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July 3, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Memo to Joe Ricketts: If you want money from the government, don't insult powerful politicians. Ricketts, the head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, is seeking hundreds of millions from the city and the state to renovate 98-year-old Wrigley Field. Given Chicagoans' love of their iconic ivy patch, that's touchy enough. Then Ricketts did the inconceivable - considered funding ads critical of President Obama. An irate Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused to take phone calls from the Cubs chairman.
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June 21, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services Staff writer Peter Pascarelli contributed to this article
The first night baseball game in the history of Wrigley Field will take place Aug. 8 against the Phillies, the Chicago Cubs announced yesterday. There will be six other night games this season at Wrigley Field. According to an agreement reached with city officials, the Cubs can hold as many as 18 night games a year, beginning next season. "We have reached the point in the lights construction where we can end the suspense," said Don Grenesko, the Cubs' vice president for business operations.
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April 11, 1990 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
A visit to Wrigley Field is a treat, even with an arctic breeze blowing off Lake Michigan. The ivy on the outfield wall was dormant and brown, and the old yard was practically empty, but there was still, as pitcher Ken Howell said, "a great baseball feel" flowing out of the Friendly Confines. A half-hour before game time, Roger McDowell, the Phillies' gregarious stopper, was standing in front of the 368-foot mark in left-center, with his back to home plate and his face to the Bleacher Bums.
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July 19, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Before Rich Dubee's feet touched the first-base line at Wrigley Field, his star pitcher was bent over, hands on his knees, with the gray No. 34 Phillies road jersey drenched in sweat. The mound is Roy Halladay's sanctuary, the place where he imposes a will upon hitters unlike any other pitcher in the game. Batters rarely know what is flying from Halladay's right hand. But on this night, when the pitching coach jogged to the mound and Halladay's teammates briskly created a circle around their ace, his own team did not know what to expect - an uncomfortable and unfamiliar feeling when it's his day to throw.
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June 3, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Add Chicago's Wrigley Field to the list of Roger Clemens' conquests. Clemens won for the first time at Wrigley, keeping his perfect season intact by pitching the Houston Astros past the Cubs, 5-1, yesterday. Clemens (8-0) came back from three straight no-decisions with seven sharp innings. The 41-year-old "Rocket" earned his 318th career victory, tying Phil Niekro for the 14th place on the all-time list. Overall, Clemens has won 12 straight regular-season decisions since Aug. 9. "I'm not too worried about streaks.
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June 26, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the team bus pulled up to Wrigley Field yesterday, Chad Ogea pressed his nose against the window and looked for the flags: Which way is the wind blowing? Is it blowing out? Those are the first questions any pitcher asks on the day he has to work in the baseball wind chamber that sits on the corner of Clark and Addison on the north side of Chicago. For Ogea, the question was even more pressing, considering this was his first trip to Wrigley and he serves up almost as many home-run balls as Rita does water ice. "All I heard the last few days was what a nightmare this place was to pitch in," Ogea said when the game was over.
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May 29, 2016
The Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was stopped because of rain in the top of the seventh inning. The Cubs were leading 6-1 when play was halted.  
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August 9, 1988 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years from now, thousands of people will talk about how they were there when the Cubs "almost" played the first night game at Wrigley Field. The Baseball Gods last night put a stop to blasphemy and decreed that "There shalt not be lights in Wrigley Field. " With the Cubs leading the Phillies, 3-1, in the bottom of the fourth, the heavens opened with a violent thunderstorm that drenched the sacred grass and wiped out the historic first Wrigley Field night game six outs before it could become official.
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August 20, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who finished serving a two-game suspension last night, was given another two-game ban by Major League Baseball for his remarks regarding umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Guillen was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount on Monday for arguing with Wendelstedt after Carlos Lee was called out trying to steal a base during a loss to Cleveland last week. On Wednesday, Guillen called Wendelstedt a liar after reading the report of the incident that the umpire sent to the commissioner's office.
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July 19, 2011 | by David Murphy, dmurphy@phillynews.com
8:05, Wrigley Field, Chicago. TV: Channel 17. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Pitching matchup: Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82) vs. Cubs RHP Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97) LEE VS. CUBS: Lee has faced Chicago once this season, holding them to one earned run with seven strikeouts in eight innings at Citizens Bank Park. Lee is making his first appearance since last week's All-Star Game. Lee is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his career against the Cubs. PHILLES VS. GARZA: Garza has shrugged off a tough start to the season.
