you ever sat in the ballpark and asked, “Why in God’s name are they playing
that song?” I understand why the Astros
jam to “Deep in the Heart of Texas” during their 7th Inning Stretch,
but can someone tell me what connection could there possibly be between “Lazy
Mary” by Lou Monte and the Mets’ 7th Inning? You know what I mean? The following are my Top 5 Baseball songs
that make me go “Whaa?”
5. Lets Go Mets Go! – Who can forget the
rally cry of the 1986 Mets? And sure, it
was great at the time. It has Martha Quinn in the video for Christ
)! Nonetheless, considering the sad
state of the team today, you have to ask why it still gets toted out during rain delays. It just looks dusty and sad (expect for Gary
Carter’s ‘fro. That will always look amazing).
4. All the Way – Who remembers this little
ditty written by Eddie Vedder in 2007 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqHTScDBsDU)?
The Cubs made such a big deal about the song when it first came out, but did
anyone take a look-see at the lyrics before they did? “We know someday
we’ll go all the way.” Someday?
Talk about not wanting to hedge your bets.
3. Shout – Yes, the Washington Nationals
actually play “Shout” during the 7th inning. Come to think of it,
there’s probably not a more appropriate song.
If you’ve ever been to a Washington Nationals game, you’re usually ready
to “shout, pick your heels up and shout” as you run toward the gate by the 7th.
2. Ok Blue Jays – Frankly, I never heard
this song, but I bet it’s pretty polite and flaccid. Come to think of it…not unlike the team.
1. Go Cubs Go – I am well aware that this
will probably make me the most unpopular girl in the Windy City, but hear me
out. It’s a catchy ditty. It’s actually on my iPod. The tradition is to play the song after a Cubs’ win, yet the song is about
future Cubs’ wins. Why isn’t it played before the game? Again, talk about a team that hasn’t won in so
long, they’re actually afraid of the word “win.” Sometimes a classic deserves
more respect than a drunken frat boy serenade in front of John Barleycorn.
Thoughts on this week in Baseball….
Fantasy Baseball: Yeah, I’m back. If you would have asked me a couple of months before this entry if I were to ever do Fantasy Baseball again, I would have told you to stick your power raitings where the sun don’t shine. In fact, I’m sure I did tell you that. However, the sweet allure of Fake Lady Baseball has sung her siren song.
This time, I’m playing it safe though. I’m in a public league on mlb.com. I don’t know anyone from squat and because of that, I’m currently in first place in my division (although I’m probably not gonna win this week). With every win, I hope I’m crushing the hopes of some adorable father of four kids. (I’m looking at you “Four Little Rockies.”)
I also got rid of Beltran today. Hey! To be fair, he was supposed to be rehabbing by mid-April and he hasn’t picked up a ball yet. I picked up from the Free Agent wire, Josh Willingham of the Nationals. Sure, he’s not going to net me 407 points, but neither is Beltran this season. Plus, Willingham is good for at least three hundred points and more importantly…he’s playing.
First Game of the Season: I went to my first game of the season. It was the Cubs Homestand versus the Brewers. Sure, the Cubs won (I thank you personally LaTroy Hawkins) so I had to hear that detestable “Go Cubs Go.” Nonetheless, the game was great….messy as heck, but great.
First, it was the first game I scored in a while. I forgot how relaxing that is and how smart you look doing it. (Check out my new profile picture.)
Secondly, I was with good people…even if they were Cubs fans. (May God strike me down.) Actually, I’m almost embarrassed to say that it was the first live game I’ve been to in about a year where I didn’t brake down in tears over a boy or throw something at a Phillies fan. (To be fair though, we’re talking about Phillies fans.) I am amazed about how one’s outlook can change in a year.
I think my now famous roommate Megan summed it up best when she said….It not so much about the game as it is about the friends you’re watching it with. Unless you are Trish. Then it’s all about the game.
Most Stupidly Awesome Clip: My Alma Mater, Fordham University, has rich baseball history. However, let’s face it…they haven’t been a candidate for SportsCenter’s top ten plays …until now.
Who said we were NCAA Level Z? Oh wait…I just did. Go Rams!
Last Sunday at the Music Box Theatre, we ran “We Believe: A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime (2009)”, a documentary about the Chicago Cubs. After the film, I even got to co-host the Q&A. Directed by John Scheinfeld, “We Believe” is a celebration of the devotion of a great city for its baseball team. “We Believe” explores the relationship between Chicago, the Cubs and (at least for me) their absolutely inexplicably loyal fans.
