Chicago Cubs: The few times Wrigley didn’t feel like home

General pic, Wrigley Field (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: When the Twins came to Wrigley Field in 2009, some of the players were caught by surprise by the crowd.

In a series that drew a combined 121,000+ at Wrigley Field back in June of 2009, maybe half of that number accounted for people from Minnesota. A three-game set between the Cubs and Twins saw two teams in similar positions battle each other for the first time in Chicago in a while. At the time, the inter-league play was a little over a decade old.

Twins slugger Joe Mauer was in the middle of an MVP season, and he went off in the series. He slashed .462/.429/.692 with a home run and four RBI in 13 ABs. When he hit the ball, the crowd at Wrigley roared like it was Derrek Lee or Aramis Ramirez hitting the ball. Lee even said in an interview with Chicago Tribune’s Dave Van Dyck how surprised he was to see such a large crowd of opposing fans. Just looking around, there were tons of Twins colors everywhere at Wrigley.

Those who came from Minnesota to watch the Twins certainly got their money’s worth as their team took two of three from the Cubs. The only time it felt like the Cubs fans at Wrigley was more vocal than the Twins fans was when they booed Milton Bradley for his infamous throwing of the ball into the stands with only two outs.