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July was a quiet month for the Ballpark Tour, and I’m thankful that I took a break. The youth ministry I run was in full summer swing, and I’m glad I was able to focus my energy on finishing our semester well. We had our last event of the calendar last night.

But the Tour is back on now.

Games 21, 22 & 23. Here we go.

This morning I’m flying out for a quick three game stretch in Chicago and Milwaukee. All three of these games are afternoon match ups, and it’s lined up to be a pretty stellar stretch.

Let’s take a look at the match ups…

  • 8/6 – Texas @ Chicago White Sox (Tapesch vs Sale)
  • 8/7 – Giants @ Milwaukee (Peavy vs Peralta)
  • 8/8 – Tampa Bay @ Chicago Cubs (Archer vs Wada)

I’m glad I didn’t go to the Sox game last night…they got slaughtered 16-0. In fact, it was so bad that Chicago decided to march Adam Dunn out to the mound in the last inning. Yes, that Adam Dunn. I guess he does know a lot about strikeouts. He only gave up 1 run in the 9th which makes his career ERA 9.00.

But today will be different. How do I know? Because Chris Sale is pitching for the Sox.

Sale comes into to today with a 10-1 record and a 2.09 ERA. Since the Rangers wasted all their runs last night, I’m predicting the White Sox win easily. I’ll go ahead and predict an 8-1 final.

The Brewers game at Miller Park is going to be hilarious. I’m going with four guys I’m extremely close with, and our seats are in the front row beyond the right field  fence. Which, since the Giants are in town, is absolutely perfect for joining in the trolling of Hunter Pence.

Have you seen what’s been happening with this lately? If not, do a quick Twitter/Google search and check out some of the signs Mets & Brewers fans have been rocking over the past two road series against the Giants. I tell you what – there are some funny people in this world.

So keep a look out for us beyond the RF wall. We’ll be the ones with poster board signs that say something like, “Hunter Pence prefers turkey bacon.” Or, “Hunter Pence uses a car phone.” Or, “Nickelback listens to Hunter Pence.” Something really slick and saucy like that. It’s going to be a riot.

Odd note: I saw Peavy pitch in Boston last month for the Red Sox. But he plays for the Giants now. He’s now 1-11 on the season. Here’s to hoping he goes to 1-12. Go Brewers.

And finally, Wrigley Field.

This is one of the ballparks I’ve been to before. Four times actually. And I’m not certain, but I think the Cubs are 3-1 in games I’ve attended. It’s like a college atmosphere at Wrigley these days, and every game is a party. Going to a win at Wrigley is an absolute blast, and I hope I get to experience another one on Friday.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley too. They celebrated by not eating any cake.

I’m also excited to see Javier Baez. He has been hyped around the league for years now as the guy – along with a couple other Cubs prospects – who was going to bring winning back to the Cubbies. He’s probably been overhyped actually. And the Cubs organization has worked very hard to ease him into the league without blowing things out of proportion too much (see: Bryce Harper).

Well, he just got called up from Triple-A and played in his first big league game last night. And he hit a go ahead HR in the 12th inning in his first MLB at bat.

Sports in general are all about narrative. And this stretch of games certainly doesn’t lack in that department. Can’t wait. No literally, I can’t wait – I gotta fly.

So here we go Sox, Brew Crew and Cubbies! Pull me out 3 wins and my overall Tour record (9-11) will go over .500 for the first time since May! Make it happen boys.

-apc.

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