Chicago Cubs: 5 loudest moments in Wrigley Field history
Cubs: 5 loudest Wrigley Field moments: #4 – Javier Baez finds the basket
After winning 103 games during the regular season, the Cubs headed into the postseason as NL Central champions with the top seed in the Senior Circuit – courtesy of the best record in the league. Dominating inner-division foes all season long, the team finished an incredible 17 1/2 games up in the Central. They went on to face the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, a team that had been hot, coming off three World Series victories since 2010.
In Game 1, fans were treated to a true pitchers dual. It wasn’t until the eighth inning until the magic of Bill Murray and Javier Baez culminated in a tally for the good guys. El Mago took a Johnny Cueto offering and, although it looked like he got all of it, wound up barely getting it out – landing in the left field basket and giving the Cubs a late lead.
Winning Game 1 the series in dramatic fashion via that go-ahead homer was a huge momentum boost for the rest of the series – and really cemented that ‘we never quit’ mentality that emanated from the 2016 team.
After reigning triumphant over the Cardinals in the NLDS the year prior, history repeated itself with a monumental home run late in a game to seal a victory. Though Baez’ home run didn’t land on top of the scoreboard, it was a huge moment in the game that sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. At the time… it was the biggest Game 1 home run hit in the 2016 postseason. As fate had it, that was all about to change.