Five things to know about Cubs

May, 20, 2011
Five things Red Sox fans should know about the Cubs:

1. Brick by brick: Contrary to baseball folklore, the Ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field are only a part of the Cubs’ history when it comes to the bleachers themselves. The bleachers, as they stand now, were erected in 1937. Prior to that, fans used to stand in left field, where they were roped off as overflow crowds. Balls hit into the fans were ground-rule doubles. Also, it makes sense that the plants on the wall are called Boston ivy, since they are brown and dead seven months out of the year.

2. What’s a Pesky Pole? Actually, there was a broadcaster in Chicago who thought the Pesky Pole was reference to the part of Fenway that was tough to negotiate for hitters driving the ball down the line -- and it had nothing to do with former Red Sox’s infielder Johnny Pesky. Red Sox fans should also know that the foul poles at Wrigley Field have red letters saying, “Hey Hey,” in reference to what longtime broadcaster Jack Brickhouse used to say on his home run call. Brickhouse was the Cubs’ iconic announcer for 35 years before Harry Caray took over in the broadcast booth.

3. The Sox in Chicago are White: The rivalry between the two Chicago teams is fierce and competitive. Unlike Boston, Chicago fans support two baseball teams. Boston, of course, did that before the Braves left for Milwaukee in 1953.

4. Gene Conley can’t hold a candle to Kyle Farnsworth: The Red Sox might have had the quirky Conley trying to fly to the Middle East after a particularly tough road trip. But the Cubs had Farnsworth, a right-handed reliever, asking the bartender at Hi-Tops, a bar across the street from Wrigley, to turn off the replay of the previous day’s Cubs game. Farnsworth was informed that it was a live broadcast and that the pitcher was missing the first game of a doubleheader the Cubs were playing in.

5. The house the Dorr built: Red Sox fans should know that an actual house is connected to the back side of Wrigley down the left-field line. The address of the house is 1033 Waveland Ave. It’s now used by the team’s catering department. Former Cubs groundskeeper Bobby Dorr, not to be confused with Boston Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, lived there with his family for more than 20 years before passing away.

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