Hearing Len Kasper break the ice in Chicago with a voice from Arizona at 1:55 yesterday was just... so... needed.
My house is the one with the flu and bronchitis in it - not alot of joy in here.
So it was great to get my baseball-starved ears a helping of Len and Ron yesterday.
Jen Ho Tseng got thru the first inning only giving up a single.
Then Jason Heyward started off the Cubs with a single followed by Kris Bryant pulling one out to left field.
In his first at bat of the year, Bryant homers.
You could hear the crack of the bat, the crowd go nuts, Len telling us it was way out of here...
Good God, that's what baseball sounds like!
I can't yell or laugh without coughing for 10 minutes, but whatever that was really exciting.
After the game, Bryant did a couple interviews and he has got some kind of mondo chip on his shoulder.
He talked about having time while not playing last year to go into a "Twitter hole" and read the comments people were writing.
Not flattering ones, since he was injured and not at 100%.
This is from ESPN, but you can probably find it at a thousand places online today: "The negative stuff always stands out more," Bryant said. "Negativity sells. People want to read that stuff. I think that's why I'm at where I'm at in baseball. I read one thing and it just motivates me, and it [success] just shuts that person up or proves them wrong. I've been doing that my whole life, so bring it on."
That sounds like it's been festering, doesn't it?
Hey, Yadier Molina can try to find inspiration getting mad about hearing his town it boring, but Bryant's sounds alot more serious.
His demeanor and tone and just everything him is almost always so friendly, it's cool that he let us see that hidden part that's obviously so dangerous.
Like if you're watching a Viking movie and it's Kris's army of 1,000 sword-wielding guys against another army of 1,000 sword-wielding guys, but then another 1,000 of Kris's sword-wielding guys march up to the top of that ridge over there, and everything changes.
I expect this season we're going to see a Kris Bryant we haven't quite seen yet, one that'll make everybody who's currently unhappy about not getting Harpado Shut. The. Hell. Up.
Okay, if you didn't get to listen, you can see the full box score over at ESPN (I could be wrong, but I do not recall them doing in-depth box scores of ST games before).
And today, well here's Carrie Muskat's tweet:
Ian Happ's making noise about wanting to see more infield time, Addison Russell playing today, Chatwood.. oh please let him throw strikes.
Turn on your radio, man.
The Cubs are on.