I've been watching baseball for a really long time.
I can remember watching the Cubs on a black and white Zenith tv (attached to an aluminum and plastic stand with a shelf and big wheels for easy tv placement) in 1969 with my Grandpa Russ.
I've seen my share of balks and I've read what a balk is and yet still every time a balk is called I go, "huh?"
So I'm glad there are umpires out there to call them.
Have you ever been at Wrigley and a balk is called and then you hear someone near you say, "What happened?"
And then whoever is with that person has to explain what a balk is out loud in front of a bunch of baseball fans?
I mean, sometimes it's kind of obvious, but mostly it's like listening to someone describe purple.
It's based alot on subjectivity.
Today I decided to paint a balk, and it turned out to be a yellow-derbied fathead fox thing that stands upright with pointy hooves and yells "Norpling!".
They hide in the shadows of the dugout, waiting and watching.
Last night one ran up next to Pedro Strop and yelled. It caused all kinds of havoc when Anthony Rizzo heard it and thought the ball was dead but it wasn't, because:
which I got from here, and he didn't cover first even though Luis Valbuena made a nice stop and was about to throw but since nobody was covering first he just held the ball while Segura ran to third and Ricky Renteria came out on the field and yelled long and loud enough at 2nd base ump Jeff Nelson for Nelson to throw him out.
Luckily for the Cubs, the balk did little actual game damage and just ambled off the field as Renteria was arguing.
Cubs beat the Brewers 6-4 with Chris Coghlan leading off with a homer and Javier Baez going 3 for 5, knocking in 2 and scoring twice.
And I'm still aware that we should be rooting for the Cubs to lose these last games and get a better draft pick, but sorry it's the last little bit of Cub fun I can have during the summer of '04 so I'm taking it.
Today they'll play the 2nd to last game of the year at 6:10 Chi time, Wada vs Peralta.
And that balk is still hiding right...over...there.