Heard that song on the radio, and it embodies the spirit of you, Chicago Cubs. As my friend from Seattle said tonight, you are my National League team. My twin sister from the north side. My team in 2016. I was all-in with you tonight, and you, unlike my fucking sorry ass Detroit Tigers DID […]
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Well, West Michigan: it was not the way we wanted it to end, losing the final two games at home by one run each time. BUT – you lost several key players and still provided the river with one helluva season. I elected to listen to game three on the radio and hear the roar from […]
I almost can’t believe it, but a year has passed since I sadly said goodbye to my West Michigan Whitecaps when they exited the Midwest League playoffs. HERE I AM – making my return! To see this first year pass on the river has been truly unreal. We moved in late last season, so I […]
The clock had just struck midnight in West Michigan. September had arrived – as did my younger brother, whose car door could be heard at 11:59. It was supposed to be lucky: since we were kids and Nickelodeon told us to begin each month by saying, “rabbit, rabbit,” we strove for it, even getting it […]
Detroit cannot keep repeating the same juvenile habits that have crippled us in seasons past. I’m LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU, BRAD AUSMUS. DO YOUR GODDAMN JOB. Stop depending on spread sheets, matchups, and absurd statistics to make every basic decision for you. You’ve had enough time to acclimate to being manager, and you must find […]
What a nice, sunny day in Chicago for the first parade in 108 years! Here are some nice printscreens I took while watching them wind through the streets, ending with a center stage production: The atmosphere was overwhelming, with people pouring out to support the team they’ve loved forever. The excitement was palpable, bringing everyone […]
They did it. Game 7, November 2nd, 2016: The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions! Congratulations to Chicago, what a comeback after Cleveland tied it at six… here are the highlights from extra innings set to the most hopeful music of all time, the “Rookie of the Year” theme song.
That was the craziest game I can remember in a long time. Stakes that high, (on my birthday!), watching a game seven where neither team had won a World Series in forever – 1948 for Cleveland and 1908 for Chicago, and to have extra innings? Insane. The Cubs led off the game with a home […]
How can you not feel good watching the Chicago Cubs? I found myself transfixed on the TV in game five, realizing these guys couldn’t leave Wrigley without a win. It’s been tricky with Cleveland getting undeserved home field advantage. And even though I wanted them out of the remaining teams to win the AL, that […]
SO: it’s happened. Cleveland and the Cubs will vie for the top spot in baseball, the World Series crown that has alluded both cities since the 1940’s – Chicago hadn’t even made the World Series before tonight since 1945, and the Indians’ last title came in 1948. It’s been 108 years since the north side […]
This is going to kill us if it continues, Detroit. There is nothing more painful than nearly reaching your goal – not sucking entirely, not being bounced in the first round. No, the worst possible thing is to know your good enough and fall just shy of even competing in the postseason. Let it sting. […]
Not sure where to begin. While I bitterly look back at a game the Whitecaps deserved to win, robbed of every close play all night long, I can’t help but feel a mix of incredible fondness for what just happened plus a yearning for next season. To me, going into 5/3 ballpark was the validation, […]
I’m coming home I’m coming home Tell the World I’m coming home Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday Come on home for some more playoff baseball! We ain’t going nowhere!!
Sports have a funny way of making you question everything about your life, as if every decision you’ve recently made will be doubted in loss or secured in triumph. Maybe it’s especially me, since I care so much about the outcome. As rain poured inning by inning it built up inside how badly I wanted […]
Oh, hey – just got back from 5/3 ballpark where in some 70-80° rain, I watched my hometown West Michigan Whitecaps walk-off their South Bend opponent 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning. That may have been the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. It was 1-0 Bend, but we tied it up […]