Since the All-Star break, the Magic Bus seems to have meandered off the road.
Head Bus driver/mechanic Lou tinkered, and finally just kicked the thing back on.
Me, Sutter and Kim went to Wrigley for the very satisfying W over the Fish.
I realize they need a couple more like yesterday for us all to feel like the bats have returned, but I left yesterdays game thinking that sneaky Alfonso Soriano might be just about ready to go on a tear.
When he starts getting those line drives like yesterday (one went out, of course), it's time to pay attention.
Nothing would be better than CC Sabathia's first pitch to go sailing out of Miller Park tonight...
Mike Fontenot is this year's bench God.
His bases-clearing pinch-hit double had me screaming as hard as I ever have.
And I have to do some kind of drawing depicting his AMAZING base-running adventure that came next.
You could hear the Hanna Barbera bongo sound effect as he saw Marlin 3rd baseman Jorge Cantu with the ball, reversed course and hauled back safely into second.
After the emotional roller coaster of the last week, the rush of taking a significant lead away from the Marlins, it felt like everybody really let go with a giant belly laugh with Fontenot.
The whole park laughed as loud as they boo'd Jason Marquis earlier.
Not gonna dwell on that because the really big thing that everybody's thinking is...can Samardzija really be the missing bullpen piece?
Looks to me like he just came up here and said, "gimme".
I don't think closer, but I do think Howry and all the rest of those guys just moved back a row in the bus.
As you all know, tonight the most important series of the season begins.
This season being the season it's turning out to be, you have to modify the "most important" part with "so far".
It'll be Ted Lilly vs. CC Sabathia, who has won all 4 of his starts since becoming a Brewer.
In fact, he pitched complete games in his last 3 starts where he threw 122, 110, and 97 pitches.
Okay, go Magic Bus!