CHICAGO (AP) -- Greg Maddux got shoved out of the dugout for a
curtain call after a rare home run, a strange sight for sure at
But this was not like any other regular-season game, even though
it was. It was the Cubs meeting the Red Sox for the first time
since the 1918 World Series, and there was an electricity all day.
Everyone could feel it. Even the 39-year-old Maddux, known for
his no-big-deal shoulder shrugs, was soaking it up.
"It's always fun. There's not a lot of history between these
two teams and I think that's what made it a little bit special
today," Maddux said after the Cubs erupted for 20 hits -- four
homers -- to rout the World Series champions 14-6 Friday in Red
Sox's first visit ever to Wrigley.
"The Red Sox were our rival in Atlanta for a couple of years,
so you are lucky enough to pitch in Fenway and face them," said
Maddux, now 5-0 against Boston.
"They're the best team in baseball until somebody beats them
and nobody's done it yet. So just going up against last year's
champions, that's special enough."
Maddux (5-3) got career win No. 310, allowing seven hits and
three runs in 6 2-3 innings, including David Ortiz's sixth-inning
homer. Ortiz also homered in the ninth for Boston.
An electric crowd of 39,215, including a noisy contingent of
red-clad Red Sox fans, withstood a sweltering 89-degree day of high
"It had sort of a playoff atmosphere," Cubs manager Dusty
Baker said. "Other than the Cardinals series rarely do you see as
many fans on their side as our side."
Jeromy Burnitz hit two of the Cubs' homers.
"It was nice and loud. I loved when Maddux got his curtain call
and after he was done. A lot of noise and a lot of energy,"
The 39-year-old Maddux connected off reliever John Halama in the
"I hit it high enough for the wind to blow it far enough,"
Maddux said of his fifth career homer and first in six years.
Burnitz added a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 11-2.
Burnitz hit a solo homer, and Todd Hollandsworth had a two-run
shot in the second. And the Cubs added four more runs in the third
off Bronson Arroyo (4-3), using five hits, including Michael
Barrett's two-run double off Johnny Damon's glove in center. Jason
Varitek's throwing error allowed another run to score and Aramis
Ramirez had an RBI single.
"Playing here in Wrigley I think our outfielders got a chance
to see how the ball can carry and it did," Damon said. "That ball
Barrett hit came off my glove and, of course, I wish I could have
caught it but it just kept going and going."
Chicago scored three more in the seventh, with Hollandsworth and
Barrett hitting RBI doubles.
"It's a worst case scenario. Going out there against a guy like
Greg Maddux, to give him seven runs early, it's putting us in a
hole that's almost impossible to get out of most of the time,"
"You never want to go out there and get embarrassed, like I did
today. That's enough to get you going, but it's definitely fun to
pitch in a ballpark where the atmosphere is upbeat."
Boston scored three runs in ninth on Mark Bellhorn's leadoff
homer and Ortiz's two-run shot -- his 16th of the season.
The Red Sox enjoyed the atmosphere, if not the result.
"I thought it was great. We know the Cubs have some great fans
and we had a lot of fans that traveled here to see us," Damon
The teams, known more for their curses than their postseason
success until the Red Sox broke through and won the World Series
last season, were meeting in the regular season for the first time.
The last time they faced off, Babe Ruth was pitching the Red Sox
to the world title in six games. Boston didn't win another one
until last season, so one of the teams with a so-called curse is
off the hook.
The Cubs still haven't won a World Series since 1908 or been in
once since 1945 when, according to legend, a local bar owner put a
hex on the team because his goat was barred from Game 4.
The agony for long-suffering Red Sox fans may have ended, the
"The Curse of the Bambino" over with a victory over the Yankees
and then the Cardinals last fall.
In Chicago, it continues.
"Now half of it's over and the other half of it is to be
completed by us," Baker said before the game. "Then what? I'm
anxious to get there and find out the `then what."
Maddux's last homer came on May 30, 1999, with Atlanta
against the Dodgers. He hit it off Kevin Brown. .. When the Cubs
and Red Sox met in the 1918 World Series, three games were played
at Comiskey Park. ... Through the 2004 season, 152 players had
played for both the Cubs and the Red Sox. ... Despite the rare
meeting, only four members of Boston's 25-man roster Friday had
never played at Wrigley Field.