Larry O'Brien, who you'll recall is Ted Lilly's agent, invited Sutter and I to the game Saturday. The text from Larry said that he had stuff to do but he'd catch up to us late in the game.
And also that "Ted left 2 tics under your name" at the will-call window.
That would be a pitcher you might be familiar with.
Left some tickets for us.
So you can imagine the over the top voice I put on when I got to the front of the line and said, "Yes uh, tewwwwwww tickets for Tim Souers left here byyyyyyyyyyyy...Ted Lilly."
Anyway Larry caught up with us in the 8th, we watched the end of the game and then headed to a less crowded bar over on Southport to chat.
Larry's a seriously funny guy with a billion stories, lots of them taking place on the golf course with guys like Charlie Hough or other pros or ex-pros. And we talked baseball and we talked about Ted and the Cubs. After a bit, Sutter had to go. And then Larry's phone rang and when he hung up he goes, "Hey, you wanna go meet Ted Lilly?"
What do you think I said?
So I walk in with Larry and there's Ted, Tasha, Ted jr., and Larry's wife Chris.
You know, I have no idea what it would be like to be a Cub. To have, you know, a million people who want to meet you. I kind of felt like I was intruding at first. You're the Lilly's - when do you get free time, and all that.
But I tried my best not to break a vase or anything, and Ted and Tasha and Chris were all just the most normal people you can imagine. Like, if you came over to my house, we'd talk and I'd ask what you did and stuff like that.
That's how it was - all normal.
Ted was wearing shorts and he was barefoot, just like you or me laying around the house after work. (I don't know what I expected - that he wore a Cubs uniform all the time or something?)
Tasha and Chris - we met them last year when Larry took us to a game, and they're both real down to earth too. Offered me water or a beer. Probably I was sweating or something.
We watched the Preakness while little Ted Jr. crawled around on Ted and Tasha.
I found out that Ted Jr. - his full name is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly the IV.
Why? Well because Ted's great grandfather actually rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and named his son (Ted's grandfather) Theodore Roosevelt Lilly.
So, I thought about twisting that and saying, "You mean Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders rode with Ted Lilly's great grandfather, right?"
I also thought about telling some old little league stories.
Luckily, that's when the Preakness came on. Larry had some crazy trifecta thing going on, but his horses didn't come in.
Anyway, that's not something that happens every day and I was kinda proud of myself for not doing a Morgan Freeman thing.
Sunday I woke up, made banana pancakes for the kids and mowed the grass.
Listened to Ted, Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and a clutch hit from Xavier Nady beat the Pirates FINALLY!
I'm pretty sure he's not real happy about the 3 runs.
But the team getting a W?
One last thing, if you get a minute and want to see some of what we were doing when I took that looong trip, here's one of the commercials.