minutes or less. I will admit that part of what annoys me about the song is the Cubs' recent decision to play it AFTER every home victory, when Goodman clearly meant it as a pre-game anthem. Thousands of Cubs fans singing "Hey Chicago, whaddaya say, The Cubs are gonna win today" after they've already won? C'mon, that's just retarded...


Didn't the Cubs win the Central in 2003? Or did they take that one away from Dusty?

Oh, and a dying Cub fans last request is more lame than Go Cubs Go, btw.

Dan E

I stand corrected, Tom. I could've sworn they were the Wild Card that year, but nope -- 2003 NL Central Champs.

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    Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Greensboro, NC, and is available for speaking engagements.