I arrived at Wrigley Field in good time Monday afternoon, 2 p.m., to make all of my appointed rounds as the Cubs got set to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. As I write this, it's just past 2 a.m. Tuesday, and the Cubs got done just a little while ago, losing 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The game was delayed 3 hours and 37 minutes by rain before the start. We got under way at 10:42 p.m. and ended at 1:28 a.m., the latest finish to a game in Wrigley Field history. The previous record was 1:16 a.m., for the game of July 26, 2005, when Greg Maddux recorded his 3,000th strikeout.
Travis Wood struck out a career high nine for the Cubs, but he gave up all 3 runs in the third inning, with Starling Marte hitting a 2-run triple and Jose Tabata driving Marte home with a double.
"The one inning got me," said Wood, who threw 116 pitches in 5.2 innings. "I would have liked to have kept the pitch count down a little bit. That one inning had a lot to do with it, and I had a lot of 3-2 counts. They battled. We battled. They were a little better.
"That was probably the latest I've ever started a game and latest I've been pitching."
The "crowd" was announced as 33,017, but by game's end, there were few fans in the park. The upper deck was all but empty. Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano had the best material about how quiet it was.
"I could hear them talking, too, on the phone and whatever they said about the game," he said.
Of course people had plenty of time to get well oiled before the starting time.
"They joked with me," Soriano said. "That's what they do all the time. Couple drunk guys. I know they can be drunk because they waited for like three hours. I know they were two drunk guys. Having fun with them ... Drunk, they don't know what they're doing."
And with that, we'll say good night, good morning and see you back out here tomorrow, er, later today.