"Take a walk on the wild side..."
Seeing as how it was 70's night at Wrigley Field, the above Lou Reed classic (circa 1972) seemed very appropo about the 3rd inning after Mark Prior issued his 5th walk including one to the opposing pitcher. Ouch. And I won't even mention the 8 hits and 6 runs he gave up... oops, I guess I just did. Well, here's hoping he got it all out of his system tonight, and he kicks some serious butt the rest of the year, like he did last August and September.
Meanwhile, Homerpalooza continued for the Cubs - five more tonight, but alas, all stayed inside the Friendly Confines, including Nomar's first as a Cub. Quite a few came out during batting practice, though, which is always a good thing. Padres are using 2003 All-Star Game balls for their BP swings so I was able to add a couple of those to my collection.
Classic confrontation of the night? Nope - it wasn't Aramis Ramirez vs Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the ninth with one on and two runs down. Would you believe a VW Beetle vs a Greyhound Bus? Yep, out on Waveland Avenue during batting practice, a tiny little green bug decided to take on a huge hulking charter bus. Fortunately, it was a glancing blow and at a reduced speed, so no one appeared to get hurt. And yes, there was cell phone involved so draw your own conclusions as to how/why it happened. But the resulting commotion, mainly the bus being stationary for the next hour in the middle of the street, was quite disruptive. At least five balls bounced on the top or off the side of that bus during BP. Made for some rather interesting street scrums...
Tuesday, August 10: BP-23 [W-18,S-5], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-0