The 2004 Waveland Chronicles

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


It's the middle of August and the temperature feels like it's freakin' October!!! What the heck is going on?

Then again, maybe it's a sign - maybe the Cubs actually are going to win the World Series this year. I mean, if Hell is going to freeze over, I'm sure it doesn't happen overnight - there's got to be some gradual cooling down effect. Maybe it takes 2-3 months...

In the meantime, the cold weather didn't stop Corey Patterson from jacking one out to Sheffield. Cleared the street and into one of the yards on one bounce. George was closest to it and was reaching through the wrought-iron fence to try and snag it when the attendant/bouncer/doorman for that building came running down the front steps and the two of them started a baseball tug-of-war. Doorman eventually won.

Batting practice had a few highlights as well, including a Bill Buckner-esque moment. But first there was Backpack Guy (BG). After a few blasts over the short fence in left-center, the crowd started to gather and as usual, over-anticipate. Next one that came out, the crowd surged forward with BG leading the way. At the last moment, someobdy must have pushed BG in the back because the ball hit him full in the face, arms nowhere near the ready position. Hat went flying, sunglasses were shattered, and BG wobbled for a bit before finally toppling over flat on his backpack. To his credit, he got up right away but didn't stick around for the post-BP interviews. I think he went to the nearest bar for two cold ones - one for his head and one for his throat.

A little later one of the Padres just absolutely crushed one that easily cleared Waveland and was heading for the trees in front of the Budweiser house. I, and many others, got into position to play the bounce off the house. But even though they say trees are 90% air, this time the ball hit that 10% known as the trunk and bounced back across the street, straight at this big guy who was all by himself. By this time, the ball was down to a slow roll so the guy just bent over to scoop it up.

Whoops! Never touched it - ball went right through his legs. He couldn't believe it - turned around and buried his face in hands as all his buddies gave him the business. I'm sure most Cub fans would call that a Durham moment ('84 playoffs against these same Padres?), but that particular episode happened before my time here in Chicago, so I have to go with what I remember more clearly, the '86 World Series Buckner gaffe against the Mets. Except I don't think Charlie Sheen is going to spend $80,000 for this ball...


Wednesday, August 11: BP-25 [W-16,S-9], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-1 [W-0,S-1]
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