Creeping Inexorably Toward A Worthwhile Sub-Heading.
Thursday, May 06, 2004
Game Notes 27: Snarky
I'm tired and cranky, so I'll take some time to wonder aloud about the apparent decision to use the Cubs' offense in a remake of Swing Kids. I hear Bill James will be assuming the Kenneth Brannaugh Memorial Sneering Nazi Villain role, as he attempts to oppress the Cubs' swinging ways and force them to control the strike zone. Corey Patterson will reprise Robert Sean Leonard's masterful turn as the Kids' kingpin, Peter, with his mother (forcibly wooed by James) played by Dusty Baker (with apologies to Barbara Hershey). I can see it now, as young Peter is being carted off by James' PDP (Plate Discipline Police), and the film rises to its climactic moment when our hero leads the other Swing Kids in a rousing chant of "Swing Heil! Swing Heil! Swing Heil!"
If only. As an actor, I can understand the need to subvert certain parts of your life in order to make your screen dreams reality. The more ambitious among my ilk will live an itinerant lifestyle, forgo various financial and creature comforts, even neglect important relationships in the pursuit of their goal, so failing to see a few extra pitches in a ballgame would seem a paltry price to pay for shot at some full screen flicker time.
Unfortunately, I can ascribe the recent flailings to no such alterior motive. This is a team that likes to let 'er rip, and they don't care if it frustrates me, or anyone else. I'll have to learn to live with it, I suppose, but that doesn't mean I won't write about it, if for no other reason, so I can let off some steam. Hopefully, Elmer Dessens will be the victim of some pent up Cubbie rage today, and I can rest my bilious pen for a time.
Speaking of resting pens, due to baby related long-distance family visitation over the next few days, posts here will be light to nonexistant. Keep checking back, because I just may sneak something in, but don't be too disappointed if things remain as is through the weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the ballgames, and feel free to send me any reports. Go Cubs!