Shot during the failed 2008 baseball season, “We Believe” documents the city and team as well as the 100th anniversary of the Cubs’ last World Series win while looking toward the team’s future. “We Believe” stars Lou Piniella, Hugh Heffner, Billy Corgan, Ernie Banks, Joe Mantegna, Ron Santo, current and former players as well as politicians, historians (one of which was my old boss at the National Baseball Hall of Fame) and their ever faithful fans. Scheinfeld gives the world a look into the unique city of Chicago and why its people are so passionate about the Cubs.
Even though there is another team across town…remember them?
Not being a native, I find Chicago history wildly interesting. How Chicago went from frontier town to “The Second City” is a true American success story. This film has footage of the city actually shot by Thomas Edison in the late 1800’s. From a self-proclaimed history geek’s point of view, how awesome is that?!
“We Believe” is also the first documentary to be completely sanctioned by the team. It also contains what is believed to be the only known footage of the 1909 Chicago Cubs. The story of how that footage was found is stuff right out of “National Treasure.” As a self-proclaimed baseball geek, how awesome is that?!
Scheinfeld’s opus to his beloved team seems to be the perfect storm of an awesome documentary but then the film began…
This promising documentary dissolves quickly into a self-loathing homage to a group of sad sack fans. It celebrates and never questions why there is this culture of losing on as well as off the field. During the Q&A, I asked Mr. Scheinfeld what makes the Cubs different? I’m sorry Cubs fans. Your team isn’t the only team in the history of sports to go through a comically long losing streak. He responded that Cubs fans and the Cubs franchise were that special and deserving of this attention because Cubs fans still root for their team when they lose.
I guess Royals fans don’t?
Woah! Why is that ok? I’m not saying to dump your team at the first sign of a sweep by the Pirates. What I’m saying is, maybe you shouldn’t go to the ball park and dump a hundred bucks on beers when the organization isn’t putting a winning team on the field. Maybe if you stayed home and the franchised was forced to face those empty seats, they would invest more in the team.
Sure, I understand that for the past season or so, the franchise was facing bankruptcy and now the team is under new ownership. However, what’s your explanation for the ninety-eight years before that? Or better yet, what’s your explanation for the team’s lack of inactivity during this off-season (other than dumping Milton Bradley, a no brainer)?
Scheinfeld said that Cubs fans were different because they were generational. What? And Red Sox fans aren’t? Would you like to tell that to my cousins in Lowell, MA? What about those White Sox fans?
Yeah…that team across town. You know, that other team with a comically long drought which still found a way to win five years ago?
ESPN Radio’s own Mike and Mike broadcasted live this morning from The Cubby Bear in celebration of the Cubs Home Opener, which they are currently winning in the fourth inning. (Sigh). Did I mention Xavier Nady just hit a home run? (Double Sigh)
Anyway, my roommate Megan Kelleher and I were armed with a Flip Cam and were up WAY too early. Check out what happened!
And here’s what happened on the way home. Rest assured, no muffins were harmed in the making of this video:
In honor of this glorious Opening Day (aren’t they all?), the following are some of the funniest baseball conversations I’ve heard, had, or saw on Facebook all day…
Jessie S. set her Facebook status to say, “Jessie S. is so happy for baseball.” Jess, I’m confused…aren’t you an Indians fan?
Speaking of Indians fans, the following is just an excerpt of Maureen W.’s love letter to the Cleveland Indians Front Office, “Dear Cleveland Indians, I thought we were going to try to win this year. Remember? Oh, your cheap-*** owners got rid of everybody during the off-season? I miss the mid-90s.” Me too, Mo. Slap bracelets can’t come back quick enough.
Andrew R. says, “Go Baseball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Where? If this involves me getting on the Red line in the dead heat of the summer, I’m taking up hockey.
Peter G. says, “Watched the Cubs get down 14-5 before I finally turned it off. Cubs, you are in serious danger of me allowing my son to grow up a Yankees fan, just so he knows what it’s like to win something. Stop sucking.”
On the same topic, Eric L. says “What the ****. There’s no one at that flipping ball park on top of it all.***** you Atlanta. I hope you burn to the ground…(again)”
(Singing) Go, Cubs go. Go, Cubs gooooooo…… What? Too soon to start singing this ironically?
Upon David Wright’s homerun in today’s game:
My Roommate Meeg (in the other room): “Yey! Wait! What are we cheering for?”
