A Mission of Mercy

SCENE:  In the Chicago Bears locker room, quiet hangs overhead as the roster is joined by John Fox and the coaching staff.  Ryan Pace emerges from a door labeled PERSONNEL, trailed by a cigarette-smoking man in a business suit, a gilded label upon his visitor’s badge that reads “BEARS FANBASE REPRESENTATIVE”.  FANBASE:  Let me have…

Sweet November Rain

Aroldis Chapman had nothing left. Hanging one gimpy slider after another over the plate, spinning meatball after meatball into the wheelhouse of every Indians hitter, the sweat pouring down his brow. It was obvious he shouldn’t have been out there after giving Joe Maddon games 5 and 6 with uncharacteristically long relief appearances, and the…

Pay No Attention To The Men Behind The Curtain

Sunday was a good day. I woke up refreshed after a good night’s sleep, secure in the knowledge that the Cubs had defied 71 years of “curses” to earn a chance at a title in baseball’s World Series.  My back, arms, and neck, sore from a long, exhausting week of doing some work conference type…