The game's over and folks who work haven't even got a chance to get home and tune in yet. No matter, we lost. I guess it had to happen. Madison Bumgarner was sent to Chicago ahead of the team (who reportedly arrived about 3 am) so he could get some sleep. Rather than sleep though, maybe he immediately went out and got some Chicago cuisine. Or maybe not. In any case, Maddy's game was not crisp. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in four innings on 85 pitches. That was enough for Chicago, as the Giants only could manage 4 on the day. The cubbies tacked on another one for 6-4 final. I guess we had to lose one somewhere along the way after winning 8 of our previous 10. We chalked up a 18-10 record for August and that is pretty good. The Los Angeles team, meanwhile, added six billion dollars of salary since July 31 and achieved a 14-13 record with one to play. If only such hubris could be equally punished in places like Tampa.
Meanwhile, Buster Posey continues to show America what a real leader is like. He was on base 5 times as a result of 4 hits and a walk. He collected 75% of the Giants' rbis. Pablo Sandoval collected one on a sacrifice fly. A few years after I graduated from college, I went to Chicago for a friend's wedding. Some buddies picked me up at the airport and we went immediately to the lakefront and got stoned. Then we went to the Shedd Aquarium, which was totally awesome. Unfortunately, on the way to the airport, I had thrown a bag of pot and my sunglasses in a side pocket to my suitcase, and when it came off of the conveyor belt at baggage handling, they were gone. I'm still mad at United Airlines for not having my ticket for my flight home. They didn't care. I've been now waiting for 29 years for them to go out of business like they keep promising, but now they have merged with Continental, ruining a perfectly good bunch of frequent flyer miles of mine because I do not want to have anything to do with United. I guess that's not really about today's game, but I thought I would pass it on. Chicago has some great stuff but the cubbies are not one of them. Traditional, yes. Cherished, yes. But not great in the sense of "really good baseball team great." Wrigley has ivy, but is otherwise a dump. And the cubsfans, don't get me started. Had I been in Chicago today, I would have much preferred to have been viewing this. This guy's nickname just has to be "The Beav."