The Chicago Cubs won the NL Central Division a season ago by taking care of business at home and then holding serve on the road. That formula was working through the first two months of 2021 as well, and the Wrigley Field faithful was alive and well through June.
In case you haven’t been paying attention lately, the Cubs can’t win anywhere, especially at Wrigley Field. The 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon was the 12th straight loss on the Northside of Chicago.
It’s pretty rare to see any team in baseball lose 12 straight games at home, but especially a team that enjoys such a home-field advantage as the Cubs. Obviously, the Cubs are playing extremely shorthanded, but the Cubs are closing in one nearly one full month without a win at Wrigley Field.
The last time that the Cubs actually won a home game at Wrigley happened all the way back on July 26, and the team looked much different at that time. Javier Baez delivered a game-winning single off of Amir Garrett in a moment that was one of the highlights of the 2021 season.
The 12 straight losses now ties a franchise record that was set all the way back in 1994. That season, the Cubs actually lost the first 12 home games of the season, and it led to one of the worst seasons in Cubs history.
What makes this streak even more ironic is that Tom Ricketts and family just recently celebrated the completed construction project that took place at Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. The fans continue to show up at Wrigley Field each time that the Cubs play at home, but they surely aren’t coming to watch the “talent” on the field.
The Cubs are one of the oldest professional teams in the United States, and a loss on Sunday afternoon would set a new franchise record. Most of the time, these records are celebrated, but there won’t be any celebration if the Cubs wind up losing their 13th straight game.
Wisdom Continues to Hit
The Cubs were no-hit through six innings on Saturday afternoon, but once again, it was a rain delay that potentially changed their fortunes. This rain delay wasn’t enough to help the Cubs snap the miserable Wrigley Field losing streak, but it did give them a chance to avoid the wrong kind of history.
Patrick Wisdom took care of the no-hit bad against them, and he also ended the shutout in the process. Wisdom belted his 20th home run of the season for the Cubs, and he has continued to make a strong case for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Cubs/Reds Selected for Field of Dreams
Major League Baseball has announced that the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will be featured in the 2022 version of the Field of Dreams Game. This event will once again take place in Dyersville, Iowa, at the site of one of the best baseball movies ever made.
Some questioned whether or not the 2021 version of the game would feel more like a gimmick than an MLB game, but that question was answered pretty clearly. The Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees with a walk-off home run in this year’s game, and it drew massive ratings.
Tickets to the 2021 Field of Dreams Game was limited to just residents of Iowa, but it is unclear if that same process will take place next year. There is very limited ticket availability at the newly-constructed field, but Cubs fans could easily flock to Dyersville to cheer on their favorite team.