Yeah, the Cubs lost 4-3.
But Kosuke Fukudome had a nice welcome from the right field bleachers, then he commenced to give us the gift of a lefty bat in the 5 slot that produced a double, walk, single and gigantic 3 run game tying homer in the bottom of the 9th.
I'd left, of course.
It was my son's birthday (yes, I'm aware of what a colossal jerk I am for not taking him, and I'm sorry Wyatt - we'll get to Wrigley this weekend).
He asked for burgers and donuts (hey, it was his birthday) for dinner, so I wanted to be home about 5:30 to man the grill.
I was about Montrose and Western when Kosuke hit the dinger, and probably the people on the sidewalk and surrounding cars thought murder was happening when I let out the spontaneous Ron Santo-yell.
I decided that when I got home, I'd look up how to say "thank you" in Japanese.
It's "domo arigato".
Go here - there's other phrases too.
What an opener.
Rainy but warm as you could hope for.
The ground crew went through a trial by fire with the first rain delays, but the new drainage system?
And tell you what, I think Kerry Wood's gonna get better at closing (should that not happen, we've got options).
But this year's nemesis, the Brewers, they've got a world of trouble at that closer position.
When I was out by the grill listening to the radio, they were interviewing Lou and Carlos and finally got around to Kosuke.
He spoke through an interpreter, and everything took way longer than I think the interviewer was anticipating.
So they kind of just shut it down.
If I was a radio guy here, I'd at least learn how to say thanks in our new right fielder's language.
Domo Arigato, Kosuke.