3:20 PM ET, June 4, 2004
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Prior pitched as if he'd been around all season. His fastball was buzzing, his curveball was dipping across the plate and batters were having difficulty getting hits.
CHICAGO -- Mark Prior spent more time in his postgame news
conference Friday talking about an appearance at a suburban store -- there were reports that he didn't fulfill his obligations -- that went awry
than he did about his successful return to the Chicago Cubs.
"It was a very unfortunate incident last night and I'm sure we haven't heard the last of it," Prior said. "Ugly situation. Would I have wished it didn't happen? Yes. Did
it happen? Yes."
Prior said he made a commitment in February or March before he knew he would be on the disabled list to sign 300 autographs at the store, some of them on miniature replicas of Wrigley Field.
He said when he got to the store Thursday night he was asked to do something else -- a meet-and-greet session in which he posed for pictures.
"I signed up to do 300 autographs and that's not what it was
last night," said Prior, adding he was not aware there would be
media coverage of the event the night before he pitched.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Prior left the session an
hour early, disappointing many customers who came to see him,
including some children who left crying.
"We're at the point where we'll probably have to take legal
action," part-owner Brandon Donofrio told the Sun-Times. "He
kicked all the press out, then he stopped doing the signing. He
said there were too many people. This is a nightmare. All my
customers are mad at me because he wouldn't sign something."
But Prior said he met his commitment by counting the photos as
part of the required number of autographs and then fulfilling the
quota by signing miscellaneous items.
Prior said he'd only been paid a small fee so far and would
prefer to call the entire episode off, but was unhappy that it had
become an issue about his character.
"They can have a gripe with me all they want, but I didn't do
anything wrong," Prior said.
RHP Kerry Wood, who's on the disabled list, will play catch and long toss Friday to test his sore triceps. ... The crowd of 40,024 increased the Cubs' home attendance mark this season to 1,020,213 for 26 dates -- the quickest they have ever reached 1 million. Last season they got to 1 million in 30 home dates.
Regular Season Series
|Chicago leads 13-5 (as of Fri 6/4)|
|Mon 4/12||PIT 13, @CHC 2||Recap|
|Wed 4/14||@CHC 8, PIT 3||Recap|
|Thu 4/15||@CHC 10, PIT 5||Recap|
|Tue 4/20||CHC 9, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/21||CHC 12, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Fri 5/28||@PIT 9, CHC 5||Recap|
|Fri 5/28||@PIT 5, CHC 4||Recap|
|Sat 5/29||@PIT 10, CHC 7||Recap|
|Sun 5/30||CHC 12, @PIT 1||Recap|
|» Fri 6/4||PIT 2, @CHC 1||Box Score|
|Sat 6/5||@CHC 6, PIT 1||Recap|
|Sun 6/6||@CHC 4, PIT 1||Recap|
|Mon 9/13||@CHC 7, PIT 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/14||@CHC 3, PIT 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/15||@CHC 13, PIT 5||Recap|
|Tue 9/21||CHC 5, @PIT 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/22||CHC 1, @PIT 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/23||CHC 6, @PIT 3||Recap|
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|8th||T Hollandsworth singled to center, M Alou scored, A Ramirez to third.||0||1|
|9th||C Wilson singled to left, J Wilson scored, C Wilson to second advancing on throw.||1||1|
|9th||C Stynes singled to right, C Wilson scored.||2||1|
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|Stadium||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||40,024 (97.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||62 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Bill Hohn|