Ernie is smiling - an old fashioned double header

Ernie is smiling - an old fashioned double header

Rain out in Philly
Means that Friday’s gonna be
Ernie’s perfect day!

Ernie Banks would have loved how things worked out Thursday night in Philadelphia. I know that 100 kids from Hazleton, Pennsylvania are twice as excited as they were on Wednesday. More on that later. But first, let’s review a couple of great things that happened after Thursday’s rain out.

First –

The Cards lost again
A blowout loss to Cincy
Sixth loss in eight games

The Reds beat St. Louis 11-0 in Cincinnati. The best team in baseball the team with the best record in baseball has been outscored 57-28 (20-9 against the Cubs) to start the last full month of the regular season. The Cubs are now 7 games behind the Central Division leaders.

Then –

It went to extras
But the Pirates lost at home
Thank you, Milwaukee

A 13-inning 6-4 Pirate loss to the Brewers means the Cubs are only 2.5 games back for the first NL Wild Card spot. The Cubs have 24 games left to play, including 7 against the Pirates. Enough said about that.

And finally –

Ernie is smiling
‘Cause on Friday we play two
The old fashioned way

Next Tuesday the Cubs will play 2 games in Pittsburgh – but that’s one of those “newfangled” day-night double headers. Fans will need separate tickets for each game. But today will be an old fashioned double header – one ticket, two games. Just what Ernie was talking about when he said “Let’s Play Two.”

And that’s where we get to good news for the kids from Hazleton.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a fund raising campaign to send 100 kids from Joe Maddon’s home town to a Cubs game in Philadelphia. The campaign reached its goal, and thanks to Thursday night’s rain, these young Cubs fans might get to see two games – if the buses can leave early enough.

Friday night is for Hazleton’s kids – and for Ernie Banks.  Let’s win two.

The Cubs didn’t even play yesterday, but I wrote four haiku!  Find out how many I write after Friday’s double header. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

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