Has the Cubs poor play this season finally worn you down?
Here's a suggestion: watch minor league play at minor league prices. Go see a game. It beats what the Cubs are offering.
..young players – most of them excited and appreciative of the opportunity to play professional baseball. No "what else ’ya got?" attitudes.
In the last two nights, I’ve seen a pitcher walk NINE guys in 2.1 innings, and his team still won.
I’ve seen a relief pitcher come in with a 5 run lead, immediately give up five runs to tie the game and then have his team score 8 runs in the top of the next half inning to make him the winning pitcher. (still think a won-loss record is a true measure of the pitcher’s value?)
16 runs scored by both teams one night and 23 the next. 50 (that’s FIVE-OH) hits in little more than 28 hours. 10 errors. Defensive indifference. Offensive prowess. Home runs. Strikeouts. Walks. A lot of walks (they clog the bases). Stolen bases. Pickoffs. Good plays. Not so good plays.
A batter hit on the top of the head with a pitch (he’s OK.) A relief pitcher blow his arm out making a throw to first base trying to hold a runner on (he’s having season-ending surgery and will be out for up to a year). A catcher take a foul ball off a sensitive area below his waist, immediately turn, flip off his glove and RUN into his dugout and up the clubhouse ramp while his teammates, coaches, umpires and fans all try to figure out what happened. (He’s OK too, although there was a 5-minute period where everyone was looking into the dugout waiting for some resolution to the stoppage of play)
A 59-minute rain delay. A tarp pull (twice). Players laughing and signing autographs for kids and tossing them foul balls. School choirs singing and school bands playing the national anthem. A hot dog cannon. "Thirsty Thursday" $2 beers. A post-game live jazz concert.
Women trying to win a date with a player and enjoying "Ladies Night" massages in the concourse. On-field, between-innings entertainment including empty beer keg relay-roll competitions and fans running inside inflatable balls posing as human bowling balls. A post-game fireworks show…
…and all in a cozy, urban ballpark setting (with ivy on the walls of the outfield berms). Sound familiar? Oh, and not a single person "WOOOOO-ing"
Rarely boring. Certainly more entertaining than what the Cubs are offering up as ‘entertainment’ and a LOT cheaper.