Oh, wait. Actually, it is.
On Monday, opening day, the Chicago Cubs unveiled a new statue at Wrigley Field of the great infielder and slugger Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub" himself, whose most famous quote is: "It's a beautiful day for a ball game. Let's play two!"
That's "two" as in two games, a doubleheader.
And "let's" as in "let us." The apostrophe pinch-hits for the missing "u."
Sculptor Lou Cella, a lifelong Cub fan, spent three and a half months making the clay sculpture for the statue, according to the Chicago Tribune. Then he oversaw the transformation of the sculpture into a seven-foot-high bronze statue and carved granite base. During that whole time, it seems that no one bothered to give him the correctly spelled quote. And no one--no one!--thought to hire a proofreader.
From the Tribune:
"I'm the sculptor, I'm not a writer," said Cella, sounding good-natured. "I just read it the way I heard it in my head."
The Cubs swung into action Tuesday. The Sun-Times reported that it took a stone carver "about 30 minutes" to insert an apostrophe into "Let's."
There is joy in Mudville.
And also kibitzers. Yale's Lawrence Horn quipped on the American Dialect Society's mailing list that "Mr. Cella and his staff no doubt obtained their apostrophe at cut-rate from a nearby statue promoting Taco's and Burrito's."
It's true. You could look it up.
(More fun with punctuation at Apostrophe Atrophy.)