When I turned on Emily's radio, one of the first things Pat said was that the Cubs had scored 3 in the first.
Walked over to the community fridge and grabbed a frosty cold Modelo.
Then came the Kyle Schwarber 3-run dinger that had to be reviewed, but stood.
Cubs 7 Reds 0.
Then LaStella hit one out to score two more and I rudely interrupted a presentation to loudly gloat.
(Sorry Jon, if you read this.)
Anyway, 9 zip in the 4th?
Mikey Montgomery was doing nicely, so...
Yeah, I missed some fireworks but that kinda lead makes the late work okay.
Started to hear a bit about the drama going on in Pittsburgh with Rich Hill throwing a perfect game.
I was at the Cubs vs White Sox game where Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzynski, and that's all anybody remembers about that game.
Very few people remember that Rich Hill was on the mound for the Cubs, and he was horrible.
A 2nd baseman named Tadahito Iguchi hit 2 of his career-total 44 homers off Hill.
In 4 innings, he gave up 5 hits and 7 runs because he also walked 5.
Guy had an insane curveball, but his control sucked.
For him to be some kind of Dodger God 11 years later is nothing short of astonishing.
And tonight, he'd lost the perfect game in the 9th on an error, then gave up a walk-off homer to Josh Harrison in the TENTH inning to lose the no hitter.
Nobody never said nothin' about baseball being fair.
Speaking of which, how 'bout Ron Santo.
I will forEVER be pissed at the Hall of Fame voters who refused to let him in their little club until after his death.
But I won't dwell.
Santo was my favorite Cub when I first saw them play on my Grandpa's black and white Zenith.
Freak of nature chance, we happened to stay the summer in Chicago in 1969.
And the pizza power, the hard hats and the heel clicking grabbed my young heart and turned it all Cubby Blue.
My friend Brad Morgan sat next to Santo on a plane to somewhere, and once he broke the ice they jabbered about the Cubs for the whole flight.
It was during the season, and of course Santo was flying to the next game but still had time to chat.
Think about that.
I made plenty of fun of Ron right here, back when he was the first Ron with Pat, but he was all Cub.
Hilarious stories, emotion beyond belief, just great stuff to listen to.
If you go look at the World Series trophy at Wrigley, they have Ron's World Series ring on display in the same area (along with Ernie's).
It's easy to just marvel because oh my god LOOK AT THAT RING!
But if you do see it, take a step back and think about those guys who missed 2016.
There's actually alot more to that ring than the sparkle.
Okay gotta run.
How 'bout a sweep, Cubs?