My Favorite Games: #5

Todays games took place on September 2nd, 2003. This day was made possible by the rainout of the mother’s day game earlier in the countdown. We sent in our tickets and requested the game on 9/2 to replace it. We got our wish, but I never heard anything more about it. Without knowing what the status was on the game my friend Rob bought tickets to the night game. When I got the replacement tickets in the mail I realized that we had created a doubleheader. This would be a great day where we would be able to watch 18 innings of baseball. The first game was started by Carlos Zambrano. He pitched seven innings allowing only 2 earned runs. The Cardinals also gave up two runs, but they were unearned due to an Albert Pujols error. That error was costly for me because since he was playing the Cubs he became my favorite player for the day. Rob got sick of me talking about what a great player he was. Overall the pitching was great on the day. It was so great in fact that the game went to extra innings. In the bottom of the 15th all former Cub Jeff Fassero had to do was get Sammy Sosa to ground into a double play to end the inning. So far in the game Sosa was 0-5 so the prospects were looking good. Instead he served up a meatball that Sosa crushed to end the game and send the crowd into a frenzy. The crowd in the bleachers went absolutely wild. I have never been a part of so many drunk people losing control of their inhibitions. This was a well played game that had a dramatic inning. It was fun to be a part of.
Game two would not be on this countdown if not for its ties to game one. Matt Morris went up against Kerry Wood. Wood gave up both runs in the game and the Cardinals won 2-0. Jim Edmonds hit the game winning home run in the second inning. Not quite as dramatic as the home run hit in game one. Sammy Sosa came into the game late and went 0-1. On the day he was 1-7, but that one was a big one.
That is four Cubs-Cardinals games out of 26 in this countdown. I am starting to think that I am a closet fan of one of these teams. Either that or a sports junkie who will go to anything that you ask him to. I went into the day excited about seeing 18 innings of baseball. I ended up seeing 24. For a sports junkie that is a great day no matter who is playing.


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