People always ask me "Why do you stand outside? How do you know what's going on? You can't see through a brick wall..."
Well, truth is, I actually have X-ray vision. So I can see through a brick wall. But if word got out, I'm sure Ashcroft would find some reason to detain me, so I just tell people that between the scoreboard, PA announcer, and crowd noise, we can follow the game better on the street than most do in the seats. Today was a perfect example of that.
Bottom of the 9th, Cubs trailing 3-2. Ramon leads off with a strikeout. With the pitcher's spot up next and Bradford (a righthander) on the mound, I knew that Hollandsworth was going to pinch-hit even before he was announced. Cheers and the 'Celebrate' music told me he got a hit, then Walker was announced as pinch-hitter for Grudzielanek. Another cheer means another hit, so now we have two on with one out. Only thing I didn't know was whether it was 1st & 2nd or 1st & 3rd. Now Barrett is up and only one out, so I start thinking as long as he avoids a double-play, the stage is set for another Moises Alou game winning homer out on to the street. Johnny, put your glove on...
Well, on a 1-1 count, Barrett makes contact, I hear an immediate roar, which tells me it's another hit, and then a big roar, which tells me the tying run has scored. Then there's a few moments where 40,000 fans are collectively gasping and building up to a crescendo culminating with yet another huge roar which can only mean Walker was able to score the winning run all the way from first.
And if the "Cubs Win" flashing on the centerfield scoreboard wasn't proof enough, the sight of flying beer cups and suds in the air coming from the bleachers certainly confirmed the Cubs victory. Nothing says "Cubs win! Cubs win!" like a beer-soaked t-shirt compliments of the bluppies* three rows behind you.
So even though there was no batting practice and no game homers on the street, it was still a very enjoyable day on the corner - lots of sunshine, lots of 'scenery', and some very good 9th inning crowd karma.
Saturday, June 19: No BP, Roof-2 [A-2,C-0], Foul-0, HR-0
Season: BP-379 [W-249,S-130], Roof-14 [A-12,C-2], Foul-3 [W-1,S-2], HR-32 [W-28,S-4]
* bleacher yuppies**
** I know, I know - an oxymoron...