The Cubs played the longest game in franchise history on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, winning after 6 hours, 27 minutes in the 16th inning, when backup catcher John Baker pitched a scoreless top of the inning before leading o ff the bottom half with a walk and scoring on a sacrifice fly.
There are so very few chances for backup catchers to become legends. In 50 years, though, some grizzly fellow in the left-field bleachers will yell John Baker's name, and the crowd around him will toast frothy mugs of moon ale in his honor. Here's Baker getting a double play to get out of the top of the 16th:
Here he is scoring the winning run:
A list of the 10 most recent position players to get a win:
|Rocky Colavito||1968-08-25 (1)||NYY|
|Eddie O'Brien||1957-09-14 (1)||PIT|
|Jimmie Foxx||1945-08-19 (2)||PHI|
All of the box scores are worth clicking on, especially the one where Brent Mayne vanquishes the evil John Rocker.
John Baker, you are suddenly a Cubs legend. Enjoy the free pizza-related casserole at every Chicago pizzeria for the rest of your life.