With rain looming, Barrett and Pierzynski willing to fight until death to determine winner of Crosstown Cup
With April weather infiltrating mid-June in Chicago, the Cubs-Sox series at Wrigley appears to be in jeopardy. Joe Maddon and Rick Renteria met privately Monday to determine what they would like to do in the event of a rainout as neither wanted to make up the games later in the season. “We each had some […]
“You see, when teams are struggling for a long time, they tend to get a little desperate,” said Chicago police officer Bob Jones. “Lose for over a century, and then something like this happens.”
It was a wild and weird weekend at Wrigley, as the hated Cardinals visited the North Side to take on the Cubs. All three games featured entertainment for fans of both teams, with the boys in blue showcasing a new way to lose in the first game of the series.
Rich Hill, the tall, lanky Cubs pitcher with the face of a 16-year-old, quieted the Braves' bats at Turner Field in eight solid innings of work, giving up only four hits and holding the NL East leaders scoreless. Hill now leads the majors in ERA with a paltry .041.
It was quite an unusual sight at Wrigley Field on Tuesday afternoon--not only were the Cubs riding a one-game winning streak, but the organization trotted out four homegrown players in their starting lineup for perhaps the first time in team history. Felix Pie--making his big league debut in center--joined former Cubs farmhands Ronny Cedeno, Matt Murton and Ryan Theriot as starters. The apparent youth movement came much to the dismay of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who loves mediocre, aging veterans.
Cubs fans who forgot about last year's team were quickly reminded this weekend at Wrigley Field as the North Siders dropped two of three to the Cincinnati Reds. The only difference from last season came from the Cubs' new manager, Lou Piniella, who showed un-Dusty Baker-like emotions by yelling at a reporter for asking an idiotic question of what went wrong after an embarrassing pitching meltdown on Friday.
The Cubs avoided an inevitable three-game sweep by the Houston Astros Wednesday, thanks to Mother Nature, who brought an onslaught of snow and sleet to the Chicago area. The game will most likely be rescheduled for July 12. The Cubs/Astros series in July, which takes place immediately following the All-Star break at Wrigley, will be a nice spring board for Houston to start the season's second half on a four-game winning streak.