Three more games, three more wins. I have no idea how long this is going to last (I fear it won't be long), but I'm enjoying the ride for now.
Apparently this Mozeliak guy sort of knows what he's doing.
Trash Talk in Chicago I was in Chicago all weekend, visiting the old ball-and-chain. Side question: Is it still considered a ball-and-chain if it happens to be four hours away? Maybe more like one of those electronic monitoring bracelets.... Anyway. Cubs fans, so full of hateful optimism before the season, are already beginning to panic, seeing the Cardinals and the Reds both ahead of them in the standings.
A few of the more enlightened comments I heard from various blue-clad denizens over the weekend:
"That fuckin' Wood. Why the hell did they bring that piece of shit back? He couldn't start, he can't close, what the fuck?"
From the same fan, later that afternoon, following Kerry Wood closing out the Cubs' victory yesterday:
"Fuckin' Wood, man! Throwing fuckin' GAS!"
From a startlingly pretty (and startlingly foul-mouthed) young woman wearing a Mark Prior jersey (content sanitized for your protection) :
"What the [sexual act]? Those [deity accursed] [female parent copulating] Cardinals are in first [sexual act] place?
"I hate that [female parent copulating] [fecal matter disposal opening] city! Those [sexual act] stupid [solid waste disposal site] fans of theirs are just a bunch of [sexual act] [unnatural sexual act banned in some southern states] [female dog]! [Sexual act] them!
"They can [thus began a long and convoluted narration of something that, if transcribed, would read a bit like a William Burroughs novel] and kiss my [solid waste disposal site]! No offense, man. [This was directed toward me.]"
And my favorite, from a man coming out of a local eatery, upon spotting Angie's Cardinal jersey and my sweatshirt:
"You guys from St. Louis? [Upon being answered in the affirmative] Dude, the Cards are gonna suck so bad this year, they're just getting your hopes up! Your pizza sucks, too!"
The last one, I have to say, really hurt. I happen to like the pizza here. It is always nice to see our northern neighbors in midseason form, though. Just think how angry they'll be when it's actually a significant number of games, and not just the first two series of the season.
Well, that was my weekend. I hope everyone out there had one just as enjoyable. Later.