Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants Game 1 Preview, Tuesday 6/28, 1:20 CT: About Jumbotrons

Today's game threads will work the same way they did when last we had a split DH, against the Padres in April. The day game threads (see after the jump) will post at the usual times. Then, there will be a game 2 preview that will post at 5 p.m. CDT (whether the first game is over or not, and let's hope it is!); a recap of both games will be posted Wednesday morning.

I wanted to address something else this morning, something completely unrelated to the two games today. Several people have mentioned here, the idea of having a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field. Now, I know a lot of you are opposed to this; me, I'd be fine with it, if it were done in the right way.

The problem with doing something like this is the size of modern Jumbotrons. I thought of this while in Kansas City and watching their huge CF scoreboard, which is 40 feet wide by 150 feet tall.

The existing Wrigley Field scoreboard is 27 feet by 75 feet. Here are the sizes of some other newer Jumbotrons:

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 76 feet by 97 feet
AT&T Park, San Francisco: 31 feet by 103 feet
Miller Park, Milwaukee: 54 feet by 110 feet
Nationals Park, Washington: 47 feet by 101 feet
Turner Field, Atlanta: 71 feet by 79 feet

I think you see the problem here. These boards have a square footage four to six times the size of the Wrigley board. There just isn't the room.

So, you're saying, "Put it on a rooftop!" Sorry, that wouldn't work either. Most of the rooftop clubs are on buildings that are the standard width of a Chicago city lot: about 25 feet wide. You'd need two or possibly three of these buildings before you could do it, and then you're talking about putting a structure that's about six to eight stories high on top of it -- taller than the building itself.

If you make a "Jumbotron" smaller than this, there really isn't any point to doing it as the pictures and video would be too small to be seen in most of Wrigley. It's just not feasible. A ribbon board: far more feasible, and since there's already advertising in that space (facade of the upper deck), why not do it?

Cubs lineup:

Fukudome RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Soriano LF, DeWitt 2B, Hill C, Davis P

Giants lineup was not in at posting time.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Doug Davis
Doug Davis
Cubs
vs. Ryan Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong
Giants
1-6 W-L 5-1
5.01 ERA 1.86
33 SO 57
23 BB 19
1 HR 4
vs. SF -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Doug Davis 1-6 8 8 0 0 0 0 41.1 47 28 23 1 23 33 5.01 1.69


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Vogelsong 5-1 13 11 1 1 0 0 72.2 60 16 15 4 19 57 1.86 1.09

These two pitchers matched up the last time the Giants were in Wrigley Field, in that miserable rain-shortened game on May 14. Davis pitched credibly, giving up just one earned run (three total runs) and striking out six. Vogelsong allowed seven Cubs hits, all singles. It's not a game you can really analyze well because of the horrific conditions it was played under. Davis threw the best game of his Cubs tenure in his last Wrigley Field start on June 17 against the Yankees; Vogelsong has been an amazing comeback story. With the weather nice today, this first game could go quickly.

Today's first game is on WGN and CSN Bay Area. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Giants site McCovey Chronicles.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:15 pm CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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