Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

While the obsession with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing continues in full force, today is also the anniversary of another fun, far less famous event.

Twenty years ago tonight, the Cubs had just returned from a 7 game road swing through San Diego and Los Angeles. Waiting for them at Wrigley was the San Francisco Giants. While this game would be far less memorable than the five games the Cubs and Giants would play in the upcoming October, this game did have its moments.

To start, the Cubs slept walked through the first eight inning with only 4 hits. Paul Kilgus, in one of his "better" games, only gave up three runs. But, in the bottom of the ninth, against Steve "Bedrock" Bedrosian, Mark Grace and Damon Barryhill recorded babc-to-back one out singles. Following a Lloyd McClendon pop out, Dwight Smith smacked a single to right scoring Grace. Future Cub (and Milton Bradley clone?) Candy Maldonado had a throwing error that allowed Berryhill and Smith to move up to second and third.

Curtis Wilkerson then laced an 0-2 pitch to left scoring Berryhill and Smith to tie the game.

It remained tied into the 11th. What follows is the full bottom of the 11th inning. What makes this so memorable is not the comeback as much as the shouting match Cubs manager Don Zimmer got into with a fan. All this guy was missing was his "It’s Gonna Happen" sign. The audio is clear on EXACTLY what Zim says to the guy. Keep watching after the Wilkerson at bat because the guy chirps again, and Zim lays into him. Again.

Also notable is that Tim McCarver, doing the broadcast with Al Michaels and Jim Palmer, is remarkably coherent. Although I’m not sure I agree with him that Ken Oberkfell didn’t need to be guarding the lines against Les Lancaster.

Enjoy the video.

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