That's how I'll remember yesterday, when the biggest Cub acquisition of the off season made the biggest boner play of the regular season.
Struggling to see the ball in right field, Milton Bradley caught a routine fly ball, held on to it while thinking about something, and then turned and tossed the ball into the bleachers.
Of course, whatever he was thinking about didn't include the Minnesota Twins' Brendan Harris on first, didn't include Nick Punto on third, and it didn't include the fact that that the catch he'd just made was only the 2nd out.
It wasn't until he turned around to see Punto score and Harris running to third that he realized the boner.
After the game, Harris said, "...the way he caught it, deep down, I was like wait a minute, that's only two...I'm running, and then I heard the crowd getting on him, and I almost kind of laughed."
With this play, Milton created his own enormous monkey-on-the-back.
The kind his predecessor Jacque Jones was never able to shake.
My hope is that he keeps his head down and begins to make us all forget yesterday.
He has to be better than this, right?
The Cubs manage 6 hits and even 4 runs, but lose to the Twins by 3.
Today Rich Harden makes his return from injury to face rookie Anthony Swarzak.
And if you don't know about the New York Giants' Fred Merkle and the infamous "Merkle's Boner" play, go here to read the story.
Of course it involves the Cubs, and of course it happened in 1908.
Somebody help me - didn't something happen in 1908?
Well, crap. This team, I don't know...either hit or get off the pot. The Cubs lose 2-1 in a 13 inning game in which they could only manage 6 hits. It is revolting to me that a team being paid such an enormous amount can't hit, and they should change something. We've all heard the Mark DeRosa rumors, even though I figure it's just wishful thinking. But hell, bring the guy back. Make a freaking change. I'm in advertising. We get paid to come up with ideas, and guess what happens to people that don't come up with ideas? They go away. I've been trying to put a positive spin on this season, but it's just getting more and more difficult. There are expectations for this year, dammit. Alfonso Soriano is hitting .236 and slugging .473. Hector Villanueva hit .230 and slugged .442. Aaron Miles? .200 and .257. He's not even Paul Noce, who was a career .232 hitter and slugged .354. You know where Paul Noce went? Home. Right now, it's like every Cub has chosen 2009 to be their un-career year. The bats are all stopped up. Take a freaking laxative and get the hits. Have a movement. Get the runs. Today we're back to the same "get Randy Wells his first win" thing. DAMMIT!
Okay, deep breath. And moving on.
Tonight I got invited to the premier of "We Believe", the new movie about the Cubs produced by Tim McGuire, Chris Claeys, Richard C. Christian and director John Scheinfeld. Of course, I'm working in Los Angeles and can't come. And I'm really bummed because it looks like a beautiful documentary, and some of these guys are buddies. (Also, the rumor mill has it that maybe a couple people who play on a certain North side baseball team might be there.) Tim McGuire edited my second commercial - a Wheaties spot with Mary Lou Retton, which we shot in Houston (I hate the Astros, by the way) over the objections of her freaky control freak coach Bela Karolyi. (Wow is that spot ever dated.) In fact, Tim edited almost everything I did early on, and now along with Chris owns Cutters - a giant post production facility filled with people as nice as Tim and Chris. Anyway, I'm gonna be sure to see it later, and one good thing about missing it tonight is that I won't bawl in front of everyone like I know I would.
This photo is pretty dated as well, I was mid 20s here. If I tried to put that shirt on today it probably wouldn't go over my fat neck. Like the powder blue Ocean Pacific shorts?
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