Today's recap is fueled by coffee, apathy due to a blowout loss, and the letter L. The conclusion of last night's suspended game was fine. Cubs got the win, and that is good. It was fortunate then, that I was busy at work during the regularly scheduled game, which started at 1:30. The following is my experienced for the day:
1:30 - My sophomores have been given the instructions for their short research assignment over World Religions. I'm moving around the room attempting to trouble-shoot some tech issues, provide answers to questions that were answered during directions, and listen to a complaint from a student that her group was assigned Taoism instead of Shintoism.
1:45 - I'm still doing my thing, thankfully oblivious to the Cubs game - at this point, I don't even know if the first game was over, or if it was in the fourteenth inning. Around this time, Alec Mills gives up a grand slam to Todd Frazier with two outs in the top of the first.
2:20 - My juniors are divided into "states," and each one is coming up with a plan for a government based on the ideas of the enlightenment. They are told to forget everything they know about our current government (this requires me to pretend that they actually know how it works anyway), but devise a plan that limits the powers of the national government and must represent the will of the people. The "states" then bring their ideas to a convention to try to hash out a basic outline of a new government. Kids are frustrated that we cannot come to a consensus within the 50 minute class period. Intended lesson: A democracy is not easy and requires hard work and critical thinking skills to make it work. If you can't or don't want to think for yourself, then a dictatorship is the government for you. Actual lesson learned: Mr. Atchley is mean because he makes us think during the last hour of school.
It's at this approximate time that Ian Happ knocks in the Cubs' first run of the game with an infield single just past the pitcher's mound, plating Willson Contreras. Boy, we've seen a lot of weak contact in this series. I'm still blissfully unaware of anything going on, or that the Cubs trail 4-1.
3:05 - Kids are out the door, and on their way to the parking lot and buses. I finally get to sit down and see the results of last night's continuation. I type up a short update to last night's recap and hit "update." I turn on the game to listen to the regularly scheduled game, and learn the score.
3:07 - I turn off the radio as a co-worker comes in to visit about a rough day. If I could make anybody understand what it means to be a teacher, it's that the content is probably about #10 on the list of most important things we do on a day-to-day basis. The co-worker didn't want to complain about administrators or kids - he was concerned about one of his kids (by the way, they are not your students - they are your kids). The best teachers build relationships with their kids, but there is an emotional price to pay. Empathy is so important, but when you work with kids who have all sorts of trauma happening in their lives, it gets to you. Who cares about the score?
3:40 - The contract day has been over for a bit, but I finally head home. I joke with a co-worker who is there late about how he's letting down the rest of the teachers in the district because he's giving us a bad name. I live in a right-to-work state, and working late is the expectation in our profession, but I still compare him to the guy who lets down the players' union by accepting less than he's worth on a contract. We all remember Jake Arrieta's stance on free agency and taking a "hometown discount."
3:50 - I'm home and turn on the game just in time to see the game go to 8-1. Also, I get to see a rather embarassing play that sees a collision between shortstop David Bote and pitcher Brandon Kintzler. I think to myself, "thank God I don't have to watch more of this mess in order to recap it."
4:15ish - Anthony Rizzo has just flied out to left field to end the Cubs half of the 8th inning. The Cubs went 1-2-3 in the inning, and trail by seven runs. I don't care about that. Left fielder Michael Conforto has just handed the ball over to a kid in foul territory who got to go to Wrigley Field to see his favorite team, and gets to go home with a ball that was struck by Anthony Rizzo. You know what? As awful as this game is, I'm going to refuse to be upset with it. The Cubs took two out of three, and had just won seven straight games. To hell with anymore negativity today.
4:20ish - HOW IN THE #@*^$ DO YOU NOT FIELD THAT BALL, *checks MLB At Bat* JAMES NORWOOD?!? HOW THE HELL DO YOU THROW 100MPH AND STILL GET KNOCKED AROUND BY THE FREAKING METS?!?
So much for that optimism.
4:30ish - The game is mercifully over. Victor Caratini hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the 9th, and a fan makes a nice catch on the ball. It's Caratini's first home run of the season. Too little, too late, and the Cubs go down 10-3.
It's over. Let it go. Tomorrow's another day.
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