Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's Baseball Tonight

Usually at this time of year (for many years) I am in the Chicago area visiting with family and friends. Unfortunately, because of health problems, I am still here in Florida.

If I were there, tonight I would be sitting in a neighborhood Sports Bar with a bunch of friends. We would be watching the Major League Baseball All-Star game as we have for many years.


Actually, in the past, we had hardly watched the game. We spent most of our time shooting the bull and reminiscing about our glory days. We’d glance up at one of the many televisions that were tuned into the game to see what was happening, especially if one of our favorite hitters was up to bat. The All-Star Game (although we are all baseball/Cubs fans) was not the reason that we were there at the bar. We were primarily there to renew friendships and get pleasantly intoxicated.

However this year it is a different ball of wax. More eyes will be focused on the TV screens than ever before. Why? Probably because I will not be there, but more than likely because there are 8 Chicago Cubs on the All-Star team this year. Eight years ago the Cubs only All-Star was Joe Girardi, who is currently the manager of the New York Yankees.

The other reason that this game is important is that the winner decides home field advantage for the World Series. In past years this wasn’t too important to Cubs fans, there was no way that they were going to the “Big Show”. But this year is a different story because the Cubs stand a good chance of going to the series this year. The way that the Cubs have been playing at Wrigley Field (37-12 .755) this year, the home field advantage would give them a great shot at winning their first World Series in 100 years.

I’ll be watching the game at home tonight, getting pleasantly intoxicated and cheering for the National League.

The Beach Bum

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