My brother came from Los Angeles to go to the game with my cousin John and his buddy Blomquist, who got us impossibly awesome seats 7 rows away from Anthony Rizzo.
Look at how close we were!
Despite the loss, I'm telling you it's just not possible to have more fun on an August afternoon than spend it at Wrigley Field.
Here are some pics:
Rizzo is the first to run onto the field.
(Note the "I'm with stupid" shirt in the crowd and who it's pointing to.)
Here's Dexter Fowler coming up to bat.
Bryant warming up.
Contreras up to bat.
Jed Gyorko strikes out - one of Kyle Hendricks' 12 Ks.
Usually when I go to Wrigley, I take 20 shots of the pitcher. I can't believe I didn't take one of Hendricks.
Rizzo's swing. Look at all the heads following the ball. It was a pop up. (The guy in the stands over Rizzo's shoulder - I thought Anthony had a real tiny head for a minute).
People dancing to that song about the Young Men's Christian Association.
Addison Russell comes up to bat and...
...Kaboom's one to deep left and the Cubs are up 2 to nothin'.
So... Carl Edwards Jr.
Lotta people think Joe Maddon left him in too long.
Here's his quote from Cubs.com: "Part of leaving [Edwards] out there, too, is to learn how to get out of that moment," Maddon said. "If he does, and he walks off, he's learned another lesson. It didn't play out that way."
Strop and Rondon were not available.
I think Strop's meniscus surgery - you don't know how he'll do coming back from that in 4-6 weeks, right?
Young Carl Edwards might have to assume the Strop role.
Either way, when you're off your game, it's the Cardinals, and 41,000 people are all screaming their lungs out... welcome to the Bigs, kid.
I'm glad Maddon didn't give him a quicker hook.
But the grand salami... not real fun.
Luckily, Jake's is just a 10 minute walk down Clark.
(Nice flag, Scott and Ashley!)
Tonight at 7, John Lackey continues his Cub Quest for jewelry as he takes the mound against Mike Leake on ESPN.