There's a song by Lou Reed called "Growing up in public", but the line in the song is actually "Growing up in public with your pants down."
Happened to Ronny Cedeno yesterday.
With the Cubs down by a run in the 9th and one out, Lou put Ronny in as a pinch runner at first.
I'm in my office listening to this on Emily's radio at really low volume, as I'm working.
I'm really listening to a writer/art dirctor team present some scripts (the writer, Jay Manheimer, is a Cardinal fan).
So I don't actually hear the play as it happens.
Jacque Jones is up, and I hear Pat Hughes say he walked.
But then immediately Ron Santo starts making his painful noise that means something awful has happened.
Doesn't make sense, but somehow Cedeno is out at second on a walk?
Sutter calls, asks if I'm following the game?
Kinda, but I'm in a meeting.
Then, with a smirk, Cardinal fan Jay says the game is over.
So is the meeting.
I yell down the hall something about the Cardinals that I can't print in here.
And today the headlines are about the Cubs inventing new ways to lose.
How can you not know a guy walked when you're on first in the most crucial part of the entire game?
How can you miss the freaking bag?
Just another nightmare.
Anyway, today I'm taking Emily and Wyatt to our first game of the season, and it's against the Cards.
Added bonus: it's ex-Cardinal Jason Marquis vs. Anthony Reyes.
It's beautiful out, supposed to be 75.
And the festivities will begin with this: Wyatt and I will finally get to set fire to the Cardinal hat he bought last year specifically for this purpose. (see Cardinal Hat)
It's gonna be a great day.