Sorry, no illustration today.
It's just really busy...
I don't know that I've ever explained this, but in the creative department there are teams made up of writers and art directors.
When I say "my partner", I mean Oif.
We've been partners forever.
He's a huge Cub fan and a much smarter, deeper thinker than I am.
Anyway, yesterday Oif goes, "I can't wait to watch the Cubs hit. When's the last time there were so many Cubs you'd say man, I GOTTA watch this at-bat?"
And it stopped me.
Well the first guys you think of are the home run guys, right?
Probably in my lifetime, Sammy Sosa is the top Cub like that.
Where everything stops.
Hey man, shut up and watch - Sammy's up.
(Of course Ryno and Andre, etc. but for simplicity's sake..)
There aren't many players like that, let alone Cubs.
Now, think about next year.
When we're watching lotsa new guys we don't really know yet, so it's not exactly Sammy time yet but...
If I'm sitting at Wrigley and people I'm with are talking when Rizzo comes up, I'm not paying attention to the conversation.
Gotta watch, right?
Then there's Soler.
That guy has crazy power, he's new, he's ROY and superstar potential.
My eyes will be pointed at home plate.
Yep, there's the strike out thing but then again he's liable to Glenallen Hill it on over that building and bust somebody's windshield waaaaay down Kenmore.
If/when Kris Bryant comes up, Wrigley Field will completely shut down.
Nobody's NOT gonna watch every helmet touch, every glove-velcro undo and do, every pitch, every swing...everything.
What if Mike Olt catches fire in Mesa?
Say something Joe Maddon says makes a part in his upper hitting brain fall into place in the lower part.
I'm SO not counting Olt out because if he could somehow legitimately claim third, it's the potential answer to a HUGE Cubs question.
Anyway, somebody might order a dog when he's up but not me.
And then there's maybe the most compelling story on the team, Starlin Castro.
He's an all-star shortstop that people just casually say hey, trade that guy - we got Addison Russell or Baez can play short or whatever.
I was alive, but I can only barely remember Ernie Banks or Don Kessinger.
I would say that Shawon Dunston is the lone All Star shortstop of my pretty lengthy Cub Fan career, and while I will always love Shawon, I don't automatically think of him as an All-Star.
All I'm saying is All Star shortstops don't come along that often.
I'm gonna be watching every Castro at bat because he's got to know it's now or never.
The Addison Train is coming and Castro is either gonna get run over or Superman up.
Fowler, Coghlan and Montero.
I'll still "DOWN IN FRONT" if some idiot is in the way, but they're not like these other guys.
It's just so awesome to think like this rather than the way we have since 2009.
The Cubs are up?
Hey February, hurry up and get out the way I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER!
Lastly, last Sunday my son says, "Hey wanna go bowling with us?"
20 year olds don't ordinarily do that, I will always no matter what answer "yes" to that question.
But we go to the alley and it's packed and there are no lanes open.
On the way out, we see the arcade area with the little kids all playing quarter games.
I spot one of those crane games where you put in money and you can grab a prize with the crane.
You've seen that kinda game...
So I see this as one of the prizes (and please note the perfect smirk!):
I say, "Hilarious, you can win a Jay Cutler!" as I take this picture.
But a 5 year old kid runs up to me and says matter of factly, "Cutler sucks, man."
Then he held out a tiny fist and said, "Pound it."
You cannot deny the truth told by a 5 year old.
I made the fireworks sound effect when we pounded.