I've got old shoes on and some work gloves and a shovel and I'm turning over all the (clay) dirt and whacking it with a hoe and pouring on bags of better quality dirt and digging little holes with littler shovels and putting in little plants and pounding in stakes to hold up those stupid tomato plant cage things and not once do I think to get on my knees rather than just be bent over for hours at a time until it's waaay too late.
And then I wake up the day after, just like I did today.
This is the day I have ibuprofen with coffee, ibuprofen with lunch, and then maybe some ibuprofen with ibuprofen.
Luckily, the Cubs finally beat the Brewers.
It helps me deal with the sacrifice and pain of planting tomatoes so months from now my children can tell me once again how much they don't like tomatoes.
Sean Marshall gets his first '09 W, which is awesome.
Alfonso Soriano may be having his best Cub year yet - he hit his 10th homer.
Mike Fontenot surely made it to some highlight reels with his glove at 3rd.
Carlos Marmol hiccuped his way thru the 8th, and Kevin Gregg threw 2 strikes past Brewer cocky tough guy Ryan Braun that Ryan couldn't get his bat off his shoulder for, then slid a slider past him for the awkward swing and strike 3 to end the game.
Cubs 4 Brewers 2.
Brewer manager Ken Macha thinks Ryan Dempster is a head hunter (thanks for the heads up in comments, Kerry!), and I sense some bad blood between these teams.
The Padres come to town Tuesday night with 2-4 Jake Peavy vs 3-1 Rich Harden.
I thought the evening was starting nicely when I heard Joey Gathright got traded for Ryan Freel.
It was smart because of Aramis' recent calf injury and Joey's apparent lack of any sense of the game of baseball whatsoever.
We had the radio on low while we were eating dinner, just sort of background noise.
And when I heard Pat say that Aramis was down, I ran to a television set and watched my worst fear rolling on the ground in slow motion before my eyes.
We discussed this way back when all the trades were made - remember?
The one guy on this team that cannot be replaced, Aramis Ramirez, was writhing on the ground.
The paper this morning says 4-6 weeks.
30 to 40 games without the best bat on the team.
Ron Santo, God bless him, was talking on the radio before the game and in a truly funny Ron-ism said something like Freel was one of those good guys who give it their all because they don't have alot of talent.
And he caught himself with a long awkward pause.
You can cry over spilled milk and say DeRo should never have been traded and right now you'd be exactly...correct.
It won't be until late June that we can even hope for Aramis to come back, and like D. Lee with the wrist a couple years ago, Aramis won't be himself for longer than that.
We'll be watching Freel, Fontenot, Miles, and maybe Scales playing thirdl, so it's a whole new ballgame.
Over in Des Moines, Cubs Triple A hitting coach Von Joshua has something called a "Fuzz Machine", which he used to help Ryan Theriot find his power stroke.
Quote from Carrie's story: Joshua, in his
fourth year at Iowa, has been a hitting coach since 1984, and some of his
pupils include Mike Piazza and Magglio Ordonez. What's the secret? It's
something Joshua calls a "fuzz machine," which is basically a
pitching machine that hitters use in the cage. The gauge is set at 86-87 mph,
but for some reason, the ball appears to be coming at hitters at 105 mph.
Okay...so have you heard about a "Fuzz Machine" before?
I googled it, and nothing about baseball comes up.
This could be the BIGGEST THING IN BASEBALL EVER!
And yet it's buried in a Carrie column somewhere on Cubs.com.
D. Lee or Milton Bradley - why haven't you had an appointment with the Fuzz Machine?
How come Aaron Miles isn't "going yard"?
And why isn't Von Joshua as familiar a name as Walt Herniak?
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