Fans of the year
September, 18, 2012
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com
David Banks/Getty ImageGive them an award: Not many fans were left at Wrigley Field by the end of the game.The Cubs and Pirates played a makeup game on Monday at Wrigley Field. Or, rather, they played most of it on Tuesday, since the game didn't start until 10:42 p.m. local time and finished at 1:28 in the morning. This was a casualty of baseball squeezing in the wild-card game with only two days between the end of the regular season and start of the Division Series. Since the Pirates don't have any more off days, and with the potential of a wild-card tiebreaker game being necessary, they had to get this game in.
Kudos for the Pirates for pulling out an important 3-0 victory, although they then had to fly back to Pittsburgh, where they host the Brewers tonight in the first game of a big series as both teams are hanging on the fringes of the playoff race.
And kudos to the few fans who hung around for the entire game. Here's a good report from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, who talked to some of those who stayed. Alfonso Soriano said he could hear fans talking on their cell phones. Andrew McCutchen had fun with the few fans left.
- Out in the left center field bleachers, fans were chanting at Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, informing him that he was on steroids. McCutchen laughed and goofed around with bleacherites all night, making many new friends.
Then there was fan Gabrielly Maloney, attending her first game of the season.
- "It's the Cubs," Maloney said. "They never win anyways. I don’t care. I love them. I’d like to pat them on the shoulder right now."