The Chicago Cubs have plenty of problems. The last thing they need is another curse.
But leave it to the Cubs to tick off their fans. This time, it was a 100-year-old man who was invited by the team to the April 11 pregame ceremonies to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field, only to be told he couldn’t participate because he was 15 minutes late.
Louis Reinhart, who is confined to a wheelchair, lives in Metamora, Ill., about 2½ hours from Wrigley. According to Reinhart’s daughter Julie, they were supposed to be at the ballpark at noon, but they encountered traffic and didn’t get to Wrigley until 12:15 p.m., 30 minutes before the start of the ceremonies. The first pitch was scheduled for 1:20.
“We thought we still had enough time,” she told the Peoria Journal-Star. “They told us it was a time issue. He never was even allowed on the field.”
The Cubs hope to make it up to Reinhart. He has been invited to a game in June and will take part in pregame ceremonies that day. After all, between the Billy Goat, the Black Cat and Steve Bartman, do the Cubs really need to add another negative element to their wretched history?
■ EMMERT RIPPED — NCAA president Mark Emmert went on ESPN Radio’s “Mike &Mike” show Friday morning, and one of the show’s staffers encouraged listeners to ask questions through Twitter to the beleaguered head of college athletics.
There were no shortage of pointed queries, including “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck profited off the work of unpaid labor under the guide (sic) of amateurism?” and “I run a nonprofit, where can we apply to get free labor like you do?”
Obviously, those questions never saw the light of day. But even if they had, don’t think for a moment Emmert would directly answer them.
Review-Journal colleague Ed Graney found that out firsthand at the recent Final Four, when he asked Emmert about the NCAA lifting its stupid ban on Las Vegas hosting a championship event because it permits legal betting on NCAA events, only to have Emmert predictably waltz around the question as if he were on “Dancing With The Stars.”
■ OOH, THAT STINGS — During the second round of Friday’s Malaysian Open, Pablo Larrazabal was going about his business on the fifth hole when he was suddenly attacked by a swarm of hornets.
After trying to shoo the insects away with a towel, Larrazabal jumped into a nearby lake.
“They were huge, and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time,” said Larrazabal, who claimed he was stung 20 times. “I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake … It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure.”
After emerging from the lake, Larrazabal continued to play and made birdie on that hole.
“It looks like I’ll be playing the weekend, so it will be very, very scary to play that hole,” Larrazabal said. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can.”
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