May 2007 Archives for Agony & Ivy

The Wrong Afternoon

By JCB on Sunday, May 20, 2007

I’ll be perfectly honest: I haven’t been following the Cubs. I started working as a law firm clerk and I have had very little time for anything that isn’t work or work-social related. And I’m not sure how much baseball I’ll be able to watch any time soon. Sometimes life gets in the way.

I did catch part of the game today against the White Sox on MLB.TV. I had heard that Zambrano was back in form, but no such luck. I shut the browser with a sigh when Pierzynski slugged the grand slam to center. There’s a time and a place for watching until the end no matter what, but there’s also a time for folding your laundry. I guess I just picked the wrong afternoon to tune in.

Anyway, I’m hoping to settle into a routine with life and work and baseball and writing. As Sosa approaches 600, I plan to write something on that, especially if I happen to witness #600 at either of the games next weekend I’ll attend in Arlington. To give it away: I haven’t forgotten how he left Chicago, but I admire that he’s made a comeback; in a way it validates why we liked him so much in the long stretch of good years.

Here’s hoping a day off helps the team rest, and Rich Hill regains his form on Tuesday night.

04.22.07 Great Day for a Ballgame

By KJM on Thursday, May 3, 2007

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By JCB on Wednesday, May 2, 2007

After my first exam this morning, I settled in this afternoon for a brief respite in the form of baseball before the real tempest begins – preparing for and then taking 3 exams in 4 days. For now, though, baseball. In fact, I’ve even got Vin Scully calling the Dodgers / Diamondbacks game on in the background. I know some people don’t like Scully’s solo calling style, but I love it. And as I listened to the recently discovered recording of his first Koufax no-hitter call on NPR a few weeks ago, I wondered how anyone could not appreciate Scully’s ability to make a baseball moment even more literary, channeling the moment rather than imposing on it.

And the Cubs are playing better.

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Sincerely, JCB

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