First, I’m sick of this “we don’t show fans on the field” broadcast rule. Let’s be honest, baseball is often boring. Â Let’s be more honest, streakers are funny. Showing a streaker every now and again in a 1-0 game against the Astros in late September could really boost WGN’s ratings.
Second, the streaker who took to the field last night was, by all accounts, “a hippie.” As I didn’t see said streaker, I can’t verify, but Bob Brenly is old enough to know what a hippie looks like, so I trust his judgment. What kind of stadium organist doesn’t have the presence of mind to break into “Age of Aquarius” or “Hair” when there is a naked hippie on the field? That should be grounds for immediate dismissal.
Fortunately for us (anyone really want to see Mike Quade naked?), the Cubs will be going for a different kind of streak: a win streak.
The Cubs haven’t won back-to-back games since May 3-4; many moons ago when we felt like we were still in this thing. Will the Cubs be able to get another streak going? Only time will tell, but Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22) is taking the mound tonight, so the chances aren’t good.
The Marlins will send RHP Chris Volstad (2-2, 5.77) to face the Cubs formidable (cough!) lineup. Tonight that lineup is:
- Fukudome RF
- Barney 2B
- Castro SS
- Ramirez 3B
- Pena 1B
- Byrd CF
- Johnson LF
- Hill C
- Coleman P
Why is Reed Johnson in tonight’s lineup? Because he’s got a craaaazy .410 average against Marlins pitching over his career. Why is Koyie Hill in the lineup? Your guess is as good as mine.
First pitch is at 6:10 pm tonight on CSN and WGN Radio.
Let’s go streaking!