Today is a day we celebrate mothers, for reasons that are obvious and unending. And while we take today specifically to express our gratitude for mothers everywhere, let us also maintain that love and admiration every single day of our lives.
It’s sad we can’t enjoy baseball today. The sea of pink in the stands and adorning player’s uniforms. The outright emotion with which players and fans express reflecting on their mothers. The time to collectively recognize the impact of mothers — and women — everywhere.
It’s a day of celebration, to be sure. And it’s certainly a day where our National Pastime nestles perfectly into the spotlight.
Like our piece on the White Sox on Mother’s Day, we’re going to focus on memorable Mother’s Day games over the franchise’s recent history. And when thinking about the Cubs on Mother’s Day, there’s one iconic moment that immediately jumps to mind.
May 8, 2016 — Javy Hits Walk-Off Bomb in the 13th Inning
Unsurprisingly, Javier Baez created a special moment on Mother’s Day, the same year the Cubs broke their World Series curse. And he did it, of course, the way Javy does things: in dramatic fashion and with a touch of unorthodox flair.
In a 3-3 tie in the 13th inning, with one out, Blake Treinen served up a hanging breaking ball on a 2-2 count up and away in the zone. Baez had no interest in driving the pitch to the right center gap for a one out double, instead turning on the pitch and crushing a hard liner into the left center field bleachers. It didn’t appear he got all of the pitch upon further examination, but you knew as soon as he connected (the joy of Len Kasper’s call!) that the game was over.
May 12, 2019 — Cubs Defeat Brewers 4-1 in ‘Pink Out’ Game
Last year the Cubs celebrated Mother’s Day with a special ‘Pink Out’ game, honoring the women that have fought breast cancer. It was a day of raw emotion for players and fans alike.
On the field, the Cubs didn’t disappoint. A 4-1 victory over the rival Brewers was secured as Jon Lester pitched 6.2 innings,fanning six and scattering nine hits while giving up just one unearned run. Kris Bryant carried the Cubs offensively, going 3-4 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored, while Baez supported him with a 2-3 performance, including a double and one RBI himself.
May 11, 2003 — The Contest that Didn’t Count
In the spring of 2003 the Cubs had emerged as a team with playoff aspirations. That Mother’s Day, they were set to host the hated St. Louis Cardinals. For reasons entirely unknown — it was in the mid-40’s, there were 35 mph wind gusts, fog consumed the air and rain was an ever-present threat — they attempted to play a scheduled game. They succeeded to play four and a half innings, in a wild, offensive-happy affair.
The problem? The stats didn’t count.
After those four and a half innings the Cardinals were leading 11-9. Yes, that’s 20 runs scored in one half of a ballgame. Al Yellon over at Bleed Cubbie Blue provides an excellent oral history of that game. Defensively, players didn’t have a chance, the umpires couldn’t see either, and the wind aided an absurd seven home runs between the teams.
It was an ugly, sloppy affair. And you can watch in in full in the video above.
While the Cubs won’t have a chance to make history on Mother’s Day in 2020, we still want to wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday!
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