These one run games are more frustrating than losing two in a row. Yesterday, the Crosstown Cup got off to a rough start when Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs fell to their brothers 1-0.
The Professor Hendricks pitched a scoreless seven innings and is now over 22 innings without a run.
“It starts with command — command of all his pitches, command of his fastball, really locating well, and then his changeup has been very good,” Maddon said. “He’s just in a really nice rhythm right now. He really relies on location a lot, and it’s been there.”
I’m not a huge fan of interrelate play, but in today’s game, it’s impossible to ignore and in some cases like the Crosstown Cup which it’s all about bragging rights but it’s also the chance for every baseball fan in Chicago to be under one roof and have a sense of, “What if” these two teams met in the final series of baseball’s greatest trophy?
What if indeed.
“It was outstanding,” Maddon said about the atmosphere in the ballpark. “I’ve been involved in playoff baseball, All-Star baseball, World Series baseball. This place, on any day, it’s outstanding. This place, for baseball purists, if you want to know what’s good for baseball, it’s [days like this at] Wrigley Field. It’s really extraordinary.”
When the sun is shining and the smell of popcorn wafts through the nostrils, it doesn’t matter if the home team wins or loses because on days like these, it’s more than a game; it’s a celebration of everything that is great with a city, it brings a community together of baseball fans. Sometimes there are no winners or losers just a game, a pastime and a chance to enjoy the moment.
“Everybody, all the young players, the new owners, they want new, new, new,” Samardzija said. “So it’s always fun when you’re here. It just takes you back. It’s been the same as it’s always been. It reminds you of a time when players weren’t pampered with spas and saunas and things like that.”
Yes, there’s no place like Wrigley Field on a Friday afternoon.