I couldn’t help but think about the Pixies yesterday as I watched the Cubs complete the Chicago sports trifecta last night with a 5-1 win while I had dinner at Fat Cat with my lovely wife. “If the devil is six, then God is seven, then God is seven,” screams Black Francis in the Pixie’s song “Monkey Gone to Heaven.” So I guess Chicago is five since each team scored five to win last night. 555 the number of Chicago!
While the Cubs did not need five runs behind a masterful performance from Ted Lilly last night, the White Sox and the Blackhawks needed all five of their runs and goals to complete a great day in Chicago sports. The drama behind the Sox and Hawks victories are too wild not recount.
4:45pm – There I sat on my couch with controller in hand as I flipped back and forth between the Hawks and White Sox game. The Hawks had just given up the lead to Nashville and minutes later the Sox let the Mariners tie them in the seventh.
Then the unthinkable happens in the Hawks game, down 4-3 Marian Hossa gets a five-minute boarding penalty with 1:04 to play. Darren McGavin in A Christmas Story could only have rivaled the obscenities that came from my mouth. It seemed hopeless, but with 13.8 seconds left Patrick Kane lit the lamp to send the game into overtime.
5:12pm – Hossa then redeemed in himself in the overtime period with the game winning goal; the Hawks are one game away from advancing to the next round of the playoffs with a 5-4 victory!
5:30pm – An enraged Ozzie Guillen emerges from the dugout to argue the fact that Jack Wilson had been awarded home on a ground rule double, fan interference play. Wilson was on first when Casey Kotchman roped a two-out fastball from Bobby Jenks down the first base line. According to Guillen, Wilson had not progressed far enough to be awarded home, which is a judgment call by the third base umpire. The negotiations did not go well and several F-bombs later Guillen was ejected.
This was pretty typical Jenks as of late; dominate the first two batters and then look shaky. At this point Jenks is in line for the loss and the Sox are trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. I must admit that I dropped a few F-bombs in unison with Ozzie at that point.
5:41pm – There’s still hope! Konerko blasts his league leading seventh home run of the year. Sox trail by one.
5:47pm – A different hero today, same result. This time Alexis Rios would shine! After Carlos Quentin drew a two-out walk, Rios launched a no doubter in the left-center field seats for a 5-4 White Sox winner. That’s when the wheels began to turn, wow the same score for both teams. Could the Cubs win also and would the magic number be five?
So let it be written, so let it be told that on April 24, 2010 Chicago’s number if 555!