Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ex-Cubs Not A Factor In This Year’s World Series

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Regardless of whether the St. Louis Cardinals or the New York Mets play the Detroit Tigers in the upcoming World Series, one thing is for sure, the Chicago Cubs won’t have an impact.

That’s usually not the case, according to baseball writer Christian Ruzich, who claims something called the “ex-Cubs Factor” usually determines who wins the World Series.

The factor is determined by how many ex-Cubs are on a team. The team with more ex-Cubs generally loses. If there are at least three, a team has no chance of winning the Series.

Ruzich says the Factor came into effect last year because eventual champions the Chicago White Sox had no Cubs while the Houston Astros had one, Jose Vizcaino.

This year, the Mets have two ex-Cubs – Steve Trachsel and Michael Tucker – but the Cardinals left Vizcaino off their playoff roster.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have ex-Cub infielder Neifi Perez on their roster and Ruzich says “he’s particularly bad, but only one ex-Cub.”

Ruzich admits while the ex-Cubs Factor usually holds close to form, there are exceptions, such as in 2001, when the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Series despite having four ex-Cubs on the team.

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