Ernie gets the medal of freedom. Cub Fans wait for the WS that will set us free.
That's kind of amazing.
It's a week chock full of history that's way more important than the Cubs, with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assasination coming tomorrow and everything.
Yesterday our own Ernie Banks got the Medal of Freedom along with fellow Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey from fellow Chicagoan Barrack Obama.
Other people won, too, but this is about Cubs mostly so we'll leave it at that.
It says here that the Medal of Freedom is: "...the nation's highest civilian award, recognizes exceptional meritorious service. The medal was established by President Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in the war. In 1963, President Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime."
You know, over in England they still knight people.
That totally sounds like it's military or something, but it happens to regular people who are outstanding in their own field.
Like...Anthony Hopkins got knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
So he gets to be "Sir Anthony Hopkins" instead of just "Actor Anthony Hopkins".
And if Anthony Hopkins can get knighted for playing Hannibal Lecter, it only makes sense that Ernie Banks can get the Medal of Freedom for playing short and first for the Cubs.
I do find it kind of odd that the most famous Cub of all time wins a medal called "Freedom", while you and I still wait for the World Series that will set us free, but whatever.
It was Ernie's day to shine, not mine to whine.
(I did that on purpose with the rhyme, kinda like Ernie might).
"Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.
Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.
Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.
Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.
Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.
This game is not on Lester - he did his job
Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.
Really despise the Cards
aside from one swing, this 1-0 game feels like a blow out. Still nice to know one swing can change everything.
We need Rizzo and Bryant to show up.
schwarb leadoff bunt single...lulz.
thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.
Umps strikezone is awful. Giving Lackey a good 6 inches off the plate.
Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient.
As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...
That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!
Lester didn't have much movement there in inning one. Doubt the long break between starts helped him. Rizzo popping out way too often the last 6 weeks. 22 pitches for Lackey through 2.