July 4th, 2005

Apollo 4 on column of fire

So it's the fourth of July

The Saints lost. Before the game started, some soldiers in Iraq opened boxes with presents in them, while we watched it on the scoreboard. They got iPods. No body armor. I am sure they were disappointed.

During the 7th inning stretch, they had some man sing a travesty of a patriotic song, that belongs to some 'country' singer. You've never seen such an unenthusiastic 7th inning stretch. He kept on going, too, through three or four verses, slowing down, delaying the game, and joined by a chorus of crickets. Eventually the poor man stopped, and we had the singing of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' and that did provoke some enthusiasm. Then Joliet scored two in the top of the ninth, putting them ahead for good.