Cubs vs. Giants – Attended Game #4 (5/5/09)

Cubs 2, Giants 6

For my fourth attended game of the baseball season, I had some guests. Actually, the game was an anniversary gift from Stephanie (my sister-in-law) to her baseball lovin’ husband, Adam. Apryl and I just tagged along. Steph and Adam had only arrived in Chicago that morning, and they were already at the ballpark a few hours afterward. I love that! As you can see from the photo above, we had nice seats in the 200 section of the park. Adam and I sat next to each other, which was fun getting the chance to sit next to a fellow fan of the diamond. Adam was even keeping score which I haven’t done since I was a kid watching ballgames at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Somewhere I have a scorecard of a game with Dale Murphy on the Braves and Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell on the Giants. Remember them?

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– Speaking of former players, watching the Giants out on the field reminded me of another player for the Orange and Black. Greg Litton, a distant cousin of mine, was on the Giants’ roster for three years. He was on the Giants when the team made it to the `89 World Series (aka The Battle of the Bay) against the Oakland A’s. He even hit a 2-run home run in Game 4 of the series! Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The A’s wound up winning that game and sweeping the series. Of course, the World Series that year was most remembered for the Loma Prieta earthquake which struck during the third game of the series. As for my cousin, he continued to play in the MLB until 1994, ending his professional career with the Boston Red Sox. His best game was against the Cubs in `92 when he got two doubles and a home run.

Back to the game.

The Giants had a very productive first inning scoring three runs off a home run from Sean Marshall. In the 8th, ex-Sox Aaron Rowand added two more with a double. Another former Sox player, Juan Uribe, went 0- 4. Ouch. However, the real hero was pitcher Tim Lincecum who pitched seven innings allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs and 7 strike outs.

As Apryl mentioned in the previous post, there were a ton of kids at the ballgame. I have never seen so many youngsters at a game before, and boy, were they loud! Some of the kids were Giants fans and after the fans screamed “Let’s Go Cubbies,” they would add “Let’s Go Giants”. When there was no hope that the Cubs were coming back, the kids started the chant, “Let’s Go Blackhawks!” It was cute a first but got old fast.

Still, we had a great time at the ballpark. No matter my opinion of the Cubs, I do love Wrigley Field. The four of us would attend a Sox game two days later, and the experience is night and day. I’ve actually become very fond of The Cell, but it has nothing on The Friendly Confines for character. One day, I will discover the character that lies within Fenway.

Here are some photos from our day out at the park:

Steph and Adam enjoying a day game at Wrigley. Adam is actually wearing at Cardinals cap! He’s brave!

A rare photo op. Notice, I’m remaining neutral with my TBS baseball cap I got working the playoffs last season.

The sisters.

Adam gets a Brat with sauerkraut.

I stuck with a Wrigley dog. Check out how Apryl dressed it up Chicago style! Even though the bread was a bit stale and the dog was oddly chewy, it tasted real good!

I admit I’m jealous of the large crowds at Cubs games over Sox games.

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley.

And it’s over. We were saved from hearing the “Go Cubs Go” song and the raising of the “W” flag.

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