1. I went to my first Cubs game in nearly four years on Sunday, and oh baby did I pick the right day to go!
Expectations are fairly high for the Cubs this year, to say the least–a bit different than when I went in 2012, and because I’m not above jumping on the bandwagon, I really, really wanted to make it to a game this season. (Though in my defense, I’ve been a Cubs fan since the late ’90s when the whole Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa home run thing was going on. I arbitrarily decided I liked Sammy Sosa more, and have been a Cubs fan ever since, albeit a pretty casual one.) Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter on April 22 convinced me to pull the trigger on going to a game, so after watching the forecast, I decided May 8 looked promising and bought myself a ticket.
The Cubs played the Nationals, who, unbeknownst to me (see: casual fan), happen to be one of the best teams in baseball this year. Also unbeknownst to me was the fact that Daniel Murphy, a player Cubs fans have absolutely not forgiven for being one of the primary reasons the Cubs lost the NLCS last year, had switched from the Mets to the Nationals in the off-season. Again, being the casual fan I am, I had totally forgotten about this guy until he came up for his first at-bat and was greeted by around 40,000 boos from Wrigley Field. That jogged my memory pretty quickly.
I didn’t know it when I originally decided to attend on May 8, but learned last week that Arrieta would be pitching on Sunday, which made me even more excited for the game, since he’s definitely one of the Cubs’ brightest stars. Cubs vs. Nationals, Arrieta on the mound. Yes. Please.
Well, Arrieta ended up having a pretty lousy (by his standards) day, giving up three runs before being pulled after the 5th inning. Not exactly what I was hoping for. Kris Bryant’s RBI in the seventh tied things up, though, and we had ourselves a game!
OH MAN did we have ourselves a game. When no one scored by the end of the ninth, the game went to extra innings, making it my first baseball game ever to go past nine (while I’ve only been to one Cubs game in the past, I went to a few Tigers games growing up). And then no one scored in the 10th. Or 11th. Or 12th.
FINALLY at the bottom of the 13th, Javier Baez homered, ending the game with a walk-off home run (and the only home run of the whole marathon of a game). Let me tell you, even though this wasn’t a championship game by any stretch of the imagination, or really that important of a game in the grand scheme of things at all, I don’t think I’ll ever forget being in Wrigley Field for that. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever experienced, and man, singing Go Cubs Go and seeing all the W flags was cool beyond describing.
All told, I was at Wrigley Field for just shy of six hours on Sunday, which was close to three hours more than I expected to be there. But I saw a game and a half of baseball for the price of one game, saw a walk-off home run, saw a win in Wrigley, and had the time of my life. Baseball is SUCH a slow game, and I thought I’d be bored out of my mind being there by myself, but I really enjoyed flying solo. It let me actually watch the game, which wouldn’t happen in nearly the same way if I were there with friends talking to them. 10/10, would do again.
2. I’m all stressed out about my gardening this season. I have yet to do anything beyond buying the liners for my planters, and the clock is tickin’ on prime planting time, especially considering the fact that, as far as I know, my deck is still going away for a month (though, let’s be real, it’ll probably take longer than a month) on June 1. I really want to get some flowers in soil before then so they have time to get themselves established before I ask full-sun plants to survive for awhile in part-sun conditions on my porch, but I haven’t bought a single plant yet, nor do I expect to have time to do so this weekend. Part of me wonders if it’s even worth the investment, given the deck situation, or if I should just focus my efforts exclusively on part-sun plants on my porch. Alas, the plight of the urban gardener 😛
3. So this happened on Tuesday.
That’s kind of terrifying, to be honest. I cannot believe I’ve spent almost a decade of my life on Facebook. I suppose, though, it’s also a pretty remarkable testament to Facebook’s staying power. I can’t think of many other things in my life that I cared about in 2007 that I still care about and/or use today. I was wrapping up my junior year of high school at the time–goodness gracious, I was only 16 at the time–and my priorities, interests, and expectations for the future were VASTLY different at the time than they are now. Who would’ve thought that some silly website would be one of the few constants through all of that?
Have you ever been to a Cubs game? Or a MLB game in general, I suppose, for you non-Chicagoans
When did you join Facebook? I honestly wouldn’t have remembered if it hadn’t been for Facebook’s reminder. I know I first really found out about it on a class trip in the spring of 2006, but it clearly took me awhile to pull the trigger on actually getting on Facebook. I believe my best friend told me to, though, and that was enough to convince me.