Game 41 Recap: Cubs 11, White Sox 6
W - Howry (1-3), Drama.
L - Aardsma (2-1), MLB.TV, FOX, and everyone else who conspired to keep me from viewing this game.
Things to take from today's game
1. Blowing in the wind
The fifth inning saw a series of home runs, including a particularly wind-aided one from Barrett, and another from Marquis.
2. Derrek Lee nearly killed Santo
Lee hit a pinch-hit grand slam, his first at bat in a week, in the bottom of the 8th, breaking the game open 11-6. The Cubs had already come back to take the lead in the inning, on a triple by Theriot, single by Soriano, and triple by Ramirez.
3. Rockin' Wrigley
Limited to the audio feed, it was impressive to hear the chorus of boos that preceded each A.J. at bat, the chants of "Let's Go Cubbies," and especially, the sing-along at the end of the game. It sounded as if 40,000 were joining in on "Go Cubs, Go."
Due to only having the audio cast, I don't have many observations about the game. Help me fill them in, on the message board. Parachat review, below.
- I'd like to take this moment to express my blinding-white hatred of MLB.TV, FOX, WGN, and my local cable provider right now. For what I'm paying for mlb.tv and regular cable, you'd think ONE of them would let me view the Cubs/Sox game. Nope. Will have limited commentary here, due to my inability to watch the #@%@@# game.
Who should go to the bullpen? Who is getting this game on TV, and who isn't? The distance between a person's eyes. Are Theriot's eyes "bovinesque?" Artist wives. Made up quotations. People who generalize, and people who don't.
Leadoff walks, Marquis' start to the season, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater athletics department. What's up with AJ's hair? Why AJ and Ozzie make the Sox-rivalry an easy one to get worked up about. Small televisions.
The smell of thunder. How many obvious middle-school quality double entendres can we make with Rocky Cherry? Living in a broken time machine. Parachat/MLB Audio/TV delays. Waiting for Ward. The Nerf Turbo as a pickup line. Is there an uglier team, playing in an uglier city, than the Milwaukee Brewers? Why Houston ain't much better. Why Kelly Clarkson ain't much better. Unusual and long city names. Spaniards. Really unusual and really long city names. Finger-lickin' good. Why Mousis Alou shouldn't eat at KFC.
Remembering Ricky. Remembering Prior. Angel Pagan's valley-girl interview style. Why we dislike A.J. Soriano's fielding troubles. Why doesn't Dye run on Jones' arm? When will Barrett punch someone and make this game fun again? Marmolade.
Random baseball talk, not taking walks. Roger Clemens, Santo's orgasmic Home Run "call." Colonoscopies, noses, and Katie Couric.
FOX broadcast, Joe Mauer's pepsi commercial, Cable news, dumb conversations in the Sox dugout. Creative similies to describe bad swings of the bat.
Correcting each other's grammar. Cialis and vision loss: a worthy trade-off? Pagan. People named Skippy. Lack of perspective.
Icebergs. Cowering before God. Blame. Kenny G. Theriot man-crushes. Eckstein/Theriot comparisons. Cheering on the Cubs. LOLing at Ron Santo's call, and the IBB to Ward. FOX goes black. (will it go back?) How does Lee look, now that he's had his head amputated? Ecstacy. (the emotion, no the drug) (well, maybe that, too.)
the University of Chicago. The fastball is Marmolade's bread and butter pitch (from Johann). Celebration.
Phil, do you know if Victorino has an opt out date approaching? Thanks.
Maybe he can even fall asleep/passout at a red light. #cardinalway
hopefully he has enough time to pound 6-10 beers before the drive back home.
: / )
Yeah, there's that....
CTSteve -- have they decided to skip tomorrow's game...? (I keed)
Not a bad thing -- Bryant and Miggy are hurt, and Ross could use a day off.
2016 .607 ops
Plus bad fielding
taylor davis moved to AAA to take the place of that other catcher guy dude person.
Who's Mr. June-August? Can't be Jorge "Mr. 1.705 Playoff OPS " Soler, can it?
Chesny Young 4-5 tonight for Tenn. Now hitting .410 with an OBP over .500.
Looks like Soler has decided to take the "can't play in the cold" thing head-on. No longer wearing the cold-weather under gear.
Cubs record for last 3 months of regular season baseball: 59 - 23. (Aug, Sept/Oct and April, with one still to go).
That's a .720 winning percentage and projects to 117 wins over 162 games.
That's a lot of dance parties.