Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Church of Baseball

Struggling Neifi Perez of the also struggling Chicago Cubs just hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th against the St. Louis Cardinals to ensure the Cubs' win, 8-4. This was Neifi's first homer in 110 at bats in the Cards' home stadium. Color that streak snapped.

I'm only tangentially a Cubs fan (The Boyfriend is dyed-in-the-wool, however), and even less so a Neifi Perez fan (he used to play for my SF Giants, and not nearly as well) but I am a baseball fan. And this was one of those transcendent summer moments that, in the face of salary nonsense and steroid scandals, just makes you beam, grateful for the game.

1 comment:

Dr. Gori said...

Neifi's bomb was great, but how about that CedeƱo slide last night to beat the Giants? Wow.

This has been a great season of baseball. After Boston's postseason run last year, I thought everything would feel like anticlimax for a while, but there are so many great storylines: The tight races in the NL and AL East divisions, the dominance of the Cardinals and the White Sox, the midseason surges by the Astros and A's, Brian Roberts, Derrek Lee, and Dontrelle Willis (who would be--by far--the most popular athlete in Chicago right now, had the Cubs kept his rights).