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May 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Ryan Howard's frustrating season took another bad turn Sunday when the struggling first baseman was left off the lineup card. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin instead started Tommy Joseph in the team's 7-2 loss to the Cubs and pledged to give the rookie more chances in the starting lineup, which would point to Howard's assuming a lesser role. "I haven't heard anything about sitting more against righties. I haven't been called into the office," Howard said. "You guys [in the media]
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May 29, 2016
The Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was stopped because of rain in the top of the seventh inning. The Cubs were leading 6-1 when play was halted.  
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September 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The signature moment of one of the best Rule 5 rookie seasons in baseball history came on a windy July afternoon at Wrigley Field in the form of a catch replayed countless times in the hours that followed. Odubel Herrera overran a Kris Bryant fly ball, slipped as he turned back and mystifyingly still recovered to haul in the final out of Cole Hamels' no-hitter. After he picked himself off the warning track at Wrigley Field that day, Herrera flashed the same smile he seemingly always wears, whether walking around the Phillies' clubhouse or strolling into second base for one of his 27 doubles.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - By the time Cole Hamels warmed up to throw the final 17 pitches of his first career no-hitter late Saturday afternoon, the Wrigley Field shadows had made it difficult for Carlos Ruiz to identify the pitches. To avoid jinxing a part of history, the Phillies' veteran catcher had tried not to deviate from his routine each inning. But before the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, he ultimately decided to ditch his sunglasses. Luckily for Hamels' longtime battery mate, it didn't backfire.
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July 28, 2015 | Daily News
PHILLIES FANS have on occasion stopped in their tracks and pointed to Chris Wheeler. They hesitate, then say: "Hey . . . hey, you're Harry Kalas!" To which Wheeler replies, "Now, that would be a big story. " Wheeler, a/k/a "Wheels," is recounting this yesterday, somewhere around the eighth hole at Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County, where he's playing a round of golf. He did color commentary and called play-by-play action for 37 years until 2013, when Comcast, in a $2.5 billion TV deal with the Phillies, dropped both Wheels and Gary "Sarge" Matthews.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - When the Phillies acquired Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in December, the young Venezuelan had all of two games of center-field experience from his six seasons in the Texas Rangers' minor-league system. Eight months later, on Saturday, the converted second baseman made two key late-inning catches to save Cole Hamels' first career no-hitter and the first at historic Wrigley Field since 1972 (Milt Pappas). The always-smiling 23-year-old in dramatic fashion caught the final out of the game, falling forward on the warning track with his glove out after overrunning Kris Bryant's deep fly ball.
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July 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Jeff Francoeur could find himself on a new team before Friday's trade deadline, given the way he's scalded pitches since the All-Star break. With two outs in the 10th inning, Francoeur launched a two-run homer into the newly renovated leftfield bleachers at Wrigley Field to give the Phillies a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon. The Phillies have won six of seven games since the break. Francoeur has been a major factor in three of those wins: This go-ahead home run was his third pivotal homer in eight days.
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April 9, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals were postponed by rain and cold weather Tuesday in Chicago. What was Major League Baseball thinking? It is early April and the Windy City isn't exactly in the Sun Belt. But fans of the Cubs (and maybe the Cardinals, too) can only hope that the extra day will allow the host team to fix a potty big problem - a lack of working restrooms in Wrigley Field. Sure, there was a bright, shiny new video board, which was a hit unlike the Cubs who were shut out, but when you gotta go, you gotta go. Except Sunday night at Wrigley, where fans first had to find a restroom that was working, then had to control their own plumbing as they waited in long lines.
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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - They traversed the country two years ago in a refurbished 1947 touring bus, a group of 11-year-olds from inner-city Philadelphia whose coach wanted to teach them the legacy of Jackie Robinson. The Anderson Monarchs' 2012 summer journey - a "barnstorming tour," their coach Steve Bandura called it - made trips to Chicago's Wrigley Field and Detroit's Comerica Park. They toured the Baseball Hall of Fame and visited Robinson's grave. But they did not pull through Williamsport.
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April 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Ben Revere was about to catch a line drive hit right at him when it looked like the ball pulled out a gun, shot him and then dashed off into the ivy in centerfield. Jimmy Rollins retrieved a hard ground ball that caromed off pitcher A.J. Burnett, but Rollins did not step on the bag at second base for a forceout or throw to first base for a routine out. Ryan Howard launched two hard-hit balls to the warning track and was robbed of an RBI hit in rightfield thanks to an exaggerated infield shift.
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