Wednesday, April 10, 2019
When I was a kid, for some reason my parents took me to see The Natural (1984). My memory is that I walked out, told them I didn't understand it, and somehow got in trouble for making that statement - which just led to further confusion. I dunno. Not everything makes sense when you're 8 or 9.
In the intervening 35 years, I hadn't rewatched the film. Not because I was traumatized, but I just never got around to it. And that's unfortunate - because The Natural is a fine movie and the sort no one is making anymore. Lyrical, with craftsmanship to spare, spanning decades, borrowing from other myths to create a new mythology, blending grounded reality with fantasy and the remarkable stories embedded in sport - it's an ambitious film, and I can't knock it.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
|the coolest kids you know. I am moping because my Cubbies just lost, 3-2 to the Reds.|
This is our second year in a row to travel to The Windy City to take in some Cubs games (and rumor has it, we're doing it again next year). It's no secret I don't just cheer for The Cubs, but quite like Chicago. I also happen to work for a university in Chicago (from home), so I'm up here a lot.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
I'm a Cubs fan, but I grew up in Texas, and spent part of elementary school and part of high school in Spring, which is part of Houston.
The 'Stros were the home team, but I wasn't a baseball fan. That said, I still remember my folks taking me to see Jose Cruz and Nolan Ryan in the Astrodome.
But this isn't about me: it's about my friends who suffered all these years watching the Lastros. The Dis-Astros. Who watched the 'Stros ditch the orange for some safe color choices and wait it out til it came back again.
Houston's pro sports last saw glory back when the Astros were in the World Series in 2005. Prior to that, you have to look to the WNBA titles by the Comets in 97' and 98' or the Rockets' wins in basketball (gulp) back in 94' and 95'. The Texans and Oilers just never really get there nor got there.
And, of course, Houston is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. A lot of tough days for that city this year.
But, dang. What a series. I watch 98% Cubs baseball, so I mostly only see the National League, and those were the playoffs games I watched til the Dodgers took out my team. Had the series gone Dodgers/ New York - maybe I would have watched... but I was in when the Astros bumped off New York.
I'll let you read elsewhere about the series. But do yourself a favor and read up on Game 5, which was bizarre, and that article more or less encapsulates how it felt to watch the weirdest game I'd had the pleasure of watching - granted, I'm pretty new to baseball.
Congrats again to the Astros, but especially to my pals who have suffered with the team, year in and out. And to my pals who were cheering for the Dodgers. They had an extraordinary season and a series that looked to go either way during every inning of 7 games.
Oh, and: Congrats to Carlos Correa of the Astros, who knew how to make the most of what was already a great moment, and who proposed to his girlfriend (she said "yes")!
Friday, November 4, 2016
Wednesday night, November 2nd, the Chicago Cubs broke their 108 year streak and won Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. At this point, you have no doubt heard about this win and cannot have missed the jokes and media bits surrounding the long drought for the Cubbies over the past, oh, fifty years or so.
The Cubs' 2016 season was one for the record books, with individual players earning honors and a win record that's going to be discussed for a generation or more. At some point, books and movies will memorialize this team and this season, and those adaptations will end in what will seem to be hokey, melodramatic fashion as the series stretches to seven games, then feature a Game 7 that ties up with an outstanding hit by Davis of the Cleveland Indians, then is delayed from going into the 10th inning by a rainstorm. A speech will be given in a players-only meeting by Jason Heyward, a phenomenal outfielder who had a terrible batting slump, but who never, ever gave up. And, the final play will be a showcase for the same meticulous defense we've seen all season by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.
As was being joked about on social media with some friends, it could have only felt more like a Disney movie if they'd needed to sub in a charming 12 year old girl as the closer with her golden retriever behind the plate to catch.
I didn't grow up watching baseball - our family sport was basketball when it was anything. But I've followed the Cubs since middle school, more off than on, thanks to the broadcasts of WGN out of Chicago.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
|Javier Baez pic from Chicago Tribune|
If my movie and TV watching has slowed, the Cubs have been playing the San Francisco Giants for the National League Division Series, and that's taken up some time. This evening they won the game 6-5, winning the series in four of five possible games.
I'm tired as I stayed up to watch the Cubs lose in the 13th inning last night, giving up in the middle of the 13th as it was past 1:30 AM.
But, tonight, when it looked like all was lost, in the 9th inning they came back with 4 runs and won the game!
I've selected a pic of Javier Baez, 2nd base for the Cubs, as he's been a superhuman this whole season, and his powers seem to just be growing in the post-season. The guy is incredible on both offense and defense.
All right. Bed time for me. Go Cubs!
Here's the link to the Tribune story on the game. The game was one for the ages. Seriously.
This was about an hour after the game ended in San Francisco...
Most of this crowd still here cheering. pic.twitter.com/i9DcbhnAhX— Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) October 12, 2016
Monday, October 12, 2015
Well, this weekend and today have turned out to be just an amazing few days in sports-watching.
|This is the first time I have seen Coach Strong smile in a calendar year.|
I didn't grow up watching baseball. I started watching it with Jamie's mom. I think we started watching ball when Jamie was in the hospital and then just because, hey, baseball. It wasn't my Old Man who taught me the rules of baseball, it was Jamie's mom when I was 20. They were kind of the team I liked, anyway, because as a kid I'd watch them on WGN mostly because I thought Harry Caray was hilarious. I was an adult before I found out - literally everyone thinks Harry Caray is hilarious.
Later, when the Cubs played the Diamondbacks when we lived in Phoenix, we'd always go to at least one game, and I really regret only ever making one Spring Training game, because it wasn't all that far from our house. And, we did make it to a Cubs game or two at Minute Maid Park before the Astros changed leagues. I'm still trying to plan a vaycay in Chicago next year to make it to a couple of games. I've only been to Wrigley once, but it was incredible. I like the new mega-stadiums, too, but seeing the Cubbies at Wrigley was just a blast.
Anyway, the Cubs have been just entirely terrible for most of the last 100 years. The fanbase, as near as I can tell, has some weird, masochistic thing going on where you learn the virtues of patience and eternal hope, because you never know when this year might be your year. And, for Cubs fans, it just never is.