May 2005 Archives for Agony & Ivy
A public service for those to drunk to remember the bars after the game.
Well, another two weeks are behind us, the Cubs are back at .500, and they just finished a winning homestand. In case you missed them (and I know you missed them), here's another round of Game Notes highlights.
I don’t get to follow the Cubs as closely as I’d like these days. It seems like there’s always something else going on: work, bills, cleaning, obligations, engagements, etc.
There was no mistaking the smell of Lake Michigan in the air this morning as I awoke.
This feels like a new low point to the season. Todd Walker got the lone RBI today, which just emphasizes how utterly poor the team is hitting collectively because Walker was supposed to be the guy coming back and providing the extra RBI. I mean, against a guy (Jennings) with an earned run average over 7 who leads the league in walks, the Cubs managed one run and only two walks -- the first walk finally coming with two outs in the seventh.
Well, we're less than a month away from the summer solstice, the weather is finally settling in, and so we're all in a bit of a holding pattern awaiting the start of summer. It's a tough week to concentrate, the week before Memorial Day, because the enthusiasm of spring lulls a bit while we anticipate the summer season kick-off. I think that's why last weekend's series felt a bit out of place -- like it came up out of nowhere -- since Rivalry Weekend had started to become a summer tradition, and it just doesn't feel like summer yet.
The Cubs aren't making it any easier to get excited, either, and neither is Cubs Nation.
Two polls today: The Best Bar in Wrigleyville | The Worst Bar in Wrigleyville
I've been thinking a bit lately about Chicago's culture since Saul Bellow died, because Bellow lived in the old Ukranian village, just a few blocks south from where I live. I added this to the fact that Nelson Algren also lived near me, in Bucktown, just a few blocks north. I walked home from dinner the other weekend, past the Algren fountain at the intersection of Milwaukee and Ashland and Division, and I wondered what the streets must have been like 80 or 60 years ago. I never read Bellow, but Algren has influenced me a bit and when you read him you can't help but be more aware of the history and context of Chicago.
(Really, this will be about baseball.)
At some point, you have to stop talking about Derrek Lee's hot start and begin talking about Lee's brilliant season. I'd like to take a second to point this out. Start paying attention if you haven't been because these first seven weeks have already given us some remarkable moments from Lee. He's been good enough to deserve the kind of attention you give the superstars in the middle innings: focus on every at bat, every play in the field, every game.
Two more weeks, and the Cubs are still mired in a swamp of bad luck, injuries, poor hitting and losses. What next? Well, on an off day it's time for another wrap-up of the funniest game notes from the last dozen games.
White Sox versus Orioles at US Cellular Field
Section 102 Row 6 Seat 8