It was a long night for us Thursday. We flew out after the game and got into Chicago about 6 yesterday morning. My wife and I slept from about 7 to 1 p.m. before going out and grabbing some lunch and doing a little shopping for the kids.
Speaking of my kids, that’s the hardest part about this trip is that I wasn’t able to get Kiara, Jazzin and Aeneas here to be with me. I can’t describe in words how much they mean to me, and I’m disappointed that they aren’t here to be able to share in this playoff experience. A lot of times I can coordinate it to get them here, but with their school schedules, I couldn’t get flights that worked out timewise.
I woke up today and thought about the game and couldn’t help but be excited. I know I’ve said it before, but this time of year you constantly battle your excitement and the possibilities with making sure that you don’t get distracted from the task at hand. So, I woke up today wondering what the possibilities were for today and also hoping that we’d come back after the off-day and have adjusted to the time change and put together a solid ballgame.
I don’t have any concerns about the young players on our team in the postseason. They’ve have handled it very well and I’m really not surprised. The telling thing for me was watching them down the stretch in the pennant race. Having never been there before, they took in the excitement that a pennant race can bring, but at the same time, they kept preparing the way they always had and getting the job done. They’ve done an admirable job so far.
One note about the weather. It’s a little warm here, which is a surprise, but I certainly am not upset about it. I’m just happy with the fact that it was 84 degrees instead of 54.