They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.
  -James Earl Jones "Field of Dreams"
and don't go mistaking paradise for that home across the road
  -Bob Dylan "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I think it might have been us that won this game

The Diamondbacks won Game 1 of the National League Division Series tonight, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1. This was typical 2007 Dbacks. They looked awful at times. I was yelling at Mark Reynolds (who eventually got the go-ahead home run) on multiple occasions. Eric Byrnes accomplished nothing at the plate. Brandon Webb gave up a key hit to the Cubs starting pitcher and later loaded the bases primarily on walks. Chris Snyder hit into a double play when we really needed some offense. But somehow, inexplicably, they won.

This was going to be Wrigley West, we were told. The Cubs fans would dominate and take over our house. Frankly I have seen both Dodgers and Red Sox fans be more vocal this year than the blue-clad morons in attendance at tonight's game. Every time they tried to start a "Let's go Cubbies" chant they were quickly drowned out. Usually I wish that this bunch would simply pack up and move back to Chicago if they liked it so well there. Tonight, though, it was kind of fun to have them around, to see them shouted down by the sea of Sedona Red fans and disappointed by the play on the field. I think that the big difference in tonight's game was the crowd. I have never seen, except in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, more cheering, more standing in key situations, more acting like actual baseball fans, than I saw from tonight's sellout crowd. When they do the Cheers and Jeers in tomorrow's paper, I think that we were the "player of the game".

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