I’m Sorry, Jaques

May 16, 2006

What is up with Cubs fans? For the first time, I’m rather embarrassed to be a Cubs fan. It has nothing to do with the fact that the Cubs are losing. I’m embarrassed because of how the fans are treating the players.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. The Cubs have lost some heartbreakers. They made some bad mistakes. They couldn’t get runners across the plate. They lost a lot. But rather than support the team, the fans boo. When did the “friendly confines” become the “unfriendly confines”? If I were a Cubs player, I wouldn’t want to play in Wrigley Field these days. I’d prefer to play all my games on the road where the reception is warmer.

Take tonight’s game for example. Jaques Jones gets doubled off second after a pop-up. He wandered too far from the bag, assumed the ball wouldn’t get caught on the fly, which is did, and gets doubled off. Bad play. The Cubs have had this happen at least three times this season. Poor base running. The Cubs go on to score four runs later and lead the game. But at the start of the bottom of the ninth, Jacques Jones called the umpire out to right field which meant that either a fan threw something at him or yelled racial slurs and we see two people get escorted out. I thought the bleacher fans were supposed to make it difficult for the other team, not the home team. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

I am an idealist. I would prefer a world of rainbow and roses. But I also realize that fans are going to get frustrated once and awhile. That’s life. But these fans seems to be disgusted with everything. Every perceived mistake, perceived bad at bat gets booed. It’s getting to the point where I don’t enjoy watching games on tv because of the crowd reaction.

I have high hopes for this team. May the difference is that other fans have high expectations. Regardless of the reason, I’m embarrassed to be a Cubs fan and it has nothing to do with the team’s record.


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Update On Projects

May 4, 2006

So I have been very committed to my New Year’s Resolution to complete my projects and I thought it was time for an update:

Needlepoint:
1. Chicago needlepoint – Done
2. Reindeer ornament – Done
3. Santa ornament – Done
4. Vase with flowers needlepoint – Done
5. Christmas Stocking – No change*
6. Swirling with Love – In progress!

Cross Stitch
7. Halloween sampler – Done
8. Strawberry basket – Done
9. Kitty with bee on nose – Done
10. Friendship cross stitch – Life is to short to do projects I don’t really like
11. Blue diamond fairy – No change*

Knitting
12. Afghan – No change
13. Socks – No change
14. Bill’s hat – No change
15. My hat & scarf – Hat is done, scarf is 1/2 done

The projects with a “*” are considered large projects and are not part of my new year’s resolution.

In preparation for finishing my last needlepoint project, I went to the needlepoint store to get fibers for my next canvases. How exciting!


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