Wrigley Field could host a bowl game in 2020

Wrigley Field could host a bowl game in 2020

Just under a week after the announcement that Northwestern will host the Wisconsin Badgers at Wrigley Field in 2020, there are reports that an additional football game could take place at “The Friendly Confines” sometime in the same year.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy revealed the NCAA’s intention to add three new bowl games to the final stretch of the 2020 season, with one potentially taking place in Chicago.

“Chicago and Myrtle Beach are near locks to host two of the new bowl games,” McMurphy said in a Monday morning Facebook post.

According to McMurphy, the bowl game would take place at Wrigley Field and it would also feature a dual between the Big Ten and ACC conferences.

If the reported plan is confirmed, a record 43 bowl games will be played in 2020, giving 84 of the 130 FBS teams an opportunity to appear in a postseason matchup, McMurphy noted.

Football has been played at the Cubs’ home ballpark before. The Bears played at Wrigley Field from 1921 to 1970, and Northwestern faced Illinois at the famed ballpark for a regular season game in 2010.

Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips believes that Wrigley Field is an exciting place to play football.

“There’s nothing better than to play a Big Ten college football game here,” Phillips said. “It’ll [Northwestern’s 2020 game against Wisconsin] be a special event that will bring our city together.”

Wrigley Field would need to be reshaped for a possible bowl game. Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said that the dimensions of Wrigley Field can be expanded by removing rows of seats and the top of the Cubs’ dugout.

“The field will expand to the west here to allow for a longer field than we had last time,” Kenney said. “That’s the big change.”

If the bowl actually takes place in Chicago, McMurphy said the Big Ten will drop the San Francisco Bowl after the 2019 season to make room for the new location.

By July 1, the NCAA is expected to announce bowl format changes, McMurphy said. This would be the first bowl game to take place at Wrigley Field.

Yadier Molina is sad and Cubs fans have a new favorite GIF

Yadier Molina is sad and Cubs fans have a new favorite GIF

ST. LOUIS — The game was over and Yadier Molina knew it.

As Ian Happ turned on Sam Tuivailala's two-strike pitch in the 7th inning, Molina crumbled to the ground in defeat.

Happ's two-out double gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead they did not relinquish in a 6-3 victory Saturday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cubs had to claw back all night against the Cardinals, fighting to tie the game at two separate spots before Happ's breakthrough off Tuivailala.

Molina couldn't contain his disappointment:

Molina is a common target of ire from Cubs fans in the heated rivalry with the Cardinals, so you can bet his #SadFace led to some glee in the Chicago fanbase (just look at the comments on that Tweet):

The 35-year-old catcher just returned recently from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list when he took a foul tip off a Kris Bryant swing to the groin on Jordan Hicks' 102 mph pitch the last time the Cubs were in town.

Molina has drawn 3 walks and has a single in this weekend's series with the Cubs, but he also committed a miscue in Friday's game, when he threw wild to first base on Jon Lester's squeeze bunt.

The Cubs are now 24-12 since they were swept in St. Louis on the first weekend of May.

Summer of Sammy: Relive Sosa's 25th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Relive Sosa's 25th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

After victimizing poor Cal Eldred for three solo shots in the first game of the series, Sosa wouldn't let the Milwaukee Brewers leave town in June 1998 without one more dinger.

He connected in the 4th inning of the series finale on June 17, 1998, a solo shot off a pitcher named Bronswell Patrick (yes, that's his real name) that went 430 feet down the left field line.

The Cubs wound up losing the game 6-5, though Jose Hernandez did make it close with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Through this game, Sosa sported a .300/.348/.917 slash line (1.265 OPS) with 12 homers and 25 RBI in 15 June contests that season. (Yes, that's a .917 slugging percentage.)

But believe it not, those June numbers are about to get even better...

Fun fact: The Cubs lineup on June 17, 1998 featured 4 hitters with a batting average of .320 or higher — Sosa (.333), Mark Grace (.347), Mickey Morandini (.320) and Matt Mieske (.323), though Mieske was a part-time player. 

The 2018 Cubs currently feature only 1 player (part-time or full-time) hitting at least .320: Albert Almora Jr. who entered play Saturday at .321.