you could pretty much pick any random year in cubs history, but lets try 1987. andre dawsons first year with the cubbies. 20 years ago. here we find rick sutcliffe and the cubs trying for their first home win of the season after starting off 3-5. (they went on to win this game 7-0).
also of interest, bill murray is filling in for harry caray. who misses arne harris? me. and luckily for that umpire, the most embarrassing day of his career, when their gear didnt make it to chicago and the game was delayed for awhile due to his inability to find clothes/gear that fit him (notice he is wearing a cubs jacket), will now live on indefinitely thanks to youtube. i love the 21st century.
edit: as a follow-up to migue’s comment on the umpire Eric Gregg. This is taken from the article he linked…
In Game 5 of the 1997 NL championship series against Atlanta, Florida’s Livan Hernandez struck out 15 batters and the Braves’ Greg Maddux fanned nine as the teams combined to set a championship series record with 25 in the Marlins’ 2-1 win. Eight players were called out and several more fell behind in the count as Gregg appeared to make the plate wider than its usual 17 inches.
“Eric will be ever known for one game, but I don’t think that’s fair,” Braves pitcher John Smoltz said.
I don’t think its fair either John. and thats why i’m posting this here today because this was certainly another memorable game for Eric. however, i’ve already learned that its bad karma on this site to make fun of dead people and thats why i’m going to look for the bottom of the first right now so give him a chance to show off his textbook strike zone.