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Monday, June 13, 2005

Red (Sawx) Invasion

Well this past weekend lived up to the hype. The Red Sox came into town and it was every bit the circus I expected it to be. I had the opportunity to attend last night's game, altough I had bleacher tickets and due to some unfrorseen circumstances I arrived during the top of the 2nd. Needless to say I was stuck moving around trying to find a good vantage point for a few innings before finding a seat up around the scoreboard in center. Needless to say I picked the wrong game, as Boston clubbed the Cubs 8-1. Still the Cubbies took 2 out of the 3 in the series, which is what I was hoping for.

JoeBo reacts after ManRam takes him deep.

Well for recaps of the actual games you could go to a variety of places. I'm not going to rehash what happened on the field because chances are you already know how things went down. However here are some impressions from the game I went to yesterday:

  • I knew there'd be some Boston fans at Wrigley since they represent well when Boston plays down at US Comiskular Field (yeah I go to a White Sox game once in a while, and what?) but I had no idea there would be so many at Wrigley. They were out in droves. There's usually a lot of Cardinal fans whenever St. Louis is in town, but I think there were even more Red Sox fans here in town this weekend. Or at least it seemed that way. Now I know how the fans in St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Diego and every other city where there's a large amount of loud Cub fans feel. Still, the Bostonians were cool and I never get tired of the accent. They know what's it like to follow a team that hasn't won in ages and can empathize with us Cub fans. Better yet they now know what it's like to finally have their team break through and win the whole thing. And you could tell by their attitude. The fans I encountered weren't loud and obnoxious, even after their team took a commanding 7-0 lead. They also didn't have the arrogance that Yankee fans posses. They were just cool, laid back seemingly basking in the World Series afterglow. Or maybe it was all the Boston World Series Champions merchandise I kept seeing everywhere. However, as much as I've heard about how insufferable Boston fans can be, the ones I encountered at Wrigley were anything but. If anything I was a bit jealous and I'm wishing the day the Cubs play an interleague game at Fenway (probably in a couple of years) we all can go up to their yard wearing our Cubs World Series Champions gear. We can dream can't we?
  • What I found humurous was the bleacher denziens attempts at talking smack to Sox fans. "Red Sux!" I heard someone exclaim. "Sweep!" someone else said, even though the score was like 7-1 Boston at the time. The Red Sox fans didn't really respond. They don't have to. All they'd have to say is "Kiss the ring, bitch." Seriously, how do you talk smack to a fan of a team that's the defending World Champion? Yeah it's nice to beat them. I text messaged one of my buddies after the Cubs closed out the Sox 7-6 with a message that read simply "How bout those Cubs!". This buddy of mine is one of those who's been down on the Cubs since the season started for a variety of reasons. His reply was "Yeah but Boston got it done." How do you come back to that one? You don't. It's nice to beat them the next year but at the end of the day its just another regular season win. They could finish last this year and it won't make much of a difference. They're still the champs until October. And as a fan of that team, you can bask in the afterglow and simply flip off idiots who try to talk smack because their team beat yours in June.
  • Due to the fact that I kept moving around during the game, I was able to catch portions of the ESPN broadcast on the closed-circuit monitors. At one point they were interviewing Boston GM Theo Epstein. Is it me, or is Epstein the most interviewed GM in baseball? You don't even see Hendry on TV as much (locally or otherwise). The only other GM I see on TV regularly is the dishelved-looking Brian Cashman, who along with Joe Torre nowadays appears to have a guillotine hangin over his head everywhere he goes. Why is Epstein on TV all the damn time? Because the Red Sox finally pulled through? Because he's only 29 (which makes my 27-year old cubicle dwelling ass feel like a bit of an underachiever)? Is it his good looks? Is it because he's in a rock band (true story)? Frankly I'm getting tired of Theo Epstein. We get it, he's a young baseball genius. Let's see him juggle that high payroll and subdue those crazy clubhouse personalities the next couple of years. If he can keep fielding a contender than I'll be convinced he's a true genius who needs to be on TV all the damn time. Then again it could be worse. They could've been interviewing Ben Affleck at Wrigley Field.
  • It was a nice touch to play "Sweet Caroline" for the thousands of Red Sox fans in attendance, who sang along loudly ("so good, so good, so good!"). It actually gave me goosebumps. And there's yet another similarity between Wrigley and Fenway: They both play music that's 20 to 30 years old.
  • Johnny Damon is a free agent next year. The Cubs should make a serious run at him and if they're able to acquire him, trade Corey "The Toolman" Patterson somewhere else while he still has some value. I want Captain Caveman in center for the Cubs next year.

My next game is Tuesday night against the Marlins. Of course last time I went to see the Cubs play the Marlins, it was Game 6. Sorry, still not over that one.


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