Game 7, 2003

Game 7,  2003

The Sports Critic writing on the 10th anniversary of the 2003 NLCS:

The Cubs led the 2003 NLCS three games to one [sic]. In Game 6, they led the Marlins 3-0 going into the top of the 8th at Wrigley Field. With one out and a runner on second, the Marlins’ Luis Castillo lofted a foul ball destined for infamy. Left fielder Moises Alou chased it to the stands. He leaped for the ball that was directly over the wall. A fan attempting to catch the ball himself knocked it away from Alou. Castillo ended up walking, and the Marlins then scored eight runs in the inning to eventually win the game.


In Game 7, the Cubs led 5-3 after two, thanks to home runs from Kerry Wood and Alou before the pitching gave up six runs to lose it.

Cactus Flower, 2003

Cactus Flower, 2003

I can’t remember ever seeing a cactus flower until I moved to California. Having grown up in the East, where the climate just wasn’t hospitable to such things, cacti and other succulent plants were valued more for their stubborn refusal to die — despite a boy’s difficulty in remembering to water regularly — than for the kind of exotic beauty found in the West.

Enduring my 10th winter in Chicago, I needed some color and a reminder of warmer days.

Elvis is Everywhere, 2003

Elvis is Everywhere, 2003

When I look out into your eyes out there, When I look out into your faces,
You know what I see?
I see a little bit of Elvis. In each and every one of you out there.
Let me tell you. Wellllllll….
Elvis is everywhere,
Elvis is everything,
Elvis is everybody,
Elvis is still the King.

- Lyrics by Mojo Nixon from “Elvis Is Everywhere” (1987)

Dubbed one of the wackiest races in the country by Runner’s World magazine, Chicago’s Elvis is Alive 5K was certainly all that and more. Congrats to SG for her strong finish and to Rekha for her “PR”! All hail the King.