The 2004 Waveland Chronicles

Sunday, May 23, 2004


It was Fuji photo day at Wrigley Field, which meant fans got to go on the field before the game and take pictures of players. It also meant no batting practice which was indeed unfortunate, given the gusting Southwest winds. Didn't matter much in the first inning though when Aramis Ramirez ripped a line drive to the top row of the bleachers in left-center. Ball never got high enough for the wind to take effect, otherwise it could have easily made it across the street.

Albert Pujols, on the other hand, fully understands the principles of thrust and lift and other aerodynamic nuances. In other words, just hit a fly ball and let the wind do all the work. He connected in the 6th inning, blasting his second street homer in three days, this one over just where the high fence starts in left. I saw it right away (white ball, bright lights and a dark sky - I love night games!) so I sidestepped the light pole, dodged the trash can and the five 'yutes' standing around it, ran around the tree and back out into the street just in time to stick my arm out and watch the ball land right into my glove.

Then I watched it pop right back out and onto the ground. Oops!

Only I didn't say 'oops' - it was a four letter word of another persuasion but we'll just pretend it was 'oops' and leave it at that. Thankfully, the ball was right in front of me the whole time, so I was able to scoop it back up. Good thing too - it's bad enough to drop one in BP and endure the jabs and jibes from the other 'hawks, but to drop a gamer... Man, you're just leaving yourself wide open for all sorts of ridicule over the next few days, weeks, or sometimes even seasons.


Sunday, May 22: No BP (Photo day), Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-1 [W-1,S-0]
Season: BP-297,[W-193,S-104], Roof-12,[A-10, C-2], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-22 [W-20, S-2]


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