Monday turned out even better than I thought. I had an opportunity to go to my son’s soccer practice for the first time. That was unbelievable, because it’s his first time playing soccer, so to be able to watch him run around with his Afro afire, it was an absolute pleasure.
Then I got the chance to go to my daughter’s practice. I thought it was going to be a game, but it ended up being practice at 6:30 p.m., and then my oldest daughter had soccer practice right after school, which I didn’t even know about. So I ended up going 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., which was absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
When I get done with our workout here today, I’ll be headed to another soccer game at 3:30 p.m. and then my son’s practice at 6 p.m., and then we’ll grab dinner together. It’s been a lot of fun being Dad and to know that we’re still working, and that we are one of only eight teams that are playing. That’s pretty special.
Now it’s time to lock in on the Cubs. I started doing that this morning, just reviewing in my mind my at-bats against them and what they tried to do against me. Then I took care of some things around the house and came here early and looked at some video of my at-bats against them. I was able to get a workout in and some extra swings in the batting cage before going out to take regular BP. Slowly but surely, we’re getting dialed in.
You have to hope, after you do all that, that everything comes together tomorrow night at 7:05.
I know there’s been a lot of talk about the Cubs heading into this series and that’s OK. We were rarely discussed all season long and that doesn’t bother us. This group in here knows that we have the support of our fans and the commitment of everyone in the clubhouse, and as long as we’re committed to each other, we’ll go out there and lay it on the line and see what happens.
We’re indifferent to who is getting the headlines or who is being talked about. We understand that once you get between the lines, the ball can bounce in a lot of different directions. A little luck doesn’t hurt, either. But like I’ve been telling people, luck is the result of when preparation meets opportunity. So we’ll continue to work, continue to stay focused on the things that got us to this point, and be hopeful that all the hard work we put in over the course of 162 games and the preparation we’ve done prior to this series is going to give us the opportunity to be successful.
It should be fun tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to seeing a packed house here. Hope to see you out here.