With all the health issues Ron Santo has to deal with, it's just a good thing high blood pressure isn't one of them. His first day back on the job in a couple weeks, and he has to watch Zambrano give up four runs in the first inning to the Nationals, quite possibly the NL's worst team. ¡Ay, caramba!
But the Cubs battle back to a earn a 6-4 victory, thanks to a Derrek Lee two run homer and quite a few doubles by his teammates. Lee's homer stayed in the park, as did Austin Kearn's three run blast in the first inning, so not much action out on the streets today. As opposed to a couple Mondays ago (April 23) when the Brewers were in town.
As I wrote in my original post for that day, I went home after batting practice when the wind shifted and started to blow in. So I missed all the excitement but after talking to several folks today, it sounds like Aramis Ramirez's 200th career home run that night went down something like this...
Ramirez crushes one to left-center where it goes off the hands of a fan in the top-row of the bleachers - that much I saw on tv. The ball keeps going, makes it over the back railing and down to Waveland. A passer-by and the hotdog guy are the closest to the ball and I'm told there was a bit of a scuffle for it. The passer-by emerges victorious and holds the ball up in triumph.
Naturally, there's a bunch of folks from the bleachers leaning over the railing and checking it all out. By now, I guess it becomes apparent that perhaps the passer-by has seen better days. So a few of the fans start throwing some change down for him, and at some point, one guy even tosses a five dollar bill. Well that gets the passer-by's attention, so in gratitude he tosses the ball up to his benefactor. Not sure what happened to the ball after that, or if its new owner even realized that it was Ramirez's 200th career homer.
Again, I'm piecing this all together after talking to several people, so these events may or may not have actually happened as described above. But I've seen stranger things outside the park, so who knows. At the very least, it makes for [what I hope is] an interesting story. And serves as a reminder to myself not to leave the ballpark until the game is over.
Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Friday, May 4: BP-2 [W-2,S-0], HR-0, Foul-0, Roof-0
Season: BP-47 [W-34,S-13], HR-5 [W-5,S-0], Foul-1 [W-1,S-0], Roof-8 [A-3,C-5]