The Cardinals beat the Cubs today, 10-4 at Wrigley. To say that witnessing the rout was glorious is an understatement. With today’s win, the Cardinals moved back into a tie for the second National league wild card spot and stayed in contention for the rapidly approaching playoffs. They also avoided the pain of witnessing the Cubs celebrate their 100th win of the season, stuck at 98 wins with only more game to play against the Cardinals this season (tomorrow night). It’s also the Cubs last home series of the season, meaning that they won’t be able to celebrate before their home crowd.
This may seem cruel and selfish, but…. YEAH!!!!!!
Don’t get me wrong. As a resident of the Chicago area, even though I am a Cardinal fan for life, I am glad that the Cubs are having their best season ever. They seem to be poised to go all the way to the World Series this year. I just don’t want them to celebrate in front of my Cardinals.
And it would be so sweet if the Cardinals get to play spoiler in the playoffs. For once, the Cardinals are not the first place team, not expected to be the contender. Usually it is me listening to Cub fans taunting me, jealous of my good fortune as a baseball fan.
I took Nate to Wrigley today to watch the game, our once a year splurge, I in my Cardinal jersey and Nate in his Cub jersey. People get a kick out of seeing the father/son rivalry. We had great seats today, right behind the Cardinal bull pen in right field. Today’s first pitch was at noon, overcast with the stadium lights on, comfortably cool. The sun came out by the third inning, our seats out in the sun. Wonderful.
Days like today are when Nate and I get along best. Oh, he still acts like a 17 year old with his dad, but he also forgets to act that way as he relaxes in the moment. We don’t get into deep discussions, but it’s nice to just have time with him for a day.
You won’t see any pictures of me with him here. There is no way he would allow that. He also was mortified as I photo bombed three women Cub fans as they posed for a picture. We were walking up to our seats and I just stepped in. The women laughed and allowed me in the picture. Nate was also mortified when they sat directly behind us.
The Cardinals led off with four runs in the top of the first. The Cubs answered with two runs of their own. But the Cardinals kept scoring each inning, the Cubs did not.
Good day. I was in a good mood on the way home after a Cardinal win, bought Italian beef (Buona) for Nate, his first experience with the delicacy.
I also wore my Cub kryptonite today. No Cub fan gives me any guff when I wear one of my Cardinal World Series hats!