April 01, 2008
For those of you who were expecting an instant reaction to the Cubs-Brewers opener, I apologize. After Milwaukee walked away with a 4-3 win in 10 innings on Monday, there was just too much to process. I felt like I had just been shoved out of a skydiving plane when all I was ready to do was peer over the edge. I needed to get some fresh air. I needed a nice little lap around my block.
And so I stepped away.
(Welcome back to Chicago baseball, 'Duk.)
And Kerry Wood wasn't supposed to be that bad, at least not in his first relief appearance of the season. (Mark the official number of Carlos Marmol-for-closer-related texts and IMs I've received at four.)
Yes, it was only the first game of the season and there's 161 more to play. But I can already see the wheels turning in motion. Give the denizens of Wrigley Field another week to replace all those "Got Wood?" t-shirts at the merch stands with ones bearing Japan's rising sun and Brent Musburger's fantastic call of Fuku's ninth-inning home run — "A star is born in the teeth of the Lake Michigan wind!"
Personally, I'd like to see both still for sale, though I realize that may already be asking for too much.
One last thing before moving onto Game #2 — Should I be concerned my spellchecker just looked at Fukudome and suggested "foredoom," "facade," "faked" and somehow even "f***ed" instead?