Us ballhawks weren't the only birds around Wrigley today (pigeons don't count). For the second Memorial day in a row, the bald eagle "Challenger" graced us with his presence. Flew down from the scoreboard right before the game started, soared across the field, buzzed the crowd a few times before settling on his trainer's fist at home plate. Very cool.
Proved to be a good omen for the Cubbies as they went on to a 3-1 victory over the Astros. Longtime ballhawk "Dick the Bruiser" (DTB) got on the board with not one, but two street homers - Moises Alou in the 5th and Lance Berkman in the 6th. DTB endeared himself to the bleacher crowd by not throwing the Berkman homer back - all sorts of friendly "hello's" and "nice to see you's" came wafting down from the bleachers and rooftops. At least that's what I think they were saying...
After Further Review...
I found out today that the 'passer-by' who ended up with Michael Barrett's 1st inning homer on May 21 is actually named George. So take one away from the 'passer-by' total and put George on the board with one. Here's the kicker - some of his buddies who knew that he had caught that homer, saw my original post on this blog where I used the term 'passer-by', so now they all call him 'passer-by'.
Sorry about that George, but believe me, there are worse nicknames that can get hung on you out here. Just ask "Toaster"...
Monday, May 31: No BP (rain), Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-2 [W-2,S-0]
Season: BP-297,[W-193,S-104], Roof-12,[A-10, C-2], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-24 [W-22, S-2]