Five years ago today, I was at a game that I will always remember. The date was June 13, 2010 and on that day many things happened that would make this day one to remember.
On that day, the Chicago Cubs hosted the Chicago White Sox in their annual cross town classic. That just so happened to be the day that they were honoring the Stanley Cup winning Chicago BlackHawks. The Hawks paraded the cup around the field, celebrating with the accomplishment with the fans before all three teams got together to celebrate the Blackhawks and the championship.
This was one of the rare moments in Chicago history. Both Cubs and White Sox fans were united with one another, high fiving one another and having fun.
That was just the pregame though. While enjoyable, that was just the appetizer of what would be a simply magnificent ball game.
For six innings, Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and Ted Lilly of the Cubs had dueling no hitters. The first hit of the game came in the bottom of the 7th inning when Alfonso Soriano hit a double to left field; he would later score on a Chad Tracy single. That would be the only run of the game.
The White Sox were held hitless into the ninth inning with the nine, one and two hitters in the order coming to bat, with Juan Pierre leading off as a pinch hitter. Unfortunately, that is where the no hitter ended as Pierre was able to connect on a single to center field. Lilly was removed from the game after 108 pitches, relieved by closer Carlos Marmol.
Marmol would walk the first batter he faced, Andruw Jones, then balk both base runners over. Two men in scoring position with no outs. Alexie Ramirez was the next man up, and Marmol was able to strike him out. Still, runners on second and third with only one out was not a place you wanted to see the Cubs in, not even with Marmol on the mound who was having a historically good season.
Alex Rios would then be walked to load the bases, for Paul Konerko. A dangerous situation to be in for sure. Thankfully, Konerko grounded out to first, and a throw home got Pierre on a fielder’s choice. The Cubs still had a one run lead, the White Sox still had men in scoring position, but now there were two outs with Carlos Quentin coming to bat. The Cubs had finished a one hit shutout victory over their “rivals” from the south side.
Marmol would get Quentin to fly out to center, and the Cub fans went home happy with a one run victory.
Today, five years later, I still remember that game, and will forever. That day, we in Chicago celebrated the Blackhawks championship and a Cubs win. Today, five years later, the Cubs are playing the Cincinnati Reds at the same time the Blackhawks will be playing the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of a 2-2 series looking to win another Stanley Cup Championship. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate another Cubs win, and a Blackhawks win which will make them heavy favorites to once again win their championship.