Better to be lucky than good...
Another beautiful day at Wrigley and lots of activity out on the street, but with the wind blowing in again, none of it involved ballhawking - at least not until the bottom of the 7th.
Derrek Lee leads off and, remembering his last street homer, I shift more over to left-center where the fence is lower. I'm thinking a low line drive shot has more of a chance of making it out onto the street than a towering blast that would likely get knocked down by the wind before clearing the high fence.
But after a couple of pitches, I get antsy and go back to my usual spot. 3-2 count, and then c-r-a-c-k-k-k... Derrek blasts one and sure enough, it clears the short fence (barely) right to where I first was standing. Had I stayed there, it would have been an easy catch, but now, by the time it hit the ground, quite a crowd has gathered. I'm trailing the action and veer left hoping for a rebound or bobble. And lucky for me, that's exactly what I get. The ball bounces off (and through) a few sets of hands and I'm able to scoop it up and wave to the camera.
That homer pulled the Cubs to within a run (3-2) and raised all sorts of expectations for late-inning homer heroics from Sammy, Moises, and the Return of Ramirez, but 'twas not to be as the Brewers win to split the series. At this point in the season, series splits isn't going to be enough. Time to rev up the attitude machine, crack some bats, and perhaps play a little chin music?
Hmm... what a coincidence - Mr. Congeniality himself, Tony LaRussa, and the Cardinals come into town for a short two game series. Batten down the hatches....
Sunday, July 18: No BP, Roof-1 [A-1,C-0], Foul-0, HR-1 [W-1,S-0]