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My Season At Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian at 10.05.2012 Leave a comment.

I enjoy every opportunity I get to watch the Cubs play at Wrigley Field, even when the team stinks.

And even though the Cubs finished the season with 101-losses, I was fortunate enough to see them go (16-14) at home in the games I attended.

Below I’ve listed a quick note about each of those 30-games…the good, the bad and all else I witnessed this season at Wrigley Field.

  • Opening Day: Steven Strasburg. Phenom.
  • April 9 – MIL: Aramis’ return to Wrigley, Bryan LaHair’s HR onto Sheffield Avenue.
  • April 12 – MIL: Garza loses his chance at a complete-game when he throws a comebacker over LaHair’s head and into the stands with 2-outs in the top of the ninth.
  • April 21 -CIN: Paul Maholm’s first win as a Cub, Marlon Byrd traded to Boston for Michael Bowden.
  • May 6 – LAD: 2hr 41min rain delay, Travis Wood’s first start as a Cub, DeJesus’ walkoff hit in the bottom of the 11th.
  • May 7 – ATL: Samardzija 7.0, 1-ER, 7-K, LaHair and Ian Stewart hit back-to-back home runs. A heavy fog blankets the field in the late innings.
  • May 9 – ATL: Maholm, James Russell and Rafael Dolis shutout the Braves 1-0.
  • May 16 – PHI: Matt Garza struggles to field Juan Pierre’s two bunts.
  • May 28 – SD: Cubs snap its 12-game losing streak, eight combined HRs (4 each), Alex Hinshaw takes the loss for Padres.
  • May 29 – SD: Jeff Samardzija picks up his 5th win on his bobble head day, Sveum calls Shawn Camp the team’s MVP.
  • May 30 – SD: Darwin Barney hits a 2-R, walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. Cubs sweep the series.
  • June 25 – NYM: I see one of my favorite players in the flesh for the first time: Johan Santana. Travis Wood outduels the former Cy Young Award winner.
  • June 27 – NYM: With the wind blowing out the Mets score 17-runs, including hitting for the cycle in HRs. The Cubs plate one run. My first look in the flesh at Anthony Rizzo.
  • July 1 – HOU: It’s announced before the game Starlin Castro and Bryan LaHair have been selected a NL All Stars.
  • July 17 – MIA: Ozzie and Big Z’s return to Wrigley Field.
  • July 27 – STL: I watch from a rooftop. Cardinals become the first team in eight years to hit a HR in each of the first five innings.
  • July 30 – PIT: Cubs win scoring a season-high 14-runs.
  • July 31 – PIT: Adrian Cardenas breaks up AJ Burnett’s no-hitter with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th continuing the Cubs’ major league record of avoiding being no-hit since Sept. of 1965 when Sandy Koufax turned the trick.
  • Aug 9 – CIN: Soriano cracks an eventual game-winning 2-R HR in the bottom of the 8th.
  • Aug 11 – CIN: It’s my first look in the flesh at the Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman. He strikes out the side for his 27th consecutive save while reaching 102mph on the radar gun.
  • Aug 13 – HOU: Samardzija strikes out a career-high 11 batters in 7.0 innings.
  • Aug 29 – MIL: A throwing error charged to Darwin Barney is reversed enabling him to extend his record of consecutive games at 2B without an error. Barney’s streak reaches 114-games.
  • Aug 30 – MIL: Ryan Braun hits a HR off the camera housing in CF, the Cubs rally to score three-runs in the bottom of the ninth in a wild 12-11 win.
  • Aug 31 – SF: Chris Volstad outduels Madison Bumgarner, wha?
  • Sept 14 – PIT: Starlin hits a 3-R HR, Chris Rusin earns his first big league victory.
  • Sept 17 – PIT: My personal highlight of the season. I throw out the ceremonial first pitch after a 3hr 30min rain delay. It’s the latest first pitch ever in Wrigley Field’s history. AT 10:42pm Travis Wood tosses the game’s first pitch.
  • Sept 18 – CIN: Darwin Barney stretches his errorless streak at 2B to an NL record 133-straight games.Bullpen Brian
  • Sept 23 – STL: Kerry Wood Appreciation Day, Soriano hits his 31st HR of the season giving him a career-high 105 RBI.
  • Oct 1 – HOU: The Cubs lose its 100th game of the season.
  • Oct 2 – HOU: Chicago is shutout against the major’s worst team for a second consecutive ballgame. Ugh.
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