Chicago Cubs: There’s nothing like a day in the Wrigley Field bleachers

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Chicago Cubs: Calling his shot – sending the fans home happy

We’re hyped. As diehard baseball fans, we’re staring at not one, but two games in the eye. So we’re going head-to-head on The Show. Now, both of us are incredibly competitive. It’s down to the wire. Ninth inning – he’s playing as the Cubs at Wrigley. I don’t even remember who I was using – it didn’t much matter at the end. Here’s why.

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He digs in with Kyle Schwarber. Looks over at me sitting next to him and goes, “Walk-off. Dead center.” I roll my eyes because this is the type of thing he says all the time – it’s just how he is. I brush it off and deliver the pitch.


An absolute missile. To dead center. Game over.

He’s running circles around his apartment, screaming and jumping up and down. To this day, every time we’re a few beers deep, I get reminded about this humbling defeat. Thankfully, his girlfriend Gretchen showed up a few minutes later and spared me any further embarrassment.

We walked the couple miles to the Friendly Confines for the opener. Trevor ‘Big Country’ Cahill was on the bump for Chicago (a nickname Zach and I lovingly gave him before the game). Dude was dealing. He turned in five shutout frames, looking like the team’s trio of aces in Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta.