July 2005 Archives for Agony & Ivy
Moving from Wrigleyville to Wicker Park this past month reminds me in many ways of moving to a different part of the country.
What a strange yet special night. I had made advance plans to attend Tuesday night's Cubs-Giants game with an old friend from Scotland and his two youngsters, 12 and 14. They were quite "keen'' on the occasion, but then the weather hit and it was clear there would be a long delay, maybe a washout.
Well, Destiny, I'm not sure what you have in mind, so as WGN airs "The best of the seventh inning stretch," while Len & Bob discuss more ways to kill time, I've decided that I should write Rain-out Meanderings just in case. (WGN: what, like you don't have dozens of Fresh Prince or Cosby Show episodes waiting to air, just in case?) Today we're going to wander from the NYPD to the status of American cities before finally getting to some differences between Austin and Chicago.
Well, like everyone else these days who follows the Cubs, I have no idea what to expect anymore. Things just aren't following the patterns lately. It's all just wackiness, and yet the Cubs have suddenly won three in a row again.
What a series!
Anyway, once again it was a two-week roller coaster ride. In case you weren't following along, here are the Game Notes highlights from the last two weeks.
I almost logged in yesterday to vent. I could have probably fired off a few thousand ranting words about all the reasons I was pissed off. I figured I should wait, cool off, and then put things back into perspective. Then this morning, as I went back to my Game Notes for yesterday, I became just as pissed off as I was yesterday. I might even be more pissed off. All the momentum that the second half of the season started with is gone.
Everyone can talk ad nauseam about taking it one day at the time, and they'll be right. The Cubs must take care of business against a weaker team, keeping their momentum. Still, there's this: the Reds blow, and the St. Louis series is this weekend. I've been looking forward to this series all year.
Cubs versus Pirates at Wrigley Field
Section 527 Row 8 Seat 104
I wonder, is Mark Prior ready to throw a no-hitter? I'm not talking about his health, because he looked darn close if he wasn't 100% yesterday. (Plus, his stuff is good at 85%, and the Pirates are only like 85% of a major league lineup anyway, so it balances out.) I'm not talking about his stuff, either, because his stuff has always been good enough. I'm talking about his career trajectory.