May 14, 2000

May 14, 2000

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ second baseman Eric “EY” Young steals five bases becoming the only Cub (in the modern era) to do so.  Despite the heroics from EY, the Cubs drop the contest 16-15 when reliever Rick Aguilera blows the save allowing the Montreal Expos to score 3 times in the bottom of the 9th

May 13, 2001

May 13, 2001

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ #33 Bill Mueller shatters his kneecap during the Cubs’ 4-13 Mother’s Day drubbing by the @stlcardinals. Mueller knocked a triple in the first inning, picking up an RBI, and scoring later.

However, his injury kind of set the tone for the 2001 season. After leading the NL Central for 97 games, the Cubs fell out of first place in August and ended up finishing 5 games back in third place.

Mueller was slashing .317/.409/.508, with a team OPS second to only Sammy Sosa, when he was injured. Traded away at the end of the 2002 season, he went on to win the Silver Slugger Award in 2003 and was instrumental in the @redsox 2004 World Series championship run.  

Editor’s Note: Mueller remains one of my favorite Cubs from the early 2000s, and I can’t help but think that had he been in the lineup for the whole 2001 season, the Cubs may have won the division…

April 29, 1987

April 29, 1987

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ Outfielder Andre Dawson shows the Cubs they made a good investment when they picked up his blank check free agent contract, as he hits for the cycle in the Cubs’ 8-4 victory over @sfgiants at @wrigleyfield

The ‘Hawk’, who enjoys a 5-5 day, completes the cycle with a sixth-inning triple, one of only two he will collect for the entire season.

April 23, 2008

April 23, 2008

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ The Cubs pick up their 10,000 National League victory* in an away game against the @coloradorockies. 

The 10-inning contest at Coors Field features a ninth inning where the Cubs score 2 runs to take the lead, and then promptly give-up a run in the bottom half of the frame blowing the lead…

Geovany Soto’s single to left starts off the 10th and his pinch-runner, Mike Fontenot, scores (what will become the winning run) on Ryan Theriot’s single giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Carlos Mármol then picks up the save in the bottom half of the 10th earning the Cubs win number 10K.

*NOTE: the franchise’s 10,000 win (which includes the 1870-75 seasons when the White Stockings played for the National Association, before joining the NL in 1876) occurred on June 3, 2007.

April 15, 1997

April 15, 1997

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ The Cubs set the modern National League record for most consecutive defeats to start a season, when they drop a 10-7 decision to the @coloradorockies. After setting the record, manager Jim Riggleman said: "No one likes to be the brunt of jokes, the Jay Leno stuff…[b]ut this is the situation we put ourselves in.“

The Cubs would go on to lose three more times digging themselves an 0-14 hole, before winning their first game of the 1997 campaign on April 20th. Fortunately, for the Northside faithful the @mlb record, set by the @orioles in 1988 at 0-21, remains intact.