I wrote a post earlier this week discussing Harry Caray impressions, which sent me searching for a Harry video for today’s post.
I found this gem with Caray summing up the 1991 season finale by saying
“Sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series, and maybe sooner than we think.”
Caray says the Cubs have the ingredients for a winner, but it “requires a veteran manager because this is a veteran team–a mixture of guys who are young but still veterans.”
The reference is aimed at the Cubs (77-83) managerial change after just 37 games, when Don Zimmer (18-19) was replaced by Joe Altobelli (0-1), who warmed the seat for one game until Jim Essian (59-63) took over.
As far as those young veterans on the Cubs (from youngest to oldest):
Position Players: 22- Gary Scott, 23 – Jose Vizcaino, 24 – Rick Wilkins, 25 – Jerome Walton, 26 – Joe Girardi, 27 – Mark Grace, 27 – Dwight Smith, 28 – Shawon Dunston, 31 – Ryne Sandberg
Pitchers: 23 – Chuck McElroy, 24 – Shawn Boskie, 24 – Mike Harkey,
25 – Heathcliff Slocumb, 25 – Greg Maddux
The Cubs finished the year with four straight wins, including a three-game sweep against the Cardinals. The video begins with Maddux wrapping up his 15th win of the season, a complete game, 7-3 victory against St. Louis on the season’s final day.
As Caray wraps up the postgame show he reads “Total: 7-10 & 2 for the Cubs…3-6 & 0 for the Mets.”
It’s impossible not to love this man.
Last week NBA All-Star Blake Griffin surprised the media following the Clippers win against the Magic with an impression of Harry Caray, who was overjoyed to talk about Ryan Hollins’ 13 points off the bench for L.A.
I’ll credit Griffin with a decent impression of Caray, no worse than your average Cubs fans, and perhaps just a rung below Ryan Dempster. But the media folks, who you’ll hear cackling in the video, ate up the performance.
I’m not an NBA fan, but I became familiar with Griffin after watching him jump over a car in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He also has numerous endorsement deals, one of which featured Griffin in a Super Bowl commercial a few weeks ago. (video below).
Below is a wonderful video of the first night game at Wrigley Field on August 8, 1988 (thanks to @ChicagoTough for sending my way).
Yes, as many of you already know, the game was postponed in the fourth inning due to rain with the Cubs leading the Phillies 3-1.
Thus, the first ‘official’ night game at Wrigley was held the following evening against the Mets, which the Cubs won 6-4.
For the season Chicago played six total games under the lights at Wrigley posting a (3-3) record.
3:00 – Interview with long-time season ticket holder and life-long Cubs fan Harry Grossman. He hits the switch to turn on the lights for the first time in a pre-game ceremony (8:15 mark).
22:00 – Old car commercial (there are several throughout the game).
31:00 – Ryne Sandberg commercial for Chevy.
36:00 - Tim McCarver & Ralph Kiner discuss new lights at Wrigley Field.
41:45 – Steve Stone introduces Wayne Messmer to sing God Bless America.
53:00 – Harry Caray interviews Bill Murray.
58:00 – First pitch from Rick Sutcliffe.
Numbers correspond to chart below
I should never be confused as a geologist. But I pretended to be one while taking a closer look at the cracked Harry Caray statue.
Was this merely the accident of a work vehicle that clipped the statue during ballpark upgrades in October, or does this crack run deeper?
Upon further review, the fault line actually began developing years prior to its discovery.