Postseason baseball in October is magical, especially if you have a team to root for and they go all the way. The first series I ever watched was the 2003 NLCS featuring the Cubs and Marlins. Game 6 is what sticks out in my mind, since it was basically the first game I remember watching and saw a headphone wearing Steve Bartman supposedly interfere with a foul ball in the eighth inning that Cubs outfielder Moses Alou tried to catch. The Cubs were leading the game and two outs away from the promise land. After the Bartman incident, the wheels fell off with a wild pitch, error, and eight runs coming from Florida and them winning that game and Game 7. And Bartman was forever etched in not only cursed Cubs history, but overall baseball history. He hasn’t been to a baseball game since and has declined appearances, no matter how much money he’s been offered.
I have to say buying the online MLB postseason package and getting to see the Cubs and Mets in the NLCS is something I’m proud of and excited about. There isn’t any cable or satellite at home to see any of the pre-World Series games on TV so it was either dishing out some money or listening to the series on radio, which isn’t as entertaining as the visual medium. After having not seen a game all year, except when I was actually at a Tigers and Cubs game at CoPa in June with Detroit shutting out the Cubbies, it is breathtaking to see the green turf, flying infield dirt, and hear the crowd and crack of bats.
Back in the NLCS for the first time since 2003, the Cubs lost the first game 4-2 but watching the game with the behind home plate camera was interesting, making me feel as if I were actually sitting in the seats located there at Citi Field. I had a choice of ten different angles from around the stadium, including a blimp shot, but only the cameras from behind home plate gave me a good view of the game in full-screen mode, being able to see the base hits, home runs, and outfielders and infielders fielding the balls. For ten bucks, it is really worth it. Having no commercials and being able to rewind is nice.
Even if the Cubs lose this series, which is looking more and more like the outcome as they are behind again tonight, I still would appreciate getting to finally watch a baseball game for the first time all year. I think I’ll still watch the World Series with this online player, even if it’s on national television, because of the different angles, having rewind options, and not having to listen to the annoying FOX broadcast. It is fun to watch baseball from a new perspective.
Dennis Rodeman, the firefighter who was the victim of an intentional hit and run collision back on September 9, was given a respectful salute and ceremony this week along with a Michigan state trooper named Chad Wolf who was also involved in a crash back on August 28 in Lansing. A 72 year old was in a truck pulling a trailer when he abruptly pulled onto the exit ramp after quickly realizing he was going to miss his intended exit. The trailer struck Wolf, who was on a motorcycle and patrolling the highway, and was pinned underneath. He was then dragged along until the driver pulled into a rest stop and noticed the trooper was underneath. He died later at a hospital.
Money was raised for both of these brave men through GoFundMe accounts. There were also Fill the Boot campaigns for both civil servicemen that raised money for the families.
The fact that Michigan State Troopers are honoring these men of duty at a Badges Unite Benefit and Appreciation BBQ fundraiser this week in Marshall Park tells me that the human spirit is still alive and well within us all, especially my hometown. Even after the days have passed by and people have already moved on to other things, local townspeople are still paying their respects to Rodeman and Wolf and their friends and families – because what happened to these men was so horrific. I’m happy that these stories and similar ones remain newsworthy enough for future reporting and that the tragedies have not been forgotten. Always in my heart.
Now onto Wrigley Field for three games. The Mets are up 2-0. Come on Cubs. Let’s not let the party end already.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”
Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud.