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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Derek And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Have I mentioned that I hate this day? Let me be clear: I am not referring to April 6, 2004, in the specific. Actually, there's lots to like about this particular turn of the calendar. It's been a beautiful day so far (being near sixty in Chicago in April is always positive), I've got some fantastic homemade mac 'n cheese waiting at home, and the Cubs won yesterday. That's all good stuff, and I'll take that when offered any time.
Rather, I'm alluding to the yawning 24-30 hour chasm that opens every year between the Cubs' first and second game of the season. Sure there's other baseball today, and I'll probably watch the Giants vs Astros tilt this evening, but after all the anticipation of the offseason - after spending five months working myself into a lather evocative of an early 70's Irish Spring commercial - when I'm finally handed the fix I've been waiting for all winter only to have it immediately yanked away like I'm a three year-old chewing on a toy that's been freshly dipped in arsenic and lead-based paint....well....I don't like it.
To want something so badly, then get it, then be forced to wait again just seems unfair. I know there are reasons, I just can't think of any; not that it would be easier if I could. I'm so far beyond logic right now, you could inform me that if the Cubs played today there would be swarms of locusts, deadly plagues, and all-consuming fires and my only response would be to get a mosquito net, hazmat suit, and a bucket of water and say "Play Ball!"
But I'll survive just fine, and really, it's only the griping of a spoiled child - I got to watch my team win yesterday, and now I want to watch them win today, dammit! Tomorrow begins a streak of six consecutive days of Cubs baseball, followed immediately by fifteen more. Remembering that will get me to tomorrow night. That, and the thought of Greg Maddux taking the mound in Cubbie blue once again on a cool Wednesday evening in the Queen City.
So, Gentlemen, start your engines and screw the brakes, because after today, it's full speed ahead!