Cubs Lose A Close One, Two Rookies Bump Into Each Other, You’ll Never Guess What Happened and Steve Bartman Seventh Inning Stretch?

Chicago Tribune

There was a moment in yesterday’s game against the Miami Marlins which summed up the theme of the game. Addison Russell was chasing a foul ball and so was Kris Bryant. Apparently, Addison didn’t see or know that Kris was chasing the ball too because they crashed into each other and nobody caught the ball.

You can almost set up a click bait ad. “Two rookies chasing a foul ball, one rookie doesn’t call off the other rookie and you’ll never guess what happens next.”

“I think that primarily because of the crowd noise, they didn’t hear each other communicate,” Maddon said. “Apparently Russell was calling it and then Bryant called it at the very end, and that’s where the breakdown occurred. But we were able to pitch through it.”

Well, in the end it doesn’t matter, the Cubs lost a close one and left the odd base runners stranded.

What? All right, all right. It’s mid season and this Cub fan has a little cynicism creeping in. The Cubs lost 2-1 and let me tell you, it was a game they could have won. You notice that I refrained from saying “should have” because either team should have won that game but in the end it was those two zingers by Miami that pulled the carpet out from under the Cubs.

Hey, it was nice seeing Harry Caray up singing the seventh inning stretch. It was also great to see Ryan Dempster and Tom Ricketts introduce the song. How many owners do you know that would be on national television with a schooner of beer and chatting it up with a former pitcher.

That’s pretty darn cool.

“One of the things that we think would be really fun is to bring back a number of our departed historic figures, like Harry Caray, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo,” said Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney. “We want to bring them back to the fans via the video board.”

Speaking of other departed historic figures, I think it would be a great promotional idea to have Steve Bartman sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

What? Too soon?

Believe it!

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