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What have we learned today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (9-26-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray recap today’s show with ‘What did we learn today?’, a segment where they comment on what they’ve learned from the show. The guys also ask the producers behind the scenes what they’ve learned. Today’s show covered where you can and cannot fight in Wrigleyville, a brand new pirate-themed attraction in Florida, and a new comedy show starring President Donald Trump.

Fan hit by metal debris from Wrigley scoreboard

 

WGN —A Cubs fan avoided a potentially serious injury at Tuesday’s game thanks to a silly but fortunate choice of headwear.

On a beautiful summer night, Wrigley Field had a nearly full house under a nearly full moon.

“The skies cleared up and it was almost like a perfect night for a ballgame,” said Nancy Hopf, a fan who was sitting in the bleachers at the time. “It was packed; I mean, only the Cubs can pack the place on a Tuesday night.”

As Hopf and her husband settled into some seats, they didn’t realize how bizarre things would get that night.

“He was like, ‘How about we sit underneath the scoreboard?’ I’m like, ‘That’d be great, yeah,’ and we happened to find seats pretty close underneath the scoreboard,” Hopf said.

About two hours into the game there was a commotion in the crowd.

“All of a sudden, everybody starts turning behind me and looking at the scoreboard, and I’m like, ‘Something must be going on with the scoreboard,’ so I turn around and I’m like, ‘No. It’s the kid,'” Hopf said.

A 19-year-old man sitting in the centerfield bleachers just a row or two from the Hopfs had been hit in the head with a foot-long metal pin. The team says it was either dropped or fell from the manually-operated scoreboard.

“People started talking, ‘What happened? What happened? A tile fell on him?’ I was like, ‘Has this ever happened? Does this happen all the time or what? What’s going on?’” Hopf said.

Paramedics came into the bleachers to help the fan. Hopf says he could have been seriously hurt, except for the fact that he was wearing a plastic bucket on his head.

“So, I can imagine what would have happened if that bucket wasn’t there. I think we might have been dealing with something totally different,” Hopf said.

The fan hasn’t been publicly identified, but he was treated at Illinois Masonic  Hospital, and still needed five staples to close a cut on his head, according to the Cubs.

“It happened in probably the best circumstances it could happen. For some reason you had a kid with a bucket on his head, and he’s going to be ok,” Hopf said.

Hopf says some fans left, but most went on to watch the game when it was clear the injured fan was going to be fine. She says she hopes the Cubs review safety around the scoreboard in the bleachers.

Wrigley Field Plaza Liquor Sales Limits

By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) Wrigley Field Plaza liquor sales limits have been unanimously recommended by a city council committee, with full city council approval expected today.

The limits will cut off liquor sales when a weekday game ends or an hour after a weekend game ends. In addition, you must also have a game ticket to get onto the plaza.

Alderman Tom Tunney (44th) is trying to prevent a rowdy beer garden.

“This is an incremental ordinance that allows us to get our feet wet, to crawl before we walk, before we run,” said Tunney.

However, Mike LuFrano of the Cubs said that the limits go to far.

“We don’t think we should be saying no just because the events get popular,” said LuFrano.

The Cubs are going along with the limits, for now, in hopes of negotiating a better deal later.

Cubs try to bounce back against Mets.

By John Dempsey, WLS News

The Chicago Cubs will try to get back on track at Wrigley Field Tuesday night after dropping the first two games of the National League Championship Series to the New York Mets.

The Cubs followed up a 4-2 loss to the Mets on Saturday, with a 4-1 loss Sunday night at Citi Field in New York.

On Sunday the Mets Daniel Murphy hit his fifth playoff homer and rookie Noah Syndergaard outpitched the Cubs Jake Arrieta.  It was the fourth straight playoff game in which Murphy homered, the first time that has happened since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria did it in 2008.

Game three of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, with the Mets leading two games to none.   First Baseman Anthony Rizzo is looking forward to it, telling reporters, “I think it’ll be good.   Wrigley will be ready to go, our fans will be ready to go.  I know we will be, so will the Mets, so we just gotta come out and play good baseball”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says, “Listen it’s never gonna be easy this time of the year.   They are good, we know that.   We’re also very good.   We just have to string together some more at bats.   You know the home run is a big part of our offense.  They kind of negated that a bit here.   You know, you just gotta turn the page, move it along.”

After the brutal weekend cold in New York, Wrigley temperatures will be in the 60’s at game time Tuesday.   The wind will also be blowing out, which will be a plus for the home run-dependent Cubs.

Game four Wednesday and if necessary, game five on Thursday, all at Wrigley Field.

@ 2015 WLS News

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