I'm an idiot.
I forgot about the commute to Sox Park - the highway's all messed up down there, so it's best to take the el.
Plus, we're late.
I hadn't taken the el in years.
Told the kids I never take the el because I'm a magnet for crazy people.
Watch, I said.
Took less than a minute.
A guy with long grey hair and women's glasses exactly like what Dustin Hoffman wore in "Tootsie", and he was right up next to me babbling.
Couldn't understand a word.
Finally, we get off.
You have to walk over the highway, and I thought, "Man, how can the traffic be that noisy if there is no traffic?"
There was this constant din.
I realized it was coming from the park - not a normal crowd noise.
Like something really prolonged was making everybody scream.
We ran into the park, in the wrong gate, finally in the right area.
The tickets were really good ones, and the floor had big flatscreens everywhere and like, leather club chairs to sit and watch.
Emily goes, "This is like a hotel!"
But the thing that was really amazing is what was on the flatscreens.
It was Michael Barrett just unloading a giant punch on AJ Pierzynski.
They showed it over and over.
We got to our seats, and of course our Cub hats were so not welcome.
But, had we been in our seats, the punch would have happened directly below and to the right of us.
So, the first actual baseball we see is pretty much when Iguchi hits the grand slam off young Hill.
Pretty good dogs, though, and there was a waitress who brought everything to your seat.
No crazy people did anything on the way home.