Friday, September 23, 2005

On outfielders and snack cakes

The Astros play 7 of their last 9 games against the Cubs, including a three-game series that starts this afternoon in Chicago.

Ah, Wrigley Field. Site of the infamous Berkman-Twinkie incident.

A couple of years ago, Lance Berkman was playing in right field, as was usual then, as the Astros visited the Cubs. A Cubs fan kept leaning over that hedge in the outfield and yelling, "Hey, Berkman!"

Berkman turned to look, the first couple of times the guy shouted at him.

The guy was shaking a bag of Twinkies at our outfielder.

Recounting the story, Berkman said that he thought to himself, "Okay, I know I'm not the thinnest guy in the world. But, COME ON."

(By the way, Mr. Berkman, you look quite fit this year, if it's any consolation.)

So this goes on for a couple of innings. "Hey, Berkman!"

Shake, shake.

Finally, Berkman muses, "Well, I am kinda hungry," so he marches over to the guy and has him toss over the Twinkies.

And Berkman eats one.

The Cubs fans roared. Those sitting in right showed their appreciation by giving him a standing O for the rest of the game when he returned to his position in the bottom of each inning.

Who knows what this series will bring? (Wins for the Astros, I hope--sorry, L.)

And who knows when I'll be able to blog again, as Hurricane Rita bears down on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. While it looks like my area will be spared a direct hit, we have already received an estimated 10,000 evacuees from the Houston area, not counting hospitalized patients, and have prepared for just about any imagined fallout. Keep the good thoughts and prayers for all, folks!


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Leah said...

Cubs fans have a good sense of humor.

We also realize that we're toast. So, could you guys work on beating down the Cardinals in the playoffs now?

At 1:05 PM, Blogger danyah said...

Let's see, bottom of the second, y'all are leading 3-0 with two on and one out. I think we need to work on beating the Cubs first, n'est-ce pas?


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