Jay S. said, “You know what I love about the Yankees….I don’t know anything about sports, but I still know who Don Mattingly is. Now, Dolly Parton is a completely different story.”
Dujuan P. said to Jay M., “So if the Mets start winning, is Trish going to flip back to being a Mets fan?” Woah! Easy, aren’t you a White Sox fan? Make yourself at home….stab someone.
When Johan Santana gave up a hit in the third inning, Howie R. said on the Mets radio broadcast, “And the Mets will yet again not have a nohitter.” Dude! It was the third inning. That’s like me singing karaoke at a bar and you telling me that I just lost out on my chances of winning “American Idol.”
Mike G. said, “The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place.” (Cue me falling off the couch laughing)
Lori S. says, “Hip, Hip Jorge!” Oh come on, Lori! You can come up with something better than that….Oh wait! That’s what your adorable baby girl says when Posada comes to bat? I’ll go hang my head in shame, now.
My uncle said, “”Go Boston Go! May the yank’s suck Boston mud. ;-)”
I refuse to comment on smack talk that isn’t grammatically correct.
And finally, from my Facebook status, “Hey Boston! You may have won this one but don’t be shocked when you see all your tires slashed in the parking lot.” Happy Opening Day, ya’ll!
I hopped online today trying to figure out what to write about this week and found the following highlighted story on Yankees.com, “Stadium Seats Between The Bases On Sale Now.” Admittedly, I watched most of last season from Chicago. However, I can’t be the only person to notice that the stadium had a lot of empty seats, most notably when the team was winning. Advertised as a “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity”, the article was basically a glorified advertisement for season tickets. Still, I thought, are Yankees tickets finally being made accessible to the most important people in the organization…the fans?
That adorable idea ended quickly when I started pricing tickets. Ticket packages are currently ranging anywhere between an “economical” $3,000 to a ******** $20,000 for the season. $20,000? I didn’t even make $20,000 last year! In all truthfulness, this is not a problem endemic to the Yankees. This was just the website I was on. If you check out my favorite punching bag, The Cubs, their premium seats are comparable and their ticket packages have a waitlist. There’s a demand for a team that hasn’t won a title in over a hundred years? Seriously?
It’s a little sad. I remember being a kid with Yankees season tickets. I grew up studying Don Mattingly behind first base and developing a love of the game fiercer than most. However, now I look around the ballpark and see less and less younger children. There is an entire generation behind me that has no idea what a glorious game this is. Why should they? With unobstructed views running upwards of $235 a seat, why should a family go into hock for a game which seems to have left its fans behind?
Owners say that you need money to put a winning team on the field. I get it. I also don’t deny the ballplayers their inflated salaries. If the owners are raking it in, why shouldn’t the players have an appropriate piece of that pie? However, in some clubs, that revenue is blatantly not being put toward team development and yet fans are still getting priced out. Historian Jacques Barzun once said, “if you want to understand America, you better learn baseball.” That statement used to be prophetic. Now it just leaves me with a creepy, slimy feeling. Have we all become that greedy?
Ugh! Xavier Nady is now a Cub and the organization’s brilliant solution to their 4th outfielder issue. Oh, and by brilliant, I mean a terrible idea. I know Milton Bradley was an issue but is he the solution? I love Xavier Nady. I do. I’m a proud owner of his jersey ($7 on sale at Shea Stadium). His brief cup of coffee with the New York Mets in 2006 was a big reason why the team found itself in its playoff position (a .264 Batting average with 14 Home Runs). And to this day, his July 31st trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates that year is viewed as highly questionable (Roberto Hernandez and well-known head case, Oliver Perez).
However, for a cool 3.3 million dollars, the Cubs nabbed themselves an Outfielder who they can’t guarantee will be ready for Opening Day. Nady is easily one of the most broken down players in Major League Baseball. There’s no excuse for it. He’s a month younger than me! However, for lack of a better word, Nady can historically be described as delicate. He had his first Tommy John surgery at 22, missed a big chunk of his Mets tenure with appendicitis and Cushing’s disease and played a ******** 7 games with the Yankees last year as he landed in the hospital with his second Tommy John surgery. Christ on a cracker!
Even with ownership being in question until recently, the Cubs always in a better situation than most teams in Major League Baseball. Yes, they do not have the budget of an AL East team but was Nady their only option. The Cubs find new and exciting ways each season to underachieve. Great job, guys!