These last few days bring to mind the classic Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good: Kerry Wood's return to the mound last Sunday as he clipped the Cardinals and helped the Cubs salvage one game out of a miserable road trip.
The Bad: Sammy Sosa's meager home run total (4) at the Home Run Derby. Let's hope he's saving them for the rest of the season.
The Ugly: Mark Prior removing himself from tonight's game in only the 2nd inning with what was described later as a soreness behind his right elbow. Ouch, ouch, and triple ouch. Forget the three-way deal with Boston to get Nomar. We may have to trade for the Big Unit and keep him ourself.
As for the game itself - not much happening outside. Crowds fairly subdued both in and out - I dunno, maybe they're not used to a Thursday night game? No lack of free product giveaways though. First the Wrigley Gum folks were passing out free samples of their new flavors of Eclipse gum. Then Mars Co. was passing out little Milky Way caramels. Finally the Crawfish man from Heaven on Seven was passing out coupon specials.
Hmm... first breath-freshening gum, then chocolate caramels, then spicy Cajun food. Something tells me maybe they got the sequencing wrong on this one.
[still behind on the season total counts. Sorry about that - updates coming. And yo, Mike - easy on the language, big guy. You're not the Vice-President... ;-) ]
Thursday, July 15: BP-21 [W-13,S-8], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-0