Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Game #5

July 19, 2004 at Wrigley Field. Cardinals 5, Cubs 4.

Fun day with my buddies Kristin, Rob, and about a billion geographers Rob was working with. My first night game at Wrigley Field...and for a Cubs/Cards matchup! Great atmosphere.

This game was mostly about Carlos Zambrano and Jim Edmonds.

First inning: Zambrano hits Edmonds with a pitch. Apparently there was bad blood between them in the past.

Fourth inning: Edmonds hits a monster home run to straightaway center. I love it when guys do that after getting hit by a pitch by a guy who's clearly not playing with a full set of tiddly winks and whose behavior is erratic enough that you think he may explode at any moment. After Edmonds rounds the bases, there are words exchanged between dugouts. Then gestures. Then both dugouts empty...no punches or even pushing, just milling around. The divided Cub/Cardinal crowd is up in arms. I can't say I'm a big fan of potential street violence, but the energy was marvelous. The benches re-fill up without issue.

My favorite part of the game...after finishing that inning with a strikeout, Zambrano pumped his fist, and pointed to the sky in triumph. Carlos??? What's up with the victory dance? You just gave up a homer that went at least 430 feet! Rob and I decided that Carlos's point to the sky meant "That home run was WAY UP THERE!!!"

Eighth inning: The Cubs have tied the score at 3. Tony Womack makes it to third on a walk, passed ball, and sacrifice bunt. There are two out, and the tying run 90 feet away, when Scott Rolen hits one out to give the Cards what turn out to be the winnign runs . Guess who's up next? That's right...Jim Edmonds. And Jim gets plunked again. Umpire Joe Brinkman does a great job of ejecting Zambrano without fanfare...he leaves without even complaining or challenging the call. He looked like a dangerous idiot in the midst of a meltdown...

but it was a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

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