I was at the Cubs game on Saturday (humble brag), and I was watching the new jumbotron (which I love) when Chase Utley came up to bat.
His professional photo doesn't do him a lot of favors. He looks old, like his hair is really gray. He reminds me of one of my kid's T-ball coaches from a few years ago. I thought he looked ancient with his hat on; but when he took the hat off, he looked a bit more youthful.
I don't know if that's the case for Chase or not. It's possible, is all I'm saying.
Anyway, I turned to my brother and sister-in-law and was like, "Wow, Chase Utley has to be ancient." Then I saw that the jumbotron (still love it!) also shows birthdates. Chase Utley is literally one day older than I am.
If I had been born one day earlier, I'd be the exact same age as the guy I was just calling a geezer.
I'm watching Game 3 right now (at home), and I'm writing this post because the Cubs are sucking so bad, but also because Rich Hill was on the mound tonight, and Joe Buck (shut up, Joe Buck) kept talking about (when he wasn't talking about Clayton Kershaw) how old Rich Hill is (he's 36).
Hill is 36. Utley and I are 37. We should all be put out to pasture.
I didn't pay a lot of attention to sports when I was in college; but when I moved back to Chicago after graduation and had a really lengthy commute to my job, I started listening to WGN radio (after breaking up with Eric and Kathy, because BLECH), and therefore started listening to the Cubs.
Almost all the players were older than me. I remember having a huge crush on Eric Karros and thinking that we'd have quite the May-December romance, if he ever realized how perfect we'd be together.
Now, if I were to start dating one of the Cubs (except for, like, David Ross), I'd be the December in that romance.
If you need me, I'll be at the drug store buying sugar-free Werther's.
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