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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Pirates, Friday 4/22

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Twenty-five years ago today, April 22, 1980, it was 92 degrees in Chicago. That's the warmest temperature ever recorded here in the month of April.

And Ivan DeJesus hit for the cycle, and Barry Foote hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, and the Cubs beat the Cardinals 16-12.

Their record after that date was 12-9. I vividly remember people leaving the park that day as if the Cubs had just won the World Series.

It was the high point of the season; the 1980 Cubs lost 98 games.

This is why you shouldn't pay too much attention when you hear that the White Sox, at 12-4, are off to their "best start since 1935". What they don't tell you is that the 1935 White Sox finished under .500 at 75-79.

Today's pitching matchup is a rematch of last Sunday's at PNC Park. Let us hope for a similar game result, and with the weather forecast being terrible, no silly baserunning from Mr. Maddux.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Player Photo
M. Redman
Pirates
vs. Player Photo
G. Maddux
Cubs
1-1 W-L 0-1
2.33 ERA 5.63
9 SO 10
3 BB 2
0 HR 4