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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Nationals, Friday 7/1

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The last time a team from Washington played in Wrigley Field was September 15, 1968.

And you're saying, "Huh? The Cubs didn't play the Senators, they were an AL team!"

That's right. Trick question: the team in question was the Washington Redskins, who beat the Chicago Bears 38-28 that day in Wrigley Field.

Other random notes: today is the day that Wild Bill Holden, who was inspired to walk 2100 miles from Arizona to Wrigley Field and raise money for juvenile diabetes research by the film about Ron Santo, "This Old Cub", arrives at the Yard. He'll throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

They've been shooting a new film, "The Break Up", with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, in and around Wrigley Field for the past few days, and will continue for the next few weeks. Some scenes were shot at yesterday's game, as there was a sign upon entry stating that if you didn't consent to being in the film, you should "leave now". Nice, huh?

Also, it appears that all of us may have gotten Derrek Lee elected to the All-Star team. His vote deficit was reportedly erased yesterday. Starting players will be announced at 6 pm CT Sunday on ESPN.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Mark Prior
M. Prior
vs. Livan Hern?ndez
L. Hern?ndez
5-1 W-L 11-2
2.66 ERA 3.32
65 SO 71
18 BB 45
9 HR 5

Originally, Jerome Williams was to start today and Prior tomorrow, but this keeps Prior on "normal" (4 days) rest, and that sets up the rotation for the remainder of the time till the All-Star break.

On August 11, 2001, Hern?ndez, then with the Giants, went 4-for-4 with a HR, 3 runs and 3 RBI. He was in the midst of getting 8 consecutive hits, a record for pitchers.

Odd coincidence 1, considering events earlier this week: the starter in that game was Joe Borowski, the only game he started in his major league career.

Odd coincidence 2: Hern?ndez' homer was off Will Ohman, who only appeared in a couple more games after that before getting hurt and not returning to the majors till this year.

Odd coincidence 3: Hern?ndez' lifetime batting average coming into 2005 was .236; that's what Corey Patterson is hitting this year, as of this morning.

Discuss amongst yourselves.