Friday of Cubs/Sox
Friday, May 19, 2006, 9:08 am
Maybe it’s just me (and obviously, Ozzie), but the buildup to this series this year just doesn’t seem to have the same feel. Maybe i
t’s too early. Maybe it’s due to the season the Cubs have had so far. Maybe it’s because the afterglow of last year’s postseason has dimmed this series. Not sure, but it jsut doesn’t feel the same to me (and Ozzie).
Although he overstated the case a bit (surprise anyone?), Ozzie does have a point about the series from a go-to-work, get-my-job-done perspective for the front office, clubhouse staff and players.
But our fans are obviously pumped for this, and that is what is most important. I hope Sox fans enjoy today and the weekend, but do so in a classy, fun manner.
We are speculating on what the mix of the crowds will be like this weekend. Will Cubs fans show up here (and potentially subject themselves to the ribbing) or will they stay home and watch on television? Will the weekend be a chance for White Sox fans to celebrate last October again and again and again?
It will be interesting to see.
Beware the Underdog
My own sense of this series is the "underdog" going in very often surprises the favored team. I remember one year the Cubs were flying high and we went to Wrigley Field and sent them into a tailspin.
We need to play well from the start today.
Put this in the "we really feel sorry for you" category, but I played Medinah’s Golf Course No. 3 on Wednesday with three media friends. We walked with caddies and I am still sore. I think I touched every tree on the course and maybe hit a ball off the short stuff five times all day. I was brutal. The course was magnificent, and I can’t wait for the tournament in August. It is always amazing to see the PGA guys play the same course as you (say Medinah, Cog Hill or Castle Pines). It really ends up not being the same course, but it is so amazing to see them play. They really are that good.
I have taken some good-natured abuse in the office today for forgetting my World Series ring at home (I don’t wear it too often).
"You have to wear it today," one employee chided. "What a rookie mistake."
They are right.
More later as the day allows.