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Wrigley Field concession stand caught on fire Thursday

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Wrigley Field concession stand caught on fire Thursday

As the Cubs enjoyed their first day off in over a month and their final day of rest for the remainder of the regular season, Wrigley Field was still buzzing with activity.

Not for a good reason, however.

Apparently, there was a fire at the "Friendly Confines" Thursday afternoon...in the press box:

Wow. There are so, so many jokes to be made here.

But before we could even make any remarks about hot takes, The Score's Bruce Levine explained there wasn't actually a fire IN the press box, but just outside it:

A malfunctioning ice cream machine was also stated be the cause of the fire:

Thankfully, spokesperson Julian Green of the Cubs stated that they were no injuries in the fire.

The Chicago Fire Department may not have even needed to utilize any trucks given the fire station is right across the street from the left field foul pole.

All immediate threats appear to be put out for now, but no word yet on how this will affect Wrigley Field moving forward or how much damage the fire caused.

The Cubs will play in Chicago this weekend, but at Guaranteed Rate Field on the South Side. They return home Monday evening for a 7-game homestand against the Pirates and Cardinals to close out the regular season.

The Cubs are hoping to play host to Game 1 of the NLDS two weeks from Thursday, if they can stave off the Brewers and clinch the division.

Last night's suspended Cubs-Mets game will be completed today on NBC Sports Chicago

Last night's suspended Cubs-Mets game will be completed today on NBC Sports Chicago

Weather didn't cooperate last night in Chicago as the Cubs and Mets headed to extra innings, so the two teams will finish up the affair this afternoon on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Cubs and Mets were locked in a 1-1 tie in the top of the 10th inning when the rains came, and they didn't let up in time for the game to be completed.

Steve Cishek will square off against Michael Conforto to complete the pitcher's duel started by Cole Hamels and Jacob deGrom.

Today's regularly scheduled game will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

Laura Ricketts explains her perspective on Cubs' controversial deal for Daniel Murphy

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Laura Ricketts explains her perspective on Cubs' controversial deal for Daniel Murphy

As promised, Laura Ricketts has unveiled her thoughts on the Cubs' controversial trade for Daniel Murphy last week. 

Ricketts — who is part of the Cubs ownership group with her three brothers — is openly gay and has a unique perspective on the arrival of Murphy to Chicago's North Side three years after his comments saying he disagrees with the gay "lifestyle."

Ricketts released a statement on Twitter regarding how the deal came to fruition and how the Cubs thought about the deal in the context of Murphy's three-year-old comments.

She confirmed she was consulted about the trade before it happened and was on board with the acquisition:



Since several people have asked...yes, I was consulted prior to the Daniel Murphy trade. There were several thoughtful conversations among Cubs executives, my brothers and me, as well as with Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion and the subject of Daniel’s 2015 comments.

I know Billy and have immense respect for him and his work with the league. Billy, who has since developed a friendship with Daniel, was very positive and encouraging.

After these considered and thoughtful conversations, which took place precisely because of the Cubs’ sensitivities on the matter, I was on board with the trade.

Before his Wrigley Field Cubs debut Thursday evening, Murphy was asked about his comments and if his views have changed and he also pointed to his relationship with Bean.

"What I would say to that is that I've been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean since that time," Murphy said. "I'm really excited to continue to cultivate that relationship that we've built. 

"Billy, his job I think is Ambassador for Inclusion with Major League Baseball is a vital role so that everyone feels included, not only in our industry in baseball, but in all aspects of life."

Sunday is the 18th annual "Out at Wrigley" Day at the "Friendly Confines" and Murphy is in the Cubs lineup, leading off once again.

When asked about the event and how he would address Cubs fans who are upset about his comments, Murphy said Thursday:

"Oh dear. I would hope that you would root for the Cubs."

Laura said she and her brother, Tom, will be in attendance at Wrigley for the event:

This is the Cubs's second LGBTQ event of the 2018 season. They also held Pride Day June 10 where they gave away rainbow hats to fans attending the game against the Pirates.