“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. ”
Although it came a bit too late for you to see it….Congratulations on Cooperstown, Mr. Santo! I know you are jumping up and clicking your heels right about now.
For the second straight season my Cubbies have come to town and delivered the hometown Nationals a series sweep. I want to thank the three people below for heading out to the ballpark with me and helping me enjoy three beautiful August nights:
All 3 games were played on unbelievably mild August nights that just made sitting in the ballpark about the best place to be in the area. For Games 1 and 2 our seats were almost in identical spots but on opposite sides of the field. But for Game 3 we were right up on the field…4 rows off the field right next to the Cubs dugout.
The games were Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games and both teams being in last place in their division so the park was only about halfway filled with fans…but at least half of those were there to see their Cubbies. And we were surrounded by a sea of Cubs fans along that thirdbase line. Everyone was having a great time…except maybe this security guard (seriously, click the picture and check out the complete lack of enthusiasm on his face):
It was good to see Ivan back on the field as a Cub. Do you think that guy is gonna hate The Big Lebowski? I mean, how many asshats like me will be yelling, “Nobody fucks with Dejesus!” at him during a game?
The 7th inning stretch appeared to mean something a little extra for good old Tom Jefferson during Game 3.
TJ with the BJ
The Cubs series every year always seems like such a blur and goes by so fast…especially when they win every game. Next year can’t get here soon enough.
Thanks for all the fun this week.
See you next year.
Ok, I know it and you know it…the Cubs suck this year. The team is a shell of its former self with a lot of the core players traded away and Sweet Lou retiring a few days ago. So the midsummer visit, to DC, of my beloved Cubbies isn’t quite the draw it has been in passed years. But I am still going to all 3 games. And you could not have asked for a more perfect night for a ball game than we got last night. An August night in the DC metro that is around 70 degrees and with a nice cool breeze is almost unheard of but we had it last night.
Game 1 of the series was my “Anniversary” game. Every year since the Nationals moved to town my buddy P and I attend at least one of the Cubs games together. We drink a bunch and he cheers on the Nats while I (and about 2/3rds of the stands) cheer on the Cubbies. We like to refer to our once a year trip to the ballpark as tradition. His wife and Deb both refer to it as our Anniversary. They make fun of us and love to giggle at their little jokes. Asshats. (It is kinda funny though)
5th "Anniversary" Photo
We did have really good seats along the first baseline where we saw Teddy get cheated…yet again. F U Abe!!! Let Teddy Win!!!
We had this Japanese couple in front of us that was really cracking us up. The popped collar on the dude…the one he kept checking to make sure it was still in the upright position all night…was so 80s and kept us laughing at him throughout the first 5 innings. It wasn’t until we texted a pic of the “Popped Collar Dude” to P’s wife that we noticed the little girl in the background of this pic. Photobombed!
After the Cubbies have lost 20 of their last 25 games I was not expecting much from this series. But being up 6-0 in the 5th is a good feeling.
One thing about going to pretty much any sporting event with P…you will never stay in your seats for long. He is a wizard at spying the ‘movin’ on up’ seats. I don’t think I have ever been to a baseball game with him where we didn’t end up pretty much on the field by somewhere around the 7th inning. This year was no different.
The final score on night one of the Cubbies visit was 9-1. It is such a great feeling when you leave the ballpark after your team just obliterates the competition. We hopped on the metro and headed back to Clarendon and stopped in at Spider Kelly’s for a couple rounds of drinks to celebrate.
What a great way to start the 3 day visit. Hopefully both tonight and tomorrow night’s games are just the same. Lets Go Cubs!
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Being a Cubs fan in the DC area is often just one more reason for anyone (and pretty much everyone) to take jabs at me. I have even been in situations, especially at my job at the Old Studio, where my co-workers (that couldn’t tell you the difference between a Homerun and a Touchdown) would make fun of my beloved Cubbies. Even people that have never watched a game and have never once opened a sports page know enough to exploit my pain. But unlike the Bandwagon fandom that is the DC area, I have always stuck by my Cubbies and Caps through thick and thin….but unfortunately it is mostly thin. Once again the cold of winter recedes and April is upon us; full of hope and promise as we enter another season of Cubbies baseball and the Stanley Cup playoffs.
With only 4 games left on the schedule and a 7 point separation between the Caps and the Sharks the President’s Trophy is pretty much a done deal. The Caps have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs wrapped up and The Great 8, if not for his 2 suspensions, would be have been a lock for both the Hart and the Art Ross trophies.
This is such a great time to be a Capitals fan too. It used to suck when the Pens, Ranger and Flyers were in town as half of the crowd or more would be fans from those opposing teams. It doesn’t happen anymore. The Phone booth is almost entirely Red now no matter who is here to play. Even weekday games against shitty teams like Atlanta are sold out and the fans are going crazy during the entire game. We are ready for the playoffs…and after two years in a row of really heartbreaking exits from the tournament…we are ready for it all. Lord Stanley is coming to DC this year.
But the Caps take a back seat today because….
Hey, Hey Whatta ya say? Opening day is finally here!!!
Is this finally the end of our motto being “Wait til next year”? I seriously doubt it. But with 162 games ahead of us you really never know. The Cubbies have 13 new faces on the 25 man opening day roster. Pretty hard to imagine going the distance with over half of your players new to the team. But on the bright side…one of those 25 isn’t that waste of space Milton Bradley.
I can’t believe that the games here in DC aren’t until the last week of August though. I really do hope they are games that still mean something that late into the season to make the games even more fun than usual. It has been great having the Nationals here the last few years and getting those 3 or 4 games every year. You would be amazed at the amount of Cubs fans in the metro area.
With the first pitch being just 5 hours away I could not help but try to start the indoctrination of my nephew:
Eamus Catuli! Let’s make this a great year.