On this day in 1988 Wrigley Field finally joined the 20th Century. The great American ballpark that is Wrigley finally hosted a night game under the lights. Wrigley Field was opened on April 23, 1914 under the name of Weeghman Park. The ballpark underwent many changes through the years but the most important was installing lights. A total of 5,687 consecutive day games where played there before they held a night game.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the Cubs opponents on this night. The game had a scheduled start time of 7:05pm. A pregame ceremony took place prior to the game in which a long time Cubs fan was able to hit a button to turn on the lights. The interesting not about this game it was never an official game. The game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain at 8:14pm. The game was officially called off at 10:25pm.
The first full game under the light would take place the following night on August 9, 1988. The Cubs defeated the New York Mets in that contest by a score of 6-4. Wrigley had a deal with the city of Chicago for many years following to only play around 20 night games a season. The reason for this was with the ballpark being located in a residential area of the city the lights would affect the local residents from sleeping at night.
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Mike Pizza began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a long shot. The Dodgers drafted him with the 1,390th pick in the 1988 draft. He was truly a diamond in the rough. By 1992 he made his Major League debut. He was named the 1993 rookie of the year. When his career ended in 2007 he had a lifetime batting average of .308, hit 427 home runs and batted in 1,335 runs. A 12 time All Star, Mike Piazza was one of the most popular and talented catchers of the 1990s. One part of his career many people over look or don’t even know about is his time with the Florida Marlins.
On May 15th, 1998 after playing 6 seasons with the Dodgers he was included in a blockbuster trade to the Marlins. The Marlins still trying to dump player from their World Series team traded 5 players including Gary Sheffield and Bobby Bonilla for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile. The deal was a strange one that no one saw coming. Many were excited to see Piazza play for the Marlins. His addition gave the fans of Florida a chance for hope after almost all of their players had been sent packing in the infamous 1997 fire sale.
Mike Piazza as a Florida Marlin (Getty Images)
Mike Piazza’s Marlins career would be short lived. Piazza was traded 8 days later to the New York Mets after just 5 games with the Fish. During this stint Piazza batted .278, scored 1 run, batted in 5 runs and even landed a triple. Sure it was not the most exciting run but that only because it was so short lived. While it is just a small part of his baseball career it will remain an unusual situation and always be a cool trivial fact you can stump your friends with.
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Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 26 games on Wednesday night. Reyes went 1-3 in the 13-0 victory for the Marlins. The Marlins will play the final game of their 3 game series with the Mets on Thursday at 12:10pm EST. The Mets pitching sensation R.A. Dickey will take the mound for the Mets. Dickey has a 14-3 record and has an 2.82 ERA. Reyes has not hit well off of Dickey in the past, going 2-12 with 3 strikeouts against the pitcher. Reyes will have his work cut out for him on Thursday against a pitcher like Dickey.
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Jose Reyes kept his streak alive tonight in a winning effort over his former team. The Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets by a score of 4-2. Reyes went 1-4 and received his hit in the fourth inning. Reyes now has a hit in 25 consecutive games. Reyes has the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.
The Marlins will play the Mets again on Wednesday Night when Chris Young Takes the hill for the Mets. Young is 3-5 this year with a 4.22 ERA. Reyes has yet to attract major attention for his streak thus far. If he makes it past 30 he will undoubtedly not be ignored any more.
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Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 24 games today. The hit came in the top of the 4th inning against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Reyes now has the record this season for most consecutive games with a hit. He has been on fire since July 13th and shows no sign of slowing down. The Marlins have been having a terrible season and Reyes is the only thing that the fans can be proud of. We could be witnessing history in the Making.
The Marlins will have a day off on Monday before taking on the Met in New York City. This is exciting for the fact that Reyes used to play for the Mets and has a chance to continue his streak in a familiar place. The sports world will more than likely be paying a lot more attention to this streak now that it is the record for this season. I can’t wait to see how long this ride can go.
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It has been an interesting season for the Miami Marlins so far. This team had a very new feel to it going into the season. A new name came first, no longer are they the Florida Marlins they are to be know now as the Miami Marlins. The new retractable roof stadium located in downtown Miami known as Marlins Park. The new manager Ozzie Guillen, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the off season. Also new were big time free agents in Short Stop Jose Reyes, Starter Mark Buehrle and Closer Heath Bell. The team had not acquired free agents of this caliber since the 1997 season. But the newest thing for the Marlins was hope of contending in the N.L. East and winning their first ever division title.
