Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Let's Engrave Two

Monday was a rainy opening day at Wrigley Field, but spirits were high. Not only was all of Wrigleyville worshiping at the altar of Fukudome (while watching the remaining 8 spots in the lineup bat 2 - 31 on the day) but Ernie Banks had his statue unveiled at the corner of Clark and Addison. I watched the game at a friend's place a block from the stadium, with several die hard Cub fans, most of whom took notice of Jesse Jackson (in attendance for reasons unknown) wedging himself between Banks and Hank Aaron in every camera shot.

The game itself was a standard Cubs outing, tying the game in the bottom of the 9th on an electrifying Fukudome home run, only to lose in 10. A couple hours after the game ended, I decided to head home. I walked past the statue while heading for the El and stopped to take a quick glance. It looked nice, and there were still occasional fans posing for photos next to Mr. Cub.

I turned to keep walking. Then something caught my eye at the base of the statue. The quote that Ernie Banks is known for.Can you see (or rather, not see) what I didn't see?

If you're looking for an apostrophe in that first word, keep looking. It's not there.

Was Fukudome in charge of proofreading this thing as well? "Let's" is a contraction of "let us."

Leave it to the Cubs to put up a statue that they'll now be forced to correct at some pre-dawn hour this week. In the team's defense, it could have happened to anyone. Contractions kicked my ass in the 5th grade too.

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