Chicago Cubs: Real wacky stories that show how much we’ve changed

Yu Darvish / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
Yu Darvish / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: Darvish did social distancing more than a year ago

My first story from last year comes from Yu Darvish’s battle with his local neighborhood about putting up a fence around the backyard of his beautiful home in Evanston. No one can really tell the story better than me, so I quote:

"The Darvish family purchased a beautiful lakefront home in Evanston last year. All of the properties in this particular neighborhood are historical, classic, older homes with open lots. There is not a lot of fencing around these properties, so when the Darvish family bought the $4.55 million mansion on the lake in May 2018, they decided to put a fence around the front and back yards of the six-bedroom, 5,400-square-foot lakefront home."

The neighbors didn’t like that one bit and took Darvish to court. The neighborhood board never got their act together and no one showed up to court for the neighborhood. So Darvish went ahead and built his fence around his home much to the neighbors chagrin and most likely further legal action until… the ‘new normal.’

Now looking back at this story, Darvish probably feels pretty smart about putting up that fence and blocking any virus spreading germs in the air from reaching his property. He can go out and exercise and throw the ball and not have to worry about joggers going by the lake and spreading germ water beads in the air 30 feet beyond their running paths. Darvish is in the clear.

Perhaps some of his neighbors might begin to think about social distancing and how fences might just be a good idea in the new normal. You see? What was so important – open spaces with no fences; is now the exact opposite of what society needs or the people in Evanston need.

Today reporters might take the side of Darvish and say that it is smart to want to have some privacy during the national stay-at-home quarantine.

What about ballpark behavior? How will that change? Let’s take a look at the Mai-Tai Guy.