Oh Randy Wells.
You can't do this any more, brother...
Gordon Whittenmyer tweeted, "Wells takes a no-hitter into fourth inning of what could be his last start. Dempster (quad) back Thurs."
And then the next tweet says, "...Never mind."
Wells was sailing along, and then suddenly in the 4th he gave up a double to Hunter Pence, a walk to Thome, a groundout, a stolen base, a walk to Nix, a single to Ruiz, a pop out, a walk to pitcher Joe Blanton, and then a double to Jimmy Rollins.
Two doubles, a single, and 4 runs - all in one inning.
Oh, and 3 walks.
Made me think of the Ministry of Silly Walks by Monty Python.
Cubs lose to the Phillies 2-5.
I also had one of those out-of-body experiences at the convention I was just at.
In Orlando, where they've got the biggest convention center in the world.
We got in Sunday, and the convention itself goes 4 days.
This is the one where I stay at a hotel that's like it's own city.
I didn't even get to see how many restaurants are in it.
Plus, EVERYTHING is Disney.
Okay whatever, it's the last day and we're having a meeting with just agency guys, and I suddenly get an email saying there was a work-emergency.
I had to duck out (ha, that's funny - you'll see in a minute).
This meeting was at a hotel called the Peabody.
I went upstairs where the phone reception was better and started making calls, when there was an announcement over the hotel's PA system saying it was just about time for the Famous Duck Walk.
I turned around, and a couple hundred people are all jamming into the lobby.
I notice there's a guy in a fancy red coat with big brass buttons, and he's holding a cane of some kind, and there are these ducks in this fountain.
Red Coat Guy has a mike, and he's telling the crowd a story about these ducks - I guess every day they do this duck ceremony, and Red Coat Guy leads the ducks out of the fountain, onto a red carpet, and out of the room.
The people in the room are transfixed.
It's like the Rolling Stones are walking through.
Cameras are flashing all over, videos are being taken, loud applause happens and there the ducks go.
Hey man, I just wanted to make some phone calls.
Some things just make me feel like there's a movie playing in my head and I'm the only guy in the theater.
Luckily, I found it on You Tube, at least the Memphis Peabody Hotel version (where it all started)...
Anyway, you guys know me.
Everything's an omen relating to the Cubs.
This one just happened to be about Randy Wells.
Randy, if you're heading back to Iowa, I hope you work that silly walk thing out.
Lastly, Derrick Rose.
Never in my life have I seen one man go through the kind of year he has.
How many injuries did he have anyway?
And now the torn ACL.
I feel horrible for him and the team.
Lastly lastly, another awesome post from Chris Jaffe over at Hardball Times, this one about Andre Dawson's greatest game ever.
Please read, you'll feel so much better!