Cubs Media Monday: RYNO!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cubs Media Monday: RYNO!

. Monday, July 6, 2009

We've all heard stories of The Sandberg Game, and there are at least 150,000+ that claim to have been at 40,000-capacity Wrigley Field that fateful afternoon. I was months old at the time. And while this may be a pretty weak excuse for not being at the park that day, it's the one that I have to go with. But Ryno has always been my favorite player, and as a kid, me and Mark from next door used to watch and re-watch a beaten-up copy of the 1984 season highlights tape. We were always shocked and dismayed when the Cubs didn't end up winning the world series, so we'd have to rewind it and watch it again. Stupid immutable past.

See the best-quality video of that fateful game that I've ever been able to find, plus some analysis on the side, after the jump.


After Saturday's WAIW-attended ass-whomping, that was exactly what I needed. Now then, please note:

0:36 - Strike? Seriously? On a side note, I think the pullover jerseys are sweet.


1:33 - Best transition I've seen since my high school yearbook video.

1:40 - They say that it's Larry Bowa, but I'm reasonably certain that it's dear, departed Hunter S. Thompson in the box. This is why awkward white kids think they can become professional athletes if they focus on baseball.

1:47 - Willie McGee is the player of the game, huh? No way that's coming back to bite you in the ass. GIVE BACK THAT CHECK, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY!!!

2:14 - "When you're the losing team, which looks more and more likely with the Cubs ... a lot of good days are ruined, like Ryne Sandberg's." Yep, that's just a damn shame.

3:29 - Wicked awesome bat flip.

4:09 - "And the Cardinals are one out away from winning a wild one." Nope, it's still not getting old.

4:18 - Brought to you by Miller High life. Like all the best days of your life.

4:22 - Also brought to you by IBM and General Motors, those unsinkable titans of industry. And asbestos - as indispensable now as it will be in 20 years.

4:29 - What's with the music? Did they really play that during the game? Did someone accidentally hit the "roller disco montage music" button up in the booth?

5:17 - But that was a strike a few batters ago.

5:33 - You're just fucking with me, aren't you?

6:02 - "He held up." If you say so. Good thing the ball flew away.

7:05 - "Our game today was produced by ..." Gentlemen, I think that Bruce Sutter would like to have a word with you in the parking lot.

7:14 - KABOOOOOM (Redux)

7:26 - Sutter angrily snatches the ball back, but when you have a beard like that, anger just makes you look like an agitated old-timey prospector.

8:12 - "Move over Willie McGee." I think I just heard a bunch of Multiple Sclerosis kids scream in anguish.

8:15 - "There may be a new player of the game." Just may? Don't want to go crazy or anything? Want to see if he can pull a unicorn out of his ass before you go ahead and rain accolades on the man?

8:40 - Isn't it nice not to have a bunch of stupid-ass computer graphics? No developmentally disabled FOX robots hitting fungoes here.

8:44 - Aaaaand for some reason we end things on a "Farenheit 9/11" promo.