A full week in Chicago commences with three on the North Side. This would be a fun road trip but Chicago is on the pricey side and in a week I would put on 10 pounds just from the pizza.
This series concludes the A’s NL Central games for the season. They are 9-4 and should be 10-3. Unless the A’s do something really special in September and October, my most vivid single memory of the season is still likely to be Starling Marte’s 13th-inning homer off Fernando Rodney heading in the direction of the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Tonight at 5:05: Chris Bassitt vs. Kyle Hendricks
Tuesday at 5:05: Ex-Cub Brett Anderson (6 “Man this guy’s career is over” starts in 2017) vs. ex-Athletic Jon Lester
Wednesday at 11:20: Homer Bailey vs. Jose Quintana
Weather: Should be OK. Thunderstorms are supposed to hold off until after midnight tonight and clear out by game time tomorrow. It’s not too hot (better check with Bassitt on that though) but maybe a little muggy.
Ex-A’s: Lester is the only one on the Cubs’ 25-man roster. Addison Russell went 2-for-5 in the Iowa Cubs’ 10-1 win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium this afternoon. Kendall Graveman is on the 60-day IL and apparently will not pitch at any level in 2019.
Steve Goodman wasn’t prolific but wrote some good stuff. Arlo Guthrie made “City of New Orleans” famous but Goodman wrote it. “Woman Goin’ Crazy on Caroline Street” is a fine ballad which remains a staple of Jimmy Buffett’s shows to this day. Goodman’s famous Cubs song is “Go Cubs Go” which isn’t a bad team rally song (I mean, it was written around the same time as that horrifying Houston Oilers polka thing that Howard Cosell loved so much) but he also wrote “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” which is much more dismal and showed up in 1983, when Lee Elia was ranting about the 15% of Chicago’s population that didn’t have jobs and came out to unlighted Wrigley Field on weekday afternoons to say bad things about the Cubs. The full song drones on a bit but I do like the chorus.Support locally made sausage!