Here are the Wrigley Field ground rules:
Baseball hits top or face of screen in front of bleacher wall and bounces back on playing field -- In Play
Baseball hits top of screen and drops between screen and wall -- Home Run
Baseball hits screen and bounces into bleachers -- Home Run
Baseball sticks in screen in front of bleachers -- Double
Baseball sticks in vines on bleacher wall -- Double
Baseball comes out of vines -- In Play
Baseball hits leftfield or rightfield foul markers above painted mark -- Home Run
Baseball hits foul markers below painted mark and bounces back on playing field -- In Play
Baseball goes under grates in leftfield or rightfield and remains there -- Double
Baseball goes in or under grates on either side of home plate and remains there:
-- Pitched Ball- One Base
-- Thrown Ball - Two Bases
Also: Players cannot enter the dugout steps at Wrigley Field to catch any foul pop fly.
I was trying to find out if there was a rule about, you know, if any team is up by eight in one and two thirds of an inning and the starting pitcher for the Cubs is having a hissy on the mound... can the Cub manager take a mulligan?
Just kind of... start over or something?
Couldn't find it, that rule.
So anyway... not gonna get all worked up about Carlos or his arm or the adventure Lou had when Carlos walked off the mound or any of that.
I'm gonna write it off to an emotional team let-down after the Thursday 12 inning comeback victory over the Brewers, who continue their death spiral with the 11-2 loss to the Reds.
Lets talk about today.
For the Cardinals it'll be Joel Alberto Pineiro, who's given up 10 hits in each of his last 4 starts.
If the Cubs get 10 hits, I guarantee victory.
Cub Fan Mark Carlson is just back from his sabbatical, adding a little extra positive vibes to the local atmosphere.
And Terrible Ted Lilly is on the mound for the Cubs with a Magic Number of one, which rhymes with won.
I do not foresee Ted taking his eye off the ball.
Today, the Cubs will clinch.