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Chicago Cubs: 5 loudest moments in Wrigley Field history

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Cubs: 5 loudest Wrigley Field moments: #1 – Cubs win the NL pennant

The list is topped by the greatest moment in Wrigley, in any of our lifetimes at least – when the Cubs clinched the NL pennant and a World Series berth for the first time in 1945. After so many dreadful seasons, the Cubs were heading back to the dance with all eyes and the majority of the country rooting them on. Not only was Wrigley packed to the gills, it was reported nearly 300,000 fans had gathered outside the stadium, in anticipation of an all-night celebration.

In Game 6, the Cubs faced Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw. In Game 2, Kershaw had blanked the Cubs for  seven innings before being pulled. However, Kershaw’s success did not come to fruition in the second meeting between clubs. This time it was Kyle Hendricks’ turn to throw a gem, pitching into the eighth inning and completely shutting the Dodgers out while allowing two hits and zero walks.

Kershaw, on the other hand, allowed five runs (four earned) and took a huge loss. Anthony Rizzo’s solo shot was the catalyst for knocking Kershaw out of the game and from there it was smooth sailing. In the eighth, Aroldis Chapman, super closer at the time, came in and recorded a double play to end the inning after coming on in relief of Hendricks.

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In the ninth, history was set in motion after Chapman allowed a walk but got Yasiel Puig to ground into a game-ending double play, sending the Cubs to the World Series. 42,386 people were in attendance to witness one of the greatest moments in Wrigley Field history. Surely, had the Cubs won it all at home, that crowd reaction probably would have induced fans to rush the field college football style and wound up number one on this list, but nonetheless, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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