As we quickly learned during the fan-less 2020 season, the game just isn’t the same without a goosebump-inducing roar from the crowd in big moments. Wrigley Field has seen its share of those moments over its more than a century on the North Side – as Cubs fans rooted for the team through thick and thin.
We’re all sitting here hoping for a miracle with the CBA talks seemingly going nowhere – so instead of focusing on the possibility of a delayed or shortened season, let’s go in a different direction and focus on those memories we have when the Friendly Confines were absolutely rocking.
With so many incredible moments in the storied franchise’s past, it’s hard to narrow it down a list of the top five. Realistically, you could create a top 50 list of honorable mentions just as easily. From go-ahead hits in the postseason, to monumental game-tying home runs, let’s dive right in to the most dramatic moments ever at Wrigley Field, all of which came with some pretty intense fan reactions.
Cubs: 5 loudest Wrigley Field moments: #5 – Kyle Schwarber onto the videoboard
Flashing back to 2015 when Kyle Schwarber launched an insurance run onto the right field videoboard which then infamously became known as the Schwarboard. The Cubs were finally good again and notched their first 90-win season since 2008. That home run served as the final run scored in the 2015 NLDS, elating fans in the process as the Cubs punched their ticket to the NLCS.
The eruption of the crowd speaks for itself. Knowing how vital that insurance run could be against the St. Louis Cardinals, the no-doubter by Schwarber helped cement the belief that this team might really be the one to end the drought. Though the ball sat on top of the scoreboard for a couple months, it was eventually taken down for security reasons after the postseason had ended. Schwarber opted not to keep the ball, allowing the club to do whatever they liked with it.
It speaks for itself just how rare it is for a ball to land up on the narrow scoreboard that high above the bleachers in right field. Throw in the fact it was the first time Chicago was back in the postseason since 2008 and that it came against their biggest rival – this incredible feat of strength was destined to make the cut.
Though the Cubs ultimately were eliminated by the New York Mets in the following series, the Schwarboard moment helped put the Cubs on the map, letting the league know they were ready to become serious contenders.