Chicago Cubs fans have had to endure a lot of rain this season in the form of games being played through somewhat heavy rain to rain delays and some postponements. On Monday, fans who showed up at the ballpark before 5 p.m. had to endure heavy downpours and hearing the tornado sirens – three times – before the game was finally called. Those lucky enough to be at the main bleacher entrance were ushered inside the gates and locked in for safety while the tornado sirens were blasting and the torrential downpours with thunder and lightning prevailed outside.
In the bleachers, Cubs security was very present, making sure everyone was comfortable, especially those in wheelchairs. And when the sirens went off, they made sure people stayed calm and assured everyone they were safe.
But for those who have endured the rain, there have been some rewards. On Saturday night the game was put into a delay because of severe weather in the area. The bleachers and lower seats in the main part of the ballpark were cleared due to lightning, but when that threat was over, fans that returned to their seats were rewarded with seeing most of the second period and all of the third period of the Blackhawks game on the two new video boards. After the Hawks win and lots of cheering, the rain stopped and the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds resumed their game, with the Cubs winning in extra innings.
But even better was last night’s game at Wrigley Field against the Cleveland Indians, or rather what happened before the game started. On a cool yet dry evening, those who arrived at the ballpark by 6:20 were treated to a parade around the warning track of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks players and the Stanley Cup.
Hawks players took turns hoisting the Cup as they walked around the field. As they got to the Cubs dugout, Manager Joe Maddon briefly hoisted the Cup before it was taken by Patrick Kane and placed on the pitching mound where Jonathan Toews threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
After the on-field celebration, the players, and the Cup, retreated to the right field porch where they watched a couple of innings of the game before taking the Cup to its next destination. While they were in the party area, they were overheard heckling Chris Denorfia, with one Hawks player wondering aloud what type of game Denorfia was playing by just standing in one place.
It was downhill for the Cubs after the Hawks left, however. They ended up losing the game 6-0. But it’s probably safe to say that the fans at Wrigley will remember the Stanley Cup and dry, cool weather more than the loss or the fact that they saw last year’s first round draft choice Kyle Schwarber’s major league debut. Schwarber, a catcher, was called up earlier in the day from Double-A Tennessee. Relief pitcher Brian Schlitter was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.