Wednesday, June 28, 2006

11,998... 11,999...

Okay, so the Cubs finally won a home game in June, beating the Brewers 6-3 today at Wrigley. But there's another story at work here - a story that probably only appeals to ballhawks, Stats Inc, and MLB's historian and longtime Tribune columnist, Jerome Holtzman.

In spite of a horrific season, the Cubs are approaching a significant milestone. When Juan Pierre swung at a first pitch fastball in the 3rd inning of today's game and drove it into the seats, it wasn't just his first home run as a Cub. It was also the 11,998th home run hit all-time by the Cubs. And when Derrek Lee tied it up with a two-run blast in the 8th inning, that was the 11,999th home run in Cubs history. With one more against the Brewers and three with the White Sox, it's a pretty good bet number 12,000 will come during this homestand. I can't speak for the other ballhawks, but that's one I'd like to add to my collection. Then again, who knows - maybe the Cubs would want it back for their so-to-be-constructed museum. Hmm... I think a couple of bleacher season tickets would do the trick...


Wednesday, June 28: BP-4 [W-2,S-2], HR-0, TO-0, Foul-0, Roof-0