While attending the Reds game on Sunday I couldn't help but notice two
things. Beyond the obvious annoyance caused by Cubs fans as they visited
what they call "Wrigley South", there was an unusual abundance of
"W" t-shirts and Ryne Sandberg jerseys being worn by Ryan Dempster
I understand the concept, but fail to comprehend the delivery of the Cubs'
"W" obsession. After experiencing a 14-2 embarrassment at GABP on Saturday,
what would convince a Cub fan to don a t-shirt exclaiming victory the very
next day? What does it feel like to optimistically sport your team's victory
apparel after a humiliating loss, fail to win once again, and lose the
series to the Reds? I wouldn't know..... I don't root for the Cubs.
As for the thriving Sandberg jerseys, I was also puzzled. Ryne Sandberg was
a fine player and resides in Cooperstown, but as I watched the Reds on
Sunday I failed to notice any other infatuation besides the one involving
Ryne. Sandberg batted .285, hit 282 homeruns, and drove in 1061 runs during
his sixteen year career. In no way am I underestimating Mr. Sandberg; I am
only questioning the knowledge of Cubs fans. It seems that besides "Sandbergs"
and "Ws", they recollect nothing but a billy goat. I mean c'mon guys......
Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Dennis Eckersly, Rich Gossage, Lou Brock, Ralph
Kiner, Jimmie Fox, Dizzie Dean, etc...
GABP is full of throwbacks. Whether it's a classic Joe Morgan jersey or an
exquisite Frank Robinson, Reds fans always represent correctly. I may be
spoiled by fellow fans' knowledge of their team, but Cubs fans need some
education. Out of all the Cubs fans surrounding me in section 428 at
GABP on Sunday, the only non-current jersey I saw (besides about fifty
Sandbergs) was a Sammy Sosa. Weak.
Mike "Godzilla" Leake pitched five perfect innings of baseball against the
Cubs on Sunday. Rookie Starlin Castro notched the first Cubs' hit leading
off the sixth. Brandon Phillips made a slick play behind second base, but
pulled Joey Votto inches off the first base bag with a high throw. Behind
the Reds 2-0 in the seventh inning with two outs, the Cubs managed to
collect a double followed by an infield single. Leake then threw a wild
pitch and allowed his first run of the game. Cubs' Tyler Colvin then homered
into his own bullpen to put the Cubs ahead 3-2. The lead was short lived.
Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer to the Sun/Moon Deck in the bottom of
the seventh and after two scoreless inning by Reds' relievers, the Reds won
The video below is not safe for work, school, young children, your mother,
and probably not you. The opinions expressed are not relevant to this
article, instead they oppose mainstream politics, but the title of the
second song in the video (Stick that f@#king flag, up your g@%dam a$$,
you sonofab#%tch) is extremely fitting.
As the ballpark emptied I was expecting mounds of banter. I can only assume
that after Friday's 14-7 loss to the Cubs, the visiting Chicagoans were
running their mouths profusely. After a two straight victories by the Reds
to finalize the series, instead of emphasizing the obvious and returning the
trash talk, Reds' fans departed quietly. As hundreds of Ryne Sandbergs
vanished from GABP to head back north, the defeat and honor could not have
been laid on any thicker than it was with the Reds fans' civil silence.
Happy Mother's Day.