It’s Sept. 24, 1985. The Cubs trail Montreal 15-2 after 5 innings.
Chicago storms back scoring 13 runs over the next 4 frames.
But it’s not enough. The Expos edge the Cubs 17-15.
Andre Dawson, by the way, goes 4-for-6 with 3 HRs & 8 RBI!
This remains one of the more wild games in Wrigley Field’s history.
Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times notes the 10,000 day anniversary (2/9/13).
Interestingly, scenes for ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ were shot during the game.
And as you can tell from the picture above, not many fans were there to witness the Cubs’ near comeback, or filming of the movie.
The recorded attendance that afternoon: 6,947!
The actual on-field clips used in the movie are from another Cubs game.
A June 5, 1985 contest against the Braves. The Cubs lost 4-2.
How do I start my day? BullpenBrian. That's how.
–Here’s the detective work of Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus. Although, his attempt to uncovered the date on which Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was filmed at Wrigley Field–June 5, 1985–has been called into question. Al Yellon writes “not so fast, my friend.”
–AJ Walsh, from Goat Riders of the Apocalypse, wonders if there’s any hope for a Soriano trade to Texas for Michael Young?
So the Rangers have an overpaid infielder, and they want him to DH. Sort of like how the Cubs have an overpaid DH, and the team is asking him to play in the outfield.
–Dave van Dyck’s article on Cubs’ new pitching coach Mark Riggins.
Riggins instead believes in a no-nonsense, honesty-first, tough-love approach after working for 29 years in the Cardinals organization.
He already knows most of the young faces on the Cubs roster and has studied film of the veterans.
“The catchers are more important, to me, than the pitchers in getting done what I need done,” said Riggins.
"Lou Piniella...Piniella, Piniella, Piniella"