The Marlins new home, Marlins Park
The Marlins finished April with just 8 wins and 14 loses. Many of those loses were to N.L. East foes the Phillies, Nationals and Mets. The Fish ended April at the bottom of the division. Not much seemed to go right for the Fish in April. Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended by the team for a few games due to some ridiculous comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The team also was not preforming well on the field. Their production on the offensive side of the ball was horrendous. Stars such as Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez not playing very well consistently. Their young power hitter Giancarlo Stanton had no power to speak of. The guy that was supposed to be saving games for the team Heath Bell was blowing leads and games left and right. The team was in need of a restart when April ended.
They got their fresh start in May and boy did they take advantage of it. The Marlins went on a road trip where they swept the Giants, Padres and took 2 out of 3 games against the Astros. The fielding got better, the pitching was awesome and the bats came alive in May. Giancarlo Stanton had an incredible month of May where he hit 12 home runs and had 30 RBI’s. Stanton even had a walk off grand slam in a home game against the Mets. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco got his 5th win of the season. Carlos Zambrano the loose cannon from the Chicago Cubs has pitched well and not lost his mind yet. The Marlins also played a lot better against division rivals. They took 2 out of 3 games against the Phillies, split a 2 game series with the Braves. The Marlins finished the final series of May by sweeping the 1st place Nationals in a 3 game series. The Fish had a record of 21 wins and just 8 losses for the month of May.
Marlins power hitter Giancarlo Stanton
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The Marlins begin the month of June with a 29-22 record. It took the Marlins 2 month to make it to first place but they did it. They hold a tie with the Nationals for 1st place in the N.L. East. June is not going to be an easy month schedule wise. They will play 5 games total against the Phillies and 3 games against the Braves. The biggest challenge could be when they play a total of 6 games against their inter state rival Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are also tied for 1st place in their division and have played really well as a team this year. So that series could be a tough one for the Fish. The Marlins are hoping to finish June the way they are coming into it, very hot.
The rest of the season is going to be the real test of course. The Marlins were looking bad in April but impressed in May. The Fish play in the toughest division in baseball but have held their own so far. I believe the Fish have a very good chance of taking their first division title. This is a really good ball club that is finally playing as a team and are clicking on all cylinders. The prospects look very good for the rest of the summer but we will know for sure what this team is made of by September.
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The baseball season is about to complete its second month. There is a potential story brewing that could dominate the sports media this summer. David Wright and the possibility that he could end the season with an above .400 batting average. While the New York Mets have been average this season and have not had a great season in a couple of years, David Wright could vault the team into the sports media mainstream for the next few months.
New York Mets Third Baseman David Wright
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Wright has played in 38 games as the Third Baseman for the Mets this year, and as of May 22nd is batting .415. Wright has been incredibly hot and extremely valuable for a Mets team that has fallen down a bit over the last couple of years.
The Mets are currently 22-20 and are 3.5 games back in the very tough N.L. East. Whether the Mets will contend this year is hard to say but based on the recent past looks unlikely. The Mets caught a lot of flack last season after it was found out the their new stadium might have been paid for by many people who’s live were ruined by the fraudulent financial scams of Bernie Madoff. Wright could help the team move on and put that in their past this season. The New York Mets need a player like David Wright at this point and need him to do well and that is exactly what he is doing.
The .400 single season batting average is one of the most elusive marks in all of sports. The last man to hit above .400 in one season was Boston Red Sox legend and Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams hit .406 in 1941. Since then no one else has done it, Tony Gwynn did come close in 1994 when he finish with .394 in 1994 but that is a mute point given the fact it was a strike shortened season. Royal’s Hall of Famer George Brett finished with a .390 batting average in 1980.
Wright will have to continue to be hot through what is a very long and grueling baseball season. As Wright continues toward the .400 mark and the season gets further along the media pressure will heat up. That could be and has been something that has affected many players going towards not only this mark but all records in baseball. The Mets are positioned in one of the biggest sports markets in the country and you have to know it will be like a zoo towards August if Wright can still be close to the mark by then
Not very many players have had a batting average this high at this point in the season. So it is definitely time to start watching the Mets and David Wright to see how this progresses. David Wright is an amazing player and really deserves to reach such a mark. His stock has already risen and we are not even half way through this season. So as the season moves along into the summer keep an eye out for David Wright he might just shock the sports world.
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