I've always liked these signs around the park.
And I'm always amazed at how many people pay no attention at all.
If I'm sitting down near the Cubs dugout and there's a lefty up to bat, I'm on red alert in case the screamer foul ball comes rocketing into the stands.
I am NOT gonna be the guy who catches one in the temple.
But that's not what this post is about.
This is about being playoff baseball alert-ER.
About not doing a repeat of 2003, Cub Fans.
After that season was over, I felt that it wasn't just the Cubs who needed more practice at post-season ball.
The fans do too.
So, a little coaching here:
If you happen to be lucky enough to have seats down close to the playing field, PAY FREAKING ATTENTION in case a foul ball comes.
Who's in the field?
If it's the Cubs then GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE BALL.
If it's the Mets or Brewers or whoever, then the ball belongs to you.
If I was the guy in charge of the sweet old ladies who patrol the seating areas down there, I'd have them do a little speech before the game to their section, explaining this concept.
Like those guys at the movies who, before the movie starts, give you the lowdown on how to act in a theatre.
Because if somebody ELSE does that little blunder again, no one is going to say well, you were just caught up in the moment.
Okay, enough with the scolding.
The Mets beat the Cubs last night, but I was working and didn't really hear (had the radio on of course).
My impression was Sean Marshall did okay, but Gaudin and Hart not so good.
I'm happy, however, that Gaudin is getting the opportunity to re-learn his skills before the playoffs because I figure he'll be on that roster.
More Met action tonight.
One last thing, and I'm not proud of this.
A long time ago I was in the right field bleachers and Leon Durham hit one of those liner homers that leave the park in about a second, and it was coming right at me.
I totally ducked.