Ahhh, I should have a bunch of Bob Brenly quotes, but I don't.
I can tell you, however, that during this season of sometimes good/sometimes bad/sometimes really really bad, Bob Brenly has gained my respect by telling me what I really saw.
It's been awesome.
I'm not sure that Cub's ownership can comprehend this, but Brenly's honesty has helped me ENORMOUSLY through this difficult season.
Honesty works, plain and simple.
The other night when Alfonso dropped the fly ball?
Olson told me that Brenly said something like what I have in the drawing, "It's a baseball. Catch it."
Maybe even with a little disgust, like we were all thinking.
Brenly didn't say, "Well, he really had a long way to go so...man, good try."
And because he didn't say anything like that, I believe in the company more.
I have a story that's so old nobody here will remember it.
I was watching a football game with my dad.
Ohio State vs. Clemson.
And something bad happened for Ohio State - an interception or a punt return, and somebody ran out of bounds or something (I'm not googling so feel free to correct me).
A Clemson guy runs near the Ohio State bench and legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes punches the player in the neck.
Right on tv, you couldn't believe it.
The refs threw a flag because, well, it's a penalty when the head coach punches a player from the other team.
But the guys who were calling the game?
They said something like, "I don't...I'm not sure what this penalty could be about."
They even showed a replay, and the announcers still acted like Woody Hayes hadn't actually just punched a kid.
And it changed me.
Suddenly, I realized that what people say on tv isn't necessarily true.
And after that, I had no respect for any announcers anywhere.
In the case of the Chicago Cubs, it was Steve Stone who changed it back the right way for me.
He was the first guy who, if a Cub was a bonehead?
He said that that Cub was a bonehead, and it was SUCH a breath of fresh air.
Like, Moises Alou on the base path.
You'd watch him and think, "What a freaking IDIOT."
And Steve Stone would immediately say, "What a freaking IDIOT."
When that happened, you trusted Steve Stone, and by extension you also trusted the Cubs.
Not really sure how to put into words how that logic works, but it does.
I guess I felt like the Cubs were really, truly trying to get better rather than gloss over their failings with bullshit (and of course when they got rid of Stoney, the whole organization - Dusty included - took a big hit).
Long story short, I've really come to love Bob Brenly and his honest, fearless take on the team.
I would hope that even the Cubs he calls out would respect that, because Bob's not making stuff up.
So I really didn't watch or listen and still don't know anything about the last two games the Cubs played against the Phillies.
Ladies and gentlemen, I was Tee-o'd about that first Phillie game after I got myself all psyched up for the Cubs to make a statement.
Which they did, only not the one I was hoping for.
During my days off I decided something.
I figure...I'd really rather have fun this summer.
If the Cubs just turn out to be the Cubs, well, I won't be shocked.
And if something better happens, I get to drop my jaw.
So that's my new goal for this season.
ps: of course, well...don't expect me to not be like Brenly.
I've said it before but just so we're clear: I hate math.
I was listening to the radio, and about the 6th inning or so Pat Hughes said that he thought the game turned not on the 3 run homer by Raul Ibanez in the first, but rather on the pitch just before he hit that one out.
I guess it was a close pitch, shoulda been a strike out.
And then Keith Moreland said that baseball?
Why baseball is a game of inches.
And I thought, "Really?"
After the game, I decided to "do the math", as they say.
Even an art guy can figure this one out.
There are 12 inches to a foot, and 90 feet from one base to the next is 1080 inches per base.
You gotta touch 4 bases to score a run, so 4 times 1080 is 4320 inches per run.
If the Phillies scored 10 runs, that would mean 43,200 inches for the Phillies.
The Cubs scored one, so that's 4,320 inches for the Cubs.
Final score: Phils 43,200, Cubs 4,320.
So if baseball is a game of inches, then the Cubs lost by 38,880.
And everybody can just kiss my ass.
Sorry, not in the best mood right now, but...
HOW CAN THIS TEAM BE SO FREAKING HORRIBLE?
HOW MANY TIMES THIS SEASON WILL ANOTHER GAME DEFINE THE WORD "SUCK"?
WHY. DO. I. HAVE. TO. BE . MISTER. PINK?
I just decided that I'm going to take a couple days off.
It was the direct opposite of a much more famous play in Cubs' history.
When their team is at bat and the ball comes to you in the stands, you get out of the way if a member or your team can catch it.
But when your team is at bat and you're in the stands and a member of the other team is trying to catch a ball that's coming your way?
Why, that's your ball.
All's fair in glove and war, dude.
You catch that thing.
When Micah Hoffpauir dove into the stands, and trust me - he travelled in there pretty good, people just closed their eyes and froze.
Now if this particular play woulda happened in say, Boston, Micah probably woulda come out of there with a black eye, a busted lip, and no ball.
But an amazing catch for sure, and entertaining as hell, and I don't even want to bring up where I think Alfonso woulda been standing and watching had he been out there.
The Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night.
Carlos Zambrano had me turn off the tv in the first inning, when I guess he tossed 40 pitches and tried to ruin my Friday.
But the Nats only scored one when Big Z walked a guy in.
Everybody says it's okay to take only 3 out of 4 in Washington, but those people aren't me.
I want the Cubs to sweep here, because Washington is absolutely terrible and in the worst kind of disarray and they shouldn't win at all.
They gave Jim Riggleman the manager job and you know what that means?
It means your manager is only a nice guy.
It means Washington says, "I give".
It means the Head Mayor of your town is a Sox fan.
Carlos settled down and did okay after that, but the Cubs had to go to the bullpen early because of Z's pitch count.
Maybe the coolest thing was seeing Aramis Ramirez smack a homer for the first time in months.
You can tell he's sooo not 100%, but what a gamer.
And the real bad news is more injuries.
Terrible Ted with a tweaked knee that's gonna have him miss a start, and a finger injury for Alfonso.
Physically, these are both not good at all.
But mentally, maybe time off for Alfonso is a good thing.
Okay, today there's a block party on my street.
I believe I'm volunteered to set a grill up in my front yard and cook hot dogs for a couple hours.
I hear there's a kid parade and a pet parade, and some bean bag competition.
Awesome, I gotta go practice...
ps: I still hold no personal grudge towards Steve Bartman. I still figure I probably woulda done the same thing. But the longer time goes on without a World Series, the more deeply entrenched Steve is in the worst kind of history.
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