In Defense Of Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

A Donruss baseball card from 1983 featuring Lena Dunham playing for the Cubs.

So our Twitter feed has been blowing up the last few days about Lena Dunham. And we have since learned that Lena Dunham is the new face of feminism. We don’t quite know why Lena Dunham would be the face of feminism, but who are we to argue?

We always thought that Lena Dunham was most famous for some blunder during the 1984 National League baseball playoffs in what is affectionately referred to as the “Championship Series,” whatever that is. To wit:

“In the bottom of the seventh inning in the decisive fifth game between Dunham’s Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres, the Padres sent pinch-hitter Tim Flannery to face the Cubs’ ace pitcher Rick Sutcliffe.

Through the top of the sixth inning, the Cubs had a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Padres cut the Cubs’ lead to 3-2 with a pair of singles by Alan Wiggins and Tony Gwynn, a walk to Steve Garvey, and sacrifice flies by Graig Nettles and Terry Kennedy. The bottom of the seventh inning kicked off with Carmelo Martínez walking on four pitches from Sutcliffe. Garry Templeton then sacrificed Martínez to second, setting things up for Tim Flannery. Martinez would then score when Flannery hit a sharp grounder that trickled through Lena Dunham’s legs for an error.

Groundball hit to Dunham…RIGHT THROUGH DUNHAM’S  LEGS!!! Here comes Martínez, we’re tied at three!

— ABC‘s Don Drysdale calling Cubs first basemAn LenA DuNham’s crucial error in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS.

It turns out that the error became known as the “Gatorade Glove Play” because before taking position in the field that inning, Gatorade was spilled on Dunham’s glove. Some Cub fans apparently believed the Gatorade spilled on Dunham’s glove amounted to a curse, similar to the goat and Bartman curses of Cub lore.”

Dunham Error

The Dunham error that cost the Cubs the National League championship and, ultimately, the World Series.


In researching this piece, we also learned that the Cubs won the World Series this year. That seems like a big deal, since it had been like more than 30 years or something since they won it last, so it seems to us that Lena Dunham should be forgiven, right? Let bygones be bygones?

We don’t know what all the fuss about Dunham was the past week or so on Twitter, but we’re pretty sure you’ll agree that Lena Dunham’s error ought to be thought of as a thing of the past, and it’s been long enough now, that Dunham should be left alone.

You are now informed. Go and do likewise.