I spent today with “The World’s Greatest Living Cubs Fan”. My dad.
He asked me a few days ago if I could take him to the hospital today. He had an “appointment”. The “appointment” turned out to be a little more heavy duty than what he had prepared me for. That was my first surprise.
After his “procedure” was completed the doctor took me, the immediate family member, aside for some information dissemination. My audience lasted about 15 seconds and contained one or two words that I wasn’t expecting to hear today. That was my second surprise.
Later, back at his place, my dad asked me to stick around and watch the Cubs/Dodgers game with him.
When I took out some graph paper and started to keep a running scorecard, his reaction was something between pleasantly surprised and knocked speechless. Keeping score has always been his passion. His first stop inside Wrigley Field is ALWAYS to pick up a scorecard. He makes his notations religiously. He taught me how, but I never really got into it. Oh, I’ve covered him for a half inning or so if he has to make a pit stop or a beer run, but I was never all that into keeping score. So me keeping score today was maybe his first surprise.
You already know how tonight’s game turned out.
The experts were predicting a low scoring game. I guess they were half right.
Ron Santo sounded very exasperated tonight.
The Cubs needed pitching, defense and timely hitting. They got good defense. And one out of three ain’t bad.
It seems the Cubs’ pitchers felt they had to ante up in order to get into the game. And their ante seemed to be “give up a home run”, or at least “extra bases”. Jason Marquis gave up a 4 bagger to the first batter he faced. Jeff Samardzija gave up a triple (or a double plus an error) to the first batter he faced. Sean Marshall gave up a homer to the first batter he faced in the 7th. Ryan Dempster gave up 3 walks, then the grand slam and a double in the 5th.
Let me make this very clear: Every Cubs pitcher does NOT have to give up a homer.
The Cubs’ lead off hitter went 0 for 5. Their second batter went 0 for 4.
At one point during the game my dad reminded me of a local beer commercial from way back. It goes like this:
I’m from Chicago, and I ought to know,
It’s Blatz Blatz Blatz Blatz, where ever you go.
The Cubs’ third and final out of the 9th inning had barely been recorded on my scorecard when my dad leaned over and said: “Ahhh, it’s just one game”.Bad News Bears full