Carbon copy Thursday
Never a dull moment at Buffalo Wild Wings today, where I’ve been since 1:40.
Ethan Hoyle, one of the most dedicated and die-hard Royals fans on the staff here, had the early shift behind the bar. He was not happy when the Twins defeated the Cardinals 2-1 on a home run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Twins-Cardinals series this week represented the ultimate catch-22 for Royals fans. On one hand, Royals fans do not like the Cardinals, nor should they. On the other, the Twins are the primary competition for Kansas City, at least right now, for supremacy in the American League Central. The participants in the 1987 World Series split the four-game set, with each team winning twice at home. It was exactly the same way in the World Series. Minnesota had home field and used it to great advantage, winning the four games it needed for its first World Series title in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the first for the franchise since 1933, when it was the original Washington Senators.
Counting the playoffs, the Twins were 62-25 at home in 1987. By comparison, they were a meager 31-56 away from the Metrodome, which was torn down in 2014 to make way for the Minnesota Vikings’ new $700 million stadium, which will open for the 2016 NFL season.
Jenn Reilly, whom I thought had already gone on maternity leave, was behind the cash register when I came in. I was glad to see her, but I was happier that she was sitting down. Being on your feet all day is nothing a lady who is over eight months pregnant needs to be doing.
A little after 4, I turned back, and there was Liz. Less than a minute later, she had me in a vise grip of a hug. I don’t think anyone has been that excited to see me since I was involved with Renetta Rogers a long time ago. No check that. I KNOW nobody has been that excited to see me since Renetta. It’s nice to be missed.
Liz dyed her hair blonde last weekend. She looks good either blonde or red, so I’m not complaining.
Stephanie Suggs, who went to the LSU-Fullerton CWS game Tuesday (I’m jealous), is behind the bar tonight. Brittany is back tomorrow and Saturday.
I’ve seen a few of the old faces tonight, including Casey, Alyssa and Morgan Gilliland, whose disgustingly adorable daughter, Faith, is six months old Sunday. Morgan Tomac was here this afternoon.
Hard to believe it’s now only 23 days until Brittany and Zach tie the knot, and that Liz and Lisa will soon be moving. They’ve been three people I’ve leaned on so heavily over the past two years with Liz and the last year and a half for Brittany and Lisa. But all of them are entering new and exciting chapters of their lives, much the way I did 10 years ago.