Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
In 2005 the Chicago White Sox gave us a once in a lifetime thrill as they got to, and won, the World Series. The Cubs congratulated them with this sign, a photo of which Kathy S sent me and which I've used many times.
Yesterday this went up on Twitter from the Sox to the Cubs. Returning the favor.
Christian and Connor's cross country team at Christ Community Lutheran School, qualified for the National Cross Country meet in Mequon Wisconsin. Saturday was the big race and Christian, a 5th grader, got to run on the team of 7th and 8th graders. He did well, but his team is young and didn't place in the top 3. But look out in the future. Connor who is in 3rd grade medaled in last week's state tournament in the younger kids division but was not able to be on the big boys team.
it was a chilly but gorgeous day right along lake Michigan.
Christian really grew this summer but he's not up high enough to catch the junior high guys
Quite honestly as a Cardinal fan and White Sox fan, I've been excited for the Cubs this year and really want to see them make it to the World Series. Growing up in Chicago I never gave them too much thought because they were never very competitive and yet had so many fans. But this year I can feel for the craving they have to finally see their team win.
Last night's win over the Dodgers was a huge relief for many. It is a great story in a year of awful stories.
A couple of things happened well into the night, things we don't learn about til morning. The Cubs, playing out in the Pacific time zone were behind 5-2 in the 9th inning. I had long gone to bed when the score first hit 5-2, thinking the Cubs would be going back to Chicago to play a game 5. Well. What do you know? They had one heck of a 9th inning and won the game 6-5 to move on to the National League Championship series against....
Well, we don't know who they play yet as the Dodgers pulled out an exciting win against Washington and they will play a game 5 in DC. Frankly I'm pulling for Washington, all this travel to the Pacific time zone can be wearying for eastern teams.
Then in the very earlier morning hours some how a car flew off I-44 in downtown St. Louis and landed on Broadway. Sadly the driver was killed in this accident. This is just awful and makes you wonder just how fast you have to be going to fly off the top of an interstate.
Neither of these two stories has anything to do with the other but they were both surprises this morning.
This photo via WTOP in DC is mindboggling. During a Wild Card playoff game between the Orioles and the Blue Jays in Toronto last night a fan tossed a beer can at the Baltimore outfielder trying to catch a fly ball.
This is despicable. And Canadians are said to be so polite.
The Cardinals and the Reds ended their game last night in crazy fashion, leaving fans and commentators scratching their heads and all talking over each other to explain what just happened.
With the game just having been tied by the Reds in the bottom of the 9th in sad fashion, the Cards had a runner on first with two outs and Yadi at bat. Yadi hits the ball hard into left field, it hits the ground and bounces up onto the outfield wall and back into the glove of the left fielder. He then quickly turns and throws the ball hard toward home plate where STL Carpenter was sliding across the plate. The fans and Cardinal players are screaming with joy when all of a sudden the announcers start talking about that being a ground rule double and Carpenter should be back on third.
But, the umpires have left the field while Reds players stand around thinking the game should not be over. Where are the umpires so the play can be challenged.
I watched this and my first impression was a ground rule double usually means the ball hits the ground and bounces into the stands, not hits the wall and flips back onto the field. But, not so. And this is where things get confusing. It turns out Busch Stadium and probably all other big league parks, have their own specific rule on what makes a ground ruled double. At Busch:
"Batted ball in flight striking the top of the wall above the padding and rebounding onto playing field: In Play."
Added to last night's confusion was Major League Baseball rule on this which states a team "At the end of the inning, teams have 10 seconds to alert the umpire that they intend to review the play and a challenge must be made within 30 seconds of the final out call. At end of the game — and this is important — it is Major League Baseball's view that the team must make it clear "immediately" that it intends to consider a challenge."
Wow. Ten seconds during pandemonium. Ten seconds isn't much time when the crowd is screaming, players are all yelling in the managers ear about the play, and the manager himself is trying to quickly replay the play in his mind.
But anyway, this morning the Reds are considering taking this to the league for a final ruling. The Giants are just as frustrated because they and the Cardinals are in a race for the last playoff spot.
Baseball! It does seem like the Cards are never going to make up being one game behind the Giants, when one of them loses so does the other. When one wins, so does the other.
Yesterday afternoon Christian's 5th grade soccer team had a game at Francis R. Slay Park just off McCausland. It was very hot, temperatures hitting 96 officially, but higher in that hot sun. This particular park is named after the current mayor's father and is a space squeezed into an industrial area of sorts. I pass this place a lot and have often wondered who used it and how it came that such an odd spot was named for a Slay.
Anyway, the game went on as did games before and after Christian's. It seemed more like a beach without a lake what with all the umbrellas used to keep the heat off.
Here's Christian. At one point he got hit in the face by a kicked ball and that hurt.
Surrounding this park and behind the playground are huge orange steel things which must have something to do with power maybe? Behind them is a huge electrical tower. Very odd.
On the other side of the field is a roadway trestle, an old trestle.
The season the Cubs are having is mind-boggling. All they do is win, which is crazy considering their history. At the moment they are 14 games ahead in their division, the Cardinals in second with no real hope of ever catching them. Their record today is 82-45. They're breezing, man are they zipping through the season.
But as often happens, the playoffs bring a different mindset. Each game means everything and players can lose that looseness that comes from having fun winning. Everyone in the playoffs begins even-0-0. Actually, I'd get a kick out of seeing the Cubs in the World Series, but only time will tell if they can keep on winning.
I grew up in Chicago, but have always been a White Sox fan, but this year I'd love to see the city get another championship.
Last night we went to the Cardinals game and sat with a group in Ballpark Village. The view of the field from this area is great and where we were, Rooftop 2, food and drink was included in the ticket price. That's a perk. When we went to this same spot two years ago, my favorite part of the experience was listening to the radio play by play which is piped in. The same was true last night. You get pieces of information about the game and players which helps follow along. Also, two years ago there was no excruciationingly loud music playing between innings unlike in the actual stadium which means we could actually carry on a conversation.
But this year, last night, Ballpark Village included terribly loud music between innings and to me, this is the one negative about going to these games. I'm not sure why they do this, probably all teams do this, but it is more irritating than exciting.
Yesterday I mentioned how much we wondered about a Cubs fan who is always in the front row of every game. He always wears a pink hat and green shirt. Well, thanks to my sister in law, Pam, we now know and it seems we aren't the only ones who have been interested in him.
It's Jim Anixter, one of the founders and owners of AZ Wire and Cable company. His company has owned front row tickets at Wrigley since 1966. He currently has 16 season tickets in prime seating locations at Wrigley. That includes the four in the first row behind home plate and 12 in the fifth row. He said his company spent about $200,000 on Cubs tickets last year.
The reason he always wears the same clothes is, "he just wants his wife to know he actually went to the ballgame."
There is more about Jim at the link. So happy to put a story to the man we see each time we watch a Cubs game. I will add this, though. He must have good connections because we've seen in the front row at Busch when the Cubs are in town.