- Thursday August 14th – Turner Field
- Game (121): Cubs 11 – Braves 7
- Record (74-47) – 1st place NL Central
The skinny: This afternoon I did the Wrigley Field ballpark tour.
From start to finish the tour was timely, informative and money well spent.
Plus, the Blue Angles continually buzzed the stadium while practicing for this weekend’s Air & Water Show and the weather was impeccable too: 75-degrees and sunny.
Soon I’ll upload some pictures from the tour onto the site as well.
Basically, here’s how it works. A ballpark tour guide leads a group of 30 or so people around the yard while talking about the history and nuances of Wrigley Field.
We began the tour sitting in the third base grandstands, then moved to the luxury suites, next through the press box, followed by the visitor’s locker room, moved down to the bleacher seats and finally wrapped things up with the Cubs’ locker room and a trip onto the playing field.
My favorite part, the visitor’s locker room: it’s small, outdated, yet overflowing with history.
It’s surreal knowing you’re standing in the same room that was once occupied by Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente and even Vince Lombardi – just to name a few.
As for the game this evening, the benches clearing probably helped release some pressure from both parties.
And most importantly, no Cubs were injured in an unnecessary field brawl.
I’m a huge Tommy Glavine fan, but the 42-year-old is looking his age: 7-R, 7-H, 4-BB & 2-HR (4-IP).
I hope the southpaw Hall of Famer hangs it up after this season.
So, the Cubs’ sweep against the Braves gives the team eight straight road victories.
Don’t look now, but Chicago is merely one game below .500 on the road (29-30).
It’s all about the offense folks…the Cubs have scored 6(+) runs in all eight games.
And better still, the club has scored 5 or more runs in 20 of its last 22 victories: WOW!
Obviously, it’s wonderful the offense is clicking on all cylinders, but what happens if it sputters?
Gee, I hope the team won’t have to rely on Bob Howry (5.53 ERA): 3-R, 4-H, in 0.2 innings pitched tonight.
Still, watching the Cubs play this past week has been a real treat; tremendous hitting, solid pitching and several outstanding defensive plays have preserved its 4G lead in the Central.
Look out tomorrow though; it’s those damn Marlins again.
No question things haven’t gone the Cubs way in Miami lately, but maybe an eight-game winning streak can reverse the team’s poor fortunes at South Beach.
Also, how many people do you think would show up for a ballpark tour of Dolphin Stadium?
W – Lilly (12-6)
L – Glavine (2-4)
- Notes: The Cubs have won 7 of 8 and 14 of its last 17 games overall.
- They’ve also improved its road record to just one game below .500 at (29-30).
- Chicago is (7-0) in its last 7 starts against left-handers.
- They’re also (24-11) on the season when facing a lefty.
- Ted Lilly has identical home and road records this season, (6-3).